Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Prayers for Buffalo, Please.

So it's pretty bad out here in Buffalo.
Except where it's not.
The atypical lake effect snow band hit an extremely narrow portion of the area and did so quickly so that just five or ten miles away from our home people are under three to SIX feet of snow while we here at our house have just a couple inches.  

For many it's been a couple fun and cozy snow days.  It's been fun seeing all the crazy pictures on Facebook.  (Click over here to see some...they are all real, it's insane.  Seriously, click.)  It didn't hit me until today, though, when it was reported that a man froze to death in his car in a nearby town just how bad this is.  

People were trapped on the thruway for thirty hours.  There are people literally trapped in their homes and driving bans in all the affected parts of town.  The police have asked for help from anyone with a snowmobile to rescue people.  Several have died from heart attacks while shoveling and the emergency response crews are tapped to the max.  To greatly compound the problem, we are expected to get warmer temperatures this weekend which will inevitably cause a whole lot of homes and roads to flood.

I keep thinking about all the elderly and disabled who may very well be dying in their homes right now due to lack of food, heat, medicine, or because their furnace vents are buried in snow and carbon monoxide is leaking in their home.  In some towns you literally cannot get out your door without tunneling your way through the snow.  They're trapped.  

Would you please stop right now and say a Memorare (or whatever prayer you'd like) and maybe offer a sacrifice for those people?  

Thank you, friends.  

from WGRZ

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Thoughts on Angry Jesus

We don’t often think about wild Jesus. It isn’t all that comfortable to hear in the Sunday Gospel reading of a few weeks ago that Jesus got angry.  And not just kind of upset but flipping tables and making a whip upset. That story of Jesus cleansing the temple of what defiled it is sometimes an overlooked passage of Scripture almost seeming out of character for the Lord. We tend to often hear about suffering Jesus and merciful Jesus and kind, gentle Jesus. We don’t often hear about wild, passionate Jesus. We can sometimes forget that it’s all the same Jesus. That same Jesus making the whip is the same Jesus who is complete mercy, complete love. It is only in His love that He wishes, no longs, to return to God what was supposed to be kept sacred. The zeal for God’s house consumes Him.

It wasn’t until last Sunday and the juxtaposition of the readings that I had ever seen how clear it all is...

I'm over posting at Elizabeth Ministry again and would love for you to come over and maybe leave a comment or share.  Thank you, friends!

The Cleansing of the Temple by El Greco

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

This Month in Boys - November 2014

John Paul

-has become enamored with rockets and researching recipes to make his own rocket fuel.
-began watching the The Fellowship of the Ring with Brian.  This is a huge milestone in our home :)  I'm not sure who was more excited - father or son?
-has started to get very frustrated with Latin.  This is the first time we've actually had to work through something and it's not clicking right away (and in his mind isn't logical).  It's a good lesson in many ways, though.
-is already pouring through our new-to-us encyclopedias.  They may be slightly less out of date than our old ones.  "Mama!  These ones have the moon landing!"
-won third place in his spelling bee age group!
-from the four classic temperaments, he is definitely our sanguine child.
-is rooting for the name Anthony if the baby is a boy.


-has been super enthusiastic with helping to cook dinner.
-draws like crazy lately.  And is getting pretty darn good!
-has also been all about the crafts lately.  Clothespin people, pilgrim hats (get ready, Thanksgiving peeps!), and hot glue all the time.
-started piano lessons.
-when he sings (if he doesn't know you're listening) has the most beautiful little voice.  I love hearing it.
-has been wanting to play Mass more and more with David.
-is our classic melancholic.
-is undecided on baby names.  Francis, Joseph, and Maximilian have all been mentioned.


-began illustrating his autobiography.
-has also been in drawing and coloring mode lately.  They both LOVE using these books.
-is pretty sure he's going to make his First Holy Communion in the Holy Land.  Upping the ante much, buddy?
-has the most infectious giggle pretty much ever.
-uses hand gestures and facial expressions in the most adorable way.  Especially when conveying something VERY exciting.
-is doing well on a half dose of his medicine every 3 days.  This is a pretty big deal for us.
-is most definitely our choleric.
-is pretty convinced this new baby is a girl.
-so randomly chose "Rose" as his first baby name choice.  


-has begun spontaneously telling us he loves us "with his whole heart."  
-is convinced that one of my breasts is actually the baby's head.
-upon seeing an inflatable snowman and santa at the store:  "Mama!  Look!  A big silly marshmallow man...And GANDALF!"
-if he doesn't fall asleep at nap time (which is pretty much every day nowadays) will soundlessly climb out of his bed and change his clothes (which involves emptying most of his dresser).
-is the first child to require us to install locks on a few interior doors.
-requests that Phillip Phillips be played whenever there is music on.  ("The Fire Song" and "Gone, Gone, Gone" are his faces.)
-is a big fan of singing the alphabet.  And puzzles.
-if I had to pick right now, I'd say he's a sanguine-choleric.
-thinks he is absolutely hilarious when he gives his baby name choice:  "David's House."
(??  I don't even know.)

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

So David Made My Week (and some other things, too)

We're having our first snow today!  
It waited until November 13 so I think I'm okay with it.

Despite my photos it does look so cozy and {pretty} outside!

I'm glad the Brian and the boys were able to spend some time cleaning up the garden before the snow.  There's a lot of work left and the garden will need a major overhaul next year but at least they found a fun surprise while they were working!

Surprise carrot harvest!  

A few days ago the boys were crazy {happy} to carve pumpkins.  There's no statute of limitations on that, right? 

I was happy to let the husband take over all carving duties.

David insisted on a spider.

Michael's was decorated with Andruil the sword, Gimli's axe, Legolas' bow, and the one ring.  (And who didn't get a picture?  This gal.)

Luke was quite content to scoop seeds in and out of his pumpkin shell.  Later Brian helped him carve a "silly face" into his.

And John Paul carved a pretty impressive Andruil as well.
I'm so bummed I didn't get a picture of them all before they were brought outside and have already started wrinkling and collapsing...

And then there's this. 

This {funny} project of David's pretty much made my week.  He found a small photo album and decided he was going to turn it into his autobiography.

So all by his own volition he began at the beginning and spent several days' work illustrating his life.

This is his birth.  I'm in the water in the fish pool holding him.  I absolutely adore Brian's pose and expression.  

And here we have when the older brothers woke up and learned they had a new brother.
Page 3 is his Baptism.

Then we have us moving into our new house and then building the new chicken pen.  He did get help from John Paul for this last drawing. This is the last page so far but I really really hope he continues because I get SUCH a kick out of it.

Same child also took it upon himself to make a crown a few days ago.  

"The cross is for Jesus and the feathers are for the birds flying up to heaven."

He wore it two days straight and all through his classes at the learning center on Tuesday.  

This kid.  {Real} cute sometimes.

Hope you're having a great day!

(Linking up with LMLD for {phfr})

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