Friday, February 15, 2019
I don't think they have ever had such a long poem recited to them! Afterwards I showed them a video of a student from an East Coast school who memorized the whole poem, and challenged them to memorize and recite a stanza--and earn extra points to be applied to their next test.
I enjoyed the video and the music helped the kids--I actually was moved to tears the first time I played it at home.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Last Time
From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you have freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feedings and burping,
Nappy changes and crying,
Whining and fighting,
Naps or a lack of naps,
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.
But don’t forget …
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed
your baby for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.
One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this.
One afternoon you will sing “the wheels on the bus”
and do all the actions,
Then never sing them that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face.
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.
The thing is, you won’t even know it’s the last time
Until there are no more times.
And even then, it will take you a while to realize.
So while you are living in these times,
remember there are only so many of them
and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.
For one last time.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
"To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant."
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
|Card and chocolates from sis Tereza|
|from Sister Stephen OSB|
|A bit jumbled transcript from Number Five.|
Monday, February 11, 2019
A huuuuuuuuuuuuuge happiest birthday to our dearest, sweetest, most-Julia-Child-esque mother who deserves all the praise and joy and love possible! Although Jessie and I aren’t pregnant (yet), we’ve talked at length many times about how much we’re looking forward to having such a grandma as you’ll be, Mamae! You’ve been such a wonderful example to us all of maintaining one’s hope, joy, faith, and love throughout life’s slings and arrows, and I’m so excited to pass on what I’ve learned from you (and Dad) to our own kiddos!
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who has joined me en route.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who offers to help me stay the course.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who bore, nursed, fed, reared, and taught our seven children.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who suffered with me in trials and challenges, and persevered to support me.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who prays for guidance, hearing, discernment for us, our family and our friends. (How good God has been to us by answering prayers!)
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who has clung tenaciously to our faith.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who has offered example and advice to those seeking help, though her writing and conversation.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who has consented to share my life without knowing well what she had agreed to. (The gift of trust and faith.)
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who did not turn and flee when things were rough but persisted in love, patience, kindness and forgiveness.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who has followed and guided my peripatetic trail across the country making the “best out of it”.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who prepares lovingly to be a grandmother.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who prepares lovingly for a new phase of life with me as empty-nesters.
Thanks be to God for my dear wife, who has shared my life for more than three decades, more than half her life to date.
May she be blessed on her birthday and every day, resting, working, striving, loving, in His light.
February 10, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
The twin sister of St. Benedict is a powerful intercessor for those desiring purity.
While little is known about the life of St. Scholastica, it is said that she dedicated herself to God at an early age. She maintained a childlike innocence throughout her life and is considered the founder of the women’s branch of the Benedictine order.
Her holiness and simple trust in God is related in an incident when her prayers succeeded in delaying the travel plans of her brother. Scholastica prayed to God and a violent storm erupted that prevented Benedict from leaving their discussion.
With this in mind, many pray to her for purity, asking God to grant a similar innocence of heart and mind.
O God, to show us where innocence leads, you made the soul of your virgin Saint Scholastica soar to heaven like a dove in flight. Grant through her merits and her prayers that we may so live in innocence as to attain to joys everlasting. This we ask through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen
Friday, February 08, 2019
Amazing! I tuned in to Great Courses on Amazon Prime and decided to preview a Harvey Mudd Professor course on Statistics—she started by telling about confronting her OB with tons of NFP data! I was blown away and of course found a TED talk she gave about it! The TED talk is funny, short and very interesting!