Friday, November 21, 2014

Prayers Needed

I am asking for all of you to be lifting our daughter, Sarah (a.k.a. Sally) up in prayer.

Late yesterday, Sarah had an Acute Angle Closure Attack in both of her eyes. It is very dangerous because the patient can lose their vision.  Today she went in for an emergency eye surgery to relieve the fluid pressure build up behind the eyes.  ( It affected both of her eyes. )

She is home, resting, taking a lot of medication, and worn out.  The immediate danger and pain is gone.  Her vision is affected but we don't know to what extent.  She will go back to the eye surgeon next Wednesday.

We do not know the cause since she is only 15 and does not have glaucoma.  The evidence they have found seems to point the doctors to an auto immune disease that could have attacked the Iris which caused the AACA issue.  She has been having eye issues, but we had no clue it would lead to this.  This morning she had a tremendous amount of blood drawn to be sent off for testing.

Acute Angle Closure Attack is when the normal fluid in the back of the eye cannot drain due to the Iris blocking the two exits.  The Iris, for some reason, is being moved out of place behind the eye.  Think of dangerously high blood pressure.  Only, this is dangerously high fluid pressure behind the eye.  They gave her oral meds and drops to bring her pressure down for the night, and then she had her surgery today.

Our priest (our dear friend) came over this evening to administer the Sacrament of the anointing of the sick.  We feel PEACE.  Finally.

I know it is a very busy time of the year and you have so much going on with the holiday, but I ask, if you have a chance, please please  join our family in praying a novena to St. Lucy.  We will officially start it tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 22).

Saint Lucy
Whose beautiful name signifies 'LIGHT'
by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you
increase and preserve His light in my soul
so that I may avoid evil, 
Be zealous in the performance of good works
and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and 
the darkness of evil and sin. 
Obtain for me, by your intercession with God
Perfect vision for my bodily eyes
and the grace to use them for God’s greater honour and glory
and the salvation of souls.
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr
hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Up For the Challenge

A little background info...

Miss Sally belongs to Metro-Aquatics, a swim club that has seven locations in the DFW metroplex.  There's approximately 1200 swimmers total, some homeschool kids, but the vast majority being brick and mortar school kids.

Miss Sally's coach recently saw the potential for homeschoolers competing as a "private" team against other private schools.

(Homeschooling is legally considered "private" school.)

Over the summer, he inquired if there was an interest, and there most certainly was!  On his own donated time, Coach put together a rag tag team of 13 homeschool swimmers for a recent meet.

There were 4 middle schoolers who competed against other middle school "private" school teams, and 9 high schoolers.  This little team may have been small in number, but boy! were they mighty in the water!

They competed against other BIG high schools like JPII, Bishop Dunne Catholic, and Nolan Catholic ::

(John Paul II High School team, alone, took up an entire bleacher section!)

They competed against other Christian high school and grade schools from the DFW area as well.  It was a huge meet.

Metro relaxing after their warm ups...

And Coach telling them they need to come up with a team cheer...

Apparently, every school has a team cheer ;)

So here's the skinny on the results...

 They won every single relay event they raced, except one, and took second for that.  For the individual events, they placed every one.  It was absolutely thrilling to see them compete.

The parents of the other swimmers were wondering who Metro was ;)  "Homeschoolers?"


Girls (top two)
Metro 174
Nolan Catholic 137

Boys (top two)
John Paul II High School 122
Metro 83.50 **

**That was with ONLY 4 boys competing at the high school level.

And for the funny part?  It seems that there was some trash talk going on.  Some of the other swimmers were overheard saying, "Metro has fast swimmers because they homeschool and have time."   Umm....sure.  Okay.

I guess they assume our Chemistry, Geometry, Religion, History, English, Art, Driver's Ed, etc are all abbreviated and we just have tons of time on our hands to sit on the couch and eat bon bons (*wink*).

And for the coach that believes in them?

The kids all pitched in and surprised him with an appropriate thank you ;)

Their next homeschool swim meet is in December.  We are really looking forward to it!

Swim fast Metro!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, November 17, 2014

Let There Be Snow - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

This morning

This is the first time we have had "snow" in November!   (I know.  Go ahead and laugh at what we call snow down here ;)

Texans have a saying, "If you don't like the weather, just wait until tomorrow."

By the end of the week, we will be back in the normal temps - 70.

I am thankful for ~

* Warm coats and hats and gloves.

* Warm and toasty fires in the fireplace.

* Irish coffee ;)

From the school room ~

* Three weeks left in the quarter!  (And the people sing Amen!)

* Miss Ester and Sally have their "Famous Portraits in Pencil" displayed on their teacher's website.  Check them out here.

Or, check them out below!

Miss Ester drew...can you guess??

Yes!  Audrey Hepburn

Miss Sally drew.... can you guess???

Sebastian Stan, the man who plays Bucky on Captain America!

From the kitchen ~

I've been able to use my Vitamix twice now with the colder temps.  I love to make soups in that machine.  Easy and healthy...a win win!

What I am reading ~

I ordered my Advent reading book.  Finally.

Advent and Christmas with the Saints.  (Here).

I should receive it in the mail tomorrow.

Around my house ~

* We celebrated Miss Mabel's baptism birthday this past Sunday.

I picked up a St. Anne statue (with Mary) for our horse lovin' girl.  St. Anne is the patron saint of horse riders.

Miss Ester has this same statue, for the same reason.

* Miss Sally had a swim meet this past weekend.  Boy oh boy!  Do I have a story to share, but it deserves its very own post.

This particular  group is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!!!!!

I am thinking about ~



The Texas schools usually shut down for the entire Thanksgiving week.  I've decided to only take off Thanksgiving day since we are not traveling anywhere.

This will give us four weeks off from school during December/ January.

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Tuesday - Field trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.   There are only 2 places in the entire United States that print $$$, Forth Worth and Washington D.C.

* Wednesday - Follow up eye appointment for Miss Sally.

* Friday (-Sunday) - Miss Sally leaves for the Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference.  She will be in Oklahoma city with High School Catholic youth from Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma!

* Saturday - Christmas Cards for the Troops, a service project for our homeschool kids.

A final photo to share ~

She was amazed to find snow this morning when she awoke ;)

Have a great week, folks!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Picture Me Upon Your Knee

With tea for two and two for tea

Just me for you and you for me alone.

How happy we will be!

Miss Clementine loves it when Miss Mabel shares her glass tea set ;)

~  Patty  ~

Friday, November 14, 2014

What's for Sunday dinner?

On Sunday evening, my family has tickets to the Dallas Arboretum's,  "The 12 Days of Christmas".

We were going to go with a handful of friends, and had received a special promotional discount price of $5 per person!!

I have been watching the weather report and of course, Sunday is suppose to be cold with a chance of rain.  Yuck.

Cold temps + rain = sick weather.

I have a little one who is in the midst of a cold, so I think our attendance is iffy right now.

In the mean time, I planned for a hot, delicious, early dinner to enjoy...

Maple Glazed Roast Pork, (recipe here),  steamed, buttered corn, rolls,

and some Praline Sweet Potatoes, (recipe here).

Dessert, (my favorite part of Sunday), is an oldie but a goldie!  Pumpkin Squares, (recipe here.)

Hope you have all stayed warm and safe this week.  It's definitely been  cold almost everywhere in the continental U.S.

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Sets In - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Last Tuesday a cold front moved in and it brought a little bit of rain.

Miss Ester and I were sitting on her bed working on some English.  Even though it was damp and dreary out, we were warm and cozy inside.

It will be near 80 for us today, BUT! Tomorrow and the rest of the week is going to be a totally different story.

I am thankful for ~

* Veterans!!

* Our wonderful date night celebrating his birthday.

* My children who inspire me to grow in faith.

* Awesome airline ticket prices!!  (I purchased a RT, non-stop ticket on Southwest, Chicago to Dallas for my mom - $88!!)  We are bringing Grammy down the end of January will it should be warmer than the Chicago area.

* Amazon Prime.  UPS.  They are my best friends at this time of the year.  Seriously.

From the school room ~

Sometimes, when the older four all need help or work checked at the same time, my eyes can start to go cross-eyed or gloss over.  There's only so much this old lady's brain can absorb at once.  It's been so nice to see that they can (in many cases) help each other out or check one another's work.

From the kitchen ~

Veggie Mac & Cheese (shredded carrots and chopped cauliflower).  Thank you, Giada!

(I'll post the recipe and more pics soon.)

What I am reading ~

Thanks to Barbara, who suggested I look into, I finally found a book!

I ordered the kindle version of,  The Aviator's Wife.  (Historical fiction of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life.)

I'm 1/2 way through it.  I like it, but dang!  Charles Lindbergh was a NOT the man I thought he was.  (I won't give away and surprises, but I would suggest looking up his clandestine lifestyle.)

Around my house ~

* We celebrated Miss Sally's baptism birthday.

If you are a fairly new follower and are wondering what is a baptism birthday, it's when we remember the day each of us were baptized.  We bring out the Baptism candle to relight.  I also pick up a small, faith based gift.

St. Frances Cabrini (A.K.A. Mother Cabrini).

Miss Sally's Confirmation saint.  

At the time of her Confirmation, I had quite a hard time finding a statue of St. Cabrini that was not obnoxiously priced.  A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon one at a Catholic gift store - $16!  

* David turned 46 on November 9.  I just adore this man.  His love of God, faith, family, and country inspires me daily.  He is so devoted to me and the children.  I am so blessed to be his wife.

I am thinking about ~

* Advent!  It'll be here before we know it.  December is filled with so many colorful and meaningful feast days as well.  Such a holy yet exciting time!

* The cold weather that will blanket most of the continental United States this week.  Brrrr....

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Horse lessons for Ester and Mabel on Tuesday.
* Moms Night Out - I organized this month's event.  The homeschool moms are going bowling on Tuesday night.
* Feast of St. Frances Cabrini on Thursday.
* Eye appointments for the four older kids Thursday and Friday.  (I take them two at a time.)
* Little Flowers/ Little Women on Friday night.
* Miss Sally's swim meet on Saturday.
* Dallas Arboretum (preview to the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit) Sunday.
* Miss Mabel's baptism birthday on Sunday.

A final photo to share ~

I love the smell of new books.  Here's our newest for Thanksgiving :)

Have a great week!  Stay safe and warm!

~  Patty  ~


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