Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I'm Here (Sorta)

I noticed this year that life blossomed into an out-of-control, infestation of "artificial busyness", (I recently read an article with that phrase in it.  I can't recall the name of the article, but I sure won't forget the phrase!)  And after just arriving home from a week long vacation to the beach, I am full of new perspective.  Things are changing overall, for the better!  I refuse to live in the stress-induced, unhealthy lifestyle anymore, God willing.

And shoot!  It ALWAYS looks better on paper, doesn't it??

In the midst of life, this old blog took a back seat.  And you know what?  I really didn't miss the pressure to write or update.  And I really didn't miss the pressure of having to read every reader's blog.

I hemmed and hawed, went back and forth, do I keep this blog??  Or should I just reel it in. The stress-free aspects have felt really good!  However, since I love to keep my recipes (and share them) here, as well as documenting my family adventures and faith, in the end, I will keep going but at a snail's pace.  I don't want the pressure, but I want to be able to go back and rediscover the memories. As do my kids!  And I could never forget the friends or acquaintances I have met and want to keep!

In the end, I'm here.  And will be.  But in a sorta-state of writing and documenting.

As for a couple of recent life-documenting moments...

Living Liturgy - Baptism Birthday

Miss Ester celebrated another Baptism Birthday in April.  I found a guardian angel key chain to put on her purse, phone, back pack, or wherever she chooses.

Homeschool - Preschool News:

Miss Clementine 'graduated' the end of April, and we celebrated with a little tea party :)

And just like 'the good and faithful servant', time keeps marching on.

~  Patty  ~

Friday, May 5, 2017

Senior Pictures

I thought I handle on how many activities come with senior year, but whew!  It has definitely been more than what I thought.  All good.  Just a lot.

One of the obvious is senior pictures.  I had put them off until this spring because our fall was so full.  (I always think I have more time.)  Well spring has been even fuller.

I had found a photographer to take Sarah's photos last weekend, but due to inclement weather, we had to cancel.  (Darn that Texas size wind!)  There was no time to reschedule either.

With the boys gone on a camping trip last weekend, and the house being more female friendly, I thought I'd dust off my old lens, the one I use to take portraits with, and take a shot at the photos myself.

It's been a LONG time, but here is a sampling of the results.

We are so pleased!   We narrowed down the final selection to 15.  And it was so hard to pick just three for announcements.

Next up, mailing the announcements and shoring up details for the Seton graduation weekend, (after our vacation to the beach)!  

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easter Season - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Over the years I have learned that not all Easter food or activities have to be prepared or take place on Easter Sunday.  It's actually important to drag these things out a little bit since Easter season lasts until Pentecost Sunday (June 4 this year).

Big sister Sally hid eggs for these two ::

I am thankful for ~

* my mom's cancer report.  She is in stage 1 but will need no chemo or radiation.  Thank you, Lord!

* my talented husband who put up the new front fence during Easter week ::

It still needs trim work and staining, but it is up.

On a side note::  The fence saga has been awful!!  The rest of the yard looks even worse then it did here.   We have a shared fence with four other neighbors.  We took the brunt of the damage, and for three weeks, tried to work with the other neighbors to move ahead on sharing the cost to have the new fence put up.  No one was in a hurry.  It did not effect them like it effected us.  This was so frustrating for us since we have had no fences (I didn't want Clementine or the puppy outside by themselves) and have had to look at unkept, weedy (as in a foot tall of weeds), trash, garbage, and junk for one month now.  (Where is the self-pride in the upkeep of your property people?)  It wasn't until two neighbors' dogs got into a fight that action took place.  Praise God! We now have all neighbors (except one) on board, contracts signed, and checks written out to a fence contractor.  We are due to have the new fence installed (it'll look like the one David built) in three weeks.

Now get this, no sooner did David finish this front fence then another whopper of a hail storm hit. Check out this hail!

Pretty but very destructive!  I hate Texas-sized hail storms. It was the third horrible storm to hit in three weeks.

What I am reading ~

We have read every Easter and spring book from our bin.  I love having a little one to read to (insert beating heart)!

From the school room ~

* Miss Sally will have senior pictures taken this Saturday.

* Miss Clementine officially completed pre-school.  It went terribly fast! :(

(This is pure sweetness and a beautiful beginner catechesis!  I highly recommend it!)

* Stan, Mabel, and Ester have about 2 1/2 weeks of school work left.

I am praying for ~

* my mom's continued recovery.  This surgery was a difficult to recover from, and she is still in the process.  With the top lobe of her right lung completely removed, she does not have the oxygen intake and therefore, still requires oxygen.   She does not have the energy and wears out quickly due to this lack of oxygen.  In your charity, please keep her recovery in your prayers.

Around the house ~

David had the honor of being this young man's Confirmation sponsor last weekend.

From the kitchen ~

Dessert this past Sunday was our snazzy-looking, blue-eyed, Easter lamb cake.  Ha ha!

I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine singing her little heart out upstairs.  (Insert that beating heart, again.)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - high school Bible study

Tuesday - Swim lessons for Stan and Clementine

Tuesday - Youth group for junior high

Wednesday - Children's choir practice

Thursday - Swim lessons for Stan and Clementine

Thursday - Ice skating lessons for Mabel

Saturday - Senior pictures for Miss Sally

Friday-Sunday - Troops of St. George camp out

One last photo to share ~

My nightly, under-the-pillow surprise.  It is Miss Clementine and I walking in the rain with our umbrellas.  :)

Wishing you all continued Easter blessings!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, April 21, 2017

One Hot Mess of Emotions

In a blink of an eye, we went from newborn to college registration.

(I choke up easily these days.)

Earlier in April, she and I made a trip down to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for freshman orientation and registration.

Her father and I canNOT be any prouder of her.  She's worked so incredibly hard to get where she is and will fit in beautifully at this university.

The campus is so pretty and charming, filled with Live Oaks and Greek colonial style buildings.  The faculty, staff, and fellow students we met were amazing and comforting.  Their pride in and love for UMHB is enormous.

Nursing is her chosen path, and what a noble profession it is!

We had a jam-packed weekend filled with all the info we needed to obtain, and she is even registered for her fall classes.  Oh my word... I choked back tears while talking to one of the lovely staff members. So emotional.  She will be in great hands.

And then this arrived in the mail last week.

This week, she turned in her last Seton (Seton Home Study School) assignment just the other night.  What an incredible journey it has been.  Words simply cannot describe what we are feeling.  It's been 13 years!

She and I will fly out to D.C. for a quick weekend trip (end of May) in order for her to take part in Seton's formal graduation ceremony.  Then the following weekend, our home school group will host its yearly baccalaureate Mass.  Fun times!!

Next weekend we meet a photographer for senior pictures.  Gosh!  Somebody please slow time down for me. 

I have a much greater appreciation for all the emotions experienced by mamas who have gone before me.

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter Picnic 2017

I get tired of being stuck in the kitchen on holy days and holidays.  Don't you?

For Easter this year, I requested a picnic.  I packed ham and croissants, potato salad, and homemade coleslaw.  There was water, lemonade, and soda as well as  mini cheese cakes with fruit for dessert.

We had a super, lovely day, and I really enjoyed being outdoors instead of in the kitchen!

And little Miss Britches even fell sound asleep on the car ride home.  ;)

Wishing you all continued Easter joy ~


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Happy Easter from Texas!  

I hope you had a beautiful day wherever it found you; with friends or family, on the road or in your home.

From the past week ...

Easter baskets this year ...

Since both my older two are lifeguards, I stuck in some things that they could use.

(Miss Sally's basket) Choosing Beauty, Texas Rangers visor, polarized sunglasses, notepad, and chocolates.

(Miss Ester's basket) Be Still and Know That I Am God coloring book, baseball cap, polarized sunglasses, notepad, and chocolates.

Miss Mabel received: The Legend of the Sand Dollar, swimsuit, iPod charger, gardening gloves, notepad, and chocolates.

Stan the Man received: The Very First Easter,  Will Wilder The Lost Staff of Wonders, flip flops, sports bag, and chocolates.

Miss Clementine received:  The Golden Egg, butterfly mask, jump rope, vanilla-scented macaroon erasers, crayon rocks, a retro 6-puzzle set, and chocolates.

Belle had to have an Easter basket as well!  She received a Peeps squeaky rabbit and a new, chew rope.

A closer look at those books ...

We had a wonderful day today out at a lake for a picnic.  Unplugged, too!  It was so much fun and peaceful and relaxing.

I hope you all had a wonderful day as well, wherever it found you.

God bless!  Happy Easter!

~  Patty  ~


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