Thursday, March 23, 2017

Prom 2017

All dressed up and somewhere to go!

They always go as a group of friends.

Prom was early this year since the venue needed to be moved to accommodate almost 1,800 homeschool kids.  Imagine that many!

With a change in venue came limited availability.  So it was in early March for this year only.

Of course they still had an amazing time!

She's having a pretty amazing senior year.  (And she only has 7 weeks left.)

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sweet 16!!

This happened earlier in the month!

 I canNOT believe she's 16 already!

She spent her spring break week taking a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course and passed.  Woo Hoo!

So we now have 2 certified lifeguards in the house :)

Turning 16 means a big birthday party.  We are planning on celebrating her Sweet 16 with a swimming party this summer for her and all of her friends.

So proud of this girl!!

We love you, Emma, with every inch of our being.


Mom and Dad

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More Catching Up with a Special Prayer Request

In the midst of everything else going on, my mom has had some health issues, and we are at the point where I am now asking you to put her (Loretta) on your prayer list.  Please and thank you. 

Getting right to the point, my mom has lung cancer and will have the tumor surgically removed on March 29.

I hadn't mentioned anything specific because only up until late yesterday did we know the "plan of action".

It is encapsulated.  It is malignant.  It is stage one.  Cancer sucks.  I lost my father to cancer.  But if there is any good here, the fact that they caught it early and it is encapsulated is the good.

She has never smoked.

She is brave!  She is a widow and even though she is brave, fear can creep in.

So, yes, please join us in prayer.  I have been praying a novena to St. Peregrine since early January.  He is the patron saint of cancer patients.

God bless you :)


There is also some less serious news for Stan the man.  He has begun his extensive, orthodontic work.

We knew this was coming, and the kids' dental insurance does not cover orthodontics.

I am grateful that we live close to such amazing medical schools!

Stan was accepted as a patient candidate into Texas A& M / Baylor school or orthodontics in Dallas.  We started the application process to be a patient candidate last May, and earlier this month, Stan began his medical treatment.

Going here, rather than going to a private practice, will save us thousands.  Thousands!


Leaving you with a little food for thought ::

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Inhale. Exhale.

Sometimes, the chapters in our lives are so fast-paced, it can be hard to remember to breathe!  That's how it has been our neck of the woods for the past month.  I think things are going to slow down now, at least I hope so.

Here's what we've been up to ::

Penny, (Ester's horse), has a new room mate, Pistol.  It was so fun going out to meet him the first time.

Pistol, the paint horse, belongs to the land owners where Penny is kept.

And this happens when your daddy barters with a customer...

A Honda Metro, 10 years old, with only 1200 miles on it.  Sweet!

Fat Tuesday was c.r.a.z.y. here preparing for the painters to arrive the next day.  It was late at night, but we got our celebration on with these...

Two out of three sisters flew in for a quick weekend to celebrate my birthday.  (I'm 48 y'all!!)

We drank wine, ate delicious food, and laughed and laughed and laughed (till I about wet my pants laughing)!

Great memories!

Miss Sally and Ester attended the Dallas Catholic Youth Conference last weekend.  They really enjoyed it and gained so much from it spiritually.

One really amazing part was that Miss Ester, for the first time, got up and played for others.  Like hundreds of teenagers.

She had memorized 2 songs; Truce (Twenty One Pilots), and The Last Leaf Falls (Lucas King).  Oh my gosh!  That song is gorgeous!!

I ADMIRE her COURAGE (insert big, red heart)!

And there's been more.  So much more.  I'll save it for another post though.

Until the next one, happy Sunday!

~  Patty ~

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's March (and Lent)! - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

What I am thankful for ~

* Texas blue skies

* natural vitamin D (thank you, Mr. Sun!)

* ice cream trucks that announce their arrival with that old-fashioned music

* new sidewalk chalk

What I've lined up to read ~

Here are Other Lenten resources we use if you are interested.

From the school room ~

This is our last week of the 3rd quarter.  They have been working hard and will enjoy a week off for spring break.

PE - I just signed Miss Mabel up for 8 weeks of ice skating lessons.  She is SO excited! :)

I am praying for ~

* my mom and a friend (with a novena to St. Peregrine)

* my husband (with the novena to St. Joseph)

Around the house ~

This is happening on Wednesday!

We hired painters to do our entry way, living room upstairs and downstairs, staircase, and all the hallways.

All the same color and it is just to freshen the walls up.

This little lady LOVES to sunbathe.  She knows all the "hot" spots in our house throughout the day as the sun moves.

From the kitchen ~

I just uploaded this recipe for Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup.

I am listening to ~

The planes flying in overhead.  We live in the flight pattern for DFW airport.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - Dr. appointment for Stan

Tuesday - Swim lessons for Miss Clementine

Tuesday - Edge youth group

Tuesday - Fat Tuesday

Wednesday - Ash Wednesday

Wednesday - Painters come

Thursday - Dental appointment for Sally and Ester

Thursday - Last swim lesson for Miss Clementine

Friday - Sunday - Sally and Ester leave for the Dallas Catholic Youth Conference

Friday - Sunday - Two of my seesters fly in to celebrate my birthday.  We are SO excited!

2 final Instagram photos to share ~


(Photo credit: Miss Mabel)

And for any Twenty One Pilots fans...

Check out who popped up for a surprise appearance 10' in front of Miss Ester and her friends (way up in the third level), lead singer, Tyler Joseph!!

(Photo credit: Kathy B. - my friend who took her two daughters and Miss Ester.)

Have a great week ahead, a fruitful Lenten journey, and plenty of sunshine!

~  Patty  ~

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

So this is one that I completely forgot to put on my blog, and, oh my gosh! It is SO good!

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup ::


1 pound ground beef

1 cup onion, diced (I substitute with onion powder.)

3 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups of very strong beef broth

(1) 28 oz can  chopped tomatoes

(1) 28 oz can whole tomatoes (I put mine in the blender a little bit since my family doesn't like whole tomatoes.)

1/2 cup ketchup

1 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

1-2 TBSP brown sugar

1 tsp Italian seasoning

2 cups dry macaroni to add in at the end


1.  In a medium frying pan, brown the ground beef, onion and garlic until ground beef is no longer pink.  Drain the grease and place in large crock pot.

2.  Add the broth, cans of chopped and whole tomatoes, Worcestershire, brown sugar, and Italian seasoning.  Add more sugar and Worcestershire to taste if needed.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

3.  When you are ready to serve, dry macaroni and let cook for 20-25 minutes and then serve.

I was trying to figure out where I found this recipe, but the page I printed out doesn't have the blog name, only the name Karlynn.   So thank you, Karlynn!

Enjoy, all!

~  Patty  ~


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