Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four more...one husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Palm Sunday Dilemma

Today was Palm Sunday. Gloria found herself in a quandary about what she wanted to do. She usually goes to "atrium" and then joins me in church at the peace. (Those of you who know me well know that this isn't my favorite scenario, but that's for another day...) But she really wanted to participate in the liturgy of the palms. We went back and forth, round and round over what she could do.
  1. Go to atrium and join me at the peace, like always.
  2. Miss atrium and just go to church.
  3. Go to atrium and I would come get her before I went to church.
Nothing was perfect, and that's what she was seeking. The first choice upset her because she really wanted to be in church, as I already mentioned. The second choice was not acceptable because she would miss atrium and she really wanted to work on the baptism work some more (hmmm...maybe she could write my thesis for me???). The third choice was not desirable because she didn't want to miss half of her atrium time. "Why can't they do the liturgy of the palms after the children come to church?" was her question. "It's not fair that we have to miss it." She finally settled for the third choice after she realized that she would be in atrium for more time that what she would miss.

She leaned over and whispered to me during communion "Mommy, the music has gotten quieter and sadder since we started. Is that because we read about Jesus dying?" She sensed the change in mood, from celebrating Jesus riding into Jerusalem to his crucifixion days later. I think we often underestimate our children by thinking that "they don't get it" or "they can't sit still that long." Because I'm here to tell you, she "got it" big time today, and she participated fully, sitting quietly and listening/following along in her bulletin.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What a Day!

Whew! What a day!

Gloria was out of school today due to parent-teacher conferences (tomorrow too). That meant I had to take today and tomorrow off from work. I decided that as long as I was off, I would handle as many errands and appointments as I could.

We set out at 10:00 for a doctor's appointment. That was followed by errands and lunch. Then we headed over to her school for my conference with her teacher. Brakes for the car, a trip to the library, and grocery shopping followed. We had planned to go to the Y too, but the brakes took longer than I thought they would. We arrived home at almost 6:00. We were both tired and glad to be home.

Dinner was later than usual since we got home at the time we usually eat. After dinner, Gloria curled up under her snuggie with her new library books while I cleaned up the kitchen. When I finished, here is what I saw...

My sweet Glo-bug was sound asleep and Screamer was curled up on her legs, also sound asleep. Awwww....

Monday, March 1, 2010

6 Years Ago

Let the pictures tell the story...


March 1, 2004
Sitting across the table from me at dinner that first night


March 1, 2010
Sitting across the table from me at dinner tonight.


March 4, 2010
First time in a car seat, on the way home from the airport

July, 2009
Three car seats later, waiting at the airport for Maggie

March 2, 2004
Always "reading" something


Summer, 2009
Always reading something!