Surprise!!! Saturday, Oct 27 2007 

This afternoon my neighbors gave me a surprise baby shower. I was completely shocked! Even after I walked in and saw everyone sitting there, it still took me a few seconds to realize what was going on. I was still thinking about what yummy treat my neighbor had for me, because the girls told me that they had made me a treat and they wanted me to go down there and get it. I kept insisting that they bring it up. I’m very tired these days, you know? 🙂  Finally, the girls said they were leaving with or without me, so I gave in. I was 30 minutes late. Oops!

Here are a few pictures from the shower.

Playing games

Games_1  Games_2_2

Guess what kind of chocolate candy bar this is. GROSS!!!

Diaper  Diaper_2

It’s time to open presents.

Me_1  Me_2   

Me_3  Me_4 

Me_pants  Me  Me_xmas

This edible centerpiece was so beautiful, and delicious!!!



A Christmas Mosaic book-walk Thursday, Oct 25 2007 


Stop by Cay Gibson’s to get all the details on how to win an autographed copy of Christmas Mosaic. Her Catholic Mosaic book has been an incredible blessing to our family. Good luck!

Late night school Wednesday, Oct 24 2007 

This is what the little kids were doing a few nights ago, just before bed. I let them stay up that night, because I couldn’t interrupt such a wonderful moment. The older gilrs were in the other room crocheting scarves to send to the children in Iraq. Unfortunately, I can’t find the pictures in my computer.

                       Angela     Boys


A 4 Real friend Wednesday, Oct 24 2007 

Yesterday the kids and I went to visit a friend from the Real learning forum. The kids had a wonderful time playing with each other. Marilyn prepared a wonderful brunch for us. She made the most delicious apple cider and apple pie, which we ate with the creamiest vanilla ice cream. Marilyn and I sat and talked for a while and enjoyed going through the cutest baby clothes she had for me. Time goes by so fast when we get together. Here are a few pictures we took before we left.

The little ones playing in the school room



Two tired Mamas


All beautiful 11 children. Mine are on the left and Marilyn’s are on the right.


Happy 19th wedding anniversary Monday, Oct 22 2007 

We were so young then. I had no idea how blessed we would be 19 years later.


Our oldest daughter made this video for us as an anniversary gift. It’s about 5 minutes long. I’m sure you’ll recognize the tilte of the second song. Enjoy!!!

This is me at 36 weeks Saturday, Oct 20 2007 


Notice my swollen hands and feet : )

By Angela, age 5

A missing wheel Tuesday, Oct 16 2007 

Here is a conversation with our 5 year old Angela.

Angela: "Mommy, there is a missing wheel."

Me: "Where?"

Angela: "In the dishwasher."

Me : "Oh no."

Angela: "Now we can’t do dishes. We need to move!!!"

Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila Monday, Oct 15 2007 


Our plans for today:

Read about St. Teresa’s life


Pray the Litany to St. Teresa of Avila

Family Rosary

Study about Spain- color the Spain flag and trace the map of Spain.

For dinner we will be having Paella. This is how it turned out.


Here is the recipe:


  • 10 (4 ounce) links mild or hot Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 15 raw chicken tenders or strips
  • 2 pounds large shrimp – peeled and deveined
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
  • 1 large stalk celery, with leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes, juice reserved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth


  • Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Fry hot and mild Italian sausage pieces in the wok until brown on all sides. Remove sausage, and fry the chicken strips in the sausage drippings until browned. Remove chicken and saute onions, green pepper, celery, and garlic for 5 minutes, or until tender.
  • Stir in the uncooked rice, tomatoes, bay leaves, salt, oregano and turmeric. Cook and stir for 1 minute, then mix in the reserved tomato juice and chicken broth. Add chicken pieces, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add sausage to the mixture, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes, then stir in the shrimp; cover and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.

St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

35 weeks Wednesday, Oct 10 2007 

She’s all in the front.



Another gift from St. Therese Tuesday, Oct 9 2007 

This afternoon I received a gift from a dear friend, Anne. Thank you, Anne, for such a perfect gift for our family. We will certainly remember you in our prayers.

Today just happens to be Tuesday, when St. Therese gives a shower of roses to those who pray three Hail Marys in her honor every Tuesday.

This gift is a Sacramental Oil from the House of Loreto. The Holy House of Loreto, the first shrine of international renown dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, has been a true Marian center of Christianity for several centuries. This is the stone house in which Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth.

According to tradition, in 1291, when the Crusaders were finally expelled from Palestine, Our Lady’s stone house was transported "by angels" first to Illyria (in Croatia), then to the territory of Loreto on December 10, 1294, where it remains to this day.

Oil is blessed at the Shrine and burns in the lamps before the altar in the Holy House. At certain times, this blessed oil is drained from the lamps and poured into small containers for distribution to pilgrims.


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