Each year for Christmas we give our kids a Catholic T Shirt, a great way to show our love for our Faith. When I regularly kept the blog going, I would share a post each year with the Catholic T's. I decided to open this special place up to public view for a limited time in order to share the T'shirt choices for this year. I always love seeing all the Christmas posts from other bloggers, and wanted to join in the fun with our own unique blend of Frat house life/Catholicism. (Amazon Affiliate links included in this post) Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and looking forward to a blessed Advent...so now for the Catholic Shirts for 2016:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Outside My Window - Hot, humid, sticky, and everything you could imagine for Texas in July. It doesn't keep us from enjoying a bonfire as the sunsets. Enjoying time with cousins, s'mores, and a great game of Spades though.
I am thinking - About a lot. Samwise is feeling better, such an easy even if expensive fix. Meds, better dog food and the puppy is almost good as he can be. We can see him gaining weight, enjoying some of his favorite games, and not constantly itching. I love how easy this fix was.
Benjamin, not an easy fix. I'm torn between oversharing, using Autism as a crutch, and just plain old feelings of failure....as a mom, a parent, a friend, of everything. Meltdowns are getting worse, and more frequent. I think we are dealing with a blood sugar issue too, but don't know for sure. We absolutely do not have this all figured out, not at all. Feeling very overwhelmed and thinking a lot about how to insulate him but not baby him. Protect him, but challenge him. I am enjoying the moments I can slip outside, not die from the heat, and just be quiet with my own thoughts and prayers. I know we will get there, I know it...but, *exhale* how, when, what, and all of the Mom guilt too. Such a wad of emotion, I don't even know what to do with it. I sincerely wish Ben's fix was as easy as Sam's, but then Dogs are uncomplicated...people, not so much. Mostly, just coming to grips with the reality that he isn't going to outgrow this and there isn't an easy fix - it is a process, ongoing, always and forever.
I am wearing - We got our bracelets in. We love them and wear them every day. (and this is where I question myself...crutch, over doing it, I don't know, I just don't know)
I am creating - A home. The recent gifts from my Mom have provided me lots of inspiration to 'feather my nest' and oh boy am I enjoying this. I used to love to decorate my home. Somewhere between newborns, and teens, and life... my home became a functional frat house full of love and lots of what is practical. I tucked things away for 'some day decorating' and many many treasures got broken or lost between moves and life with a full house. It is such a joy to bring things out, add in my Mom's and reclaim this art of making a home. It is so satisfying to me in every way. Perhaps having to let go of of it for so long, just to not lose my mind, makes me love it all the more, I don't know, but it has been a source of great contentment and joy. The kids love it too, making it all the more wonderful.
I am going - To start riding my bike again. I love it, and the kids love bike riding. The oppressive heat has made it difficult but we plan to begin again soon in the evenings. Faith has a purple bike that is also darling. I am eager to get back at it.
I am wondering - How people still use this word. I heard it just the other day and I felt slapped by it. Remove this word from your vocabulary - remove it. It doesn't belong under any circumstances.
I am hoping - To get a new family photo with everyone in 2016. I'm praying, and wishing, and begging all my kids to be here for Christmas. If Military and jobs can allow it. It would be the best Christmas present!
I am learning - I have a lot to learn, and all of the above.
I am pondering - How exactly to make these for Christmas gifts. I love them!!
From my kitchen - Pete and I have been wanting to do a routine Friday Fish Fry with an open invitation to friends and family for years. We plan to serve this next Friday for those we love to come by and enjoy. Life kept telling us for a while 'not yet' 'not right' but we both have felt a nudge to 'make it so'. This Friday we are serving up some Catfish, red beans and rice along with hush puppies. All we love who live here (and you know who you are..hint, hint W & H) are welcome to drop in, add to the menu, and enjoy...(LeAunt I'm talking to you, and bring the baby because it has been too long since I held her).
A favorite quote - I had an emotional week. I caught another mother saying something cruel about my child at the pool (in front of me). She didn't know he was mine, and when she realized, she was so embarrassed she left. Words are powerful, they can heal and they can harm. Choose your words wisely.
A peek into my day - This morning Pete asked me what my agenda was for today. I replied that it was an easy breezy day. I planned to make some Dr. appt's but otherwise the kids and I would be at the pool all afternoon....then karma laughed and laughed.
*I got a phone call from a child in Dallas soon afterward who needed to be picked up - Migraine while on the job.
*Called to get Dr. appt. for several, and eye appointment for several - headache triggered my realization that I need to take care of that.
*Take oldest son to get new copy of birth certificate and social security card because in an effort to reduce all he brought home from Florida, he threw all that out and needs it - like now, for another opportunity (more on that later).
*While helping with this, get a call from Braums that a child who had the day off needed to come in due to 3 people not showing up for their shift. Um, I kinda needed him right that second.....
*Get home, make lunch and feed kids.
*Take oldest son to work.
*Take sick son to pick up his car 30 mins away and drive home with him close (because #sickwithmigraineheadache
*Take sick son to Dr.
*While at Dr., get call from one son at work that he needs to be picked up.
*Leave Dr., pick up one, drop off at home - go back to Dr. where luckily adult child can see Doc without me.
*Return home, start dinner.
*Field about 4 phone calls from Doc offices, and children.
*Add to this about 6 loads of laundry.
One of my favorite things - The wind chimes. I love them and look forward to steeling a moment outside to enjoy them tonight, after prayers, after bedtimes, and while it is quiet.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Two of our guys actually went to Prom this year. School dances don't seem to be much of a draw for our boys and only one other has gone to the Prom. He went with a group of friends and they had a blast. This scenario was similar except these two had dates, but they still all went as friends. I think that despite Prom being the same weekend as Mother's Day it was still worth it, everyone had a fantastic time and made wonderful memories.
Micah and Bailey are so beautiful in their Prom Dresses. These girls are seriously the best.
Micah is a very special part of our family. We met her when she worked at Braums and she has a special place in our hearts as an honorary daughter. Last Summer she helped me a ton with babysitting and driving kids places for me. I don't know what I would have done without her. All my kids love her, we are going to miss her when she is off far away in college next year but are excited to see what she does and where she goes in life.
I just wanted to get these memories down.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
~Capturing the Context of Contentment in Every Day Life~
~Every Thursday at Like Mother Like Daughter~
My Mom has been downsizing. She and Papa have decided to move into something more suited to their needs and I do believe it is a perfect fit. I was the very blessed recipient of some of my Mom's favorite things and I hope it makes her happy to see them being loved here at The Burrow.
The top photo was my Great Grandmothers bread baking bowl. It is wooden and she would add all ingredients and knead it then let it rise all within the same bowl. If you look closely there is an indention in the handle, it is from all the years of use where her thumb held tight onto the bowl. I love to bake bread, and can see how handy this bowl must have been. I do not want to harm it though so it will continue it's retirement from bread service but has been put to good use holding fresh fruit on my table. I love having it out to see, a treasure for sure.
The middle photo are the stained glass windows my Mom placed in the Cathedral style windows of her home. I plan to add a valance at some point to cover the top, but for now I don't mind that there isn't one. I got some heavy weight wire wrapped in twine and hung them at my sewing window in my kitchen. I cannot express how happy they make me. I have one other stained glass I will share at next weeks PHFR.
The last photo is a sign of my mother's ingenuity. When my nephew went to live with her as a baby, a very dear friend of hers gave her their own crib to use. Their daughter no longer needed it, and Mom had grand-babies visiting as well as this special situation. Once all the babies were all too big for a crib, she took the mattress springs and painted them bright red, then hung all her wind chimes from it. I have always loved this feature on her back porch and am delighted that now it is on my back porch. It sounds so pretty out there too.
Part of my #nourish365 is to document meals etc. These boys devoured the Broccoli Beef I made last night. I didn't buy the skirt steak as recommended but used the stew meat I found on sale - and it was still delicious. It makes me so happy to see them gathered together, we sure miss the ones who cannot be with us due to Military, work, etc..
Our bracelets came in. We have ordered a variety of I.D. bracelets for Ben, but we thought it was a good idea for us to wear them too.
This came up in my Timehop and I just love it, when I captured this moment I knew it was a gem, my Mom is not a fan of swimming (at all) but when her Grand kids are around she finds herself doing all kinds of things outside of her comfort zone, and having fun!
These two, oh my goodness. My cousins were my life growing up, I love staying in touch with them as adults and treasure all our times together. It does my heart good to see my children have this same experience with their cousins. I am a firm believer in the wisdom of 'The more people who love your child, the better for your child'. Cousins, aunts, uncles, especially Grand parents - those are anchors.
Okay, this was seriously one of the best VBS years ever. Cave Quest was awesome, the program at our parish was so fun, and a great time for learning. This photo was from one of the games, Linus loved that his team won. My sister-n-law took this photo for me (and by the way she lead the entire VBS, wow) that is my niece hamming it up in the background which is why I love that little girl so much - and this photo is priceless. Linus wants VBS to come back for one more week, but we decided to play these games at our next 'all' family get together so that has pacified him for now. It was seriously fun!
They were all laughing and smiling at their cousin's two year old birthday party until I pulled out my phone to snap a photo - then, the look of 'really Mom, again" and all other shenanigans went down.
You are darn right I bought it, I wanted to buy them all and send them to my cousins!
Samwise has not been well. Our poor puppy has suffered with some sort of skin irritation that we think we've finally figured out is food borne. It is just our way of doing everything that we would fall in love with a dog that needs a designer diet - right, a designer dog. But...we love him, and he was suffering from all the itching and his hair quickly began to fall out and as the heat poured on outside we just kept him inside but that made him miserable too. The Vet has placed him on three different medications and a special diet to see if this will provide any relief, she keeps assuring us this is a common condition among German Shepherds, but that doesn't make us or Sam feel any better. It does help me not feel so guilty about his state, he eats like crazy but has been losing weight. We have finally rounded a corner this week and I do believe the meds and diet are helping. This dog, he is just so much a part of our family, we are silly over him, we love him so much. Everyone has pulled together to try and help him, he has the biggest heart of any animal I've ever met, and it makes us all happy he is feeling better.