Thursday, May 15, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life~

~Every Thursday at Like Mother Like Daughter~

All the food I've been preparing from the 30 Day Vegan workshop has been just beautiful.  Lots of vibrant colors and fresh bright flavors.

I took the workshop before and enjoyed it, but I love all the tweaks Heather has made and the recipes are absolutely wonderful.  Pete and I agreed in the beginning that we had no plans to follow the Vegan diet completely but with our own adjustments (we are keeping fish, eggs, and butter) we love it.  Pete is also adding juice to his mornings along with me.  I've been drinking fresh vegetable juice for over 2 years now and it is good to listen to him share how much it helps him not crave the junk food throughout the day.  He also has not complained of being hungry during our first week of the workshop, so I hope his cholesterol is going down, down, down.  He has 90 days to get it down or else medication - we are working hard on it.  I'm also joining Heather's This Week In My Kitchen : Blog Hop along with the Pretty, Happy, Funny Real.  I hope you don't mind the double link up!

Deep breath and big sigh.  I could not be prouder of Noah, the baby who brought my heart into this world.  He accomplished something that I never did and it just makes my heart swell with respect, pride, name it.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin University last Saturday.  
 If Pete and I look a little disheveled in this photo it is because we are.  We got up at 2:45 am to drive down and be there in time to load up his belongings before the graduation ceremony.  It was worth the trouble and everything went smoothly other than the fact that we are not spring chicks anymore and that kind of schedule leaves us a little weary.  Weary and wonderful was the day though.  

My bookends.  I know that large family life isn't for everyone.  This photo reminds me of why I feel so blessed by our large family.  The age difference here is 14 years, and yet they are brothers.  One looking up to the other in only the way a little brother can.  They make me very happy.

So here are the #4 Maniacal and #5 Blue Steel faces that they keep striking in order to deter me from taking photos - but it doesn't work.  

We stopped at Hushpuppies in Henderson, Tx on our way home from the graduation.  I love the look of complete satisfaction as #9 enjoys his hamburger.  We tried to persuade him to eat some Cajun style shrimp or fish but all he wanted was a hangaburger (we call them that because when Noah was a toddler that is how he said Hamburger).


Leila's book is just so wonderful, I have to plug it again.  You can buy it through Amazon 
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and you can follow all the press and discussions taking place via the face book page here:  FB Link
If you have read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life~
~Every Thursday, at Like Mother Like Daughter~

My husband teases me because I have always said coffee/tea taste better in a pretty mug.  My sister-n-law must also believe this because I think she may have found the prettiest mug I've ever seen for my birthday.  My coffee tastes so delicious when served in this beauty!

As much as I shake my head in disapproval when I drive by lawns that look like the outdoor mart dumped their loot on it (I'm a minimalist when it comes to yard art), when I saw this I went nuts for it.  Pete took note and on the morning of my birthday the kids surprised me with it.  I'm in love, it makes me smile every time I see it.

Just one more photo of #8, I am so proud of him!

The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home *affiliate link* finally arrived on my birthday.  
To say I was happy about this is putting it mildly.  I honestly think every Catholic home would love to have this beautiful book. I have been pouring through it each evening and have enjoyed everything about it.  Leila shares a little about it here, with a review from Scott Hahn!

My kids love Leanne,  she is such a good friend to us and doesn't mind the antics of the Frat house domestic bliss I have going on.  I tried to get a good photo but the boys were not having it.  We have #5 giving the maniacal look, #9 crazy cakes, #3 peace, #6 "help me Mom's taking photos again", and #5 Blue Steel.
"Before the beginning of brilliance, there must be chaos"  this was Benjamin's fortune cookie not too long ago and it just so perfect.  He is brilliant in a mind blowing way - but due to what is called a Traumatic Brain Injury (uteran rupture at birth, loss of oxygen) his behavior is sometimes not a good representation of that brilliance and some days we see more chaos.  I love that he got this fortune cookie, and I love him.  I'm so SO glad he is mine!!!

The fence is coming along!

The boys and Pete are doing a great job on the fence and are actually enjoying the process.  I cannot wait to see it complete!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

First Holy Communion - Linus

He worked so hard for this day.  Learning prayers, lots of questions about the Mass as well as the Eucharist.  I was asked early into the school year if I would teach a First Communion Class because our parish had over 130 students enrolled for First Holy Communion.  I agreed if I could teach his class, so I got to be his teacher, it has been such a blessing!  

He really had a special day, friends & more friends + family joined us to celebrate this occasion.

He is such a cut up, never a dull moment with this one!

Our kids love Father Jeremy so much, he gives the absolute best children's Masses and really brings the faith alive for the children.  We are so blessed by him!

Unfortunately, Linus woke up sick early Monday morning and was really ill all day yesterday and into the night.  So rainbow jello is on the menu for him today.  He will get yellow, blue, then red, and finally green.  his choices.  Luckily he was well enough to move off the couch this morning because his brother and sister got super excited when they found...

this little guy in our back yard!  I love Spring Time.

~I've never had a First Communion celebration go so smoothly.  I made a large quantity of taco meat and kept it on low in my electric roaster.  All the sides for tacos were prepared in advance and easy to pull out when everyone arrived.  A friend from church prepared a tres leche cake because we wanted to keep with a Cinco de Mayo theme for him since that was the next day.  Linus was born on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe so we keep all his celebrations very much within that cultural influence, it is so much fun!
Watching the kids run and play as night fell really felt like the essence of my best child hood memories.  My heart is full that his day was like this, and that we could be surrounded by so many wonderful people.  I don't think we will ever forget this First Holy Communion!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life~

~Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter

It's that time of year again.  When I fill the Radio Flyer with Impatiens. So pretty!

Okay, this makes me so happy!!!  Our 23rd wedding anniversary was Easter, and my husband got me this beautiful yellow bike WITH A BASKET!!!  I love it so much and we've been enjoying bike rides with the younger kids almost every night - Heaven!

We have had a serious situation in our home the last several days.  Moosey has been ill.  Moosey goes almost everywhere with Ben.  He is a trusted friend and constant companion. Ben has been a faithful caregiver, with lots of chicken soup, ginger-ale, and love. (thankfully he has not asked for Rainbow Jello).  I think Moosey's temperature has been checked every hour today as well as last night up to bedtime.
Apparently, Moosey is most comfortable in my bed.  The whole thing has been endearing, but I think it is nearing it's end.  Older siblings can only be patient so long with a sick Moose in the house.

Look what was delivered today, materials for a new fence!!!  Ours took a beating from some serious wind storms and Pete decided it was time to replace.  Now that he is home full time, he is eager for a project.  I'll share photos once complete, and to keep it real - I'll share a photo of the damaged fence we are tearing down too!

Also, this is very real.  Jamie Jo who blogs at Lord, Make Me a Saint needs prayers for her sweet daughter Bridget.  Only 4 years old and they just found out she has Type 1 Diabetes.  Please pray for them!

Please join Rosie over at LMLD for today's {P,H,F,R}

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