Thursday, May 22, 2008

In Pursuit of Happyness



The Pursuit of Happyness

What an excellent film that brings to life my old high school motto.

"I have nothing to fear but my own failure."

This man overcomes every obstacle to make a bright future for him and his son. He's not sure if in the end he'll even get the job he seeks after months of hardship with to no little income. For me, this movie is about taking risks and having faith in yourself. There is a moment in the movie where they are at a prayer service and you can see in his eyes that he is begging the Lord for strength and courage. And throughout the movie he asks himself, is happiness actually achievable?




The serenity prayer is one of my favorites. I have it all around my house. It gives me calm in a house of chaos. (that reminds me, I wanna see "Get Smart" the movie)

Anyways, I really love this film inspired by a true story. It and the prayer are solid reminders that I need to cherish what I have and always be thankful to God for the blessings in my life. To go after my dreams, and trust that the Lord will get me there if it is His will for me. It helps me be at peace with the things out of my control.

If you read this:
1. Write about your top 2 goals and how you are overcoming obstacles getting there.
2. When was your last "Happy" moment.
3. Name one inspirational movie you'd recommend.
4. Go to the comments box and link to your answer in your own blog or just comment here.

You might be a homeschooler if...

* You come to school in your PJ's.
* Your biology lab consists of assisting in your sibling's birth.
* Your stacks of books to check out is taller than the librarian.
* Your PE comes from chasing little toddlers around.
* Your school bus is a 9 passenger van.
* You consider school work after lunch to be cruel and unusual punishment.
* Your father has ever told the check-out lady at Wal-mart, "We're on a field trip."
* Your teacher has ever written your report card on a napkin.
* You have to move dirty laundry off your desk before your can start school.
* The signatures on your diploma all end with the same last name.
* Everyone else in the world is referred to as "Non-homies."
* Your first real date is on your honeymoon.
* Your yearbook is also your babybook.
* A snow day means that you shovel the driveway after you finish your school work.
* You enjoy the pastime of watching public school kids walk home from school.
* You have to look at the clock to see if you can call your public school friends yet.
* Your alarm clock is the public school kids' bus going by.
* You've played jump rope with kids 5 years older than you and 5 years younger at the same time.
* Health class is potty training, going to the dentist, and helping make supper.
* You have to decide what year you want to graduate.
* You can remember nearly every single day you went to public school.
* The teacher can kiss the principal, and no one thinks it's unusual.
* You get to school and the teacher asks you if you've done all your chores.
* You graduate valedictorian.
* Your mother never asks how school was today?

Monday, May 19, 2008

New movies I want to see...

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian



Indiana Jones - May 22, 2008
When we last saw Indiana Jones on screen, it was 1938, and the world stood on the brink of war as Dr. Jones chased down evildoers to find the Holy Grail. Nineteen years later, he’s cracking his whip again, and many things have changed ... but some have remained the same. Again, the world is at a precipice, this time caused by the specter of nuclear annihilation, and Indy’s struggle is once again to ensure that a precious, mysterious object remains safe from those bent on destroying humanity. --© Paramount Pictures




Wall*e - June 27, 2008
New Disney movie, about a robot who finds his real "calling" in life. FINDING NEMO director Andrew Stanton moves from the ocean into the final frontier with this futuristic film from Pixar. On an abandoned Earth where trash has taken over, a robot named WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) accidentally finds the means for humans to return to their planet. Another machine, EVE, leaves to tell humanity the good news, and WALL-E follows her into space.


Still need to see:


A Horton Hears A Who
(click here to adopt a Who!)

Bella


Recent family favorites include:
Dan in Real Life
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Pirates who don't do anything - veggie tales

It is not always about you.

I was tagged by Jamie who's motto is "You are my all in all."


Write a Six Word Motto that represents your life's motto....

The rules are:
1. Write your own six word Motto.
2. Post it on your blog as a Blog Title, details below if you wish.
3. Link to the person who tagged you - above.
4. Tag 5 more blogs with links (leave a comment on their blog with an invitation to play).


If you do not have a blog, leave a comment in my comment box of your 6 word life motto!

*******

My Mottos~


Well, I thought of a few 6 word phrases I use, such as:
"You learn something new every day."
"Get a little stronger every day."
"Have you made a memory today?"
"For the greater good of God."


But in the end, I came up with
"It is not always about you."


I write this, because I have to constantly remind myself that my life is not my own - I am simply a servant of God, and need to be humble to His Will and not mine.

Thanks Jamie!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

WWMW?

WW MW - What would Mary wear?

This post is in a reply to


who posted: "There are some rules that do work for every family, though. In general if you wear it to the beach — don’t wear it to church; if you wear it to bed — don’t wear it to church; and if you wear it to the gym — don’t wear it to church."

I just love that rule. We are a little relaxed here when it comes to dressing for church, we allow jeans that are newer/nicer - preferably not blue. Modesty is always a factor, and dresses or skirts... well, church is the only place we really get to wear them, so we do.

What would Mary wear - well not much of anything in my closet, but if she lived in this day I think she would approve of 90% of my clothing.

Well, my day to day looks a little like this. Your basic jeans and a tshirt, or whatever I'm wearing to the gym later. My kids are the same. It's getting easier, I think, to find modest clothing for little girls that it was a few years ago. And now in 2008, the new fashion look is inspired by the 1940s, one of my most favorite times in cultural history. And I consider it "well covered."



I'll be honest, in high school, I really wanted to be able to wear the little skirts and tops my friends wore. But it was more, I wanted TO BE ABLE TO, in the sense that I wanted a more flattering figure, instead of my plumpness. Most of the clothes I fit into then we're things my mom would wear. Back then, not so long ago, they didn't have plus sizes in the girls section.
I am now finding websites and stores that have options for us plus size people, that are flattering, age appropriate, not too expensive, and mostly modest.
I guess for me it's just more natural to want to dress lady-like. Dressing modestly, not overly so, but not to attract any unwanted attention. Too many perverts out there who might get the wrong idea these days... and lets not forget the pedofiles who see those little girls playing in their little skirts the mother's shouldn't have bought in the first place.
Whatever happened to "Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes.."

A link about CATHOLIC Modest Modeling - really great! Includes modesty guidelines.
A link warning about modern "Hootchie Wear"
More Modest Clothing & Dresses found at:

Where's Mary?


Looking closely in my laundry room, you'll see that Mary is missing from the display above my sink. Is she gone folding or ironing? Did she go check on my baby sleeping? Is she talking to the dust bunnies under the couch?

Well, wherever she is, I can't see her - but she's definitely here in this house. I feel her presence. She's in my children's smiles, and their tears, in my husbands hugs, my mother's phone calls, the chores done not by me, the sunshine through my window at breakfast, this blog. Mary's all around me this month, trying to help me through some of my toughest days ever.
I've been in a state of depression longer than clinically known. It's all hormonally linked, and unbearable some days more than others. There are medicines I've taken, therapists talked to. My new found life of fitness has been my best natural release of stresses. It's hard, the roller coaster of emotions, harder than I can explain here. Kind of like a menopause in my 20s. It pushes on the hearts of my family, and tears my own heart apart some days. But every day, my faith in God has carried me over the hurdles, patched the holes, and He has sent me angels of mercy and peace.
I look to the Blessed Mother Mary, her sorrows, her trials. She certainly had God's graces poured out onto her - but she still suffered. Her heart must have borne unbearable knowledge, thoughts, grief. So what trials do I have that measure up to hers? None. What am I so worried over - piddly things. Things that most people brush off their shoulders every day - yet seem like elephants on my own shoulders. Am I crazy?
NO - that isn't so, Mary says to me. These trials will make you stronger, like me. Each moment I make it through, each burden I offer up - it all has merit. I may not know it now or feel it now - but the time will come when all this suffering will come to pass and I will feel God's embrace. It's always there, just harder to feel now.
If Mary can raise God's son, with all it's trials, and become a Queen for her efforts - If I think of that each time I struggle to pull myself out of bed. Then there is hope, there will be hope of good moments in the day, hope of smiles and sunshine at the breakfast table. And Mary will stand beside me as I do my chores, teach my children, and become a better, stronger wife, mother and friend. And then I can have hope that She'll be there to welcome me when I walk into the gates of Heaven someday.
- If you read this, thank you. It was mostly for me to look at as a reminder on my "bad days." But also to give some inkling of hope for other mom's who may feel the same way.

Mother's Day Jazz








Well, it's a few days past, but Mother's Day was such a blast for my family and me. I had prepared and hosted a 1940s Cocktail Party for my mom's mom who turned 80 this year. And also to celebrate Mother's Day and Wicks Spring Birthdays. The Big Band music had people's feet tapping all day long, the guys enjoyed playing darts, the ladies raved over dresses and delectable appetizers, and the kids got a sunny day to enjoy the yard. My grandmother was astonished at what I had accomplished, with all the fine details seen to. Well, I did have a few months of planning and preparation, but really it always comes down to the last 24 hours! - right ladies?


Here's a picture we finally got with my prodding, of the whole Wicks family minus a few that couldn't make it. I had to make some editing, but otherwise it turned out pretty good I think. I am exhausted to say the least, it took a few days to recover - and now I'm sore from being at the gym.

Oh, and here's the special mother's day gift I got from my kiddos - a bouquet of coffee filter flowers. My husband's gift was taking me dancing, buying me a dress, and helping clean for and host the party. He's benn a romancer ever since Thursday.








Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Great discussion on homeschooling

Found this great discussion on myspace about homeschooling. It all started with a guy who wrote a blog about

Homeschoolers = Antisocial Morons

It's sparked some real interest in homeschooling, and brought a lot of people together to state the facts and positives about homeschooling.

Take a look! I got in on it about page 10... it's already up to about 17 pages!

Marian Gardens


Well, spring is finally here - not just on the calendar, but the weather too! I am so excited. After this weekend, I will be ready to plan out our backyard garden/landscaping project. I know I've always wanted to have a Marian Garden, and I found this wonderful website with some ideas:

Main website: http://www.mgardens.org/

Homeschooling Mary Gardens http://www.mgardens.org/HSMGP.html

It's going to be challenging because we have pine trees back there, so I need find a good spot first. Then near the pine tree line, I am most likely going to plant hardy flowers and bushes that represent times in our life and christian symbolism.

I am thinking there will be hydrangeas, our wedding flower. For Christian plants, I found Bishops Hats, Jacobs Ladder, Cardinal Flower, and a few others. It will be interesting.

Pass on any ideas you've had!

Religious Name / Common Name / Botanical Name

Virgin's Tears/ Lungwort /Pulmonaria officinalis
Our Lady's Keys /Cowslip Primrose /Primula veris
Eyes of Mary /Forget-me-not /Myosotis alpestris
Our Lady's Delight /Pansy/ Viola tricolor
Pincushion /Thrift /Armeria mariima
Shoes /Columbine /Aquilegia vulgaris
Our Lady's Thimble /Bluebells of Scotland /Campanula rotundifolia
Madonna's Pins /Wild Geranium /Geranium maculatum
Mystical Rose /Rose /Rosa
Our Lady's Gloves /Foxglove /Digitalis purpurea
Our Lady's Nightcap /Canterbury Bells /Campanula medium
Mary's Candle /Giant Mullein /Verbascum thapsus
Mary's Hand /Five Fingers /Potentilla nepalensis
Rose of Mary/ Rose Campion /Lychnis coronaria
Madonna Lily /Madonna Lily /Lilium candidum
Mary's Gold /Marigold /Tagetes
Mary's Bud /Pot Marigold /Calendula officinalis
Our Lady's Earrings /Garden Balsam/ Impatiens balsaminum
Mary's Thistle /Blessed Tnistle /Silybum marianum
Virgin Flower /Periwinkle /Vinca minor
St. Joseph's Staff /Hollyhock /Althea rosea
Mary's Slippers /Monkshood /Aconitum napellus
Our Lady by-the-gate /Soapwort /Saponaria officinalis
Assumption Lily/ Funkia /Hosta plantaginea
O. L. Birthday Flower/ Early Aster /Aster amellus
chrysanthemums /Chrysanthemum /Chrysanthemum
Our Lady's Bedstraw /Yellow Bedstraw /Gallium verum
Our Lady's Pincushion/ Scabiosa /Scabiosa atropurpurea
Our Lady's Fingers /Honeysuckle /Lonicera caprifolium
Easter Flower /Candytuft/ Iberis semperflorens
Our Lady's Tears/ Spiderwort /Tradescantia virginiana

(list found here)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Our Blessed Mother Mary of May


Another blogger Jamie reminded me about this month of May being dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary. And the best way to reach Mary in prayer is through the rosary.

I prayed the rosary often with my family growing up. I have such positive flashbacks and blessings from my life of prayer. As I grew older, I grew tired and nodded off on occasion. My parents rotated saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song to keep us kids alert - and because I love to sing. (To sing is to pray twice, right!?)

With a family of my own, my mind is racing all the time. I write "pray the rosary" on my school planner yet never get to it. I put a rosary on my car mirror for the long drives, but rarely say it.

In an effort to get with it - I bought a pocket ring rosary to bring with me to the gym. I intend to reach in my pocket while I walk a mile and pray.

I've gotten an ipod, and I am searching for good mp3 of the rosary and chaplet. Anyone here of a good one, or any at all? The chaplet below is just what I want, but can't find the mp3 or the album/artist name.

I need to make the effort, so I can introduce it to my family with ease. Thanks for the reminder, Jamie. May will be a great month to start.

Here are some of my finds:

HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY

CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY


Eternal Father,
I offer You the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ
in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole word.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us and the whole world


THE MEMORARE
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thine intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come,
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

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