Friday, February 27, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Happy 14th Birthday Uncle Michael!
You are so special to us and enjoy spending time with you. (Go Sooners! - his Basketball team)
WE love you both so very much!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Obviously not my belly! But awe inspiring.
I write as I feel more fluttering, and my heart is so softened by its presence. The real present - my gift from God. It has been a few months of feeling icky, but I accepted it all because of moments like these that I look forward to.
I opted to take the quad serum test, which can give indicators if there is a possiblity of Downs, Trisomy 18, or neural tube defects. The first two would not have any bearing on the pregnancy, just help me prepare for the future. The third could change the hospital location. I asked the NP why this test is done, and why you can just opt for indicators of the third defect. Well she said kindly, but bluntly - I'm guessing you would not choose to abort if the baby had Downs Syndrome? That it would just be helpful to know. I agreed. But at the same time it strained my heart to think that some mothers have made it this far, and give way to fear of birth defects. That the "possiblity" of a defect would turn them to decide to terminate their little life. Even if it was "most likely" they'd have a disorder, I could never turn my back on my own child.
Many babies are miscarried when there is something not right with the development of a child. Sadly, sometimes it ends up in stillbirth. But that is God's natural way. If by some chance, a child with any "defect" in secular human perception were to be born and survive.... that is a miracle in God's own making. This child obviously has purpose.
>Faces of Trisomy 18 - how precious they are in His sight!
Where have humans conjured up this belief that the child would be better off dead? Since when has that ever been our choice? Do these people see the future? No. Do they have the insight of God? No. They don't even know their own purpose in life. What if their mother had decided that THEY were not worth it, not adequate, a mistake? That's simply not for us to decide.
I agree, life is tough. But it is those challenges that make us stronger, and we can grow from them, and be blessed by God when we accept those challenges head on.
God never gives you more than you can handle. 1 Corinthians 10:13
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Monday, February 9, 2009
There are some simple craft ideas at Crafts Direct on their blog, the Savvy Scoop. I like their Flower Suckers, where you put the stick of the sucker through some paper cut outs of heart shaped petals.
Friday, February 6, 2009
"TIP OF THE DAY: When you have a lid that is hot and steamy, do not place it flat on your counter or stove top....."
God Bless you and yours!
PS: New shows I'm addicted to, and sometimes watch simutaneously...
PPS - Anyone watch the itty bitty prolife spot on Private Practice last night. Where the single psychologist finds out she's pregnant (not sure who'd the daddy), you can't even tell with her perfect waistline, and sees her ultrasound for the first time. [Clip below]
If only we got it passed to be mandatory for pregnant women to hear the heartbeat and see an ultrasound before submitting themselves to an abortion. So they can realize it's not tissue, it's a baby! I wish I could link to our St. Cloud Visitor newspaper that wrote an amazing story about a lady who made posters from ultrasounds for the March for Life, and ended up saving an unborn baby - that of a woman who helped her at the printers.
The clip I mentioned... Time 5:40-7:00 is the time when this scene occurs.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
We love you! See you soon!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
All Saints Day Party
(Stanley=St. Francis of Assisi, Mikayla=St. Bernadette, and friend Margaret)
Lake Michigan, shell searching
New Years - Dance Dance Revolution
Mikayla using sentence tiles.
Sabrina's reading corner (her own idea)
Mikayla's first Piano Solo (teacher=mommy)
And Social Events:
Hopefully you have some subject photos to share?!
Bowling with our Social Co-op and the
We have tried for a few months now to make a snowman, but the snow was so fluffy, it would just puff away like a cloud. So this day was special, because the warmth made the snow just the perfect amount of sticky! We built, shoveled, played, and laughed.
So Daddy came to her rescue and helped get that perfect ball of snow up on the base I had carved and molded out of the huge snowhill.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
St. Brigid of Kildare (Ireland)
When I prayed on a name for our homeschool, it was obvious to me who our Patron Saint would be. Sadly some people associate her name with wicken/druid practices probably because of her father and false legends. So I was thrilled that my blogsite of St. Brigids Academy googles above the wicken school in California with the same name. I hope that strayed visitors will stop and gain some perspective on the Christianity embraced by St. Brigid and those who love and appreciate the truth about her.
Here is a beautiful account of her life. There are many references online.
St. Brigid is was an advocate for the poor and hungry. This has become my family's main mission. I am excited to find out what other ways her Sainthood will move us to become saintly ourselves.
some of HER PRAYERS:
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Homegrown Catholics - Our homeschooling experience
As a child, I wore a mustard seed with a bible verse [Mark 30-32]around my neck. I pondered the fragility and potential of that little seed. What amazing potential did I have, and now what of the potential of our children!? In high school, my favorite quote was: "When you take the time to do the things you have to do when you have to do them; the time will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them!" - Zig Zigler
So we're taking the time to enrich our childrens' lives, so that they can someday be sent into the world not just as educated citizens - but more so messengers of God. It often takes all my energy and will power to get out of bed each day and have everyone at home depending upon me to entertain with lessons and activities. But I know the end result will be our confidence in knowing we did everything we could to give our children the best Catholic Education WE could provide.
I don't know that I'll ever retire from being a teacher to my family, and I don't want to wait until my husband retires and our children are all grown before we really live our life. Homeschooling allows us to live now, love better now, and give praise and thanks to God now for all that we currently enjoy.
Homegrown Catholics blog is a place for us to share this journey with you. Let it be a resource of renewal and inspiration!
Melissa & Tom
and our growing family
*Visit my other blog for more straight forward journaling about my life Growing in Grace, my Catholic Journey, and my take on world issues. My personal journey to evangelize despite opposition.
*To view samples of what I sew and craft for homework and sale, go to Modest Mommies.