Archive for January, 2008

A Little Piece of History – The Latin Mass

January 30, 2008

We attened the first Latin Mass held in Huntsville, Alabama in 40 years.  You can see pictures here.  If you look really hard, you can see a couple of the children and me!

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Stolen Camera!!!

January 30, 2008

It seems that my camera was stolen out of my purse.  However the thieves left some incrimiating evidence…

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Thank you, Aunt Sue, Uncle Tom, & Tarin!!

January 30, 2008

Well, Tom finally made it home longer than a few hours.  It was like Christmas in February.  There were presents from Aunt Sue, Uncle Tom & Tarin, and Aunt Carolann, Uncle Lee, Lee, & Dale (but they don’t read the blog, so can’t thank them here.)  Tom made a wonderful waffle and french toast breakfast complete with grape juice.  After breakfast it was present time. 

 The children love the presents, especially the big CARS truck!  The girls love their dolls, and Charlotte especially likes to let her cabbage patch kid walk off the edge of the table so she can catch it. 

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Shakespeare Anyone?

January 30, 2008

My friend Cay over at Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks is posting her notes from a class that she is hosting.  This is just the incentive we need to get started here as well.  So far the plans look great and she has scheduled her posts so you’ll know when to check again.  Here is the first post, here is the booklist, and here is the next post.   Perhaps I’ll get a post or two of our own progress here in Bodenburg but don’t hold your breath! 

Fr. Ruehl

January 17, 2008

This post has been swimming around in my head for a few weeks.  Just before Christmas we got the e-mail that Fr. Ruehl had passed away.  This was the priest who married up and baptized children #s 1, 2, and 5.  He retired before we left Virginia, and actually moved about 2 weeks before we did.  We’ll really miss him.  I was wondering how to describe such a man, but while taking time to wonder I came across a blog post.  This woman describes him so well that I wanted anyone who knew him to read it.  Also here is his obituary.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace.  Amen.

What’s Up?

January 17, 2008

Well, Laurie so kindly reminded me that it is time for a new post.  She says 10 days is long enough.  I suppose she is right.

 As was stated here before I cannot believe it is the new year already.  I’ll confess right now, the tree is still up!  Joe asked tonight if we are keeping it up until next year.  It is abslutely amazing what a little person (37 millimeters according to John) growing inside you can wreck such havoc on your life!  Dont’ get me wrong, we are utterly grateful for that havoc!  What is does is makes me tired and sick and it takes most of my energy.  My goal is to have the tree down in time for Superbowl Sunday.  (Speaking of which, stay tuned for John’s perdictions that will be posted right here!) 

Last Friday was Contenders which we all enjoy so much.  The company can not be beat!  Joe taught the boys some Chess moves while the hall was filled with wonderful smells of breads and cakes being baked by the Keepers.  I even got to taste a little piece of Carly’s bread and it was really, really good!  On the way home James mentioned that his stomach hurt.  Before we got home he was vomiting!  Oh, the start of the stomach bug.  Of course that is the day my favorite brother calls and tells us he is coming home for a really quick stop.  We have not seen him since October.  By the early evning the girls joined in the vomiting party.  So, we camped out on the floor close to the bathroom and all night long footsteps running to the toilet could be heard.  The next day it hit me.  Joy of joys!  But, then we all recovered, of course after missing my brother’s homecoming. 

After all that, things are looking up again.  That same brother managed to get a load back to TN and will be home tomorrow!  Yeah!!!  We are going to his house for Kevin’s birthday waffle breakfast (a few months late) and to open presents from some of the relatives that my dear brother brought for us.   On Saturday MaryEllen has a birthday tea that she has been invited to and is oh so excited about.  To get there requires a half an hour drive and it will be just she and me and that very rarely happens. 

On yet another toilet note, a (sort of) cute thing happened today.  Perhaps I should call it comical. The incident has me wondering if Charlotte needs to be potty trained soon.  While checking my messages earlier today, my 7 year old son comes and tells me:

7 year old: Charlotte is trying to take her diaper off.

Mom: Did she take off her clothes again?

7 year old: No. I think she’s trying to change it. It’s really stinky.

Mom runs into the living room to find Charlotte. She is not there. She is lying on the bed (where I always change her) with her diaper undone, babywipe in hand trying to clean herself up!  Ugh!

After that story, just in case you might need it, a macrobiotic tea that has been helping me with my “morning sickness” at night:

– 1 umobeshi plum
– 1 cup of water
– 3 Tbsp. cold water
– 1 heaping tsp. of kuzu
– grated ginger juice
– few drops of shoyu (good qualitiy soy sauce)

The first cup of water gets put in a small pot. Then take the pit out of the umeobeshi plum (a Japanese pickeled plum) and chop the flesh up. Add it to the water. Dilute kuzu (a medicinal root starch that looks like chalk) in the 3 Tbsps. of COLD water. Add it to the pot and keep stirring. Grate some ginger and squeeze the juice into the pot. Keep stirring until it thickens a bit and liquid becomes clear. Add a few drops of shoyu, stir a minute longer and pour. Drink while hot.

I know, I know, a lot of “funny” ingredients.  But they can usually be found at health food stores (or online) and this is the only thing I know that gives me relief! 

With that I’ll close this post.  Until next time….

Neat USA Map and Where I Have Been…

January 7, 2008


create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

January 3, 2008

I know I haven’t blogged since Christmas, but I did want to wish you all a Happy New Year!  May God bless and keep you all in his loving care for 2008.

 Quite frankly, I can’t believe it is the new year already.  Where is the time going?

Free Book Contest

January 3, 2008

Maureen Wittman is having a little contest on her blog.  Check it out!