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The Uniforms Arrived!

September 25, 2013


This morning the UPS man pulled up with boxes for Kevin and James. They have arrived a day early!

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And, what better thing to do when the uniforms arrive than to make hard tack?

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When I saw the boys in uniform, it gave me just  little glimpse of what those mothers in the 1860s must have felt.   I have read accounts, but seeing them in uniform, even if just to reenact, stirs up the emotions.  How did they get this big?  So young, yet so much more grown up than the last time I looked.  Would they ever see their sons again?  Hear from them?  Communication was nowhere near what it is today.  I am all too grateful that they are not going off to march in battle, but going to help people learn history.

We’re suppose to be going to a skirmish on Friday, living history on Saturday, and a marker dedication on Sunday after Mass.  Busy, busy!  Now, if only I could spend the next 2 days sewing, I might be able to get something done for the girls. If you have sky blue, gray, or butternut wool that you’re not using, please pass  it on so we can get John outfitted!  Thanks for reading!


Autumn 2012

November 8, 2012

As you can imagine, a lot of things happened so far in this Autumn.  I haven’t used the camera very much, but sometimes the children get it.  Therefore, I have some random photos to post.

First of all, Kevin turned 14.  Speaking of Kevin, I believe he grew the night before last.  He was standing in the kitchen and I walked up next to him and had to look higher than before to look in his eyes.  He said perhaps the reason was that he had his shoes on.  We booth looked down to find that I also had my shoes on.  He took his shoes off and he was still pretty tall.  He walked in the room where we have the section of wall that contains their measurements.  We did not officially measure (we’re missing a big tissue box around here, an essential tool for wall measuring) and I could see he was taller than the last line which already towers above all other children an his mother.

Next, for the first time in many years we went to an apple orchard.  The camera was present and in my hand!  When I started taking pictures, the battery died.  Yes, I was a little annoyed!!  However, if you would like to see how the trip went you can visit Emily’s blog.  I have known Emily for many years, but finally got to meet her that day!  Also, please pray for her as she is expecting and we’re all so excited and happy for her and her family.

Another huge event that took place in October was James was Confirmed.  He took the name Tarcisius.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a single picture.  I know some other people got some, but I’ve not seen any.  It was a lovely day.   There was a reception afterwards and then his sponsor took us out for dinner!  (Thanks Vince and Joan!)

Now, on to the random pictures.  It seems that MaryEllen took several of the following pictures…

Leaving the football field:

Some of Vincent:

That’s all that is in this batch!  Hope you enjoyed them.


Thanksgiving 2011

November 26, 2011

It was us and Tom this year.  We’re always glad when he can make it.  He never knows where he’ll be when…such is the life of a truck driver!  Here are the pictures…



Two notables about this year.  First, it was Vincent’s first Thanksgiving.  Second, my pies were fancy.  However, no pictures were taken!  Ugh!!  For years on my Amazon wish list was Meredith McCarty’s book Sweet and Natural.   Earlier this year I finally purchased a copy.  It made this year’s pumpkin pies so easy, tasty, and fancy!  There were little leaf crust cut outs on the top of some of the pies.  I made enough for them all, but little fingers kept taking them.  Also, those same 3-year-old little fingers kept moving them around on the pie tops and occasionally one would disappear!  At least she enjoyed herself.

We have so much to be grateful for…our family, especially our 7 blessings, our home, our parish.  We hope you had a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving.

Saints Artist Trading Cards 2011

November 26, 2011

We had so much fun last year participating in Pondered In My Heart‘s ATC saint swap that we were thrilled they were doing it again.  Unlike last year, we made sure we took pictures of everyone’s cards before they went off in the mail.

Below you will find our artists’ works.  First, the process.  We gather a lot of saint books and art supplies and set up at the dining room table.  (John set up in his room.)  Veronica, at 3 years old, was given stickers to keep her busy.  We all went to work for the afternoon.





Now for the cards….(Please remember to click on the pictures for a larger view.)

Veronica’s cards (age 3)

Charlotte’s cards (age 6)

MaryEllen’s cards (age 8 )

James’s cards (age 11)

Kevin’s cards (age 13)

John’s cards (age 14 & eldest child)

Mom’s cards (never mind how old!)

Although I’m not an artist to say the least, it was very relaxing and fun to take the time to create some art.  When we receive our cards, I’ll try my best to get a post up about them.  After all, I still have a half completed post about our trip in May waiting for some attention.  A Mom’s work is never done!

Oh, I almost forgot.  We did take some pictures of Vincent that day.  It is a little challenging to get a good picture of him when  you are holding both the baby and the camera.


Art Trading Cards Swap – The Saints

October 23, 2010

I just wanted to let you know that Kimberlee over at Pondered In My Heart blog is hosting an Art Trading Card swap.  You can go to her blog post and find out more.  We hope to participate in this.

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Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009

We want to wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving today!  We are all very excited to be having a turkey and all the trimmings today.  Uncle Tom is off the road and able to come to our feast.  The pumpkin pies have been baked and the stuffing is waiting to go in the oven.  We will also be having mashed potatoes, kale, pressed salad, sweet potatoes and sweet potato biscuits as well as some other type of plain biscuits.  We’ll have corn, of course, and I’m hoping there are some green beans in the freezer for Uncle Tom.  (We didn’t know he would be coming until yesterday.)  We are so happy to be sharing the day with each other and we are thankful for another year of beautiful family life, among many other blessings.  This is our 5th Thanksgiving here in Bodenburg!  Time sure does fly.  Off to go prepare some more….  God bless you all.

Autumn Fun

November 19, 2009

We have passed Halloween, I know, but I still wanted to get some photos up.  One day in the mail a box arrived for the children.  It was from our good friends Aunt Marie and Uncle Homer.  It was full of Halloween cards, stickers and even dollar coins for the children.  What fun was had by all playing with the items and seeing what treasures were inside.




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On Halloween, we had a wonderful little All Saints party.  We had a nice turn out and everyone had a good time.  Some of the featured items were our St. Isadore the Farmer pumpkin pinata and our St. Lucy cupcakes.  (Thanks to the Catholic Cuisine blog!)     (St. Isadore artwork by Kevin)

We attend the extra-ordinary form of the Mass every week, so we celebrated the Feast of Chirst the King in October.  We had Benediction and a Eucharistic procession.   

One day the girls and I took some time to shuck some pop-corn.  We had a good time.  Boy was it delicious when we popped it!  We bought it at an Amish produce auction in September.    We also carved pumpkins with friends, but didn’t take any pictures.   We were just too busy scraping out pumpkin guts and having fun!

November 2 is the Feast of All Souls day.  We remember and pray for our dearly departed loved ones and even those souls who have been forgotten.  Holy Mother Church reminds us that some souls need to be purified before entering into God’s glory.  Let me take this opportunity to clear a common misconception up right here.  Catholics do NOT believe that you end up in either Heaven, Hell, OR Purgatory.  You end up in Heaven or Hell.  In order to get to Heaven, to be one with God, you must be perfect.  If you died this instant, would that description fit you?  It certainly doesn’t me!  God has given us a great gift in Purgatory.  If we make it there, we will get to Heaven, as we are already there.   Is Purgatory in the Bible?  The word is not, however the concept is.  (The words Trinity and Incarnation are not in Scripture, either.)    In Matthew 12:32, Jesus implies that some sins can be forgiven in the next world.   1 Corinthians 3:12 says, “If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”  This can’t refer to Hell because there is no saving once you are there.  Other Bible passages to look at are 1 Peter 3:18-20 and 1 Peter 4:6.  I could go on and on, but you get the point.  If you want to look into this farther, goto the  Bible Christian Society and get the free download entitled Mary and the Bible. 

After all that, what I wanted to mention was that our priest wore the traditional black.  Even the altar cards were a little subdued in their coloring for this great feast of the Church. 

On November 2nd, after Mass, we went to our homeschool group’s All Saints party.  That is one of the biggest events of the whole year.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of my little saints this year.   We love this time of the year.  The weather is usually just right, temperature wise, the beautiful leaves are changing and Holy Mother Church gives us so much to think about, pray about, and celebrate.

We’re in the Country Now!

September 28, 2009

I know it has been a long times since the last post.  I have a lot of pictures to post and notes to write.  What has brought me here tonight for a quick post is this…the District Fair.  Fair time is not usually anything specialsfor us here.  I had been meaning for years to try and get my act together for the local County fair and for the last four years it has come and gone without us.   For the last 3 years we have been out-of-town for the district fair.  This year the Boy Scout troop was presenting colors before the demolition derby.  We didn’t know that before hand.  We just knew that Kevin had to be there by 5:30 in Class A uniform for a flag ceremony.  Joe and I talked about it and we decided to go in because the demolition derby was included in the admission price.  Well, let me tell you, it has been a long time since I was at a demolition derby.  Back in the 80’s my brother raced stock cars in the Street Stock division at Wall Stadium in New Jersey.  A few times a year they had a demolition derby along with a Street Stock race.  I do believe that was the last time I was at one.  As we approached we were all a bit excited.  After all, this was my very first county fair!!!  actually it was a first for all of us except Joe.  Let me just tell you, I had forgotten how much I like demolition derbys.  So much, in fact, that while I was screaming cheering for a station wagon who was nearly out of it, but then coming back to put on a great show, that I actually felt like a true hick.  We’ll go back later this week to go see the exhibits of fruits, vegetables, animals, and (hopefully) quilts.  I’m also thinking that a bull ride competition would be fun….but then again, a tractor pull sounds exciting.  I haven’t been to one of them since the day Great Adventure was too crowded so we went to the mud hop at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey!  But, that is another story all together and this post is really not nearly as exciting as I had hoped.  The kids were asking to go back next year before we even left the fair!

What’s Up Now?

November 25, 2008

When was the last time I blogged?  Well, I don’t remember either!  Life has been busy and on top of that we (Joe and I) decided that I would go back to school.  I’m a little more than half way to a bachelor’s degree, so online college seems to be the way to go now.  That being said, I officially started school on November 18 at Ashford University. 

Speaking of November 18, Joe and I were married 13 years ago on that day.  For our Anniversary, the kids had a party with our friends who came to babysit (and brought their children as well), and Joe and I went to Florence to our favorite Italian restaurant, Riccatoni’s.  If you’re ever in Florence, you might want to go there as we have never had a bad meal there or a bad waiter.  We then went over to the Gabbetts whom we hadn’t seen for quite a while, maybe even since September in Ohio.  Is that possible?

I want to thank all of you ladies who attended my shower in Pulaski.  We ended up getting a nice exersaucer for Veronica.  The last one we had went through all of our children and two of my friend Sue’s as well.  It was holding up good considering, but we thought it might be nice to have a new one.  (By the way, if you are in Lawrenceburg and are in need of an exercaucer, there is an almost new one for $18 at the Children’s Closet.  If I had known that before hand, we would own that one!  LOL!)  Veronica is not quite big enough for it as we found out one day, but she seems to be looking forward to spending more time in it.   veronica-in-exersaucer (Please remember that you can click on any picture to make it larger.)

One of the lovely things about a medium sized homeschool family is that the children get along pretty well most of the time.  Here is a picture of a somewhat common site here in our house, our eldest and youngest…

john-veronica-sleeping-11-08  Around here when someone sees a flash go off, they immediatey feel the need to get into the picture, as can be seen here…john-veronica-2-sleeping-11-08

This is November, the month of the Holy Souls.  We have been praying.  The first was also All Saints Day, but several of the children were sick, so we missed the parties.  Friends of ours were also sick, so later in the month we had a late All Saints Party.  Here are the children dressed up.  Can you guess who they are? all-saints-2008-1

St. Zita, St. Steven, St. Mary, St. Aloysius, & St. Lawrence

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Speaking of the girls, they wanted to wear their green dresses to Mass one day.  Even though it was not Christmas, I let them wear what looks like Christmas dresses.   They like to dress alike, or somewhat alike, whenever

Finally, here is our little Veronica, napping in her little boppy.


Today While the blossom still clings to the vine…

November 7, 2008

The first title of this post that came to my mind was “Today.”  When I typed that in, the song followed…  Oh well.

We got our hair cut today.  Since we all looked a bit tidy, I thought it might be nice to try and get our Christmas card pictures done this year.  How many times does a picture have to be taken before 2 adults and 6 children all look at the camera without any funny faces, fingers up, eyes closed or mouths open?  Many, many, many times.  Here are some of the shots that were taken…(Click on the pictures to enlarge them!)

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Mom finally has enough of James’s faces!!!  So the Yankee in her comes out and she screams!!!!!


Oh well, better just try to relax and be that Southern Belle she’s always dreamed of…


John – almost 12
Kevin – 10
James – 8
MaryEllen – 5 1/2
Charlotte – 3
Veronica – 2 1/2 months

Now, here is the photographer with Veronica…paige-veronica  These pictures were taken in our front yard.