Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prayers for Colby and His Family

My mom called last Saturday morning with the oddest news.  "Your cousin, M found his son yesterday morning."  I couldn't help but think that I didn't even know he was missing. Then she clarified the details that she knew at the time.  My cousin went to wake up his still sleeping 21 year old son Friday afternoon.  Colby was unresponsive and actually cold - indicating that he had died much earlier. Colby, by all appearances, was a healthy young man.

Stolen picture from his sisters Facebook page. 
Colby is the oldest brother. 
He is in the back on the right.
This is just insane. The sudden nature means that we had no warning, no preparations, no expectations. They asked for an autopsy and are still waiting for results..  I write this on the next Wednesday. I have been looking closely at the paper every morning, waiting to see the details of how and when viewing and Mass would take place.  I was not prepared for the shock of actually seeing it all in print.  It is no longer a silly family rumor but a real situation. 

It doesn't look like my family and I will be able to return to St. Louis to be with extended family during this time.  My heart aches because of this.  I so want to be there to help, hug and offer any actions I could to help my family through this difficult time.  This does make living here in Houston that much harder this week.  I can't do much other than pray.  I am told that prayers are at times what is actually needed the most. 

I ask that you join me in praying for cousin and his wife.  Pray for the siblings who will miss their big brother with their whole hearts.  Pray for my aunt and uncle that have adored their first grand child since they were first told M was pregnant.  Pray for all of his cousins from their very close nit family.  So many family/friends who are numb and looking for answers, they need your prayers. 

As Catholics we know heaven is for real and that people who are right with God will go there. We also know that each soul is purified and cleaned as they go to heaven.  I ask that you also pray for the repose of Colby's soul. We pray that his soul is quickly escorted into heaven.  I mention this to explain why I ask for continued prayers for my deceased cousin.  God Bless them all.
Absolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant Colby, that he who is dead to the world, may live unto Thee, and wipe away by Thy most merciful forgiveness what sins he may have committed in life through human frailty. Though our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

V. Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon him.

V. May he rest in peace.

R. Amen.

V. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

R. Amen.

~Prayers for the deceased at a Catholic Funeral.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Goals for 2014 - UPDATED 10-1-14

As the New Year rolled in I set aside 5 basic things that I wanted to focus on for the year 2014. I promised monthly updates in hope that it will keep my focused on accomplishing these.  Here is the original post:  Goals for 2014 as posted on 1-4-14

1)  Replace Holy Mary Tree Topper:  Check

2) Create Heirloom Quality Christmas Stockings:
I know that I am running out of time.  Maybe someday I will not be this busy - ha ha - who am I kidding?

3) Improve Flexibility and Stamina:
 I started very late in the month but I did actually turn on the "exercise channel" on the Roku and tried out a stretching video.  I didn't even make in more than 5 minutes the first day (9-29).  It did feel good to stretch.  The plan is to start by just stretching the first week.  I hope I can keep it up. The next day I walked to a video on walking.  I was told I walked one mile and I was exhausted.  I hope I can keep it up.

4) Move Into a Home That Better Fits This Big Family Needs:
I still feel so stuck in this place.  I hate the house ugh.  I don't want to move local.  We are still moving forward with addressing all credit issues.  I had no idea that following Dave Ramsey's programs might negatively effect our credit as much as it did.  It does feel great to have little debt but I wonder if another approach might have been better for us.  We are trying to look into all possibilities with that as well.

5) Be Adventurous:
I feel very unadventurous right now. I am back to feeling overwhelmed with a desire to move but no able to make it happen. I want to travel but can't fit it in the budget or the calendar.  It is still hot and humid and the few days of relief just make we want to get the heck out of here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

LifeTeen Inspired

Growing as a parent leader in LifeTeen sometimes means extra training.  I decided to take the morning off of everyday mommy life and devote it to going deeper in my faith and in ministry work with the teen aged child.  I love the program at STAOP and I love that they hosted the LifeTeen International Training for the Southern portion of the country. 
They are not all sitting nicely for a picture or anything but in that picture above we have the history of our group at STAOP.  All four of those people have brought something different to our program.  Each one has allowed my own group of children to grow in their relationships with God.  I love those four people for that reason (and many other reasons).
We played silly ice breaker games just like we expect the teens to do.

After a workshop we headed to Mass.  Fr. Tom R is so supportive of the youth at STAOP and has done a beautiful job of allowing us to have access to Christ in the Eucharist for varies LifeNights and retreats.  We are very blessed at our parish and one of the reasons is a supportive priest.
Father even joined us for lunch and several of the talks.
Just like the teens we adults enjoyed our social time!

Did I mention that one of the reasons I loved this day was because I got to spend it with my now adult son, Bear?  He really has grown into a young man of faith.  I do not know if he will be a priest or not.  I do know that he will spend his life serving God.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Texas Right To Life Dinner

Bear and Goobers attend the Texas Right to Life Dinner with some friends from church.  These kids will change the world!  (That is a good thing -these are the good ones.)

A Nothing Day Where Everything Happens

Today was to be a simple day.  The kids got a little time to play outside before we got into our daily school work.  I looked out just in time to watch four of them do silly dances on a very old picnic table.  The table just gave away.  Thankfully no one got hurt (good thing - because I was laughing pretty hard watching it happen.)

It is time for the twins to be out of their cribs and into big beds.  I still want them close so we rearranged some furniture in the master bed room and created a little twin corner with two toddler beds.  They were not happy about this but liked playing on the beds.

Mom with Twin Beautiful as she points to the big bad and calls for daddy.  He was out of town so she was out of luck.
 Twin Beautiful above and Twin Adorable below. 
 This one is smart she tried to negotiate her way out of bed.  She offered her pumpkin bread.
 This guys decides to add to chaos by loosing a tooth.
 The twins hang on Pickle.  I guess after dad Pickle is most likely to help them avoid bed time.

Before getting ready for bed the twins read a book on the Kindle.
I love the sleeping twins.  They ended up falling asleep in their beds and doing just fine.  They have grown up way too fast.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TV Play!

It cracks me up how the kids take to heart whatever they watch.  If I read a story about a battle the kids spend the afternoon swinging swords.  If we look up an old tv show on YouTube everyone spends the afternoon singing the tune.
This was one of our favorites for awhile.  The older kids sang along and the twins got hooked.

Pickle and I spent our time this summer watching as many of the Dr Whos as we could stand. It seams like he and I often spend our spare time enjoying a show together over the summers.  (I will miss that when he gets too old)  Jumba joined us when the stories were not too complicated for him. 

If you watch Dr Who you might recognize this creation.  I returned home from grocery shopping to find the inside of the Tardis in the school room.  These kids are so silly but so creative in their play.

It isn't an exact match but I know what it was right away. As long as I don't see any weeping angels we are good!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Edge Starts

We are blessed to be here at STAOP where the youth programs are so well developed and well run.  I am so thankful for these two programs that are so solid in the Catholic Faith.  The young love to go to the meeting.  Edge is the middle school program put out by the LifeTeen program. 
So the first night looked like this for Princess and Miss Monica B.

Bear and Sugar are both Edge leaders.  Possible is a Teen assistant.  Pickle and Princess are both in Edge, which is a youth group program for kids in 7th and 8th grade.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

LifeTeen Starts

LifeTeen promises to be very exciting this year.  Bear and I are both on core with Mrs. W.  She and I are actually in the same small group.  There are over 700 teens signed up at our parish for this years program but the only two teens I really worry about are these two beauties.  Possible and Miss Mary B, these two precious souls will spend the year growing closer to Christ while having a little fun and learning a lot.  At least that is the plan!

My small group is full of wonderful sophomores.  Possible is in another group and she is happy.  Miss Mary is in a Freshmen group and also happy. God please bless each of these teens this year and draw them into a relationship with you!