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About Wendy

Catholic wife to DH of 25years and mom to nine great kids, living and home educating in our great blue house!

It’s a Girl!!!

After six boys in a row, we are all very excited to welcome a new baby girl into our family 🙂  CMM was born July 25 at home (our first home birth!)  All went well, and we feel very blessed.  Thanks to all who prayed for us!

Grandma with CMM blog

Grandma T with CMM

IX with CMM blog

IX is now officially a big brother!

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Here’s to 2010

A new year, a new start – feels refreshing as long as you don’t get bogged down in the fact that most resolutions are never kept and the Christmas season has left your home with many new items to find laying around, lots of wash to catch up on, and decorations to pack away! The season officially ends on Sunday with the Baptism of Our Lord. Until then, I will continue to feel a tad bit lazy and lounge in the warm afterglow of Christmas. Monday I’ll be all about cleaning, organizing, and schooling…hopefully 🙂 The latter months of pregnancy tend to find your mind wanting to accomplish a thousand things and feeling enthusiastic while your body asks whether it can just take a “little” nap! It will all work out the way it will…

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CJ’s walking!

You’re just soooo cute! (a favorite line around here – followed by a big smooch, of course 🙂 )

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It’s Been Awhile…

but we’re still alive and well! We’ve pretty much finished up our schooling for the year but will continue with math and instruments over the summer. I’m in planning for school mode, gardening mode, organize my house mode, get outside and go camping mode, tackle some home projects mode, and….well, just too many modes! Once again, I’ve probably planted too much in the garden, and you will all be hearing about it come August/September. The summer calendar is looking quite full already, as usual, no matter how hard we try to keep it free and open. Hopefully, I will be able to post about all the fun we’re having every now and then. Stay tuned…

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Ash Wednesday

LENT.

“Fasting is the food of virtue. It inspires good thoughts and holy desires. It renovates the spiritual man. “ -St. Leo

Lent is a fast of apostolical tradition, which in all ages has been observed throughout the Church of God. It was instituted – (1) To honour and imitate our Saviour’s fast in the desert. (2) That the faithful might prepare themselves by prayer, penance, and fasting for duly celebrating the adorable mysteries of His Passion and Resurrection. (3) To consecrate to God by a penance of forty days the tenth of our lives, as an acknowledgment that our whole lives ought to be so spent.

(Excerpted from Catholic Life, p. 25)

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Wednesday, February 18

Outside The Window…
After a slew of warmer weather, we got a few inches overnight and more flurries and blowing today. Everyone agreed the snowfall sure was pretty this morning though!

From the learning rooms…
It’s been quite uneventful in this area – music, instruments, math, reading,… Admittedly, I’m kind of in a slump, and I’m also a bit preoccupied looking ahead to next year and budgeting out a plan. However, I’m confident all will work out fine….most days anyway 🙂

From the kitchen…
Menu
I’ve been eating “terrible” lately since we officially ended our diet. I put that in quotes because really it’s still fairly healthy – it’s just that I’ve added more treats than I intended and eaten bigger portions than I needed on occasion. I’m looking forward to Ash Wednesday when I’m going to go back on program for Lent.

B – Cereal and Toast; me – artichocke parmesan dip with corn chips and LOTS of water (I’m fighting off a cold)
L – Turkey and cheese sandwiches; cheese pizza
D – Beef Roast and veggies (and I’m sure ice cream!)

Today’s “To Do” List…
Do a blog entry
Make a few phone calls
Do some laundry
Do some schoolwork
Take it easy, drink lots of water – do not get sick!

Thinking ahead…
Looks like some thoughts for our family Lent are going to once again include giving up eating out and ice cream for Lent. It’s the week to finalize those Lenten plans!

Random thoughts…
Don’t you love to be inspired? I know I do! Here’s some of my inspiration lately:

The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio

Grace and patience

Living out the reality of God in your home

Guidelines for eating wonderfully

During my last bible study session, we discussed the virtues. I pulled out two of my books to review when I got home – I hope to add some thoughts here as I go through them.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Hurry Spring!

Hurry Spring!

Thank you God for…
Kids who enjoy playing with their brothers and sisters!

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Tuesday, January 27

Outside The Window…Cloudy, cold – same old, same old. The forecast does predict some welcome sunshine and average temps closer to the weekend. I hope the weatherman is right! The birds continue to eat voraciously.

From the learning rooms…
We’re focusing on 4-H things today.

From the kitchen…

    Menu

B – cereal / french toast – Joe & I
L – Leftovers
D – McDonalds on way to 4-H

Today’s “To Do” List…
The usual daily household chores, 4-H stuff, work on cleaning up some of the clutter piles.

Thinking ahead…
Tomorrow there are no outside commitments – we just need to be home. I really like these days – everything we do seems so much more relaxed and enjoyable.

Random thoughts…
Looks like those before and after pictures aren’t going to happen – at least not right now. However, the results of our 12 week weight loss are (drum roll please…) 31.2# for me and 31.4# (I think) for Joe!

Here is picture thought I am sharing…
momwithjmandtm

Thank you God for…
all the Saints that we can look to for inspiration, example, and intercessory prayer.

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