Friday, November 30, 2007

Mo' Money Mo' Problems

It strikes me odd that the fruit of the Nativity's Mystery is poverty. For those of you who aren't familiar with praying the rosary, one meditates on a mystery in the life of Christ with the Blessed Mother during recitation.

Poverty, in a season that has become so consumed by mass materialism, poverty. God became a man to display his love for man. And for decades people have gotten so excited over the occasion that they buy so much stuff that they forget the occasion. The occasion called Christmas or "Christ's Mass" should be a "holiday" or a "holy day" indeed.

So Pete and I have always scoffed at the Wal Mart ads and the fake Christmas trees set out in September. We'd say we'd instill in our family a sense of the sacred and the mystery of Christ's birth during the season. Of course we'd give presents and have a tree. It's not like we'd keep the in laws from muttering "Santa" but we also wouldn't push the concept either. For us, it would be different ... it would be holy.

Well here's our chance. Pete got laid off quite unexpectedly this week. His company had financial problems and he took the hit. He's going to land on his feet running but our faith is being tested and I'm sure our bank account will be as well.

So pray for us. We've already been met with such peace but like anyone who uses dollars to buy things like food and shelter, it's scary to suddenly not have any coming in. I'm sure Sts. Mary and Joseph can relate. The doves they sacrificed had to be enough to thank God for their baby king. They say a wealthier family would have used a lamb or a goat. I'm sure they would have wanted one unspotted.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Strange Addictions

For some, it's flossing teeth. For others, it's arranging and rearranging and arranging and rearranging one's furniture.

I once knew a girl who had a thing for cough drops. That was strange. As soon as we'd get into the carpool she'd demand one fiercly: "The kind with menthol that burns," she'd say.

Personally, my addictions are pretty run of the mill: coffee; in the past, cigarettes; when I'm old, liquor -- what fun that will be! -- cigarettes again too if I make it to 75. Hey, goals are important ...

So I can't really relate to my dear friend who can't seem to stop moving her furniture around. Today, she blamed it on the Christmas tree but we all know that was just an excuse. She also cried twice and threatened to throw it all on the curb in favor of bean bags ...
Personally, I think this friend should give her sofa a break and take up a more fulfilling addiction. Like nicotine or even soap operas. Perhaps this one's just not doing the trick. That or feng shui ... or Kung Fu ... but she's white and female ... so that won't work either.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


I love this CD. Kathy Kanewske took the prayers written by Fr. Joseph Kentenich in Dachau and put them to music.
Seeing that I like things quiet, this is high praise. The ethereal music just lifts up my heart & boggles my mind that the lyrics were conceived in the midst of such terrible suffering.
My husband has caught hold of Father Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt movement, and has a blog devoted to his writings. Some are a little brainy for me but when they're set to music as least I can hum along.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Handsome Guy

This new to us sweater vest was the inspiration for a fashion shoot. Just look at those dimples!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Housebroken Husband

I have high expectations of my mate.

I expect that he never even look at another woman lustfully (but God himself decreed this so it must be possible -- St. Matthew 5:27; at least with His help).

I expect him to provide a living within his abilities: food, clothes, shelter, warmth and transportation.

I expect him to play with our babies happily & to help out with their needs (ie: bathing, diaper changes, nighttime rocking).

I expect him to be kind and loving to me & to make me feel safe just by being around.

And he does. He does all these things so seamlessly that sometimes I forget they take effort. Every once in a while I imagine my life without these pillars he provides and I shudder at the desolation.

So this is why I've chosen to ignore the fact that he's about as housebroken as a puppy dog. His continuous ability to live in his own filth amazes me. Sometime after we had kids I accepted this fact. I don't like it. I never will. But I choose to accept it.

But what does this acceptance look like? It means picking up his socks & washing them & putting them away (happily). It means cooking, cleaning & loading & unloading the dishwasher every single day. I don't get thanked often enough (who does?) but then again I don't do cartwheels every time his paycheck arrives either.

Does he take me for granted? Definitely. But don't I do the same in turn. Should we remind one another at times of our labors? Sure. When done in true charity, it never hurts.

But at the end of the day, I'm a lot happier expecting the only domestic help from my spouse in the form of a flushed toilet (the seat down is always nice as well). He complies every time and I am so proud.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

She's Back

And it's about time cause this mom I know has good head on her shoulders.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tractor Treads

Cousins schooled Haven in downhill tractor racing on Saturday.

Millie went first. She was so fast I missed her. Next was the blur of Annika.

Haven thought about it.

He talked about it. But stood his ground (or sat) for a good long time as girl cousins sped by. He whispered "I'm going fast" but went nowhere.

He did smile for the camera.

And then, cautiously, he took off.

Catching up made him so happy.

There was joking and plastic horn honking.

Then they took off and there were two for the road.