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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I Took Time to Stand & Stare at Icy Chandeliers

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. 

 


No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.



No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.



No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.



No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.



No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.



A poor life this is if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

What Am I Reading?



Well, it’s an incredible read...alive with the human condition

It’s a page turner, every day.

I laugh, I cry and I pray ... as it often brings me to my knees.

And I also learn something from it; it introduces me to world events that lead to further reading.

Sure, some days it’s repetitive.

Some days it’s too much and I get annoyed by some of the characters.

But mostly it has brought me closer to humanity, helped me make new friends and draws me closer to my family.

It makes me a part of many communities and in some ways makes the world feel smaller.

Some days it’s an encouraging self-help, but it can be a horror, too.. 

Now some criticize it, avoid it and call it rubbish.  But I have found the good in it…

I am looking for the good.

The Good, the True and the Beautiful can be found in it....needs to be in it.


It’s name?  FACEBOOK.  (Also, part in the series…TWITTER and PINTEREST, Goggle+.)


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In The Bleak Mid-Winter


In this deep chill, this bleak...stark...winter we are keeping warm in ways I want to remember.


Oh, how often I have found this girl with her woobie blanket wrapped around her head! Something new is her budding photography. She took this wintery scene photo and her interest warms my heart.


The weather allowed for some wonderful Father/Daughter time, building a "Frozen" snowman.


And so we chill, finding our warmth and waiting for the thaw.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Candle Prayers

O Blessed Lord, accept this burning candle 
as a sign of my faith and love for you.
Like this candle, I am ready to be used in your service, 
without asking why and to what purpose.
Even as this candle, I wish to stand in your presence 
to be consumed in the light and warmth of your love.
Please hear my prayer and, if it be your will, 
grant my petition.
Above all, make me loyal and faithful to you in all circumstances of my life. Amen.


Lord Jesus Christ, true light that enlightens every man 
who comes into this world,
Bestow thy blessing upon these candles, 
and sanctify them with the light of thy grace. 
As these tapers burn with visible fire 
and dispel the darkness of night,


So may our hearts with the help of thy grace be enlightened by the invisible fire of the splendor of the Holy Ghost, 
and may be free from all blindness of sin. 
Clarify the eyes of our minds that we may see 
what is pleasing to thee and conducive to our salvation.


After the dark perils of this life, let us be worthy to reach the eternal light.


Through thee, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, 
who in perfect Trinity liveth and reigneth, 
God, forever and ever. Amen.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Half Way

Half way.

Through the school year....

Through students left to homeschool...almost. Soon there will just be 2 left.

Through portrait sessions with my kids, again 2 out of 4 down.

This guy, #3 son, is half way through his 13th year...but all the way handsome!




And my baby girl, half way through her 10th year.




LOVE.

ALL THE WAY.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Catholic Pinterest is 3 Years Old!

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Catholic Pinterest was launched in 2012.  Today, 2-11-15 and 3 years later,  it is a Catholic community of over 8,300!


Pinterest now has 70 million users and is steadily gaining momentum outside the US

 Pinterest generates more referral traffic than YouTube, Google, LinkedIn and Reddit combined. It's growing faster than Facebook and in fact, the fastest growing website in history! It is now the 3rd most popular social network in the world. LINK

This "visual filing cabinet" has truly taken off and pinspirations of all things Catholic can be found and bookmarked here.

http://totustuusfamily.blogspot.com/2012/05/catholic-pinterest-queen-at-your.html

http://totustuusfamily.blogspot.com/2012/06/9-tips-for-pinterest-making-it-your.html

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Psalm 119:18 Open My Eyes


Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints



Monday, February 2, 2015

The GoodBye

For the Spring semester of his Sophomore year, our oldest son is participating in Franciscan University's Austria program.

" Students participating in this program live and learn in a 14th-century former Carthusian monastery. "


"Weekly travel opportunities make the grand heritage of Western civilization—especially of our Catholic faith—come alive. It is an experience our students and alumni talk about for the rest of their lives."



It will be 4 months until we see him again. And he'll be seeing much of Europe!

The former monastery that serves as dormitory and home base, the Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu, is an international historical landmark. The Kartause serves as an elegant hotel during summer months, and was the first functioning hospital in Europe. Its location in central Austria positions it as an ideal central point for explorations throughout Europe: eastern and western. 

There's my husband, the proud Dad watching his son.
Of the 50 Best Study Abroad Programs FUS is #5 http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/best-study-abroad-programs/


So after lots of hugs, we said goodbye and now we wait for the photos and the stories.


Prayers for your safe travels, Son...we miss you already!

January 2015

Looking back at January....

I'm still committed to the Photo 365 project, taking pictures that capture slices-of-our life.  I know how photos can reignite a memory and so my eye is looking through the lens to find those images that chronicle the daily-ness...tell our story.


From this sunny spot in Steuby, we homeschooled.  It is also where we celebrated my birthday.


50 white roses from my husband and a cake with white roses from my College boy and pink roses from my parents and there was snow...every day.  So much lovely white-ness!



When we got cold, we stayed in warm rooms of streaming sunshine. It's not uncommon to see certain people in this house moving into these sunny spots, like a cat seeking to soak up some Vitamin D.


For others, we drank warm things.  While College boy was home on break, he and I went out for a Middle Eastern lunch, complete with Turkish Coffee.  


And something else I must recommend is the best tea I've ever had.  This is the favorite tea of Lord Wedgwood, his choice ingredients and I could not believe how good it was! 


As genteel as tea drinking may sound, this is a goofy house with kid whimsy, too. A slice -of-life can surprise where one least expects it.


A memorable January! My next post will be about the last day of January 2015 and that milestone day for our family. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hagley Museum - Invention Convention - Video

19/365 - My husband's company sponsors an Invention Convention Science fair each year and my daughter, especially, just loves it!   LINK 



We went on Saturday and she is there again today with her Dad because she had to see today's Chemistry show.

At Saturday's Light Fantastic, presented by the Carnegie Science Center she was picked to come on stage and be a part of an experiment. On the fly, I tried to capture the moment....



Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Catholic "Gear" - 8/365

My "gear?"

Good books and good prayer "weapons."

#cy365 "Gear"  8/365

In Catholic homeschooling...in life...we need prayer and sometimes a place dedicated for just that purpose.


Pr 30:5 (NIV) "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him."


Many reminders today to pray.  May prayer soothe us and bring us peace as we seek communion with the One who alone can perfectly guide us.