June 28, 2008
June 27, 2008
Bravo! What lovely singing! Ah, how I love that song! Sadly, I don't have it on a CD, but I do have the piano music for the heavenly duet, so that is sort of makes up for it.
So, just as I promised, I am saying farewell to you all be for I leave for Ave Cor Mariae Camp. I actually leave tomorrow, but I doubt I shall have time then to "say good bye". So, I am saying it now, Good Bye!
But, before I leave completely, I wish to welcome my forum sister Autumn Rose, to the blogosphere. This is a tad tardy, since she started on June 17th, but it is never too late! Please check out her blog "Lantern's Light", it really is a very nice one!
Here is a snippet from a humourus article she posted not to long ago:
Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named: BOOK.BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use, even a child can operate it.Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -- even sitting in an armchair by the fire -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc. Here's how it works:BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits ofinformation. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder, which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects forfurther increases in information density; for now, BOOKs with more information simply use more pages.
To read the rest, visit her blog!
Hmm, this is about the third time that I've mentioned my forum relations. I shall have to do a post about them sometime in the near future!
Another thing, though I am gone, there will be posts for you. Blogger has this nifty little thing that lets you schedule your posts, and then it will post them for you! And since this upcoming week is the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as the Fourth of July, I couldn't very well leave you with nothing! (My patriotic and historically minded heart would not let me!) So, be sure to check next week... and though I am not here - leave a comment, please! I love getting comments!
Well, that is it. I shall miss you all very much! (Though I doubt I'd have time to think of you. ;)
So Long! Farewell! Now you can watch this video!
June 23, 2008
Just warning y'all that there shall be a deficiancy of posts this week, due to several reasons.
1) Helping out at my parishes Summer Bible Camp (or whatever it is called.) The first day was today, and I had so much fun! The kids are great.
2) Getting ready for the Miles Jesu Ave Cor... forget it. Full title is to your right. Getting ready for camp. Only... 5 more days! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see some of you there.
3) A whole bunch of other stuff.
So, don't expect much of anything this week. I promise to say good-bye to you all before I leave though.
June 20, 2008
NOTE: It has not been made into a t-shirt... yet.
And it says:
Yes, I get paid for watching them... a room and food.
No, I don’t have my own room. I’d be lonely.
Why are you asking me if we’ll have anymore?
Yes, they get on my nerves, I just deal with it.
No, I don’t have a TV in my own room, I have a sister!
Why would I have a boyfriend? My dad is so much more fun!
No I don’t do school in my pajamas. Who does?
Yes I like skirts!
Yes I am socialized! Didn’t you see the list of clubs I go to? And all the parties? I’m hardly home!
June 19, 2008
... or climbing rocks with your little brother and relishing the life of a 'sergeant'
... or proudly displaying your gorgeous artwork
...or receiving flowers from "your beau" ... or, like today, celebrating your birthday
June 18, 2008
Yes we have television, we just don't need it!
No this is not some sort of daycare, it's 24/7!
Why should we fix it if it is not broke?
Yes, we know where they came from... God.
We had planned on two, my spouse just can't count.
Yes, we've heard of birth control; No birth and no control.
You should enjoy our large family; our kids will be paying your social security.
We didn't plan the first few, why start now?
Are we done?! We're just getting started!
Gotta love that shirt! Hmm... my mom's birthday is in a few months...
June 17, 2008
So, what's wrong with the picture?
Nothing. In fact, what this picture demonstrates is that it is possible and, in some cases, desirable to successfully raise 17 (and soon to be 18) children.
What is wrong is the outrageous condemnation of large families expressed by so many people today. Sadly, even among some of out Catholic brothers and sisters, it is not unusual to hear negative comments about families that have more than the socially accepted 2 child family.
Secular society and, unfortunately, some religious institutions continue to insist that responsible parenthood includes contraception, sterilization and abortion. In 1958, Pope Pius XII commented that "one of the most harmful aberrations that has appeared in modern society with its pagan tendencies is the opinion of those who are eager to classsifyt fruitfulness in marriage as a 'social malady', and who maintain that any nation that finds itself thus afflicted must exert every effort and use every means to cure the disease." It's still true today.
The Church has never taught that married couples should have a certain number of children, but it does teach about responsible parenthood. WHile married couples are called to be open to life, they may for just reasons limit the size of their families by the practice of Natural Family Planning (NFP). They may not, however, resort to contraceptive means "even if such use is inspired by reasons which my appear honest and serious." [Humanae Vitae #16]
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) summarizes that the "Church encourages people to be 'responsible' stewards over their fertility:
Responsible parenthood is lived out within the structures which God has established in human nature. The nature of sexual intercourse, which is both life-giving (pro-creative), and love-giving (unitive), reflects a Divine place. That is why the Church teaches that couples must not actively intervene to separate their fertility from their bodily union. To do so is to show disrespect for an important gift of the Creator."
Even though not of the Catholic faith, the Duggars by all accounts appear to be exercising responsible parenthood. The negative comments about them and about those Catholics with large families is unacceptable.
As Pope Pius XII said, "Wherever you find large families in great numbers, they point to" the physical and moral health of a Christian people; a living faith in God and trust in His Providence; the fruitful and joyful holiness of Catholic marriage."
While not all married couples will be called to have large families, we need to repent of any negative responses we may have about large families and recognize that children are precious gifts. We must also remember that faithful Christian families come in all sizes.
For information on this wonderful Christan family, visit their website: www.duggarfamily.com
June 16, 2008
What's wrong with this picture?
By Patricia Pitkus Bainbridge
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are happily expecting their 18th child in January 2009, With that announcement, the family (pictured in front of their home) has once again become the object of world wide media coverage and blogoshpere discussion.
The fascination, of course, is with the size of the Duggar family. Back in 2005, the Dallas Morning News ran a story on the family (which then consisted of only 16 children) observing, "in an era when the ideal family is is widely viewed as two children - one girl, one boy - the Duggars are an anomaly..."
The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2003 that family groups with four or more children continue to decline from 17% in 1970 to 5% in 2003. In addition, the Census Bureau reported in 2004 that "During the past decade, the [fertility] rate has fluctuated between 2.0 and 2.1 births per woman, close to the rate required for natural replacement of the population (about 2.1 births per woman.)
Unwarranted criticism and attacks
Based on this information, there is no doubt the Duggar family size is atypical. But "atypical" should in no way generate criticism of Jim Bob and Michelle's openness to life, an yet, that is exactly what has and continues to happen.
With the exception of Mark Morford, a popular columnist who writes for the San Franciscan Chronicle and sfgate.com, the mainstream media has generally shied away from judgmental comments about the Duggars. In his October 2005 column - entitled "God does not want 16 kids" -Morford referred to Michelle and Jim Bob's decision to have a large family as "weird pathological protofamily breeding happy gluttony". Then he asked, "Why does this sort of bizarre hyperbreeding only seem to afflict antiseptic megareligious families from the Midwest?"
Following these vitriolic comments, Morford lamented that these "kidbots will never be allowed near a decent pair of designer jeans or a tolerable haircut from a recent decade, and assuming that they will all be tragically encoded with the values of the homophobic asexual Christian right - where are the forces that shall help neutralize their effect on culture? Where is the counterbalance to offset the damage?"
There you have it. This "tolerant", progressive so-called "pro-choice" writer does not believe the Duggars (or other large families) should have the freedom to choose how many children they have. He has no tolerance for people who have what he believes are too many children and he has no tolerance for those of us who believe in God. And, he apparently thinks designer jean and a good hair cut are more important than love and responsibility.
Moford comments "mild" compared to blogosphere.
Just as the case in 2007 when Michelle gave birth to her 17th child, the blogosphere is abuzz about her 18th baby in utero. While there certainly have been positive comments about the Duggars, the majority are negative. Many are down right malicious and venomous - terribly cruel to say the least. Many are so sexually explicit that I would not even consider citing them in this publication.
The majority of the negative comments contain over the top stereotypical remarks not based on factual information. I found the comments from the pro-abortion radical feminists to be the most interesting and ironic. Their mantra has always included "a women has the right to choose", "all children should be wanted", and "women have the right to choose if and when to have a child."
Yet, the feminist blogs are chock-full of condemnations of Michelle Duggar's choice to have 18 children. One feminist who dared to challenge the criticism was told, "What the Duggars are doing amounts to the emotional abuse of the mother, not reproductive freedom."
I have seen the Duggar family a number of times on The Learning Channel and they appear to be a happy, well-adjusted, responsible Baptist family. Michelle was named Arkansas mother of the year for 2004. They live in a 7,000 square foot house with nine bathrooms on 20 acres in Tontitown, Arkansas. They are debt free and the children are home-schooled.
The rest of this article will be continued tomorrow. Once again, I did not write this article. Comments are welcome, but keep them positive. Anything abusive, rude or with inappropriate language will not be published. Keep your thoughts and comments kind and charitable!
June 13, 2008
St. Anthony of Padua... Pray for us!
June 11, 2008
Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.
Who is your all-time favorite author and why?
Hmm, I'd have to say... oh this is hard. Regina Doman, because her books are so wonderfully Catholic, romantic, adventurous and suspenseful! The kinds of books I totally adore! Not to mention, having met her, she is such a wonderful and friendly person!
Photo finish with Tolkien for all-time favorite.
Who was your first favorite author and why? Do you still consider him/her to be among your favorites?
I'd say my first favorite author was Carolyn Keene, the author of the Nancy Drew mysteries, which I used to completely devour. I don't consider her to be one of my favorites any more, because while I still enjoy one of the book every now and then, I have moved on to other books. (Not to mention they do get very similar as time goes on... and there is 50 of them.)
Who is the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
Let's see, I'd say... Brian Jaques! I just love both his Redwall series and The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, both are excellent! Many of the Redwall books have kept me on the edge of my seat, and I love the hidden Catholic elements in the Castaway's series. (Yes, Jaques is Catholic!) Some might argue that the books (namely those of Redwall) are all similar, like the Nancy Drew books, I defend them, because while the plot lines may be similar - and I admit that they are - the characters differ from book to book, giving you the added interest of getting to know each new set of people, I mean animals. =)
Actually.... Jeff Shaara is the most recent. (How could I forget him????) He writes the best Civil War novels I have ever read! They are absolutely fantastic, one of the most un-biased stories of the Civil War I have ever read, truthful, and very engaging! You are so drawn into the stories of the men who led and fought the Civil War, feeling almost as if you knew them! I could go on and on and on.. but I won't. They are great!
If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Regina Doman, Jeff Shaara, Jane Austen, Douglas Southall Freeman (his bio on General Lee is great!), Alexandre Dumas, Allen French, and whole bunch of other people that I just know I am forgetting!
I now hereby tag:
Master Paul Xavier
Have fun y'all!
June 10, 2008
Le suilon (I greet thee) Raewyn!
June 9, 2008
My blouse is a pale yellow that I found either in a bag of clothes someone gave us, or in a thrift store. Take your pick. In the picture of my necklace below, you will be able to see the trim around the neckline, along with the diamond pattern in the shirt. It is a very light weight cotton, which is great for warmer weather! Humid too, do to the dark clouds hovering over my head. Apparently we had quiet a storm here last night. I can't vouch for it since I stayed asleep, but the rest (well, almost the rest) of my family woke up. But I digress....
My skirt is one that I got from Blair. A lovely bright green, cotton, crinkly, tiered skirt that goes wonderfully with my yellow blouse and helps brighten our dreary day. You can also see in this photo, the white braided belt that I have one. I love the look an un-tucked shirt with a belt gives!
And now for why I call it my butterfly outfit!
Here is a better photo of those cute butterfly earing from Miss Fishy that I wore on day 5. The colors are, obviously, yellow and green, the same as my skirt and blouse!
Since I greatly dislike having my hair down all the time, I was delighted to discover that it is long enough to clip back with my gold butterfly clip from Wal-Mart. It is one of my favorite hair-pieces, and it went very well with this outfit!
I didn't have any butterfly necklaces, but this charm that I had almost looks like it could be a butterfly... from far away. Hey, I tried! Here you can see the criss-cross pattern around the neckline, and the diamond pattern in the blouse. Due to the tiny holes, a camisole is a must with this!
Well, my dearly beloved readers, that concludes my Week in Feminine Dress! My, when you have a scheduled thing every day, how time does fly by! I shall be back with another post tomorrow, welcoming a dear friend to the blogshpere!
June 8, 2008
With it -since the neckline is slightly low - I am wearing a cream sparkley shrug that I crocheted.
Here is the back, and you can see the lovely shell pattern that makes this shawl so versitale. Depending on the yarn you use, it can be very elegant or something for every day! If anyone is interested, I'll post the pattern for it.
The necklace I am wearing today is a chain I had lying around, along with a medal of the Sacred Heart which a dear friend of mine bought in Rome and had blessed by the Pope! The chain is a bit short, so this is more of a 'dressed up' necklace.
June 7, 2008
and a decorative ruffle around the hem of the skirt.
To keep my hair from blowing in the strong spring winds, I am wearing a white bandanna a friend crocheted for me.
To go with the more earthy tones of my outfit, I am wearing a dark brown wooden cross that I recieved on the day of my confirmation. As you can see, it has a neat little design carved on it.
June 6, 2008
The top is a pretty lavander, with white added around the neckline and bottom to give it a layered look. I would not be comfortably cool if it was actually layered!
To finish off my outfit, I am wearing a necklace my sister gave me for my confirmation. It is heartshaped, and features the Holy Spirit on it. No, it is not a locket. =)
And remember! God made you special, and He loves you very much!
June 5, 2008
We had a fantastic time, walking, eating, talking, praying, window shopping, sing.. actually, we didn't sing. Wonder why? And musing how many people looked at us and wondered why on earth we were wearing matching clothing, though only one person stopped to ask us.
Thank you so much Claire, for such a wonderful day!