December 31, 2007

A Year in Review

Well, it's the end of 2007! A brief recap of the past year....


Well, lets see, me and sis Megan got our braces on, (where's the picture... can't find it), and Rebecca got her appendix out, around the same time, so we all sat and moaned in pain together. (Very fun!) Another very important occurence was watching the movies "Gods and Generals" and Gettysburg". Why important? Because those are the two movies which transformed me from someone who didn't know anything about the Civil War, and really didn't care, to a person who is fanatically interested in anything pertaining or related to it. If you're interested, I'll write more about that later.

My mom read the book "Mother Angelica" by Raymond Arroyo, and our lives were never the same after! First, we heard about Hanceville Alabama and The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Next... well that comes next month! :)


All right, next we went down to Hanceville for a Lenten pilgrimage, stopping at Shiloh National Military Park on the way down. (Shiloh is a Civil War battle site, not to mention a place with gorgeous scenery.)

After leaving Shiloh and getting lost in Tennessee at 11:00 at night, we found ourselves in Hanceville. It was very hot, and we were all sick, but we had a wonderful time at the beautiful shrine nonetheless. In fact we liked it so much that... wait, that comes in September.

Anthony's 2nd birthday, and we found ourselves immersed in practice for our Little Flowers Catholic Dance and Theater Troupe play "Remember Me".


This month was entirely consumed by the play, so I'll put a few pictures here. All of the girls (Me, Megan, Teresa, Rebecca and Mary Rose) had a great time acting with our dad!

Okay, one picture.


We got a camper! It's the only vehicle that I have ever seen that can make our large 15 passenger van look small. We named it "Cherry", which isn't terribly original considering it's short for 'Cherokee', the kind of trailer it is. Appropriately, the first song we heard on Cherry's radio when we brought it home was "Every Mile a Memory", by Dierks Bentley.


This was a really full month! The first week was spent by Me, Meg and Teresa at the Miles Jesu Ave Cor Marie Summer Girls Camp. (Referred to as 'camp'.) We had loads of fun, as always! The week we got home started Driver's Ed for me! Very fun, and it was the first time I had ever been to a public school. That's finished, and now I'm working on getting in my 50 hours of driving time. During a 1-week break that I had from DE, my family and I headed out to Gettysburg National Military Park in PA. Now that was fun, especially for a huge history and Civil War buff like myself! We also stopped at the Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg MA. But even there we couldn't get away from Civil War lore! Apparently the Union Army was camped on the grounds of the Sisters of Charity (St. Elizabeth's order) in June 1863. The sisters were afraid that a battle would take place there, so they prayed, and instead the battle occurred at Gettysburg.


After a lot of thought and prayer, we left the parish of Saint Mary's, where we've gone since I was about 5, so 10 years, and transferred to Saint John's, in a slightly closer town. Us kids resisted at first, but then we met Fr. Ariel, a totally phenomenal priest who loves kids, and now we couldn't imagine leaving. (You should hear his homilies! They're fantastic.)

And this is... us with Father. He's the one with the blue shirt on. (no not the one with his eyes rolled back, the other person with the blue shirt on, the one that's smiling.)


The Sandwich Fair! Always a lot of fun. Megan, Teresa and Rebecca were all in the fiddle contest, and I won a "Peoples Choice Award" for a photograph that I took! It's, um let's see, where is it, aha! This one.

Cool, huh?
End-ish of September we traveled back down to Hanceville for a week of dicernment. Are we called to open a Catholic campground down there, or not? We all believe that God is calling us to do this, but for the moment, that pot is on the back burner, but still simmering. We did find a piece of land down there that would be perfect for a campground though....


This month was more of a wind-down month, to the best of my recollection. Oh yes, I took my very first collage leval course - Puplic Speaking 101 or something like that. Fun, but the textbook was awful.


My blog! Need I say more? Though I must confess, I hated it at first, and asked myself why in the world I started a blog, but then I took a week's break from the computer and am enjoying this web home a lot! (In case thou hast not noticed.)


Well, begining of the month, the LFCDandTT did a preformance of the "Silent Nativity", which you saw the slideshow for. I was a townsperson named Miriam, and also the founder/ringleader of TASOK. (Townspeople Against Slave-Owning Kings.) Here I am with two of my sidekicks. Don't we look so fearsom?

Left to right: Havila (AKA Victoria), Miriam (AKA me) and Lydia (AKA Veronica)

And also, of course... Christmas! I haven't gotten a chance to talk about it yet, so I shall now. We spent Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family, and at Midnight Mass, me, Megan and Teresa and Rebecca brought up the gifts! Christmas Day we opened presents and went to dad's side of the family and... opened more presents. I got Teresa the Pirates of the Caribbean 3 soundtrack, which she was very excited about, um, I think. (This year we drew names from a hat, in lieu of buying gifts for each sibling. That way they would get something more meaningful/useful.) The day before Christmas we had the Rockwood Family Christmas Party (Dad's side), and I learned from my great-aunt that my great-great grandfather was in the army during Woodrow Wilsons presidency and was one of the people gaurding the Mexican-American border. Yesterday was the Vimarco Family Christmas Party (Mom's side) and my 17 yr old second-cousin(who knows more about politics than anyone else under 35 that I know) argued politics with my grandpa, mom, dad, his dad, and his uncle for about one hour, with my great-aunt jumping in occasionally. Talk about entertainment for the whole family!

So I think I've caught up to myself. Have a Happy New Year and leave a footnote!

December 25, 2007

Christmas Day!

In those days a decree went out from Ceaser Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all wen to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the City of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold I proclaim tidings of great joy that shall be for all people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests."

Merry Christmas to you all!

December 14, 2007

One Month!

Happy One-Month-of-Having-a-Blog Anniversary to me!

Yes, it's officially been one month since I launched my blog!

Oh, and Happy Anniversary to all of you who have been around since I first started!

December 11, 2007

One Wintry Afternoon...

...I picked up my Kodak Z650 and headed out into the woods. I was soon following very strange tracks, and thought to myself "the game is afoot!" Soon I had in my sight...

some rather unusual creatures. I was not sure of what type they were, as their fur or whatever it was looked rather odd.


I kept following, and even as I grew closer, they still were unidentifiable.


After a good fifteen to twenty minutes, the foolish things sat down by a stream. I say foolish, for I had every intention of shooting them and bringing them back with me for identification in my lab.


I raised my lens to fire upon them and then realized...

Oops! The "strange creatures" were two of my sisters, my brother and my father.

Mea Culpa.

I then proceeded to have a lovely time practicing my aim upon snow covered rocks
the creek,


dead bones with faces
and lying on my back in the snow snapping at the sky.
And when I returned home, I shot a few cats too.

What a perfect day!

December 7, 2007

142nd Anniversary!

I didn't realize until today, but yesterday, besides being St. Nicholas' Feast Day (Happy St, Nick's Day everyone!), was also the 142nd anniversary of the signing of the Thirteenth Amendment, therefore abolishing slavery from the United States. Hooray for all the people who signed it!
While I'm on this topic...
Happy 181st birthday to General George B. McClellan (12/3), of Civil War fame
Happy 168th birthday to General George Custer (12/5), also of Civil War fame
and Happy 174th birthday to General John S. Mosby (12/6) also (you guessed it!) of Civil War fame.
And while I'm at it... Happy 2nd birthday to my cousin Matthew (12/1) who is NOT of Civil War fame.

PS. If anyone has birthdays they would like me to feature/mention/commemorate on my blog PLEASE let me know in the comment box. This can include yours (don't assume I know it), a favorite author, favorite actor/actress, famous person: ex. the Pope (once again don't assume I know it!), or anything like that. I love birthdays!


A brief review for what has proved to be a refreshingly and, quite simply, "enchanting" new fairy tale movie.
As the movie's tagline says it's "The animated world meets the real world". Enchanted is the story of Giselle, an (animated) maiden about to be married to her prince, who then finds herself shipped off to real-world New York City. She has all sorts of adventures, sings new delightfully old-style Disney fairy-tale type songs, and provides many laughs along the way. (She even gets rats and cockroaches to help her clean the apartment she stays in!)
A spoof on all the past Disney Fairy Tales, mainly “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Cinderella”, (though there is a brief reference to King Kong, go figure!), you will sure to be “enchanted”, by “Enchanted”!


At the December meeting of the St. Faustina Girls Club that I attend, we wrote Japanese haikus, since we are studying Japan this year. I thought you might like to read the one that I wrote and two that I co-authored with my friend....

The snow on the ground
Lies softly in the moonlight.
Together they shine.

The great Chinese rock
Is looming over the heads
Of spiders below.
~Veronica and Amanda

The toad in the grass
Hops around in great circles
Trying to lose weight.
~Amanda and Veronica

December 2, 2007

The First Sunday of Advent

O come, O come Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee
O Israel.

What Fun!

Yesterday we went to our first social event in three weeks! (Thanksgiving is a family event. ;) The first event of the day was a farewell mass and reception for Father Louis Antl, who is leaving for Springfield in a few days. We will miss him! The reception/going-away-party was at Cemeno's, and they very generously donated pizza's and pop for all. (For our group anyways. Can't speak for the rest of the restaurant!)
Following the party, our friends invited us to their orchestra's Christmas Concert as an early Christmas present! The music was absolutely beautiful, featuring Beethoven's 5th Symphony, (the first movement was stunning, in a good way!), "Air" in G, by Bach, Silver Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Carol of the Bells and an encore of Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, to which we all sang along.
And of course, the highlight of the day... folding laundry at the Halbur's before the concert. But done in the company of friends, it was a lot of fun!

November 28, 2007

My Little Brother

Don't ya wish every kid was this eager to wash the floor?
(And you just have to love the outfit!)

November 26, 2007

Not all Compasses Point in the Right Direction

Especially, "The Golden Compass".
Very soon a movie entitled "The Golden Compass" will be shown in theaters. This movie is based on the first book of a trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" that was written by Phillip Pullman. Mr. Pullman is a noted English atheist and his objective is to bash Christianity and promote atheism to kids. Hence his stories appeal to kids, but with a sinister objective. In these books God is not the Almighty but a powerful "angel" who has deceived the world. In an interview, Pullman said, "I don't know whether there is a God or not. Nobody does, no matter what they say."
I certainly do not want to excite your curiosity about this film. As you parochial administrator, I only want to save you from an occasion of sin and to discourage you from supporting a production that is contrary to our Catholic beliefs. Our goal should be to use the media in helping our children grow in their knowledge of Catholic beliefs and morals.

Kudos to Father Ariel, pastor of the parish I attend for writing the article in the weekly bulletin! If only all pastors would warn their parishioners about 'occasions of sin'. And not just near occasions of sin, but occasions of sin! I have seen a preview for this movie and it is disturbing that they are trying to make it appear like "The Chronicles of Narnia" and the "Lord of the Rings" by showing animals helping the main character; and the preview opening with the words "From the producers who brought you Middle-Earth".

I won't go into more detail since many of you have already heard about this terrible film, but in case you haven't, follow this link to a great website explaining in further detail what is wrong with this production.

So head over to to read more.

November 25, 2007

Christ the King

O Jesus Christ,
I acknowledge Thee as universal King.
All that has been made,
has been created for Thee.
Exercise all Thy rights over me.
I renew my baptismal vows,
renouncing Satan, his pomps and his works;
and I promise to live as a good Christian.
In particular do I plege myself to labor,
to the best of my ability,
for the triumph of the rights of God and Thy Church.
Divine Heart of Jesus,
to Thee do I proffer my poor services,
laboring that all hearts may acknowledge Thy Sacred Kingship,
and that thus the reign of Thy peace
be established throughout the whole universe.
Prayer found on

November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in advance, because I am taking a break from computers for a few days. See ya later!

But before I go...

Some Thanksgiving questions!

Question 1: What comes at the end of Thanksgiving?

Question 2: When the Pilgrims landed, where did they stand?

Type your answers in the comment area, I'll give the correct ones when I return!

November 18, 2007

Word of Wisdom

"If there was no God, than there would be no atheists."
~ G.K. Chesterton

Because it's Hunting Season

There once was a man, who was an avid hunter. One morning, he woke up at 3:30 am, and went down to his kitchen to prepare for a long day of hunting. Much to his surprise, he found his wife standing by the table, decked out in camouflage with a rifle in her hand. "I am going out hunting with you this morning," she said in response to his astonished question. "Aren't you happy?" Bemused and a bit unsure, he agreed to let her come along.
Once at the hunting area, he got his wife set up in her own tree stand, and told her, "Now you just sit up here real quite like, and shoot at whatever comes along. If you need any help, start firing into the air and yell at the top of your lungs." Leaving her, he walked away to his own tree stand.
He had just got out of site of his wife, when he heard a loud volley of shots coming from behind and his wife yelling, "Get away from my deer!" Alarmed, he ran back as fast as he could, stopping short at the sight that met his eyes.
His wife was firing off rounds of shot, still yelling "Get away from my deer!" A man with a large cowboy hat was hiding behind a tree, trying to dodge the shots. Finally he held up his hands and called out in a reassuring voice, "Ma'am, ya can have your deer, but can I get my saddle off of it first?"

November 17, 2007

Quote on the Eucharist

Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I place before you the one great thing to love on earth: The Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the complete surrender of all, and yet by the taste of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships be maintained, or take on the complexity of reality, or eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien in a letter to his son.

November 16, 2007

About the links

Well, I thought that if I'm going to post links on my site, you ought to know where they will be taking you. So without further ado...

Trinity Property Investments. How could I not put my dad's website on my blog? If you or someone you know is interested in renting to own, or finding out what renting to own is... head on over and check it out. (The web page was designed by my lovely mother.)

Fairy Tale Novels by Regina Doman. This is a link to the website of my most favorite books ever. The Fairy Tale novels are currently a trilogy of novels, modern day re-tellings of classic fairy tales. The last one, "Waking Rose", is my absolute favorite, probably since I can relate to the main character the best. The previous title are "The Shadow of the Bear" (Snow White and Rose Red), and "Black as Night" (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves). "Waking Rose" is based on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Lily Maiden is a blog by my very good friend, Claire Halbur. I enjoy reading her blog, and I have been inspired by her beautiful writings many times!

Rosa Mystica Modesty Movement. This is the official site of the modesty movement started by Claire Halbur, authoress of the aforementioned blog, Lily Maiden.

November 15, 2007

Who I am...

Greetings, all blog readers! This is my inaugural post to ye fair ones! Who am I? Well, I shall tell thee....

I am a teenage, pro-life, homeschooling, Catholic, just trying to live out God's will in my life. Through this blog, I hope to fulfill my name's meaning: "Worthy of Love", making myself so by sending a smile to your face, laughter to your lips, joy to your heart, and sunshine to your day. But it may not always be so; I may also ask you to stop and think about an issue, ponder words of wisdom, or take action against some injustice or wrong.

It is my hope and prayer, that you will sincerely enjoy visiting my blog, and that I in turn, may do something for you.

God Bless!