Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Check out what the Franciscans were up to recently. I just had to share this. Watch until the end to see what happens.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A small observation of the children...

As John Paul (2 yrs and 10 months) and Therese (15 months) seem to be growing in their ability to communicate with one another, it is such a joy (most of the time) to watch their personalities come out in these last days. One event in particular- the coming of the rain- magnified the phenomena of personality and birth order. David and I tried to get John Paul to walk in the rain with an umbrella or even to see that Daddy's dancing ridiculously in the rain was fun and safe. NOPE. He refused to the point of tears at seeing David out their in his clothes getting so wet. So what happened when Therese saw the rain? Here's what I captured.

At first it was just her little hands that reached out the feel the rain coming off the tin roof. Then it was her head.

And that's all it took...

And what was John Paul doing? He was in the back porch where it was dry, playing with his trains, happy to be doing so.

And here are a few other pictures of them.

And just think: if 5 months or so, another personality will join us!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

David Dawson- my life's gift

Our David is 29! I am so grateful that his parents said yes to receiving such a gift! David is holy, compassionate, funny, caring, light-hearted, understanding, empathetic, funny, serious, Christ-like, gorgeous, Christ-centered, funny, adventurous, learned, hilarious, intelligent, so good-looking, and the list goes on and on. Anything I pictured for my husband has been completely blown out of the water- he far surpasses anything I could have asked for or imagined. Loving David is a testament to God's goodness and mercy (because I don't deserve him). Did I mention he is the best Dad EVER!?!? And while we're talking about good-looking, we have some seriously beautiful children with all their Daddy's good looks to thank for that! (If you're wondering, they got my personality and his looks- hang on!) So here's our birthday weekend...

Homemade cinnamon rolls - Can't decide whether to thank Paul Dean or to punch her. We all needed sugar/butter induced comas after breakfast.

After the priestly ordination of our sweet friend Father Jeff Starkovich (YEAH!!!) we headed to Lafayette to be with most of David's family - Mimi, Grandaddy, Uncle Pat (Patrick), Pete, Julia, and Liam!

We sang and David blew out his candles on a pistachio cake his mom made - the joke it that David (who is not a typical cake and icing kind of a guy) likes all foods weird and different. A text I received from my mother-in-love the previous day said, "Pistachio cake. Is that weird enough?"

We played cranium (a must if you haven't before) and a really good time proceeded to take place

Including a little dancing to 90's pop (don't knock it til you've relived it)

And today we swam at my Aunt and Uncle's House - complete with Granny, Grandpa, Renee, and ICE CREAM CAKE!!!

It has been a wonderful weekend: Celebrating David's birthday, celebrating the church's birthday (Pentacost), and celebrating with new priests.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Poland: the country

David had an amazing time. Here are just a few high lights. Enjoy!

The chapel built by Saint Maximillian Mary Kolbe and his companions. This was a Franciscan friar who went to Auschwitz because he was priest and took the place a man who was going to be exterminated (a man who was married with 5 children).

The Bapstismal font of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul 2). To put it in another way, the place where Karol Wojtyla was claimed for Christ and the place from which all the graces of his baptism flowed... he contributed to the downfall of communism, the awareness of the true dignity of woman, one of the greatest popes, I would argue and the list goes on and on.

A 3 hour workshop on beginning an abstinence education program (Note John Paul 2's bust on the side of the wall)

Giving his talk in the City Hall