Showing posts from November, 2012

Such sad news today.

Dear, sweet, two-year-old Henry died today due to complications from surgery.

Please pray for Carla and her family during this difficult, sorrowful time.

Lord of all gentleness, surround us with Your care and comfort us in our sorrow, for we grieve at the loss of this little child. As You washed Henry in the waters of baptism and welcomed him into the life of heaven, so call us one day to be reunited with him and share forever in the joy of Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.

St. Henry, pray for us.

Happy belated birthday, Gabriel!

I'm a day late, but yesterday we were busy celebrating. :)

I can't believe it's been a year since my sweet baby Gabriel was born!

One year ago yesterday, fresh from the womb

His first birthday started with morning snuggles from his big sister.

And ended with a birthday brownie after supper!
We love you, Gabriel!

This Is What We're Up Against

A few days ago, a Facebook friend (someone I knew in high school) posted the following:

I'd largely been ignoring posts like this, but I decided to respond.

There was more debate on the thread, but the OP sent me a private Facebook message and we had an interesting exchange. I'm posting it here (with her knowledge and permission) as an illustration of what we're up against. Based on other conversations I've had, this how many young women (mid-to-late-twenties) see the world. Her words are in green, and my responses to her are in blue.

Hi Joanna! First off, I am more than respectful of your choices. Coming from someone (like myself) who needed an abortion to save her life given the genetic disease I have...I am personally pro choice. I love my little girls that I already had and I wanted to live for them instead of die for a baby I hadn't even met.  

So, a baby isn't an actual child unless (general) you can "meet" them. I have to say I was rather of…


On Saturday, November 10, my husband graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Software Engineering.

His college career started in 1993, when he was 18 years old. Nineteen years later, after a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, his parents’ divorce, our marriage, six kids (four on earth, two in heaven), various full- and part-time jobs in the IT/tech support industry, and going to three different universities in two different states, off and on… he finally reached his goal.

The last two and a half years, he was taking classes full-time while working full-time and being a full-time parent.

The big moment is at 5:58.
Words cannot express my pride in him.

7 Quick Takes Friday - November 2, 2012

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Happy (belated) Halloween from my pumpkins!

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And from these pumpkins too -- Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz), Master Yoda, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker.

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Can you guess my costume? Answer is in #6....
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Trick-or-treating in style!
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But it can be tiring, too. 
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Have you guessed yet? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I was a Ramen Numeral.
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Here's hoping sweet Nannette will be able to celebrate Halloween with her forever family someday.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!