Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family


March 2009

Small Successes…or getting it right, one small step at a time!

Ah, March. It’s in the air…the promise of spring on this fine, soon-to-be nearly 60 degree day! After Monday’s arctic freeze, this is a most welcome heat wave! We’ve managed to battle the worst of the cold and flu season, and in spite of a few lingering coughs, most of the crew feel pretty well. Despite feeling that I’m a month behind in life, I’m more than happy to share a few Small Successes:

1.  I sewed hair on a frog.  A very large, very green and fuzzy, stuffed frog.  I thought it was kind of silly, but Emily insists that Snoopy the Frog is a girl.  And she needed hair.  I couldn’t let her glue it on!

2. Really scrubbed the kitchen counter tops, stove, hood and cabinets. Nope…we weren’t having guests over, I just took another mom’s advice and cleaned for my family like I would for company!

3. Overcame a great temptation. Last night, I was able to dine out with friends for the first time since October. Giddy, I stayed as long as possible, and then returned home only to discover that the previously clean kitchen (see Small Success #2, above) had been completely trashed. My sweet hubby had taken the burden of cooking dinner, and the kitchen, was, well…pretty much what I expected.  BUT…what I didn’t expect was the veal parmagiana that was leaking down the side of the trash can onto the floor. The plates that hadn’t been cleared. The wadded napkins on the counter, greasy spatters and splashes of tomato sauce here and there, etc., etc., etc…I was making a mental tally of all the offenses I could. And then I stopped tallying. Here was an opportunity for patience and I felt anything but! So…I took a deep breath and began clearing the mess…Jesus, Mary and Joseph please help me…I actually said those words aloud…

And then I heard it. A whispering murmur…my family in prayer. In an instant, my messy kitchen had never looked more beautiful. How happy I was that they weren’t cleaning my kitchen. My family was praying and nothing, nothing, not even an immaculately clean kitchen, could’ve made me happier!

I dropped the paper towel and headed towards the living room. There they were, shrouded in darkness, except for the light of blessed candles. My husband was leading the children in the evening Rosary. I entered the room as silently as possible and was able to pray the Hail, Holy Queen, St. Michael Prayer and the Act of Contrition with my family.  It was the perfect ending to a perfect evening…and the dishes were still there in the morning!

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FOR TODAY – March 2, 2009

Outside my Window…Unbelievably cold.  Blue sky and bright sunshine belie the gusting wind and arctic chill.  Our pipes are frozen.  No water.  Not…a…drop.  Apparently, the blockage is in the line between the well head and the house.

I am thinking…about Father’s sermon on Ash Wednesday.  He spoke about the weather and St. Francis de Sale’s admonition that one of the ways we can begin to discern God’s Will is in little things…like the weather.  Accepting that current weather conditions are in accord with God’s Will helps us apply the same understanding to larger issues.  A good reminder while I’m lamenting the frozen pipes…God’s Will be done!

I am thankful for…the two gallons of water in the reverse osmosis tank!

From the kitchen…hubby is working at home this morning to assess the frozen pipe issue.  He brought me my favorite espresso, over-easy eggs, sausage and toast…in bed!  This evening:  probably leftover BBQ ribs, baked potatoes, corn and Caesar salad.

In our school room…I’m really having trouble getting back into the swing of things since all our illnesses.  Once again, I feel we’re just putting in our time and I want so much more for our homeschool.  Pray for us?

I am creating…still working on the now huge family afghan…pictures, soon!

I am going…to pray that hubby is able to solve the frozen pipe issue…I don’t think the weather is going to cooperate…temps are expected to remain well below freezing for the next couple days…

I am wearing…blue jeans, a pink turtleneck and navy fairisle cardigan.  Hair down…

I am reading…actually looking forward to reading He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek.

I am hoping…that we have running water soon.  There are many things we can live without…water isn’t one of them!

I am hearing…Charlotte and Arthur arguing over who needs to go to confession most…

Around the house…reminders of the Holy Season of Lent…and lots of tidying to do!

One of my favorite things…orchids.  Two of ours are blooming beside my kitchen sink…beauty in the midst of the mundane…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…plans in the works for building our chicken coop!  We have four Buff Orpington chicks on the way, and they already have names:  Rosy, Penny, Buffy and Kelly.  Looking forward to farm fresh eggs in a few months!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you

Fasting Bread for Lent…as delicious as it is beautiful!

Have a blessed week!

Things you never dreamed you’d say to your children…

No, Emily!  You may not glue hair on your frog…mommy will sew it on!

And so I did…


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