Sunday, February 24, 2008

Another Prayer Request

Prayers please for my mom. She tripped and fell last week and broke her shoulder when she fell. My children, husband and I would like to have prayers for her recovery. Thank you.

Urgent Plea for Prayer!!!!!

One of Mary-Kate's classmates died this afternoon. Please all of you who read this pray for the family of this young man. Pray also for his soul. Pray for the students left behind at school that they may have the graces necessary to weather this storm. Pray that the faculty and staff may have the wisdom to guide the student body through this difficult time. Pray that the families of the students have the sensitivity to help their children to understand the true meaning of death and to face it in a truly Catholic way.
Thank you to all of you.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Matthew's New Pastime

We have recently learned that Gander Mountain has an indoor archery range. So now once a week Matthew takes his bow down and shoots for a couple of hours.
He and his friend Brett like to get together and spend their time doing "guy" things.
Looks like Matthew is getting pretty good. He is now hitting the target and getting in the yellow more of the time. By the time bow season rolls around next fall he should be able to get me a buck for the freezer.

Mary-Kate is a WHO?

Holy Cross is putting on Seusical the Musical this year. Mary-Kate has gotten the part of a Who in the play.
Now all we do is eat, sleep, and breathe the music from this play. By the time the play rolls around we all will be able to stand in for anyone who cannot be in the play.

Mary-Kate's Report Card

While Ryan was home Mary-Kate got her second report card. She is doing very well at Holy Cross. Her grades were as follows: Religion 95, English 93, Economics 97, Math 84, Art 97, and Choir 99. Her overall average is 94%
Her father and I are very proud of her.
She has also decided that she wants to attend the BOCES adult nursing program next year. She wants to get her LPN. She is currently writing an essay to try for a scholarship from one foundation that we found online and submitting poetry to try to win money for school from a few other writing contests that a friend has found for her. She is very ambitious now that she knows what she wants to do. I think that she will make a fine nurse.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy 50th Anniversary to Mom and Dad

Today is my Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary.
This is the picture of my mom that my dad has carried in his wallet for as long as I can remember. When I was little I used to sneak a look in dad's wallet to make sure the picture was still there. I always had the feeling that as long as this picture was still in his wallet then they still loved each other and my life was still secure.
Isn't my dad handsome? I always dreamed that I would find a man who would look just like my dad.
Here they are on their wedding day. They look happy and excited like they are looking forward to the rest of their lives together.
Congratulations to Mom and Dad. We love you. You are both and example to all of us of what married life should be like.

Happy Birthday to Ryan

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Ryan, happy birthday to you.
Who would have guessed that when you were born at 10 pounds 4 ounces that you would turn out the way that you have.
You are a gentle giant, no matter how you try to be otherwise, we know the truth of things.
Even with that enigmatic look on your face only the terrorists are fooled. Love you Ryan. We are proud to be your family and proud to have you as our son.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Leave Time is Almost Over

Ryan has been very busy during his leave time. He has spent time at his computer.
Preparing a piglet for roast suckling pig which he requested for supper last night.
He entertained the troops. Of course this is one little girl who was very glad to see him. She enjoyed bossing him around.
He gave his sister the gift of a finished chicken coop.
More entertaining the troops. He took her for a walk down into the valley to see the flooding creek.

More time at the computer.
Splitting wood so that we can stay warm for whatever may be left of this winter.
Cleaning out the pig pens. You can't see him but he kept Matthew busy moving wheelbarrows of manure out of the barn. They spent a lot of time "working out" together.
Loading lumber for use in the chicken coop.
Playing commado in the shop on the piles of round bales. Matthew made a hay fort and wanted Ryan to play in there with him. There was only one problem. The tunnels were too small for Ryan.
There are only a few days left of this leave. Everyone here is going to miss Ryan when he is gone. I wonder if he won't be happy to get back to afghanistan to have a little rest after all that he did while he was home.

A Meme

Joann, at, tagged me for this meme.

Let me see if I can do this right because I am hopeless with linking and stuff like that. (Joann, I may have to call you for help!!!!)

The rules for this meme are: (1) Link to the person that tagged you. (2) Post the rules on your blog. (3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself. (4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. (5) Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

1. I am obsessive about my work area when I sew.

2. I always promise not to cry and embarass my sons when we say good-bye at the airport and then I cry anyway.

3. I am never reading less than 3 books at once.

4. My favorite color is green and there isn't a room in my house that is decorated in green.

5. I can't leave a bowl of cashews alone.

Now I tag, Meghann, Patrick, Donna