Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Looks Like Summer

The days may be a touch cool and the nights cooler, but summer is very much present in my home. The kids are breaking from formal schooling for a few weeks, we have no weekly commitments, the local library started their summer reading program, and we are outside working and playing.

I am very much thankful for this new home. We have had some issues (what house doesn't have issues?), but it is very peaceful in the mornings, listening to the birds and a cat curled up nearby, with the sun shining down.

I am thankful for dirty hands and the fresh fatigue from working in the yard.

I am thankful for BBQs and light meals.

And for sleeping toddlers who hate to nap but need to with these longer days.

I am thankful that Mr. A's neurology appointment went very well, and eased any fear we had due to his "abnormal" MRI back in late March. It really does seem as if all his symptoms are *just* due to migraines and the abnormal MRI could be attributed to them or even his celiac disease. Basically, nothing to worry about now.

Anyone who suffers migraines knows it is anything but "just" migraines. Mr. A is lucky I suppose, having a momma who also suffers them. Never at 9 years old though.

I am thankful for morning walks. It is refreshing, a good wake-up, and a time to commune with God. I tried praying a Rosary as I walked, like the Mamas Movin' with Mary, but my lungs could not handle it. I'm ok with that because there is something very nice about quiet and listening.

I am thankful for this book - The NaProTechnology Revolution: Unleashiing the Power in a Woman's Cycle by Dr. Thomas Hilgers. I am about 5 chapters in but it gives so much more information than the workbook I first received when starting the Creighton Model

It is interesting reading the history and I look forward to reading about the problems in a woman's cycle. For years and years, I thought so much of what I experienced is normal (and to my mom and her experience, it was). But... apparently it is not. Perhaps it is even at the root of much of what I have been experiencing the last few years???

I am so thankful that I can pass on this knowledge to my daughters, and women as a whole will be one step closer in breaking the monopoly of pharmacy and gynecology, of covering up one's symptoms with a band-aid (like the birth control pill) instead of finding out why something is wrong.

I am thankful for new starts and new energy, and for the fuzzy feeling of seeing these little ones and the excitement they bring my children.

Until next time, God bless.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Marian ATC Swap

So the boys and I participated for the first time in Kimberlee's Marian ATC swap over at Pondered in My Heart. When I first brought up the idea, I thought for sure Mr. A would veto it, but both surprised me and said yes to it.

I really wasn't sure what to expect. I had hoped for more initiative from Mr. D but he insisted on copying big brother. Overall, it was an experiment. I thought we did ok, and I'm glad we were able to finish them by month's end!

Note that for their age, we should have stuck with simple drawings. Adding paint to the mix just called for trouble.

Mr. A's: 7 sorrows of Mary, Mary and baby Jesus, Mary pregnant, Mary, and M is for Mary.

Mr. D's: Mary pregnant with Jesus, Mary Queen of Heaven, Mary, M is for Mary, and Mary with baby Jesus.

Mine: Mary symbol, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Heaven, Rosary, Immaculate Heart.

Note that it was really hard to use basic colored pencil on watercolor paper. The kids lost my nice oil pencils somewhere and neither they (nor I) can find them. I actually enjoyed the watercolors best and my favorite is my Queen of Heaven.

Thankfuls: the little things

I know it's not Thursday, but one can give thanks any day so without further ado...

I am THANKFUL for sunny days and family time.

I am THANKFUL for cousins and innocent play ("peek-a-boo").

I am THANKFUL for the love of cats and for the joy of children in taking in strays and finding kittens.

I am THANKFUL for gluten-free play-doh from Aroma Dough. It's definitely a treat for us, but the kids were so excited when I pulled out four fresh balls of dough. Mmm... and the smell so good too!

I am soooo THANKFUL that this snake is out of our basement and back in nature. Even if it was a baby.

Speaking of critters, we've had our share of spring mice, and while I'm THANKFUL for our mouse-catching cat, I'd be more appreciative if he kept the mice out of our bedroom. It is not the play room he thinks it is!

I am THANKFUL for the beauty around me that I discover each day.

I am THANKFUL for the few naps Miss Z still takes.

I am THANKFUL for eager helpers.

I am THANKFUL for karate. The boys had testing the other day and you can see how much they have improved in less than a year. Mr. A was a bit nervous but he did very well and I expect we will see a second stripe on that belt soon enough.

I am THANKFUL for little notes and sketches. In putting together the boys' portfolios, I came across these two drawings by Mr. A. Aren't they sweet? He finally showed interest this past year in drawing and even coloring. Giving the kids nice, blank sketchbooks was a positive for this school year.

I am THANKFUL for a cool night. Cool enough for a fire and s'mores. :)

And for quick visits just to say hello.

God bless until next time.