November 11, 2011

The Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary

 I can't top that delectible smile with words.
 I got my second razor sharp tooth, my mommy is thrilled.
 My desk reminders. The crucifix was given to me from Fr. Kunz's desk after his death.  The crown of thorns picture.  Our Lady... a gift to me from Frodo.  And a drawing of St. Francis and St. Claire (before he cut her hair and she became a nun) from Galadriel.
 We were invited to a Baptism. 

 Proud and happy God Parents of Bonaventure Abraham. 

St. Bonaventure, known as "the seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of Bonaventure in consequence of an exclamation of St. Francis of Assisi, when, in response to the pleading of the child's mother, the saint prayed for John's recovery from a dangerous illness, and foreseeing the future greatness of the little John, cried out "O Buona ventura"-O good fortune!

Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?"
"Yes, my son?" Abraham replied.
"The fire and wood are here," Isaac said,
"but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son."
Genesis 22:7-8

(Ever wonder what was going through Isaac's head at this moment?  Ever wonder if Isaac ever wanted to go anywhere with his father after this?  I have! But I suppose he was a man of Faith!)
 Beautiful cake or what?!  And delicious with Bavarian Cream filling, which, incidentally is custard which is my favorite! 
 We got our first ... and second... snow with about a total of 5 inches (says Sam).  I guess the snowman pictures must be on another camera.  (the old cameras become the kids' cameras)
Keeping track of duties is an on-going issue and tedium around here.  So many little bodies, so many jobs to check. Finally I put together a duty chart.  It's not completed quite yet but I did get the necessaries done.  I laminated cards with jobs on them (breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2:00 and miscellaneous) and just shuffle them and put them in randomly.  All I have to do is go to *the wall* and see who didn't do what.  It's right there, simple.  The other handy feature is I also know specifically which name to call, rather than call every single name before finally getting the right one.  And there is room for at least 15 names!  I am also working on "job jar" cards so when there is some *ahem* discipline needed (not that there ever is) they can just draw a card and keep themselves busy for a time and I can get the house cleaner (though I suppose it will all be well-neglected since discipline is never needed in our house.....)  but it will come in handy when someone doesn't do their job the first time right away they can get a second job, just as a reward for a job not well done.


  1. It is interesting that Abraham knew that both he and Isaac would be back. Genesis 22:5 gives us Abraham's words to his servants: "Stay you here with the ass: I and the boy will go with speed as far as yonder, and after we have worshipped, will return to you."

  2. Have you ever looked really closely at Genesis 15 when God takes Abraham outside to see his descendants? If you haven't, do... and notice whether it is day or night.

  3. I'd love to see a close up of your chore chart!

  4. I am so excited about your duties chart!!! I also want to see it up close.

  5. Aw, Julie, she is sooo cute! :D Getting big too!

    I should get more organized and do the chore chart thing... I've basically gotten around knowing who did a job wrong by simply assigning particular jobs to particular children... so if something is not right, I know who did it! :D But I would like them to have more variety!