This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, August 3, 2007

Favorite Ingredients Friday

Fusilli with No-Cook Tomato Sauce
Courtesy of Good Housekeeping's Vegetarian Meals

1 package (16 oz.) long fusilli pasta
2 lbs. ripe tomoatoes (about 6 medium), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pimento-stuffed olives, chopped or salad olives
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. In large saucepot, cook pasta as label directs. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, in large serving bowl, combine tomoatoes(with their juice), basil, olives, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; stir gently to mix well.
3. Toss pasta with tomato sauce.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things I learned from Harry Potter and JK Rowling:

1. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

2. Things are never exactly what they seem.

3. Go with your gut.

4. Help those less fortunate—even if it doesn’t seem wise.

5. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks…but…

6. Don’t think to highly of yourself.

7. A little help from your friends should never be turned down.

8. Help will always be there if you ask with your all your heart.

9. Truth always wins.

10. Don’t mess with a mom. (I love Molly Weasly.)

11. Love conquers all.

12. Don’t fear death.

13. Greater love hath no man than he who lays down his life for his friends. Whether she meant to or not…it is there.

Ready to read through the whole series again—but maybe better wait until I get a little housework done.

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Wordless Wednesday

Tame Tiger

My niece's cat who likes to think he can stalk humans!!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday--Parenting Advice Edition

A friend of mine is having her first baby in December. I certainly don’t have this parenting thing all down pat. In fact, I often feel like I am learning on the fly. But I guess there are a few things I think to be important. And basically that is what this list is, things I have shared or will share with my friend.

I am NOT saying I do all or even any of these things well—just I’ve found them to be important to me. After I pontificate to her I will then point her to this WFMW at Shannon’s and let her get really good info from all the other wise contributors to WFMW—The Parenting Advice Edition.

10 Don’ts and 10 Dos:


1. Don’t do something just because it is in a popular book.

2. Don’t do something just because all the other parents are doing so.

3. Don’t feel bad for having your own set of rules.

4. Don’t be afraid to change rules that don’t work.

5. Don’t be afraid to put your children first.

6. Don’t be so quick to force independence—protection is what parents are supposed to do.

7. Don’t be afraid to be human.

8. Don’t pretend you have all the answers. "Let's look it up together." Goes a long way. Admitting that you don't always know what is what is tough, but can be rewarding.

9. Don’t be afraid to say, “No.” But sometimes try to figure out how it can be a, “Yes.”

10. Don’t assume you know what they’re going to say—be prepared to be surprised at their answers.


1. Be their safe harbor—to have a child come to you with full trust is an awe inspiring thing.

2. Be their advocate—if you don’t go to bat for them how will they ever learn to bat for themselves—and why do you thing someone else will do it.

3. Do go with your gut. Don’t care what the nurse on the doctors’ info line says, don’t care what your best friend says, don’t care what your sister says—if you really, really think something is wrong it is better to be safe than sorry. This applies to so many things.

4. Do eat well and exercise. You want to be around for a long time and you want them to learn from your wonderful example.

5. Do read—alone and together, silently and aloud, as a whole family, let the kids read to each other. Read and read a lot of different things.

6. Do say you are sorry. It took me until way late in life to admit to ever being wrong, and while no one would accuse me of being a humble person, I truly want to have a humble heart before God, my spouse and my children.

7. Do love your spouse.

8. Do pray for your children.

9. Do pray with your children & your spouse.

10. Do love God first. They learn what they see.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Children's Book Monday

The Hungry Thing
“ “I want some schmancakes…and tickles…and hookies…and gollipops.” Can you guess what this Hungry Thing really wants to eat?” So says the back cover of the book by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler with illustrations by Richard E. Martin.

Yesterday my 9½ year old dragged this book of the shelf where I store some of the easier readers and old childhood favorites.

Originally published in 1967, the copy we own was published in 1971. This was one of my books when I was my children’s age. The Hungry Thing is one of our family favorites. This is one of my husband’s favorites—that says a lot.

The Hungry Thing comes to town with a sign that says “Feed Me.” He is a beast of few words and what few he says are very confusing. Who can figure out what he wants. Who knows what will satisfy the Hungry Thing??

As I said this is a family favorite. We sit down and it is the most fun when Daddy reads. Daddy does the best voices.

Grains of Gratitude

This week I am grateful for:

My sister—you’ve been there for our parents when I haven’t or I couldn’t. You are dependable to a fault and I love you and respect you for that.

My husband—you’ve allowed me to be there for my extended family and encouraged me to do so. You’ve let me be real and not made me feel silly although you can always make me laugh.

My children—what can I say but that God teaches & blesses parents through their children. We, as parents can never feel anything that God has not felt for us. You have been forgiving of a flawed and imperfect mommy and loved me without reservation. You have told me I am wonderful and in the reflection of your eyes I’ve seen what the goal is.

My parents—you’ve shown me what a marriage is supposed to be, good and otherwise. You’ve shown faithfulness, determination and perseverance. You’ve shown me grace under fire.

My God, my Father—you’ve shown me mercy I don’t deserve, salvation that is free, sacraments that bind me closer to you on earth & gifts that are so glorious and precious in my family, friends who are faithful and beauty beyond measure—if this is earth what an unfathomable place heaven will be.

Christine the author of Brady's Bunch is the originator of Grains of Gratitude , a chance to start the week out acknowledging our blessings and with thankfulness.