Peace for the New Year

Consider the surface of a lake, above which the sun is shining. If the surface of the lake is peaceful and tranquil, the sun will be reflected in this lake; and the more peaceful the lake, the more perfectly will it be reflected. If, on the contrary, the surface of the lake is agitated, undulating, then the image of the sun can not be reflected in it.It is a bit like this with regard to our soul in relationship to God. The more our soul is peaceful and tranquil, the more God is reflected in … [Read more...]

For Lego Lovers

Here is  a link to instructions for a full lego nativity scene.Looks like a fun holiday project for some stir crazy boys!(H/T Kathi from our homeschooling group) … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Red and Mr. MaryAlice

So rosy is the glow of the season that we'll send Cliff Lee back to Philly with a big bow on top while we drown our sorrows in Texas in a big mug of egg nog. Red and the MaryAlice family will have much to rejoice in this Christmas (and baseball) season. And now, we humbly give you the claw (at least he didn't go to the Yankees...) Make sure you text Mr. Incredible from the World Series next year to thank him for his magnanimous gift (or at least update your facebook status with a picture of … [Read more...]

Upstaged

I adore this time of year...gathering my boys under the Christmas tree, letting them explore the boxes of ornaments, sitting on the cozy polar bear rug reading Christmas books. All should be peaceful (at least as much as possible with 3 small boys).However, our 2 year old has a meltdown Every Single Time we mention Baby Jesus. He emits loud, piercing cries of, "NO! I'm the baby!" punctuated by emphatic gestures to himself that I'm worried may injure his eye.He also starts hyperventilating … [Read more...]

Speaking of Haircuts…

After Juris Mater's hilarious post last week, I thought I'd post our latest haircut escapade (this one with pictures).We were all sick last week and Mr. Incredible even stayed home from work one day. And, while we were happy to have him covalescing at home, his weekday presence does throw a monkey wrench into our routine.Especially when he decided that it was time to give the baby (ahem, more than 2 year old) his first haircut. He had been thought a girl at least half a dozen times in the … [Read more...]

In November

There is something I find strangely refreshing about the month of November being dedicated to the Holy Souls in purgatory. It is so, so easy to get caught up in all there is to be done at this time of year. There is a whirlwind of planning, gifts, decorating, and baking, all of which can be good and sanctifying, but only if done in the right mindset, with the right intention, for the right reasons. Remembering from where we come and to whom we are going helps keep an eternal perspective amidst … [Read more...]

A Taste of Fall

It just barely feels like fall, with very warm afternoons in Texas and the Rangers still (!) playing baseball. We are finally making the first batch of butternut squash soup. This recipe is an Incredible family favorite that we serve up in bowls shaped like pumpkins. I think I adapted it from a Wolfgang Puck recipe long ago.Roasted Butternut Squash Soup3 C butternut squash, peeled, seeded, chopped into large chunks1/2 C apple cider1/2 C brown sugar1 cinnamon stick, broken in half1/4 … [Read more...]

Boys That Read

A while ago I had to speak to our Town Council in defense of our small town library. That's right, they wanted to cut the library from the budget to pay for more parks and playing fields. Shouting over the noise of a torrential downpour pinging off metal-roofed fire station, I tried to explain to the all male town council why a local library was so important to a community, especially the children. To be perfectly honest, I think they were so shocked to see a female under the age of 65 at a Town … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thursday (Texas Mommy)

What am I cooking?Mini acorn cakes and mulled cider for the beginning of fall!What am I reading?Interior Freedom by Jacques PhillipeNorth and South by Elizabeth GaskellThe Explosive Child by Ross GreeneSimplicity ParentingMater et Magistra magazineThe Chosen, by Chaim PotokAnd my To Be Read pile on my nightstand is threatening to crush me in my sleep.What are my weekend plans?Was hoping to speed across Texas to visit Kat, but that will have to wait for another … [Read more...]

Sancti-Tea and the next 18 years

I recently went next door after my kiddos were tucked into bed to return a laundry basket. The sweet mom next door began regaling me with the schedules of her two boys,  5 and 8, their extracurriculars, multiple sports, etc., and I could feel myself getting overwhelmed and stressed out for her. To sum it all up, she said, "It's only 18 years, right?" All I could could think to say in the moment was, "Enjoy them while they are young!!"I mean in no way to cast judgement on her or her obviously … [Read more...]


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