Saturday, May 28, 2016

Corpus Christi

The institution of the Holy Eucharist is of course, celebrated on Holy Thursday during Holy Week. But the Feast of Corpus Christi give the church a chance to celebrate the gift of the Body and Blood of Jesus in a more festive way that what is appropriate during the Week of Christ's Passion and Death.

Because Easter was so early this year, all of the other liturgical feasts have come up very fast as well, including this one. The Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, two weeks after Pentecost. In the United States, the feast is always transferred to the following Sunday. Since Pentecost is always 50 days after Easter, we have the rare occurrence of celebrating Corpus Christi in May instead of June! It will be in May in 2018 and then again not until 2024.

The actual feast is very old, dating from 1246, and celebrated by the universal church under Pope Urban IV in 1264. The Office and the Mass for this date were written by the great Thomas Aquinas.

Interestingly the Old testament priest, Melchezidek plays a more significant role in the mass on this day.  Usually only mentioned in the first ( and long) Eucharistic prayer, he gets a proper mention in the Psalm response for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Priests are encouraged to hold Eucharistic Processions for the faithful on this date.  My current pastor is the only priest in my lifetime who has ever done so, and I appreciate the beauty, history and significance of this every year. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us again this year.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

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Outside my window...

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One of my Iris flowers blooming this week.

I am thinking...
that I have to get all of my NCAA stuff done today and tomorrow because I start work again on Wednesday and I will be busy again.

I have to say I'm just a tad resentful that all of my plans for cleaning and organizing fell by the way side since I have had to put hours into getting this stuff ready!  Nonetheless, as of last night I was half way through!

I am thankful...
that we made it through the weekend. Two dances, one championship, and a piano recital.  Probably what Mr. Pete remembers most is getting all the lawn mowed at our flip house!

In the kitchen...
Chicken nuggests a la paleo style.

I am wearing...
black capris, green T, my workout shoes.

I am reading...

Also part of Izzy's health class for next year.

I am pondering...
weird mouth things.

A couple of years ago I had this weird painful tongue.  I haven't had it since and I remember thinking about that last week.  Apparently that was all it took to bring it back!

It sort of started with this chipped molar I have on one side of my mouth. It's a little jagged but smoothing out. It doesn't hurt and I really don't want to have it crowned. If I did anything I would probably just have it pulled. But anyway, this jagged tooth does snag food sometimes, particularly meat.  That happened to me last Thursday and I stupidly used a plastic straw to clear the trapped food particles. The next day my gums on that side just ached and I couldn't chew on that side. So I did my standard treatment - Aleve, salt water, and then Listerine gargle. And the next day my gums were a lot better. But my tongue was burning.  It made for an interesting weekend when it came to eating - such as there wasn't much I could eat without hurting somewhere. As of this morning though, this seems to be a lot better too. I never had problems like this 10 or even 20 years ago.  This must be one of the wonders of the aging process!

So dear reader, you're probably wondering why I don't just go to the dentist.  I don't have dental insurance. And I take excellent care of my teeth.

It's kind of macabre but when my mother died and I was helping to get her ready for the funeral home, I remember thinking how much money she had spent on dental work. It made her feel better and I appreciate that, but I think I just want to avoid that kind of investment in teeth that will, after all, end up in the ground one day.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...

In the homestretch now!
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior


Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing

Some  of my favorite things...

After competing in the 3200 for Districts on Friday night.  Noah came home, showered, changed and...
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made it to his second prom!!
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and then put his dancing shoes on once more to take his sister to the homeschool dance!
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A quote to share...
You turn men back to dust
and say: “Go back, sons of men.”
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.

You sweep men away like a dream,
like grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.

So we are destroyed in your anger,
struck with terror in your fury.
Our guilt lies open before you;
our secrets in the light of your face.

All our days pass away in your anger.
Our life is over like a sigh.
Our span is seventy years
or eighty for those who are strong.

And most of these are emptiness and pain.
They pass swiftly and we are gone.
Who understands the power of your anger
and fears the strength of your fury?

Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.

Psalm 90

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Because no day is complete without sunshine!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

7-Quick Takes

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1.  Mr. Pete and I frequently have to do this thing called "Divide and Conquer, " which is our way of splitting up and doing two different things in two different locations because the universe has chosen a particular date and time to have the activities the family is involved colloid simultaneously.

Such a thing happened last Sunday. Rosie's championship meet was Sunday afternoon AND our Godson/Nephew, Paul,  was graduating from college. So Mr. Pete went to the championship and I went to the graduation.

This particular graduation was special to me. It was the first time I had ever been invited by any of my nieces or nephews, on either side of the family, to come to any graduation. Ever. So that alone made it event worthy. But this particular nephew is very special to me. When Sam and Gabe moved out a few  years ago within the span of a few days, and not under the best of circumstances, Paul started coming over almost every night for dinner. Together with the neighbor girl who later became my goddaughter, I felt that my table was full again and it really was a blessing to my soul. They filled a gap that shouldn't have been there yet, and in a lot of ways ministered to me just as much as I ministered to them.


2.  Nonetheless, I missed seeing Rosie SMASH her PR times in both the 1600 and 800. She came in a respectable 4th and 7th place for the girls 5th and 6th grade division.

We have a joke in our family that our kids can only kick soccer goals when I'm not around. They have kicked many goals - I have never seen one of them in over 20 years of soccer games.

It may be that this translates to running as well and  PR times can only been annihilated if I am not present!  I must ponder this.

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3.  Tonight is possibly Noah's last run as a high schooler. He runs in Districts tonight in the 3200.

Noah is a very good runner, but not a great runner. But I also think that he will continue to get better with age AND with distance.  Sometimes I think the reason he doesn't finish higher is because the races he is in aren't long enough. It almost seems to me that by the time he's 2/3 of the way done, he's just getting revved up.  So I look forward to college and hopefully watching him run the 5000 for track and the 8K in cross country.

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4. Here's something that has me scratching my head. Track and field districts are this evening. Noah runs at almost 8 p.m.  NONE of the other meets have ever run this late, so I'm wondering if this is sort of unfair to the kids who have been competing in early evening and Saturday afternoon events. Since eating is an issue for these kids who want to be fueled but no filled, I just wonder about the wisdom of running something like the 3200 so late.

It also boggles my mind that with Track and Field District competitions this evening, several public schools around here are having their prom to night.  Who the heck thought that was a good idea? Noah is going with my goddaughter to her prom, but she has to go without him and he will meet her there, about an hour later after he competes, drives home, showers and changes.  And as an extra injustice - his ticke to the prom was $35. Maybe the planners for future years could consider their athletes before putting the prom on a big competition day.

5.  The end of the year piano recital is this weekend too. Sort of looking forward to that one though!

That said, I'm one of those people that feel kind of sad when everything is over and I can feel myself sliding that way a little now.  I did some research on line and discovered, that's a real thing!  It's called Post-Project depression or Post-event depression.  I first noticed this when I was a little girl and I felt kind of sad after my dance recitals. It was really bad after my first prom and my wedding. But every spring I feel it too and it gets a little worse now that my kids are older and their "last times" are truly "last times."

6.   Because last Sunday was Pentecost, we did decorate our dinner table, even though we didn't get to enjoy it as much because of all the other stuff going on.  Thanks CYO!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Being a newbie mother-in-Law - without becoming a punchline!

My latest on

In this month of May, Mary and Moms, it seems only natural to consider what it means to be a mother-in-law too! Mothers-in-law are fair game when it comes to jokes and dark humor. They seem to be an easy target for a quick and funny punchline. Even Pope Francis seems to have an issue with “mothers-in law!”

I have often wondered, why is that?

It seems most of the mother-in-law jokes and stereotypes are about older women who don’t want to let go of their children, don’t give them enough privacy, or who are so focused on how they want things done, everything their new in-law does is “wrong.”

And honestly…I get it.

You can read the rest here!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Simple Woman

Last week was busy!!! So this post is a little packed.

Outside my window...

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I have always taken my own senior pictures. Maybe that's a little over confident on my part, but I just couldn't stand the idea of paying hundreds of dollars for pictures x 6 kids when I could just have a nice camera and take thousands of pictures for a fraction of the cost.

So, last week I put Noah in his new suit, and took him and the girls to a local Nature Realm and took some senior pictures.  Here are two of my favorites!

I am thinking...

According to things I'm reading on line, it is going to be tough to make Noah eligible for the NCAA. One mother wrote that her son's college coach told her that his homeschooled athletes are RARELY eligible the first semester of college. I find that strangely discouraging and challenging all at the same time.

I am thankful...
that Rosie won fourth place in the 1600 meter in the Middle School Track Championship for our Diocese with a PR and time of 6:37:73.  That means my 10-year-old can run a mile in about 6 and a half minutes. To give that perspective - I can walk a mile in 15 minutes on a good day. She went on to run the 800 and set another PR of 3:07:74 and got seventh place.

I am also thankful that I no longer have to drive 30 minutes away for track practices three times a week!

In the kitchen...
baked pork chops, smashed potatoes and salad.

I am wearing...
Yesterday for Pentecost I wore this -and I think that's hilarious because I bought this dress on sale for Valentine's day, thinking I wouldn't get a lot of wear out of it until next winter. I have since worn it twice this spring.


I am reading...

This book is going to be on my required reading list for the Health Class I am designing for Izzy.

I am pondering...

I am against men in women's locker rooms and bathrooms. And it's not about hate. It's about safety. Ponder this.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...

In the homestretch now!
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior

  • Pre-calculus   Two or three more lessons
  • Government.  Plugging along.  

  • Piano - recital coming up on Sunday!

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Partnership Writing

Some  of my favorite things...

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Watching Noah Run

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and watching Rosie


Watching my nephew graduate from college!

A quote to share...
“Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that.”  Ally Condie, Matched

A picture to share...

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