Tuesday, August 28, 2007
It sure is a good thing that Abigail and Nolan ended up in the same class...
Here is JT standing next to his cubby. Things could be a little confusing this year, because there is also a JJ in class. In fact, yesterday JT accidentally put his sweatshirt in JJ's cubby....
Monday, August 27, 2007
Hope they are both enjoying their days....
Sunday, August 26, 2007
At the end of Mass today, someone that helps run the church's Pantry Shelf spoke. (The Pantry Shelf gives out food to 1200-1400 less fortunate families every month). He was talking about some large contributions that were made recently. It made me think about how lucky our family is... we really don't want for anything. We have food to put on the table, clothes to wear, a warm house to live in, and many other luxuries that some families don't have. Sometimes we get caught up in what we think we need. It's very easy to forget that there are others out there that don't even have the basic necessities that we take for granted.
Unfortunately, being a landlord has made me a little calloused towards those less fortunate. There are a lot of people out there that will take advantage of other people. When you are a landlord, you see this often. You get to the point that you don't believe any excuse they give you, even if it might be the truth (i.e. pay your rent, or get evicted!). How do you find the balance between helping others and not letting yourself get taken advantage of? I don't know the answer to this...
I was thinking a lot about this after church as I was cruising through the grocery store. After I loaded my groceries in my truck, I headed home. It wasn't until I got home that I realized I had left my purse in the shopping cart (in the parking lot)! I was freaking out.... nothing good comes to mind in this situation! I hopped in the truck and headed back to the store. On my way there, I called Christina (I had seen her car in the store parking lot) to see if she was still there. Thank goodness she was! She found a store manager about the time I was arriving back at the store. We asked several store cashiers if they had seen it. One of them had my purse! A very nice customer had turned it in... all contents in place!
Besides feeling relieved, I was very thankful that an honest person had returned my purse. It seems like the message I received at church this morning went along very nicely with my experience an hour later! I am pretty sure that the person that returned my purse won't read this, but I want to thank them anyway. Thanks for following the golden rule!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
A few more...
Just trying to get them warmed up for first day of school photos...
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
As most of you know, I was raised Catholic. Growing up, I never questioned anything that was taught to me about being Catholic. Lately, however, I have really been struggling with the Catholic Church. ***I will say that my faith in God hasn't changed. That is still as strong as ever. ***
There aren't very many pictures of me on my own blog so I just thought I would share!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
It has gotten a lot of use even in the couple days we've had it. Hope the kids keep enjoying it. And no I haven't been in it yet.... it has a 100 pound per person weight limit! I am sure I will get in at some point...
Drake and his family are back in Boston for surgery to remove the tumor. This will take place tomorrow. The doctors are expecting things to go well. At some point, after the surgery he will have a bone marrow transplant. The family isn't sure whether that will take place in Boston or in San Francisco.
Please keep Drake and his family in your prayers. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for him over the past six months. I will keep you posted.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
For brunch we served two kinds of quiche (veggie and bacon with goat cheese), zucchini bread, lemon poppy seed scones, banana berry bread, fruit, champagne-fruit punch, and three types of dessert bars (raspberry cheesecake, chocolate-peanut butter, and coconut fudge bars). Everything was wonderful! Thanks to Michelle, Meaghan, Kristina, and Gina for helping with the food.
Christina and baby received a lot of useful baby items. She received a stroller/carseat, bouncy seat, Bumbo seat, baby book, Baby Bjorn front carrier, backpack, bath seat, onesies, socks, blankets, diapers, bibs, and a lot of other great things.
In Christina's hand is one of the newborn diapers that she received.... it's hard to imagine that the baby will be that little. And most the time, these newborn diapers are too big at first.
JT also received a first place ribbon for his painted turtle.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
And now JT...
Thanks for joining me in my walk down memory lane...
Thursday, August 9, 2007
San Francisco sunrise
Boy's best friend
I haven't been to the fair yet so I don't know if I won anything for these photos. To be honest, I don't even know who the judges are or what they base their selections on. Winning a ribbon isn't a big deal to me... I just enjoy showing my best work. Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The above photo was taken when I was about three and Mary was about six months old.
My sister and I have had a lot of ups and downs in our relationship throughout the years. She is 2 years, 7 months, and 1 day younger than me. I wasn't really a very nice sister when we were growing up. Sometimes I am surprised that she still speaks to me. We played together when we were growing up, but it was definitely a relationship of convenience. I really wish I would've been a better sister back then.
This photo below was taken when Mary was two and I was five. She framed this photo and gave it to me on my wedding day (almost nine years ago!). The frame has the following imprinted in it.... "Sister, you are close to my heart. So many dreams we've shared, all the laughter and love. You tell me your secrets, I tell you mine. A lover of life, kind and true. Beautiful sister, your spirit is strong. We'll always be together in our dreams. Our hearts will stay side by side."
It wasn't until we were both in college that we started to get closer. She visited me a few times at Cal Poly and I went to see her at Santa Clara several times. Since that time, we have remained close. We have been the maid/matron of honor in each other's weddings. Here's a picture of her and I from her wedding day...
I try to visit her at least once a year in San Francisco, just the two of us. She has a completely different lifestyle than mine (city vs. country, no kids vs. kids, full-time job vs. "work at home" mom, etc). No matter what, though, I still feel like our values are the same.
We still have our ups and downs, and we definitely don't agree on everything, but I can't tell you how blessed I am to have her in my life. She is the first person I go to when I have something bothering me. She can always help me work through things and feel better. I know I don't tell her often enough how much I love her and appreciate her.... I love you, Mary! And thank you for being such a wonderful sister and friend.
And to those of you that have a sister, please tell them how much they mean to you.... today!