Another Day, Another Semester

Tonight is Superman’s first night back at school, the first day of classes of his last semester of college.  God willing, he will graduate in May with his Associates’ Degree.

Here I sit, poised at the beginning of a grueling four months.  Two nights and one Saturday each week, he will head off to class leaving me alone to care for the kiddos, to oversee homework, baths, chores, supper, night prayer, and bedtimes.  Alone.  After completing a 9- or 10- hour workday.  It’s overwhelming to even think about. This semester will be even busier than most.  We have three of the four kids playing sports this spring.  On top of the associated practices and games, we have Little Flowers meetings and events, Elizabeth’s First Holy Communion, and extracurricular academic competitions.  Mind reels at the thought of even crawling out of bed on time each day, much less navigating the dizzying pace of our family’s next 12-15 weeks.

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7 Quick Takes — Thanksgiving 2014 Edition [vol.12]

 

In the spirit of giving thanks, and in no particular order, here are seven blessings I’m particularly grateful for this Thanksgiving!wpid-textgram_1417149047.png

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My husband
For a man who has endured much, worked hard, and grown closer to our Lord in the last year, all while having to put up with his pain in the you-know-what wife…dear God, I thank you!

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My babies
For my quirky, funny, and loving children, through whom I see the goodness and delight of our Creator…dear God, I thank you!

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Our home
For our rental home in an older neighborhood, on an ethnically diverse street, with neighbors of all ages, and a beautiful deck out back under wonderfully mature trees…dear God, I thank you!

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My Parents
For the selfless people who gave me life; raised me in the beauty of the Faith; taught me to cook, clean, and sew; demonstrated a love of neighbor regardless of race or creed; and who have lovingly supported me, even when I was a bonehead…dear God, I thank you!

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My Faith
For a strong, rich Faith heritage rooted in 2000 years of Tradition and Truth, which I am privileged to pass on to my children…dear God, I thank you!

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Our Military
For the selfless men and women who are spending this holiday away from their families and friends, and for those who have paid the ultimate price so that I may continue to live in peace – for them and their loved ones…dear God, I thank you!

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Edifying Friendships
For friendships old and new, virtual and physical, which edify and strengthen me in my roles as wife, mother, sister, cousin, daughter, and child of God; for friendships that have grown richer and deeper with the passage of time; for newer friends, especially those whom I’ve met in real life after years of them living in my computer; for the knowledge that my soul is strengthened by the bonds of their love…dear God, I thank you!
God bless you and your loved ones this lovely week, and always.  Be assured of my prayers for you!

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Little Bit O’ Lagniappe [vol. 3]

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As I write this, we’re “eastbound and down” on I-10 headed from Houston to New Orleans for the Thanksgiving holiday. I cannot be responsible if the thoughts recorded herein lack organization – I just had a stuffed bear thrown at my head and I am getting real sick of hearing the phrase “I want another snack.”  Oh, and the youngest is licking her arm, so….yeah.

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