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7 Quick Takes

Thanks Jen for hosting!!
1. St. Andrew Novena starts tomorrow!!

I will spare you all from hearing, once again, how much I love this novena, so all I am going to say is: PRAY IT!

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.) 2. Blessed John Paul II, Pray for us! Tuesday was our LAST home visit with our social worker.  It was the day she was going to do the walk through, inspecting the house.  After school work was completed, I was cleaning LIKE CRAZY.  I had done a lot of reorganizing and cleaning over the last few weeks in preparation for this visit, but I was doing all of the "final touches."  Well, I was in my sons' bedroom, straightening up and noticed something.  LOTS of broken and cracked glass on the back of the door.  I am not sure if it was a 60's thing or what, but their bedroom door has TILES of glass on the back of it.  (It is really…

Black Friday Beachbody deals starting today!

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Wordless Wednesday - My Advent Reading

"You have my sympathies."

Last weekend I went on the Joy for Journey retreat.  This was a retreat for adoptive moms and pre-adoptive moms.  Because the retreat was Christian, my hubby and kids decided to wait for me to go to mass.  We went to a local parish that has a Sunday evening mass.

When mass was over and I was walking with my boys, down the aisle.  An older women looked at me and asked, "No girls?" 

I have gotten this question before.  And although I do not understand why people of all ages seem to think it necessary to comment on the fact that we have boys, I try to handle it with grace.

So, I smiled, nodded and said,"No, three boys."

A look of pity shone on her face, "You have my sympathies."


I had her sympathies??  Now, normally, I would just smile and ignore the horribly rude comment.  After all, my boys were right there.  And she was implying that, because I had them, somehow I was in need of sympathy.

But at that moment, I could not let it pass.  Maybe it was because …

Monday's Daybook

Outside my window...

It is 4PM and the sunlight is fading fast.  It has been a beautiful day here.  The sun was shining and the weather was really nice for a November day.  There is snow in the forecast tomorrow . . . I will believe it when I see the snowflakes fall.

I am thankful...

For a nice weekend in Baltimore. My hubby is there for meetings and the boys and I decided to go up for the weekend.  While we did not get to see my hubby a lot, because he was in meetings, we did enjoy every moment we got to be with him. 

I did not get to me Cardinal Dolan while there, but I did get to meet Cardinal DiNardo, Cardinal George, and Cardinal Wuerl (again).  Cardinal George got on the elevator we were on.  He was so nice.  We were supposed to get off just one floor after he got on, but I quickly said, "Oh, let's go to our room (on the 27th floor)!"  He engaged each and every one of our boys and was just so friendly.   I am so thankful to be in a position to meet so many of the l…

7 Quick Takes

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!!
1.  Katie is blogging, it must mean . . . her hubby is travelling for work again.  I am sorry if that sounds a bit snarky.  As I sat down to write these takes, I realized that the only time I have sat down to write any posts in the last few weeks was when my hubby has been away for work.  He has been gone alot lately.  He is not too far away right now, just 45 min, but the meetings run so late and start so early, that he stays at the hotel they are held at.  We are hoping to go visit him this weekend, go to the Baltimore Aquarium, and hopefully run into this guy . . .



I am already trying to plan how I can get a family picture with him!
2. Thank you! I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments on this post, both here and on facebook.  I have not been able to respond to any of them as I would have liked, but I have read them and appreciate them so much. One of my friends, who was homeschoolled, shared that she had been diagnosed with a learning disabilit…

Homeschooling, learning disabilities, and trying something new

When I started the homeschooling journey, several years ago, I never thought I  would have to learn to become a special ed. teacher.  But, these days, that is exactly where I am finding myself. 

At the end of the summer, we had our oldest son go through a series of educational tests.  One day a week, for about a month, we headed to the educational psychologist's office for two hours for J's testing. And a couple of weeks ago, my husband and I sat down with the educational psychologist to hear the results.

As we sat down that morning, I learned some very important things.  First, J is smart.  I knew that already and the test results confirmed that he IS smart.  When it came it auditory learning, he was OFF THE CHARTS.  Again, I knew this about him.  Then we came to his writing scores.  The first set of tests that showed results in the Learning Disability range.  Again, this did not surprise me.  But, it was good to hear it confirmed.  And good to give it a name.  He has dysgra…