Monday, May 3, 2010

I'm Going to Be an Aunt

Yesterday we found out that my brother's wife Nicole is going to have baby!!! We are all so excited! Even William is excited, we asked him"William what is the big news?" he says "I don't know." we say "The news about Paul and Nicole!" and he screams "THEY'RE GONNA HAVE A BABY!!!!"  They said that she has been pregnant for about 2 months and the baby should be born around Thanksgiving!

Friday, December 4, 2009

My latest book...

My latest book is "The Great Brain". The Great Brain is actually a series of seven books. They are about a Catholic family named the Fitzgeralds they live in a small town in Utah called Adenville. There are three brothers John  ( the author), Tom  (the main character) and Sweyn (he is at school in Pennsylvania during most of the books). It's based in the mid to late 1880's and their true stories. Tom is 12 years old and he is richer than all the kids in Adenville and some of the adults. "How does he get so rich?" you may ask... well Tom is also one of the smartest people in Adenville (except for his father... the only one in the town who went to college).Tom, by one means or another, gets things from people (by trading or any of his other tricks) and than sometimes sells them to other kids who don't have one. Sometimes Tom will make bets that other kids are almost positive he will lose, so they bet money, but he ends up winning just about always.

        In one of my favorite chapters one of the kids (Parley Benson) gets a quarter horse for his eleventh birthday (in the time of the chapter he was 14) and every year at the annual 4th of July parade he races all the other mustangs, mares, quarter horses, and saddle horses against his horse in a quarter mile race and he always wins. Than one year after he continues to boast about winning Tom tells John that he just can't stand Parley's boasting any more and he is going to put a stop to it. So he suggest that he is going to race his mustang, Dusty, against Parley's quarter horse, Blaze. Of course Tom's mustang wins, but Tom says that he will race on Parley's quarter horse and Parley will ride Dusty, but Tom says he will beat the mustang in a mile long race... That is just what he did! When they raced the next Saturday Tom did win! The way he did it was that he ran Blaze around the track one time (the track once around was a quarter of a mile) than after the first time around he slowed him down to a walk than just as the mustang was catching up he broke him back out into a run. Tom ended up winning by ten yards.

This and many other chapters are waiting in the books for someone else to read them. I definitely (needless to say) recomend these books. My older brother very much enjoyed them and I really like them too. They are one of the few  real laugh-out-loud-books that I've read. I would call the series VERY enjoyable!

Favorite Poem Friday...

Well, technically I made it up while I was coming home from my Grandmom's but I think that it may work...

   The Last Few Hours Before
                           As we wait
                           The last few hours before
                           The celebration of the birth
                           Of the Almighty King by the eternal shore
                           As we wait to celebrate
                           The coming of the Lord to earth
                           We begin to think of miracles
                           That happened because of his birth
                           As we think of presents
                           We may get this year
                           We will also think of the presents
                           We will give the Lord when He arrives down here
                           As we begin to thank God
                           In every single way
                           We say to those on earth
                          "Merry Christmas Day"

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Poem for the Month of October

This is one of my favorite poems that I've ever learned and it's for the month of October. The verses I wrote are just 4 out of 8 and I don't know the other 4.

October's Bright Blue Weather
by Helen Hunt Jackson

O suns and skies and clouds of June
And flowers of June together
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather
When on the ground red apples lie,
Like piles of jewels shining,
But redder still on old stone walls
Are the leaves of the woodbine twining
When comrades seek sweet country haunts
In two by twos together,
And count like misers hour by hour
October's bright blue weather

O suns and skies and flowers of June
Count all your boasts together,
But ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Feast of St. Philomena

We don't actually know all that much about the life of Saint Philomena. She was a Grecian princess and she was very beautiful. St. Philomena had a great love for God.

Sometime in the early 300's Diocletian wanted to start a war so St. Philomena's father said that they would go to Rome and see if they could do anything to keep peace.

When they got to Rome Diocletian fell in love with St.Philomena. But Diocletian already had a wife so when he asked St. Philomena to marry him she said she would rather die than to commit the sin of marrying someone who was already married and besides that, she had promised herself to God when she was very young. Diocletian was so angry at this that he ordered his men to have St. Philomena scourged. On the night after her scourging, as she was lying in her cell she saw an apparition of Our Lady. Our Lady said to have strength for what was to come and to always keep her faith in God, all the way to the end.

The next morning when Diocletian came to propose marriage once again to St. Philomena he found that every scar that had been there the night before was completely gone and that now she had more faith than ever in God. So Diocletian ordered that St. Philomena was to be tied to an anchor and thrown into a lake. This too was a failure because, before there was time enough for her to actually drown, angels lifted her out of the water and brought her safely to land.

Diocletian was so annoyed at this that he ordered that she was to be pierced with arrows. But every time an arrow came close to her it turned around and pierced the soldier that sent it. After this Diocletian decided to do something that would not fail. He said that she would be beheaded.

After her beheading St. Philomena's soul went straight to God.

In the 1800's some men who were looking in all the old catacombs found one that said " Fi tecum pax Lumena" But when the words were all put together correctly it said "Pax tecum Filumena" which means "Peace be to you Philomena". Next to the inscription were pictures of an anchor, an arrow, and a lily. This meant that she was a martyr. Later she was taken to Mugnano and is still there.

Her feast is August 11,
She is the patron saint of youth.

~by Theresa

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday...

These are a few anonymous pictures that William helped me pick out:

Was there ever a boy with such varying tastes?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

These are my favorite pictures:



Friday, June 12, 2009


On May 31, Cathy spotted our dog Brigid's second litter of puppies. Her first litter was a little brown dog that we named Ella and a little black black dog we named Meme. We think the Daddy was a stray black lab that would stop by our house every once in a while. In the end we ended up giving away Ella to the church and Meme to some friends who lived close by.

This time (as you see in the pictures) she had a little black and white one and one that's grey, white, and black. The black and white one is a girl and the grey, black, and white one is a boy. We haven't decided on names yet. We think that the Daddy is an abandoned shelty that wanders around the town. But we don't know for sure yet!!

~by Theresa

What Vegetable Is It? Quiz


Who can guess what vegetable this is?!

Is it an apple?

Is it a radish?

Or is it a tomato?

~by Theresa

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Guess who we found!

Yesterday we found a small orange fluff-ball-of-a-kitten lying on the floor of the chicken house. We put her back where we thought she had gone and this morning when we went back we found the mama had moved her, but just a few minutes ago we saw our cat walking up to our door with another black furball! We think the orange kitten is a girl and the black one is a boy so we decided to call them Bede (after St. Bede who's feast day is coming up), and Nilla (after St. Petronilla who's feast day is also coming up quickly). They're adorable!!! We've fallen in love with them already! I'll have some pictures as soon as we find the orange fluff ball.

~by Theresa