- Most important thought for today: It's my mother's birthday! Happy birthday, Mom, if you are reading this. :) We can't wait to see you in three weeks!
- I did something that I am still freaked out about. I bought a mantilla. Part of me is happy - I feel like it will really help me in seeking humility and focusing during Mass - but part of me is a bit freaked out. I will be the. only. one. wearing one at my parish. Already, my overactive imagination has me arguing with several people. I think I just need to chill out and deal with things as they come, as opposed to dealing with them as I imagine them.
- Little Girl's First Communion was on Pentecost Sunday. She looked beautiful. She was happy. And now, she just marches right up there with the rest of us and receives our Lord. I still get teary-eyed when we go up, watching her. I think I'm a bit sad, in a way. Unless we adopt, we'll have no more First Communions to look forward to.
- I think I've discovered that I have an ongoing penance. Every time I hear, "It's so beautiful that all these homeschooling families are so open to life," while I'm at a conference, it pains me. It's practically physical pain at times. I don't confess it again (I've been forgiven through that wonderful Sacrament), but it stings. And so I decided that I would accept it as my penance for what I did. And let me tell you, you can't turn around at that IHM Conference without bumping into a dozen pregnant women or nursing mothers! Bellies, bellies, everywhere!
- The pool is open around here, and it's warm enough for the kids to go in. In fact, as I type this (Thursday afternoon), they are swimming right now. They both forgot sunscreen, so hopefully that early afternoon sun won't give them too much of a burn. I'm glad they enjoy the pool so much. I'm also glad they enjoy each other so much. I have had people remark that they get along so well, and I honestly chalk a lot of that up to our homeschooling. They aren't segregated all day, and Big Girl isn't feeling pressured from friends do shun her baby sister. Her friends are (for the most part) also homeschooled, so all the kids hang out together, even if they separate for games at times. It's totally accepted in our circle to play with a younger sibling. No, I take that back...it's expected. And I find that to be really nice.
- Travel Man will not be such a travler soon. I'm okay with that, but I hate to lose his moniker. Can't think of another name for him yet (that he'd let me share here), so for now, he'll be Travel Man whether he's away or not. ;)
Because of his lighter travel schedule, I'm encouraging him to volunteer to teach Big Girl's CCD class, which will be on Sunday nights. Honestly, I think he'd be great, and it'll be an excellent time for him to spend some time with her. And scope out what they do in the mysterious middle school youth group. (Yeah, I'm a little paranoid. She'll be there with high school kids, and I don't particularly like the idea. She is not even 11!!) I can't shelter her forever, but I still feel the need to proceed with caution.
- In honor of my piano teacher coming to visit (I took lessons with her from second through twelfth grades), I'm posting this video. Enjoy!
Friday, June 19
Thanks to Jen for hosting our weekly meeting. :)