Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Little Boys

This is a picture of the backs of my "Little Boys" and our Priest, Father Theo.

The backs of Stephen, Matthew and Father Theo...In the cowboy hat.
We were at a church party and Father Theo was teaching the boys my young men how to line dancing.

Every time I see these guys standing with grown men I am in awe and I wonder;

 "When did they get so big?".


"Where did the time go?"

When I see them from this angle...I think WOW! with a big grin and IT cracks me up every time.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's not all about THEM

I don't think I told you we had a little company this past week.

My Aunts, cousins and cousins daughters came down for a little visit;

Bringing with them lots of joy, laughter and Anthony.
Aunt Joan

These aunts are my father's "little" sisters and two of triplets.
Among the many things I loved about having Aunt Jean and Aunt Joan here was seeing  
my father's smile again on my Aunt Joan's face.

I never realized it before but this time "IT" took my breath away.

Aunt Jean

I again saw Aunt Jean's kind, gentle nature. But this time we watched as she endured a serious illness. But, she never complained....just like someone else I know. 

In both these woman, I saw their big brother Billy and one of his best qualities....I saw
in them how he would take his time and listen patiently and talk to people from the family no matter the age, size or order of importance.  

I saw how they enjoyed playing in childish games,  

allowing the smallest be the leader of the biggest chains.

I saw how they relaxed and laughed at themselves.

There were songs sung with the greatest emotion followed by dancing in the dining room.

The weekend just flew by.

When it was time for them to leave we were all a little sad to see them go.

Today, as I post and think of these warm, wonderful woman, I think about what makes them so special:  I think what makes these woman the generation of these woman so special is ... 

Everything is just not about them.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Just a "Little" Birthday Party

July started off with a great big BANG!

No pun intended...It DID!

Now everybody knows that homeschoolers never socialize...

Or at least that is what they tell me.  

But, you see....Brian had a "little" birthday party that he shared with his buddy Phillip.

Brian and Phillip were both eight within days of each other.

Just like little boys do, they both wanted to have a great big birthday party. 


They wanted to invite all their home-schooled friends to help celebrate the festive occasion.

Because they are bright and creative women, the mothers of these two guys thought it would be fun to have the parties together. 

One GREAT big BASH!!!

One full day of Fun for everyone!

Lots of Fun!


More Fun!

Phillip and Brian

These guys had a Fourth of July party of a life time.

They played games.


Everyone came.

Strangely enough...for a group that does not socialize...

There were over 35 people at this "little" birthday bash.

All the kids had so much fun! 

 They are  already talking about whose party is next and can we do it ALL again tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

True Happiness

July 7, 2010

Is when you turn Four and everyone you love celebrates. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Black and White Magic

At sunrise this morning, I woke up to a small hand rubbing my arm


"Mommy...Is it time?"

"Is it my birthday? Am I four?"

I answered in a soft "YES, my sweet" "Your Four today."


~ Her answer ~

A soft, gleeful...."YES!"

and she feel back to sleep in my arms.

the long road