Thursday, December 31, 2009

Small Successes:Happy New Year!!

  1. Lovely Christmas spent in VA with my family
  2. Have now successfully made the drive north in anticipation of a wonderful new year celebration.
  3. Have started and posted to this blog all year (thank you readers)
Today I give thanks for:
snow falling outside, warm family inside
safe trips with a cheerful toddler
the promise of a brand new year
friends old and new
grace abounding and love expanding
....all this and heaven too!!

Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Seven years and counting..

Seven years ago we made our vows in the Newman Center where we had met a decade before,
and these past years have brought their fair share of adventures and challenges.
Changes big and small!

I thank God for the great blessing of having you in my life as friend and companion.
I thank you for your love and laughter, for your example of faith and commitment to fun.

Here's to Seven x Seven more!!
I love you!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


May you and yours have a Happy and Blessed Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ten on Tuesday: Christmas Edition

1. When do you put up and take down your Christmas decorations?
Put up varies depending on work/call schedule but hopefully sometime early December, coming down after Epiphany

2. What do you do to simplify the holiday season?
Write a few Christmas cards at a time, try to be realistic when accepting party/function invitations; and usually still end up stressing out and worrying that I missing the whole Advent experience.

3. What do you do to remind yourself and your family what the Christmas season is all about?
Advent wreath, music, set up two creches in our house.

4. How do you spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?
Depends whose family we are with: With C.'s family Christmas Eve is the traditional Polish dinner of 3-4 types of fish and the sharing of the Oplatki. Christmas is opening of gifts and eating good food. My family has far less traditions, eating vegtable lasanga on Christmas Eve, opening gifts while eating pasteries on Christmas morning.

5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
Going to midnight mass

6. Did you do the whole Santa thing growing up? What do you like/not like about continuing the tradition?
Did the whole Santa thing growing up and will most likely continue the tradition with E. and hope to transition to St. Nicholas as she begins to question.

7. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
Sweet Gingerbread

8. How do you take your egg nog?
Not if I can possibly avoid it, Yuck!

9. What is your favorite Christmas carol and why?
O' Come All Ye Faithful, I think it balances really well the excitement of his birth with the reverence of such an amazing gift and event. (Really hard to choose, I LOVE Christmas carols!!)

10. When was the last time you had a white Christmas?
Last year! (We were in Maine) This year may be a little tougher as we are headed to VA.

Merry Christmas to all and especially our host Chelsea!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Quick Takes Vol #41

  1. I find one of the joys of marriage is leaving room to celebrate the child in your spouse. We are traveling over the holidays so we have been debating tree vs. no tree, live vs. not. Realizing that we did want a tree and truly we both preferred a live, decided to get a small one that could easily taken down. Yeah right, we have 7 1/2 foot ceilings in our family room and had to trim the tree down.
  2. Classes finished and grades turned in I can now focus on the fun, frenzy of the season. Still shopping to do and a lot of wrapping to go. Break out a tasty drink and "Its a Wonderful Life". What favorite old movie helps you tackle a time consuming task?
  3. Having trimmed our tree, we have also added a new phrase to E. repetoire "Too High" which is her opinion of where we have placed most of the ornaments.
  4. Attended the Advent/Christmas program of a younger friend last night which was wonderful. The perfect balance of reflective and celebratory. Well performed but with the fun quirkiness of many little children trying to sing and dance together.
  5. E. received a box of crayons from St Nicholas and is starting to show a decent attention span for coloring when she is not demonstrating that they make excellent drum sticks, stirring sticks.
  6. Having sent out my cards I can now eagerly watch for the mailman (ours is) and wonder what wonderful greetings will be delivered.
  7. Plans for the weekend, finishing some homemade gifts and wrapping, wrapping, (and maybe some fun in the snow...if it actually snows as predicted).

Please visit Conversion Diary to enjoy many other wonderful Quick Takes hosted by Jen

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Small Successes:Third week of Advent

  1. We have a tree with lights, decorations and everything!!
  2. Have turned in my grades for the semester! It was a good semester but it feels so good to have grades done and be able to fully focus on family and the season.
  3. As of when the mail is picked up today, my Christmas cards are addressed and mailed. I love the idea of my good wishes and prayers traveling across the country and even across the ocean to friends and family.
Today I am offering thanks for:
the graces and blessings of friendships
the great fun of 'trimming a tree' with love ones
introducing family traditions to E.
love given and received
warm tasty Dunkin Chai

Don't forget to visit Faith and Family Live and celebrate your successes

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sharing the Wealth: Great Blog Find

I have for several months now been a loyal reader of This Heavenly Life a wonderful blog written and hosted by Sarah. She writes funny, thought provoking posts about life, parenting and faith, coupled with wonderful poetry and beautiful pictures. Today is a perfect example as she shares of her desire to pray for her children's future spouses and their parents. Plus her youngest is the same age as Elisabeth and it is great fun to compare notes and offer support as toddlerhood appears over the horizon.
And as if those were not enough incentive to visit and enjoy she is hosting a give-a-way in honor of her 1 year blog-iversary, so go learn, laugh and maybe win something.

Congrats Sarah on completing your first year, may the blogesphere be blessed with your writing, pictures and poetry for years to come.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ten on Tuesday: December 15th

1. If you could change anything about your physical appearance, what would it be?
I would like longer legs please

2. Is there a habit in others that you find annoying?
Unremitting pessimism

3. What is your favorite recipe using ground beef?
Shepard's Pie

4. What was your favorite book as a kid?
Little kid: Little Bear
Older kid: Little House on the Prairie

5. Did you work as a teenager and if so, where?
Teacher's aide at VBS, and nanny

6. Did you work while in college and if so, where?
At a daycare, and as an administrative aide for a department at the school and during the summer I was a nanny to twins.

7. When you go to sleep do you like total darkness or semi? When you go to sleep do you need quiet or is some noise ok?
Semi-darkness but as quiet as possible

8. When doing laundry, fabric softener or not?
Not in the washer but yes in the dryer

9. Open toed or closed toed shoes?
Generally closed except for sandals in the summer

10. Would you rather be blind or deaf?

11. Dangle or stud earrings?
Studs for everyday, dangle for special occasions

12. Bottled water or tap?

Tap with lots of ice

13. What do you put on pancakes?
Butter and syrup

14. On a long trip would you rather drive or fly?
Hard-call, I do enjoy driving especially with my husband (time to catch-up and talk) but now that we have a toddler it is more complicated

15. Do you prefer classic old movies or new?
Another very close call, with old movies edging out new (maybe, kinda)

Please visit Roots and Rings to enjoy other answers and thank our lovely host Chelsea

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Joyful, joyful!!

Almost Ready Catholic Blogs

At the half-way point, hoping everyone's Advent is going well.

On the outside, we have candles in the window, and an Advent wreath on the dining room table. A tree in the family room decorated with many, varied and beloved ornaments.
Christmas cards have begun to be sent and those received are displayed and treasured.
More cards to be sent and gifts to be bought and wrapped.
But there is time.

On the inside, quiet time taken, candles lit and prayers said.
Thoughts recorded, favorite hymns sung and enjoyed.
Still to find a time to offer penance and seek forgiveness.
More prayers to be said, hymns to sing, thoughts to ponder.
But there is time.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Quick Takes Vol #40

  1. Our Advent/Christmas party came off with the usual number of little hitches that ultimately noone cares about; the fire eventually blazed, the children eventually ate and a lovely time was had by all. A worthy tradition dating back to my husband's grad school days continued.
  2. Said wonderful husband took toddler duty last night so I could attend a talk given by author James Martin S.J. on "Joy in the Spiritual Life". A wonderful, funny and poignant talk about living your faiths journey in such a way that might appeal to others. It is Good News we wish to share after all.
  3. Many of the funny anecdotes he shared came from the lives of the saints, many of which were also mentioned in his book My Life with the Saints; that I may have mentioned a time or twenty.
  4. Given the topic I heard my name a few dozen times reminding me that this coming Sunday (the 3rd Sunday of Advent) is Gaudete Sunday. When I was little I would try and keep count of how often I heard my name or some variation: joyful, rejoice, joyous, etc
  5. Part of Christmas preparation this year has been introducing E. to the animal reindeer. I'm making progress, she only refers to them as dogs about half the time now.
  6. As my semester ends hoping for (after a big push to get final grades done) a shifting of focus to wrapping gifts, addressing cards and decorating.
  7. Plans for the weekend, quality family time, possibly getting our tree, and maybe meeting a celebrity???
Please visit and enjoy other wonderful Quick Takes at Conversion Diary hosted by Jen

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Small Successes:Second week of Advent

  1. Christmas cards bound for overseas are addressed and ready for the mail today
  2. Clinicals done!! I still have to work on final grades but amazingly we finished clinicals this week. Overall the semester went well with (I hope) all the students enjoying a good experience.
  3. Have taught E. to say Merry Christmas, and she only calls reindeers: dogs about half the time now.
Today I am giving thanks for:
the chance to give and receive Christmas greetings
wonderful students who sought to learn with enthusiasm and compassion
all the wonderful families who allowed my students into their birth experience
season's first snowfall
a warm cozy home to seek shelter in
a husband who celebrates and supports me
a lovely little one full of smiles and new words and ideas

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Ten on Tuesday: December 8th

1. Cost aside, if you could go (back) to college for anything besides what you currently “do,” what would you study?
Photography or history

2. What do you do for a living? Do you love it/hate it?
Teach nursing students, which I really enjoy though I hope to get back to midwifery someday.

3. What is your favorite Christmas ornament? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what is your favorite holiday tradition?
Too many to play favorites, a celtic cross, snowbabies sledding, etc

4. Name something you could literally do without for the rest of your life.
Seeing (dealing with) rodents!!

5. If you were going to have any kind of “cosmetic procedure,” what would it be?
Chin lift, I have a short lower jaw and dislike the double chin effect it causes

6. Do you have any “collections”? (comic books, shoes, etc.)
Sort-off inherited my dad's stamp collection, and collected all of the state quarters

7. At what age did you get your first cell phone?

8. What is currently in your purse (or pocket or backpack if you’re a guy)?
Money, chapstick, credit cards, driver''s license, pen, & many scraps of paper

9. Are you a neat-freak or a slob ? *this applies to house, office, car, etc.
I try not to be a slob but as a pack-rat I have a high tolerance for clutter

10. What kind of parent do you think you will be? If you’re already a parent, what is your style?
My parenting style is still evolving (21 months in the trenches) but in theory is an attempt at parenting using a lot of love
and a good bit of logic.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

The Dog ate my Quick Takes

Reasons why I request a pass from this weeks round-up
  1. My semester is ending leading to grading craziness
  2. Sick child
  3. Advent/Christmas party at my house tomorrow
  4. Was not able to access the 27hr day option
  5. Husband on-call all week
  6. Permanent state of whelmed and weary
  7. Not enough neurons firing

Please visit and enjoy this weeks round-up hosted by Jen at Conversion Diary

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Small Successes:Moving in the right direction

  1. Thanksgiving stuff put away and Advent wreath and Advent Calendar set-up
  2. After umm-er-ahh twenty months E.'s room has curtains thanks to a HUGE assist from G-ma.
  3. Having worked to keep the communication lines open to members of my family living faraway, enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner reconnecting and renewing relations.
This Thursday I am giving thanks for:
Sun after the rain
A full night sleep
A marriage grown deeper and warmer
My daughter's laughter and phrases of love
Friends; far and near yet ever close
The baby born in Bethlehem

Please visit Faith and Family Live to read and celebrate other wonderful successes!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ten on Tuesday: December 1st

1. What was the last concert you’ve been to?
Attended a chorale concert my friend was performing in recently

2. Is it easy to make you cry?
Depends on how tiried I am, it gets easier the less reserve I feel I have.

3. Do you ever feel like people underestimate you?
All the time, the doctors around me (both at work and at play) I feel routinely underestimate what I do and what I know

4. Name 7 completely random things that you like:
  • Butterflies
  • Coffee Milkshakes
  • Brie
  • Walking at dusk
  • Katherine Hepburn movies
  • Watching waves roll in
  • Snuggily babies

5. What’s your favorite reality TV show and why?
Top Chef: I'm always amazed at what amazing things they create with little time and odd ingredients

6. What is your favorite hair care product?
Super absorbent hair towel

7. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
O Come all Ye Faithful

8. What’s the number one thing on your Christmas wishlist?
?something to help me learn how to digital scrapbooking?

9. Have you ever lost your cell phone?
Yes though never for good, so perhaps misplaced is a better description

10. Did you attack the hordes of shoppers for Black Friday?
Briefly, went to IKEA

Please visit Roots and Rings to enjoy others take on these fun questions. Thanks Chelsea!