#1. Nancy Pelosi slays me. Read this article from Catholic News Agency to see how she spins her visit with Pope Benedict. As if he lives to please her. Here is an excerpt:
In her statement, Pelosi says:
“It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, today. In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church’s leadership in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming, as well as the Holy Father’s dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show His Holiness a photograph of my family’s papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren.”
I had a funny image in my head of the Pope patiently trying to explain Catholic moral teaching and the Natural Law while she is pulling out her wallet to show him pictures, saying "See my family took me to the Vatican in the 1950's... doesn't that count for anything? And look my family has babies. Look at my grandchildren. We don't believe in aborting ALL babies... just the inconvenient ones".
#2. Dan just bought a copy of Quicken in yet another attempt to get us on some kind of budget. Now he wants receipts and explanations as to where the money is going!!!! I smell trouble.
#3. Danielle Bean has written an insightful piece on overpraising our children. I am generous with praise over both small and large successes with my own children. But I don't hand out empty praise... I feel it cheapens the real thing and makes us less worthy of our children trusting our words. Recently one of our basketball playing children came home with an MVP certificate. I can acknowledge he has heart and team spirit, but MVP... not really! Even he recognized the empty accolades that came along with this award. He brought it home all crumpled up with a bite taken out of the corner of the paper! He didn't even show it to me! When children are deserving of kudos, by all means, dish them out liberally, but otherwise, encourage them to try harder, study more, or whatever they need to do. We should also be training our chldren to do their best simply for its own sake... not necessarily for recognition. God has blessed each and every one of us with certain gifts and using them to the best of our abilitiy gives Him glory... that alone should be motivation enough!
#4. This has been the most boring winter break in our family's history. Hannah had strep and the rest of us were confined because of it. I have no imagination when it comes to dreaming up ideas to redeem us from the boredom this coming weekend. Hopefully Dan will come through and plan something fun! If not, I may just pull the covers over my head and sleep in!
#5. A certain family who lives in Blue House has asked my husband to be the Godfather for their newest addition. We are both tickled!
#6. As one of seven children, I find it increasingly difficult to stay in touch with extended family as time goes on. It has been even more dificult since the passing of my Dad. At least we all spoke to him on a regular basis and he would fill us in on the others. One of my brohters and I found a website called My Great Big Family which makes it simple to design a webpage for your family and extended family. We are having so much fun with this and can't wait to unveil it to the rest of our siblings. If you have a large family, spread around the country, as we do, I would recommend this service. Of course, the proof will be seen when the rest of the family actually starts to join in the fun!
#7 I don't think dogs have nerve endings on their tongue. Why do I say this, you ask? Two reasons: our dog Luke will eat anything... and I mean anything. He must not have tase buds! Let's just leave it at that. Second .. the other night while I was checking what was roasting in the oven, he licked the blazing hot oven door! And then came back for seconds! Ouch.
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