With a Humble Heart We Ask the Lord...

  • ****Updated 4/15/10****

  • For our children as they come to the end of another school year.. that they may not lose their motivation to succeed in their studies!

  • for our Church... that the mistakes of her past may continue to be corrected and learned from and that all measures may continue be taken to prevent further damage to the good work that our Church does throughout the world.

  • -for healing and comfort for the Barrett family as they continue to mourn the loss of dear Ryan

  • for success and security for Dan in his job

  • - For protection for the unborn

  • - for health of mind and body for a particular family member in my heart

  • -to guide the leadership of our country with Your wisdom and love.

  • - for all those struggling due to the problems with our nation's economy

  • -for couples struggling with infertility... that God blesses them with the babies they long for... and for the Grace they need to accept His will , whatever it may be.

  • -for all those recovering from any type of addiction... the they may be healed by the love of God and family

  • -for the health and safety of our six children... that God keeps them in His loving care and guides them in all their decisions as they grow to maturity.

  • -for a strengthening of the marriage vocation, especially my own

  • -for safety for all of our Armed forces


Moon Phases


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January 10, 2009


Mary Ellen Barrett

Holding my sides laughing. I'm so glad it wasn't me!!!

Barb Szyszkiewicz, sfo

Thanks...now I've got Raffi running through my head. HELP!!!

I'll add "trumpets" to your revenge-gift list :)


I found your blog through a link over at the Bonny Blue House. Love the post. I'll have to remember you're list as I have a few "payback" moments in store as well.

Alice Gunther

Phew, so glad that gift didn't come from me!!!

And I will not be getting you that K'nex roller coaster/ferris wheel my daughter has been working on. Larger than life with ten million tiny pieces.



Our Magnum Opus

I'll make sure my husband reads this one. He is the one here who hates noisy toys. Too funny!

Heidi in NJ

found you thru the Bonny Blue House. My 7 yo actually got 10,000 Beads this past Christmas. What a thoughtful gift, esp since I also have a 5 mos who is fixing to crawl in a month or two who can pick up those beads and swallow them. Its not only a gift, its a choking hazard! ;)


My ten-year-old has a new gift with 7,000 beads! Her sister got a set of garish makeup, and someone else gave them markers and stickers. Aarrgghh!!
There is actually a set from Oriental Trading that includes, no kidding, 35,000 beads. (See these at http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=57/13&mode=Searching&erec=53&No=0&D=pony+beads&Ntt=pony+beads&Ntk=all&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&y=0&N=0&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&x=0&sd=1+Lb.+Of+Sensational+Seed+Beads )Maybe send this to them, and also a set of Sharpies, which my father-in-law gave to my kids.
Another good gift, a hamster. Just the hamster. No food, house, hut, etc. Just a hamster who has nothing to do but eat the box he/she came in. Better yet, a boy AND girl hamster. ;-)
Or, a pet snake, lol.

In Christ,



just make sure the makeup kit to the three year old includes nail polish. lots of it...with glitter...in really tiny bottles...in colors so bright you have to avert your eyes. i find this is the kind that looks "best" on the white carpet.


Heather, and everyone else who had ideas to add to the list... you guys crack me up!! Glad we can keep each other smiling!


I've had every one of those gifts...isn't it funny how things mysteriously disappear around your house? :)


haha! I have Raffi on right now!
"Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, Bananaphone!"

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With a Grateful Heart We Thank the Lord

  • ****Updated 4/15/10****
  • For the birth of my newest great-niece, Jordyn.
  • -for the sacrament of confession and the grace it showers on us
  • -for the blessing of good and true friends
  • -for the beauty and truth of our beloved Catholic Church
  • -for the love of our extended family, and our parents who instilled in both of us the importance of the family bonds
  • -for our six wonderful blessings... Katie, Jessica, Ben, Rebecca, Thomas and Hannah, who add so much joy to our days
  • -for my husband, who provides,leads, instructs, guides and leads our family on our path to Heaven

Franciscan Poetry: by Dan Volpe, SFO

  • ~~~~~~~~~
  • +++CHASTITY+++
  • I'm married. Can I be chaste?
  • Desire for my spouse erased?
  • Love should move.
  • But faithfulness will prove
  • That lust by love is replaced.
  • ~~~~~~~~~
  • +++HUMILITY+++
  • Is humility lying down flat
  • On the floor by the door, like a mat?
  • I'm flawed, not floored
  • In the eyes of the Lord.
  • And He loves me in spite of that.
  • ~~~~~~~~~
  • +++ POVERTY+++
  • Should I go and buy more?
  • Pray, and ask, "What for?"
  • If reason be vain, then perhaps refrain.
  • If good, head out to the store.

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