(We have a new little boy in our lives. Pictures coming soon!)
You can pack a lunch, go to the park and have a picnic.
You can even beg your Daddy to leave work early and spend a few hours at the beach with you! Cause you know saying "Pleeeeeease Daddy" always works!
(For those of you that are unsure of this picture, Daddy and AJ were playing "Daddy caught the biggest fish in the ocean".)
As many of you know, I really do try to give it my all to be a nice Catholic girl and follow the beliefs that our Lord gave to our to our first Pope, Peter. But by golly, What. Is. Up. With. The. Catholic. Church?
Between the scandal of Padre Alberto in Miami (that we are shamefully hearing about constantly in So. Florida) and Father Jenkins' totally outrageous denigration of one of the most prestigious Catholic universities in the country, I sometimes wonder where will it end? Will it end?
Every day I am more and more disillusioned with the Catholic church and it hurts. It really hurts. I know that priest are human, but these are ordained holy men who have vowed to dedicate everything for Christ. Is it me? Am I expecting too much from men who are supposed to be our shepherds, our spiritual leaders?
For Father Jenkins to believe that by handing Obama, the most liberal pro-choice president ever, an honorary doctorate it will open to him the lines of communication to protect the sanctity of life is even more outrageous than his statement! This issue goes beyond academics and respect for the President. Where is our exercising of religious freedom? This issue is about whether or not this Catholic university will stand firm on it's foundation and beliefs that abortion is murder. Period. Or will it give in to to the political rhetoric that is bringing this country spiraling downward?
Kudos to those students at Notre Dame who are standing up for their moral convictions and not letting the pressure of political correctness bind their beliefs!
Obama has literally filled the White House and powerful federal agencies with lawyers from the nation's foremost extremist abortion-advocacy groups, the groups that have bitterly opposed every effort of the Catholic Church, both here and overseas, to protect the lives of the unborn and their mothers from abortion.
This man is in need of a lot prayer. If you're Catholic, you can join the MILLION ROSARIES CAMPAIGN FOR OBAMA by clicking HERE. If you're not Catholic, you can join in prayer by lifting up Obama to our Savior and asking for mercy upon his soul and a complete change of heart when it comes to God's most precious gifts to us, His babies!
You can also sign the petition "Stop Obama Notre Dame" by clicking HERE.
I leave you with a long, long list of what this president has
not done for the unborn since he won the election! In the history of the U.S., there has never been a president or politician for that matter whose personal opinions and actions regarding the unborn have been so literally inhumane, remorseless and even bordering on irrational.
Yesterday while I was in our office, the boys were watching TV or at least one of them was. I knew something was up when a couple of minutes had transpired with complete and total silence.
I peeked into the family room and there sat Kai, mesmerized by Scooby-Doo. Not one of my favorites for them to watch, but Amanda got them hooked
and I actually prefer it to the obnoxious Sponge Bob. AJ was nowhere in sight.
I tiptoed through the house, as I often do, in order to catch him in the act! When I was walking toward my bedroom, I noticed AJ was kneeling with eyes closed before a little table where I do all my praying. I
quickly grabbed my camera and snapped the shot said, "AJ. What are you doing?" He turned towards me and in a very serious tone responded with, "Mama! I'm praying for Jesus to take the zombies away from Scooby-Doo!"
I LOVE THAT BOY!!!!!!!!!
Blessed beyond measure!
As you know, I awoke this morning at the crack of dawn and realizing it was Mother's Day, the first thing I thought of was to thank YOU, Lord. It is because of You that I am so very, very blessed. Not only did you choose an amazing woman to be my very own Mother, but Father God, I am humbled that you entrust me, not once, not twice but six times over to be the earthly Mother to six beautiful creations of yours.
Lord you allowed three precious children to be conceived in my womb and through them, you have taught me a love that words could never explain. But you didn't stop there, Father! Your blessings continued to rain down and you allowed me to know a love I had never known. A love I could never truly imagine until I experienced it for the first time. A love that is the closest thing that I could feel to how you love me, Lord. I learned this love through the gift of adoption.
Years after I thought my days of "bearing" fruit were over, you created yet another miracle in my life. In your style, blessing me once again was not enough. You blessed me three times over by conceiving three incredible angels in my heart.
Lord Jesus, I look to your own blessed Mother as the perfect example of what a Mother should be. I ask you to bear with me as I stumble through this task you have placed before me, the most important occupation in the world. One that sometimes I feel you may have chosen the wrong person for, but am on my knees thanking you daily for believing I could do it. I fail often, but the love I have for my children never fails. Much like the love you have for me, Lord. Ever constant. Regardless of how ever many times we disappoint you.
I pray Lord, that on this day you bless every Mother you've created. I ask that you allow them to feel the love of their children, whether near or far. I ask for peace for those Mothers that have experienced the utmost sadness in the loss of a child, either through death or having to have been separated from them in some way, such as my own sweet children's birth mothers. I know that they will never know the extent of joy that they've allowed us to feel through their selflessness. Father, please bless those women whose wombs are barren, yet their hearts yearn for a child to call their own. You know their desires Lord and you love them. Oh, dear Jesus, allow them the strength while they continue to wait on your perfect timing.
I pray for wisdom and guidance for those carrying your precious creations in their womb right now, for those who may feel lost and not sure where to turn. I pray for those babies in the wombs of the millions of Mamas worldwide right now. May they feel the warmth of their Mother surrounding them and may the rhythm of her heart beating be a blanket of your love and security until they can be held and loved on this earth. I pray for those whose Mothers are now at your side and have left their children behind. That they may realize that by knowing you, they will one day rejoice together in your kingdom with them.
Heavenly Savior, one of your most amazing gifts is allowing women to be a Mother, regardless of how you brought their children to them. I thank you, with tears in my eyes, for allowing me to be called such a blessed name and for believing in me enough to give me the most important responsibility in the world to handle, and the one that I love doing the most!
In Your Blessed Name I pray.
I couldn't ask for a better life filled with lots of kids, an adoring husband, chaos, laughter and more love than you can imagine! That's my life....and I love it!