the marching

It’s been a minute. 

I’ve been super slack. 

Funny too because I write here all the time in my head. 

It’s time to put fingers to keyboard and get it done.  

Logo Sam & Philonena 2019

This little Ninja girl slipped into our lives full-on exactly two months ago this day.    I posted here with this picture but, forgot to hit publish.  .  .  what was I thinking? 

This little delight is a complete chatterbox.  She has lots to say. . . and wants her momma’s full attention.  

That momma obliges and my heart sings. 

Today I can hear the conversations as her momma tells her that on this very day she should be proud because her family is Marching for Life.  . . for so many years in a row now, they march.    

They march with the old and young of Greenville . . . they march with the man with the big laugh as he leads his group of youth.  They March with all of America in D.C.  

Marching on. . . peacefully.  

Standing up for what is right

and good

and holy.  

for the youngest ones.  . . for the most vulnerable . . . for all life 

they march.

and I’m not going to lie. . . I’m so proud they stand up.  

The fisherman and I have always told them to be better than us.  Do better than us  .  . they are.  . . they do.  

and I’m in awe of them all.  

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2020 – 1001 Gifts

1.) forgotten images that take me back

2.) sweetest conversations

3.) when she takes my hand and leads me to another room

4.) great friends

5.) watching them as adults

6.) time with my youngest

7.) baby smiles

8.) soft rain

9.) pixie lights

10.) a shoot tomorrow

11.) clean curtains

12.) work for him

13.) quite mornings

14.) sleeping in just a little

15.) they stand for what they believe in with all they have

16.) four years now . . . thank God!

17.) that smile she has

 

my son the almost Doctor

Nature does nothing in vain. Therefore, it is imperative for persons to act in accordance with their nature and develop their latent talents, in order to be content and complete.

                                                                                                                    ― Aristotle

I’ve kind of left my blog behind.  I’m gonna be honest though, I write on it all the time in my head.  I miss the words on screen.  I miss the gift counting for real. 

Here’s happy news. 

The philosopher is close to being an almost doctor.  Truth be told: he has wanted this higher education since he realized it was a thing.   He was 12 years old. He has always been a deep thinker, deep reader, searching for more.  I feel like if we didn’t fall into homeschooling, this kid would have been an atheist.  And because we knew little – we would have been okay with that.  But, he isn’t. He is Catholic strong.  He knows his faith. He lives his faith with that brown eyed girl by his side. They both work hard to make it all come true.  My heart grows when I think of it. 

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He wants to teach in Catholic colleges to seminarians. . . Ethics and Philosophy. They say the Church is going to hell.  I say, there is hope.  The sons & daughters of the church are rising up.  I see them. I know more of them like him: his brother, his sister, his friends. . . that brown-eyed girl.   The list is long. 

The next thing, at the end of summer he’s off to CUA to study that doctorate.   The first 100 times he said it, I ask him what CUA stood for and he would smile and say, “Catholic University of America, Mom.”  

and I smile big because – I’m his mom. 

and 

He blows us away.

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Gifts

fourth of July with family and friends

warm banana bread I can eat

babies reaching

little love jealous when she see arms full of another little love

my morning snapchats of sweet blue eyes

watermelon turtles

summer breezes

phone calls of friends “just checking in”

happy to see me

aunt and cousins down to visit

kicking off the birthday week with cake

a first-time taste of Brandy.

he reaches out when I walk by

 

 

 

low light

She snuggles in. I see low Christmas tree lights chiseling fine features.  . . and ohhhhhh that bundle. 

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I grab Nikon and open F-stop,  push Aperture as far as I can go without drag.  It doesn’t disappoint. 

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a day of photography with them

sharing one month

laughs with my favorite Lisa

enjoying long car rides to a photography project

meeting new people, places & homes

when they are home

cold rain on my face

warm coats

coffee, coffee, coffee and then coffee

talks with my girl

laughs on the phone with the best nana

 

 

 

 

 

happy

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it.  John1:5 

and just like that our girl who loves music is 21

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and the fisherman and his wife rejoice because once, not so long ago it almost didn’t happen. 

and with grateful hearts . . . we never forget.

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Gifts

more birthdays

family round the table

long conversations with one son

calls from the brown eyed girl

little wooden signs

a pop in twice this week

cool days

up early

solutions

walks in the woods

 

 

 

 

Day Four . . . Lent

Today is the  Fourth  day of Lent. I’m playing this beautiful Lenten game with a few friends, one off line and one friend from Faith Hope and Cherrytea  –  Some of us are keeping a list of  the things  we are grateful for, posting a photograph or posting a full post. . .  for 40 days. It seems to be an easy task. We will see. As I do with many of my thoughts and treasures I think I’ll keep my list here. And, since I haven’t picked up my camera in weeks I want to post a new photo each day with that list. We will see how it goes.

These are the rule. Don’t worry,  they are simple and we would love for you to join us: Like I am doing write down one or ten things you are grateful for,  add a photograph or not if would like.   My friend off line sends me 5 things she is grateful for. Faith Hope and Cherrytea is linking up with a  beautiful photograph each day. Some of us like poems, quotes whatever you want to do to show gratitude.   Feel free to jump in for one day or all the whole 40 days and  don’t forget to encourage others. We all love comments.

Let’s inspire each other and share our love. Happy Lent Journey to you.

xoxo, Lisa

Train

1.) My oldest son is home safe for Spring Break and I’m so thankful!

2.) I’m thankful my sister came by for a little visit yesterday. She brought the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine for a visit.  Our Lady is always a welcome visitor in this home.

3.) I am thankful my husband feels a touch better today. He’s been very sick.

4.) I’m thankful my kids call me Mom. Sometimes I can’t believe my oldest is 21.

5.) I’m over whelmed with “Thankfulness” (( is that a good word? )) to have  home schooled these children of ours.

6.) I am thankful for a husband who works so loving and selflessly for our family.

7.) I am thankful my daughter, Kathryn, has the best girl friends I have ever meet in my life. We should all be so lucky. These girls Love! It’s such a beautiful thing.

8.) I am thankful for the friends my sons have. I’m just amazed at the way these kids pull together and support each other.

9.) I am thankful for the little things , like the train above, this little image brings me back to a time my little boys were small and over joyed because of a simple train ride.

10.) I am thankful each one of our kids know their Catholic Faith. It gives this mother so much peace when they are not close by.

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