October 30, 2010

Happy Ellaween!

In case you don't receive the Ella Publishing Co. newsletter (which you really should; if you haven't signed up yet go do it now!) they announced a special Halloween sale on ten select eBooks; this includes my eBook:



All this weekend until midnight of Halloween you can save 31% off of the following eBooks:











Be sure to use the code ELLAWEEN at checkout.  And yes, you could buy all ten eBooks if you like all at 31% off.  If you've been on the fence about buying one of the titles above, now is your chance to save!

Hope you're having a great weekend!  This should make it a little brighter. =)

October 28, 2010

Catching-up

I can hardly believe that October is almost over. 


It's been such a full and busy month for us.  We've had activities nearly every weekend of this month, and the one weekend we didn't have something planned - we planned on cleaning and catching-up on chores and shopping and general house maintenance.  And that weekend it all went a bit pear-shaped.  My husband and I were moving a dresser and apparently I strained a muscle in my back.  I didn't feel it at the time, but I definitely felt it the next evening.  I spent all of last week on the couch, only getting up to do the most basic and necessary tasks (like making meals for the boys or changing diapers).  Other things like laundry or grocery shopping, yeah, those things didn't happen.  I will say that I am glad that I have learned to keep my pantry and freezer stocked with our favorite items so that I could still make dinner at home even at times like last week when a simple shopping trip are just not possible.  (I will also say that even though I am feeling much better, it still hurts to drive.  My seats are just not good for my back and I'm thinking I need to get a small pillow for back support while driving from now on).  So this week has been catch-up week.  Again.  I feel like I'm doing that a lot lately.  But, I did make some serious progress the last couple of days and the house is beginning to feel more ordered and clean and basically the way I like it.  Oh, and everyone has plenty of clean underwear again, which is always a good thing. =)

I can't let this month pass without sharing the following photos with you - or so says my husband. :)  At the beginning of the month my sweets, along with my dad, took Gabe to the MCAS Miramar Air Show.  We weren't sure if Gabe would be ready to go this year; he does not like loud noises, never has.  And of course these shows are very loud - hello jet engines!  But, Gabe loves all things mechanical and jets and airplanes are definitely one of his loves so we decided to let him go.  We figured if he got really scared they could just leave; after all the show is free and it was sweets' day off.  Turned out he loved it and he has been talking about the show off-and-on ever since.  He truly had a wonderful time.

Part of what my husband loves about the air show are not just the aerial demonstrations - which are very cool of course - but the static displays and the opportunity to get to meet a few of the men and women who serve in our armed forces.  I don't know this gentleman's name, but Gabe calls him the smiling man.  Thank you smiling man, whoever you are, for being a good sport and posing for a photo with my little guy!


Gabe looks rather serious here, like he has a job to do:


Looking down the barrel of a Stinger rocket launcher:


Holding the rocket launcher:


Both of my boys had a lot of fun. :)  The little one stayed home with mommy, and while he was sad when daddy and "B" left, he quickly got over it and we ended up having a nice day together too.

I hope to post photos soon from our other adventures this month.  I've also been enjoying the cooler weather - which I can hardly believe it but the weather truly has cooled down this fall.  Usually we don't get cooler days until early to mid-December.  So that is definitely something to be thankful for. 

One last thing, I added a new widget to my sidebar.  The Liturgical Year widget from Catholic Culture.  Catholic Culture is one of my daily reads.  Their website is such a great resource; they have so many great articles and commentaries on the relevant topics of our day.  They even have the entire catechism online!  If you have questions about your Catholic faith, or if you have questions about Catholicism in general, give them a visit.   

Until next time, God bless.

October 13, 2010

Welcome to the world Keira Jane

I know someone who has been waiting for you with a patient and hopeful heart!  My friend Angie Lucas is celebrating something very special this week, and to that I want to say:


I was overjoyed when I learned that Angie and her family would be adopting a baby girl.  I couldn't hold back the tears of joy when I read that little Keira Jane was coming home a little earlier than expected.

So here I am celebrating with Angie and with her friends during this truly special time.  I was asked to share something with you Angie, advice, a favorite baby product, maybe a favorite book.  I'm going to share with you two pieces of advice.  The first piece of advice I have is, ignore most advice!  =)  Really, look to the mothers that you admire, the ones you truly look up to.  Notice what they do, see how they discipline their children, how they love their children, nurture their children.  If you want advice about something, ask them.  Everything else you can ignore.  Besides, I think you have all the love and common sense you need to be a great mommy.  I just know you do

My second piece of advice, and really it should be the first, is to pray often and trust in God.  He will give you all the strength and grace you need - if you just ask Him!  There will be tough days.  Pray.  Motherhood is such a gift - I know you know this better than some - and with that gift comes an enormous responsibility.  Don't be afraid of it.  Pray.

The blessings of motherhood are beyond measure. 

I am so very happy for you.

October 5, 2010

Looking forward to...

in the immediate future, dinner.  I have a pot of homemade spaghetti and meatballs simmering on the stove.  I gotta say, there are few things more rewarding, to me at least, than making this dinner for my family. Everyone loves it, and that includes our little picky eater Nathan.  As soon as daddy gets home, we're digging in.  (Oh, and I couldn't have picked a better day to make it since it has been cloudy and rainy all day).

In the coming month, October, I'm very much looking forward to our trip to the pumpkin patch.  Always a favorite time for everyone.  Hopefully Nathan will understand a little more this year too.  Halloween should be fun - Gabe is already asking about trick-or-treating.

For the coming year... Well, it's been almost a week since this announcement was made.  I've mentioned before how much I love Ella.  I'm both happy and proud to be a part of Ella's second year.  Take some time if you can to get to know the rest of the team:


A lot of different styles and interests and aesthetics.  I think Angie and Wendy did a great job selecting the team.

Alright, I need to cook the noodles and grate some parmesan.  Until next time, God bless.

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