Monday, May 4, 2015

Benjamin's First Holy Communion

Two weeks ago, this little guy made his First Holy Communion.

And he was simply overjoyed to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.  H was literally counting down the days until his First Holy Communion.

He was so excited to see his Mimi and Papa…his Grandpa and Grandma Kueter…as well as Great-Grandma Kueter (92) who traveled all the way from Wisconsin!

He was even thrilled about wearing his suit.  (He picked out his own bow tie!)  I think he may well be on his way to becoming the "perfect Southern gentleman".

Benjamin with his 2nd Grade Teacher, Mrs. G.

And he was overjoyed to have been chosen as a Gift Bearer.  He kept asking me questions about when to get up out of the pew…what he would carry…how he would know when to process forward.  

Oh, if we all only possessed the thrill and excitement about receiving the Body of Christ each Sunday as our First Holy Communicants…can you imagine what a different world this could be?!

This beautiful child, A, was chosen to be a fellow Gift Bearer.  A is wearing a traditional Puerto Rican First Holy Communion dress and veil.  She looked so beautiful.  

Although the day was cold and blustery…not unusual for a Kansas spring day…nothing could dull the light of Christ that burned brightly and warmed us all!

Benjamin with Father Michael.
Benjamin with Father Michael plus Mommy and Daddy
Benjamin with Mimi and Papa

And last but not least, a few cake/table pictures.  Benjamin requested blue…but I didn't want "baby blue" so I went with a fun "Caribbean Blue/Green" theme.  He loved it.

Benjamin's day was beautiful and amazing, and not possible without all the love and support of our family and friends.  It is as day that I will cherish always.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beauty on Sunday…May Day Bouquets

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
 ~Philippians 4:8~

My Second Grader (Benjamin) has been blessed with two extraordinary teachers this year.

Mrs. G. is 20-something, married, childless, and "cutting edge" when it comes to "best practice" in the classroom.  She teaches Benjamin Math, Religion, Science, and Social Studies.

Mrs. M. is 50-something, married, mother of 10, former homeschooler for 20-something years - turned librarian - turned Catholic school teacher.  She is witty, PATIENT, no-nonsense.  *smile*  She teaches Benjamin Reading, Writing, Cursive, and Religion and believes in the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" philosophy of education.

Both teachers are amazing…and as different as night and day.  Yet, they are the perfect blend of sugar and spice!

Being the sweetest, most compassionate little boy I know (at least compared to his 4-year old brother!), Benjamin asked if we could deliver May Day flowers to his teachers.  *love*

I hope you had a beautiful May Day as well.  Classes ended at 2:30 for the day and our entire school (all 109 kids) formed a living rosary around Mary in the Rose Garden.  We prayed the Glorious Mysteries.  And yes…I cried.

I put together mini rose bouquets for each of my kiddos' classroom teachers.

This is how I started out my Sunday morning...


Missing the Little Things in LIfe

Good morning, and happy 5th Sunday of Easter!

 Has it really been a little over one year since I last sat down to blog?

 Does anyone even blog anymore?  Because I really miss it…and I miss all of you!

I can't even find a more current blog header that I like!  
Please excuse the "May 2013" date on the header.  I really need to update that!

This past year has been a whirlwind!  I returned to work full-time as an elementary classroom teacher at St. Paul Catholic School.  It has truly been an amazing experience and I can't wait to share with you the faith journey that I have been on as a full-time employee. 

Our Archdiocese has an incredible faith development program for TEACHERS!  It has been designed not for us to become better "religion teachers", but for us to become more faithful Catholics.  This in turn allows us to become "better religion teachers".  My love in Christ has increased ten-fold!

Benjamin requested flower bouquets for each of his teachers to celebrate May Day.
One teacher was absent so I was the lucky recipient of my own work!  *smile*

As Spring and the Easter Season are a time for rebirth and new growth, I thought this to be the perfect time to "resurrect" my family blog.  Although I have thousands of pictures from the past year …I have no "documentation" or stories shared of those memories.  Just jpeg images saved to the computer.  


And so, I have decided to return to blogging and to my original blog name…it truly reflects who I am and what I believe.  Sometimes, in an effort to find happiness, we recreate ourselves into something we are not.  Over this past year, I have rediscovered who I am…a daughter of the Most High King…a daughter/sister/mother…and an elementary classroom teacher.  This is my on-line "mother's journal" my place to record these pieces of my life.

Wishing you all a beautiful day,


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Popping in to Say Hello

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well.  

Like a broken record, I say once again, "life is crazy"!

Work is good…

…I love the little people that I work with so much.  They are precious souls…each and every one of them…

…but I'm also PTO President this year…

…and a baseball mom…softball mom…and dance mom.  I'm a carpool mom…

…and most days I feel like I am barely hanging on!  

So, I hope to be able to return to blogging come summer.  I just have so much on my plate right now that something had to go.  


But before I leave you, I thought I'd share a quick updated pic of my weight loss journey!

I continue to Jazzercise every day *smile* and eating right is now basically a matter of habit…I really don't even have to think about it anymore.

Not to say that I didn't indulge in a few bites of chocolate rabbit last weekend!  

I hope all of you had a blessed Easter and I hope to be able to at least drop by your blogs and say hello if nothing else!

In Christ,

I have a huge fundraising event to attend for the kiddos' school this Saturday night!

I must have tried on a million dresses and finally decided to go with this one.  Mary Catherine helped me pick it out!

Thirty-five pounds lost…and I recently started running again.  I can almost run a 5K without stopping…albeit…slowly!  *smile*

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Awkward Selfie

Selfies are awkward, no?!

I suppose it's more awkward for my generation than others….

…after all, my 40+ crowd didn't grow up with phones with cameras…

…or phones at all, for that matter!

Still, regardless of whether or not the technology would have existed when I was a teen,

I doubt that I would have been an avid selfie-taker.

For me, there's something so self-absorbing about constantly photographing oneself.

I mean…

…can you imagine the Disciples taking selfies…

…or Martha and Mary….fighting over who got to take a selfie with Jesus?

It's so ridiculous when you think of it in terms of Christ!

I much prefer to take pictures of others…

…my husband, children, parents…

…even being in a picture or two with them.

Because for me, the camera is always about capturing myself in relation to others…

…being in relationship with others

not constantly with myself.

And so this Lent, I plan to really work on my relationships with others…

….writing more love notes…

…making more phone calls…

…playing more board games…sharing more read-alouds…cooking more meals together.

And of course, spending more time with Christ.

Wishing you a fun Fat Tuesday and a blessed start to Lent,

Transformation Update…

Twenty-five Pounds Lost!
(25 lbs)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Welcome, March! (And a Recipe to Share)

Can you believe it's March?

I know…I can't either!  

Especially when it looks like this out my window…

…Hurry up Spring!!!

So, on my "snow day"off, I made myself a cup of hot tea and curled up with my new favorite magazine, MaryJanes Farm.  The perfect mix of articles about organic foods…sewing/quilting/crafting…using essential oils…and general farmhouse-style living.  You can check out their regional farm girl bloggers (city farm girls, suburban farm girls, beach-y farm girls, etc.) or connect with them via Facebook.

And what better way to enjoy a cup of tea…than with a sweet treat?!

Mary Catherine has been dying to learn how to cook…bake…create meals, so we started with a simple cookie bar recipe from my Eagle Brand cookbook.

Magic Cookie Bars

Bake Time:  25 Minutes

1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk)
2 Cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 Cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for glass dish).  In a 13 x 9-inch baking pan, melt butter in oven.

2.  Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour Eagle Brand evenly over crumbs.  Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly.

3.  Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool.  Chill, if desired.  Cut into bars.  Store loosely covered at room temperature.  

Makes 2 to 3 dozen bars


I'm off to Jazzercize to burn off these calories…but more importantly keep my blood sugar in check!

I hope you're staying warm where you are...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just a Little Bit Diabetic

Hello dear friends.

Hope all is well.

I have been very busy working on me.

Getting my eating and exercising routines in place.

It's true what they say…

…we all have the same 24-hours to work with.

And so, on my mornings off, I have been going to Jazzercise.  

It's right smack dab in the middle of my morning..8:45.  Class is an hour long and Luke and I are home by 10 AM.  There's showering, dressing, and lunching to do before I have to take off for work by 11:30.

That hasn't left me a whole lot of time to blog.

In addition, I started a new blog dedicated to my journey for better health.

I only have 1 follower (LOL) so feel free to join me over there if you would like to catch up with me from time to time!

Sort of tongue in cheek…like being just a little bit pregnant.  
I mean…you either are or you're not, right?

I saw this on my Facebook feed this morning and I thought about how much truth there is in the statement:

I am on a journey friends…a journey toward better physical health which equates to better emotional, cognitive and spiritual health.

I still plan to blog over here…but for now, I'm taking a bit of a break.  I will be reading and checking in with you from time to time.  Your faith journeys continue to inspire me!