Thursday, September 15, 2011

An Introduction to New Readers

Recently, I was invited to become a contributing author over at the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers.

Since then, I've been reticent to post...fear of failure I suppose...of not living up to expectations.  Not really a "Catholic Guilt" issue...I would feel the same as as a practicing Protestant!  ;)  This is more of a "lack of self-confidence" issue.

I'm certain that the Holy Spirit guided Jackie to my blog to offer the invitation!

Anyway, I wrote this post as way of introduction and thought you might enjoy learning a few things about me that I might not have shared in the past.

Otherwise, I've been quiet here lately at her Little Ways, because of how busy I have been in day to day life.  Somehow, some way, I managed to get recruited to serve on PTO for St. Paul Catholic School.  Don't let me fool you...I LOVE being needed!  Yup, I'm a joiner!  Not necessarily a born "leader", but I am willing to step up and help out where necessary.

So, lots of extra responsibilities just got added to my parenting plate, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Oh, and I have a HUGE date with the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas tonight! A very special young lady in my life asked me to be her confirmation sponsor. Tonight, Kailey will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  My prayer for her is that she may always be stirred by the strength and power of the Holy Spirit!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion

'Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity
of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement
for our sins and those of the whole world.'

"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the
whole world.'

Remembering all those who lost their lives and showed courage in the face of adversity.

May we never forget.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Hidden Gem Will Rise Again...

Last weekend, at the fair, we saw this...

For those of you who have been longtime followers of her Little Ways (formerly titled From Our Front Porch), you know of the loss of our community-loved barn at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm.  A tornado touched down on May 12 of 2010 and leveled this much-loved homesteading landmark.  

Weddings, birthday celebrations, graduations, anniversary parties, Blues and BBQ festivals, Art in the Barn, etc. all had to find new locations.  Our beloved 150-year old landmark was gone with one mighty storm.

But it appears that all will be good again!

We are beyond excited...and even had to have our picture taken in front of this display!
Look at that excitement!

To learn more about Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm and the destruction of this beautiful landmark click here or scroll down to the bottom of my "labels" on the left-hand side of my blog and click on Zimmermans.

I, myself, had forgotten just how powerful this storm was and the destruction inflicted.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Carnival Mom

As I mentioned yesterday, I totally rocked it as "carnival" mom over the Labor Day weekend.

Or maybe I should say I "spun it" as carnival mom.

Because it seems that those sickeningly dizzy rides are my kiddos favorites.

And I promised them I would ride two carnival rides with them.

I totally should have opted for the carousel.

(Although that too can make me nauseous.)

The "dizzy dragons"

So very excited...

Showing off his tickets...

And no, we don't buy wrist bands because

a.)  they're $18 a piece and my kiddos don't go on "unlimited" rides...they're too young/tired/fussy, etc.

and b.)  that's an outrageous amount of money per kiddo for "carnival" rides...

and c.)  well, it's a better lesson in economics to have our 7-year old count up the number of rides she wants to ride and then add up the "# of tickets" it takes per ride.  Mama then helps her multiply the $$$ amount...and they learn a greater appreciation for the almighty dollar.

It still cost me a ton of money...I'm thinking of requiring some chore/birthday money as a contribution next year...

Snapshot before mama entered the dragon...

Next up...the "tea cups".

Heaven help me.  It wan't pretty.  Although I did manage to hold down my dinner...ugh!

Inside the giant tea cups.

This is the one and only picture of the tea cups.

You see, I was trying my darnedest not to fall over...we had just come from the dizzy dragons...and I was feeling a bit light headed.

I could not operate my camera inside the tea cup for pictures and the ride had not even started!

What in the world happens to us as we age... this anti-dizzy-ride thing hasn't always been with me.

Is it a 40+ ailment...or does something happen to us after pregnancy/childbirth?

All I know is that I cannot handle these types of rides anymore.

(So do we spend the money on a trip to Disney World?)

Of course there were treats...which we ate AFTER we rode the rides.  I nursed a cherry sno-cone in hopes of settling my sour stomach!

Ben loves sweet...not salty.

Mary loves salty...not sweet.

A few other carnival pics...
He loves the motorcycles.
Miss Legs
Caught between toddlerhood and the tween years, I didn't have the heart to tell her that she will probably be too tall to ride the "kiddie" rides next year...yet not tall enough for many of the "adult" rides.  :(

So sweet...

Pure joy!

All in all, it was a beautiful night, out in the country, down by the river.  The short drive back into town with cool fresh air did my stomach and head some good.

Can't wait until Labor Day 2012.

Or maybe I can.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Just Breathe...

Hello sweet friends! I'm back.

We've had a crazy couple of days this past week...and thus my lack of blogging.

While I planned to take the Labor Day weekend off from the computer to just sit back and relax with my family, I didn't plan on spending it playing nurse...helping little ones recuperate!

It has felt difficult to even just breathe...

The first full week of school brought pink eye...and then last week it was ear infections. 

This week, Luke ran 105.4 and needed to be seen "immediately" 
(according to the pediatrician's office).  

It was there...or urgent care.  Um, no thank you!

No pneumonia. Just viral.

I'm blaming it on germs that the older two are bringing home from school...but who knows where these things come from!

Anyway, I'm back and can't wait to share pics from last weekend...

...I rocked it hard as "carnival" mom!

Friday, September 2, 2011

De Soto Days...Going to the Fair!

Tonight we are taking the little ones to our small town carnival/fair.

Something we look forward to doing once a has become an annual tradition.


August has cooled down for the fair,
For the cinnamon sugar donut air,
And dust and breeze and first gold leaf on the fairgrounds.

O holy prairie night.
Tonight the stars are outdone
By the dazzling lights on the edge of town.
The townspeople
Walk the dirt aisles,
Past farm kids selling pulled pork in a white shed,
Past kids sitting with cows and sheep in a white barn.

Spinning in carnival circles,
below us, the townspeople parade,
For their communion of corn dogs and caramel apples
To pay for their indulgences at the ticket booths.

O holy night.
The farmers will be in the fields
(The harvest is yet to come),
Big sweaters will be unpacked
From trunks in the basement,
And Esther will serve her prize-winning pie to the neighbors
When this is all through.

Oh holy prairie night.
The music of the carousel and buzz of the electric lights:
Your benediction for a fading summer.

Kristie Woll

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome September!

"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
-   John Updike, September