Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ballet Slippers and Breast Cancer

Forgive me for posting twice in such a short amount of time.

This morning, I received some news with regard to the health of Mary Catherine's ballet teacher, Miss Amanda.

Source:  Google Images

Amanda has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Only in her mid-twenties...with no family history of cancer...and a dancer in good health her entire life (healthy body weight...exercise...nutrition)...this diagnosis is indeed shocking.

The cancer was detected early...and prognosis for a full recovery is good.

Amanda asked that we share this information with our daughters so that they would not hear word of this at the studio...becoming confused and/or frightened.  

I sat down with all three children at breakfast this morning.  After grace and a hot breakfast of oatmeal chocolate chip waffles (thank you, Eggo!) and sausage links, I gently shared the news of Miss Amanda's diagnosis.  

Children are fascinating and their developmental stages speak oodles to their comprehension and understanding of such difficult news to hear.  My three-year old is oblivious...my 6-year old (boy) fascinated with all the medical procedures (how does chemotherapy work?...what are "cells"?...how does radiation burn you...like a sunburn?)...and my 9-year old is ready to create get-well cards...prayer groups...and drive to her house to give her a hug.  (We're giving Miss Amanda some space!)  :)

Anyway, as adults we understand the depth of fear that comes with this diagnosis, but as parents we know it is our job to fill our children with hope and faith in God and his miracles through medical science.  We also know that although we don't always understand God's ways, He uses all things for good.

Would you please join me in adding Miss Amanda to your prayer list.  Mary Catherine and I would be ever so grateful.

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
~Romans 8:28~


Monday, September 2, 2013

The Boys of Summer...

Nobody on the road, 
nobody on the beach. 
I feel it in the air, 
summer's out of reach. 
~ Don Henley ~
The Boys of Summer

Did you enjoy your Labor Day Weekend?

Were you able to get in one last hurrah celebrating all that is good about summer?

We sure enjoyed a relaxing 3-day weekend around our house.

So to celebrate the end of summer, I put together a couple of picture collages featuring the highlights of each month.  

Thanks for indulging me!

Picture collage from Left to Right, Top to Bottom.

1.  Benjamin's First T-Ball Game
2.  Luke Alexander's First Trip to the Barber
3.  Mary Catherine's First Pedicure 
4.  Mary Catherine Plays Catcher
5.  Benjamin & Luke at their First Fishing Derby
6.  Kueter Kids Clean Up for Wedding of Past Babysitter
7.  Mary and Ben Create Holy Spirit Wind Chimes at Holy Family Catholic Church VBS
8  Mary Catherine:  First Day at the Pool
9.  Luke explores the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

1.  Let's Go To The Movies:  Monster U
2.  Mary Catherine Buys Her Own American Girl Doll:  Saige
3.  End of Benjamin's T-Ball Season
4.  Country Boys and Girls Havin' Fun on the Farm
5.  Sharp Shooter
6.  Luke on Daytona Beach
7.  Benjamin Finds a Fellow Mizzou Fan in Florida
8.  Mommy and her Boys, Port St. Lucie, FL
9.  Enjoying Frozen Yogurt

1.  Beautiful Butterfly made of LEGO at Powell Gardens
2.  Cousins in the Fruit Orchard  at Powell Gardens
3. Mary Catherine eats her way through the Tutti Frutti Maze of Powell Gardens
4.  Summer Birthday Kids (Cousin Pic)
5.  Mommy Returns to Work...Resource Room Teacher at St. Paul Catholic School
6.  It's FINE to be NINE
7.  Ben's First Visit to the ER...OUCH!
8.  Last Hurrah at the Pool
9.  Kueter Kids on Parade (72 Nova Vintage Car Show, Tiblow Days)

We had such a fun summer.  And I have so many more pics of the great memories we made.  So grateful for the digital camera!!!

For many it's back to work...but the kids and I enjoy one last day of fun!
(Regular Classroom Teachers have Faith Formation In-Service Tomorrow)

Looking forward to cleaning out closets and drawers in preparation for cooler days.
95 degrees predicted for next weekend...BOO!!!

Oh...and for all the ladies born in 1969...this one's for you!!!  Aaaah, sweet summer!!!!

Don Henley - Boys Of Summer by jpdc11

Sunday, September 1, 2013

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

I hope you have been having a blessed Sunday as well as a relaxing Labor Day Weekend!

My husband is on-duty on Labor Day (no rest for the weary in some occupations!) and so it will be a quiet Monday at home with my three kiddos.

For me, September 1st always welcomes Fall even if the Autumnal Equinox is still a few weeks away.  I get so eager to get out my Fall decorations and this year is no exception.  Maybe because we had such a mild summer...and now a heat wave...which I'm ready to say farewell to!

I couldn't resist purchasing chrysanthemums for the front porch.  
Mary Catherine picked the color.  
Beauty in a pot.