Archive | November, 2011

Thinking of Winchester, Illinois

My parents are driving to Illinois today, they left yesterday afternoon and have probably arrived by now. My sister and brothers are flying in. All my cousins and aunts and uncles who live out of state are boarding planes and flying or driving. They will all meet up in the small town of Winchester, Illinois […]

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In Sadness and in Hope

I just learned that my grandmother died this morning. Please join me in praying for Mildred Christine Cameron Scott, my Grandma Millie. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord; may perpetual light shine upon her. Here a a few of […]

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October Books

1. Lessons at Blackberry Inn: Adventures with the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola This novel is the sequel to Andreola’s Pocketful of Pinecones, which I received for my birthday last year but i don’t think I ever wrote a review.. This is the continuing story of a Carol, a homeschooling mother in the […]

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Anthony’s Baby Book: Happy, Flappy, Slappy

When Anthony is happy (and honestly, that’s most of the time) he flaps his arms up and down, often slapping his hands against his legs, clapping them against his fat thighs. He grins huge with eight teeth peeking out of his mouth and drool dripping down his chin. “Happy, flappy!” Dom exclaims. “Happy, flappy, slappy!” […]

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Falling Back

On Twitter yesterday a couple of friends were delightedly welcoming the time change: I think the whole Fall Back concept pretty much rocks. Me too! I am silly excited about the earlier setting sun. Really? I asked. I deplore fall back. I’m going into a depression over the earlier setting of the sun. Sunset at […]

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Prayers Please

With Grandma Millie on our wedding day. The last time I got to see her. My 95 year-old grandmother has been moved from the hospital back to receive hospice care at the nursing home facility where they know her. According to the most recent email from my uncle she’s stopped taking all liquid intake and […]

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A Few Bella Stories

climbing Bella Recently Bella and Sophie have invented new personas. Bella is Miss Irwin and Sophie is Miss Chelsea (or is it Josie or Jelsie? It’s hard to pin down her pronunciation.) I’m really not sure what this game involves outside of addressing each other by these names; but for some reason it amuses me […]

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Picture Books for All Saints

Some time ago someone asked me for a list of some of our favorite saints books and I keep remembering and feeling bad that I’ve never got around to writing it up. I was thinking of that request again today both because of today’s feast and because I checked a lovely saints book out from […]

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