I think I’ve ALMOST recovered from the Edel Gathering and now we’re off to a family reunion. Remember when preparing for a trip mostly involved making mix CDs for the drive and remembering to pack your toothbrush? Yeah….we’re not in Kansas anymore. Packing for five is no joke. Well…four. Daniel is skilled at packing his own stuff.
To tell the truth, anything I have to say today sounds silly in the face of the atrocities facing religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq who are being systematically murdered by ISIS. I feel overwhelmed and heartbroken. And angry for our country’s culpability in the situation. We destabilized a country, left, and sat silently by while my Christian brothers and sisters were forced from their homes, raped, and murdered. Ancient churches burned. Centuries-old communities destroyed. And they’re not the only minority being targeted. Of course it’s all more complicated than that. And I don’t know the answers to how to stop this, but I’m pretty sure it’s not just inaction. What can I do but watch in horror and pray while I keep living my silly little life? I feel helpless.
After signing a few petitions, I just go back to packing, herding the children around, and grocery shopping.
Pray for Iraq. Pray for the families displaced, the men, women, and children murdered, the suffering, the abandoned churches and communities. That is all I know to do. The situation is finally getting more attention and things are beginning to move.
I’m not trying to ruin your day, but I just couldn’t write today without saying something. Ok. Back to the usual programming…
Baby Gwen is seeming less like a baby everyday. My heart can’t take it.
She is so fun and full of new words everyday. It must be cool to realize you can communicate with other humans with your words. Her favorite word is “Buppa” for Benjamin/Bubba. And if he’s at grandma’s house, she fusses and cries for him because girl loves her big brother.
And he IS rather splendid. I mean, just check out how he wrestles this sea monster.
And I know I’m going overboard on the kiddo pics, but I can’t help myself. Just look at that mischievous face. She slays me.
The Quotable Lucy:
“Wook, Mama! I made da Two Towers! Just wike in Word of da Wings!”
Just like it, Lucy. Just like it.
About once every two months we’ll go out for pizza for dinner. But we rarely go out to breakfast. So I surprised the kids with breakfast out at our favorite cafe and you’d have thought I handed them the moon. Benjamin was wild with delight (but not wild enough with delight to agree to be photographed. Fair enough. It’s your face, kid. You got the rights to it.)
And the kind folks at Grace Hill Media sent us a review copy of the new VeggieTales Celery Night Fever that the kids were really excited about. Baby Gwen did some head bopping to the music which was, admittedly, quite catchy. Benjamin told me that he does NOT like disco ball music but that the movie overall was good. So there you have it!
I just joined the team of contributing writers over at one of my favorite blogs, Kitchen Stewardship by Katie Kimball. She’s an awesome Catholic mama with a passion for healthy living and good food. I’m thrilled to be part of her team! I’ll be writing once a month over there and I’ll share the links here so you can check out the posts.
Links for your weekend…
The Devout Objectification of Children: Cari Donaldson for Aleteia
Loving Me, Post Partum Jiggles et al: Whole Family Parenting
Be a Confident Breastfeeding Mama: Team Whitaker
The Six Stages of Seeing a Pope Francis News Headline: Mary Is My Homegirl
How to Start a Little Flowers Girls’ Club: Catholic All Year
Sarah and the Saints: Mama Needs Coffee
On what depression steals, parenting, and life in the river: K. Elizabeth Fleck
And to remember that there are hearts full of love and joy for life even when tragedies are occurring all over the world…check out the news Kelly has to share about the fundraiser Bonnie started for the Mantoan’s son, Fulton to purchase a beach wheelchair. I am so happy for them! An awesome little boy is going to be so thrilled. And the really amazing thing is that in 24 hours, folks had donated above and beyond the goal for sweet Fulton! Including some of you. So thank you! Hooray for generous hearts.
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