KITCHEN TABLE CHATS

Pull up a chair in my domestic church and let's chat!

I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Girls' Day Out

Yesterday my daughter-in-law, her twin sister, my granddaughter, and I had a girls' day out in DC as we enjoyed the cherry blossoms as well as some of the great museums and monuments.

You can get a snazzy bow of your own here.


Gramma and Trinity in front of the White House


Misty, Kristy, and Trinity at the Lincoln Memorial



Misty and Trinity lunching at the Smithsonian


A great view of the Jefferson Memorial

Snoozing beneath the Cherry Blossoms

Friday, March 11, 2011

Praying for victims of Japanese earthquake and tsunami

A massive earthquake hit Japan today. Offering prayers for all the victims with a special prayer for my former student Erin. She and her family are now stationed in Okinawa. They are safe but have been evacuated.

Begin the Novena to St. Joseph today!


Today begins the Novena to St. Joseph. Head on over to Praymorenovenas.com and find the novena prayer. You can also sign up for a novena reminder via email. Join the over 600 people who will be offering this novena for all husbands. I will be remembering my oldest son, a husband and a father, as I pray this novena. He deploys today for Afghanistan.

Do you know how the tradition of praying for nine days began? After the Ascension, Mary and the Apostles went to the Upper Room to pray for guidance. They were unsure of what they were expected to do next. They prayed for nine days. Then the Holy Spirit came to them on Pentecost. So a nine-day prayer is modeled after the nine days of prayer of Mary and the Apostles.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Basement Bowtique

Here is a plug for my talented and creative daughter-in-law's new Etsy site. Big bows are all the rage for the fashionable baby and toddler and the Basement Bowtique is churning out a wonderful variety to accessorize every outfit. Take a look! There is also a link on my sidebar.

Prayers for my kids ( and grandkid)


Keep this gorgeous family in your prayers. That is my oldest son Wesley who heads to Afghanistan, probably tomorrow. My daughter-in-law Misty and my granddaughter Trinity are staying with me. I am trusting Blessed Mother to wrap them in her mantle and St. Michael to strike down the evil that pervades the war-torn region. Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.

It is not just for 40 days

Yesterday we began the liturgical period of Lent. With the imposition of ashes we are reminded of our own mortality. Yet Christians are a people of hope. We trust in God's mercy. We embark on a focused period of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We intend to emerge on the other side of these forty days irrevocably changed. If our Lenten practices do not leave an indelible mark, they have been in vain. If we do Lent right, we will celebrate Easter as new people. Steps toward holiness will persist. As Pope Benedict remarks in his Ash Wednesday homily, the point of Lent is conversion.

"Today we begin the liturgical period of Lent with the emblematic ritual of the imposition of the ashes by which we intend to take on the task of turning our hearts towards the horizons of Grace", said the Pope in his homily. "This is not some superficial or transitory conversion, but a spiritual itinerary which has a profound effect on our conscience and involves a sincere intention to amend our lives".

"This means undertaking an authentic conversion to God - returning to Him - recognising His sanctity, His power, His majesty", the Holy Father went on. "Such conversion is possible because God is rich in mercy and great in love. His mercy is regenerating. ... God, in fact, does not want the death of sinners but their conversion to life. ... He offers us His forgiveness, ... so as to give us a new heart purified from the evil that oppresses it, so as to lead us to participate in His joy. Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs His pardon, His love, it needs a new heart".

Friday, March 04, 2011

His journey has begun

Just back from the airport and am a little teary eyed still. We took my oldest son Wesley to the airport to begin his journey to Afghanistan. His wife and daughter, my youngest son, my husband and I all went to the airport to send him off with lots of love and a few tears. I was very impressed when the gate agent gave all of us security passes so we could go all the way to the gate with Wesley. She also made a point to thank Wesley for his service. It soothes my heart to see a stranger understand the heartache of this goodbye.

The last time I watched a loved one deploy it was my husband. He was off to Desert Shield. The "Shield" was soon replaced by "Storm". On the night the combat began we were glued to CNN. All we could see was the map of Iraq and all we could hear was the voice of Bernard Shaw, Wolf Blitzer, and Peter Arnett. I was crying. Wesley marched up to the TV map and in his four-year-old voice said, "Mom, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Daddy has to be there to make things right." I never dreamed that twenty years later he would be deploying to the same region in a continuing effort to make things right.

So I am shedding a few tears today. And I am busy chatting with the saints. Today we are raising our hearts and hands to Heaven. Our Lady of Victory, Pray for us. Jesus, Our Savior, make things right.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Never forget the cost of freedom

My husband is nearing the thirty year mark as an Air Force officer. I also wore an Air Force Uniform. My father was an Air Force officer. So what does my oldest son do? He joins the Army. And I am immensely proud of him. Tomorrow he leaves for Ft. Benning and from there he will deploy to Afghanistan. His wife, daughter, and two dogs have moved in with me. We will pray my son over there and pray him home.

I have watched my own husband deploy. In some ways it is harder to send a son. I think this is more difficult for my husband than it is for me. When duty calls, he is the one that has always left and I have stayed behind holding down the home front. Now my husband is left behind to carry on. It is not that easy. But this is who we are and what we do. I have no regrets.

In addition to offering a prayer for my son and all our men and women who are deployed, please take the time to read these links.

The Washington Post ran this article yesterday that includes remarks by Lt. Gen. John Kelly who notes that most of the United States population is unaware of the military sacrifice in the current war. It was a very hard article to read with my son deploying tomorrow, but it was an article that needs to be read.

Lisa Douglas captures the pain of military goodbyes in this this article.

Not too long after September 11, 2001, I wrote this essay.

In 2007 I wrote this essay about being the mother of a soldier.

Finally, please consider offering this Rosary for soldiers and their families.