Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Whole Years!!

Can you believe it?? My little guys are turning two today! Happy Birthday, Peter and Ethan!!
I couldn't have posed this picture more perfectly if I had tried.

Peter, always with the tongue out (and looking like he's planning something).

Ethan, so excited!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Just One Small Thing ...

That's all.

Just kidding. We're very excited!!! Prayers appreciated as always. We're expecting anther cerclage surgery, hopefully before it becomes an emergency, probably in July. But at this point we're just waiting to see how things progress.

Exact due date is December 11. So I'm a little over 11 weeks now, will be 12 weeks on Wednesday. So far so good. Already have had a few ultrasounds and several appointments plus I've been put into a study on preterm labor. And no, we will not be finding out gender until the birth. We like the surprise!

Lots of appointments in my future! Thanks again for all your prayers!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

More Cute Boys

I couldn't resist sharing another picture of the boys. The picture on my post yesterday was from a photo shoot we did in April with a local photographer. This is another one of my favorites from that day:

Peter looks so much older to me in this picture. Ethan just looks so happy and excited. They both make me smile!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Brotherly Love

Tuesday morning I got the boys out of their cribs and started the morning routine of diapers, getting dressed, and putting everything away before going down to have breakfast. Once out of their cribs they like to start pulling books down or getting into the blocks or whatever. They also usually like carrying around their large stuffed animals, which are almost as big as they are.

That morning Peter insisted on carrying his large monkey with him and his blanket. And he wanted to have them both with him on the changing table. There isn't much room on a changing table for him, a monkey, and a blanket. But I tried to make it work for a little while.

I finally got tired of everything and took the blanket away tossing it towards the crib. I missed the crib and the blanket landed on the floor next to it. Peter was not happy. He fussed and fussed about not having the blanket as he laid there under the monkey.

But his brother came to his rescue. He went and got the blanket and brought it to the changing table. I was trying to get Peter dressed while Ethan tried to push the blanket up onto the changing table. Unsuccessfully, of course.

It was very cute! I love seeing how much these two little guys look out for each other. They fight plenty, too, but these moments remind me how lucky they are to have a built in best friend.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Congrats to our New Priests!

Today in my diocese, three men will be ordained to the priesthood. It is such an exciting time!! I've only been to one ordination and it was amazing. I am not able to attend today's, but it'll be on my mind and I'll certainly offer my prayers for these men and their ministry.

Our diocesan vocations office has been posting some cool pictures on Facebook over the last few months and one of them really struck me when I saw it. It featured one of our soon-to-be priests who is also a member of my parish. It also conveys such a powerful message in such few words. I love it and wanted to share it here.

Isn't it beautiful! I love this message and it is so true. Congrats Fr. Alan and to your newly ordained comrades. May your ministry as priests in service to our Lord and His people be fruitful and fulfilling.

St. Jean Vianney, pray for our priests.

Friday, May 17, 2013

7 Quick Takes at Catholic Sistas

It's a little later in the day than I usually post, but I wanted to go ahead and get this in here. In case you're wondering where I've been, I'm still writing over at Catholic Sistas. And I have lots of ideas for posts I want to do over here as well. Eventually I'll get to those too.

In the meantime, I polled the Ink Slingers at Catholic Sistas about their favorite blogs. Today's Quick Takes post is a sampling of some of the blogs they shared with me, as well as some of my own favorites. Our only requirements were that the blogs were Catholic and that none of them on our list were written by any of us. We didn't want to appear too biased.

So come check out the Sistas' favorite blogs (or as many of them as I could squeeze into one post without going overboard) and then leave us a comment with some of your favorite blogs. And shameless plugs for your own are more than welcome!!

Friday, May 03, 2013

Reviewing a New Book at Catholic Sistas

I got the opportunity to review Pat Gohn's new book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. I was very excited since it was a book I was planning on buying and reading anyway. Check out what I had to say over at Catholic Sistas.