Pieces of Heaven

Friday, March 23, 2012


Bliss: sleeping until 6:00 AM, and only getting up once last night with David. It's amazing how much of a difference being rested makes!

Monday, March 19, 2012

He will not fail...

Today was a tough day. surprises...stress...one of those days where pulling the covers over your head and sleeping for another five hours seems like a good idea.

That being said, I have to find things to be thankful for concerning today.

I think I am thankful for a book I found last night called "Believing God." It's not a Catholic book- it's a Christian devotional- but there is one chapter that stood out to me as I flipped through the contents: "I Can Do All Things Through Christ."


All things.


The author shared some brief anecdotes, and ended them by reminding the reader that it is not God who fails us- it is we who so often fail God.

In the quiet of my room- I almost heard a small, still whisper say, "I WILL NOT fail you." A whisper that comforted my heart.

I wish I had recalled that when I was in "the thick of things" today- but I am happy that I am remembering it now. He WILL NOT fail me- oh, I pray for faithfulness!

I am also thankful that:

1. My husband fianlly saw a doctor, and that David went and was diagnosed
with an ear infection- that explains his moodiness as of late.

2. That C. came in today to help prepare things for Second Grade for next year.

3. For my parents.

4. That today is my husband's "Friday."

5. Chocolate chip cookies.

6. Joe-Joe pretending to be a cat- he is so funny! He goes around meows and acts cuddly and wants to be held. (Should i be worried?! :) ) I guess I should be thankful that he's not pretending to be a dog and barking anymore!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Thankfuls

I am thankful...

1. That even though I couldn't get to Mass, my Mom
brought me Communion.

2. That my husband made it home. Hoping he will go
to the doctor soon- he's been sick for five days and
extremely exhausted- so worried about him!

3. FOR THE WEATHER. 68 degrees? IN MARCH? Wow!

4. That Joseph and I finally met our neighbors.

5. That I FINALLY had a Shamrock Shake!

6. That Religious Ed. is almost over for the year...I
can't wait for a "break" from classes.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Thankfuls

1. Joseph went to sleep without much crying- THANK YOU, LORD!
2. My husband called out of work so he could recover- he needs a break.
3. That my 9th Graders did relatively well tonight at Stations of the Cross.
4. Mint Ice Cream.
5. Tomorrow is my husband's feast day- (Confirmation Name is Patrick!)
6. For Pinterest. This could become an addiction. Perhaps I should give it up for Lent before it does!
7. I had quiet time today to make a grocery list and weekly menu.
8. I'm thankful my husband watched David so I could enjoy a shower alone...sometimes when I shower I can hear Joseph on the opposite side of the door saying, "MOM-MOM??? Mooooom....MOMMMMM! What doing? Where go? MooooooooOOOOOOMM???" It was nice to have quiet!
9. I'm thankful that Charlie is sleeping. It's the only time he's quiet! I think we need to find another family for him before #3 comes. Sad...but most days it's like having another toddler. I need to find a loving home for him, and soon.
10. For F.- one of my star catechists! SO grateful for him. Hoping to talk him into being our Youth Minister. I think the kids love and respect him and he loves the Lord and will help them to grow.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday Thankfuls

1. For my assistant, whose birthday is today!
2. That when I took David to the specialist for his nose and throat- he said that nothing was wrong with him. SO RELIEVED.
3. Chamomille Tea.
4. "I'm gonna get you, fly!" -Joseph
5. Sharky and Bones.
6. Costco Trip for our special Lenten Breakfast with Confirmation Candidates and Priests.
7. Mom
8. E. shopping with me- I get so lost in HUGE stores!
9. David only got up ONCE last night. (Hoping tonight will be the same!)
10.Not having to hide my baby bump anymore- bring on the maternity clothes.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thankful that I can say...

Number three is due August 27. Scared. Excited. Relieved. Midwife was worried about my health (still kind of is) due to job stress and having kids so close together- was worried I wouldn't be able to say I was expecting. Trying to find an escape route so I can focus on all three of the babies and husband...

...but thankful for a new life. Thankful that this baby will have two sweet big brothers- (even though I can't imagine David will be a big brother at one year old!) Thankful for the man that my husband is, and that he is a good father.

Thankful that I finally told my boss so I can stop wearing baggy clothes and wear maternity clothes...

...but scared about drama that I'm sure will occur...

Pray for us!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Saturday Thankful (Late)

For the time change- even though it's kicking my butt. It means my husband has to work one hour less today!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Thankfuls

1. I'm thankful that if I MUST have to stomach flu, it is on my day off so I won't be stressed out during the week. I'm also thankful it was relatively mild. If what I have is mild- I can't imagine what it's like for the people who are hit hard!

2. For my Mom who came over and helped with Joseph so I could rest.

3. For my husband who helped with David (who is also not too well) so I could rest.

4. Bread, popsicles and water.

5. Gingerale.

6. For Dad dropping of Joseph today.

7. For Joseph making "boo-boos" better by kissing them.

8. For prayers-- please pray for a special intention for me this week...very nervous.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday Thankfuls

1. For dill pickles. Sometimes, they just hit the spot.
2. For leftovers.
3. That David was in a good mood today at work! Makes life in the office a lot better when he's happy.
4. Sunshine.
5. For the dishwasher- it's nice not having to do dishes by hand.
6. My husband.
7. Joseph singing "Happy Birthday to You" repeatedly.
8. That tomorrow is Thursday.
9. For my sister and her fiance coming to town on Friday.
10. For P.
11. For finding (well at least I THINK I found) a dress for my sister's wedding.
12. For lovely packages from friends for my boys- a friend made the cutest little jackets and bunting for them.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday Thankfulness

1. For Joseph. The funny "angry eyes" face he makes when he thinks David is mad, his hugs, and saying "Mom-Mom, I found you!" in the grocery store. (Fred was pushing Joseph's cart and I was pushing David's- everytime I followed them into a new aisle Joseph would happily exclaim, "Mom-Mom- I found you!!!"

2. That today is my husband's day off. SO WONDERFUL. We made a menu for the week and shopped for the ingredients for this week's dinners, and had chocolate chip molten cakes after the kids went to bed.

3. For David- his laughter- and that one of the sure-fire ways to calm him down is to stroke his feet. It's the weirdest thing! He'll stick his leg up in the air while his feet are rubbed or stroked and most times he'll stop fussing!

4. That we remembered to call Dish and refuse their movie channel offer. I don't have TIME for that stuff- and those channels usually don't have the best things on them, anyway.

5. That Fred found the memory card for our phones so we can download pictures and put together a surprise photo collage for his mom- she hasn't even met David yet- it seems like we haven't been to CA in so long!

Friday, March 2, 2012

My Wake Up Call and Thankfulness

So this morning at approximately 5:50 AM I heard the "pitter patter" of Joseph's footsteps approaching my bedroom. Fred was at work, and I was going to do my best to convince Joseph to crawl in bed with me so I could sleep for 10 more minutes. At least, that was my plan.

I felt a little hand tap me on the shoulder.


"Yes, honey, what is it?"

"Dere's poo in dere."

At this point I was wide awake. There's poo in WHERE?!

Sitting upright, I looked at him. He was clad in his Mickey Mouse pajamas, hair sticking out everywhere, and looking at me expectantly.

"Where's the poo?!"

"Poo's in DERE." He grabbed his bottom- indicating a dirty diaper- followed by, "Mom-Mom, MOVE. Want nana. (banana)"

I'm still not sure how we made it from poo to wanting a banana- but I am THANKFUL I woke up to Joseph talking to me instead of crying in his room!

I'm also thankful for:

1. School being closed- I like working when the kids are gone.
2. My husband!
3. The teens who read at Stations of the Cross- they were great.
4. An okay day at work.
5. That my husband starts FIRST SHIFT on Easter! I'm so happy about this!!!