Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Garden Time

Last Saturday the kids were excited to help plant some of the garden. They watch intently while Daddy plants the tomatoes. Are you sure that is right, Daddy?
We'd better check just to make sure.
You didn't tell me this was going to involve dirt!
Studying the "slimy," who got away when they weren't looking. (Catherine was not one bit afraid to pick up the worm.)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Murphy's Law for Moms, #11

The baby always seems to know just when Mom is dropping off to sleep and emits a loud cry, causing Mom to start up with pounding heart.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Did She Not Listen to the Pope?

Here is one to get your blood boiling. From

Catholic Kansas Gov. Sebelius Vetoes Restrictions on Late-Term Abortion
Bill's sponsor pledges to work to override veto
By Michael Baggot

TOPEKA, KS, April 22, 2008 ( - Pro-abortion Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill on Monday that would regulate abortion procedures in the state that is infamous for its high number of late-term abortions.
Senate Bill 389 would have offered women the optino of viewing ultrasound images of their preborn child, tightened up the requirements for obtaining a late-term abortion, and would have allowed a patient, spouse, or family to sue an abortion provider over a suspected unlawful late-term abortion.
"Over the last several years, we have worked on lowering abortion rates in Kansas by focusing on adoption incentives, extended health services for pregnant women, providing sex education and offering a variety of support services for families," wrote Sebelius in a Monday press release.
"SB 389 allows a variety of individuals to seek a court order preventing a woman from obtaining an abortion, even where it may be necessary to save her life," she added.
Sebelius also argued that SB 389 "unnecessarily jeopardizes the privacy of Kansas women's confidential medical records." She concluded, "As Governor, nothing is more important to me than the safety, health and privacy rights of our citizens. I am vetoing SB 389 because it endangers the health of women and is likely to be found in violation the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Kansas."
In a March 31 editorial, Mary Kay Culp, State Executive Director of Kansans for Life, noted, amogst other things, that Sebelius' concerns about privacy were moot, since under the House equivalent of SB 389, the attorney general or district attorneys involved in investigating abortionists would receive nameless files, not personal medical records of patients.
"Sebelius gave all kinds of false excuses, but the real question Sebelius must answer is why she would veto a law which simply gives women more information when considering abortion, allows them to see their baby on ultrasound if they so request, attempts to avoid coerced abortions of sexually abused minors, and in no way prevents a legal, non-coerced abortion from taking place," said Culp.
"I will do everything in my power to work to override this veto," stated Rep. Lance Kinzer, the bill's sponsor.
While the House passed the bill with enough votes to override the veto, the bill passed through the Senate with two fewer votes than needed to override the veto. Rep. Kinzer and other supporters of the bill will have another chance to override the governor's veto when the legislature resumes on April 30.
In May 2006, Sebelius vetoed Senate Bill 528, which would have required documentation justifying the performance of late-term abortions. Sebelius claimed at the time that her Catholic faith taught the sanctity of human life and that she was personally opposed to abortion.
In response to Sebelius's call to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare," Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City wrote, "Abortion is never safe because it always results in the death of a child. One can hardly call abortion rare when there are more than a million performed every year in the United States and more than 45 million performed since abortion's legalization in 1973."
"It is never permissible for a Catholic to support the legalization of the killing of innocent lives by abortion, much less to lead the fight for legal abortion."
"Reviewing the record of Gov. Sebelius when she served in the Kansas House of Representatives, it is difficult to find a single instance, either in a procedural or substantive vote, where she acted in a manner that would afford unborn children the maximum protection. In the 1980s and 1990s then - Representative Sebelius voted to weaken or eliminate even such modest measures as parental notification, waiting periods and informed consent," added Archbishop Naumann.
Noting the political corruption that may have influenced Sebelius's voting record, Archbishop Naumann wrote, "Her vetoes of these clinic regulation bills were even more troubling in light of her history of accepting campaign contributions from George Tiller, the Wichita abortionist, who has gained a national reputation for performing late term abortions."
Tiller has donated over $38,000 in political funding to Sebelius since 1994.

Contact Gov. Sebelius:Office of the GovernorCapitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 212STopeka, KS 66612-1590Voice 1-877-KSWORKS (1-877-579-6757)Local 785-296-3232For the Hearing Impaired 1-800-766-3777

I emailed my comment to the governor. Will you?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

He Likes It

Catherine: "Mommy, Joseph likes it when I kick him."

Mommy: "What??!! Don't kick the baby!"

Catherine: "Do you hear him crying?"

Mommy: "Uhhhh... no."

Catherine: "He likes it."


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Who's In Charge?

It has been quite exciting watching all of the Papal events on EWTN the last few days. How I would love to be there to see him in person, but I wouldn't get to see everything like I do on TV. My parents and my brother, the priest, get to go to the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Lucky them!! (You had better pray for us while you are there!)

Today I sat down to watch the Papal Mass at the stadium in New York City. The kids were in high gear, tumbling all over each other like little puppies, and occasionally stopping to yell, "The POPE!" Or, out of the blue, Dominic would start singing, "Happy Birtday to you, Pope!"

Partway through the Mass, I started to wonder who on earth was in charge of the music selection. A glorious occasion, Pope Benedict is here, let's bring out the best music! What do we get? Mediocre stuff, at best. Quite a mishmash, too. It seemed more like a big variety show than a solemn Papal Mass.

However, they almost redeemed themselves after communion. Placido Domingo came out to sing "Panis Angelicus" and it was wonderful. The Pope thought so, too.

I guess there were a few other songs that were fine but they were overshadowed by the goofy stuff. So much for Pope Benedict's call for liturgical music reform.

*By the way, this is our 100th post! Wow!

Celebrating the Pope's Birthday

Yesterday we were watching the Papal event at the White House and talking about how it was Pope Benedict's 81st birthday (or as Anne calls him "Pope Benidit"). Then we decided to make him a birthday cake. Here it is, our own little zucchetto cake.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More Springtime Fun!

Joseph comes to visit Mary. (Yes, that is his first black eye.) Then Anne gives her a hug.
Catherine decides she wants to be a clown. Look at that pasty face!
Dominic joins in with blue chalk.

Springtime fun!

Catherine has made up a new game: Coloring sticks with chalk. (Ignore the dirty car behind.) Domini decides to join in the new game.
Meanwhile, Anne pushes Joseph in the stroller.
Dominic loves the new "hole" in the yard (He hasn't found out yet that the city came and filled it in.).

Friday, April 11, 2008

Making Pancakes

This is the latest "game" at our house and it usually goes on while Mommy is making dinner. And usually it involves a little fighting over who gets to do the mixing. We have been practicing taking turns.

Notice that Catherine is wearing Mommy's slippers.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Darn Cute Picture

Of course, I am not biased or anything.

Princess or Cowgirl?

Who says you can't be a princess and a cowgirl?
You can even carry a skunk at the same time!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Murphy's Law for Moms, #10

All the kids want to "help" Mom when she is making cookies.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Better Than Coffee

Yesterday morning I was moving through a fog after being up with Joseph about every hour during the night. (He's terribly teething three teeth, poor boy.) I was sitting with the kids eating breakfast, feeling grumpy, chugging some coffee, trying to clear the haze.

Then, out of the blue, Catherine said, "I love you, Mommy!"

Wow, what a difference 4 little words can make. I felt myself waking up a bit and my mood definitely brightened and the day wasn't so bad after all!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I'm Too Big

The kids love to push Joseph in his baby swing and he loves it, too! The other day they all got on the swingset and I was in charge of making sure that they were not all going the same direction at the same time. I don't know if the thing would tip over, but I don't want to find out.
I said to the kids: "Hey, we have room for one more kid on here." The kids said: "Mommy, you can't ride, you are too big!" Well, thank you very much.