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Family Faith Day

Yesterday, I practically lived at our church: I sang for a funeral, a wedding, and regular mass...in that order. I took today off, and we went to DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton for the Altoona Diocese Family Faith Day. Ride and Slide passes were just $10 for all day, and Bishop Bartchak offered mass outside at 3 pm.

About three-quarters of the way through the Bishop's very nice homily, the heavens opened and drenched all those present. As we huddled under a crowded pavilion, mass continued. Though it was difficult to hear the Bishop over the rain on the aluminum roof, we were able to follow the order of the mass well enough. The rain did not last long, and by the time mass was ended, we went in peace back to the amusement rides.

(And yes, Mike was there...he just took all the pictures today!)


Family Faith Day

Family Faith Day

Family Faith Day

Family Faith Day

Family Faith Day


Good Morning!

I took the crib rail off Liam's bed yesterday to give him another chance at having a big boy bed...and yes, I warned Aidan (or Uh-Ee-An as Liam calls him).

This is what I woke up to. Of course, Miss Gabrielle was already in my bed...because it's not fair that she doesn't have a roommate, you know!

Good Morning!

Good Morning!


God Sightings

As a side activity, I put some bright yellow poster board on the wall and asked the VBS kids to spontaneously write down examples of where and how they see God in their daily lives. There were many insightful answers!

God Sightings

God Sightings

God Sightings


Too Exhausted to Narrate

VBS has been great the past 2 days! Today, we taught the kids about prayer and we had Eucharistic Adoration. I asked the kids to write something they were worried about on a piece of paper, and they each placed their worries in a basket at the foot of Christ. Very powerful--and the kids were so reverent you could hear a pin drop when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed.

VBS has to be one of my favorite weeks if the summer!

Too Exhausted to Narrate

Too Exhausted to Narrate

Too Exhausted to Narrate

Too Exhausted to Narrate

Too Exhausted to Narrate


Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School

Today brought the beginning of our VBS at Lourdes. VBS is one of the most successful things our parish religious Ed does all year. We have 70 children enrolled (and we turn some away because of space constraints), 40 teen helpers, and at least a dozen (maybe more) adult team leaders. I've led music at VBS for as long as I can remember, and I love it. This year's setting is medieval, so naturally I turned to the costume shop at our high school to help create the ambiance. After they did a few songs with "Lady Denise" this morning, one little girl ran up to me and screamed, "I am having! So! Much! Fun!" Made my day!

This year's package incorporated a lot more for the song leader to do, so I'm able to do some teaching and a little acting in these silly skits about a wannabe knight named Wally.

Today's Bible verse: Psalm 18:1-- "I love you, Lord; You are my strength."

Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School

Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School

Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School

Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School

Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School


Montour Preserve

Today, we went to Montour Preserve, created and maintained by PPL, in Danville. After we explored the informative visitors' center, we hunted for fossils, we had lunch by the lake, we hiked a few trails, and we went fishing.

We topped off the day by visiting Aunt Michelle, Uncle Adam, and Baby Leann.

Montour Preserve

Montour Preserve

Montour Preserve

Montour Preserve

Montour Preserve


New Strategy

Have your kids ever interrupted you when you are having a conversation with another person? They rush up to you, calling out, "Mom!" and completely detail your train of thought. Well, I am going to say those ever-so-popular words, "I saw it on Pintrest." Not usually one to swoon over the social media zeitgeist, I was skeptical when I saw this strategy, but it really works -- at least with Aidan and Ellie.

When they have something to say and I'm talking, they place their hand on my arm to let me know they are there. I place my hand on theirs to let them know that I know they are there. When a natural pause comes in the conversation, I turn to them and ask what they want/need.

Like I said, it really works. Liam is too little to understand the concept of interruption, you know, since he's essentially an egomaniac. Don't get me wrong, he's a cute and lovable egomaniac, but an egomaniac nonetheless. :)


New Strategy


New Favorite Food

In trying to cut out wheat, I've eliminated crackers and pita chips...which makes it difficult to eat hummus and chips or cheese and crackers. On a lark yesterday, I bought "carrot chips," which are essentially sliced carrots. I tried the today with both hummus and sharp cheddar, and they were great! Instead of adding extra filler calories with chips or crackers, I had a healthier lunch that paradoxically made more full than chips or crackers would have.

[Disclaimer: I am not saying pita chips or crackers are evil. :) Just sayin'...give carrot chips a try.]

New Favorite Food


Wheat-Free Pizza

I made zucchini pizza tonight -- very simple and could be diversified in many ways.

I cut the zucchini in half, then sliced a little off the back sides to help them stay flat. Next, I brushed them with olive oil before adding pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella and pepperoni. I baked them for 30 mins at 350 degrees.

I would probably add some crushed garlic next time for a little more flavor...and even try grilling them. Otherwise, I thought they were delicious. Great as a side or light main dish.

Wheat-Free Pizza

Wheat-Free Pizza