Wednesday, March 26, 2003

I deleted my rant on celebrities. it just wasn't very Christian.

Monday, March 24, 2003

"In the back with the stuff"

That's what Abby calls what her daddy did in the Army. He was maintenance for eight years. The saying is actually "In the Rear with the Gear" because they ride at the end of the line to back up all the others and make sure all the machines and vehicles run properly. Maintenance keeps everyone moving along.

I know that I would have been terribly upset over any of our men and women being captured, but when I heard they were maintenance, I cried for a long while. A few years ago, Michael told me about a particularly hairy wrong turn his crew made in Desert Storm, and said that with the terrain, it was an honest mistake. And although my husband can shoot a freckle off a squirrel, a maintenance crew is not trained for combat like other soldiers. They are there to keep us moving.

I pray this war will end soon.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

The Senate just passed a bill banning partial birth abortion!!! I had to call my sister who has worked so hard with the Tennessee Right to Life. When I called, she said "I was just thinking about you." When i told her, she started yelling and jumping up and down, and she hung up on me!
Last weekend, at the Catholic Youth Convention in Memphis, Zane had some kind of "episode". Now we are testing for seziure disorder, diabetes, etc, etc, etc. I told the doctor to quit telling me what it could be, and let's find out what it IS. He seems fine now, but this was the 4th time in 3 months he has blacked out and gotten weak and disoriented. Please pray for him.
The dedication of our new church was yesterday, Our dear Bishop Steib was there for the ground breaking ceremony. He gave a great homily about our individual gifts and how we can all use them in different ways. Then we had a potluck dinner. It was great!
Yesterday, I had a student tell me of her sister in law having her first baby. I don't think the baby was overdue more than a couple of days. Labor was induced, an epidural given, she had arrested progress, and ended up with an emergency c-section. UGGGGHHH!

Typical for a hospital with more than a 1 in 4 c-section rate. The same hospital I went toe to toe with about not giving my sister Cytotec to induce labor for her sixth child.

What's funny is when I told Michael about it, he said, "You are just asking for trouble when you mess around with the birth process, And what's the deal with the epidural given at 5 cm? Way too soon! No wonder she had arrested labor and a section!" Spoken like a spouse of a midwife!

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

More about Elliot....
Yesterday, my Eli received his acceptance packet from UT Knoxville! He is so excited! He was in the best mood I've seen him in since puberty. UT sent a very nice certificate of acceptance, and of course, we are going to frame it. We took it by his dad's house so Eli could show it to him. My mother and sister just beamed. Micheal and I are so blessed with smart, happy, healthy, good kids.
(Of course, Zane is counting the days until Elliot goes to college, because he will be the only kid at home except when we have Abby in the summer and school holidays. He knows this can only work to his benefit!)

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

We are supposed to be preparing for war. I am not ready. I don't want to get ready. I do not want war. I do not want my loved ones hurt by war.

I just want Peace.

And for my loved ones who will be fighting...
My goddaughter Sarah who is in the Navy, my student Tremaine who is in the reserves and my husband's cousin Kevin who is in the Air Force...

I want them safe.

Thanks for fighting for our safety.

Monday, February 10, 2003

I was sitting with my family at Mass yesterday, and everytime I glanced at Elliot, my eyes would tear up and my heart would feel light and heavy at the same time. Then as he acted as Eucharistic Minister, I just couldn't hold it in any longer. I was just so proud of him. I flashed back to his cousin Alyssa's baptism when he saw the altar boys, and said, "That is so cool. I want to do that!" Not many months after that we started going to Mass. Elliot and Zane studied and had their First Communion. They became altar boys, got involved in the youth group, went to youth conventions, babysat the preschoolers. I turned around and they had their Confirmation. Elliot started teaching CCD. Time passes. Time. Passes.

I was looking at our youth, who took part in all parts of the Mass, and I remembered them when they were small, and now some of them are Seniors, and the others aren't far behind. One of the nice things about a small parish is that the children belong to everyone, spiritually. You celebrate and worry and laugh and grieve along with their parents and other family. You buy all the crap from their school fundraisers. I noticed the new kids in Youth Group who will take their place and thought about how quickly time passes. At the announcements, Diana said she didn't know if the kids knew just how proud their parents were of them, and I heard the catch in her voice, I knew she felt it too... Her daughter Danielle is to graduate soon.

I really didn't mean to be inattentive.

I haven't been worth much since I filled out Elliot's application to UT Knoxville. It's such a big school, and it's so far away... 8 hours. I think "This time next year, Eli will be at Mass in Knoxville" or "This is the last time we will do so and so." Empty Nest, anyone???

Friday, February 07, 2003

icky, nasty weather. gas is too high. i have a sinus headache. war looms on the horizon.

Lord, thank you for giving me a nice, warm, comfortable home to stay out of the weather. Thank you for my nice car to put the expensive gasoline in and the great job I have that pays for that gas. Thank you for my family and our health. Oh Lord, I pray for peace. The weather and the gas and my sinuses... they really don't matter.