February 28, 2011

Meus Nomen Alexander (Call Me Alexander)

Okay, folks -- in light of ACTUAL urgent prayer needs, I have the most mundane of all possible prayer requests.  It's for me.

Ever read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?  Yep.  Well, you shoulda been at my house today.  Australia was looking better and better by the minute.  In the immortal words of Jimmy Buffett, "the doggies were a-yellin', the children were a-bitin'....".  I am bulbous as a beach ball (baby #6 is due later this month) and just as slow, the top of my desk has disappeared beneath the layers of an avalanche of papers and "things to do", and The Shriek Scale (both for me and the kids) seems to be rising exponentially.

I'm almost looking forward to a trip to the hospital for extreme pain just to get away.  After all, you get room service once the baby's born, right?

A wise woman, however (...okay, it was Amy M.), told me never to make homeschool decisions in February.  Today being the last day for that injunction, I opted (with great difficulty) not to quit, but instead fed the children (didn't I just feed them yesterday?) and read to them and tucked them in w/ my strained smile and their genuine, strong, tiny, warm little hugs (....*sigh*....okay, so THAT was the good part of the day).

So.  For whining publicly like this amidst my innumerable blessings, I suppose I've just earned at least another 10 years in purgatory (assuming I even make it that far).  Anyone willing to toss up a few Hail Marys for me will be my hero (and my children's)!  And have my eternal gratitude.

No, really.  I mean it.  Even in Australia.

With Love, Gratitude, and Great Mortification,
I Thank You! 


February 10, 2011

Beer Pro Meus Ferrum (Beer for My Horses)

A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum -- we had six children!  (Did you read our "About Us" tab at www.AveMomma.com?  No?  Go ahead.  I'll wait.  Really, go.  I'll wait right here.)

So.  Here I am, homeschooling our little sapling souls.  Since our eldest child has special needs, we sometimes have a need for expensive equipment or services, so I began Ave Momma as a small way to contribute some pin money to the family fortunes (thus beer for our horses), as well as follow Our Lady of Fatima's recommendation to spread the Joy of the Rosary.

We're looking forward to sharing some uplifting thoughts with you!

Thank you for joining us on the journey!

"Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the ways of God.  What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be happy and prosper: Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, like olive plants your children around your table.  Just so will they be blessed who fear the Lord."  (Psalm 128:1-4)