My Memere met Justine for the first time today.  I love seeing her with my children. It reminds me of when I was young and sat on her lap.  It also reminds me that she was once a mother with young children, too. There’s always something to learn from our elders. My Memere said that with each one of her babies (she had 8) she would lay him or her down on the bed and just look at his or her features. Now she is able to hold her great-grandchildren – what a gift! 



“The days are long but the years are short.”

​Justine is 2 weeks old today. Two weeks is not that long – merely nanoseconds in the span of a whole life and that’s what it’s felt like. I am doing my best to enjoy every snuggle with all 3 of my precious children.  

I was reminded of how short this season of childhood is at the MOPs gathering today. After putting Avery for his nap, I held Justine for hers. Her baby snoring made me chuckle and I took in all her features. Then, I snuggled Avery when he awoke. Lastly, I gave Ayla hugs and kisses when she returned from school.  


After taking the kids to Ayla’s swimming lessons today, I needed to see this sunset. It went well, but time is understood so differently by children. Everyday happenings are not always easy, but there is always something positive in them. There is always Hope. 

1st Mass as a Family of Five 

 After Faith Formation we attended mass for the 1st time with 3 children. Justine slept the whole time, thankfully, while Avery squirmed and cried and wanted to run. We survived and received Jesus. I’ll be able to listen to the readings when my kids are not kids anymore and I become nostalgic when I see others with their little ones. My heart was just happy because my whole family was at mass. 

With much gratitude we received a supper meal from a fellow parishioner.  We are blessed in many ways. 

The Car Cart (Again)

The Car Cart has now been taken to a whole new level.  As we entered Lowe’s this morning, Ayla immediately wanted to take the Car Cart, and I immediately said, “Yes!” I loved the Car Cart before and now I love it more – it keeps all three kids in the same place!  It also keeps them happy (at least for a decent amount of time).

We went on our first official outing as a family of five this morning and nothing crazy happened.  We all survived and the Car Cart kept the big kids entertained.  There is Hope in Everyday Blessings. 

This Saintly Saturday’s Saint is Saint Callistus I – patron saint of cemetery works.


I lost track of my days and missed Tempo Tuesday yesterday. Here is Robert Frost’s “October.” Justine is an October Baby and I have a feeling she will like poetry and the changing of seasons. 


O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf;

One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.