Halloween was loads – and loads – of sugar fun. Traditionally, we eat 50-cent corn dogs from Sonic with my parents, then they hold down the fort while we go trick-or-treat with our neighbors. Our first stop is always the Sisters convent, which is just around the corner. It is always a good time and it amazes me to see just how much the kids grow from year to year. True to form, my kids complained all the way until we hit the door for candy. No, it wasn’t because they were itching to go. Nope, it was because they didn’t like their costumes. For the love. One was too itchy, another didn’t fit right, yet another “misplaced” part of his costume. Someday it will be fun, right? Once they went begging for candy, all was forgotten. I even got them to smile in a few pics. Here is this year’s montage of awesomeness.
Don’t worry, All Saints Day got equal billing at our house. When the kids awoke, they found a coloring page, a laminated bookmark/prayer card and a backpack tag on the breakfast table. I found these awesome gems from Happy Saints. If you haven’t visited that site you are in for a real treat. The ebooks are fabulous (you can read my review). Or, you can read more about Victor, the artist, and his ministry over at National Catholic Register! It was also the All Saints Day Mass at school this morning. The sixth graders research and then dress up as a saint. Throughout the day, they visit the classrooms in saint first person and share their lives. I’ll be the first to admit, when our religion teacher, Sr. Jude Andrew, sang the Litany of Saints at Mass, I teared up. Thursday morning was a beautiful and poignant reminder why we send our children to Catholic schools. Give a big howdy to Padre Pio of Pietrelcina!
Last week, I did something different on the blog, a “Week in My Life” series. It was work, but incredibly enlightening. This will definitely be a yearly event. I was surprised at what I learned from my posts, and from others, about how we live, how we can be better and how God really has called me to the vocation of motherhood. Failings and all. You can read about the entire week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
Have you ever wondered just how much candy a family of seven brings in during Halloween? 23 POUNDS. Whoa, baby. For the second year in a row, we participated in our dentist’s office candy buy back program. They pay you $1 for every pound – no limit. If you live in Austin and you’re reading this before 1pm on Friday, Nov. 2, get yourself to Advanced Dental Care. Oh, and did I mention they also passed out free toothbrushes? And, that two of the three dentists are Aggies? Yeah, clearly our kind of place.
I completed my final hour as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. In some ways, it was easier than I imagined, but in most ways it really stretched my prayer life. It affected me deeply and perhaps one day I’ll share just how much. Last week was especially difficult. I do know I was put there for a purpose this year and I am so grateful for the time spent in prayer.
If you haven’t heard, I’m designing Christmas cards this year. I’ve already done a half dozen and it really brings me so much joy. I am a HUGE lover of Christmas cards and an even bigger fan of hearing how God works in people’s lives throughout the year. One of my samples is below!
I saved my biggest piece of news for last. No, I’m not pregnant 😉 I’ve been limiting my Dr Pepper intake by two a week. That IS crazy talk, isn’t it? I started it about three weeks ago, just to see if 1) I could do it and 2) to shave off a few pounds. I’ll keep you posted. I’m still madly in love with 23 flavors, I’m just trying to drink a little less of it. It sure does make the weekends just a bit sweeter.
Thanks for hosting Jen!