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ADV #205: A Home Library

OSV launches a new podcast, Greg wonders what God wants of him, we move lots of furniture and make a new home library, we bumble through Sam’s long distance birthday and Jennifer goes deep into sin .. again.

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Bring Your Child To Work Day

As we mentioned on TCND #084, our local public school system “celebrated” Bring Your Child to Work Day.  Since this opportunity only applied to our youngest two sons, I agreed to let them both stay home and work with me processing rosaries for Rosary Army.

RosaryArmy.com is the main ministry that I have the privilege of managing from the basement office of our home and these boys only know life with rosaries in it.  Not a bad thing in my opinion.

Post Office TripFirst stop was the post office.  It’s always a fun surprise when we check the mail and find all three types of mail inside: envelopes containing rosary requests, donations and more all-twine knotted rosaries to inspect and prep for distribution.  It’s a great reminder for me to be thankful for these individuals in my prayer life.

 

IMG_6994Before the massive inspection of nearly 1000 rosaries could begin, I figured I’d better boost their morale and treat them to a “business lunch” at our local burger joint.  Gotta have fuel for the journey.  And truth be told, the Reuben wasn’t half bad.  Not New York good, but decent.

 

 

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Time to get to work. Ben was in the zone sorting rosaries by color and making sure the rosaries were made according to our quality standards before any tax receipts can be calculated and presented.  (Don’t worry, I handle the tax part!)

 

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Tommy is hard at work filling out the quality inspection paperwork for each batch of rosaries submitted.  He caught on super fast.  Not bad for an 11 year old!

 

 

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No, these are not rainbow dreadlocks on Ben’s head.  One of our hardworking rosary makers decided to have a little fun with tie-dye and Ben decided to have some fun with her creative work.  Who says rosaries can’t be fun!

 

 

IMG_7002Our Lady Undoer of Knots where are YOU!!! Yikes! There were at least 10 rosaries tangled up in this ball of rosaries.  I tried to think of Our Blessed Mother as Tommy handed this giant knot to me to untangle for him.  It gave me a chance to meditate on how us mammas have the skill and patience to untangle knots in our kids’ lives.

 

After several hours of intense rosary sorting work, it was finally quitting time for this Bring Your Child to Work Day.  For their reward, I dismissed them to the basement for some much deserved R&R time with video games.  Or maybe just plain ol’ R&R.

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TCND #053: Life Changes

TCND_053Life changes are sometimes easy to deal with, and other times can deal a painful blow.  In this episode we share both some good and bad life changes including our oldest teenager’s quest for work, progress on an exciting new life changing program Greg is working on, and Jennifer’s father’s battle with cancer and dealing with chemo and radiation treatments.

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Easter Lily

easterlilyThis morning we got an early start to the day as we headed out for Mass with the entire family, and our own Easter Lily got dressed up in her finest dress. Got to tell you, it’s still weird having a kid that wears dresses! But she already is turning heads, that’s for sure.

So here’s praying for a very happy and blessed Easter to all of our friends, family, and listeners of The Catholics Next Door!

What a wonderful Lent it was, and we’re so glad that we had the opportunity to share so many experiences with so many wonderful people throughout Lent.

2 Days Past Due Date: Family Celebration

Because the boys were also disappointed that their sister is arriving late, we decided to take them to one of their favorite restaurants: The Golden Corral.

Jennifer and I also refer to the Golden Corral as “The Golden Trough.”

We’ve also called it “Oh Yeah,” as in what we usually say when we leave: “Oh yeah, THAT’S why we don’t go there very often.”Nevertheless, we’ve all had an enjoyable dinner and I think we all needed to get out of the house and just hang out together doing something different.

We’re trying our best to be patient, but after learning this morning that Jennifer is still only 3cm dilated after one week, it’s been difficult. Getting out with the boys has been a nice change of pace.

Blokus

One of the many board games we got for the family for Christmas is Blokus. It’s sort of like a Tetris board game for up to four players.

One thing I’ve learned from this game is that not only am I way too competitive with games like this, but this is also a great game for practicing patience as it takes our boys about 5 minutes each time it’s their turns!

Overall, though, we’re quite happy with the games we got for Christmas and I’m certain over time we’ll only enjoy them more as the boys get faster.

We’ll be giving a full board game review on Tuesday’s show. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is a preview of some of the games we got for Christmas: