With the ancient is wisdom;
and in length of days understanding.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE
WE LOVE YOU!
Posted at 01:00 PM in Family, Gratitude | Permalink
There has been a change of plans.
Our spring break visit to London
has been cancelled due to illness.
Victoria caught some sort of bug and has been
battleing a high fever and flu symptoms since last weekend.
Her big sister, Alex, took a limo to South Bend very late Monday evening
and drove her little sister home.
In a snow storm.
The good news is her professors were very understanding and have allowed her
to re-schedule her mid-terms until school resumes after break.
The bad news is.... no trip to London.
In between preparing soup and crackers and trays of
ginger-ale in sippy cups with Winnie the Pooh spoons.....
I have been playing with my camera and lighting
trying to figure things out....
It has become obvious I need to polish my computer skills
as well as my photography skills
I guess there is no time like the present.
Especially with my un-expected as well as un-welcome
present of time....
Posted at 12:24 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Family, Gratitude, Parenting, Travel | Permalink
Victoria received the glad tidings on Monday evening.
She will be one of the lucky ones going to France with an internship at the
Cannes Film Festival.
Mom and Dad have decided to go too.
While she is in the South of France we will be meandering around Paris.
When her internship is over we will meet her and spend a week celebrating her 20th birthday in France.
Stay tuned for more developements as they develope.
Posted at 09:51 AM in Being Present, Family, Gratitude, Travel | Permalink
I cannot believe it is the end of January 2013.
I remember when I was in grade school and we read 1984 by George Orwell.
The book deeply distrubed me but I comforted myself with the thought,
"At least I will never live to 1984....
that is way too far in the future...."
Well here I am in 2013
An official empty nester~
with my son off to seek his fortune in Washington DC
working for a freshman Congressman from LA~
My sophomore daughter at Notre Dame waiting
not so patiently to hear if she will be interning at
the Cannes Film Festival this spring~
And my oldest daughter living in the city,
making her own way,
searching for that ever elusive "perfect" career~
I purposely took time off from blogging
this past fall
as I felt the urgent need
to be "IN" the moment.
Gratefully soaking up every last
drop of a magical
time with my family and friends.
Sometimes cameras and writing
can get in the way for me.
While they definitely capture special memories to preserve and savor,
I also find they leave me a little bit
removed from the actual experience.
I will have lots of time to relive and recount
these moments now...
Now that I am an "official" empty nester.....
6 or 7 of the kids are on their way for the weekend as I write
so I better get the beds changed and the Birthday cakes baked!
Posted at 10:05 AM in Being Present, Family, Gratitude, Letting Go, Parenting | Permalink
Words cannot help
Or begin to touch
the raw and ragged
grief of these heartbroken parents.
Oh Divine Beloved
we ask for your sweet mercy
and steadfast embrace
to somehow comfort the
families involved in this
senselessly tragic event
As we their neighbors
stand by helplessly
praying, praying, praying.
Posted at 12:20 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Divine Feminine, Family, Parenting, Prayer | Permalink
Notre Dame is the ONLY school to hold the honor of
#1 in football rankings
#1 in graduating football athletes.
Wishing you all a
and a safe trip to
Posted at 06:08 PM in Being Present, Current Affairs, Family, Gratitude, Sports | Permalink
Life has been crazy here. Football, football and more football.
Our beloved Fighting Irish played a huge game in Oklahoma over the weekend.
of the family was in attendance but Alex and I stayed home.
weekends get a little crazy when they start on Wednesday morning and end
We thought a little quiet time might be enjoyable.
That was not the case.
We both spent the day pacing and fretting,
anxiously awaiting any glimpse of our boys on tv.
By game time we
had worked ourselves into a frenzy.
The Irish brought home the victory
without any injuries which is high on this mother's wish list.
talked with Victoria on her way from Ohare to South Bend early Sunday
morning, another wish list item was checked off.
Tori: "Mom! You
wouldn't believe it!
Everyone! EVERYONE was so nice to us!
thanked us for coming and are so excited to come to ND next year.
made lots of new friends!
And Mom, they even thanked us for coming
AFTER THEY LOST THE GAME!
It was so cool Mom!"
Thank you Oklahoma fans.
Posted at 11:57 AM in Being Present, Family, Gratitude, Sports | Permalink
Summer has come and gone.
I have been busy designing and decorating our new condo.
The last four years we have rented a condo
near the Notre Dame campus
to enjoy our family and friends
and our beloved college football team.
We finally decided to buy.
These are photos of one of the collages
I have been working on to adorn the walls.
Victoria is back at school and snugly enschonced into her
Even she thinks time is flying
much too swiftly.
Our Alexandra has flown the cozy
suburbs to experience the excitement
of city life in Chicago
as she starts a new and challenging
consulting career in the city
and a new apartment in Old Town.
Stevie will enjoy a final year working
with his father and
and cheering on his team mates
before his life takes an
adventurous and exciting turn.
*details to follow at a later date.
In the meantime,
being present in the moment
is as always,
my secular and spiritual challenge.
Wishing you and yours
a fabulous new school year
filled with appropriate challenge
and sweet success.
p.s. I think I may have to rename this post due to
all of the "challenges" I noted upon re-reading!
How about "New Year New Challenge"?
Posted at 02:44 PM in Being Present, Creativity, Family, Gratitude, Letting Go, Parenting, Sports | Permalink
Victoria has been teasing me lately
about my obsession with chandeliers
and sconces and lanterns and so on and so on.
We recently bought a new condo in South Bend
and I have been busy picking out lighting
and colors and furniture and hardware.
My husband picked out all of the appliances
in one outing to the appliance store.
He makes it all look so easy as I research
and compare and fret over each and every design element.
Still searching for dining room chairs and bedding
but I am "mostly" done.
Our village's premier home furnishing store
has decided to call it quits after 52 years of service.
It was sad for them but very timely and lucky
for us as I picked up some fabulous pieces
at wonderful savings. Yay!
I have also been putting some of
my photos from Italy
As you can see, lighting was on my mind
during that trip too!
Posted at 02:32 PM in Being Present, Creativity, Family, Gratitude | Permalink
Our summer is filled to the brim with lots
of parties and activities,
friends and family from far and near.
This "hectivity" makes the quiet moments
all the more precious.
A warm afternoon is perfect for
sipping an iced tea on the back deck,
listening to the birdsong
and the buzz of the bumble bees,
while leisurely waiting for
laundry to dry.
Posted at 04:33 PM in Being Present, Being Still, Family, Gratitude | Permalink