Sunday, June 30, 2013


I went to mass today and was surprised by the homily. Normally, priests and deacons don't venture into political talks unless it's an election year. However, the USCCB has issued a Fortnight of Freedom prayer and fasting vigil, so that was our homily. It got me really thinking because I had heard of the Supreme Court's decision on DOMA and Prop 8. 

I find myself very worried. 

What freedoms will we lose? Will our churches be closed because we're intolerant? Will homeschooling be taken away because it subjects the children to ideas the government doesn't want the populace exposed to? Will we need to leave our homes and travel to a country where we can be Catholic in the fullest sense of the word?

I worry this will all come to pass swifter than can be accounted for. Our world is sliding away and we are being left with a atheist society who is hostile to life and faith. 

I pray we will survive with our faith intact. I pray especially for my little boys and their newest sibling still within me. Grant us Hope, Dear Lord. Grant us Hope. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Joyous Day

Today, I went to my OB and I'm thrilled to announce our third pregnancy. Words cannot begin to express my joy at discovering I was again pregnant. Yes, I had a few fleeting thoughts of, "How am I going to do this?", but mostly it was thoughts of, "I can do this." Feelings of calm surety filled me which I hope will continue. Every day I ask our oldest where the baby is and without fail he runs over, lifts my shirt and pats my tummy. I ask him if he wants a brother or sister and he replied back first that he wanted a sister, and a few days later it was a brother. Now he wants a sister again. 

I am 7 1/2 weeks pregnant now, and though fighting the occasional bout of nausea, I am wonderfully blessed.  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Painful discovery

My husband and I along with our two boys made the trek to the Valhalla Renaissance Festival in Tahoe. It was beautiful though scorching. Down in the Sacramento valley it was a lovely 110 degrees. Up in the mountains it was in the 90s, very rare. We had lunch from a vendor but since the boys refused the fare we bought I ended up eating what was left, consisting of mostly wheat noodles. 

In the past year and a half I think I've had wheat about three times. And all was fine until we went home. 

A decent of 7,000 ft is not normally a problem for me when I make sure I yawn a lot. But despite all my yawning the wheat I ate for lunch had made my sinuses swollen. At about 2,000 ft and again at 1,000 ft my head exploded with pain from the pressure. It felt like an ice pick in my sinuses and I was sure my eyes were going to start bleeding. Or maybe it could be described as a fire ant crawling around my sinuses. Whatever. It was horrible. I've got to remember that eating wheat is not worth it.