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Simple Woman's Daybook - 10/31/11

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Courtesy of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

FOR TODAY...October 31, 2011

Outside my window... the weather is warm and sunny. Autumn is our summer.

I am thinking... that I should be at Bella's school Halloween parade right now. Instead I am caring for sick JP and Matthew.

I am thankful ... that at least Bella and Andrew are feeling better and able to go back to school.

I am wearing... pajama pants and a snot covered t-shirt. Aw, the glamour of motherhood.

I am remembering... that motherhood is my vocation and road to salvation.

I am going... to clean up the blog a bit while I am holding a sleeping baby.

I am hoping... that I've built a resistance to these germs.

I am reading... over some of the past entries on the blog.

I am hearing... in this room - Adele singing and Matthew snoring. In the next room - JP coughing and Thomas the Train tooting.

On my mind... tomorrow is November. Is that really possible??

From the kitchen... there is cooking Chicken Posole Stew in the slow cooker. Yum!

Around the house... numerous signs that I need to get back to my Operation Clean and Organize.

One of my favorite things... when Matthew "kisses" me, placing his slobbery open mouth against my cheek. Precious!

Pondering these words... "The scars of your love remind me of us.
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all. The scars of your love, they leave me breathless. I can't help feeling. We could have had it all..." I'm so glad I am far from those past days of dating/single life heartbreak. In all honesty, there are moments when I feel overwhelmed and miss the carefree, "fun" days of single life but thankfully it is short lived. A kiss from Brian or hug from the kids and I snap back to reality. I cherish my life. The little trials will soon pass but our love together will remain.

From my picture journal... Here is a picture of me and Matthew the Lion (before he got sick) last week at a Halloween party.

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Happy Halloween!


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CFCA: Our first letter from Abigal

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A couple months ago I posted about Abigal, the little girl in Mexico that we sponsored through Christian Foundation for Children & Aging (CFCA). Yesterday we received our first letter from her and I was so touched.


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Abigal tells us about her life and her family but it is the closing paragraph that brought tears to my eyes. The translation reads:

"I promise I will make a big effort in the school so that you become proud of me. I will pray every day for you from now on so that God takes care of you and pours blessings upon you wherever you are. I have to close for now. I love you.

Your sponsored friend,
Abigal"

This little girl living in poverty is praying for me, that I will be blessed. It's amazing. I am trying to help out by giving to someone else and instead I am the one who receives the blessings. God is so good.

This sponsorship has also been a great family project! We pray for Abigal and her family every night during our decade-rosary. Bella especially has a soft spot for Abigal since she doesn't have a sister of her own. She writes to her and draws her pictures.

I am hoping to save enough money to sponsor a second child in the future - a little boy that our boys can write to.

There are many, many more kids looking for sponsors, as well as teens and elderly. Advent will be here before you know it. As you prepare to welcome the Christ Child in your heart, prayerfully consider welcoming one of these children into your heart as well.

"Truly, I saw to you, as you do it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."

Here are just a few kids waiting for someone to help them!


cf_evelyn.jpg Evelyn from Guatemala (Age: 4) Evelyn is very dynamic at school. She lives with her mother and father and her little brother. Evelyn's mother is a housewife. Her father sells firewood by the meter, but his income is seasonal. Evelyn's family is very interested in moving forward. Talents and pastimes: Drawing and listening to music; Jobs at home: Sweeping in the yard of the home; Favorite school subjects: Natural science; Birthday: January 9, 2007 (CH673993)


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cf_niyati.jpg Niyati from India (Age: 5) Niyati is well-behaved. She lives with her parents and her younger brother and sister. Niyati has humble parents who struggle to provide an education to their children. Her father is a laborer. He works hard, but earns a low income. Niyati's mother is a housewife. She tries to encourage her children to get an education to improve their lives. Talents and pastimes: Sketching; Jobs at home: Studying; Favorite school subjects: English; Birthday: March 13, 2006 (CH681981)


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cf_eli.jpg Eliana from Bolivia (Age: 12) Eliana is a quiet child who likes to help others. She lives with her parents and has three siblings. The family moved to their current location with the hope of better opportunities. Eliana's mother stays home to look after the household. Her father earns a meager income by cutting sugarcane and performing a variety of odd jobs. A Hope for a Family sponsorship can make this family's dreams for a more promising future attainable. Talents and pastimes: Dancing, singing, playing; Jobs at home: Making the bed, washing the dishes; Favorite school subjects: Mathematics; Birthday: April 17, 1999 (CH643300)


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cf_mikel.jpg Mikel from Costa Rica (Age: 2) Mikel is a joyful and playful boy. He likes to eat a lot. He lives with his mother and grandmother. Mikel's mother stays home to look after him. She is struggling to get ahead with her son. The family lives off the grandmother's pension. Although it is a steady source of income, it is not enough to cover the family's basic needs. Talents and pastimes: Crawling; Birthday: August 20, 2009 (CH652202)


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cf_santiago.jpg Santiago from Mexico (Age: 3) Santiago is very energetic and he likes doing new things. He lives with his mother and father. As a couple, Santiago's parents trust each other and get along well. They spend time with their child. Santiago's mother is a housewife. His father does upholstery work, but his job is not fixed. Talents and pastimes:
Making puzzles; Jobs at home: Sweeping and cleaning; Birthday: May 6, 2008 (CH672537)


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cf_ronald.jpg Ronald from Kenya (Age: 6) Ronald loves drawing and playing with his age mates. He lives in a single, rented room with his mother and father and three siblings. Both parents are tailors and they try their best to meet the family needs, especially school fees. Their income is not always enough. Talents and pastimes: Playing football and with toys; Jobs at home: Running errands; Favorite school subjects: Mathematics and English; Birthday:
January 13, 2005 (CH676845)


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cf_remart.jpg Remart from the Philippines (Age: 10) Remart is shy yet playful. His ambition is to become an electrician. Remart lives with his parents and his three siblings. His family lives together in a small, rented house. Remart's mother does laundry for others. His father is a plumber. Remart's father works hard to provide a better life for his children. Talents and pastimes: Singing; Jobs at home: Babysitting his younger brother; Favorite school subjects: Mathematics; Birthday: May 27, 2001 (CH673199)


To specifically sponsor one of these children, go to this CFCA link and in the "Help me Find" section to the right, put in the child's country and name. Their profile should pop up. You can also call CFCA at 800.875.6564.

God will bless you for your generosity and sacrifice.


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The Next Iron Chef 2011

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Are you ready for some cooking drama?? Good because tonight starts The Next Iron Chef 4. This is the first year that I actually know (almost) all the chefs.

Also, a bit of trivia that I just learned from a friend, last year's Iron Chef winner Marc Forgione is the great-great-great nephew of Francesco Forgione, otherwise known as Padre Pio. Very cool.

Happy watching! And let me know who you're rooting for!

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Angry Bird Party Ideas

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For her 10th birthday, Bella wanted to have an Angry Bird party. She was eager to make her own invites and draw some posters for the party. I went online and found a lot of cute ideas. I wanted to share what we did for those who are planning an Angry Bird party of their own.




INVITATIONS


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Bella made her own invites.



PARTY WEAR


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Bella designed her own t-shirt to wear to the party using a blank white tee and fabric markers like these. (This would also make a great party craft.)



DECORATIONS


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We saw these great angry bird balloons at Tip Junkie.com. She has a free template you can print and cut out to make your own balloons, as we did here.


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A close up of the welcome sign.



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Bella made a poster for the door of her room.


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We kept the table simple, using bird colors for the placements. Since Bella loves candy corn I sprinkled some around the table like bird seed.


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I made name cards for each guest. (After printing the name, fold the paper in three sections to make it stand up.) I used the Angry Bird font which is the "Feast on Flesh" font. I downloaded it from here. (I got the Angry Bird Birthday Party picture from The Party Animal-blog.org. There are also tons of great party ideas!)



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At the end of the party we gave out party favors in Angry Bird bags. We used the same template as the Angry Bird balloons. They came out really cute so they were great d├ęcor as well.



GAMES



Get Those Pigs Game


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We covered a few shoe boxes in brown paper bags for the main structure. Then we added some foam blocks and green pigs for a fun game of toss. We originally wanted to make sling shots to launch Angry Bird stuffed toys but it never happened. We figured throwing an Angry Bird would work just as well. The only downfall is you have to quickly rebuild each tower after it's knocked down so keep some distance between the kids and the tower so they have to try a few times before they get it.



Egg Hunt


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We originally planned some kind of treasure hunt but changed it to an egg hunt. It is the same concept as an Easter egg hunt and we used plastic Easter eggs. However, the object of the game is to find and gather the Angry Bird eggs before the green pigs get them. We had baskets filled with green "grass" to be filled with found eggs. Brian hid the eggs out in the backyard and the kids had a blast running around looking for them.


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Dance or Game Music

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The kids got a kick out of the techno Angry Bird music we had playing during the games. You can download it from Itunes.



Card Game


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For a quiet game, we found this Angry Bird card game at Amazon. The little boys were too young to sit and play with it but the girls had fun.



Play Do


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We are big Play Do fans in this house so we thought making play do angry birds would be fun. Here are two of Bella's creations. Since we didn't have black Play Do we used a permanent black marker for the eyes and brows.


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The girls also used the Play Do to decorate their angry bird toys as DJ's. LOL!


DESSERT - CUPCAKES


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I saw these cute cupcakes at The Crafting Chicks.com and thought they would be perfect. They looked fairly easy and fun to make. However, instead of making them myself I thought I'd have the kids make their own. That way we had a craft-game and dessert covered at once - killing two pigs with one angry bird. ;-)


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Decorating the cupcakes.


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Bella's creations.


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Making a wish and blowing out the candle on her cupcake.

Well, I hope that helps you plan out your own party! Have fun!!


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Here are a few other products your Angry Bird fan might enjoy.

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This is getting posted all over but it is so beautiful it is worth posting again. It brought tears to my eyes. With so many marriages falling apart, it is a beautiful reminder of two hearts living as one.


Couple Married 72 Years Dies One Hour Apart, Holding Hands

October 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Does true love exist? According to the children of one elderly couple that died this past week, it does, and their parents had it.

Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90, were married for 72 years, reports ABC News. But their life together was destined to come to an abrupt end on Wednesday after they were involved in a car accident together.

The couple was brought to a local hospital with broken bones and other injuries. ABC reports that after it became obvious that the couple were not going to recover, they were placed together in a bed, where they lay holding hands.

Even then, says their son, Dennis Yeager, the couple's concern was only for each other.

"She was saying her chest hurt and what's wrong with Dad? Even laying there like that, she was worried about Dad," he said. "And his back was hurting and he was asking about Mom."

Gordon died at 3:38. But people in the room at the time say they were confused when Gordon stopped breathing, but his heart monitor continued to pick up a heartbeat. That was when they realized that the monitor was detecting Norma's heartbeat, through their clasped hands.

"And we thought, 'Oh my gosh, Mom's heart is beating through him,'" Dennis Yeager said.

Norma died an hour later.

"Dad used to say that a woman is always worth waiting for," Dennis Yeager said. "Dad waited an hour for her and held the door for her."

Read more at ABC News here.

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{pretty, happy, funny, real} - vol 15

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~



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I was going through some old photos and found this one of Andrew kissing JP when he was a baby. I think it is so sweet! :-)



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Andrew continues as a good big brother. Here he is playing with Matthew and making him laugh.



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The other day I left Matthew on the floor in the family room to let him scoot and army crawl around. Since he just turned six months, he is slow but he has been practicing and has gotten much better over the past week. I found it funny when he crawled "for real" into the kitchen.


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Although, Andrew worries about him crawling onto a hard surface so he drags him back to the middle of the room. Poor guy.



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The snack thief strikes again. Last week it was a bag of baked cheetos.


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This time it was a bag of candy corn. I think I need to do a better job at hiding the treats.

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Congrats to Lisa Hendey for the release of her new book A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. I'll be ordering it this week. Hope you'll do the same!

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I posted a few weeks back about CFCA (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging) our sponsored child Abi. Yesterday I received an email from Paula K. who recently visited Guatemala. She is trying to find a CFCA sponsor for a little girl named Carla who lives in Guatemala. Please read her story and see if God is asking you to open your heart to bettering her life and the life of her family.

UPDATE: Here is a comment from Paula:

Bobbi, I can't thank you enough for sharing this on your blog. In sharing Carla's story, I have found it challenging to convey that feeling I got in Guatemala among the sponsored children and families, and getting a very true sense of how an expenditure that to a U.S. family can be relatively small (a trip for 5 to Mcdonald's, say), can truly transform the most basic elements of a whole family's life. If any of your readers have questions, please feel free to contact me directly! Although my sign in has my daughter's email address, the best is opuswsk@aol.com. Thanks everyone!!!
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RIP, Steve Jobs

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Love him or hate him, the man was a genius. Here is an interesting article from LifeSiteNews.com that was posted a week before his death. Some great lessons in there.

Flashback: Steve Jobs Is a Genius Alright, But Even Geniuses Need to Be Born

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