Rainy Days and Mondays

Rainy Days and Mondays

Well, if you read the Drudge Report, you know yesterday was incredibly rainy in Phoenix! It began in the middle of the night, and the rain had been pouring down in buckets for hours before most people were up and began their trek to work.  Paul usually leaves before 6, and he drove the whole way(…)

Devotionals

Devotionals

or: Things Junior Likes Today he first came running with the Holy Water; he has always loved to be blessed with Holy Water, usually at bedtime, but pretty much any time of day.  I believe he has poured the entire bottle out on himself more than once…  This little bottle was given to Jeff by(…)

Punched in the Face!

Punched in the Face!

So my daughter comes home from college today and tells me this tale:   I was in the bathroom before class washing my hands, when this woman came in and tried to steal my backpack. I pulled on it to get it back, and she punched me in the face.  So I punched her in(…)

Labor Day 2014

Labor Day 2014

I love it when a plan comes together!  Or in our case, a whimsy! When I was doing my shopping on Friday, it was in my mind that we would be having a bar-b-que on Monday, so I talked with the girls and they told me the various things they wanted to make (Not have(…)

Back Home Again

Back Home Again

My glorious vacation and family time in Minnesota was finished off on Monday night with a late dinner at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub with Vicki. It was definitely a place I would visit again, as were Spitfire Bar and Grill – Dinner with Doug, Sarah, Vicki, Lauren, Mom and Jeff Doolittles Woodfire Grill – with Vicki, Lauren and Mom(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 5

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 5

Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend mass with my brother and his family at their home parish, the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo. What a blessing, my heart was so full because it was the very first time I’d been able to attend mass with them since we all became Catholic. Afterward, we came(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 4

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 4

Saturday morning Vicki and I were treated to a mini-concert, when Lauren, who had brought her baritone with her from Montana, brought it out and played for us. I couldn’t be more proud of her for picking up a brand new instrument and learning to play — and well! — and take so much joy from(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 3

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 3

Thursday appears to have disappeared from my memory — at least, I have no photos of that day.  I dimly recall Doug and Sarah coming over to Vicki’s house that evening to have a “Waiting For Lauren” party that ended pretty early since Sarah was coming down with a cold. Vicki and I held on till Lauren,(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 2

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 2

One of the most delightful serendipities of changing the dates of this trip up north was the fact that we were in town during the annual Concordia College Cobber Corn Feed!  It’s been a regular tradition for our family since Jeff started college there 30-some years ago (and yes, that makes me feel tremendously old, but(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 1

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 1

I am finally able to sit down to my blog and write a little about my reflections at the end of an unusual summer.  Our family has traditionally made a point of visiting our ranch at least once a month during the summer, when everyone has time off of school; this year, circumstances intervened to(…)