Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Baptism Day, John!

On Monday, July 26th, we celebrated the day John was baptized! We had a small party, which included eating barbecued burgers, lighting John's baptismal candle and (of course) eating cake! It was a special day. I hope to make it a tradition in our family to celebrate the days of our baptisms.

John, may the Lord bless you abundantly during this next year of your life 
and may you grow closer to Him each day! We love you!

The cake
Singing - ♫ ♪ Happy baptismal day to you...♪ ♫
He sure enjoyed himself!

Our Chatter Box

John is really talking a lot - in his own language! He is also getting interested in books. At the beginning of the video he is reading from one of his favorite books - Guess How Much I Love You.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

e5 Men

I'm blogging for the parish today:
I went to college at Western Washington University from 2003-2005. I followed my older brother there and from him I learned about the "Shalom Center" - which is now called the Newman Center - it was the Catholic Campus Ministry for the university. It was a vibrant community of young Catholics who were passionate about their rich faith.

During my first year, I went with a group of Catholics to see Fr. Corapi in Vancouver. Ironically enough, we happened to stay the night in the youth center of Fr. Lappe's old parish in Camas. On this weekend I learned a lot. Fr. Corapi was amazing - but what resonated with me the most was getting to know the fellow Catholics I traveled with - particularly the men. On the first night, before we went to bed, the men decided they wanted to pray for all the women in our group. So they formed a circle and faced outward, while the women made a larger circle around them and faced inward. The women rotated around and each man prayed for us individually. Each man poured out his heart in whispered prayers for our purity and our holiness.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Father John

A friend of ours recently gave John this super cute shirt! She is selling them on her website. The money she earns from these t-shirts goes toward therapy for her son with Autism. You can read their story here.

Thank you!!

A Day at the Park

We are fortunate to live within walking distance of a really nice park. John always has a lot of fun when we go! I get worn out chasing him around!

Here he was watching some big kids playing basket ball...

The cream spill of 2010

Last week, the kitchen became a disaster zone. As I was preparing Andrew's morning coffee, John was clinging to my legs and I accidentally spilled a full quart of cream all over poor Johnny and the floor!

Here is the aftermath:
John had to be stripped down - pronto! I wish I had a picture of what he looked like covered in cream - he had it all over his face and in his eyelashes! Poor guy!