"When we had our children, our ideas changed somewhat. Thenceforward we lived only for them; they made all our happiness and we would never have found it save in them. In fact, nothing any longer cost us anything; the world was no longer a burden to us. As for me, my children were my great compensation, so that I wished to have many in order to bring them up for Heaven" -- Saint Zelie Martin, mother of St. Therese of Lisieux, canonized October 18, 2015 along with her husband St. Louis Martin.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello out there!

I'm going to blog again.  I'm going to tell you all about the birth of our eighth child.  I'm going to write about what it's like to bring home a sweet little angel for the holidays, into a big, bustling and very busy household.  I'm going to talk a lot about love and how babies just get absorbed into the family, no matter what number, and how there's always a perfect place for that new member.

We did lose the cord to upload pictures…momentarily (I hope).

But right now, that little bundle is asleep on me, and I need to go re-read that quote I stole about being the peace.  Eight children with my oldest just turning 12 is bursting with love and life… but doesn't always feel like peace.

Until then, Advent blessings!

I need this on my fridge

"Be the Peace. 

Advent can cause interior turmoil as we seek peace amidst the craziness of the secular world. Instead of struggling against the forces of the commercial Christmas, take a deep breath, say a prayer, and breathe out peace.

 See that we are a people set apart, a people who look East, to the star. Peace is not to be found in the stores and the parties and the rush. But we are to be found there. We live there and we bring Christ to those places. It's hard, I know. But stand up straight, square your shoulders, inhale grace, and smile. Now go forth, knowing that God's got this. He's stood in that line. More importantly, He's already paid the price. So, you can be a blessing to every clamoring, chaotic scene. You have Christ within you. You can be the peace."--Mom to Mom, Day to Day