"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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


This little girl was three weeks old.  Found under a truck at a flea market.  She is still on formula and a wild little thing!   The first night home she would only hide under our couch.  But with 8 children in the house, that wasn't going to last long!  My kids have handled this little kitty and fed her formula, kibble, and treats...and decided to clicker train her.  They aim high.  Anyway, these are pictures of her at the store where we found her for sale for $9.95.  She looks like such a little ragamuffin!  I'll get new pictures up of her now that she's been living with us for about a week.  She has a name.  Please don't roll your eyes when I tell you it's another Lord of the Rings character.  She's Galadriel!

(more to come)
Ok! Here we are, playing at home!

exploring the screened porch...please excuse the mess, my children will be attending to that...

Yes, her collar is too big, but it has a bell that jingles as she plays!(...and a pink bow, because, she needs a bow).

She loves her formula, but is eating kibble as well now.

We are having so much fun with her!

and we got her a pretty new bowl, and yes, it matches her bow!  

A Promise in the Sky

It was a rare rainy day here yesterday.  But a rainy day doesn't mean the clear blue sky won't peek through (you can see it in the corner of this photo).

all photo credits: Arwen
With the bright sunlight of the Southwest and the dark stormclouds that came in from over the mountains, the colors of the rainbows can be so vivid!