"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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Early this summer Galadriel and Bilbo decided to earn a tandem bike.  They had lemonade stands, babysat and dog-watched.  They asked me if they could do work for me to earn money.  I wrote out itemized lists with prices per job.  They cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed the stairs, organized the toy room.

They cleaned bedrooms and bathrooms and washed windows.

They picked up and dusted and did laundry.  When I ran out of things for them to do, they did it all again the next week.  And the next.

The bike arrived last week.  It took a little getting used to, a couple of spills and some bruises, but they've been on the road ever since!

I am proud of them, my "middle children," and I hope they remember the "summer of the tandem bike" for the rest of their lives!

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