Saturday, January 29, 2011

The funny things my kid says.....

I gotta love my nine year old little man.......he entertains me regularly with his cleverness.

I have listed a few amusing is somewhat difficult to paint the picture with words......but hopefully I can translate the humor....

Some of the instances may be those "I guess you had to be there " variety.....but at least I will have them written here for posterity.

I am so going to miss these cute little sayings when I no longer have a little one....


You mean, not everybody has snow at their house for months on end???

We had to drive to the town south of us to pick up his sisters from their sewing lesson. As we were pulling away from my friend's house, he exclaims, as if it just suddenly dawned on him: "Hey! They don't have any snow here!..............they could play baseball if they wanted."

Of course this was most pleasing to his baseball-loving papa.


Not too young to cuddle

A couple of mornings ago......he awakened too early for my preference, and climbed into my bed. I tried to convince him he wanted to go back to sleep.....but I failed. He was rambling about "being alive for one million days." I explained that no one could live that long.....that it would be impossible. I showed him that even if a person lived one hundred years, he would not even come close to one million days. He wanted to know how many days I had lived......sooooo, I began doing the math in my head........using 40 years for my age........till I realized......"Hey! Wait! I am not forty, I am 46!" Then I say....."Gosh. I will be 47 on my next birthday........that's almost 50..... I am getting old!" He throws his body on me and slyly states: "But you are still young enough to cuddle!"....smothering me with hugs. How cute is that!


Why bother with one? Let's do the math here.

After confession, mass and communion, our family is in the habit of praying the following prayer & one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the Holy Father's intentions with the hopes to aid in the release of a soul (one soul) from purgatory.

Behold, O good and sweetest Jesus,

I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,

and with the most fervent desire of my soul

I pray and beseech Thee

to impress upon my heart

lively sentiments of faith,

hope and charity,

with true repentance for my sins

and a most firm desire of amendment.

Whilst with deep affection and grief of soul

I consider within myself

and mentally contemplate

Thy five most precious wounds,

having before mine eyes that which David,

the prophet, long ago spoke concerning Thee,

“They have pierced My hands and My feet,

they have numbered all My bones.”

Our niece, Sister Maria Philomena, sent a prayer card to us a long time ago.....long before he was born....., with a special prayer and request given from Our Lord to St. Gertrude.......

Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was later extended to include living sinners as well. Here it is:

"ETERNAL FATHER, I OFFER THEE THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THY DIVINE SON, JESUS, IN UNION WITH THE MASSES SAID THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TODAY, FOR ALL THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."

APPROVAL AND RECOMMENDATION: M. Cardinal Pahiarca at Lisbon, Portugal, March 4, 1936

We have always offered this prayer whenever we pass a cemetery, to remind us to pray for the church suffering.

Okay, now you have the background info for his commentary.........

So, he says, from his seat way back in the Yukon XL (Suburban).......

"You know that prayer that we pray after mass all of the time?"
"Well, every time we say it, one soul is released from purgatory, right?"
"And, you know that prayer we pray every time we pass a cemetery?"
"Well, if 1,000 souls are let out of purgatory every time we pray that one.....why do we even bother with the other one after mass?"\\



If I had a super power.........

We were home alone, the wee boy and I:

Boy: Don't you wish that you had the super power to change yourself into anything you want?
Me: Mmmhmm.
Boy: Do you know what I would change myself into?
Me: No.
Boy: I would change myself into a kitten.
Me: Really?  A kitten?
Boy: Yes. If I were a kitten......I could cuddle up next to one of the kittens in the garage.....and then quickly change back into myself and grab it so that I could pet it.
Me: Ah, that would be clever.
Boy: If I were a kitten, I could run around under the bushes in the low areas to see what they see.
Me: That would be fun.
Boy: Yeah.......but I would have to be careful not to get eaten by a mountain lion!"

This kid cracks me up!


One of my oldie.....

He was about 3 years old, not yet weaned. Like one of his sisters before him, he called nursing "nigh', night."

The girls were watching "Pride & Prejudice" with Colin Firth.

Malachy tells them: "I like Lizzie the best. I think she is pretty. ......And...... 'her nigh', nights' are BIIIIIIG."

: ))))))))))

I know there are so many more........but my mind is unable to grasp them for now........thanks for reading along with me!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Hearts' Haven Family Patron Saints of 2011

Inspired by I-do-not-know-where, we choose patron saints for each year, for each member of our family.

We did not always do this……I suppose we have been doing it for the last ten years, maybe more, perhaps less…… just feels like a long tradition for our family.

We learn about that saint and share the knowledge with the rest of the family. This is casual, and sometimes does not happen. We will try to be better this year. :)

Thus far, our method has been to pull out all four Butler’s Lives of the Saints and, one at a time, have each person choose a book, and then a page. The saint listed on the page becomes that family member’s patron saint for the year.

With evening prayers, we usually do a “litany” of the family saints, with each stating their own. This helps us to keep our saint in mind. When one of our members is not home, we beg their saint's intercession in their place.

It is funny, but some saints seem to come up frequently……which is interesting considering there are over 1,000 saints listed.

St. Augustine, St. Louis & St. John Chrysostrom have been up twice each....PRIOR to 2011's "Litany of Saints"

We try to do it on or as close to New Year’s Day as possible. I write the names and pages in one of my journals so there will be a permanent place for the list. Most years, that is all that is in my journal. :)

Our family Patron Saints for 2011:

Marty------------St. Thomas of Villanova

Chari------------St. Louis

Anne-------------St. Cyprian

Matthew--------St. Eanswide

Sarah------------St. Wereburge

Maddelyn-------St. Peter

Garrett-----------St. Oswald

Malachy---------St. Andrew Corsini

A friend was visiting at the time, and he picked a saint, too:  St. Augustine!

This is the third year in a row.....that St. Augustine has come up. It is the third time for St. Louis and the second for St Oswald.....and, I believe, it might be the second for St. Peter as well.  That makes all of them old family friends!  :)

My friend Willa recently posted a link to this Saint generator. Perhaps some of you might find it helpful.  We may start to utilize it in the future, to have an opportunity to receive patrons who are newer to the Calendar of Saints.  Some of my friends, especially those with younger children, pick saints from "saint cards" or from smaller saint books with the more familiar saints.

Blessings to you & yours, from me and mine.....and our saints....... in this new year!

May all of the saints & angels in heaven, pray for us!

With love,


PS  I would love to know who else does this.....leave your name in the comments!  Who is YOUR saint for this year?  What is YOUR tradition?