Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Moments - Em's Daybook

Daybook - 2015, Vol. 3

"Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven."
— St. Camillus

Happy Tuesday!

Today we are having school, then we are going to go a town or so over and spend the night with Marque in a hotel while he attends a conference. Hey - the boy loves an indoor pool AND tonight we are having dinner with friends @Prince Lebanese Grill. Marque and I saw the restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives several years ago and we ate there on our Anniversary that year.  Everything made from scratch. We love it.

Guess what I forgot to tell ya'll. There is a blog called Will Write for Tomato Pie. And she interviewed me as part of the Working Moms series. Check it out HERE! And yes, yes I do work.


Thankful For

  • The thought of 70 Degree Days! (we will have two this week - don't hate!)

  • My husband

  • The right/privilege to homeschool!

  • Our Catholic Faith

  • My friends & extended family

  • Paper crafting…

  • Catholic Bloggers

  • YOU!

Of course, as always, I am thankful for many things. My list is endless. I just try to keep it interesting.

Thinking About...

Parental Rights. I think we are all entitled to believe what we want; raise our children how we see fit (of course I'm not talking about abuse or drugs or anything unseemly); and I think as parents we should RESPECT other's choices.  There is a difference in disagreeing respectfully and being belligerent and ugly.

  • We homeschool.

  • We eat mostly fresh foods. Natural food. I personally think MOST organics are just paying for the name. But Natural is the same in my book (mostly).

  • We are Catholic.

  • We discipline our child and teach manners.

  • We vaccinate. (You did know that was coming, right?)

About vaccines... The sin of EGO, PRIDE and FEAR are so rampant on both sides of this major issue (probably most major issues). So much so, it's enough to make a normal person ill. I'm personally sick of hearing about it (you know, which is why I am blogging it).

I personally feel time and statistics have proven the value of vaccines. I would not, knowingly, use a vaccine that is created from aborted fetal tissue. As a Christian, I can not condone that. NOR do I believe it necessary.  HOWEVER, I prefer to derive my facts from what I believe are LOGICAL sources. Most importantly, I would NEVER be a fan of taking someone's liberty/dignity/choice away.

I prefer articles like this: Dear Anti-Vaxers, We're Not Mad At YouRoald Dahl's Heartbreaking Take on Vaccines AND Matt Walsh's - So Should We Just Round Up the Anti-Vaccine Parents and Ship Them to Guantanamo? Here is what he said on FB about it:
This is my "anti-vaccine" post that isn't an anti-vaccine post but a pro-freedom post. That distinction continues to ellude many, despite my stating upfront that my own kids are vaccinated. Now, please click the link, read, and share, but I have a few other points I'd like to make:

1) If you believe in forced vaccinations because you're afraid of unvaccinated people, but you aren't stringently anti-illegal immigration, then you're a hypocrite.

2) If you believe that parents don't have the right to decline a shot for their kid, but do have the right to murder their kid, then you're a hypocrite. And seemingly insane. It's possible to oppose forced vaccinations and abortion, but I don't see how any sane human being could support forced vaccinations on the logic that the unvaccinated MIGHT hurt another child, but oppose abortion regulations on the logic that we have an absolute right to directly hurt and kill children. It makes no sense. It's nonsense. And people who hold these two views lose the right to be taken seriously. 

3) As I've stated now a hundred times, this isn't a post about the pros and cons of vaccines per se. But please don't tell me that there isn't "any good reason" to decline a vaccine. We've already covered kids who are sick with cancer or some immune deficiency. And then you might have ethical objections to the fact that aborted babies were used in the development of some of these drugs. And then you might have a religious objection. And then you might just be super cautious and nervous about the potential side effects, of which there are many, even if rare and unlikely. There are plenty of reasons why someone might decline a vaccine. I didn't decline them, but someone might, and that doesn't make them kooky or psychotic. Whatever the reason, we're entitled to them, and you don't have to agree. That's the essence of liberty.

Opinions and living the life WE see fit are about personal liberty. It is past time for Americans to learn that we have to protect our rights and the rights of others... not impose our opinions on others to the point we take their rights away.

I am not talking about MORAL issues or saving someone's soul. I'm talking about valuing their right to do things their way.... as you would want the same in return.

If you don't like it that your friends don't vaccinate - keep your unvaccinated children away from them. If I had a baby, I probably would choose to keep my child away from people who don't vaccinate.... just because I would not want to take any chances. But that is MY RIGHT!

  • Just like  homeschooling...

  • Just like  going to whatever Parish Church we want...

  • Just like  eating Organic vs. Non-Organic...

  • Like wearing my veil in the presence of Christ...

  • Just like so many other choices...

In four words or less:




Why can't we all just GET ALONG?!


Check out The Marriage Monday post Aspiring to Become a Model P31! love it. I love her posts because they are common sense. We all know we will NEVER be perfect. But we can try to be a more loving and virtuous wife, right?

As a Catholic woman, I love that she focuses on Mary as our end-goal (in terms of the kind of woman we want to emanate). She says,
"Perhaps it will help if you realize that it wasn't a man who gave us this description of the ideal wife -- it was a woman! This woman was the wise mother of a young prince who would one day be king!  After teaching him some important lessons about leadership in verses 1-9, she taught him the characteristics of the type of wife he should seek in verses 10-31. Because he was still a lad, she organized the list of qualities to look for in a wife into an acrostic poem based on the Hebrew alphabet. That means that each line of this section of Scripture began with one of the 22 consecutive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This format made it easier to memorize and recite these instructions.  So, in other words, what we have here are the ABC's of Godly Womanhood!"

I don't try to be MARY, because I never will be. But I do strive to learn from Her and be like Her. Does that make sense? I don't have to be intimidated by anyone's perfect image because THEY are not ME!

In Our Kitchen…

We just finished the Pantry Challenge. It was awesome. Just concentrating on using what we have and sticking to a budget saved us about $300 this past month.  Praying we make the same thing happen on a regular basis. Sigh.

This week, our menu looks like:

  • Sunday - We made burgers around 2pm because we knew we were going to a Superbowl party.

  • Monday - Stuffed Portabellos

  • Tuesday - Lebanese with friends.

  • Wednesday - Cobb Salad

  • Thursday - Turkey Enchiladas

  • Friday - Fish & Chips (and salad)

  • Saturday - Steaks (unless we go to Casino Night @ Church).

Here are a couple of things going on in my kitchen:

[caption id="attachment_5290" align="aligncenter" width="292"]FullSizeRender 7 Chicken Lid Holder. You can grip the side of a lid or the top of one. LOVE IT![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5291" align="aligncenter" width="332"]FullSizeRender 3 copy I love my new toaster, and Christopher makes us cheesy toast.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5292" align="aligncenter" width="366"]IMG_3052 Sweet Potato Wedges with brown mustard glaze. So good.[/caption]


 In Our School…

We are doing better than the last time we "spoke". My student is taking things more seriously and I am trying to lighten up... just a little.

Praying For…

  • Our Nation & World

  • Mental & Physical Welfare of friends & family.

  • Our Pope and Clergy.

  • For more joy in the little things…

  • The softening of people’s hearts!


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[caption id="attachment_5294" align="aligncenter" width="353"]FullSizeRender ... beer with a Saint Theme. Just saying![/caption]


Today I am linking up with the following great ladies...

And now, I have to get packing, finishing laundry, schooling and back to LIFE!

Have a great rest of your day all.

Love, hugs & blessings,



  1. Stephanie GonzalesFebruary 3, 2015 at 4:03 AM

    Love this post. But bit sure I know which vaccines are from aborted babies :/

  2. To be honest, I am not sure there is a lot of PROOF that any do.
    But if there is any doubt, I'd decline, unless it was a situation where I couldn't.
    The Church allows for that.

  3. I love your blog because you keep it real!

  4. Stephanie GonzalesFebruary 3, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    *Not sure

  5. I'm sick of the vaccine talk too. It's circular and makes no sense. We are each called to make decisions based on our own family, circumstance and child.


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