Friday, January 25, 2013

March for Life 2013

 
Oh how I so want this post to be like the March for Life posts from the past 2 years where I blogged about my March for Life experiences. Or better yet, I wish there was no need for a March for Life.  But, with my pregnancy (I'm one day shy of 13 weeks along...Yay!) and the fact that my husband and son will be traveling on a ski trip with Boy Scouts, it just didn't work out this year that I will be going to this year's march. 

I hear it will be a record number of people from all walks of life, no matter the gender, age, race, religion, who will be marching this year as it was 40 years ago that abortion became legal in the Roe v. Wade case on Jan. 22, 1973. Each year since the Roe v. Wade case, pro-lifers have been marching in Washington D.C. on/near the Jan. 22 date to peacefully and prayerfully protest the abortion industry and to solemnly remember the 55 million + lives that have been lost to abortion. 

So since I won't be physically at the march, I will be there in spirit praying for friends and the rest of the 500,000 that will be attending  March for Life 2013.

But, here are my previous posts about our March for Life experiences if you want to check them out complete with words, pictures, and video. Just click on the titles to go directly to that post.

 

Our First March for Life: In My Own Words and Photos  (March for Life 2011)

 

Capturing March for Life 2012 in My Own Words/Photos/Videos (March for Life 2012) 


March on!  God bless all those that stand up for those who never get a chance to have a life or voice! 

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Baby Smith #5's First Photos (Ultrasound)


I'M BACK!  Well, at least for this post!  For those who may have followed my blog for awhile you may have noticed that I haven't posted in awhile (My dear follower, A.R., you come to mind :) )   Each day my goal is to survive and try to hold down my food, hence I haven't had much energy or patience to sit at a computer and update my blog.  Not to mention I have been fighting a cold and sore throat these past few days.  Whew! I'm looking forward to healthier and nauseous-free days ahead! 

I'm 11 weeks pregnant today!  Yippee! The first trimester and even past my first trimester I feel yuck and have all day and night "morning" sickness.  But, this too shall pass (like my other "yuck" phases in my last 4 pregnancies) and I'm just thankful that our little one is growing strong and healthy! 

Here are a few pictures from my ultrasound appointment last week.  I was 10 weeks, 3 days and he/she is a beauty and amazing! The heart was beating rapidly at 161 beats/minute and my husband I and could see the spine and its legs and arms moving about, maybe even waving "hello" to us! :)

The baby is looking at us with the "alien" looking head :)  Is he/she smiling at us???    

Now the little fingers are waving in front of face!

Fetal Development Week 10Here's some more information about Week 10 of Pregnancy from What to Expect. Fascinating! 

Your baby's growth is fast and furious when you are 10 weeks pregnant. He or she is nearly an inch and a half long and the size of a prune, but not nearly as shriveled (even with all the time it spends in water). In fact, your baby is really taking a human shape now. Bones and cartilage are forming, and small indentations on the legs are developing into knees and ankles. The arms (complete with elbows) can flex already, but don't run to the store for a baseball bat just yet. Though your baby's arms are taking shape and getting stronger, each one is only about the size of this number 1.
 
The tooth bud fairy is making her appearance this week, heralding the arrival of your baby's little choppers, which are forming under the gums. (Those pearly whites won't break through the gums until your baby is close to six months old). Other systems are go, too. Your baby's stomach is producing digestive juices, the kidneys are producing larger quantities of urine, and, if your baby's a boy, he's already producing testosterone (yikes!). 


I hope to be back sooner than later for a next post!  But, until then I'll be busy growing a sweet baby!

Have a blessed day!
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013! Mary, Epiphany, and Top Ten Posts


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Happy New Year 2013 from our family to yours! I saw on Facebook the other day that the year 2013 is the first year since 1987 to have four different numbers!  Well, that's a nifty fact! :) 

I had a good New Year's Eve with my family, despite feeling nauseous all night (from being 9 weeks pregnant) and I'm going to try to forget that I welcomed the new year at 12:30 AM this morning in the bathroom losing my Red Robin dinner that I ate earlier in the evening with my family...OK too much information!  :)  
But, before going out to eat at Red Robin our family attended a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary last night.  Last year I posted about what we did for New Year's Eve and I have links all about Jan. 1, the Solemnity of Mary, on my 2012 New Year's blog post HERE.

Farkle The Classic Dice-Rolling, Risk-Taking GameOne way our family rang in the new year was by playing a fun and easy dice game called "Farkle".  Have you heard of it?  My husband and I bought this game of luck and strategy for our children for Christmas and I think my husband and I like it more than our cupcakes (or at least we like to try to win against each other all the time :) ) It's a great game for the entire family and I highly recommend it. I also love the fact that math skills are used to keep up with each player's running totals on the score pad.  :) 




Epiphany of the Heart - Adoration of the MagiThis weekend, our homeschool group will celebrate our annual Epiphany Party that we have been celebrating for several years now.   It's always fun to gather all our homeschool families in our group after the Christmas rush and celebrate such a beautiful feast day.   For a great article about the Epiphany feast day be sure to read The Epiphany Revealed!   

I just found this website called "Truth and Charity" on the Catholic Homeschool Moms Facebook page where you can go HERE to randomly draw a saint for the new year.  Your saint becomes your family's patron for the new year where you can learn more about him/her and pray for their intercession.  I got Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori which is interesting for many reasons and his feast day is August 1 which is very close to my Aug. 3 due date. :) 

 
And just for fun I thought I would start the beginning of 2013 "bloggy style" and list the Top Ten Posts that have been viewed since I began "A Slice of Smith Life" in June 2010.  I couldn't figure out how to get only the most popular posts for 2012, so here are the most popular posts from 2010 to present.  If you would like to read any of the posts listed, just click on its title and it will take you directly to the post.  These stats came from Blogger....
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Nov 4, 2012, 5 comments
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9916        (I have NO idea why this particular post has been visited the most so far)









Jan 13, 2011, 24 comments
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3963








Oct 26, 2010, 21 comments
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2857








Aug 25, 2010, 33 comments
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2731








Sep 25, 2010, 12 comments
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2295








Dec 21, 2010, 16 comments
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1128








Mar 8, 2011, 20 comments
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1029








Aug 21, 2010, 26 comments
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1010








Dec 7, 2011, 5 comments
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592








Nov 13, 2011, 10 comments
555




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