Monday, September 8, 2014

7 Quick Takes a Few Days Late...Races, Mary's Birthday, Anniversary, 9-11, Blog Break

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I have posted 7 Quick Takes hosted by Jennifer at Conversion Diary many times before, but last Friday was not one of those times.  One reason I missed last Friday is because life for me is going faster than I can catch up sometimes!  I'm sure many of you can relate...

So here's 7 Quick Takes a few days late as I blog about last week and events coming up this week...

My oldest daughter ran in a 5K race last weekend with some of the members of her homeschool cross country team.  I also ran the race along with my other daughter, though we didn't register and get a bib.  It was a great race and the team did so well!  My younger daughter beat me and her sister.  Despite the heat, it was a great time and I'm so proud of my girls for their good run! 


Speaking of 5K races, my oldest daughter had another 5K race with her homeschool cross country team this past Saturday.  It was cloudy and stormed a little so the trails were wet and muddy.  There were schools from all over the state competing in the various races.  Our ream ran hard and had a great time!  

Today, Sept. 8, is the our Blessed Mother's birthday.  Our homeschool group plans to meet for Mass in the morning and then if the weather corporates (we have been getting a lot of rain lately) we will go to a local park and have our annual birthday party for our Blessed Mother complete with a doughnut rosary.  Here is my post from last year about our annual birthday celebration. If you want more great ideas to celebrate Mary's birthday, be sure to check out Monica's post HERE from Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families for more fun ideas! 

Tuesday, Sept. 9, my parents will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary!  WOW!  I'm so very grateful for my parents and blessed to live close to them to share memories with them with my family.  Thank you Dad and Mom for sticking through the good times and the not so good times, through sickness and health.  Congratulations! I love you! 

This week is also another year since Sept. 11, 2001.  HERE is my blog post from last year with memories and photos of the trip my husband (then boyfriend) took to NY and went to the top of the Twin Towers.   Each year I try to read The Little Chapel That Stood to my children about that incredibly sad day.  It's not easy to read it and I can't imagine what so many are still dealing with from this sad time. 

Me with my two older brothers and younger sister at my sister's wedding in Oct. 2012
At the end of this week I'm so excited that my family will be getting together for the first time in 2 years!  The last time we all were together was at my younger sister's wedding in October 2012.  We are heading for a beach vacation soon with my parents, my two brothers and their families and my younger sister and her family!  Since two years ago we have added 2 babies to my parent's grandchildren count, one being our littlest one!  So for the first time my parents will be surrounded with all their children (me and my 3 siblings) and their 8 grandchildren!  It will be a fun time and what a great way to have my parents celebrate their wedding anniversary this week!

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With a busy week this week and preparing for a family vacation, I'm not sure  the next time I'll be updating my little corner of blog land here.  This upcoming time with my family will be so precious for so many reasons so I want to savor the memories as much as possible.  But, I hope to update my blog with all the family fun when I can!  Have a blessed week!  


Billie Jo said...

Have a wonderful time with your family!!!!
And I must say, the rosary is amazing!!!!
What an awesome mommy you are.
Enjoy your day!

Chris said...

Happy Anniv to Mom and Dad!!
47 years is a loooong time..... ( I was 2!) I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating! What a fantastic shot of them!

Thx for the chapel book rec...I am compiling books now for Thursday's remembrance...I forgot about that one.Reserving at the lib now.

"See" you soon.

Thanks Billie Jo for all your kind comments! Thanks always for your visit here! Have a blessed day!

Thanks Chris! Can't wait to read your 9-11 post! I'm sure it will be heartfelt and resourceful!

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