Friday, October 26, 2007

Bill would support parents of children with disabilities


I don't get into politics that much but I'm supporting this bill. It would mandate that parents receive real information about having a child with special needs. Ever since Abbey was born we have tried to reach out to other parents who are expecting a child with down Syndrome. This bill would hopefully open the doors in spreading the truth.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Final days

We are in our final days in our house. Abbey was sick over the weekend and we are praying no one else gets it on the trip out to MI. I'm usually the one who gets what she has had.
Everything else it coming along. We are packing all the stuff for the van tonight. The movers are coming tomorrow to pack and Friday they load our stuff.
Abbey starts school next Tuesday. We are very excited about this. I have had several conversations with her teacher and others who will be working with her. We are still working on a schedule for her because the current they have in place does not fit her needs. She needs more hours. By law they are required to model her current IEP for the first 30 days. They have been more than helpful and have told us that she will get what she needs. It almost sounds too good to be true.
We have a long drive ahead of us. I will try an post over the weekend.

St. Christpher. Pray for us!

Friday, October 19, 2007

It's going to be close


While I was on the phone with the realtor getting the size of the TV room in our new house Abbey was measuring the couch for me. She's not sure it's going to fit!

I have added some pictures on the sidebar. Also, when Kim's brother sends me pictures of Andrew's baptism I will post them. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Lord, hear my prayer......


As we get closer to the move and things become more hectic I have found it a little more difficult to be possitive. The stress around the house has increased so I took a few minutes this morning to reflect on Psalm 102 and 103.
LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me now that I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn away as in a furnace.
I am withered, dried up like grass, too wasted to eat my food.
From my loud groaning I become just skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake and moan, like a lone sparrow on the roof.
All day long my enemies taunt me; in their rage, they make my name a curse.
I eat ashes like bread, mingle my drink with tears.
Because of your furious wrath, you lifted me up just to cast me down.
My days are like a lengthening shadow; I wither like the grass.
But you, LORD, are enthroned forever; your renown is for all generations.
Psalm 103
Of David.
Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God,
Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,
Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion,
Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The LORD does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed.
His ways were revealed to Moses, mighty deeds to the people of Israel.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.
God does not always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger,
Has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our deeds deserve.
As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers over the faithful.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Prayers Needed

Please pray for Ian(over at Narrow Ridge), his family, and all the medical staff today as he has open heart surgery today.

Prayer Before Surgery
Loving Father, I entrust myself to your care this day; guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the medical people who minister in your Name, and grant that every cause of illness be removed, I may be restored to soundness of health and learn to live in more perfect harmony with you and with those around me. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Into your hands, I commend my body and my soul. Amen.

Prayer for Doctors and Nurses
O merciful Father, who have wonderfully fashioned man in your own image, and have made his body to be a temple of the Holy Spirit, sanctify, we pray you, our doctors and nurses and all those whom you have called to study and practice the arts of healing the sick and the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them in body and soul, and bless their work, that they may give comfort to those for whose salvation your Son became Man, lived on this earth, healed the sick, and suffered and died on the Cross. Amen.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Chapter.....

As you know I went back to work this week. The report back is that everyone is still alive (but there is a huge pile of laundry to do). People kept asking me if it was difficult coming back to work. I would tell them that it was a little but not as difficult as if I had to leave my kids with a babysitter. I am one of those "lucky" women whose husband cares for our children while I work. ("Mommy brings home the bacon" as Turk has taught Alex to say...he says it so cute too). Not that I love the fact that I am the one working but I have come to accept that as my sacrifice for our family. And even though I probably don't say it or show it enough, I do appreciate and I am blessed to have a husband who is making his own sacrifice for our family by not working (and dealing with all of the other stuff that comes with it...like moving.) This is a stressful time for us. There is just so much going on. And moving away from family is always a difficult thing to do. We just keep reminding ourselves that each challenge is a chapter in this book or a piece to the puzzle that God is creating for our family.

One of the more joyful things that we celebrated recently was Andrew's Baptism. Obviously, I love receiving and witnessing the Sacraments, but I particularly enjoy Baptism. There is just something so special about initiating this little life into the Church and telling him that all of those wonderful things about being a Christian and a Catholic are ahead of him. It is just awesome. What is a bit overwhelming, but at the same time is a gift, is to think about our job as parents and godparents...to always be a witness to these little souls in order to lead them to Heaven.

God give us the graces to be able to do so and the patience to get through the next few weeks.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Month of the Rosary


On Sunday we were having Andrew baptized (Kim will post more on that later) so we arrived at the Church early in order to reserve enough seats. Everyone was packed and ready to go and as we walked into Church Father had just began the Rosary and it was then that I remembered that Father was going to say the Rosary before each Mass because October is the month of the Rosary.

Over the years the Rosary has become a more important part of my prayer life and a part of our family prayer life. It is something that has grown on me but it is still something that I prefer prayed with others. Alex loves to take the rosary to Church and it has been a good way for us to teach him about Jesus and Mary and how to treat things like the rosary (sacramentals). My father-in law had some questions about the Rosary so I told him I would post on it and so here it is.


History of the Rosary

Fr. William Saunders has a good explanation on the history of the rosary.

The rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Marys and the Doxology ("Glory Be"), and concluded with the Salve Regina, the rosary involves the recitation of five decades consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and the Doxology. During this recitation, the individual meditates on the saving mysteries of our Lord's life and the faithful witness of our Blessed Mother.

Journeying through the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the rosary, the individual brings to mind our Lord's incarnation, His passion and death and His resurrection from the dead. In so doing, the rosary assists us in growing in a deeper appreciation of these mysteries, in uniting our life more closely to our Lord and in imploring His graced assistance to live the faith. We also ask for the prayers of our Blessed Mother, who leads all believers to her Son.

The origins of the rosary are "sketchy" at best. The use of "prayer beads" and the repeated recitation of prayers to aid in meditation stem from the earliest days of the Church and has roots in pre-Christian times. Evidence exists from the Middle Ages that strings of beads were used to count Our Fathers and Hail Marys. Actually, these strings of beads became known as "Paternosters," the Latin for "Our Father."

The structure of the rosary gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries. Eventually 50 Hail Marys were recited and linked with verses of psalms or other phrases evoking the lives of Jesus and Mary. During this time, this prayer form became known as the rosarium ("rose garden"), actually a common term to designate a collection of similar material, such as an anthology of stories on the same subject or theme. During the 16th century, the structure of the five-decade rosary based on the three sets of mysteries prevailed.

Tradition does hold that St. Dominic (d. 1221) devised the rosary as we know it. Moved by a vision of our Blessed Mother, he preached the use of the rosary in his missionary work among the Albigensians, who had denied the mystery of Christ. Some scholars take exception to St. Dominic's role in forming the rosary. The earliest accounts of his life do not mention it, the Dominican constitutions do not link him with it and contemporaneous portraits do not include it as a symbol to identify the saint.

In 1922, Dom Louis Cougaud stated, "The various elements which enter into the composition of that Catholic devotion commonly called the rosary are the product of a long and gradual development which began before St. Dominic's time, which continued without his having any share in it, and which only attained its final shape several centuries after his death." However, other scholars would rebut that St. Dominic not so much "invented" the rosary as he preached its use to convert sinners and those who had strayed from the faith. Moreover, at least a dozen popes have mentioned St. Dominic's connection with the rosary, sanctioning his role as at least a "pious belief."

The rosary gained greater popularity in the 1500s, when Moslem Turks were ravaging Eastern Europe. Recall that in 1453, Constantinople had fallen to the Moslems, leaving the Balkans and Hungary open to conquest. With Moslems raiding even the coast of Italy, the control of the Mediterranean was now at stake.

In 1571, Pope Pius V organized a fleet under the command of Don Juan of Austria the half-brother of King Philip II of Spain. While preparations were underway, the Holy Father asked all of the faithful to say the rosary and implore our Blessed Mother's prayers, under the title Our Lady of Victory, that our Lord would grant victory to the Christians. Although the Moslem fleet outnumbered that of the Christians in both vessels and sailors, the forces were ready to meet in battle. The Christian flagship flew a blue banner depicting Christ crucified. On October 7, 1571, the Moslems were defeated at the Battle of Lepanto. The following year, Pope St. Pius V established the Feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7, where the faithful would not only remember this victory, but also give thanks to the Lord for all of His benefits and remember the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother.

The fact that our Church continues to include the Feast of the Holy Rosary on the liturgical calendar testifies to the importance and goodness of this form of prayer. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description."


Sites on the Rosary

Holy Spirit Interactive
Family Rosary

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

My six weeks are over

Kim went back to work yesterday and if you were to ask her she would tell you my six weeks of vacation are over. I must be honest and say it was difficult at times having both of us at home. Me being the one at home all the time I have a certain routine and a certain way of doing things and having her around confused things a little. With that being said, it would be unfair to say I didn't appreciate her company and all she did when she was home.

Yesterday was interesting. Kim's first day back and Abbey didn't have school. All I can say is everyone survived. On the way out the door Kim told me if I had time the kid's laundry needed to be done. I responded with a quick, "not today".

Today has been much better. Andrew slept from 10pm-5am (hopefully this becomes a pattern). Kim got up and gave him a bottle while I stayed upstairs until the other two got up. Kim left for work around 7 and Abbey was to get on the bus around 8. Everything was going great until Alex decided to get up around 7:30 and then wanted breakfast. The first thing our kids ask for when they get up is to eat. You would think they never got fed. Abbey still needed to get her school clothes on so I did that while Alex was eating. Andrew began to cry because he wanted something to eat but I was trying to hold him off until the bus came. It couldn't come soon enough. Finally, Alex yelled from the kitchen table that Abbey's bus was here so I got her on the bus and Andrew finally got his bottle. The rest of the morning was peaceful. Andrew has been taking naps while Alex and I have been reading and playing with his new Thomas the Train set he got from his Poppy. I even started the laundry, like I promised. I'm the King at starting it but not finishing it. I always tell Kim it's the intention that counts.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Memorial of Guardian Angels

Today is the Memorial of Guardian Angels. Guardians were not nearly as important to me before I had children. Even thought they are not just for children they seem to add a level of comfort to me as a parent.
Every person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation. Angelical guardianship begins at the moment of birth; prior to this, the child is protected by the mother's guardian angel. It continues throughout our whole life and ceases only when our probation on earth ends, namely, at the moment of death. Our guardian angel accompanies the soul to purgatory or heaven, and becomes our coheir in the heavenly kingdom.

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God our Father, in your loving providence you send your holy angels to watch over us. Hear our prayers, defend us always by their protection and let us share your life with them for ever. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday, October 1, 2007

October

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Local Buddy Walks Spread Message of Acceptance and Inclusion

NEW YORK - The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the Down syndrome community invite the public to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month this October. There will be special opportunities across the country to learn about Down syndrome and to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals born with this genetic condition.

"People with Down syndrome, like everyone else, are people first, each with their own unique gifts to contribute to their families, friends and communities," said NDSS Chief Operating Officer Jon Colman. "Down Syndrome Awareness Month provides a forum for dispelling stereotypes, providing accurate information, and raising awareness of the potential of individuals with Down syndrome."

Did you know...

One in every 733 babies born in the U.S. has Down syndrome. The life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 in 1983 to 56 today. In that same span of time, advancements in education, research and advocacy have had a tremendous impact on the opportunities that individuals with Down syndrome have to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Today, many people with Down syndrome:

* Attend neighborhood schools and learn in typical classes alongside their peerswithout disabilities.
* Graduate from high school and go to college.
* Comprise a vibrant part of the American workforce.
* Actively participate in the social and recreational aspects of their communities.
* Live independently, make their own choices, and advocate for their rights.

The Buddy Walk

The Down syndrome community has been celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month each October since 1981. The Buddy Walk was created by NDSS in 1995 to provide its affiliates and other local groups with a way to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in their communities. The Buddy Walk also raises funds for local and national programs and services to benefit individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Anyone can participate in this one-mile walk. With more than 250 Buddy Walks taking place in the United States this year - most held in October - there is one near you! Visit www.BuddyWalk.org to see a map of local walks. To learn more about Down syndrome and obtain information to share with others during Down Syndrome Awareness Month, visit our new Web site at www.ndss.org.

About NDSS
The National Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization with more than 200 affiliates nationwide representing the more than 350,000 Americans who have this genetic condition. NDSS is committed to being the national leader in supporting and enhancing the quality of life, and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome. We demonstrate this commitment through our education, research and advocacy initiatives that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. To learn more about NDSS, visit www.ndss.org or call (800) 221-4602.

Contact:

Sarah Schleider

212-763-4369

communications@ndss.org

Special Time

As one of Turk's recent posts mentioned, we took a trip to WI to find a house. We left Alex and Andrew with my mom for the week and took Abbey with us. We wanted to take some time to visit schools and we thought that having Abbey with us would be a good idea (there is alot of work that goes into finding the right school for your kids and when you have a child with special needs there's added concern). I have to admit that even though I knew bringing Abbey was the right thing to do (especially for my mom's sake) I was not looking forward to it. She is quite a handful and house hunting in two or three days is not fun for adults, let alone kids. And having Abbey in other people's houses is work keeping her from touching EVERYTHING. So needless to say I worked at preparing myself for the trip. I guess my prayers for patience paid off because, while it had it's challenges, my time with Abbey was fruitful. I got the opportunity to really enjoy her and learn things about her that I might not have seen in the busyness of everyday life at home. And even though she can't say the words, I know she enjoyed spending the time with just mom & dad.