Friday, May 12, 2017

100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima

Today the Pope will be arriving in Portugal for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. We won't be going, although I have this twinge of remorse, and kind of wish we were. But it really seemed impossible with two tiny children, our upcoming travel plans, and the 8 million people that are estimated to be there. I hope we can watch a bit of it on TV.

Meanwhile, here is a conference by Christopher West, given in Fatima and about Fatima, that my husband and I were privileged enough to have been present at the month before we got married.



I am astounded by how little people actually know about the message of Fatima. But I guess that's how God works, in small and hidden ways. I also recommend reading Blessed Lucia of Fatima's four books written by her.

"As I shared with the pilgrims, digging deeper, the precise link, I believe, between John Paul II’s TOB and Fatima lies in Mary’s mysterious words about the “errors of Russia” and the promised triumph of her Immaculate Heart. John Paul II’s TOB is like weed-killer sprayed on the deepest roots of the “errors of Russia.” As such, I believe the TOB plays a critical role in preparing our hearts for her triumph." -From here

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Flowers for Mary

Only when I saw this post by Auntie Leila did I remember I had a little vase for our prayer corner for flowers for Mary in May. Otherwise I would've forgotten. That's the thing about minimalism: it helps you appreciate and use what you have more. I don't consider myself much of a minimalist, but I'm always striving to be more and more.
I feel like I live in a reasonably clean house which is pretty organized, but if you ask my mother she would tell you I live in a pigsty with subminimum living conditions. ( ;) ;) wink wink mom)
Minimalism is a constant task, especially if you have to deal with kids clothes and toys. Yikes. This past weekend I was able to switch cold clothes for warm clothes in our closets and tidy the office a little bit and it instantly improved how I felt about our house. I tried explaining to my husband that staying inside and organizing was more therapeutic for me than going outsider for a walk but he just can't understand it.

Monday, May 08, 2017

5 things I *try* to do with my older baby

Davy in the North.

Part two of this post.

Again, these are things that I do, work for us, and bring us peace and joy. This is not meant to be parenting advice, because if there is anything that should be subjective, it's how you parent. Plus, I know a few babies who seem happier, less demanding and sleep better than my baby so for the most part I have no idea what I'm doing.

1. Continue to have him sleep on Gina Ford's schedules. Again, loosely. There are good days, there are bad days. And I follow the sleep schedules and nothing else in that book. These schedules for us mean: About an hour and a half after he wakes up (usually seven) I put him in his baby carrier while I'm cooking and he falls asleep for about 30-40 minutes. I don't wake babies up, like Gina Ford recommends. I only have him sleep in his baby carrier, so that I don't have to go through the work and take the time to help him fall asleep and can do other things. Also, I don't have to worry about his older sister making noise or going in his room and waking him up (yes, it used to happen!). Then, about two hours after he wakes up, he sleeps a longer lunchtime nap in his room with his sister. Then he goes to bed at seven or eight, depending on how tired he is and how well he slept his lunchtime nap.

2. Help him fall asleep in his bed and not in my lap, nursing, etc. This for us means holding him down so he doesn't turn over and get up, giving him a pacifier and sometimes kissing him to sleep. If he wakes up at night, see if he falls asleep without nursing, but if not, nurse him. Until he's one year old. (I learned this from my husband's cousin up North: until one year nurse at night, after that, they don't need it... milk is not their main nutritional source.).

3. Read a story before nap and bedtime from about four months on.

4. Spend as much time crawling, on the floor, as possible.

5. Teach social games of clapping, peekaboo and waving when possible.



Anything you consider essential for babies?

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day in Portugal. I am especially grateful to my mother who is a wonderful mother and grandmother.
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