Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Fun


We have a Spanish Flamenco Dancer, Princess, Superhero & Kitten!







Friday, October 24, 2008

Good thoughts!

'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?

'A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E. M aybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state.

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firef ighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Or the Congress with a much lower approval rating. Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?

Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. Theyare able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' discharge after a few days in the brig.S

o why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......

Insane!Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,

'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Be careful what you wish for!


"Be careful what you wish for"

That is what it says under

Cuba got "change" in 1959.

My mother is here visiting from S.Florida, being a Cuban, she says that.. what scares her most of Obama is what she sees in him as she saw in Castro. Look what Castro has done to that once a beautiful Country! Many say, it can't happen here, no way... well, let me tell you it can and to some point it has.. It seems if you are pro-life person, you can't seem to talk about it to everyone without asking you not to talk about it (as the life issues has anything to do with Politcs.. its A MORAL ISSUE!!), if you want to show how Pro-abortion is Obama or anti-American, or even socialist... he is going to take your hard working money and give it to the poor. I feel that people are blind now as they were in Cuba. My parents lived through it, they were against the revolution in Cuba, they couldn't talk to people about it before they were told be quiet, even with their own brothers! My brother wrote a book on it and its so hard to see how they suffer, saw their own friends being taken away and never been seen again..

Everyone say.. this man will bring Change... (talking about Castro here) and he brought change alright! What has that done to Cuba... Please don't say or don't think... that will now happen here... why not?


We killing our own Americans, who never had a choice or voice. Yes, we are in war and yes, those are dear soldiers who are dying for you and me to even be able to write this on a blog without having someone come into my house and take my computer away... God bless them, God love them!

I don't understand how one can be so blind by what this man stands for...

Can't we learn from other countries mistakes!

May God have Mercy on Us!

In the end of it all, no matter how much we will suffer , God always win!

We have what many are missing.. Hope, because Christ over came Death, we can over come anything in Him and with Him..

God bless you and your family!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Iron Chief In the Making






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I found these cute baker's set at the Dollar Store. My little trainboy is so into cooking up a storm. Yesterday, we made this great banana breads and boy did he just have fun! I just have to remember to keep dangerous thing off the counter and unplug! But don't you love hearing the noise of the banging and the dropping of those pots and pans! God them!

Daddy's Little Girl

You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,You're daddy's little girl to have and hold.

A precious gem is what you are,You're mommy's bright and shining star.
You're the spirit of Christmas, my star on the tree,

You're the Easter bunny to mommy and me.You're sugar you're spice, you're everything nice, And you're daddy's little girl.


You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,You're daddy's little girl to have and hold.

A precious gem is what you are,You're mommy's bright and shining star.


You're the treasure I cherish so sparkling and bright,You were touched by the holy and beautiful light.

Like angels that sing a heavenly thing,And you're daddy's little girl.

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Food for Thought Today!



To know another language is to have a second soul. -
Charlemagne, King of the Franks (742-814) -
who stopped the muslims from invading Europe.

Monday, October 20, 2008

What a weekend!


Well, Its been a weekend of pure suffering but when you learn to offer it up to God, it always works out for the best. Even thu one might not know what that is at the moment but hopefully one day we'll know!



From Thursday to Friday morning... I woke up really a different person! I have this thing they call Bell's Palsy... which is as its states on Webmd:

Bell's palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face. Damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face causes that side of your face to droop. The nerve damage may also affect your sense of taste and how you make tears and saliva. This condition comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on its own within a few weeks.


Its not that it hurts. Its very uncomfortable. I have a hard time eating and even after a while talking. My right eye tears all the time, which is a pain. But you know that the worst part of it for me, its not how I look (which goes great for Halloween), but when I kiss my kids especially the babymums.. I can't really feel that I am kissing her. (if that makes sense). One feels that people are looking at you strange that you have to explain your case! Aww...


Than to add to the fire, Saturday morning, I get a call from Babymums doctor that we have to take her to the hospital to get johndus testing on her. So we go early Saturday morning and get home very late on Sunday night. Trying to get blood out of a 7 days old baby is not easy at all and boy did she cry. They also had to put an IV and they had to try at least 2 different times with different nurses! That was hard!


But you know that offering up suffering no matter how small or large have a great impact on the world! I hope that all this will help us with the election.


As my great friends says: "Don't lose heart. I have seen you struggle: to-day's defeat is training for the final victory." St. JoseMaria



God bless you and your family. Thanks for your prayers!






Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mr.Brown's perspective on Obama!

Why I Can't Vote For Obama
By Huntley Brown


Dear Friends


,A few months ago I was asked for my perspective on Obama, I sent out an e-mail with a few points. With the election just around the corner I decided to complete my perspective. Those of you on my e-list have seen some of this before but its worth repeating..
First I must say who ever wins the election will have my prayer support. Obama needs to be commended for his accomplishments but I need to explain why I will not be voting for him. Many of my friends process their identity through their blackness.
I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means he leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms he does because he is the leader.
I can't vote black because I am black I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first black second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because of ethnicity. 200 years from now I wont be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I know Jesus and accepted him as Lord and savior.
In an election there are many issues to consider but when a society gets abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning to name a few wrong economic concerns will soon not matter.
We need to follow Martin Luther King's words 'don't judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.' I don't know Obama so all I can go off is his voting record.
His voting record earned him the title of the most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2007.
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008)
To beat Ted Kennedy and Hilary Clinton as the most liberal senator, takes some doing.
Obama accomplished this feat in 2 short years. I wonder what would happen to America if he had four years to work with.
There is a reason planned parenthood gives him a 100 % ratings.
There is a reason the homosexual community supports him.
There is a reason Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Hamas etc loves him.
There is a reason he said he would nominate liberal judges to the supreme court.
There is a reason he voted against the infanticide bill.
There is a reason he voted No on the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.
There is a reason he voted no on partial birth abortion.
There is a reason he voted no on confirming Justices Roberts and Alito. These two judges are conservatives and they have since overturned partial birth abortion. The same practice Obama wanted to continue.



Lets take a look at the practice he wanted to continue.
The 5 Step Partial Birth Abortion procedure
A. Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps. (Remember this is a live baby)
B. The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
C. The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.
D. The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.
E. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.
God help him.



There is a reason Obama opposed the parent notification law.
Think about this you can't give a kid an aspirin without parental notification but that same kid can have an abortion without parental notification. This is insane.
There is a reason he went to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years.
Obama tells us he has good judgement but he sat under Jeremiah Wright teaching for 20 years. Now he is condemning Wrights sermons. I wonder why now?
Obama said Jeremiah Wright led him to the Lord and discipled him. A disciple is one in training. Jesus told us in Matthew 28 v 19 - 20 Go and make disciples of all nations. This means reproduce yourself. Teach people to think like you, walk like you, talk like you believe what you believe etc. The question I have is what did Jeremiah Wright teach him?



Would you support a White President who went to a church which has tenants that said they have a:
1. Commitment to the White Community
2. Commitment to the White Family
3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic
4. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community.
5. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
6. Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System
7. Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System."
Would you support a President who went to a church like that?



Just change the word from white to black and you have the tennants of Obamas former church. If President Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been marching outside.
This kind of church is a racist church. Obama did not wake up after 20 years and just discovered he went to a racist church. The church can't be about race. Jesus did not come for any particular race. He came for the whole world.
A church can't have a value system based on race. The churches value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if its a white church or a black church its still wrong. Anyone from either race that attends a church like this would never get my vote.
Obama's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright is a disciple of liberal theologian James Cone, author of the 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation. Cone once wrote: "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him.
Cone is the man Obama's mentor looks up to.


Does Obama believe this?
So what does all this mean for the nation?
In the past when the Lord brought someone with the beliefs of Obama to lead a nation it meant one thing judgement.
Read 1 Samuel 8. When Israel asked for a king.
First God says 1 Samuel 1 v 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."
Then God says:
1 Samuel 1 : 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."



Here is what we know for sure:
God is not schizophrenic
He would not tell one person to vote for Obama and one to vote for McCain. As the scripture says a city divided against itself cannot stand, so obviously many people are not hearing from God.
Maybe I am the one not hearing but I know God does not change and Obama contradicts many things I read in scripture so I doubt it.
For all my friends who are voting for Obama can you really look God in the face and say Father based on your word, I am voting for Obama even though I know he will continue the genocidal practice of partial birth abortion.
He might have to nominate three or four supreme court justices, and I am sure he will be nominating liberal judges who will be making laws that are against you.
I also know he will continue to push for homosexual rights, even though God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for this.I know I can look the other way because of the economy.
I could not see Jesus agreeing with many of Obama's positions. Finally I have two questions for all my liberal friends.
Since we know someone's value system has to be placed on the nation,
1 Whose value system should be placed on the nation?
2 Who should determine that this is the right value system for the nation?



Blessings,


Huntley Brown


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Story Time with Trainboy

I was watching trainboy with his little babymums sister and I noticed that he was "reading" her a story of no more than Thomas the Train.
He turns the pages with great excitement.

Once he finished the story, he lays the book right next to her and off he goes to play! Don't you just love those moments when they don't even know you are there and you see this! God love them!


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Monday, October 13, 2008

We called it Love!

Welcome to Our World of Love.... BabyMums!
Babymums with Trainboy! He is a proud Big Brother!



Blondie with Babymums... She is holding on tight! She says.."Its mine!"



PrincessGirl just filled with so much love!


Trainboy giving her one more kiss before they are off!



Friday, October 10, 2008

Being united again with my Blessed Mother!

How God keeps us united with Our Blessed Mother! Tomorrow, my husband and I will be heading to the hospital to have our 4th baby (3rd girl) babymums. Having to put faith into God's hand in this needed moment, this different way of going into labor. I wanted to see what tomorrow's Saint day or Feast day would be... To my surprise, I found that in the old Catholic Church Calendar, its the...

Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
"In the first ages of the Church the day sacred to our Blessed Lady, under her great title of Mother of God - Theotokos, was January 1. Evident traces of this devotion remain in the liturgy proper to the feast of the Circumcision, which is now kept on that day. Many churches having petitioned for a special festival in honor of Our Lady's divine maternity a day, usually in October, was granted by the Holy See for its celebration. By a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, April 24, 1914, the eleventh of October was assigned. Pope Pius XI raised it to a double of the second class and extended it to the Universal Church."

Virgo Dei Génitrix, quem tatus non capit orbis, in tua se cláusit víscera factus homo. Beata viscera Mariae Virginis, quae portaverunt aeterni.
Patris Filium.

Please keep us in your prayers and Do ask Our Blessed Mother to watch over us!
God bless you and your family!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Its part of Fall...

Can someone point out to me what is wrong with this picture? I will give you a clue... I am a big Miami Dolphin Fan (which by the way has the same recorded now as the Eagles!) who lives in Eagles land and has a husband thinks of this team as the Best of All times!
Let me give you a back around story on football in our home! I grew up in South Florida with 4 brothers and sports is just part of life! The Dolphins were part of our family, especially I grew up with Dan Mario... (I don't have to say anything else there!) My husband is from Mexico where soccer takes over. (Side note-- I am a huge soccer fan, played all my life even college and after college). He wasn't a huge fan of football.
I even remember having an argument before we were married, that I wanted to watch a football game and he says..."I am not going to be watching football... blah blah blah! "

Ok.. here is were I went wrong... I got him into football but for the wrong team...
I have created a monster!
Football in our home is not 1# but it does have a great spirit and fun to it.
Its part of the Fall season and its fun!

Life is about being part of this world but not of this world!

GO DOLPHINS!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Come to Me

"Develop a lively devotion for Our Mother. She knows how to respond in a most sensitive way to the presents we give her.What is more, if you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, Our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son’s path."

St. JoseMaria


What a beautiful feast day that we have today; of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary! Now more than ever we need to recourse to Our Lady and the Holy Rosary for the direction of Our country. I don't know how many see that we can go from a direction to having more pro-life Supreme Judges, more protection on our unborn Humans to having someone who will sign his 1st bill, Freedom of Choice, which will aid more money and more laws to killing the unborn! Its now time to use this powerful weapon such as it was used in the 18th century to defeat the Muslims!


I thought it would be fitting to show again the family video we made for Our Lady in May called; Come to Me, for now more than ever we have to Go to Her!


God bless you and your family!




Saturday, October 4, 2008

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace!

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, lightwhere there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St.Francis.... To celebrate this great Saint of ours. We decided that we would make and paint a bird feeder. Now in our new home, we now have the yard to have a feeder not too close to the house (who wants to be cleaning up bird's @&%^). Its actually a great location. The kids had great fun and can't wait to have birds feeding off it. PrincessGirl wanted to wait there until a bird came but we had to tell her that they most likely will wait until you leave!

St. Francis prayer is so needed for our time!


St. Francis pray for us and our country and our world!




Trainboy just getting started.



PrincessGirl working hard.






Trying to finish up without too much of a mess!

Putting the last touch on our feeder with friends.


Waiting for the birds to come and eat!

Waited too long, off to exlpore something else!



Thursday, October 2, 2008

Surprised by Truth!

My Beloved Sister had sent me this email and I really wanted to share!
She writes:
"This is a 10 minute video by Catholic apologetic Patrick Madrid about voting for a pro-abortion candidate and what the Bible and the Church say about that. I found that some of the Scripture and Church document references to be powerful words on the subject. He delivers the message in an engaging, non-threatening way. Let me know what you think."




What is your Angel's Name?



Today, as many know is the Feast of the Guardian Angel. My parents taught us to see our Guardian Angel as real as our best friends. (which they are). They said, talk to your guardian angel at all times, in times of need or time of joy. Remember the custom my mother had in search of a good parking spot, to pray to our Guardian Angel and sure enough.. open up a spot. I also recall my parents telling us to pray to the Guardian Angel of another person, to help in any situations.

My Guardian Angel.... I know that my Guardian Angel is named Malcolm. He is a very tall, black, and good looking... (just picture Micheal Jordan) Angel. Where did I get this, of course from my Guardian Angel.



One story that I have of my Guardian Angel, that will never leave my mind and heart ...

One day as a college student out in St.Louis, I was walking back from the bookstore downtown from a small town called Clinton, , (at that time, I walk everywhere due to no car but due to it was just easy to catch a bus here or there) and it was getting a bit dark and I just wanted to get inside my room, I always talk to my Malcolm, especially when walking to make sure I was being safe, and this evening wasn't different, I talk to him, asking him to protect me and before you know it I was safe and sound in my room. I didn't think much of this since I do it all the time..

Until..... next morning at breakfast, a friend of mine, says to me... "Hey... I saw you yesterday walking ..., Who is that tall Black man you were talking to on your way home?".. as you can imagine.. I was a bit shock and all I could say was a Great blessed friend!"

So... What is your Guardian Angel's Name?

A Perfect Fall Day

Last Thursday, We went to a Pumpkin Patch that is about 5 minutes from our house. It was the perfect Fall weather, cold & cloudy. We had a great time with our friend and lots of goats! We were able to get a bowl of Chili, pick up some pumpkins and have some great apple cider donuts! I just love the Fall, Don't you!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Stubborn Saint?

My beloved husband had send me an email regarding St. Therese with this article from EWTN. I thought it was a great way to celebrate this Stubborn Saint, who is a Doctor of our Beautiful Faith! Its quite long, I print out and than read.