(I'm on the left around age 5)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
(I'm on the left around age 5)
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
1) Have you all tried these yet? Skinny Cow White Mint Truffle Bars. 100 Calories and so delicious!
2) GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic stores are having 30% off until August 29th. Get your coupon here.
3) With all the rain we've been having this week, we got a lot of cleaning and organizing accomplished. We cleaned our bedroom closet, the hall closet, the arts & crafts drawers, the Lego's, the food pantry, and the upstairs shelves in the play area. The older boys were great helpers, and all I promised was one gumball. They just adore gum.
4) Maggie is completely trained for peeing on the potty, that's the old news. The new news is that she actually pooped on the potty! But only twice, and then twice in her underwear, so that's fun.
1) This is our last week of summer because John-Paul and Phil start school on Monday.
We've had lots of rain this week, and the older boys were at camp, so they basically just watched movies all day :(
3) Phil had meetings all week for the beginning of school and CCD coming up. He had a meeting Monday night, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday night, and another one this Sunday night. Blech!
How was your week??
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Eamon catches Maggie:
Awwww, give me a hug:
A hug? No way, how about a punch?:
Maggie apologizes while Eamon strategizes:
Because two can play at that game:
Watch out, Eamon...Maggie has perfected the reverse-flip-double-loopy-dee-loop-throwdown:
I'm gonna get ya:
Just another typical day at the Martin house. Sigh.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
It will have Maggie embroidered on the front.
Thanks to Nana (Phil's mom) for keeping up the tradition of buying each of our children their first L.L.Bean backpack!
3) Eamon had his speech therapy evaluation and they think he does need a little work with his R's. His language skills are a year ahead of his age, so they are not worried about that, we just want to work on his (oh-so-cute) speech issues while he is young.
4) Comments - I am leaving them on for now. I really appreciate everybody's advice and I agree that they should be used as a way to form relationships, and I shouldn't take anything too personally. I'm working on it :)
5) My friend, Laura (and mom to Maggie's best friend, Robby) is 2 days past her due date...keep her in your prayers!
Now it's time to go read what's going on in your lives. (My favorite part of the morning!)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Without wanting to give too much away, I'll just say that the boys' friendship is tested and Bruno fails miserably, yet seeks out and receives forgiveness from his friend in the Auschwitz camp. In order to make it up to him, Bruno decides to help him on a mission, and everybody's lives are changed because of it.
This movie is filled with so many poignant scenes and one-liners that make you think. The hypocrisy of what the father thinks is "okay" to do to the Jews in the camp and yet how protective he is of his own children is absurd. The brainwashing that occurs at the hands of the tutor was all too common back in the day. And when the mother finally realizes what is happening to the prisoners of Auschwitz, she gets mad, but then accepts it along with all the other people at the time.
More importantly, there is such a strong parallel between this movie and abortion.
Somehow in America, we have rationalized away every fear, concern, and putrid reaction abortion should cause us to have. Just like these innocent prisoners of war who were put to death based solely on their ancestry, millions of babies are dying based solely on their untimeliness.
Just like the soldiers who fought under Hitler made themselves believe they were doing what was best for their country, many parents of aborted babies fool themselves into believing they are doing what's best for their life.
In the movie, when the mother finds out what is causing the black smoke coming from the camp, she is sickened but does nothing to stop it. How alike are so many of us who are disgusted by the thought of unborn babies being murdered in their mother's wombs yet do NOTHING to stop it. While we may not be able to physically stop a woman from getting an abortion, we can try to change their mind, we can protest (peacefully) at abortion mills, we can vote pro-life, we can pray for an end to abortion, we can support young mothers in crisis, we can teach abstinence, the list goes on and on.
I hope that one day we will be able to look back on this time of legalized abortion with the same horror that we remember the Holocaust. And both events will be just shameful pieces in our history, a past that we will never allow to happen again.