Our high school put on The Diary of Anne Frank last weekend, and Andrew (age 17) was in it!
Ok fine, it was only a Voice-over role, but it was a step up (or maybe down) from playing a dead body in Arsenic and Old Lace in 2019. If there's a way to be in a play without reeeeeallllly being in a play, Andrew is all over that role.
Ok I need some mom advice. Embarrasing because you'd think I would know what I'm doing at this point in motherhood, but God keeps me humble by giving me special children. Brendan is five and the best little guy in the whole world but he just can not stop wetting his pullup at night. He gets sad about it and makes his own "Pee Charts" to try and motivate his bladder, but he physically can not seem to wake up enough to know he has to go to the bathroom. Brendan is such a momma's boy and wants to please me above anything else in life, and so I don't want him to feel like he's letting me down, but look what he wrote:
"Brendan's Pee Chart. If I don't pee 10 times my mom will be :)"
How sweet is he? And how can I help him? Advice please!
Declan's soccer team had a pizza and pool party to end their season. Declan (age 7) has really turned the corner with his confidence in soccer and it showed on the field this year. Young mom Colleen would say that we might have a college superstar on our hands, but old mom Colleen knows that our kids usually peak in 8th grade :)
Whatever God wants (but please God let them all be able to afford college somehow!)
Speaking of college, I miss my oldest so much that it hurts my heart everyday. I asked another mom who has three kids in college how she handles having them gone, and she said it never gets easier and it's just terrible, and I totally feel the same way. It's like a piece of my heart is just walking around Ohio and HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE LIKE THIS??
BUT he is loving Franciscan and the whole college experience and he comes home soon for Thanksgiving break (which will be 3 months since we've seen him!!) Here's our text exchange yesterday:
I can't wait to cook JP all the things and smoosh his face all day.
Can I just brag about my husband for a second?
He is constantly giving of himself, his time and his talents and yesterday was the perfect example.
He is the Theology Dept. Chair at the high school (and has 2.5 Masters degrees - ha!) and because of this, he gets asked all the time to help out in various ways in our Diocese. In addition to teaching, he has been the DRE at our old parish for years, then ran the Middle School Youth Group at our new parish for a couple years, started and directed a summer camp at our kids' Catholic elementary school for five years before the pandemic stopped it, given talks at our parish and others, and been involved in committees in the Diocese.
Just yesterday, he went to teach his seniors as normal, and had to leave for a Diocesan meeting with Fr. Spitzer about implementing a new curriculum, then went back to teaching. At the end of the school day, he helped out at the monthly middle school youth group meeting at the kids school, then came home and prepared couples for marriage through an online Marriage Prep course, and then taught an RCIA class for an hour and a half via zoom at night. He's also recently been recruited to be on a Diocesan team to create and implement Mens Groups in our parishes.
Phil does all of these things voluntarily and without complaint and nobody even knows...until now... because I think he's great and deserves some credit in this world even though he does it for credit in the next. Sorry Phil, I know you're completely embarrassed right now but I love you!
Phil and I started watching this and it's scary but not too scary so far...anybody else watching?
Today my cutie patootie parents are picking me up from work to take me out to lunch and I am so looking forward to it. Cherish every moment :)
I hope you all have wonderful Thanksgiving prepping, football watching, leaves raking, going-out-to-lunch kinda weekend!