Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Friday, May 08, 2009

Seven Quick Takes


Vol. II for me.

1. Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.

Enough said.

2. My college boy, Geoffrey, went out in the car last night alone. First time ever. Sound odd? After all, he is college boy. Well, we tend to be delayed in our house when it comes to driving. Personally, I didn't drive until I was 21. I know it's odd, but it works for us. College boy took driver's ed during the summer while he was his high school. And then he let his temps expire. Yes, I know it's odd. He didn't really feel good about driving. He said he felt distracted and I give him credit for admitting it. But out of necessity, he now needs to drive. So he passed the test and took dad's car last night all by himself. He arrived home in one piece (Can I just tell you that I honestly didn't think he would?). The new car is sitting in the garage, but it's a manual transmission and he's a little iffy going uphill. He's driving it to work today. Say a prayer, please.

3. My high school boy, Joshua, was inducted into the National Honor Society Tuesday night. His dad and I never imagined (I'm being honest here). He has proven himself in so many ways -- we are very proud of him. Here is is with his dad. Aren't they cute?

4. Tomorrow is garage sale day. We used to have an annual garage sale in our neighborhood, but someone stopped organizing it. We haven't had a sale in a couple years so we have loads of stuff. Today I'll spend the day pricing and setting up. It's supposed to rain today but hopefully not tomorrow. The boys always do a hot dog sale on garage sale day. Dad drags the grill around and they set up out on the sidewalk. They sell hot dogs and soda and whatever baked goods I can throw together. The last time they did it, I think they sold 60 hot dogs. They made about $40. People who garage sale are hungry. They don't want to pay more than a quarter for anything in the garage, but they'll fork over a dollar for a hot dog and soda. Go figure.

5. Just in case you haven't noticed, I've been writing a Marian post every day. I look forward to it every day. I feel sad for those who do not have a connection with Our Blessed Mother, especially those who intentionally ignore her ability to intercede. There is just no negative to calling Jesus' mother my own.

6. The children and I are planning a May crowning for next week. I think we'll have to give Mary a good cleaning over the weekend. I noticed she is growing a little mildew standing in the front yard. Shame on me. Catholic Cuisine has some great ideas for food to celebrate Mary. I know my gang would enjoy a Rice Krispie crown!

7. Happy Mother's Day! (I really mean it. I wish you could stop by for a hug.) Relax. Enjoy. Make the kids do all the work! It's the one day they might not complain!

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  1. Happy Mother's Day to you, Barbara! And Hugs! :)

  2. Happy Mother's Day to you too sweet friend! Just between us, I taught my husband how to drive and he didn't get his license until he was in his early twenties. In his case it was a matter of moving from state to state and jumping through different hoops every year but kudos to your boy for admitting his limitations and waiting. You should feel proud Mama!

  3. Congratulations to both your boys on their achievements! I thought mine was slow for waiting until 17.5, but driving around here is a dangerous business, which I have always said, even before yesterday. I'm in no hurry for my kids to drive despite the inconvenience.

  4. Happy Mother's day to you Barbara!!! Sending hugs to you!!

    Love your quick takes! Let's see, send some rain over here, we need it! Prayers said for college boy, cute picture of your men, and sure wish we could hit your garage sale!! Think of all the hot dogs we'd buy! :)

    I feel close to Mary, always have.

  5. I didn't get my license until I was 19, and even then I only got it because I bought a car and wanted to drive it myself! I think 16 is too young to be driving. All of my sisters also waited until they were 18.

  6. They are cute! Your husband's a handsome guy.
    I love garage saling...wish I could stop by.
    Happy Mother's Day!

  7. congrats to your joshua. i was in that in high school (in my case, they'll let anyone in ;^)
    if your driveway has at least a little incline you could have college boy go up and down in the manual trans car. that is how i learned. i suggest leaving the garage door open though (not speaking from experience on that). start at the bottom, first gear to the top, roll back to the bottom, over and over and over again.

  8. i really love these quick takes. i know i said that last week, but i do. your hubby and son look so handsome. and congrats to your college boy for being so WISE. he must get that from his mama! :)

    happy mother's day to you sweet lady. and rest assured, i would stop by for a hug (and maybe even a hot dog) if you weren't so dang far away!

  9. You've got some good looking men in your house! And I'm LOVING your daily Mary posts! Thank you for doing them. Happy Mother's Day!!!

  10. Thanks so much, Cheryl. I need a hug about now.

    Thanks, Charlotte. He's doing o.k., but with every bit of success comes mucho bravado!

    I have to admit there were more than a few times that I wished he was a driver, but I traded the convenience for the piece of mind!

    Thanks, Jamie. And thanks for the hugs. I'm sending the rain to you on Saturday (we're huffing and puffing it away).

    Number two son is already 17 and just got his temps. It may be two more years for him, too!

    Thanks, Anne. He cleans up o.k.!

    Thanks for the advice, Regina. He has the most trouble on the inclines (stalled about four times coming into the garage because our drive is on a slight hill) so I suggested he do some practice -- he says "will do."

    Regan, Thanks, thanks, thanks! ;-)

    Stina, I'm glad you like them! :-)

  11. I am SO late for commenting, but better late than never? ;)

    Happy Mother's Day, Barbara - you have one of my most favorite blogs on the web. I don't comment as often as I should, but I'm always reading :)

  12. #5- i feel the same way (@ people who do not realize the beauty of Our Lady and am so glad you are writing so many lovely Marian posts. I'm enjoying them and the gorgeous art, too!


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