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CF152: The Nativity of the Lord

Gabriel by Martin Gommel http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwerfeldein/

The Sweeney kids record the Christmas Eve gospel reading from Luke, Chapter 2. It’s poignant that the Sweeney kids did the same reading in 2007 with much smaller voices and minus a little sister (Mattie Claire). It’s interesting to compare their voices.

Music by Jenny Crook from the album

Christmas Harp - Elegant Expressions of Christmas with Celtic & Concert HarpsJenny Crook
“The First Noel” (mp3)
from “Christmas Harp – Elegant Expressions of Christmas with Celtic & Concert Harps”
(Classic Fox Records)

Picture by Martin Gommel: Gabriel

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Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?

December 15, 2011 Blogs, David, Feature 1 Comment
Wedding Rings by firemedic http://www.flickr.com/photos/50841708@N00/

I read an article today that cited a Pew Center survey reporting that 40% of Americans believe that the institution of marriage is becoming obsolete. Obsolete! In 1972, the rate of marriage in the United States was 72%. Today, the rate is 51% and projections indicate that married people will be in the minority within several years. The median age of first marriage has increased from around 21 in 1960 to 27.5 today. The new marriage rate (those married within the last 12 months) has decreased from 41 per thousand in 2008 to 37.4 per thousand in 2010. It’s not looking good for the home team, folks! … Continue Reading

CF150: Thunderwear

Lightning by snowpeak http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowpeak/

In this episode: Trip to Philadelphia, Darlene  at Barklay Prime, Larry at Big Green Earth Store, Building A Chicken Coop Alpine A-Frame,  trees and thunderwear, 180 Holocaust and Abortion,  Congrats to Shelly Henley Kelly and Douglas born Oct. 14.

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Lightning by snowpeak

Drive It Like You Stole It - SingleThe Glitch Mob
“Drive It Like You Stole It” (mp3)
from “Drive It Like You Stole It – Single”
(Glass Air)

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CF149: Dry Bones

September 16, 2011 Episodes, Feature, Front Catalog 2 Comments
Craneo de Caballo by america perales http://www.flickr.com/photos/americaperales/

In this episode: Getting into the swing of the semester, volleyball, scouting, hazardous kid, dove season starts, musical instruments, Allyson’s meltdown, Texas Wildfires,¬† Review of “The Help”, Whole Family Catechesis.

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Final Song: John Waller: As for Me and My House
As for Me and My HouseJohn Waller
“As for Me and My House” (mp3)
from “As for Me and My House”
(City of Peace)

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So proud

September 16, 2011 Allyson, Feature 2 Comments
August 6th, 2009 by -JosephB- http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephb/

Austin made me so proud of him on Wednesday.

The best part was when two other moms came out and intentionally found me to tell me what a wonderful son I have.
Hannah has volleyball practice on Wednesdays in the mornings and this really messes up our homeschool day. What are the other five of us suppose to do for two and a half hours and one of us is only two? The other day I decided that we would drop Hannah off, take the recycling, and then hang out at the library. It was a  perfect plan and it turned out more perfectly than I thought.

We got to the library just as they were starting their toddler reading time. Austin said, “Please let me take Mattie Claire.”¬† He enjoys going to the library, but he goes in already knowing what he wants, which lately has been any book in the Alex Rider series. I agreed to let him take her into the 30 minute toddler time looking forward to my bit of peace and quiet.¬† A little bit of mommy time was just what I needed after Tuesday, but that’s another story.

After 15 minutes I decided that I should check on him to make sure she was behaving and that he was OK.¬† Well, for security reasons they lock the doors and you can’t get in after they have started.¬† Sure, you can talk to the librarian and she will let you in, but my reason wasn’t exactly an emergency so I decided to just wait it out.¬† At 10:35 here came Mattie Claire running across the library with her construction paper penguin and bursting at the seams with stuff to tell me.¬† They danced, listened to stories, sang, played in the bubbles, and did a craft.¬† She had a blast.¬† He said that she was the loudest baby in there because she was so excited.

The best part was when two other moms came out and intentionally found me to tell me what a wonderful son I have.¬† They were very moved with the way that he interacted with Mattie Claire and how he took care of her.¬† They could tell that he loves her very much.¬† I don’t think I could have been smiling any bigger.¬† I am very proud of Austin.¬† He is a great son and he does love his baby sister beyond belief.¬† They are looking forward to next Wednesday for the toddler reading time.

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