Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gooooooooo Fargo!

CNN put out a nice little video about the fighting spirit of the Fargo residents not willing to let the flood take their homes and town. That hearty North Dakota spirit shines through again. {beaming with a little ND pride} : )

See the video here.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Storm # ... oh, who can keep track there's been so many!

Sooooooooo, we got hit by another blizzard last night, and it's still snowing as I type this. On the noon news they said we had received 14.5" of snow so far and expected another 7-8" by the time this storm moves out. (Sadly, toward Fargo which is valiantly fighting off the flood, too!) The weather man also said that we were only about 5" away from breaking our all-time snowiest winter record. At this point I say, BRING IT ON! If we are going to come this far we might as well at least get a record out of it.

I couldn't get to work again this morning, and most of the town is pretty much shut down, so I was having fun taking pictures as I was out shoveling. I figured I had to post some photos on the blog to keep a record of this madness.

I started with the driveway. Here is the perspective from about a foot off the ground. The snow came to above my knees.

Woohoo, thank God for kind neighbors with snowblowers!!

You are welcome to come visit me, but ... uh ... you will have to fight your way in.

Next, I moved on to the back deck. Yeah! The wind was blowing the snow toward the house and made quite the drift. (BTW, I had shoveled off all of the snow from the previous blizzard. See post below.) There's no snowblower coming back here ... so, it was time to dive in full speed ahead. Me and my trusty little shovel. My arms are quite tired and no longer want to even be typing! (For those not from snowy parts, I had to shovel off the deck because that snow is HEAVY and it can collapse the deck if left with all of that weight on it.)

My poor little lilac bushes are just barely peeking out the top of the snow. They should be starting to bud and come to life about now, not be buried alive! For reference, that is a 4' fence between our yards there. Yikes! Spring? Where are you?!

I have to admit, though. As big of a pain as this snow can be it is also beautiful. As long as I don't have to be out driving in it or anything, I can appreciate the beauty.

As I was headed back in after all of the work I noticed something. Is that Italy stuck to my garage door?! It seems like it has been windy enough to be possible. ; )

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


We're sorry, spring has been temporarily canceled for all residents of North Dakota. Please put away all spring/summer related items until the blizzard and flooding have ended.

Thank you.

I forgot to take my chair off the deck before the blizzard started last night. I'm happy I did, though, because it made for a good photo op. Doesn't the chair look inviting with all of the soft, fluffy cushion on it? I think it would be rather chilly, however.

I also like the look of the "dip" in the middle where the chair folds.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: I just walked by the back door and glanced out on the deck. When I saw the chair had gotten even "puffier" my first thought was "it's the Stay-Puff marshmallow chair." :) It made me giggle so I thought I would share.

On a more serious note, a couple of hours ago I found out that my aunt and uncle have been evacuated from their home in the south part of town due to flooding. The water was very close to their front door when they had to leave this afternoon so there's a good possibility the water is in the home by now. Please pray for all who are suffering from the flooding across the state.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

From the diary of a Pre- School Teacher

Here is a late Friday Fun for ya. I can see with the start of spring weather and outdoor interests taking up more time my (non-work) computer time will start dwindling for summer. Yeaaa! : ) Have a good week.

My five-year old students are learning to read.
Yesterday one of them pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said,

"Look at this! It's a frickin' elephant!"

I took a deep breath, then asked..."What did you call it?"

"It's a frickin' elephant! It says so on the picture!"

And so it does...

Things aren't always what we imagine them to be!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Quotes of the Day: The Joy of Christ

I'm not sure when I realized it, but celibacy is not the same as being alone. Celibacy is being alone with God. And being with God makes all the difference in whether one really finds love in this world. That goes for the married and unmarried alike. Unless one is somehow with God, even the very best of spouses can never slake the thirst for love. How many millions of broken marriages make the same point with their tears and their grief?

The joy of Christ, like his peace, is not of this world (Jn.14:27). He gives his joy to those who follow him, and he gives it in proportion to their surrender to him.

From Agnosticism to the Priesthood (Part II)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quote of the Day: Life without faith

I had tasted life with no conscience except one of my own making, and I wanted nothing more to do with it. Actually, I should say that I had tasted death, that is, life without faith.
                Br. James Brent

Excerpt from From Agnosticism to the Priesthood (Part I)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Remember Me video

This nicely done video about our soldiers at war was made by Lizzie Palmer in '06 when she was 15 years old. That's impressive. Her information page on YouTube says:

I'm a senior in high school, and I play the flute/piccolo. I plan on joining the U.S. Army after I graduate. I only hope I can make America as proud as our troops today have, and I hope I can honor them in the way they deserve with my videos.

God bless our troops so far from home, family and friends.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Quote of the Day: Conversion

"Conversion is nothing more than a deeper discovery of what we already truly desire."
            Venerable John Henry Newman

We all have the desire for God within us from the moment of conception, that's our soul. Whether we know it or not, or want to face it or not, the desire is there! And we will never have peace while on this earth until we let that desire for God be the center of our lives.

My conversion has shown this to be the crystal clear truth! I always had an aching desire within me that left me feeling empty, lost, hurting and confused because I just didn't know what that desire was for. What would fulfill that desire. Then, finally, at 34 years old I was introduced to the fullness of truth, the Catholic Church, and my desire (my life) started making sense for the first time.

Conversion is a long road of growth, discovery, pain and joy that will take the rest of my life to travel down. But now the journey has purpose and meaning, and is oh-so-worth it!

In God's will is my peace.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Friday Fun: What Jeff Foxworthy says about ND

If "vacation" to you means going shopping for the weekend in Bismarck or Fargo (while the kids swim at the Comfort Inn), You might live in North Dakota

If parking your car for the night involves an extension cord, You might live in North Dakota

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 8 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, You might live in North Dakota

If you're proud that your state makes the national news primarily because it houses the coldest spot in the nation, You might live in North Dakota

If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy", You might live in North Dakota

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, You might live in North Dakota

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, You might live in North Dakota

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the Middle of his forehead, You might live in North Dakota

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, You Might live in North Dakota

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, You Might live in North Dakota

If you know how to correctly pronounce Bottineau, You might live In North Dakota

If you measure distance in hours, You might live in North Dakota .

If your family vehicle is a crew cab pickup, You might live In North Dakota

If you know several people who have hit deer more than once, You might live in North Dakota

If you often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again, You might live in North Dakota

If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching, You might live in North Dakota

If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events, You might live in North Dakota

If you've installed security lights on your house and garage And leave both unlocked, You might live in North Dakota

If the largest traffic jam in your town centers around a high school basketball game, You might live in North Dakota .

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them, You might live in North Dakota

If there are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Wal-Mart at any given time, You might live in North Dakota

If there are more people at work on Christmas Eve Day than on opening day of deer hunting season, You might live in North Dakota

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, You might live in North Dakota

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, You might live in North Dakota

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, You might live in North Dakota .

If you can identify a southern or eastern accent, You might live in North Dakota

If you consider Grand Forks exotic, You might live in North Dakota .

If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your cottonwood, You might live in North Dakota

If the sunbelt to you means Devils Lake, You might live in North Dakota.

If a brat is something you eat, You might live in North Dakota .

If finding your misplaced car keys involves looking in the ignition, You might live in North Dakota

If you find 0 degrees a little chilly, You might live in North Dakota.

If you actually understand these observations, and you Forward them to all your North Dakota friends, You must live in (or near) North Dakota!

A lot of laughs and a lot of TRUTH. Yep, I'm a North Dakota girl!! ;)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Love never fails, but I do.

I cut this prayer out of a Magnificat many months ago because I thought it said so many great things in a simple and succinct way. Tonight when I picked up a book it literally fell at my feet. I took it as a sign from God that I should be spending some time with this prayer this Lent. I encourage all of us to spend some time with this prayer, it's beautiful.

Jesus, I thank you
    for your love so strong.
May that love
    flow through me to others.
May I be patient
    when change comes slowly.
May I be kind
    when life seems harsh.
May I be gentle
    when others feel bruised.
May I be humble
    when things go well.
May I be peaceful
    when anger rises within.
May I forgive
    when wronged.
May I rejoice
    when the truth is discovered.
Love never fails,
    but I do.
May I hope
    when things seem hopeless.
May I persevere
    when the way is hard.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Do not put the plastic bag in your head to prevent from suffocating. What?

Fr. Z pointed me to a funny site that makes fun of how other languages interpret English. They post a new funny each day. It's a good way to start the day with a laugh. Today's (seen above) made me laugh out loud.

Check it out: engrish.com

Monday, March 02, 2009

North Dakota day

I received a couple of good "North Dakota" emails today that I thought I would share.

Here is a nice video from CNN about our economy during these troubled times.

And a little joke:

A man decided to write a book about famous churches
around the world. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to
Orlando, thinking that he would start by working his way across the USA from
South to North.

On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read $10,000 per call". The man, being intrigued, asked a Pastor who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The
Pastor replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God. The man thanked the Pastor and went along his way.

Next stop was in Atlanta. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God. "O.K., thank you," said the man.

He then traveled to Indianapolis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York. In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10,000 per call" sign under it. The man, upon leaving New York decided to travel out to the Midwest to see if western states had the same phone.

He arrived in Bismarck, North Dakota, and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read "40 cents per call." The man was surprised so he asked the Pastor about the sign. "Reverend, I've traveled all over America and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in the east and south the price was $10,000 per call.. Why is it so cheap here? The priest smiled and answered, "You're in North Dakota now, son, it's a local call".

The Catholics Next Door as a podcast!

I'm so happy!

Greg and Jennifer Willits are now able to put segments of their radio show "The Catholics Next Door" into a podcast for those of us that don't have Sirius radio and can't get the Catholic Channel. Woohoo! Now we can hear some of what we have been missing since the Rosary Army podcast ended. Thank you, thank you to Sirius radio, The Catholic Channel and Greg and Jennifer. You have made your people happy!

I had just been thinking a few days ago how I have missed hearing about the wonderful craziness that is the Willits family life. I was hoping that they would be able to share at least some of the radio show via podcast one of these days. Well, this weekend the announcement happened and the first episode is available for download. God is good. ;)

Subscribe to the show through iTunes or your favorite podcatcher at this site so you don't miss any episodes. The first episode has Jennifer going through ACTUAL labor and delivery of their 5th child and first daughter, Lily! How's that for a reality show?! It's beautiful.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Prayers and action, please! The "personhood bill" in ND

Most important North Dakota pro-life bill in 2009!
The “personhood bill,” HB 1572, passed the North Dakota House 51–41, and has gone to the Senate, where the vote will be close. The bill defines all human beings, even pre-born, as legal persons with protection under the law.  The bill could challenge the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade, which said if the fetus is ever determined to be a person, the arguments for Roe v. Wade would collapse. The bill’s second section will allow pro bono appointed lawyers to argue this case on behalf of the state (for free). Senators Byron Dorgan, John McCain and Harry Reid all voted for personhood legislation in 1984!
HB 1572 will be heading to the Judiciary Committee approximately March 16. Call or email members of the committee now, especially Chairman David Nething, urging them to vote DO PASS in committee. Below are the members of that committee. These phone numbers are their home phone numbers to call on weekends. During the week, call the Legislative Switchboard 1-888-ND-LEGIS (635-3447).

Dave Nething – Chairman

Curtis Olafson - Vice Chairman

Tom Fiebiger

Stanley W. Lyson

Carolyn Nelson

Mac Schneider
The vote on the bill will probably come later in the week of March 16.
Our state senators need to hear from you and hundreds of people in the next two weeks. Please email or call the senators and ask him or her to vote yes on HB 1572. Also please spread the word to family, friends or neighbors, asking them to email or call. We need to flood the switchboard in Bismarck with emails and calls. The Legislative switchboard number is 1-888-635-3447.
Here is a link to the list of senators and representatives with their contact information. Please help save lives!

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