Happy Night-Before-2008!

December 31, 2007

To end this year, I thought I’d post a very creative and original post.  Ha.  And some sarcasm…

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Take the PSAT

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Ahaha, not as well as I wanted…clearly shown in the fact that I can’t really remember what they were; and yes, I will make more for 2008.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, many people.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, two. One who I have known since my birth, but never knew very well. And one who I had only known for 60 days, and yet I knew her very well.

5. What countries did you visit?
US. 😀

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Better PSAT math scores…

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 14, the date we found out Mom was pregnant; May 17, day I flew to Cinci.; June 14, the date we found out we lost Catherine; late October.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Mmmm, staying on track (most of the time), not getting distracted as easily by unimportant things, good PSAT Crit. reading and writing scores (I know I keep mentioning the PSATs, sorry!)

9. What was your biggest failure?
Ahh, everything that led up to the ‘melt down’ in late October.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Various caughs, sneezes, a bruised toe, the stomach flu.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Uhhh? Obviously it wasn’t that great…

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My parents’: this was a very hard year for them in some aspects and they have been strong throughout.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Mine, at times, and some people that I know and expected better of.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Worthless stuff in the larger scheme of things.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My mom’s pregnancy, trip to Cinci., having a updated blog (hey, it’s a small victory), Aisa’s surprise trip to AZ.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Lullaby, Josh Groban and As Long As We’re Together, Al Green.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) happier…or rather, more content; b) I think about the same, this year was pretty awful as far as my karate training went though, I think I’m more fit though; c) my family: richer, me: poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
school, karate, and writing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
time online, worrying about stupid drama.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it with my family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Nope.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Good Eats :D, and Masterpiece Theater

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone, but there are people who I held in higher regard last year at this time.

25. What was the best book you read?
Left to Tell, maybe,…Jane Eyre.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Gaelic Storm

27. What did you want and get?
a stronger relationship with family, a sister, joy.

28. What did you want and not get?
ahh, not sure.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
NORTH AND SOUTH!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 15 in June and spent most of the day at the Little League Ballpark for my brother’s last games and closing ceremonies…the next day had a quiet celebration with family.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If Catherine wasn’t miscarried.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
lol, I had a ‘fashion concept’…

33. What kept you sane?
prayer, family and friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
fancy in a ‘drool’ sort of way? …or fancy as in ‘admire their skill’? …to both I could answer Richard Armitage….:D

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
eck, this question makes me feel bad…i really didn’t pay much attention to politics this year. (note to self for 2008 resolutions)

36. Who did you miss?
Catherine, Aisa, my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Catherine.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Focus on what is really important first, and with hard work the lesser important will fall into place.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
‘As long as we’re together! I do believe, I do believe…’

To all out there this New Years eve, I wish you a better year than before in all the aspects the past years have fallen short.  I wish you all the luck and grace in the world (and you should be wishing it for me) in 2008 to stick to any new resolutions, and continue with any old ones.  As we stumble and yet try again to continue with our resolutions, remember the words of Mark Twain…

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
~Mark Twain

And to usher in 2008, I give you this pithy bit of ‘Wham!’ again from my beloved Mark Twain:

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
 

Oh, I can’t help myself….one more (yes, from Mark Twain as well):

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

😀

Love to y’all, and good night…what’s left of it!

Devin

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Total Consecration to Mary

December 30, 2007

Tomorrow is Dec. 31st, and my Mom and I will start the Total Consecration to Mary, which was poplarized by St. Louis de Montfort.

St. Louis wrote: “…this devotion consists in surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through her, and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary, and for Mary”

 To read more, go to this page.

I will be posting more about the consecration, the prayers and focuses, as the consecration progresses.

Dangerous Foods: Nutella

December 30, 2007

 

With its amazingly creamy and luxurious texture, and wonderfully hazelnutty and chocolatey at-the-same-time taste, this stuff has a scary tendency to disappear from cabinets and pantries with alarming speed.

 

I still highly recommend it.

 

What makes it even more dangerous is that it can be eaten with an awesome amount of different things!  Toast, bananas, oranges, cookies, ice cream….or on a spoon.

we have a family motto/focus for 2008:

Spacious Order

“Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.”
~Theodore Roosevelt

When did we forget?

December 30, 2007

For Christmas, one of Aiden’s (younger brother # 1) gifts was WOW 2008, a collection of contemp. Christian music. As we started to listen to this CD, and have done so many times since the 25th, I decided that I liked what I heard. See, in the past, I haven’t really been impressed with the selections. With WOW 2008, however, I really enjoy what I hear.

For example, the first song ‘Made to Love’ by Tobymac, is reminiscent of Santana (a good thing in our house) and the lyrics ring true. What strikes me most about this song in particular is the theme of not forgetting why we’re here on earth, and who put us here. As our family prepares for the new year, we have decided on the theme of (and we still don’t have the words quite right, so bear with me) simple priorities, fulfilling the basics of God, family, and service. Not that we don’t want to do more, but that in fulfilling the simple things first, we will cut out distractions from the highest priority, God. We can’t forget to do the most important, and often most basic, things in the plentiful distractions of our day and age.

Tobymac ‘Made to Love’

The dream is fading, now I’m staring at the door
I know its over cause my feet have hit the cold floor
Check my reflection, I ain’t feelin what I see
It’s no mystery
Whatever happened to a passion I could live for
What became of the flame that made me feel more
And when did I forget that…

I was made to love you
I was made to find you
I was made just for you
Made to adore you
I was made to love
And be loved by you
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And you said you’d keep me
Never would you leave me I was made to love
and be loved by you

The dream’s alive with my eyes opened wide
Back in the ring you’ve got me swinging for the grand prize
I feel the haters spittin vapors on my dreams
But I still believe
I’m reachin out, reachin up, reachin over
I feel a breeze cover me called Jehovah
And daddy I’m on my way
Cause I was made to love…

I was made to love you
I was made to find you
I was made just for you
Made to adore you
I was made to love
And be loved by you
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And you said you’d keep me
Never would you leave me
I was made to love
and be loved by you

I was made to love you
I was made just for you
Made to adore you
I was made to love
And be loved by you
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And you said you’d keep me
Never would you leave me
I was made to love
and be loved by you
(nah, nah, nah, nah – nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
(nah, nah, nah, nah – nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Anything I would give up for you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Everything, I’d give it all away (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Anything I would give up for you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Everything, I’d give it all away (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Anything I would give up for you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Everything, I’d give it, I’d give it all away, Oh yeah

Cause I was made to love you (I was made to love you)
Yeah I was made to love you (I was made to find you)
Cause I was made to love you (I was made to adore you, made just for you) (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
I was made to love you (I was made to adore you, made just for you)
Cause I was made to love you (I was made to adore you, made just for you) (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
I was made to love you (I was made to adore you)
Yeah I’m loved by you
Yeah I’m loved by you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Yeah I’ m loved by you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
(nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
(nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)

And, talking about not forgetting the most important things, happy feast of the Holy Family!