Friday, April 17, 2015

Easter Traditions

I am happy to continue the Easter tradition of a family photo and a big meal after mass. Our family has been extremely fortunate to find a humble priest in our new city. We all admire Fr. Anthony for his excellent homilies, and we "understand" his love of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey club. He is well respected by all my boys, including our two exchange students: Yichen "Johnson" on the left by Sniper Ben, and Tianqi "Terry" on the right by Playmaker David.
Captain and I are trying to look on the bright side

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas Memories

My camera was stolen just after Christmas, so I've lost the formal photos from church and the engagement dinner and from Meggar's trendy apartment (where we watched the "Michael Buble Special," ate, drank, laughed, and opened presents).
Aunt Kathryn sent me this one from the Leonard family gathering in Wichita!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

He Proposes with a Twist

      Spencer's proposal was both humorous and romantic--which is a perfect reflection of the style of his personality! Meggar might deny it, but she likes being teased a little.  That's because she grew up coping with Captain and three little brothers! (smile)
     So the proposal story starts with flowers being delivered on Friday morning (nice), and a dinner date at a sushi restaurant (very nice). Meggar was a little suspicious because sushi is her favorite and not her beloved's. No proposal at the restaurant though.
     Next, they went to the restored Moolah Theatre, which features vintage decor and cocktails for movie goers and a bowling alley too. It was here they had previously celebrated their dating anniversary and where Spencer had said "I love you" for the first time. No proposal on the loveseat though.
     On the way back, they strolled through the City Gardens, but there was no proposal near the sculptures nor the flowers either!
     But the icing on the cake came in the car when Spencer quipped, "You didn't think I was going to propose tonight, did you?!"
     They agreed to call it an early night and watch their favorite series on NetFlix. Meggar was snuggling up in a blanket with the TV remote, and Spencer said he wanted to get something to drink. Then he called from the kitchen for some assistance. When Megan walked in, she saw dozens of tea lights and Spencer down on one knee with "the box."
     He said something sweet which she doesn't quite remember.
     She said, "Yes!"
     They called and woke us up on the east coast.
     They called his parents, too.
     Then they called Meg's roommate, who had been asked to stay away from the apartment until the surprise was accomplished.
     Happily. Ever. After.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Here Comes the ....

With great joy, we announce the engagement of our only daughter!
Megan and Spencer
(Few titles will ever make me feel as special as this one: Mother of the Bride)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Election Night

Another change of living in a new state is understanding their politics. Although Delaware did not have any important races, I was still able to work on election night. I was a reporting agent for Reuters. They launched a nationwide effort to collect voting results as the polls closed with agents covering all counties (well almost all counties). I got paid, and I got press credentials!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

End of October

Each Sunday in October, it hit me. I saw the crosses and lingered over many memories from my former life (before Delaware). This was the first year that I didn't "do" anything for Respect Life month. For the past 14 years, my family and I have installed crosses at one (or more) Catholic churches.
Displays like this one and others I see around Wilmington.
Before that, I organized long processionals with all ages bearing a red rose up to the altar.
Before that, I walked my pregnant belly and toddler Meggar up to the front for a pro-life voting announcement at the end of mass.
Before that, I prayed the rosary for the first time at a PP clinic all four Saturdays.
Before that, I volunteered at Birthright in Manhattan.
Before that, I read Judie Brown's newsletters detailing the Roe v. Wade decision.
(From what I remember, that was the beginning of Respect Life month by the USCCB 40 years ago.)
I am not sure what God is doing at this stage of my life, but I guess He wanted someone else to "do" this work.