Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Special Announcement

This Saturday, September 23rd, I am excited to be a part of the Rosary Walk for Life being held in Downers Grove, Illinois to pray for and end to abortion and specifically, the closing of Access Health Center/Abortion Clinic.

So again, for anyone in the remotely near area, consider coming! Holy Mass will be celebrated at 9am with Bishop Roger Kaffer (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Joliet) at Divine Savior Catholic Church in Downers Grove, followed by a 1-1/2 mile walk to the abortion clinic praying the rosary. Also included will be a special blessing of the brand new Pregnancy Care Center opening a few doors down from the abortion clinic: Woman's Choice Services - South.

And once more, for all those rest of you scattered far, kindly unite with us in prayer in a special way this Saturday! For more information or details, feel free to call Sarah (my sister, and the organizer of this event!) at 815 727-3018.

"I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself."
-Mother Teresa

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Glimpse at Our Family Camping Trip, Part 3

An enchanting view: the creek that runs into the Lake

Enjoying Lake Michigan...and our WholesomeWear swimsuits!

Daddy gallantly rigged up a badminton net off the clearance rack, some $.99 plastic poles, and thick branches to make a "volleyball court" on the beach for us. Hours of fun!

The girls playing peek-a-boo from behind Mom and Dad. You can see a bit of our raft (which we jokingly call "our boat").

Daddy giving his impish grin. ;) (Does it look anything like the volleyball?)

David enjoying the "kiddie pool" creek

The boys just can't get by without shinnying up a few trees, you know! ;)

Wooded dunes against a blue sky!

"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let thy glory be over all the earth!"
(Psalm 57)

Monday, September 18, 2006

A Glimpse at our Family Camping Trip, Part 2

"D & D" having fun on the rocks...and giving Mom a near-heart attack

Dad and Mom enjoying a spectacular lake sunset

Visiting the USS Silversides -- what a field trip!!

Dad made the most of every teachable aspect of the we are learning all about torpedos!

Grassy dunes, blue skies, and beautiful water

Happy 14th Birthday, Veronica!

And I remember the day she was born...

Another shimmering beach sunset

Our view while sitting atop a dune, continuing our tradition of singing "How Great Thou Art" as the sun sinks beneath the lake's edge...


Praise God! The Wash for Life was a great success. Stop by the website to see some of the amazing results from youth groups around the country! Our group didn't wash the most cars or raise the most money (by any means), but we pray that many unborn babies will still be helped through our efforts! Thank you all for your prayers.

Friday, September 15, 2006

How Did I Know Your Car Was Dirty?

Well, tomorrow we can fix that! Saturday, September 16, 2006 is the First-Ever Annual CAR WASH FOR LIFE - a new, nationwide pro-life youth event. Youth Groups around the country are sponsoring Car Washes with 100% profits benefiting their local crisis pregnancy center/pregnancy care center.

Check out the great website all about it at and find a Wash in your area! (And if there isn't one, well, make sure you're the one to organize it next year.)

And hear, hear! Our very own Saint John Bosco's League of Extraordinary Catholics Youth Group is hosting a Wash at K-Mart here in Joliet, IL (at the intersection of Larkin Ave. and Jefferson St.). So for any and all of you remotely nearby people, tell your family and friends to bring their dirty cars and their pockebooks! We'll be out there from 10am-3pm at your service, accepting donations great and small in exchange for making your vehicle sparkle. And we'll even have some homemade baked goods and lemonade right there for you, too. All our proceeds will be benefitting the brand-new Woman's Choice Services Pregnancy Care Center opening right next-door to our local abortion clinic!

And please, all of you, keep this nationwide effort in your prayers! Even if you aren't near a Wash tomorrow...consider making a holy hour, or going to Mass just for the intention of this project. From across the country, you can help us too. And hey, if you have your own blog it wouldn't hurt for you to mention and link this event there also. Let's show America that we are a PRO-LIFE GENERATION!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Glimpse at...our Family Camping Trip!

I could go on and on about our beautiful week, but I think the photos say it all. And to give you an idea of all I've been doing the past few days...I wanted to get this up on Sunday.


The breakwater we walked out on

Me on the rocks...a perfectly lovely backdrop by the Master Artist!

Sarah and a sailboat

Three sisters...

...enjoying breeze and beauty!

Dad and Mom...a rare photo of dad smiling (he's just not a "picture person") ;)

Lighthouse in the sunset

All of us!