-1- Pre-Seasonal Celebrating
“Liturgical Living” is hot in Catholic circles, but reading seasonal books is popular all over. We have an awesome library, but all the theme-y books get scooped up fast. So we started pre-seasonal celebrating. Books about Valentine’s Day? We checked those out at the beginning of January. Books about St. Patrick and Ireland? Just returning them today so all the normal people can borrow them closer to the real holiday. Thanks, pre-seasonal celebrating for helping us get all the best books without waiting!
-2- An Irish Staycation
Any time we get a bunch of books about an geographic location, we call it a “staycation.” It sounds more special than “unit study.” I need to find some good Irish recipes and activities for the next leg of our staycation, but these are the library books that got our “trip” started.
I can’t include this one in our library list above since I actually bought it. Yes. It’s that good.
It’s easy to put the saints on a pedestal and forget that they were real people. “Paddy and the Wolves” overcomes that idea as it imagines how St. Patrick may have acted as a child. The story is gentle enough for littles, and the illustrations are lovely. I appreciate the subtle theme that anyone (even kids who fidget during prayer time!) can grow up to be a saint. Although there’s not a lot of historical content in the actual story, there is some factual information in the back of the book.
-4- Everyone’s Irish in March
David converted me to Irish folk music early on in our marriage, and it quickly became our family’s favorite genre.
In fact, when Cee was a toddler my mom was a little horrified to overhear her singing “Kiss me darlin’ mother, drink a pint of beer…” as clearly as if she was singing “Old MacDonald.”
David loves the history behind the music– the idea of passing down stories through song. I love the peppy tunes you can’t help but tap along to.
If you’re new (like I was!) to Irish music, here are a few songs by The High Kings to get your feet wet. The videos are not interesting, so just push play and try not to dance around your living room. Just try.
Wild Mountain Thyme (This is my favorite, favorite, favorite!)
By the Rising of the Moon
Marie’s Wedding (We sing this anything we go to a wedding.)
Fields of Athenry (David sings this to Bea to get her to fall asleep.)
Red is the Rose (2nd favorite of mine.)
-5- A New Look
The blog got a makeover! It makes me happy.
-6- Another New Look
I got few inches chopped off my hair. It also makes me happy.
-7- Bad News
Cee has been battling serious hip pain since October. It’s hard to tell why a flare is starting in kids with SJIA– could be the weather, could be a cold, could be a medication failure. Because of that, our rheumatologist moves sort of slowly in addressing a flare. Well, we started assessing, and it doesn’t look good. Cee’s had blood work, a couple appointments at Mayo, and an MRI. Next week we’ll go up to Mayo again for an xray, some more appointments, and possible joint injections. Maybe another different, special MRI? We’re not sure.
Cee is in good spirits, but we’re pretty worried. I’ve written a lot about it in the past week in trying to process everything.
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