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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

The Happy Couple...

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Ava Marie

Lilypie - Personal pictureLilypie Third Birthday tickers

Clara Rose

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Gabriel's ticker

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Twins ticker

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Friday, March 9, 2012

7 Quick takes Friday

1. Shaun will be no longer working nights... soon!  I've enjoyed having him home for part of the day (even if he is unconcious most of the time he's here) and yet, I'll enjoy having a similar sleep schedule with him again.  Thank God for the gift of work when your husband works in construction and it's winter!  I'm so proud to have a husband who works SO hard without complaint (even with sciatica and an injured back for the past 2months) to provide for our family.

(here's a pic right before he heads back into work)
These are the notes that hung on the door since St. Valentine's day, so he'd see them every time he headed out to work.

2.  On Saturday we had a "Day with Mary" at our parish.  It's a beautiful day of prayer and devotion to Our Lady.  Our pastor gave a great homily on Our Lady of Perpetual Help and consecrated the parish to her Immaculate Heart.  Here are some pics of the day:

At the end of the "Day" there is a procession with Our Lady of Fatima where she is carried surrounded by flowers and the church sings a traditional song "Fatima Farewell" while waving handkerchiefs to Our Lady.

Shaun held Ava as they waved goodbye to Mary...

 Ava sang...

 Fr. Conrad & Ava Marie

An opportunity for a family shot.
3.  I am so appreciative of a husband who comes home with these for no reason.  Especially after I kept saying "are you sure you don't want me to go to the grocery store?  Are you sure?  I can get ready quick!  Why do you want to go by yourself?  Nag nag nag..."  All the while he meant to come home with these!

4. The house may be untidy at times, but I'm thankful for these signs of a "happy" home:

5. Our good friend Fr. Marcello came to visit on Monday.  It was wonderful to have him!  Unfortunately the day went by much too quickly...

Kisses for Father...

 Kisses for Ava...

6. Ava has been cooped up most of her life inside because of the cold weather, but yesterday the weather was so beautiful, so Daddy took her out on the porch with him.  Here are some beautiful shots of them:

7.  Here's another favorite from this week.  Can't believe she's 5 1/2months old already!


  1. Oh my gosh, your church is GORGEOUS! I miss stained glass so much! What a lovely tradition your parish has!

    1. I love our parish too! We think it's beautiful. Day with Mary is actually not a parish tradition, but something that a group of Franciscans of the Immaculate (who have a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel downtown here) do to promote devotion to Our Lady. Different parishes host the "Days" and it spreads devotion to Our Blessed Mother within parishes. Beautiful day. Thanks for visiting Cari!

  2. OH, that hat on Ava is just too precious!!!


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