Happy Lunar New Year!

I wasn’t going to post today, but then this cutie (below) showed up at Mass and I was all, “AWWWWW, what a co-inky-dink!  I have my camera with my new lens to take a picture of her!”   Yes, I waited until Mass was over. Happy Lunar New Year to you all!  I totally thought […]

Answered Prayers: God is in the Unexpected

The Quick Takes that Were Not Even Close to Being Quick. According to my Facebook feed and blog reader, this week has been r-o-u-g-h for a lot of people, including me. There were moments this week, especially Wednesday, when I wondered if I could take any more emotional upheaval.  Lest you think Kevin isn’t doing […]

Happy New Year from the Darrs!

Do you have New Years traditions? When I was a kid, my family often went to a friend’s house for a New Years party. The kids would play upstairs and watch movies (under the watchful eye of a babysitter/older sibling) while the adults would play Trivial Pursuit and carouse downstairs. Since having our oldest 7 […]

Photos from Christmas Week

Not much time for anything other than photos this week.  Fortunately I took a gazillion.  Warning: this post contains entirely too many exclamation points. ~1~ Saturday I bought and assembled a book shelf for the playroom.  Kids always add…adventure… to such home improvement projects, don’t you think? ~2~ Sunday We added the finishing touches to […]

Advent Booklist, with a Link Up!

As I mentioned in my last post, one of my favorite Advent traditions is setting aside all of our everyday literature and reading special books during this time of year.  The list below, in no particular order, are our current favorites. Most of these title are available at the library.  However, if you click through […]

Advent Traditions

Advent is my favorite season.  Yes, I love it even more than the Christmas season.  I love the anticipation of it.  I enjoy the weather outside (cold) while hunkering down in our (warm) house.  I like planning for, ordering, and making gifts for family and friends.  I like tea and coffee and all manner of […]

Best Staycation Game Ever

Last week, I was supposed to be here: Okinawa, Japan While doing this: Not Chinese beer, but you get the idea. Didn’t happen.  Instead, I was here: In Daegu, but not under a bridge, as this picture might imply While doing this: That’s right.  Climbing on a parked front loader was a planned outing this weekend. […]

Gratitude: 7 Quotes, 7 Photos

The laziest post I have ever written.  None of it is from me.  Except the gratitude, of course.  That is deep and abiding within my heart. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your […]

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Happy All Saints Day! St. Rose of Lima St. Elizabeth of Hungary St. George… … and his dragon Lil Pumpkin (my niece Gemma) Roman emperor The whole gang My sister-in-law Vanessa, and nieces Gemma and Siena Girls with thier best friend Yu Min (Cindy) Trick-or-treating by street lamp Hand it over! My favorite […]

Happy Mothers Day and Shameless Photo Montage

I am truly blessed to have both an incredible and amazing mother, and an awesome and wonderful mother in law.  Mom and Marie, I thank God for you every day!  Happy Mothers Day! To all my female friends and family: those who are mothers, those who hope to be mothers, and those who find their […]