Friday, July 7, 2017

#1 is Done...

or rather just beginning on her journey away from the nest!

She's attending the U of M here in the cities, but she'll be living in a household in Dinky Town with a group of Catholic girls.  It's a great opportunity for her and such a relief for us!  Here she is at her scholarship's seminar a few weeks ago.

Some of the kids from Monica's small group during the seminar.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

How Do You Solve a Problem Like....


This kid, I tell you, is living the life right now.  Her group had a fun day in Munich and is now in Salzburg.  They had a concert earlier today with an Austrian group.  I'll have to get that video and post it if I can.

Here are a few of the pics she's sent....

This hotel breakfast is not shabby!  Maria had a cappuccino, of course!!

Maria found this beautiful shrine at Dachau Concentration Camp.  Fr. Kentenich, the founder of Schoenstatt, was imprisoned here for a while.

With all the churches in Europe, it was near impossible to get to a Mass today.  However, the bells were ringing all around her!!

And here's another video of Maria performing last Sunday at her winter recital.  She's playing a duet with her flute teacher.

Friday, March 10, 2017

These Kids....

are growing up so quickly....almost too quickly!

I'm going to photo dump a heck of a lot of pictures here because our life has been so richly full and blessed and fuller and more blessed and fuller still.

Here goes:

Elizabeth at Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

She loves doing the altar work.  She says a little prayer when the candles are lit.
 Maria had her 16th Birthday, and Nick had his 7th Birthday.

A little fuzzy, but here they all are....many of the SCB Youth Group and extra friends had a fun late night of bowling the night before President's Day to celebrate just being a great group of friends!!

"I'm finally 7!!!"  Nick had a boy birthday party with some school friends that was, of course, crashed by Jane.  Plus it was pajama day at school so everyone came comfy and cozy!!!
Monica and Milah took Senior Pictures together at our neighborhood park in anticipation of their June Grad Party.  Love these girls!!!

There they go....They're off to great places.  Today is their day!!
 Plus there have been trips...crazy trips.  Monica is currently in LA with the concert choir from her high school.  They are touring and sightseeing and performing this weekend at two venues.  She spent extra time earlier this week with cousins on Paul's side.  And Maria is in Germany with the concert band from the same high school.  She fundraised and worked and fundraised some more just to get to go on this trip.  She was visiting Rothenburg two hours from Frankfurt where the group flew in.  Tomorrow she will be visiting Dauchau Concentration Camp and traveling to Salzburg, Austria.  Lucky girl!  We miss both girls terribly but are so happy they are visiting these wonderful and fun places.

Maria in Germany...

She said the food she had for lunch was so good.  This pretzel was one of her favorites ever!

Of course, she had to get a picture of a Birkenstock shop.  Of course!

Cute as a bug and stylish to boot!

Maria loved the pastel colored houses and cobblestone streets.  Rothenburg is a quaint medieval town.

She didn't give any details about this church, but it's beautiful!

And there you have it.  More updates will come as Maria and Monica give us more details about their trips.  For now, we are living vicariously through both of them! 

The rest of the kids are on Spring Break starting today.  So we'll be having a few outings and trying not to kill each other!

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