Monday, July 21, 2008


For some reason, this video freaks me out, as in, giving me the heebee jeebies.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

World Youth Links

World Youth Day is the largest gathering of
young people in the world.
Participants are
united in faith and celebrate Christ and His
through many events scheduled.
This year's World Youth Day is being held
this week,
July 14-20 in Sydney, Australia.
It is Pope Benedicts first
trip to Australia
where he will preside over a Mass estimated
to have over 500,000
people in attendence.
Can't make it to Sydney mate?
Here are some great sites
that will give you
a front row seat to many of the events:

The official World Youth Day Website

eBenedict is a great site with live blogging of the event.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio has a pilgrimage blog. Good Job guys!

EWTN has live streaming video

Briton's The Catholic Herald

The official World Youth Day Song
It's pretty good except for the goofy "I love" t-shirt the
singer is wearing
in the video. It totally distracted me
from the song.

A schedule of events.

Share in the experience by forwarding some of these
sites to the ones who you think may enjoy it.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

nursery rhymes with a twist

Jack and Gus decided to teach Henry a popular nursery rhyme, but with their own changes. I heard this one coming from the back seat of the car:

Jack and Gus singing together:

Patty Cake, Patty Cake
Bakers Man
Bake me a Cake
Or you will DIE!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It's a real Gas!

Look what is keeping the Clemens kids entertained
this week!

Only high quality, classy games are allowed at the Clemens home!

Exclaimed by more than one boy, "Whoever invented this game was a genius!"

Monday, July 07, 2008

I want that interesting thing, please.

Hey...dear brother, what is that cool electronic device in your hand, that I now want, that costs too much money for me to mess with, that you won't let me have, that I'll then need to scream at the top of my lungs for, and then get my way. I love you my brother....but don't tell mom.

Photo Credit: Jack Clemens

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Hayley Westenra-wow!

I heard this young 21 year old artist sing on television last night for Washington D. C.'s Fourth of July Celebration. She sang the song "Shenandoah" accompanied by a live orchestra and choir. It totally transported me to another place; it was so beautiful. Of course I totally bought the song off of I-Tunes this morning. Have a listen for yourself and enjoy the beauty of the song and singer.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Beachy keen!

Ahhh, vacation. A long and well deserved one for the family on the Emerald Isle Beach in North Carolina. There is nothing like the feel of sand between your toes, the sound of crashing waves on the shore, the sun bearing down on your shoulders, the sheer joy of my children's laughter and the inevitable discovery of a gallon of sand found in your swimsuit bottom. (How does it ever get in there?)

There is not much to do at the beach other that lay on it, play in it, walk on it, search for shells or sit on it and stare into the abyss of never ending ocean. I escaped one afternoon for a short walk on part of the the 12 mile shore of Emerald Isle I enjoyed the rush of water pushing at my feet creating a sinking feeling in the sand. The wind blew against my face-like God giving me a big bear hug. My feet carried my body down the long expanse of the beach. How quickly my footprints disappeared, swallowed up by the surf!

It's short moments of quiet like those that give me perspective on life. As I looked toward my family 100 feet away playing on the beach I realized how amazingly perfect my life I would never want to be anywhere else but with them. How God had managed to surprise me in wonderful ways that I could have never planned. Had anyone ever told me at 20 years old that I would one day be the mom of five kids, living in a state of which I never gave a second thought, with a man who was created beautifully, but completely opposite in personality than me, working part-time in a low paying job with an amazing group of middle school youth..I would have told that person to take a look at my long range planner...I was NOT planning any such thing! I wanted the executive job. I wanted to wait at least 2 years (not 2 weeks) before conceiving a child, my husband would be military and we would save our money for when we were ready for for our 2.4 children! I've learned that no amount of planning stops the life that God lays before me each and every day. My life is still evolving into the perfect plan. His perfect plan.

Watching my footsteps disappear on the shore as quickly as I make them is a subtle reminder of how short my life is. Each kiss and hug should be cherished, every moment a gift from a father to his child. Time is limited to know, love and serve the one who holds the perfect plan for our lives. My life being so different than what I planned is a testament to how amazing God
is and how He never asks us for more than we can handle...even on those impossibly difficult days of diapers, messy houses, screaming kids and low moral.

The author of my life has written the story perfectly, I can't wait to see what other surprises are in store.(Just no more messy sand in my beach bottoms please.)