It hasn’t gotten very cold here yet. Only recently has the temperature dropped near the acceptable level for the wood stove, but we haven’t gotten to light it yet. After a 3week cough jag in September, it took most of the energy to get back to normal, so I finally decorated for Fall in October (a month late).
It’s been so dry that wildfires have burned 69 acres of the mountain across the valley from our ridge. And coming along with the barren dryness of our season here, we have the election tomorrow. What a malaise has settled on the country’s atmosphere. I wish with all my heart that the decision rendered tomorrow would be the best for our country. I cannot see how the current choices offer that promise. But I never pretended to be one of the Wise who can see all ends.
I’m just tending my little corner of the hearth and guiding nine little souls on their path in this crazy world. The flame we light in our children’s hearts is what will make America great again. It is the small, quietly kindling flame of love, joy, respect for each other, honesty, fairness, and the rest of those small virtues that need to begin at home. And Faith. Always Faith. I cling to this, no matter what political season or what party wins.
Now, on to more family news, shall we?
Our three big girls started attending American Heritage Girls in September. The picture was taken that day, when the dogwood was still green. Keeping it real: Sunshine still finds it overwhelming, and we got permission to move her into Miss M’s Pathfinder group. It was just a better fit. However, I adore this picture, and Sunshine’s sweet smile.
For Fall Break, Haus Meister took Rascal, Princess, and Dino up to Northern Michigan to visit his grandfather (their great-grandfather). Granddad turned 99 last month! It had been about five years since any of us had last seen the cottage on the lake, and the kids made many memories. Granddad enjoyed conversing with Haus Meister after the kids had gone to bed, and while they were awake, the kids told Granddad all about their lake exploring and even prayed the Rosary with him. It was truly an “epoch” in their lives.
Cousins came to visit! Jipped out of a nice cosy family gathering after Rosebud arrived owing to her being in the NICU that time, my mom and my sister brought our nieces and nephew down for some cousin fun over their Fall Break. The kids had such fun together, despite autumn cleaning. More memories were made.
On Hallowe’en we had a quick trip to the grocery store where Publix had staff stationed throughout the store offering treats and pumpkins to any costumed trick-or-treaters. So my sister and I packed up a few of ours and headed out. Most of these costumes are self-explanatory, although I’ll mention that our niece at the head of the lineup there was Molly McIntyre of Pleasant Company/American Girl fame, complete with doll. Dino was “Vacation Stormtrooper,” hence the swim trunks. It is a perfectly legitimate costume; “Vacation Stormtrooper” is a fan-fiction creation of Dino’s own. Sunshine went out for the candy hunt in the neighborhood, dressed in the dinosaur costume that has seen a few Halloweens now. We had a merry gathering for dinner, including dear friends and all three of our parish priests. It was definitely a party to remember.
So was the charity event Haus Meister and I attended last weekend. Our church had a fundraiser for our sister parish in Haiti. There was a silent auction, swing music, wine and appetizers, and the fun of having conversations with other adults from our parish without having to turn around and chase a toddler. Not that we mind doing that. They are darling little toddlers, after all. 😉