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Friday, August 30, 2013

House hunting . . .


Well, we've been planning on moving.  When we moved into out house, we said we were on the 3-5 year plan for getting out.  Well, we've been on that plan for seven years now and it sure does seem like the time is ripe for moving out.  We've had several false starts, a few high hopes, but we're still here.

Right now the rental market here in Front Royal is booming, which is great for us because we want to rent this house out.  On the other hand, it's not so great, because we want to find to rental to live in while we gain rental income history so we can purchase something that we really want.  At this point, our mortgage payment is lower than the rent for every house that would be possible for us.  So, we are looking at buying something cheap.  The problem with that is then we own it!  We're not sure we want to own two houses that are not really the home we are looking for.

Please keep us in prayer as we search for the Spiering home (for a year or so) and look for people who will LOVE to rent this house.  It's great, if you like old houses with lots of garden beds to tend!  :)

On a completely different (sort of) topic, have you heard that the cause for G. K. Chesterton's sainthood is officially being sought?  I guess it's not OFFICIAL yet, but the local bishop has agreed to begin working for it.  You can read more about it here:
How wonderful is that?  I was thinking of him, Chesterton that is, and the irony of the situation we are in.  In the middle of this conundrum, I hear about the movement for his cause!  I have begun praying for his help in this matter.  I am sure, if he's able, he will help this come out, not only right, but as a manifestation of God's Glory in a way that we had never dream.  I would assume he will get some converts along the way as well.  He's good at that; MUCH better than I am.

G. K. Chesterton, Pray for us!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John Paul


Well, when I'm on a roll, I might as well keep going, right?  Well, I have been meaning to get the word out about this little guy for awhile.  My friends Jill and Patrick's 5th son (that's typed correctly:FIVE BOYS!!!)  has a rare condition in which he was born with shortened arms and bones missing or fused together in his legs.  He is such and amazingly happy little man, you would never know the challenges he faces by the grin on his face.

Craig did a portraiture session of their family and after that we had dinner.  It was a lovely time with this lovely family.

Patrick and Jill are such loving parents and John Paul couldn't have been given to a more welcoming family.

I mean, these boys dote on John Paul!  It's SO sweet to see!  I wanted to get the word out that Azalea Charities http://azaleacharities.com/charities/Storey.shtml is having a fundraiser for help put an addition on to their home which would make it handicapped accessible.  If you are interested in helping this family, please pray, of course!  You can get more of John Paul's story (no pun intended!) at Jill's super cute blog http://dulcedomum.wordpress.com/.

Today is the feast of St. Augustine, and at Mass (yes, we actually went to a daily Mass!  I think it was the first time since Charles was born) the homily was about hope.  If there was ever a reason to hope, it is revealed in the love of this family and this little life.

Blessed John Paul II, Pray for us!
St. Francis, Pray for us!
St. Augustine, Pray for us!

Charles Thomas, 6 mo. old


Of course it has been six months since I've posted!  It wouldn't really be true to character for me if I posted more often than that, right?

Kids growing . . .


Working with one hand here, but I wanted to share these photos of the kids.