We had lovely sunny weather for our book giveaway--all of the pale Portlanders were wearing summer clothing!
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|Zakuski (Russian appetizers)|
|Ready for a party!|
|Mike with the Swedish vodka|
|The vodka shots|
|With the pelimeni (Russian dumplings in broth)|
|Nick got hold of the camera!|
|There they go with their shots!|
|Chris indulging in his Russian side|
|Our butler, Mike, sat down for some tea|
|Dad popped in for a cuppa after taking Nick to the park|
|Annette and Mike|
|Aunty Nancy and Dad|
|With my mom and her dear friend Alberta, |
who she worked with in the St. Vincent's psych ward
|With Mom |
(who helped a great deal with the party!)
|Mom, Mary, me, and Annette|
|The Russian familia|
|Dad modeling the cap we got for him for his birthday: S'more Tester!|
|Finishing off the vodka with more shots!|
“The Church survived barbarian invasions. The Church survived wave after wave of Jihads. The Church survived the age of revolution. The Church survived Nazism and Communism. And in the power of the resurrection, the Church will survive the hatred of Hollywood, the malice of the media, and the mendacious wickedness of the abortion industry...The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the president of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate.Also in the news, at least six Catholic parishes in Washington are ignoring the Seattle Archbishop's (Peter Sartrain) demand to gather signatures for a referendum to repeal the state's recent marriage equality law. And one brave priest, Rev. Tim Clark, received a standing ovation when he announced at Our Lady of the Lake parish that they would not be participating in the anti-equality campaign:
May God have mercy especially on the souls of those politicians who pretend to be Catholic in church, but in their public lives, rather like Judas Iscariot, betray Jesus Christ by how they vote and how they willingly cooperate with intrinsic evil.
As Christians we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but as Christians we must also stand up for what we believe and be ready to fight to defend our faith. The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.
In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work – like that very first apostolic generation – we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for our salvation.
Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care. In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, President Obama – with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.
Now things have come to such a pass in our beloved country that this is a battle that we could lose, but before the awesome judgment seat of Almighty God this is not a battle where any believing Catholic may remain neutral.”
“I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parishoners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this referendum,” Clark wrote. “The standing ovation experienced during one of the Masses says less about me and much more about the health of this parish. I only wished the archbishop could have experienced the sustained applause — the ‘sensus fidelium’ — of the people. He needs to listen to this ‘voice.’ That is my prayer.”Yes, those are the Catholics I know and love! Mike expressed the opinion that this will make the Catholic Church come down hard on Seattle. Maybe they will send someone like the Rt. Rev. John Nienstedt, archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, who is staunchly anti-gay, anti-divorce, and anti-premarital sex. He said he "would brook no public dissent from any priest in the archdiocese," and “It is my expectation that all the priests and deacons in this archdiocese will support this venture and cooperate with us in the important efforts that lie ahead." Archbishop Nienstedt mailed out 400,000 anti-gay DVDs to Catholics in his diocese and refused communion to students wearing rainbows at a diocesan mass.
"Radical Feminism. The Cardinal noted a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith in some of the programs and presentations sponsored by the LCWR, including theological interpretations that risk distorting faith in Jesus and his loving Father who sent his Son for the salvation of the world. Moreover, some commentaries on “patriarchy” distort the way in which Jesus has structured sacramental life in the Church; others even undermine the revealed doctrines of the Holy Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and the inspiration of Sacred Scripture."
"If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars. It’s a fiction.”Then he defends the party's attacks on birth control by saying that said that by attacking women’s rights, the Republican Party is demonstrating that they are actually the ones who are pro-women:
"If you believe that all women are pro-abortion, maybe in your own world, maybe there’s a war on women...And the fact of the matter is, that the real war on women, the actual things that I think most women in this country are most concerned about, which is a good job, a good family, being able to live the American dream, provide for your kids and your family, that war on women is being perpetrated by President Barack Obama who has put our economy on the wrong track."This is real audacity, because the poor economy is a direct result of eight years of Republican power. The economy was in a shambles when President Obama came into office, and it takes awhile to fix something so broken. And instead of focusing on creating jobs and writing legislation to actually help people, the Republicans are busy writing 90 separate anti-abortion bills across the country and refusing to support equal pay for equal work (ala Lily Ledbetter).
"Santorum surged by dragging the debate so far to the right he couldn’t see the middle with a telescope. The base dropped all pretense of moderation or even modernity and followed Santorum down a slippery path that led to a political abyss of social regression...Instead of small government and fiscal conservatism, Santorum overwhelmingly promoted — and the public overwhelmingly focused on — his apparent obsession with sex and religion."
"The shift in the debate, which Santorum helped create, and his withering attacks on the front-runner forced Romney to move further right than was politically prudent...As a result, Romney is now weaker than any post-primary party nominee in recent political history."I almost feel sorry for Romney, because I don't think he's as misogynist as the rest of them. He's just bowing to peer pressure. How could he not know anything about the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, though? Most likely, he had to check with his conservative advisors before knowing how to respond.
|With a little boy, Mick, at church |
(who is now not so little any more!)
My parents went to Pacific Lutheran College (as it was known back then) with Annette and her husband Neal, but I didn't get to know them well until after they returned from Africa and Asia in the early 90s. They have since become close friends of ours, as well as my parents.
Annette is one of the most generous, giving, and genuinely altruistic human beings I have ever met. Not only is she caring and nurturing, but she is also incredibly well connected. I love to tease her about the fact that everywhere she goes, she meets someone she knows. It is amazing. I think it must be her positive magnetism that draws people to her.
|At Kieran's third birthday|
|At one of Chris' birthday parties|
|At a music gathering at our house|
|Nick's second birthday party |
(Neal holding Nick, Annette in background)
|At Kieran's play last December--along with her son Corey,|
his wife Nandita, and their son Tarun
|Kieran and Mom at one of Chris' school concerts,|
back when they actually had concerts!
|Chris marching in a parade with the middle school band|
|Meeting precious Kieran for the first time|
|We held him constantly!|
|Six-year-old Chris and baby brother|
|Such a happy baby!|
|Farmers market, fall 2003|
|Christmas 2003 (he loved those boots, |
which played "These Boots Are Made for Walking"!)
|Family photo, fall 2003|
|December 2003 (8 months)|
|Love that kid!!|
|At the movie theater|
|Kieran and Cece in a rematch of their spicy competition|
|Singing happy birthday and getting ready to eat frozen lemon cream pie |
(Kieran's a lemon freak)
|He liked the pie so much he decided to put his face into it!|
|With his friend Kayra (and the Sasquatch claw Kayra gave him)|
|Mike with his mum|
|The birthday crew|
|So glad to see my bro so happy!|
|Kieran with friends at church|
|Nick searching for eggs|
|The bigger kids|
|And the young women|
|With Mike during the egg hunt|
|My wonderful mom|
|The boys after the egg hunt|
|And after church|