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New Bunk Beds for the Boys

There comes a time in every man's life, who has multiple children, when he must build bunk-beds.  That time came years ago, but now it's here again.  In 2009 I built two sets of bunk-beds for the boys.  They've stood the test of time and I believe will continue to do so.  However, since 2009 we've added 3 more children two of which are boys.  So, we now have 6 boys who need to sleep somewhere.
Poor Daniel (7) has been sleeping on a futon mattress folded over and placed in the bottom of a closet.  Think giant dog mattress.
Add to that the fact that in June we'll be housing 20 children and 8 adults for a week (go ahead and read that again if you need to) and I found the drive to add more beds.

These beds will be very different from the previous design and they'll be designed by dad and built by the boys.  The frame is 40"x 77" with a support in the middle and made with 2x6 lumber.


On the bottom of each frame we've stapled and glued a 1/4" OSB …

1st Communion Gift Package Giveaway

We'll be giving away this wonderful 1st Communion Gift Package on Divine Mercy Sunday.  Get details and enter on our homepage.  Look for the little "WIN" logo on the top right of your screen when you get there....Good Luck!
The Package includes: 1) Handcrafted Cord-Knot Navy 1st Communion Rosary 1) copy of A Visit to Church: A Picture Journey 1) copy of The Mass Explained for Kids 1) copy of How to Pray the Rosary for Children 1) Holy Card

Into the Night

Wednesday of Holy Week
John 13:21-33, 36-38

The sadness of Christ for the coming sin this one shared his table his cup, once a friend.
Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I
One who sits and sups one who witnessed all one who values passing things one who Satan calls
Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I.
Upon his breast his beloved this morsel do you see to him whom I give one last attempt a friend to be.
Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I.
The sin completed if only in the heart no turning back the night that here did start.
Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it master? surely, it is not I.
Back to the Son he follows shadow low the silver loses glimmer upon the path he chose.
Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it master? surely, it is not I.
It was night, as always is when going away from Him away from the Light, into the darkness, the black pit of selfish sin.
Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it LORD!? sure…

The Garden of our Soul

Monday of Holy Week (John 12:1-11)

I recently gave a parish mission and one of the topics covered confession with special emphasis on the value of frequent confession. While studying in preparation I discovered this wonderful quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1863 Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul's progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. However venial sin does not break the covenant with God. With God's grace it is humanly reparable. "Venial sin does not deprive the sinner of sanctifying grace, friendship with God, charity, and consequently eternal happiness."

This quote helped me to realize what venial sin does to me. It helped me realize the value of frequent confession. If I put off confession for too long, my goodwill becom…

A nice family weekend.

It was a nice weekend this weekend and nice to finally have two days off in a row.  On Saturday I took the two oldest on a hike at The Great Seal State Park near Chillicothe.  It was a group of dads, boys, and Fr. Hahn.  It was the second in a series of hikes designed to prepare us for a Wilderness Outreach trip to California in August.  
We hike a little over 8 miles on a dreary, rainy, Saturday.  Overall it was good hike even if it was a little cold.  

This baby creeped nearly everyone out but we persevered to the end...


Here's a map of our trek.  I think we could have done it faster but it's not always about the speed.  Not sure why not, but it's not ;-).


We went to Confession and Mass after the hike on Saturday evening and then settled in for a movie.  Most of the family watched a movie, I was beat so I went to bed.

On Sunday, we got up and had pancakes, eggs, and our bacon.  Then we headed out to the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve near Newark, OH.  It's a …