I Refuse

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Vacation at North Florida Regional Medical Center

Some of the top reasons a stay in the hospital is better than a hotel….

Laying down when chatting is socially acceptable.

Breakfast, lunch, AND dinner in bed. (Not to mention the bacon cooked to perfection.)

Time to do nothing but play games.

Tread socks are always in fashion.

People asking round the clock if you want anything.

20121008-095107.jpgElectric beds.

20121008-095710.jpgPJs are acceptable daywear.

Thank you to all my prayer warrior friends. I am doing very well and will probably go home before dinner. I will be sad to leave this lap of luxury, but thrilled to get home to my Prince, our children, and even Papa. :-) Thanks, Dad, for getting me to the ER and keeping me company all day. Thank you, Aubrey, for doing such a great job taking care of everything, allowing me to just relax and let the doctors and their Meds make me feel all better. Thank you, My Prince for supporting me emotionally, physically, and financially so that I could take advantage of such awesome medical care. I love you!

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Nationals 2012 Ohio

I sat down to write a nice little post about our wonderful vacation that centered around Archery Nationals in Hamilton, Ohio, but my dad’s page says it all. Please click http://denoncour.com/2012%20RoadTrip.htm to read about and see pictures of our trip and Aubrey’s performance.

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Commercial during the Olympics

For those of you who may not know her, Aubrey is the beautiful blond teen working with one of the coaches. The Easton Newberry facility is wonderful. It has become Aubrey’s home away from home. The coaches are awesome and the staff is great. We are so blessed to have this facility right here, so close to home.
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Where is my Baby?

With my fertility issues and the fact that I am now almost 41 years old, it is unlikely we will be blessed with another child. The result of this reality is that each milestone Max passes is most likely our last. Today, just 14 days before his First Holy Communion, Max lost his top left front tooth. It is not his first lost tooth, but it is the first top front tooth to go.

It is with mixed emotions that I celebrate this special right of passage. On the one hand I am very proud of the strong, affectionate, sweet, funny, tough, all boy, young man, Max is becoming. On the other hand his childhood is slipping by so fast.

As Aubrey has grown time seemed to speed up, but now it feels as if it is spiraling out of control. Why when our children are young, and the experiences we are having are the most valuable, do they speed by so fast?



This morning our parish family joined together for Mass, we began with our May crowning. This year was particularly moving: my youngest child, Max brought flowers up to put at the feet of the Blessed Mother, my middle child, Joshua served Our Lord on the altar, and my oldest, Aubrey spent some time snuggling with her godson, Joseph.

I find myself reflecting on the life of Our Lord, Jesus. How Mary must have savored each of His milestones. I love the way scripture expresses it, “and His mother kept all these things in her heart.” Each of these moments with my children seems to slip by so quickly. Our lives are so hurried, we run from one event or function to another, we barely have time to note the passing of time, much less take the time to carefully pack memories lovingly into our hearts.

My dear Blessed Mother, when Our Lord, as a tiny baby, looked up at you and cooed what joy your heart must have felt. Kissing His sweet tiny baby toes and snuggling Him into you as He nursed, such precious moments packed lovingly into your, His mother’s heart. Knowing your son, your baby boy is the Son of God must have made those moments feel all the more fleeting. Help me, dear Mother to take each moment, savor it, and keep it always in my heart.” Amen

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Little Boy Love

Max “This is for you, Mom. I had to fold it to fit it in my pocket.”


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Spring is in the Air

The birds are on our front porch. I am worried something happened to the daddy because he had been very involved and is now nowhere to be found :-( . We are also on constant watch in order to deter our cat with a spritz from a water bottle when she starts salivating under the bird house.
UPDATE: the daddy bird is alive and well. He must have just been on a “guys afternoon out”. I will add a picture of him soon and a video of his lovely hardworking “wife”.

The Wolf Spider is my pet. She was found in Church on Ash Wednesday. She laid an egg sack that weekend. During Holy Week she allowed the newly hatched-out babies to ride on her back. Very religious spider. :-) (Click on the image to see all her babies)

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How Homeschoolers…

visit the pediatrician.





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Finally it’s getting cold

Yesterday there was a tiny bit of ice on my windshield. Today we are enjoying school in front of a beautiful fire in our 81 year old fireplace.


Of course being in Florida, cold is a relative term. Today was a low of in the high 40s with a high in the high 60s.

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Videos I promised

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