Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Damien is 3!

Damien celebrated his 3rd birthday on April 21st! We can't believe how quickly the past 3 years have gone and how quickly Damien has grown.  We had a little party with just family on April 14th, and were blessed with beautiful weather (the kids could wear shorts!). That was pretty amusing considering there were snow flurries when Andy and I were driving to the hospital when I was in labor with Damien.  Now that Damien is 3, he has started early childhood through the school district to help him with his speech. He has a playgroup for 1.5 hours two days a week, and one-on-one speech therapy for 30 minutes two days a week.  So far, Damien loves school and wearing his little backpack! Below are some photos from Damien's birthday party.

Some of the party guests! Grandpa, Grammy, Grandma, and Great Grandpa (Bapa) and Great Grandma (Nana)
My big 3 year old!

Great Grandpa and Damien checking out the flashlight!

Blaise is ready to party!

Right after Damien blew out his candles! (He tried some frosting!)

An action shot! Damien, cousin Camella, Grandpa, and Blaise

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

St. Giuseppe (Joseph) Moscati

Last week, after watching daily Mass on EWTN (per Damien's request to watch "Church"), I left the TV on in the background while I played with the boys.  A movie came on, which I noticed had subtitles, but I wasn't really interested in it since the boys were keeping me busy.  Well, at some point, despite the subtitles, I was drawn in to the movie. I soon found out the movie was about a saint I had never even heard of before--St. Giuseppe Moscati (also known as St. Joseph Moscati in English).  (I am now a little surprised I hadn't heard of him due to the fact that he is relatively "modern-day"--canonized October 25th, 1987 by JPII--and in the medical profession, which brings particular interest to me).

The movie is called St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor (link is to the DVD available at   The movie does contain some fiction, just so you are aware. However, I was surprisingly inspired and moved by this movie, and I have found a special love for this saint through the little bit of research I have done on him since seeing the movie. So, I hope others will take the time to see the movie and/or read a little about this saint as well. I don't think you'll be disappointed, and you may even find the desire to better yourself due to your knowledge of the life of St. Giuseppe Moscati.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter!

Our family had a busy and fun Easter weekend. The boys had their first Easter egg hunt at America's Best on Saturday (Mary came too!), and the family enjoyed Mass and time with both sides of the family on Easter Sunday.  Below are a few photo highlights.

America's Best Easter Egg Hunt:
Damien, searching for eggs

Blaise found one in the hose!

Blaise and Damien looking for eggs with their friend, Elijah.

Easter Sunday:

Mary, looking pretty in her Easter dress

The boys, trying out their new picnic table at Grandma and Grandpa's

Our family

The boys, checking out what's in their eggs at Aunt Sandy's and Uncle Paul's house

Damien with cousin, Camella

The Hebert girls, Mary and Camella