Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Miriam's birthday

Miriam turned 2 last Saturday, which also happened to be Valentine's Day. In our family we never celebrate V-Day because, as my husband puts it, he doesn't see why we would honor a day named after a Catholic priest who was (statistically speaking) probably a pedophile. It's nice that one of our children was born on that day, it gives us such a better reason to celebrate.

Her presents from us were a tricycle, a tutu, and a stroller for her baby dolls. She loved all the gifts and immediately wanted to play with all of them.

I made a birthday cake that looked like an underwater scene, complete with candy rocks, gummy fish/octopus/shark, and seaweed made from shoestring licorice.

Later on Saturday, I was packing up stuff to take to church the next day for the little party that we were going to have after the morning service. The boys saw me pulling out the face paints, and of course asked to have their faces painted immediately.

On Sunday, we had some food and cake after the morning service in honor of Miriam's birthday, where she got some more gifts from people at our church, all of which she absolutely loved. I had decorated everything in a "teddy" theme. We all had such a wonderful time, and stayed and chatted for hours after the service. It was a great day!

This week, I am busy with Isaac's birthday, which is tomorrow. My husband, the kids, and I will go buy a few more presents later on tonight. Isaac's party will be on Saturday, and I still have a lot to get ready for that. I love planning our kids' birthday parties! Isaac had asked for a construction theme, and I got ideas for it from several books and the internet. I think it will be really fun. I'll be sure to post the pictures of it here next week.

P.S. All photos on my blog are my personal property, and are NOT public domain. You may not download, copy, or otherwise use them without my express, written permission.


  1. wow you're an artist!!!!!!
    Miriam look so happy in those pictures:)

    Did someone actually steal one of your pictures? that would be just sick!! ugh.......who would do such a thing?

  2. Happy Birthday Miriam! You should look into putting a watermark on your photos so that people can't steal them. I have no idea how to do that though, sorry. And, blocking someone's IP address only works if they are on a static address.
    And, I am interested in the evidence for St Valentine being a paedophile, that's a new one for me. We don't celebrate it either because it's just advertising moguls making us spend more money. Besides, I think you should celebrate your love for your husband/wife every day. Even on the days you want to kill them ;)
    One St V's day it was ridiculously hot and we didn't have aircon. So, we decided to go out for dinner. Got to the restaurant which was all full of couples really, really well dressed, lots of candles and a very romantic feel. It wasn't till half way through the night that we remembered it was Valentine's day LOL
    Yep, romantic to the end here :D

  3. so does the removal of the poll mean you are staying with this website?

    in connection to my comment before this one...how do you feel about having your kids pictures on the internet? i keep thinking how much i'd love to just blog freely without having to worry oabout the pictures being stolen and misuded etc..........

  4. you know on that certain website that is being used to defame you, you could flag them for using the photo your hubby had on his site since they don't have permission to use said photo and are using it for the express purpose of slandering you. ;-)
    adorable cake.

  5. Your parties and cakes always turn out so cute. I can't wait to see what you're doing for Isaac's birthday.

  6. Why not just call it Hallmark day and be honest? FYI, here is the most well-known legend of St Valentine as we are told it in Italy. There are several ones. This one is the most famous and it is a little bit creepy. A pagan Roman soldier fell in love with a young Christian woman from the city of Terni (Interamnia, the city St Valentine is protector of -for Catholics). The marriage was forbidden because of the differences in beliefs, so the soldier decided to convert and got baptized. The girl then fell sick with TB and was not recovering. The soldier prayed the saint telling him that he could not have lived without his love, and so the Saint let both young people die to be together in Heaven. So the legend ends with the two lovers dying together. Romantic, huh?

  7. Tereza,

    Thank you! The face paints are actually really easy to do, I am not even very good at it at all. A couple of years ago we went to the San Diego Zoo, where they had lots of booths for kids to get their faces painted. I photographed the posters with their sample face paintings and use those for my templates, as well as some I found online.

    As far as my kids photos on the internet go, I really am not that worried about it. People download them all the time, and sometimes use them for spoofs, but my philosophy is what I don't know can't hurt me.


    I have been wanting to look into the watermark thing myself. If you find out how to do it, I would love for you to let me know.

    That's a funny story about the vday dinner!


    Thank you! I get a lot of my ideas from the Family Fun magazine/website.


    you are so right. Hallmark must make a fortune on corny cards. I have never understood what is special about a card that tens of thousands of others have bought, too?? Whatever happened to a personal love note???

  8. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of the children. Have you found out that some people are stealing your pictures? If so, what are they doing with it?

  9. I am interested to know what the laws are in America with regard to slander. Said author of blog about you, claims she has full reign to write whatever she likes under banner of Freedom of Speech. Surely this does not include slander/defamation of character?

  10. If you are worried about your pictures you can embed a no right click html code into your pictures. Where did you find those candy rocks? They look so real!

  11. I had a bit of a look into watermarking for you. But, because I don't know whether or not you are on a Mac or PC or if you do or don't have photoshop, it made my life difficult. I did a google search for DIY photo watermarking and found some good sites.
    And, while I don't particularly agree with some of your ideas/thoughts, I am not impressed with the slandering that is going on either. Airing personal laundry on an internet blog is not a particularly good way to go about things. I really hope that you can sort that situation out soon and that the other person involved could at least start structuring a decent, well thought out, readable diatribe :D

  12. Lol - I know many Catholic priests, and not one is paedophile. How would your husband know the statistical probability of a Catholic priest from so long ago actually being a paedophile anyway?

  13. Lindsay,

    not sure where the line is between freedom of speech and defamation of character, but as far as this situation is concerned, I really couldn't care less because the whole thing is nothing short of ridiculously silly.


    I would love to know how I can embed an html code like that.


    Thank you so much for your trouble in looking into that. I use a PC, and do not have photoshop. Do you have any recommendations on what I should use for watermarking?

    As I said above, I really do not mind the slander at all. As far as we are concerned, the situation was sorted out last week. You may have noticed that I have not even taken the time or trouble to defend myself, or even mention the whole thing here on my own blog. Although said blogs have accused me of anonymously posting disparaging comments, I have not posted a single comment on any of them because I have better things than that to do with my time. Thank you for your concern, though.

  14. You do understand that not every priest is not a pedophile, right?
    That is a bigotist judgement that is totally off-base and full of hate.

    Statistically speaking, there is an equal amount of pedophiles in every profession. Some just happen to be more public.

    Why haven't you addressed this issue yet? You've obviously responded to other comments, and have skipped over the many that have corrected your words.

    Let's be adults and stop making ludicrous comments that can't be proven and are obviously false. This is why religious fanaticism turns so many people off to Christianity.

  15. I use my Photo editing program to do it but I know there is a way to do it without an editing program. I'll look it up and send you the info when I find it!

  16. I was going through your birthday tags; your kids are adorable.

    However, you seriously don't know a thing about "statistics" with pedophile priests.

    In 2002, a WSJ/NBC poll said that 64% polled thought that Catholic priests frequently abuse children. According to a company that insures churches, not just Catholic churches, they said, "We don't see a vast difference in incidence rate between one denomonation vs. another one." Which means that Catholics don't abuse children any more than Protestants do or any more than atheists do, etc.

    Researchers concluded that approximately 10,000 priests have *been accused* of molesting children. It's a big number, but compared to the total number of priests, it's not a huge number. It's about 4%, give or take a bit. Statistically, Catholic priests do not abuse children any more than any other group of men, I.E. Protestant ministers, laymen, etc. It's about the same across the board. Catholic priests aren't up at the top of the chart while everyone else is at the bottom. Like I said, there is the very unfortunate ~4%, but our priests don't abuse children any more than other men.

    I forget where exactly I read this, but I have it stored in my computer. 12% of the 300 questioned Protestant ministers admitted to having sex with a parishoner. 38% acknowledged inappropriate contact with a parishoner, in a study conducted by the United Methodist Church. Again, it's not just a Catholic problem.

    1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia (That's the GUILTY number, not just the accused number of 4%). 10% of Protestant ministers have been found guilty. I think you see what I'm getting at here.

    If you, like many anti-Catholics, think that all of our priests are child abusers, I am very sorry that you have that mindset and I will pray for you. I want you to know that there are hundreds of thousands of priests out there who are striving to teach others to know and love God. There are the few priests who made the awful decision to molest a child and in no way, in NO way, am I saying that it's okay to ever do it. I would never condone this behavior. It's never okay to abuse anyone, in any way. There are the few priests, and I feel bad for them and I will pray for them as well. But not every priest, in no stretch of the imagination has every priest, abused children. It's stereotyping everyone. When people say that every priest is a sex offender, it's offensive to me and to every other Catholic. It's like saying that every Jamaican is fast because Usain Bolt is fast. It's like me saying to you that your husband must abuse kids because 10% of Protestant ministers have been found guilty of molesting children. If that makes you mad, now you see that that's what you do when you say that all priests abuse children. Yes, there are a few priests and it's unfortunate and horrible, and in no way am I saying that it's ever okay, but it doesn't mean that all of them do. The 4% *accused,* NOT found guilty, could hardly be considered ALL priests. The "All priests rape kids" mindset is that of the Westboro Baptist Church and of many militant atheists, not of fellow Christians. I think you'll find that even many non-Catholic Christians will agree that far from all priests abuse children.

    And saying that a priest who was martyred circa 400 A.D. because he insisted on presiding over weddings, contrary to the demands by the pagan government, was a child molester makes you look incredibly uneducated, ignorant, arrogant, and hateful.

    "There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church." ~ Fulton J. Sheen

    God bless.


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