These four beauties (plus one more) were my first class of Little Flowers Girls' Club . . . EIGHT years ago! We've since grown quite a bit, as a group, as individuals, and as families. We've gone through the four Little Flowers wreaths, and the two years of Little Women Hospitality. This year, they started over with wreath one and led the group for their little sisters! I couldn't be more grateful to know these young ladies and their moms and to get to navigate the teenage years together! #littleflowersgirlsclub #catholic #maycrowning
You can't sit with us. But only because we take up a whole table. Otherwise, yes. #lafaalan #itsweddingtime
A quick stop for Mass and a rosary with Our Lady on her special day. Then right back to the beach! #feastofourladyoffatima #featuringtheguscombover
Pyramid of cousins. Like ya do. #hangintherefrankie
When you get knocked down by the waves, and you come up swinging . . . 🌊👊#crankyfrankiet #wavepuncher
This guy. 😍 #hesakeeper #fifteenyearsandcounting #thisisfortyandpregnant #thirtytwoweeks
Big and little. Just chillin. 😎 #widefamily
Keeping themselves occupied. . . #meetmeinstlouis #inthenexthour
Cheers 🍻 to another school year in the books, and to our tenth annual end of year bagel bites and root beer floats party. These guys are sticklers for traditions. #becarefulwhatyoustart #theyllneverletyoustop #homeschool
The Homeschool Drama Club performance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe featured Gus as Edmund and Anita as an evil unicorn 🦄 (off-script nickname: Stabby 🔪). There are no small parts, only small evil unicorns who are totally stealing the show. 😂
Exactly 3/4 of an inch in diameter. 😬 Off to see the pediatrician this morning, to see if the stitches are ready to come out.
Strange but true: Today Anita and Gus are down at Grandad's pool shooting a segment for Outrageous Acts of Science on Science Channel. Grandad's swimming pool submarine is hitting the big time! p.s. Frankie is doing well today. If anything, he's ramped up his stinkerness in the face of all the attention. We have school and dentist appointments and overdue library books and TV appearances just like a normal week (well, not that last one 😂) so we're just trying to focus on that stuff. Rushing out the door to get stitches for your five year old, which turns into his life being in danger, but then he wakes up the next morning pretty much fine . . . it's hard to know how to handle, exactly. So, I'm just trying not to think about it too much. But please know that I'm so grateful for all your prayers, and I think they made a huge difference for our family's peace, and maybe they were the difference in Frankie's outcome. I guess we won't know that until the end when all is revealed. But THANK YOU! And we're going to be mostly back to regularly scheduled programming around here, with some neurosurgeon appointments sprinkled in there for fun.
Happy Sunday, from Frankie with love (and trouble). 😘😏
Who has two thumbs and is going home? This guy. #prayforfrankie
Every other time I've spent 24 hours at the hospital, I've gotten to bring home a new little person. This time I'm very happy to be getting out of here with same old Frankie. He'll be on some medication for a week or two, but all the tests today have looked good and he is back to his old familiar self. 😈 Despite the creepiness of that depressed skull fracture ☹️💀💔 in the top right corner there, the doctors say it should heal up and pop back out all on its own. We've just got to be cleared by one more doctor, then, hopefully, we'll be home free in a couple hours! #prayforfrankie
EEG just to check and make sure he's not having any more seizures, but he really seems like himself this morning. And he got to have waffles for breakfast while watching Mater's Tall Tales. So he's pretty satisfied! #prayforfrankie
🤕👍 jello for breakfast helps. Fractured skull, lots of stitches, but no more seizures and no bleeding on the brain means we should be able to go home at the end of the day!
Update is Frankie is resting peacefully now, but is about to get his wound cleaned and stitched up, so things will probably get less peaceful. One of the brothers tossed a piece of pvc pipe, which hit him right in the forehead and gave him a nasty cut. Jack came with me to the ER, where he seemed fine, just in need of stitches, until a half hour later when he became unresponsive. They did a CT scan and then he started seizing. It turns out he has a skull fracture. So, we got an ambulance ride to a different hospital. A friend went to the house to be with the other kids, my parents started the two hour drive to us, the husband got on a plane to come home early from a business trip, another friend came to the hospital with food, medicine, and chargers for me, and a less bloody shirt. The plan now is to keep him 24 hours, but not do surgery unless he keeps having seizures. I'm grateful for the kind doctors and nurses and paramedics who have looked after us, a 14 year old who can fill out forms and answer nurses' questions, parents and a husband who can drop everything at a moment's notice, friends who have taken care of everything, and for all of your prayers. Thank you!
So . . . 🤕 #tierneykidsdoemojis
Lion pizzas for the Feast of St. Mark. Mary Jane is super impressed. 🦁🍕🤔 #Catholic #liturgicalliving #feastofstmark