Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mother’s Day 2012

Sore.  That is what I am the day after Mother’s Day.  Why?  I spent it in the garden, ripping apart the front walkway flowerbeds.  I needed to get the beds weed free and ready to fight those weeds for the season.

It took me about 5 hours to finish.  I had some visitors who “helped” along the way and took some breaks with my awesome neighbors and my family, too.  

Mother’s Day was busy in the morning, too as I sang at a Mass at 10:30 in a little Church about 10 minutes from my house, then a quick shot down a couple highways to my own Parish to sing there, too.

I love to sing, but I really wanted to be in the garden, digging in the dirt.  There is just something about getting into the soil that I just love.  

The funny thing is, I am not a fan of being dirty or smelling like dirt.  I am not even a fan of the way the kids smell after playing outside, especially in the dirt; but when I am in the dirt, I can’t smell a thing.

My favorite thing to do every Mother’s Day is to be given time, unhindered by disruption in the garden.  Yes, I am very sore from yesterday, but it is a happy sore.

And boy, do I still have a lot of work to do!!

Loudly yours,









Five Question Friday! 5/11/12

Thank you, #fivecrookedhalos for today’s questions!

1. What advice would you give a couple getting married?

Learn your love languages!!  It is vital to understand how you love

and you feel that you are loved.  Knowing that information can be such a

God-send to your marriage and can help you know how to love and how your lover loves you!

Never heard of it?  Take the TEST!  You will be glad you did.  It’s free. 🙂

2. If you could tell your 16 year old self ONE thing, what would it be?

Believe in yourself, never worry what others are thinking.

3. What do you do to keep cool in the summer? (AC, windows, fans, swimming, etc.)

Go to the pool, kick on the ac, put a cool pack on the back of our necks.

4. What did you (or your wife) crave most while pregnant?

A lot of different things, but the funniest was the McDonald’s Ice Cream Cone.  Just plain vanilla.  I had such cravings. 

5. Who is your favorite TV mom? Why?

One of my favorite TV moms is Angie from George Lopez and Deb from Everybody Loves Raymond because they were so down to earth and real Moms.

Loudly yours,


Truthful Tuesday 5/8/12

I am excited, as 3 of my kids are gearing up to their opening night of Fiddler on the Roof at their school. The younger two are in the chorus, but my eldest Daughter is playing the role of Hodel, the daughter who moves to Siberia to be with the one she loves.

I am going to be in the front row with the camera and probably crying. Why?  I just love everything to do with the stage and the telling of a story.

To tell the truth, it is my opinion that there is something so magical about music and the portrayal of a story.

I have written on many occasion regarding my greatest desire to be on the Broadway Stage.  

Why, exactly? It is just to be in the spotlight?  

No, not exactly. 

I am lucky to have that honor as a Church Cantor in the Catholic Church. (I know singing at Mass is not about me, but I am highly visible, thus in the “spotlight”)

Week after week, it is my goal to offer the story of how God loves you and how He is there for us always.  It is an honor and I swear there are many times I feel as if the songs I am singing are speaking directly to my own heart.

There is just something so magical about how the telling of a story just takes you away.  It whisks you off to somewhere else, other than where you life has led you at the moment.  Not to say that you always want to be away from your current situation, but it can serve as a delicious form of distraction from any stresses or concerns, just for a little while.

When you have the right chemistry between a singer and music or an actor and their lines, it is just the right amount of energy to propel a person from where they are to where the actor or the singer wants you to be.  

THAT is what I want to be a part of on the Broadway stage.  To have the pleasure of taking people away, out of their current life, to a place the spirit can soar, united in the story.

Any good entertainer can take people away with their mic and their voice for that matter.  There is just something in the energy of their song that just takes you away.

Music is an amazing tool to unite people everywhere.  Its language is understood by all.  Just like a smile has a way to connect to one another, the same can be said for the power of music.

Take for instance, Playing for A Change.  They search countries all over the world for choice musicians and unite them in song.  Just beautiful!  I especially love their latest collaboration, done all in Mexico.  It’s amazing to watch.  I loved it.


Thru a friend on my Facebook page, I was treated to a song from Next to Normal which was performed at at Broadway Rocks, a concert held on this past May 6th.

It just amazed me how their performance transformed me to the Next to Normal Stage with no props, no backdrops, nothing but them and the musicians.  Only their voices were needed to transport me up and away into their story.  What a gift for both the performers and those who are lucky enough to listen. 


Loudly yours,



My pruning

At today’s Mass, the Gospel focused on us being branches on vines and how we could not bear any fruit apart from the vine. It also spoke of the necessity of pruning the branches, in order for the branches to grow and provide more fruit.  Today, for me, is a day of pruning.


It was the last time four of my little Cherubs singers will be singing with me.  We sang for  the First Communicants, including my sweet Nephew, who crowned Mary before Mass began.  It was precious. 

( Even though, I forgot to turn on the mic on!)

The song is so sweet and an old tradition to honor Mary in the month of May.


It is almost fitting that a song to honor Mary, who was pruned most of her life was the last song my senior Cherubs will sing…. a bittersweet day for me as my little Cherubs will be moving on.

Does not sound like  big deal, but when you have a grand total of 8, it can be a bit worrisome.

It is a pruning that forces me to believe that God will provide some new little voices to sing twice a month prior to the 9 am Masses.

I will trust that God will send me some more little ones, but for now, I wish my little ones well, as they graduate to the big choir and that their voices blend with them to create even more beauty than they already have sung in our choir.

Loudly yours,



Five Question Friday

1. What did you wear to prom? Include a picture if possible.

Here is a picture of my Junior Prom with my friend, John Slater.  I was never asked to Prom by anyone in my school.  (rolling eyes) So, I had to import a prom date Junior and Senior year.  John and I went to Grammar School together and he was always so sweet.  (I think we made a great prom couple, don’t you?)  My Mom dropped me off at his house and he drove to the prom in his White Altima, which I loved since it looked like a Mercedes.  It was fun arriving in his car.  I did not get to ride in a limo for prom, but had the chance on my Wedding Day. 🙂  He was so sweet to match me to a tee and buy a beautiful corsage.  It was a “coming out” kind of feeling for me, that Prom Night.  I felt like a Princess and had the feeling I was grown up on that day. It was a very special night to be alone with a guy and all my friends, dancing the night away. My husband and kids don’t understand why I keep this picture, but it is special to me because it was SUCH an exciting start to being a woman from a little girl. We had a great night.  He was such a gentleman and a great date.  No kiss though….that was a bummer.

2. Would you rather be on the biggest loser or a food eating challenge?

Probably biggest loser.  Food challenge? No….I have a weak stomach these days and would much rather lose the weight, although I do not have that much weight to lose to be on the show, unless I wanted to look anorexic.  No thanks.

3. Done fave sonic drink? Refreshing summer drink? (Hey, Kristina…was that a typo, or some “done good” Southern thing?)

My favorite Summer Drink is a Sangria Slushie.  It is kind of a fruit smoothie except with Yago Wine and lots of ice.  Love it.

Frozen blueberries, strawberries, etc too.

It is a hit at my summer parties, which I love to host.

4. What was your first car, and what did you call it?

Ah, my first car.  It was a beautiful Monte Carlo.  Beautiful brown with a Notre Dame Sticker in the back window. (Coincidentally, my Son has a car with the same dang sticker, in the same place…weird)  I called her Monte…..and I loved to drive her everywhere.  Monte even saved my life when I got into an accident.  Totaled that poor baby, but I will always remember her for saving my life. Good ole Monte.

5. What’s one thing your child or spouse does that sends you over the edge?

One thing?  That is so hard to pinpoint.  I do have a child that sends me over the edge, who will be nameless, but that “CHILD” loves to aggravate the other children in the house by teasing, making fun, hoarding games, computer time, snack food, you name it.  This “CHILD” is older and I believe should know better, but they DON’T.  🙂  THAT sends me over the edge.  Husband is almost perfect, but I don’t like sitting near him when it is quiet and he is chewing. (Love you, honey….he hardly reads my blog, but just in case….)

Loudly yours,


Thank you #five crooked halos for the questions….








Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences…aka DAAS

I was especially taken with a bunch of kids from Detroit this week.

Detroit, Michigan, the murder capital of the world. Not much good news coming out of there, right? Wrong.

A young group of students from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences are going to change your mind and your heart, to boot.

Their enthusiasm for their City is contagious and even more important, full of hope.

Jenna Bush Hager, correspondent for NBC News and the “Today Show” interviewed the students and their innovative teacher, Ms. Angela Kee.

Ms. Kee gave her students the assignment to re-write Empire State of Mind, to reflect a celebration of Detroit, thus, creating “Detroit State of Mind”, as well as a phenomenon that has put the spirits of these children and those who live in Detroit, into orbit. It was exactly what the City needed, a boost, to give a well needed sense of pride instead of dread. The results have been amazing and almost 60k hits later on You Tube, these children are enjoying a well deserved place in the spotlight.

You can see their video here.

The Jenna Bush Hager interview here.

Detroit Fox News interview here.

Another short interview with the kids here.

I am so happy for these kids and can’t wait to see what their futures bring.

Loudly yours,