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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

April 27, 2009


H2 passed the 4th and final PT on his quest to become one of New Orleans finest!!
Congrats to him. He's worked hard for this. We're looking forward to his graduation on May 15th!!

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April 22, 2009


If man thinks it, it is possible. If God thinks it, it is.

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April 21, 2009


Things are getting intense here in NOLA. Only two weeks left of the Spring semester. I'm trying to finish the second of two research papers, both of which are due this coming Saturday. I also have several "blackboard" entries, based on reading assignments that are do this week, and I must prepare a classroom presentation on my first research paper. Next week all I have to do is more "blackboard" postings, and prepare a classroom (expository) presentation on another assigned reading. Then it's over for about 4 weeks!!! HOORAY!

H2 is doing really well in the Police Academy. His graduation, if you don't already know, is scheduled for May 15th. We're planning a crawfish boil to enable him to celebrate with family and friends. H1/DIL1 are coming in, so we'll have the WHOLE family!!

Another awesome event upcoming is the "convalidation" of H1/DIL1's marriage. That means that they will have a ceremony in the Church, having their marriage "blessed" and sacramentalized. The date isn't set in stone as yet, but I'll post as soon as it is known!!

BB's first Holy Communion is this coming Saturday. We're all really excited for her! I have permission from my professor to leave class long enough to attend the ceremony.

Ian will have his confirmation this fall. He's doing really great in school and we're very proud of him, as well as BB. They are two really bright, wonderful kids!!

DLG's birthday is coming, and since she's never been to Court of Two Sisters, we (Linda and I) are taking her and Major Dad for their jazz brunch. It should be a great time, if our time with H1/DIL1 was any indication.

Last Saturday the family (sans H1/DIL1) got together at MD/DLG's for dinner. Delicious beef brisket, pulled pork, grilled sausages, potato salad, baked beans, and corn. Awesome!! MD is a fantastic cook and host! Thanks for a great time!

On Good Friday Linda went to the "Soles for Christ" 9 churches walk, sponsored by the Center of Jesus the Lord. It is a depiction of the "way of the cross" with actors that walk from the Center to 9 different churches, stopping along the way to reenact the different stations, finishing up back at the Center. Linda took some really excellent photos of KenEllie, who were actors in the "play". Kenny was a Roman Soldier and Ellie was a Hebrew woman. I will post pictures later, so check back.

I guess that's about it... wishing everyone the best, and may God's blessings be with you always!!

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April 15, 2009


I know I should have been working, but... I just HAD to watch at least the beginning of the installation Mass of Archbishop Timothy Dolan as the new leader of the 2.5 million Catholics of the Archdiocese of New York! I watched for about 1 1/2 hours, until he finished his homily. It was AMAZING, uplifting, challenging, inspiring (is that the same as uplifting? No, I don't think so).

I confess that I frequently get discouraged by the lack of faith of so many "Catholics" today, and by the ease with which they choose to ignore the teachings of the Magisterium, yet call themselves "devout" and "faithful".

I am, however, blessed and encouraged by the people I've met in my classes at OLHCC. They are bright, motivated, and faithful. I cannot help but be impressed and inspired by their focus and dedication to the Church.

And as I follow the actions and reactions of our nation's Catholic bishops as they finally begin to speak out as one voice to teach the truth of our faith, I once again find reason to be encouraged. In doing so they are helping us restore pride in and, as is a focus of Pope Benedict's pontificate, revitalize our Catholic identity

Archbishop Dolan's magnificent homily was a shining example of what the Church is about and why we have hope. I believe the Catholics of New York have been given a wonderful gift by Pope Benedict, and I pray that the new Archbishop of NY will have a long and fruitful tenure as their shepherd.

I pray that God will bless and guide Archbishop Dolan and that he receives his "red hat" (as cardinal) sooner, rather than later!

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April 14, 2009


I hope you enjoy this. The singer is Kitty Cleveland, a local Catholic Christian singer and recording artist. I really enjoy her music!

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April 12, 2009


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April 9, 2009


I offer you this excellent reflection on life from Fr. Dwight Longenecker.

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