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February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!!!

The Story of St. Valentine

In 270 A.D., marriage had been outlawed by the emperor of Rome, Claudius II. Claudius issued this decree because he thought that married men made bad soldiers since they were reluctant to be torn away from their families in the case of war. Claudius had also outlawed Christianity in this time period because he wished to be praised as the one supreme god, the Emperor of Rome. Valentine was the bishop of Interamna during this period of oppression. Valentine thought that the decrees of Rome were wrong. He believed that people should be free to love God and to marry. Valentine invited the young couples of the area to come to him. When they came, Valentine secretly performed services of matrimony and united the couples.

Valentine was eventually caught and was brought before the emperor. The emperor saw that Valentine had conviction and drive that was unsurpassed among his men. Claudius tried and tried to persuade Valentine to leave Christianity, serve the Roman empire and the Roman gods. In exchange, Claudius would pardon him and make him one of his allies. St. Valentine held to his faith and did not renounce Christ. Because of this, the emperor sentenced him to a three-part execution. First, Valentine would be beaten, then stoned, and then finally, decapitated. Valentine died on February 14th, 270 A.D.

While in prison, waiting for his sentence to be carried out, Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, the blind Asterius. During the course of Valentine’s prison stay, a miracle occurred and Asterius regained her sight. Valentine sent her a final farewell note. He signed his last note, “From Your Valentine.” Even today, this message remains as the motto for our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

When I first heard this story, I was in catholic grade school. I have fond memories of passing out valentines to everyone in our class. Now as an adult, hearing my 3 year old nephews excitement about his first ‘real’ valentines to share with his class, my sisters sharing this special day with my brother in laws and my parents, it reminds me to give thanks to all those in my life who I appreciate and care about. We all have those we care about and this is a wonderful day to let them know that they have crossed your thoughts and brought a smile to your face.

I’m sure Tori, Cera and Ace will all appreciate the special ‘fancy feast’ dinner they will have tonight as our little celebration of this fine day.

So from myself and the kids…

Thank you for being such great readers… and we hope that each and everyone of you will be our valentine!

Valentine

Kat and the kids.

 

Filed under: Life,Love by Kat at 4:20 am

December 24, 2006

NORAD Tracks Santas Christmas Eve Flight

Norad Tracks Santa

NORAD is tracking Santa across the globe, following his progress as he flies from country to country spreading Christmas Joy to the billions who believe in him.

Being a firm believer in Santa myself, I’ve been following his flight closely along with my family to monitor when he will be making his appearance in Seattle, WA (yes, I am home for the holidays, having left the warmth of Southern California, for the cold and rain of Seattle)Â

I remember as a child having another little girl on our block tell me that there is no such thing as Santa… armed with this new information, I raced home to confront my mother.Â

“Mom” I said, “She told me there is no such thing as Santa” I was totally heartbroken, until my mother said in response.  “Well, Kat, Santa is real but only for those who believe, so unless you believe with all your might he won’t come for you.”  and I must say at the ripe old age of 38, I BELIEVE!!!

Corny but true.

So enjoy following Santas progess because, I to will be doing the same.  Waiting on baited breath for Santa to land upon the roof reindeer and all!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a GREAT NIGHT!!!

Happy Holidays!

Kat and the kids (Tori, Cera and Ace)

Filed under: Funnies,Life,Love,Pursuit of Happiness by Kat at 3:42 pm

October 26, 2006

David William Mitchell, 8/4/46 – 10/21/2006

On Saturday October 21st, 2006, my Uncle David Mitchell, suffered a massive heart attack and passed.Â

Talk about a major shock, he had just turned 60, and had many years before him, a devoted father, loving brother, a beloved Uncle, dear friend and skilled craftsman,  he often times would amuse us girls with stories of when he was a member of the Ice Capades. He would chew the ear off each Japanese exchange student my parents would host, reminiscing about the days when he was over there skating, where he met the mother of my cousin Tiffany.

My uncle was a Mitchell through and through, he was full of laughter and stubborn, he loved each one of us deeply and he could spin a yarn that would make you think he had kissed the blarney stone.  It was always a delight to come home for the holidays to hear him telling stories about the past, things that my grandparents did, that my mother did, even things we did as children.Â

Uncle David was extremely close to my mother, calling her every Sunday to read the comics with her, to discuss how his week had gone or was going.  Often times he would drop by just to chat.  I loved it when I would be home for a visit and he’d call… He’d greet me with his standard “hey kid, How’s your trip”.

Uncle David had an impish side that popped out in the most unlikely times, this week my mom went to a viewing and she said, He had this smile on his face as though he was trying to say “Welp! I did it my way!!”

Uncle David, you will be deeply missed not only by your daughter, but by your sister, brother, nieces, cousins and dear friends.

This poem sums up how my uncle lived his life… Â

Skate as though no one is watching you.
Love as though you have never been hurt before.
Sing as though no one can hear you.
Live as though heaven is on earth.

Filed under: Life,Love by Kat at 12:11 pm
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