Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm Home

Made it back from Nebraska. Had a nice visit with our boys and all their friends. Cut the hair of half the boarders at the boys' home-away-from-home. Got Michelle all settled in. Got to know her teacher. Met all her new best friends. Hugged. Sniffed. Hugged some more. Drove home in record time. Came back to a house, not only in one piece, but better than when I left it!

While I was gone, my wonderful husband: changed out our two broken refrigerators with one unbroken refrigerator, totally cleaned out the mudroom in preparation of new four-footed friend(s), and fixed the door on the medicine cabinet. All this while taking care of our youngest five children and nursing a bit of a stomach bug himself. IS he superman, or what?

While in Omaha, I got the chance to record some of the boys' singing. I hope you don't mind if I share some with you. I'm very proud of them. It's a blessing I can't even begin to appreciate I think, that our children so joyfully lift their voices to God. Because, let me tell you, they love to sing! They sing at the drop of a hat, at the slightest hint, anywhere, any time. But, here's where I love to hear them best:

The Stabat Mater at the end of early Mass the Second Sunday of Lent.
(First Mass attendance was really light Sunday, but second Mass was so crowded, I had to squeeze into a corner of the choir loft!)

Breakfast after Saturday morning Mass with a great group of kids, the members of the Boys' Choir ~ plus Michelle: (L-R) son Dominic, son Jon, friend Julian, son Kevin, friend Isaac (in place of his brother Caleb, a seminarian, who's in the choir, but couldn't come to breakfast with us), daughter Michelle, and friend Tim.

Translation of the Stabat Mater
(first four stanzas)


At the cross her station keeping,
Mary stood in sorrow weeping
When her Son was crucified.

While she waited in her anguish,
Seeing Christ in torment languish,
Bitter sorrow pierced her heart.

With what pain and desolation,
With what noble resignation,
Mary watched her dying Son.

Ever-patient in her yearning
Though her tear-filled eyes were burning,
Mary gazed upon her Son.


Stabat Mater dolorósa
Juxta Crucem lacrimósa,
Dum pendébat Filius.

Cujus ánimam geméntem,
Contristátam et doléntem,
Pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater Unigéniti!

Quae maerébat, et dolébat,
Pia Mater, dum vidébat
Nati poenas inclyti.


Bia said...

Lisa, I'm glad you're back safely, and kudos to your husband for doing so well in your absence!

I LOVED listening to the boys' singing The Sabat Mater...it's one of the most beautiful songs of the Lenten season. As I was listening to it my toddler was standing at my elbow, and when he heard the music he asked, "Is that Jesus?".

Are you sure you aren't descendants of the von Trapp family?

God bless.

His Servant: Ann Kraeger said...

Lisa, thanks for the comment about my parents anniversary. Yes that pic on the header is my absolute favorite of my boys. The priest in the pic has been my confessor and spiritual advisor since I was ten years old. He is the holiest and dearest man I know. I am so happy that my children got to experience his holiness.

Donna said...

Oh my goodness, Lisa. That gave me goose pimples!!!!! They are just sooo wonderful! Think of how proud they made Our Blessed Lady, and Our Lord, and heck their own Guardian Angels!!!!


Theresa said...

I think that even on the slip-ups they sounded great. I think Daddy's the "Super Man Daddy." I don't know many kids who can honestly say that about their Daddy.

Lisa said...

Bia ~ thank-you! I love to hear the boys sing, but what high praise from your little guy! They'll love that! ~gg~

Ann ~ It's always a pleasure to visit you over at your "place." There is nothing to replace a good spiritual advisor and a priest who is a true friend of the family!

Donna ~ I know! Don't you just love it? I was thinking that, too ~ what a wonderful gift to give back to God!

Theresa ~ Go figure the little sister remarking on the "slip ups"... You silly! And, yes, you do have one super Daddy! But, I bet a lot of kids think their Dads are pretty super, too. Seriously!

Mary Vitamin (Helen) said...

Beautiful singing -- thanks for including the clip!

Lisa said...

Yeah, true but I don't know of any other Daddy who can do all that while watching 7 children under 10 while having stomach troubles. And not even a wife to talk about everything with. Do you know any.

Theresa said...

OOPPSSS sorry for doing my name as yours.

Kaila said...

I'm glad you had a safe trip!

Lisa said...

Well I'm glad people like it, but mom where's Lochlomand? You forgot to mention our worldly singing. ;)


Lisa said...

Kevvy, I'm saving it for St. Patrick's Day!