CCD–Here We Go Again…

A few weeks ago a friend of mine shared an article written by a mom who is an atheist ccd comingabout her young son’s journey to atheism. Like many parents, she meant to leave him a blank slate so that, without her interference, he could come to his own conclusions about the existence of God and the necessity of religion in his own time. She spoke of how she wasn’t intentionally raising him atheist, and her realization that by raising him with no spiritual foundation, she actually was raising him to be an atheist.

The way we, in our homes, relate to God, faith and religion; whether intentional or not does, in fact, raise our children to be something. If we speak of God’s presence in our individual lives and in the life of our families, pray together, do charitable works together, make Mass part of our routine and celebrate holidays with their intended meaning, we are creating a culture of faith, belief and probably a lasting relationship with God and the Church that will be passed on to the generation beyond our own children. If we don’t, we are sending a different message, and imbuing our children with a different set of values.

Many of my friends, without a direct intention of doing so, are in fact, raising their children to resent Church. Many of my friends, believing themselves to be doing what is expected of them, and even believing themselves to be doing right by God and the Church, drag their kids, kicking and screaming to CCD every week. After a long day of school, sports, homework and then a rushed dinner, parents—aggravated and exhausted themselves—grumble to their kids to get a move on so they aren’t late for Religious Ed. And then…nothing else. The only experience of Church that these kids and their parents are having is the rush, annoyance and dissatisfaction of fighting for a spot in an overcrowded parking lot after a long day for something that neither parent nor child has any other material or emotional connection with. I know this is not everyone’s experience—but it is a very common experience.

Unintentionally, we are training our children to believe that religion is a requirement only for children (for who knows what reason) that will be escaped and finished with as soon as the child is Confirmed. An unintentional relationship with God breeds an unintentional lack of relationship with God in the next generation.

So, what can be done? Parents can take a look at why they are inflicting CCD on their families. They can ask themselves a few questions:
• Why am I sending my child to religious education?
• What do I hope that my child will gain from it?
• What do I want for my child in regards to a relationship with God and the Church?
• What do I believe about God and how I can respond to the relationship that God is inviting me to?
• If it is not of value to me, why do I persist in it?

We are so intentional in our parenting in so many ways. We try to establish healthy habits for our children by modeling for them, placing restrictions on and educating them. We take time and effort with things that are important to us and make sure that our kids understand them and have a foundation that they can grow on. Faith is no different. If it is of value to us, we have to make it an intentional part of our family experience—not just for the kids to make their Sacraments—but for all of us to live and be transformed by. We can only pass on what we ourselves have. Maybe this is the time to question what we believe, and if we find that we don’t have the answers or that there is something lacking, perhaps it’s the time to do something about it.

Begin with prayer. It’s easy to introduce prayer into the life of a family—it can be as simple as beginning with Grace before meals. Come to Mass as a family. When our families come together in worship with other families, we see that we belong to something much bigger than ourselves, we have our values strengthened and affirmed, we spend time together, and we spend time with our God. The parish offers discussion questions for families in the bulletin (and online) to encourage a deeper understanding of what we hear in the Scriptures. Taking these two steps will open the door for bringing God into your daily family life in a very natural way.

Teaching your kids at home is an alternative to the classroom model of CCD that can remove some of the stress, making time for faith discussions at home, parents can learn right along with their children by teaching the lessons (books are provided!) and there are a few sessions a year where families come to the parish together in community with activities and faith sharing. It is the role of the parent to be the primary educator of their children in faith. This is a great opportunity to claim that role and grow in faith yourselves. And, you’re not on your own—if there’s something you don’t know the answer to or don’t understand, the parish staff can help with that, too.

But, before you sign your kids up for Religious Ed (CCD) this year, ask yourselves some questions. Consider your intentions. Make the most life-giving decision that you can for your family.

Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Posted in Jen's stuff | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

A sign of what the community celebrates--clean, fresh, drinkable water.

A sign of what the community celebrates–clean, fresh, drinkable water.

Dear Parish Family,

Several months ago the parish took part in a project to help finish a water project for the village of Migyera. We celebrated the completion of the project at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday May 18. Though the construction was completed, there was an obstruction in the well that had to be cleared before the pumping of the water could take place.

This week brought the joyful news that clean potable water is now flowing into the village and there was a dedication and blessing of the project by the Bishop Paul Ssemogerere. I share with you Jean Semlar’s message below:

Yesterday (7/14) was a special day in the life of the students of St. Lawrence School, the patients and staff at St. Francis Health Center and the community of Migyera. Bishop Paul Ssemogerere from the Kasana Luweero Diocese in the presence of priests from the diocese, community members, the school band, local and district officials, Fr. Lawrence and our ChangeALife Uganda team, blessed our water project and pulled the lever to let the water flow. What great excitement and celebration – finally clean, safe water from the deep aquifer! The whole community celebrated with music, singing and traditional dances performed by St. Lawrence School students. Smiles and laughter filled the school yard as the children for the first time in their lives jumped up and down and played in water as it fell on their heads, wet their shirts and cooled them off in the hot afternoon sun. It was overwhelming for Dave and me as tears ran down our faces thinking of the many donors – especially the quarters from hundreds of NJ school children and the caring and generous donors who made this gift possible. It has been a long journey from when we started in 2009 – 5 years later, plentiful clean water in Migyera. On behalf of Fr. Lawrence Kimbowa, Dave and me and the ChangeALife team, please thank the parish community and the school children of St. Aloysius Parish for their support.

So thank you to all who provided material support and prayers to make the gift of water a reality! As they say in Africa, “Water is Life”.

The pictures are viewable on our Facebook Page.

Peace and Good – Fr. Bambrick

Posted in From the Pastor | Leave a comment

Grace In Death

Have you ever been blessed with the opportunity to journey with someone who was dying?

"As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you". Picture by my friend Meg Lebedz.

“As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you”. Picture by my friend Meg Lebedz.

Do you know the peace, comfort and beauty of being with someone in their last moments; as they take their final breath? Many of us have, and wouldn’t trade it for the world. The process of dying at the hands of terminal illness can be one of the most difficult and graced periods in this life.

The author of the book of Wisdom says, “…God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.” (Wis 1:13) God never wanted death for us, but as with all evil, God never allows it to go unchallenged. When evil is present—even the (now) necessary evil of death—God is there, fully present; ministering to us and making sure that we can have a life-giving experience in the midst of our grief.

Anyone who has volunteered for Hospice, nurses and doctors who care for those in their last days, family and friends who have walked with their loved ones to the cusp of new life can all witness to the healing that comes with the process. We see the gathering of families, the reconciliation that can be effected, the letting go of past hurts and resentments, the prayers of the Church that ask God to bring them to Himself in mercy and compassion—to forget the bad that they did, and only remember the good; the grace present for the dying and their loved ones.

Often, when someone is close to death, they have trouble speaking, recognizing people or remembering things—but the second you start praying, they are right there with you. They can belt out an Our Father or a Hail Mary like they were in the prime of their youth. They become like children, relying on their Father, drawing close to Him and longing to be with Him. There is a sense that they are being prepared spiritually and emotionally for their final union with Him—and it is beautiful.

I have had the privilege to be with family members and some parishioners as they prepared to go home, and I have witnessed the healing and grace first-hand. Sometimes we are so (naturally) consumed with the discomfort and pain that our loved ones are experiencing that we want to do whatever we can to stop it. The stages of grief, letting go and physical pain for the one who is dying are a terrible challenge, but when the process is respected and allowed to take place, does result in unfathomable peace. We can’t know the fullness of what is taking place in their suffering, but we do know that it is never in vain. Jesus’ suffering assures us of this.

New Jersey assemblymembers are considering a bill that would make assisted suicide legal. As Catholics, our faith calls us to respect and protect the dignity of human life from natural conception to natural death—because life is a gift from God, because we believe that God heals us in every situation and never skimps, because we know what the process of dying has to offer everyone who is touched by it. Please take a moment to contact your assemblymembers and ask them to vote “No” on A2270, the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. Click HERE to make your voice heard.

Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Posted in Jen's stuff, Social Justice | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

Dear Parish Family,

The Change-A-Life ministry has hit the ground running with great enthusiasm. Their first initiative as a committee came after the third meeting when they proposed the parish donate the Stations of the Cross and Resurrected Christ from the old church to the parish in Africa. These fine quality sacred images were only gathering considera-ble dust as well as paint speckle through the years. I thought this was a marvelous idea and very much in keeping with our Holy Father Pope Francis directives to turn our attention to the poor.

No sooner had I endorsed this proposal when the team descended on the old Church to not only remove them but also clean, remove years of paint speckle and repair them. Some of the stations were damaged so each one was re-stored. Mark from the UPS store across County Line Road, next to Stop n Shop, volunteered to carefully pack each one for shipment. They were taken by the Change-A-Life Medical Team as luggage on their mission of mercy. When the team arrived in Kampala their luggage and the Stations ended up in England. Eventually the Stations made their way to the parish and have been mounted on the walls there to the great joy of the people who have been struggling for years to complete their Church. Photos are available online!

Here is the communication I received from St. Aloysius Parishioner, Jean Semler and her medical team:

“Fr. Lawrence and the parish priests, Fr. Paul and Fr. Aloysius are so grateful for the gift of the Stations of the Cross. You’ll see from the photos that the Church and altar are unfinished, however the walls, roof, window frames are in. Glass for the windows will be installed this week thanks to a recent fundraising effort from the Christian community. The Church has been at this stage for a number of years but step by step it will be finished. Now the Church has Stations of the Cross…a gift from St. Aloysius Church community and Fr. Bambrick. Thanks to every-one who helped along the way especially Bernie and Clare who did the “restoration”. If you see Mark, the owner of UPS store, please thank him for us.”

All is well in Uganda. The medical mission team is on their way back to the US as I write this. They performed physicals on 460 children – establishing a baseline and identifying tinea (ring worm), intestinal worms, malaria, one case of TB, poor vision etc. The Ob-Gyn MD performed physicals and cervical cancer screening on 90 women. She brought an ultra scan which identified fibroids and other irregularities. It was an amazing week. We visited homes of the families who are participating in our Gardens for Health program which teaches the mothers and grandmothers how to raise and cook a variety of food to prevent and treat malnutrition in the children.”

Now our two parishes are connected by the Way of the Cross, how very beautiful. May we always walk together with The Lord of Compassion sharing each others joys and burdens. This first project is a beautiful testament of our common faith, thanks so much to our newest ministry team for this wonderful idea and for making it a reality especially for our poor brothers and sisters in Africa! I feel so much joy in my heart to be part of a community of love and caring!

Peace and Good – Fr. Bambrick

Posted in From the Pastor | Leave a comment

Donna Noble, A Most Important Chicken

The day our 5 chickens arrived, Donna Noble, a Rhode Island Red, emerged as the caregiver and protector of them all. Right out of the box it was clear that she was keepdonnaing an eye on the rest of them, and from that day on, always has. Until about a week ago. Donna has decided that she wants babies. She’s a natural nurturer—it makes perfect sense—except that we don’t have a rooster, and there is no possible way that she can have any babies in her current situation. She only leaves the nesting box if I remove her, and then as soon as I’m not looking, she’s right back in there. She’s actually sneaky about it! When I open the nesting box she shrieks at me like what I imagine a pterodactyl would sound like. She is neglecting care of her sisters, missing out on all the wonderful things a country yard in the summer has to offer, and even neglecting her own self-care. And she’s doing it for something that is just plain impossible. It’s almost heart-breaking to watch.

Now, I know that Donna is just a chicken. I know she can’t reason or make actual decisions—I know she doesn’t know where babies come from (and I’m not giving a chicken “the talk”)—she’s acting entirely on instinct, and I would even go so far as to say her own natural disposition. But, her inability to see the truth in front of her and to persist in her desire for what both cannot happen for her and what is not good for her certainly does speak to the human condition and the choices we make.

So often we, like poor Donna, have our heart so set on something so stubbornly, that we refuse to see reason regarding it not being good for us, or even taking us away from what is good for us or what we should be focusing on. Donna’s desire for chicks is very natural and wholesome—there is nothing wrong with that desire in and of itself (in a human, I’d call it a holy desire). But, since it can’t happen right now and it is preventing her from living, there is something very wrong with her hanging on to it. It is detrimental to herself and to her sisters. Now that she’s not in the mix, the other chickens are not behaving as well as they do with her monitoring them. Cartoon is picking on Butterscotch, and Butterscotch is picking on Martha Jones. Donna would usually be there to referee.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what God is calling us to do. Sometimes it’s hard to know why we would have a desire in our heart that we can’t answer (right now, at least). But, we are always told that we can know what is from God by its fruit. So, even when something is nagging at your heart, calling to you all the time, if it takes you from what is productive, compassionate of others and life-giving, you know it can’t be what God wants from you right now. What are we called to do in moments like that? We are called to pray for clarity, work for charity and pay special attention to the people and situations directly in front of us. Sometimes what seems like a harmless distraction is the evil one trying to keep us from doing something huge, or coming to a new understanding, or meeting someone who will change our lives, or making a decision that will change the world. Bring it to prayer and keep on keeping on. God always answers our prayers—they never go unheard or un-responded to. Clarity comes, but we must be faithful.

Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Posted in Jen's stuff | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

american-flag-and-fireworks-thumb-thumb-516x350Dear Parish Family,

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Many years ago I had a visitor from Africa who was very interested in the formation of our nation so I took him to Philadelphia to see where the United States began. We took the tour of Independence Hall where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. The Park Service Ranger asked the crowd, “On what date was the Declaration of Independence signed”. The crowd roared “July 4, 1776” with the exception of one lone voice, mine. I shouted, “July 2, 1776” The Park Ranger was impressed but also a bit disappointed he did not fool everyone. It is a small piece of trivia; the Declaration was signed on July 2 but not publically read until July 4.

Another piece of trivia, did you know that President Adams (2nd President) and his rival President Jefferson (3rd President) who served together on the committee to write the Declaration died on July 4 only a few hours apart on the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Nation? Jefferson died first in Virginia and Adams died later in the day in Massachusetts famously saying, “Jefferson Survives”. Those were the pre-internet days so you have to excuse Adams for not knowing Jefferson was already dead!

Did you know that only one signer of the Declaration of independence was a Catholic? His name was Charles Carroll and his cousin was a Jesuit priest named Fr. John Carroll who would go on to be the first Catholic Bishop, later Archbishop, in the new nation. The first Diocese was Baltimore.

It is a disputed historical note that Maryland was named for the Blessed Virgin Mary by the first colonists. U.S. history books say it was named for Queen Mary, who by-the-way was a Catholic. The first colonists however named their first settlement “St. Mary’s City” and no one doubts the city was named for the Mother of God since Queen Mary was no saint!

Enjoy the festivities of our Freedom and remember to give thanks to God for having been born in the GREATEST Nation on Earth! Red, White and Blue, these colors don’t run!

Peace and Good – Fr. Bambrick

Posted in From the Pastor | Leave a comment

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, 2014

Dear Parish Family,

Congratulations to Helen Demichik who is the winner of the Mega 50/50. The prize was $11,915.00. Thank you to all who purchased a ticket. Helen lives on Bates Road right behind the Parish. I am told Bates is a lucky Road, in the history of the Mega 50/50 four winners have come from Bates Road.

Last Sunday our Bishop, His Excellency David M. O’Connell, C.M., led us in a festive celebration of 50 years of faith in Jackson. Parishioners were greeted by a dozen attentive and excited little gators (children) from St. Aloysius School who welcomed and gave out programs. They also, on behalf of the whole parish, presented the Bishop with a basket of locally made bread and wine as it was also the feast of Corpus Christi.

The Mass began with a “procession of Ministries and Societies” representing more than 40 parish ministries lead by the Parish Trustees. Many of these 40+ are umbrella groups with numerous sub-groups under them. You can see these ministries represented by the banners on the railings on the left and right of the Altar.

I want to thank all those who made the day successful and beautiful especially our School Children, Mrs. Perry for the decorations, Jen Perry for the program, Sherri Kroesch for arranging the food, Olive Taylor for the banners, Pat Mulholland for coordinating and getting the bread and wine together, Sr. Eileen for getting the procession of min-istries together, our hospitality committee for the great reception, Gina Corrao and the music ministry for the out-standing splendidly festive music, the 50th Anniversary Committee for a year’s work, Joey Tun and Tom Ball for involving the youth group and young adults in serving at the reception. Many thanks to all the hands who made the day special!

His Excellency noted that our parish has one of the very best web presences in the Diocese and he revealed he reads our web, blog, Facebook, Instagram and twitter feeds. In fact, he sent a “selfie” of himself wearing the anni-versary T-shirt we gave him and we posted it moments later on Facebook and Instagram.

This Sunday is the Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul which this year falls on a Sunday. It is a Solemnity that marks our unity as Catholics, these two great Apostles of the Lord Jesus. One, St. Peter, who preached to the Jews and one, St. Paul, who preached to the gentiles both lived the command of the Lord to baptize to the ends of the earth. Each received the Martyrs Palm in the City of Rome after giving their final and greatest witness by the shedding of their blood; Peter by upside down Crucifixion and Paul by beheading.

Peace and Good – Fr. Bambrick

Posted in From the Pastor | Leave a comment

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, 2014

Dear Parish Family,

Today we mark the end of a year long celebration leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the Parish being founded, and begin the next 50 years of faith, may they be filled with Grace!

One of the neat things about 50th Wedding Anniversaries is the wedding day photo merged with the 50th anniver-sary photo – the before and after photo. In the before photo, the couple are young and starry eyed, filled with won-der and excited to begin their new life together. In the 50th anniversary photo, they are still recognizable but time has made them older and circumstances have changed their outlook.

If St. Aloysius had a before and after photo, it would be quite different. The Parish has grown larger, more robust and mature. It almost seems like it is a reverse photo; the before photo is small, while the after photo is large. It has been an extraordinary 50 years.

The Church teaches us that the union of a man and a woman in the Holy Sacrament of Marriage is the most per-fect representation of the Union (the marriage) of Christ to his bride, the Church. The Bridegroom has been very good to us, His bride, these last 50 years. For this we give thanks and sing praises.

We thank our pastor, shepherd and Apostle; Bishop David M. O’Connell for leading us in our prayerful celebration of our 50th Anniversary Mass this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, what used to be called Corpus Christi Sunday. How appropriate a day to remember who we are, where we have been and where we are traveling; we are the Body of Christ, our origin is faith and our destination is the mar-riage banquet feast of Heaven. Our school children will present Bishop O’Connell with a gift of locally made bread and wine along with an anniversary book, tee shirt, magnet and an SAS polar bear plunge sweatshirt. These repre-sent the Eucharist, our Parish’s faith life and our commitment to Catholic Education. All of which are also close to the heart of our Bishop.

Since it is the Solemnity of Corpus Christ, I thought it would be good to share with you where we get our altar breads. Our hosts are made by hand by the Cistercian Sisters of the Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac in Wisconsin. This is a community of cloistered Benedictine sisters who support themselves by making altar breads for parishes. Please pray for them as they pray for us.

On Tuesday, the New York Times carried a story about identical twins, Todd and Gary Koenigsknencht from Fowler, Michigan, who were ordained to the priesthood. Amazingly their parish has 22 men who have been or-dained to the priesthood in a town with a population of only 1,224 people. Their town is tied in a spiritual compe-tition with the neighboring town of Westphalia which also produced 22 men who are ordained. The neighbors have more vocations overall because Westphalia has 37 women in the convent, while Fowler has 43! Pray for Vo-cations but also put your prayer into action and encourage more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The twins said their parish has an environment that supports and encourages priestly vocations, in fact their brother is also in the seminary!

It is customary to present a gift on a 50th Anniversary. Wouldn’t it be great to give the gift of a vocation to the Lord and His Bride, the Church, during our 50th Anniversary?

Peace and Good

Fr. Bambrick

Posted in From the Pastor | Leave a comment

Saying “Yes”

bvm lauren taylorOne of the questions I frequently get asked is how did I find the courage to say “yes”? When I think back to that day when the Angel of the Lord appeared to me I remember how scared I was. Here I was, a young teenager facing my own struggles and my fears about my marriage to Joseph when an Angel came to me. I knew right away that this angel was one derived from the Kingdom of God, not a temptation dressed to appear as a heavenly creature. I instantly knew that this divine messenger was truly divine and that he was standing in front of me for a very special reason. The Angel, Gabriel, began to speak. “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!” I was instantly paralyzed in my own fear, but then again I felt feelings of happiness and love come over my body as if to say, “everything will be ok.” He went on to say that I would be the Mother of God. Of course I was afraid of what was to come and what people would think of me, but my willingness to fill myself with the spirit of God gave me the courage to say “yes.”

One of the struggles that I see teens faced with today is the conflict within themselves to say “yes” or “no.” How do you know what is God calling and what is a temptation. In some respects, while I was really scared I had it easy that night because I had an Angel standing in front of me.  It was those times later when I watched alone as my son suffered that I had to put my faith into action and trust that saying yes was saying yes to God’s work not to the devil’s.

Today, you are faced with many difficult choices, too. You live in a world where there are so many different temptations like drugs, drinking, and sleeping around. It sometimes feels as though the only way to survive is to constantly say the word no.  But, what is the yes? What situations are the ones where God yearns for us to say that three letter word; yes? We cannot live our life in saying no to everything because when we do that we also close our hearts and ears and eyes to God’s call, -to the things He wants us to DO, and not just NOT do. But how? How do we do this?

The only real way you can hear what God’s voice is truly saying is by getting rid of all the other noise in your life. Just by simply letting God talk. You as teenagers today consume your daily lives with texting, watching TV, and constantly being on social media that there is no room for God’s call to get through.  He doesn’t text.  He prefers more personal lines of communication.  Please, take the time to sit and just listen and just maybe then you will hear what God is truly calling you to answer to. Then, like me, you will find the courage to say “yes”.

Lauren Taylor

Posted in Guest Blogger | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

I Blame My Dad

So, yesterday was Father’s Day, and since I was busy dotingly serving my husband (Not. Actually, I was working most of the day. But, I did cook when I got home.), I didn’t have time to write a Father’s Day blog in a timely fashion. I hope that all the men had a wonderful day surrounded by family and eating barbequed food and things that they normally aren’t allowed to eat because of self-inflicted, doctor-inflicted or wife-inflicted diets.

In this age of throw-away everything, all too often relationships are included in our disposable culture. In many cases, this means that families are torn apart—or never even formed to begin with. In the unfortunate case of divorce, the father can be lost in the shuffle or becomes a sort of secondary parent while the mother manages most of the daily living. So many women are having children without the benefit of marriage, or even any serious attachment to the father of their children. Thank God they are giving birth to the children when they could so easily choose not to, but at the same time, these young ones are missing out on the security and stability that a family—and especially a father—has to offer.

Children need good male role models. Dads, for better or for worse, teach sons how to be men and how to treat women. Dads, for better or for worse, teach daughters how they should be treated by men. Children learn conflict resolution, how to deal with stress, how to play and how to live responsibly from their fathers. They learn how to follow thi blame my dadrough on commitments and how to take care of a family by the example of their fathers. Fathers have a huge impact on a family, and men who father with intention and grounded in a relationship with Christ make all the difference in the world.

A study done by an Evangelical Christian group some years ago shows the importance of a father’s influence on the practice of their children’s faith in as they become adults. When a whole family attends any kind of religious service together on a regular basis and the faith is practiced in the home, a very high percentage of the children will grow up to practice as well. If just the mother takes the kids to church, it drops to about 50 percent. If only the father takes them to church, it’s almost as high as if both parents were practicing.

I am grateful to my father for what he helped to form in my siblings, myself and all of our children. I’m grateful to him for showing my sisters and myself that we are worth having good husbands, and for showing my brothers how to love their wives (who are really wonderful women!). He modeled (and continues to model) for us how to live faith, and how to live in general.  I chose (in part) my husband because of the wonderful characteristics that he has that would make him a good father, and I’m proud of how he is bringing up my boys. We need more good men; more good fathers to raise the next generation of good people. Thanks to you guys who every day do your best for your wives and your children—you are a blessing to us all.

Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Posted in Jen's stuff | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment