December 26, 2012


I love waking up to a sea of gifts on Christmas morning. Is that lame, materialistic, etc - maybe - but mostly I just think its fun! And on Jesus' birthday we should have lots and lots of fun. :) And boy did we :).

It was a Power Ranger and Lego Christmas for the boys :). 

There is nothing better than surprising my mom and getting her a gift that she actually likes. She is the Rock and Heart behind our Maz family. Without her we are all nothing, seriously. 

We got my parents Kick Scooters for Christmas. And they were a hit!!

There is no way she is in her 50's!! 

My dad was racing the boys in no time. Isaac wasn't about to let him win!
My husband is amazing, putting up with me and my cra-A- Z-ness during Christmas.

December 23, 2012


There is something so special about a baby's baptism. I mean how can you top the day that you officially become a member in God's Church. Woot-woot!
She really is just so angelic. Aahhh I love this face. 

This pic was taken seconds before she spit up (yes, I caught it all in my hand, saving her beautiful dress) and had a major blow up, which had been building up for 3 whole days. 

Of course, Hope was already God's little one; she was ordained that at the moment of conception. But now she has official begun her relationship with Christ.
Godfather- Michael and Godmother- Mag. Yea, I think Hope has the hippest Godparents around :). 

Awwwe,  I love the moment that my children are baptized. I remember that exact moment for each one of them. Yes, I have a hard time remembering my next thought while talking to Matt, but I can remember Isaiah's small baby head being soaked with Holy water. The grace at this moment for me is palpable. I experience it with all of my senses. This time, however, was the first time that I wasn't actually holding my baby when she was baptized. Her God Mom, Maggie, my sister, was.
This is a bonding that Hope and Mag will hold forever.

Funny enough I remember when Maggie was baptized (I had begged my mom to let me be her Godmother--she did not concede, saying I was too young) and when she received her first communion. Now she is walking with me and holding my babies. Oh, the beauty of life.

On a side note, the baptism of my sweet Hope with 3 other children to tend to, especially one particular girl named Gracie-girl, was quite the challenge. If only I could figure out an effective way to put my children in time-out during mass without others listening to them scream. My threats under breath just don't seem to work!
She started off in the pew, but don't be fooled though, she did not last long there.
I have to brag while writing this post. My Brother, Father Zyg, is a Rock Star of a Priest, of course he would probably cringe at hearing that, but he is and I just can't hold it in! Not only does he allow my boys to be his altar servers, he gets them to pay attention. And I just love his homilies. It totally blows me away that my own brother is persona Christi. I am a proud sis.

December 22, 2012

Altar boys

Father Zyg is in from Rome!!!! I can't put enough exclamation marks to express how happy this makes us all.  We just love having him here, especially when he stays in Naples with us.

We were able to celebrate Mass with him in home 3 times. Talk about blessed.

And Father Zyg allows the boys to be altar servers, which makes this mamma super happy. Now Mass with our kiddos is always a challenge. We try and try, threaten and threaten, bribe and bribe, but it seems to end the same way-- 2 very frustrated parents! But, Mass in our home seems to make the boys behave, thank God. As for Gracie-girl, she spent the last half of Mass in her crib in timeout. Can't beat those 2's. :)

December 11, 2012


Is there anything better than brothers?? I think not. 

Well...maybe sisters :)

October 6, 2012

And then there were 4...

  The kids came to meet Hope at the hospital. 

It was really cute to see the boys love on their new sister. 

Isaac couldn't get enough of his sister. He kept wanting to hold her. It was sweet. 

Grace, on the other hand, was quite shy and didn't quite know what to do. Grammy finally got her to come and see the baby up and close. 

But really she just wanted daddy. 

The kids loved my hospital bed. I am thinking about getting one of these for the home. I believe it would keep them busy for hours.

October 3, 2012

Our Hope

Welcome to the world Hope Marie Loboda!!!

Our 4th baby arrived 3 weeks early. We are so happy to meet her! Hope, our little love bug. I can't believe how blessed I feel to have 2 boys and 2 girls. God is so good.