St. Therese of the Child Jesus Sunday, Sep 30 2007 

On September 30th, we celebrate the 110th anniversary of St.Therese’s entrance into eternal life. She died on September 30, 1897.Therese died when she was 24, after having lived as cloistered Carmelite for less than ten years.

This year we are celebrating her feast day 3 times. Today, on the anniversary of her death, on Monday, Oct. 1st, her feast day in the new calendar, and on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, her feast day in the old calendar.

St. Therese has long been a very special saint in our family. We’ve received many surprises from St. Therese throughout the years. Some have been spiritual blessings, some have been material blessings, but the kids are sure to remember to pray 3 Hail Marys every Tuesday, and joyfully wait for her to shower us with roses.

Here is a story about a rose I received this year after praying a novena for a very special blessing. This is the answer to our prayers.

For more information, or devotions to St. Therese, click on these links.

Short Biography of St. Therese

Litany to St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Novena to St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Herb dipping oil recipe Friday, Sep 28 2007 

Dip_2

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or as needed)

The Golden Goblet narration Thursday, Sep 27 2007 

This is Kolbe’s narration of the first 6 pages of "The Golden Goblet."

The book is about a boy named Ranofer. There is a goldsmith named Zau, and a stone cutter named Gebu. Ranofer found a gold cup decorated with diamonds around the handle. Zau can make cups, bowls, boxes, and other things. Zau is part of Ranofer’s life and Gebu is not. Ranofer ignores Gebu.

The “Real Learning” and “Catholic Mosaic” bookshelf Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 

Bookshelf_3 Yesterday morning I decided to rearrange our family room’s bookshelf and make it more child friendly. I printed off a list of books for the kids to find, and off they went on a scavenger hunt. I was very pleased to see how many books we own for the older children, but I realized we don’t have many books for the little ones. We also have 18 Advent/Christmas books, which are also on the Advent and Christmas book list.

On the left top shelf, are the books for the little kids, and on the right, are the "Catholic Mosaic" books. I received this beautiful book as a gift from the author, a dear friend, Cay Gibson. She has been such a blessing to our family. The children love the books and the activities are wonderful. The middle shelf contains all the books our oldest daughter has been collecting for many years. Little did I know they were part of the Real Learning book list.

KolbeAfter we put the books up on the book shelf, our 7 year old Kolbe picked up The Golden Goblet and started reading it right away. I don’t know if he’ll actually finish it, but at least he’s trying. I’m hoping the rest of the kids will be more motivated to read more this year.

It really makes such a difference having the books organized this way. The bottom shelf will have some fun things for the kids to do during free time. I’m going to put The Dangerous Book for Boys, The American Boys Handibook, Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song, Everyday Graces: Child’s Book Of Good Manners and some puzzles for the little ones.

While the girls and I were organizing this book case, the little kids were doing arts and crafts in the school room. I know which room will be decluttered next.

Schoolroom

The “Real Learning” and “Catholic Mosaic” bookshelf Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 

Bookshelf_3 Yesterday morning I decided to rearrange our family room’s bookshelf and make it more child friendly. I printed off a list of books for the kids to find, and off they went on a scavenger hunt. I was very pleased to see how many books we own for the older children, but I realized we don’t have many books for the little ones. We also have 18 Advent/Christmas books, which are also on the Advent and Christmas book list.

On the left top shelf, are the books for the little kids, and on the right, are the "Catholic Mosaic" books. I received this beautiful book as a gift from the author, a dear friend, Cay Gibson. She has been such a blessing to our family. The children love the books and the activities are wonderful. The middle shelf contains all the books our oldest daughter has been collecting for many years. Little did I know they were part of the Real Learning book list.

KolbeAfter we put the books up on the book shelf, our 7 year old Kolbe picked up The Golden Goblet and started reading it right away. I don’t know if he’ll actually finish it, but at least he’s trying. I’m hoping the rest of the kids will be more motivated to read more this year.

It really makes such a difference having the books organized this way. The bottom shelf will have some fun things for the kids to do during free time. I’m going to put The Dangerous Book for Boys, The American Boys Handibook, Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song, Everyday Graces: Child’s Book Of Good Manners and some puzzles for the little ones.

While the girls and I were organizing this book case, the little kids were doing arts and crafts in the school room. I know which room will be decluttered next.

Schoolroom

The “Real Learning” and “Catholic Mosaic” bookshelf Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 

Bookshelf_3 Yesterday morning I decided to rearrange our family room’s bookshelf and make it more child friendly. I printed off a list of books for the kids to find, and off they went on a scavenger hunt. I was very pleased to see how many books we own for the older children, but I realized we don’t have many books for the little ones. We also have 18 Advent/Christmas books, which are also on the Advent and Christmas book list.

On the left top shelf, are the books for the little kids, and on the right, are the "Catholic Mosaic" books. I received this beautiful book as a gift from the author, a dear friend, Cay Gibson. She has been such a blessing to our family. The children love the books and the activities are wonderful. The middle shelf contains all the books our oldest daughter has been collecting for many years. Little did I know they were part of the Real Learning book list.

KolbeAfter we put the books up on the book shelf, our 7 year old Kolbe picked up The Golden Goblet and started reading it right away. I don’t know if he’ll actually finish it, but at least he’s trying. I’m hoping the rest of the kids will be more motivated to read more this year.

It really makes such a difference having the books organized this way. The bottom shelf will have some fun things for the kids to do during free time. I’m going to put The Dangerous Book for Boys, The American Boys Handibook, Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song, Everyday Graces: Child’s Book Of Good Manners and some puzzles for the little ones.

While the girls and I were organizing this book case, the little kids were doing arts and crafts in the school room. I know which room will be decluttered next.

Schoolroom

The “Real Learning” and “Catholic Mosaic” bookshelf Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 

Bookshelf_3 Yesterday morning I decided to rearrange our family room’s bookshelf and make it more child friendly. I printed off a list of books for the kids to find, and off they went on a scavenger hunt. I was very pleased to see how many books we own for the older children, but I realized we don’t have many books for the little ones. We also have 18 Advent/Christmas books, which are also on the Advent and Christmas book list.

On the left top shelf, are the books for the little kids, and on the right, are the "Catholic Mosaic" books. I received this beautiful book as a gift from the author, a dear friend, Cay Gibson. She has been such a blessing to our family. The children love the books and the activities are wonderful. The middle shelf contains all the books our oldest daughter has been collecting for many years. Little did I know they were part of the Real Learning book list.

KolbeAfter we put the books up on the book shelf, our 7 year old Kolbe picked up The Golden Goblet and started reading it right away. I don’t know if he’ll actually finish it, but at least he’s trying. I’m hoping the rest of the kids will be more motivated to read more this year.

It really makes such a difference having the books organized this way. The bottom shelf will have some fun things for the kids to do during free time. I’m going to put The Dangerous Book for Boys, The American Boys Handibook, Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song, Everyday Graces: Child’s Book Of Good Manners and some puzzles for the little ones.

While the girls and I were organizing this book case, the little kids were doing arts and crafts in the school room. I know which room will be decluttered next.

Schoolroom

The “Real Learning” and “Catholic Mosaic” bookshelf Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 

Yesterday morning I decided to rearrange our family room’s bookshelf and make it more child friendly. I printed off a list of books for the kids to find, and off they went on a scavenger hunt. I was very pleased to see how many books we own for the older children, but I realized we don’t have many books for the little ones. We also have 18 Advent/Christmas books, which are also on the Advent and Christmas book list.

Bookshelf_3   

On the left top shelf, are the books for the little kids, and on the right, are the "Catholic Mosaic" books. I received this beautiful book as a gift from the author, my dear friend, Cay Gibson. She has been such a blessing to our family. The children love the books and the activities are wonderful.

The middle shelf contains all the books our oldest daughter has been collecting for many years. Little did I know they were part of the Real Learning book list. After we put the books up on the book shelf, our 7 year old Kolbe picked up The Golden Goblet

Kolbe  and started reading it right away. I’m hoping the rest of the kids will be more motivated to read more this year.

The bottom shelf has some fun things for the kids to do during free time.

While the girls and I were organizing this book case, the little kids were doing arts and crafts in the school room. I know which room will be decluttered next.

Schoolroom

The “Real Learning book list” and “Catholic Mosaic” bookshelf Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 

Yesterday morning I decided to rearrange our family room’s bookshelf and make it more child friendly. I printed off a list of books for the kids to find, and off they went on a scavenger hunt. I was very pleased to see how many books we own for the older children, but I realized we don’t have many books for the little ones. We also have 18 Advent/Christmas books, which are also on the Advent and Christmas book list.

Bookshelf_3   

On the left top shelf, are the books for the little kids, and on the right, are the "Catholic Mosaic" books. I received this beautiful book as a gift from the author, my dear friend, Cay Gibson. She has been such a blessing to our family. The children love the books and the activities are wonderful.

The middle shelf contains all the books our oldest daughter has been collecting for many years. Little did I know they were part of the Real Learning book list. After we put the books up on the book shelf, our 7 year old Kolbe picked up The Golden Goblet

Kolbe  and started reading it right away. I’m hoping the rest of the kids will be more motivated to read more this year.

The bottom shelf has some fun things for the kids to do during free time.

While the girls and I were organizing this book case, the little kids were doing arts and crafts in the school room. I know which room will be decluttered next.

Schoolroom

It’s nap time Monday, Sep 24 2007 

Lazy

Silly kitty. This is how our little Bernadette takes naps. She loves sleeping on the girls’ beds. They are really spoiling this kitty cat.

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