Rosaries for Christmas Wednesday, Dec 31 2008 

This year I decided to make everyone Rosaries for Christmas. I was able to find some beautiful beads at a local bead store a few days before Christmas. Unfortunately, that was the last day the bead store would be open. They moved to a new location a little over 30 minutes from my house. I'm not too happy about it, since I was able to go to the bead store during the baby's naptime. She doesn't like being in a vehicle and cries whenever we go out. I won't be going there anytime soon. Luckily, Adrianna's college is right around the corner, so she can always stop by and pick up some supplies on her way home if I need any. These pictures don't do the beads justice. They are absolutely beautiful! We keep our Rosaries hung on a wall in our prayer room.











Modesty in the Culture of Shamelessness Wednesday, Dec 31 2008 

A dear friend gave me a copy of this article dated October 8, 2008 from titled “Modesty in the Culture of Shamelessness” and written by Michael O’Brien.  Below you’ll see a few lines from the article which is about 7 printed pages long.

“Christ calls us to stay awake and watch, maintaining a calm vigilance about the devil’s tactics, especially his particular interest in our children,  The temptations usually begin subtly with “small” compromises, but we should realize that the enemy’s purpose it to gradually ease us toward greater ones.  The massive pressures of an immoral society make it difficult for us to resist, because it is in our nature to want our children to be happy.  And the young can behave most unhappily when their desires to be in fashion with the times are resisted.  But we must take the long view.  God our Father wants our children to be happy eternally, and so we must keep their true happiness always before the eyes of our hearts.”

Update on Johnny Tuesday, Dec 30 2008 

He's coming home tonight! Please continue to keep him in our prayers. This is one off the toughest weeks for him in his chemo treatment. His friend passed away last during the same treatment.

Simple Woman’s Daybook- Dec. 29th Monday, Dec 29 2008 

Simple_womans_daybook Stop by Peggy's to see this week's Simple Woman's Daybook posts.

Outside my window…Bright sunny day. The temperature is up in the 50's. Yesterday it was in the upper 60's. I can't wait until spring! 

I am thinking…I need to get dinner started. We're having company for dinner tonight.

I am thankful for…the beautiful weather we're having this week. We don't have school, so the kids are spending a lot of time playing outside.

From the schoolroom…off for another week.

From the kitchen…Beef stew.

I am creating…this post.

I am going…to paint the kids' bedrooms while we're off from school. unfortunetaely, I don't have the budget to redo our bedroom. I'd lke to paint it a soft, relaxing blue. Not baby blue, not sky blue, but something soothing. Any ideas? leave me a comment 🙂

I am wearing…a very flowing light green skirt I bought at the thrift store Saturday morning. It looks like somthing from the 1800's.

I am readingLiturgy of the Hours

I am hoping…to go on a date with my husband this weekend. He has been spending all his free time finishing the basement.

I am hearing…Silent Night playing in the background.

Around the house…lots of new toys from Christmas.

One of my favorite things…drinking coffee while reading Divine Intimacy and Liturgy of the Hours.

A few plans for the rest of the week…Angela's God-mother is coming over tomorrow with a few of her children. We haven't gotten together since my birthday in September.

A picture thought I'm sharing…my new haircut. I cut most of it off again.


Feast of the Holy Family Sunday, Dec 28 2008 


Celebrate this feast with great recipes from Catholic Cuisine

Prayer to the Holy Family

O most loving Jesus, Who by Thy sublime and beautiful virtues of humility, obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness, and by the example of Thy domestic life, didst bless with peace and happiness the family Thou didst choose on earth, in Thy clemency look down upon this household, humbly prostrate before Thee and imploring Thy mercy. Remember that this family belongs to Thee; for to Thee we have in a special way dedicated and devoted ourselves. Look upon us in Thy loving kindness; preserve us from danger; give us help in time of need, and grant us the grace to persevere to the end in the imitation of Thy Holy Family; that having revered Thee and loved Thee faithfully on earth, we may bless and praise Thee eternally in heaven.

O Mary, most sweet Mother, to thy intercession we have recourse, knowing that thy Divine Son will hear thy prayers.

And do thou, O glorious Patriarch, St. Joseph, assist us by thy powerful mediation, and offer, by the hands of Mary, our prayers to Jesus. Amen.

Consecration to the Holy Family

O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, Who having come to enlighten the world, with Your teaching and example, willed to pass the greater part of Your life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to You this day. Defend us, guard us and establish among us Your holy fear, true peace and concord in Christian love: in order that by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Your Family we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.

Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by your kind intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.

Saint Joseph, most holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities; that we may be able to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and you, for all eternity.

Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria three times.

Blessing of Children

This blessing comes from the older Roman Ritual or Collectio Rituum from 1954.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord. R. Who made heaven and earth.

V. Our God is full of mercy. R. The Lord has care for little ones.

V. O Lord hear my prayer. R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.


O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Who, begotten in eternity, yet didst will to he born in time; Who dost love the innocence of childhood, and didst lovingly embrace and bless the little children who were brought to Thee: anticipate the needs of this child (these children) with Thy tender blessings, and grant that no evil may corrupt his (her, their) mind, but that advancing in age, in wisdom, and in grace, he (she, they) may live so as to please Thee always. Thou Who dost live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

Then the priest sprinkles the child (children) with holy water, saying:

May the peace and the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son + and Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain forever.

R. Amen.

Look what my mom got me for Christmas Friday, Dec 26 2008 


I'm in shock! This was totally unexpected. She asked me what I would like for Christmas and I told her that if she was going to get me anything, any kitchen gadget would be great. She completely surprised me yesterday. That was so thoughful and generous. It was actually my Step Father's idea. He told my mom he's been wanting to get me one for a long time, since we're always having computer trouble. I'm totally speechles!!!

12 Days of Christmas gifts Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Here is something we started doing 2 years ago. We give the kids small presents until the Feast of the Epiphany. The kids really enjoyed doing this. I couldn't think of a food gift for each day, we improvised. A lot of these can be given in a gift bag every day.

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…a partridge in a pear tree. Sorry, but we can't find the partridge, so we are givng you some pears from the tree the partridge flew away from. (Give them a basket of pears, or maybe a can of pears per child.)

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…two turtle doves…but dont' have any…will candy turtles do? ( A pack of candy turtles for each child.)

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…three French hens…well, we don't have any French hens, so we're giving you some chicken noodle soup, compliments of the three French hens. (Make some Cornish hens dinner, or give them 1 can of their favorite chicken noodle soup.)

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…four calling birds…we can't find those calling birds though because they flew off! (Make some chicken wings for dinner.)

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…five golden rings, but sorry, we're too poor for golden rings, but will some golden pineapple rings do? (a fresh pineapple, or 5 cans of pineapple rings.)

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…six geese a laying, but we know you don't really want the mess of six geese all over your house, do you? How about some eggs that they left behind! (Make deviled eggs as an appetizer today, or give them silly putty, which comes in a plastic egg.)

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…seven swans a swimming! OK, we looked for the swans, but couldn't find them, but we did find some bubble bath they used while they were swimming! (Some bottles of bubble bath.)

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…eight maids a-milking. Here is some milk we got from the eight maids — we think they must have been milking some brown cows! (Make some hot chocolate, or give them their own pack of hot cocoa.)

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…nine ladies dancing…Here are some pop rocks that are sure to dance in your mouth (a packet of pop rocks for each child.)

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS: your true love gave to you…ten lords-a-leapin' – here are some jacks, the ball will be jumping instead of leapin' (Give the kids a pack of jacks.)

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…eleven pipers piping, so here is a pipe of your own, have fun with it! (A bubble pipe and bubble solution.)

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…twelve drummers drumming, but we figured twelve drummers drumming would take up way too much room, so we drummed up some cookies for you…hope they keep this from being just another hum-"drum" day for you! (Give them a plate of cookies.)

Urgent prayers for Johnny Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Johnny is our 17 year old neighbor. He has relapse adult Leukemia. He had Leukemia when he was 7 years old, but was cleared after 3 years of treatment. Last summer they found out the leukemia had returned and he's been receiving weekly treatments ever since. Tonight, Johnny is in the ICU with bleeding in the brain due to a possible bacterial infection and not enough platelets for clotting. He was admitted to the hospital with a very high fever, but it has now gone down to 102. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Thank you for your continued prayers for Johnny over the past year and a half. may you all have a most blessed Christmas.

Comments open for his family to read.

Simple Woman’s Daybook- Dec. 22nd. Monday, Dec 22 2008 

Simple_womans_daybook Stop by Peggy's to see this week's Simple Woman's Daybook posts.

Outside my window…Bright sunny day, but very cold. I think the temperature is in the low 30's.

I am thinking…I need to turn the heat on upstairs.

I am thankful for…our local library. I can't keep up with all the books we checked out last month.

From the schoolroom…off for the next two weeks.

From the kitchen…Chicken Pot Pie from last night.

I am creating…some hand-made Rosaries for Christmas.

I am going…to enjoy having Adrianna home in the mornings. She's off school for the next 4 weeks.

I am wearing…a long brown skirt, a red knit top and brown leather boots.

I am readingDivine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year

I am hoping…the kids will do well during Christmas Eve Mass.

I am hearingThe baby's soft breathing on my chest as I type this post.

Around the house…Lots and lots of dust. The drywall is up and sanding has begun.

One of my favorite things…spending time with my husband in the mornings while the kids are still in bed.

A few plans for the rest of the week…Finish wrapping the rest of the presents. I ran out of gift wrap, so I'll have to run out sometime soon and get some.

This porkchop is yummy!!! Thursday, Dec 18 2008 





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