I had to share because this part of our year is shaping up in such a fun way. Our theme this year is “Back to the Beginning”. Our studies in history, science, literature, and religion all reflect that theme of looking back through the lens of our Catholic faith. Reading the Old Testament with a view to the New Testament… Read More
Check out my article at Catholic Cuisine. I enjoy following Catholic Cuisine, and I was so excited when they asked me to submit an article! If you’re looking for recipes from my Ember Days plans…you’ll find them there! Prayers that you are all enjoying a prayerful and fruitful Ember tide.
I wondered if it might be helpful to view our plans for the upcoming Ember days in order to provide ideas for your own family. I went back and forth on sharing this…but in the end have had a number of requests. So….if they provide any inspiration – then sharing will have served its purpose. My aim in planning for… Read More
In following the rhythm of the Church year as we do, we’re always digging a little deeper, learning a little more, and weaving a new tradition or two into the ones we incorporate into our domestic church. This year, Sarah and I have been learning as much as we can about the Ember Days set aside in the Church. The… Read More
July is the month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Anne’s post and how she set up her home altar in honor of our Sweet Lord and His Precious Blood. I knew immediately that I wanted to do this in our home! So, I want to be clear, this… Read More
For those of you that don’t know us, Sparkly is on the far right. He’s the only one without white. Can I just say that lately I don’t know if I’ve been coming or going, and truthfully I intended to get him a white tie…but forgot. And I feel awful looking at the pictures. Oh well. It didn’t detract from… Read More
Mother Church provides so much richness for the domestic church to feast on. Living liturgically is a banquet, but lately I feel like we’ve been going through the drive-thru. Through prayer I have been reflecting lately on the great need for gentility in the home. A gentleness in voice. A gentleness in lessons. A gentleness in movement. There is so… Read More
I’ve been longing to get to my computer for over a week now to get this post out, but life has demanded my attention in more important spots than in front of my computer. Tonight seemed appropriate as I reflect on the loss of our sweet little Matthew 9 years ago today. How quickly the past 9 years have flown… Read More
On Sunday, March 9, 2008 Katharine Elizabeth was baptized. We had her baptized after our Latin Mass, and the baptism was done in the 1962 rite as well. It was absolutely beautiful! Father Mackey conferred the Sacrament. He has baptized 3 of our children so far. Katie’s godparents are my sister, Kim and my brother, Chris. Mom, Dad, Kim and… Read More
By the sign of the Holy Cross, deliver us from our enemies, O our God. Our Lenten preparations are finally complete, and I wanted to share them. With each passing year, the children are more involved in setting out our holy reminders. I am always so moved by their intuitions and choices in how they like to place things. This… Read More
A very good friend of mine has inspired a post which has been long brewing. I wish I could link to her original post on her daily prayer routine, but she has a private blog – so you’ll just have to take my word for it that the blog was timely for me, and inspiring as I have been really… Read More
Many thanks to Helen at Castle of the Immaculate for linking me to this beautiful novena!
Merry Christmas everyone! I’ll be taking a blogging break for the next week or so to spend time with family and enjoy the peace and joy of Our Little Lord’s birthday. My prayers are with all of you – that you experience the greatest Gift this Christmas. God Bless you!
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. Isaiah 11:1 We have always done a Jesse Tree during Advent. It helps keep the focus on our time of waiting and preparing for the little Lord Jesus. Just as we wait now, the Israelites waited – only their wait… Read More
We have been so busy lately, with Rob’s dad in and out of the hospital (thankfully he is ok and home now,) both the van and Rob’s car requiring major maintenance at the same time, and planning for our All Saints Party. Whew…I’ve barely had time to turn around. Alas, with so much going on, it does make for the… Read More
This weekend my brother brought me the beautiful mini altar he made for the children and our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentations. This post is picture intensive, but I had to show all of the symbolism and thought that went into this piece! Here are all of lids, drawers, cabinets, etc. open. I’ll explain them as best I can,… Read More
Years ago, my mom attended a class of some kind at Aquinas college in Nashville led by the Dominicans. I wish I could remember who led the class so I could give proper credit (Mom, if you’re reading this can you leave a comment telling me who the sister was?) Anyway, Mom shared a lot of great information with me…. Read More
Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us!
This has been a tough couple of weeks with sick children – and they’re still sick! We had to put off our May crowning a few days because kids were either feeling too icky to do anything, or they were too clingy for me to prepare anything. Today, we seem to be between sickness – Peanut is recovering and Sweet… Read More
With kids sick around here, we haven’t been able to go back to our Mass lessons for a little while. Finally, yesterday we had another lesson. I continue to see benefits for Sparkly in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and these Mass Lessons. Things are very ordered, whether it’s the order of presentation in the lesson, or the way… Read More
Today we completed our first introduction to the Mass. It wasn’t really on my list of things to get done today, but the kids just couldn’t wait any longer. They’d seen me assembling and setting up the home atrium (what we used to just call our Feast Table) and gathering all of the items for the mini Mass kit. Some… Read More
We have been really excited for a few weeks now about starting the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. I’ve been reading like crazy, and the ideas are so beautiful! Children are especially open to religious instruction from the ages of 3-6. They are trusting. The parable of the Good Shepherd is very appealing in content and symbolism to children…. Read More
Yesterday was our homeschool retreat to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Our Lord did not let us down. One cannot help but be swept away in the beauty and peace of the Shrine. We enjoyed an inspiring talk on the Feast of the Divine Mercy and our Lord’s generous gift of mercy by Fr. Miguel. He even asked… Read More
When Rob tried to snap this picture, it was chaos. I’m not sure how the picture came out as well as it did. Peanut wanted nothing to do with picture taking. Sweet Pea and Sparkly were trying in their very hands on way to convince him that standing still for a picture was in his best interests – to no… Read More