Today, January 21 is the Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia. Long observed in the Dominican Republic, her feast is less well known here in the States. Still, the story is a beautiful one especially in the way that Our Lady inspires thankfulness and gratitude. We enjoy reading A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia by Julie Alvarez each… Read More
Any time we women anticipate a big event in life, we nest. The nesting instinct is most visible if you enter a woman’s home somewhere toward the end of her pregnancy, though I’m convinced we women “nest” to some degree throughout our lives. The phenomenon of nesting is barely understood by the men in our lives, but they do recognize… Read More
I’m a little embarrassed to post these plans…as we are already 2 weeks into Advent! But, I confess that I so enjoy peeking into your homes to see the different family traditions you all have and the different and creative ways you bring them into your homes. It is inspiring to me! So, I’ll share what we do. We add… Read More
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception falls within Advent, and it is not out of place. Our Lady, conceived without original sin, preserved from stain from the very moment of her conception was the dawning of our redemption. Isn’t that a lovely thought? How else could God send His own Son to us if not in a vessel pure and… Read More
We had such fun working on our clothespin doll representations of God’s early covenants so, I was excited to share with you a little more of how we put together God’s third covenant with man. This is Abraham and Sarah and baby Isaac – One Holy Nation… Here’s how we started – with a simple clothespin doll we purchased from… Read More
This is a rich month for Feasting along with the Church. I’m late in posting pictures of two of our favorite Feasts, but the extraordinary culinary creations that came about simply cry out for publication! From Cooking For Christ by Florence Berger (originally published 1949): “If I am to carry Christ home with me from the altar, I am afraid… Read More
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!