"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Thursday, November 6, 2014

~ Good Habit, Bad habit ~

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Rite of Imposition of the Habit

We were blessed to attend the Rite of Imposition of the Habit and Mass at the Carmel.  My son has served a 'Rite of Imposition' at the Carmel once before.  It is an absolutely beautiful ceremony.  The nuns' angelic voices, in chant, can be heard behind the grate.  I wish I could share more photos, but the contemplative Sisters are situated behind the grate...in cloister.

Soon the Sisters will be moving to another location, a traditional monastery, that is in dire need of repair.  You can read a short history about them here, with links for additional information.  We are SO blessed to have them in our diocese.

Perhaps you would like to help the Sisters with the construction work at the Carmel?  View the progress and plans on Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph blogTo the right of the article, you can find out how to donate to the Carmelites if you feel so called.

It was such a joyous occasion, as one of the Sisters received her Holy Habit.

"Hearken, O Lord, Almighty God, unto our prayers and deign to bless this your handmaiden, whom we have clothed in the habit of our Holy Order in Thy Holy Name; and grant that by Thy generosity she may remain faithful in the Church and may merit eternal life.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum.  Amen."


Because you can never have too much chocolate & strawberries

Little Lamb turned a happy ELEVEN.  She asked for this chocolate cake with fresh strawberries and our delectable ganache icing.  We adjusted the cake recipe, yet again, substituting the unsweetened cocoa powder with some (melted) bittersweet chocolate chips.  I didn't have any cocoa powder on hand, lucky us.
And I thought this cake could not get any better.  

This year, instead of our traditional treasure hunt for birthday gifts, we decided to go on a mom & daughter clothes shopping spree...my girl is growing and so she needed a new (simple) wardrobe.  We had a really fun time and (thankfully) found some really cute and modest pieces of clothing.  

I love you, my Little Lammy, you are so smart and wonderful.  You are growing into such a lovely young lady - mommy and daddy are SO very proud of YOU!  XOXO!!!


Who knew?!?
This is not what Little Lamb chose, but I just had to take a pic...it reminded me of the pope's mozzetta.  


Am I the only one that has this problem?  

I can neither find the right color, nor part with the wrong.  (Do I think that one day they will somehow 'work'?)  I look at this and see...a waste (of money).  However, I cannot seem to throw them out, because, that would be...a waste (of money).  I am in a quandary.  I think I'll put them back into my makeup drawer and forget about them...until I stumble across them, again.  My bad habit.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All Souls Day

"The Lord is my Shepherd.  There is nothing I shall want."

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Requiem ~ Music of the Requiem by Gabriel Faure.  Beautiful.

In Paradisum

In paradisum deducant te Angeli;
May angels lead you into paradise;

in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,
upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you,

et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.
and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.

Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
May the ranks of angels receive you,

et cum Lazaro quondam paupere
and with Lazarus, once a poor man

aeternam habeas requiem.
may you have eternal rest.

~ Gabriel Faure

Monday, November 3, 2014

All Hallow's Eve...

Daddy saved the day when he came home on All Hallow's Eve with this pumpkin.  Earlier we had gone out searching for a pumpkin, without much success.

Not only did Little Lamb enjoy carving her pumpkin, but she discovered several seedlings growing inside.  She plans to plant them in her garden...Hopefully, next year, we will not have to experience another pumpkin shortage....To Be Continued...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ordination of a Priest

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Our friend (and past children's choir director) was ordained today;  
a Dominican priest.

Church of St. Dominic
The Most Reverend Charles Morerod, O.P. was the Celebrant & Consecrator.

I did not take a lot of pictures, not a one during the Liturgy.  But here are few light shots of the joy and love from the day...


The Most Rev. Charles Morerod, O.P,



A custom where one receives a blessing from a newly ordained priest.  
After a priest's first thanksgiving or public Mass, one can then receive a plenary indulgence.  

Fr. Corwin, O.P.
"You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek."

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Friday, October 24, 2014

~ Papal Cream Cake ~

After a quick search, I came across the simplest & quickest version of kremowka papieska (pronounced: kreh-MOOV-kah  pah-PYESS-kah) or Papal Cream Cake. 

This Polish dessert was renamed papal cream cake after it was learned that Pope John Paul II ate this as a youth, and apparently, he was quite fond of this delicious pastry.  

It is pretty high-profile dessert, now; and the story of how Karol Wojtyla, enjoyed this creamy pastry delight from his friend's father's bakery, is endearing.

It is the perfect choice of celebratory food, as we celebrate this 1st special occasion.  

On the first anniversary feast day of Pope St. John Paul II - we enjoy the kremowka papieska!

The Pastry Cream recipe I found, turned out to be DELICIOUS.  It was so easy to make.  Six basic ingredients:  milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, cornstarch & egg yolks.  It took about 15 minutes to make this delicious custard cream filling.

I cheated and used a pre-made puff pastry; so, I didn't need the butter after all.  The entire dessert (from start to finish) took less than an hour...that includes clean up.  I did have the frozen pastry dough thawed prior to my baking and prep time.

This was my first time making this dessert.  Perfect for a first time anniversary!

You can find the full step by step recipe for Papal Cream Cake here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

St. John Paul II...

We love you.

credit:  Imperfectly Living a Dream Blog

Pray for us!

"I plead with you!  Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged.  Be not afraid."
~ St. John Paul II

Happy Feast Day ~ October 22

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

~ Back-Blogged: AHG, Blue Mass, Birthday, Action...September ~

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The crew looked {pretty} & handsome as they attended a movie premiere gala event.  Our friends' daughter produced, directed & filmed a movie that included several children in our home school & church friend circles.  
It was a super fun afternoon.  Cast members (siblings & parents, too) brought snacks, desserts, drinks to watch the completed film.  The families enjoyed watching the youth laugh and enjoy themselves.  
Movie Premiere
The Event included:  The Walk of Fame; Special Movie Premiere; Luncheon with the Stars. 
All the cast dressed to the occasion.
Everyone enjoyed the afternoon.  Good wholesome fun and entertainment.  
Rated G for GREAT! 


AHG & Trail Life have been bringing many {happy} events and memories.
A lot of badges and service hours have been accomplished through meetings, camping trips and home activities.  Little Lamb even took the initiative to personalize her new tote bag that each girl received to hold their AHG book & projects.  She embroidered the American Heritage Girls initials onto her bag.
American Heritage Girls

Conductor has turned SEVENTEEN.  Wow.  TEMPUS FUGIT.  
He requested his favorite side dish with bacon, and this fruit torte.  
Happy 17th!!!!!!!!!

We are so proud of you, son, and 


Fresh eggs
After a good wash, I lined up the eggs in a safe spot so they would not roll away...I love having fresh eggs every morning.  Love it.

We attended the 2nd Annual Blue Mass at our Cathedral to honor our police, fire fighters and first responders. 
Blue Mass

Eighty years ago, the first Blue Mass took place in  Washington, D.C. at St. Patrick's Church.  Since 1934, the Church has been asking for special blessings for those that work in public safety, protecting and caring for our communities; and to pray for those who have given their lives.
We take time to honor those that gave their lives in the line of duty.  This particular Mass was special in that a family friend, a police officer, was killed in January of this year.  Our bishop mentioned his name during the intentions.
Credit:  SFgate
Funeral Mass of Detective Sergeant T.S.
Bishop Barber celebrated the Mass along with ten chaplains, and three deacons; The mayor, 3 chaplains from the Episcopal church and two from the Baptist church were also in attendance and praying together with the law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders.

We pray for those living, especially my brother.  

Please offer up a quick pray for all those that serve and protect us.   

St. Michael, Patron Saint of  Law Enforcement Officers
St. Florian, Patron Saint of Firefighters

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