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

Monday, September 18, 2017

School Send-Off

Even though my oldest two are (now) away at college, this mama still enjoys rejoicing with the start of a new school year...and I hope to continue to include all my children in one fun and simple tradition.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Harvest, Autumn, Fall...


I am giving thanks and feeling mighty grateful for another season of Autumn...my favorite season!


The months and years are slipping by...and now, I have another graduate.  She is away at college, thankfully in California.  This mama is happy about that!


And so a new Academic year begins...


Blessings to all our homeschool families, students and teachers everywhere, and college students near and far...

"But those who hope in the Lord, will renew their strength.  
They will soar with wings like eagles; 
they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not be faint."  
~ Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Re-Post of Give-Ups

Hi, there.  Lent, here.

Still searching for 'things' to give up for Lent?

Here is a quick list of some wonderful sacrifices...





I will pray for you...will you pray for me?

XO, 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February & St. Valentine Decor

Do you know the history of St. Valentine's Day?

Similar to St. Patrick's Day, it is now celebrated in the secular realm.  It is primarily celebrated with cards, chocolates, roses and romantic meals...and all these exchanges occur with your special someone, your love, your spouse or friends or children.



Cupid is also a symbol of the sweetheart day.  In Latin, cupid means Amor or Love.  Roman and Greek methology have a Cupid and Eros.


In Holy Scripture, Angels (or messengers) are mentioned several times.  And in Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas describes the Nine Choirs of Angels.
Catholic Online describes them very nicely here.



Angels and cherubs are scattered throughout my home, not just in February, but all year long.  I love them.



I remember exchanging Valentine Cards in grade school.  It was both fun and embarrassing for me at the same time.



This year, I received this little card from an acquaintance at my parish.  It was such a kind and sweet gesture.  I admit I was a little annoyed when she passed the cards (one each for my daughters as well) to me, because it was seconds before Mass was to begin.


Once I saw what was gifted to me and my loved ones, I was humbled and struck with a certain joy.

Sometimes, little acts of kindness can melt a hardened heart.

"In the silence of the heart, God speaks..."   ~ St. Mother Teresa



Anyway, now that February is at its final day...I extend to you all a very Happy VALentine's....From: Me  To:  YOU!

XO,





Friday, February 3, 2017

My Resolutions, My Gifts

Last Year, 2016, I had an Epiphany to use the New Year to resolve to do better, and make a change for the better.  The Epiphany is when the Magi set out to find the Christ Child...Following the path to Christ.  That's what resolutions ultimately are...



So as I set out this New 2017 Year, I resolve to do my best to search out Christ in everything and everyone and follow Him in every way, bringing Him my gifts.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Celebrating the New Year


Wow!  2017.  Hello!



Several of our family friends hosted our annual Old Fashioned New Year's Eve Family Celebration...we included a Sparkling Cider Toast and Balloon Drop at the stroke of twelve...(EST).

Fun Favors of chocolates and holy cards
Of course, we begin by giving thanks for all the blessings we received throughout the year...what a beautiful Mass!



The tables and ceiling were decorated with a lot of silvery-gold twinkly-bling.
We had about 100 guests...including the five families that helped plan and organize, decorate and serve...



I love this backdrop...Merry Christmas!


The noodles and rice and side dishes were SO DELICIOUS...not to mention the hand-made desserts...
There were so many wonderful desserts hand-made by one of the teens...THANK YOU, "L"

And the celebration wouldn't be the same without the traditional roasted pig...


Everything was amazing and delicious and much fun was had by all...

What a great family and friend memory and an exciting way to ring in the New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2016

FEAST-ivities continued...

My favorite month of the year is NOVEMBER.  It is a time when I feel things slow down, even for just a bit.  The nights get longer, the air is cooler and the sun is toasty warm...not scorching hot.  Here in California, the sun can be merciless.



It is also the month that I celebrate my birthday. :o)



This year, my daughters and husband made me the most wonderful Birthday Brunch to go with my Birthday Extravaganza.


This is the spread they prepared to help me celebrate the day...


It was a day of jollity!  Nearly festivity overload.

Everything tasted delicious.  Everything was done with such love.  Every detail in the presentation was exquisite and I was most appreciative.

Goodbye November...you've been feastive

XO,