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

Saturday, January 28, 2012

~ Rose Buds ~

Rosebud's Girls Club is a club that I host at my home...the Coordinator and Leader is a wonderful, lovely, talented and generous woman ~ Lorelei  (thank you, Lorelei!)
Making a Crown of flowers for Our Lady ~ May
Making Place Setting cards ~ November



Gathering at Our Lady's Grotto ~ May Pilgrimage

Creating a delicious Parfait ~ when Mommies aren't able

Many, many Years ago, I coordinated the Little Flowers Girl's Club - hosting it in my home and then in my parish - as the group size grew and grew and then on to include both the Little Flowers Girls Club and Blue Knights Boys Club. 
It was a lot of fun and very worthwhile...but, it took lots of time... and lots of planning and...commitment.

I'm thankful for the Rosebuds, and Lorelei and the families that commit...

These girls are learning Leadership skills and forming Christian Virtues ~
          They are learning to be Responsible - Thinking and Acting in a Responsible way ~
                       And Having Fun while doing so....

Creating Friendships and Sodality.

Rosebuds is based on and inspired by the Teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva, Founder of Opus Dei.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Field Trip

 Way Back in September, we visited the State Capitol.  The Tour was wonderful & very informative.  We explored inside and outside the Capitol, learning about the Architecture, Legislation & The Grounds...

~ Apollo 14 - Moon Tree ~

~ Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament ~

Lord, Make me an Instrument...

First Days of School...
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. 

                                                                                                                         ~ St. Frances of Assisi



Conductor opens his Schultutes

A "Schultüte" or School Cone:  Parents in Germany & Austria present these decorated "cones" to help make the first day of school a little sweeter.  It's traditionally filled with toys, chocolate, candies, school supplies,...
Butterfly displays her school "supplies"


Rewind

Summer 2011 was packed with fun...
a family trip to Disneyland, drives to the Lake, the Catholic Family Conference...

Little Lamb's Ice Cream Creation - Bubble Gum, Chocolate Mint...

Visits from the Tooth Fairy...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Whoa!

Well, the Summer came and went...
~ Fall 2011 ~
The Fall, too!
~ Advent 2011 ~
Winter was WONDERFUL...
and now we are in a New Year!


Which reminds me of RESOLUTIONS...
Years ago, while I was on a woman's retreat, one of the priests spoke about Resolutions - and why we need them...our Pastor spoke on Resolutions at this past First Friday Mass...
Here are six resolves St. Elizabeth Ann Seton made (from the Women of Grace E-Newsletter):
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton stands as a model for women today. Wife, mother, widow, founder,religious sister, patron of the death of children, daughter of God, spiritual daughter of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her life, her words, her example, and her desire for God alone, give the women of today a sure and safe path to follow.
Following are six resolves Mother Seton made. As they did for her, they may well lead us, too, to sanctity and holiness of life:
She wrote: “Solemnly in the presence of my Judge, I resolve through his grace

1) to remember my infirmity and my sin

2) to keep the door of my lips

3) to consider the causes of sorrow for sin in myself and in them whose souls are as dear to me as my own

4) to check and restrain all useless words

5) to deny myself and exercise the severity that I know is due to my sin

6) to judge myself – thereby trusting through mercy, that I shall
not be severely judged by my Lord

Perhaps these resolutions might be good ones to make as we begin this new year in Our Lord, 2012.
Resolutions..a very good thing.
Thank you, God, for this New Year!


~ CHRISTmas 2011 ~