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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

~ One Step at a Time ~

Walk for Life ~ 2013

Before the Rally and Walk...

50,000 steps...and counting.
Baby steps...

As far as the eye can see...

Friday, January 25, 2013

~ An Agreeably Argumentative Opinion ~

Me:  "How do you like the Valentine decorations that I put up?"

Little Lamb:  "Mom, it's too early."

Me:  Well, I like to have them out on the 1st of February."

Little Lamb:  "Is Valentine's Day on the 1st?"  (knowing full well it is not)

Me:  No; But I like to have the decorations out on the 1st and through the entire month of February to get the most out of my efforts.  And since I'm putting away the Christmas decorations, it's easy to pull out the St. Valentine decorations.  Does that make sense?"

Little Lamb:  "No."

Me:  "Oh!  You are just being sassy."

Little Lamb:  "I'm not being sassy; It's just my opinion."

Me:  lol.  "You're not being opinionated, you're being argumentative."

Little Lamb:  OK, then, I'm argumentative to help you!"


That's what I call an agreeably argumentative opinion (aka sassy).  Although, it is a little earlier than I like to put out my St. Valentine's decor...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

~ Good Works ~

Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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The girls have picked up their embroidery hoops again...I am SO delighted!
Hand-Made with Love by Butterfly
Hand-Made with Love by Little Lamb
Little Lamb is so excited and is working non-stop to create pillows & pillowcases for her brother's Altar Boy Fundraiser Events...
they are helping to send the boys to Rome! 
We have another amazing dinner & auction coming up...
Hard-working husband/daddy is now building a deck, he and son work hard to beautify our home...and Popcorn wants in on the action!  She gets her nose right in there!! 

The embroidery fun is taking over our Learning Room table, floor, space...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

~ Resolutions ~

"Much peace have they that love thy law,
and to them there is no stumbling block."
                                                                                                        ~  Psalm 118:165

For years, "Simplicity" has been our family motto. 
Actually, ever since our first pilgrimage to Rome (over nine years ago - when Little Lamb was just a baby), one of our guiding principles has been to live a life of Simplicity. 

Fresh from the bakery.  Simply delicious!
We have used "Simplicity" for years because we were (and still are) trying to achieve a Simpler Life.  It takes time to shed from all "stuff" that we have taken on from over the years. 

We live in a world of many distractions.  Where even "good works" can be a distraction from our real vocation in life. 

The simple fact is, My vocation is to be a wife and a mother.  And my vocation should take priority above all other good works. 

With life flying by, and so many distractions to keep us from our true goal - we need to stay focused on what is truly important.  Focused on what we were created for:

To KNOW, LOVE, and SERVE Him, in this world; so that we may be with Him in Heaven for all eternity.

For last year's Resolutions, I borrowed from St. Elizabeth Seton's  resolves.

This year, I have been soul searching to find what direction I (we) should be headed. 
I first thought that it should be Faith, since we are in the Year of Faith.  But I was not settled with Faith alone.  I felt that I was being prompted to work on something in addition to growing in my Faith...
I love the little hints that He lays in front of us for us to pick up on.  To give a sense of where we are and where we should be going...

I'm being somewhat vague here, because this is my (general) Family Journal, and not my personal journal...So, even though I still haven't completed all my resolutions (maybe I should work on procrastination - lol) I will, at least, state our family motto:


Peace in the home, peace in our souls, and peace in our hearts. 
A quiet heart.  A simple heart.  A peaceful heart.

As a mother, I think we are the ones in the family that are always trying to keep the peace.

Peace and Quiet, they go hand in hand.  lol. But they are not always there. 
So how does one obtain peace?

That is what I hope to find achieve this year - 2013.  A peaceful heart, so that I can know, love and serve Him...and share this *peace* with my family - my husband and my children.

And may God's grace and peace be with us all this year!

"LORD, you establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished you have done for us."
~  Isaiah 26:12

Saturday, January 12, 2013

~ This and That ~

Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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Little Lamb has been taking pictures with my camera...this is her work.
So Pretty.

Happy Dogs ~ Going for a Car Ride. 
{real} and {funny}
I love hats.  I think it would be fun to have lived the in the era of hat wearing. 
(Just the hat wearing part)
My stacked hats remind me of the children's story "Caps for Sale". 

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Friday, January 11, 2013

~ X-ray Vision ~

One hour before dinner...

Little Lamb:  "Mama.  Is it ok if I have a bagel?

Me:  (looking at her over my reading glasses with the "No" look)

Little Lamb:  "Take an X-ray of my stomach and you will see that there is nothing in there but this much acid."  (showing an inch using her thumb and forefinger).


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

~ Hot Soup, Hot Tea, Cold Day ~

Chicken Noodle Soup +

 Chamomile Tea & Honey

=  Remedies for a Cold
It's foggy and cold outside. 
Completing Algebra and lots of reading today
from a snugly blanket...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

~ 2013 ~

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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We are still celebrating Christmastide...in this pretty setting.

tubing with the family.  pretty fun.

Welcome 2013...

I was tempted by these elegant and delicious looking Kir Royales found at Sweet Boutique.  Happy, Happy New Year!

Icicles (both funny & scary)...especially with the warm California sun!

I'm still sending out the last of our Christmas Cards...
While enjoying a new Artichoke Dip recipe that I tried to re-create.  Success - My children LOVED it!  REAL good!  REAL easy!
1 can artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
1 small can mild green chilies
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 - 8oz. Neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat than cream cheese)
8 oz. sour cream (I use light)
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped (I use 4, roasted)
Mix all ingredients.
Spray, with cooking oil, small shallow casserole dish.
Place ingredients in casserole dish and Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Serve with crackers...
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