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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

~ Mater Eucharistiae ~

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I can distinctly remember how thrilled we were to have TEA WITH MARY...

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, that is.
Sr. Maria Fatima, O.P and Sr. Mary Judith, O.P.
When the day finally arrived for our TOTALLY TERRIFIC TEA, everyone enjoyed the Sisters visit and talks and stories...it was indeed a lovely afternoon.  There were A LOT of smiles and happiness.
Little Lamb with Sr. Mary Judith, O.P.

And NOW,

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have a new album which will be available...to bring A LOT OF SMILES AND HAPPINESS, whenever you enjoy a cup of tea or whenever and wherever!...On,

AUGUST 13, 2013

This beautiful musical recording will feature 15 selections of Sacred Music, all dedicated to Jesus...through (who else!?) MARY!!!  O:o)

And, guess what!?

You can pre-order this recording by going to the pre-order link from the Dominican Sisters of Mary website:

You can go "behind the scenes" to watch how the recording of Mater Eucharistiae was made by going here...Mater Eucharistiae

Oh yes, and please remember to keep them in your prayers...


"Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You."


"Mary, Mother of Jesus, be my mother too."


"Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine."
"O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recouse to thee."
"Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may love You forevemore."
~ prayer taken from Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

doily hand-made with love from my mother...


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Sunday, July 28, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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After Mass in the Mission, we had a lovely brunch in the {pretty} town of Monterey!
This place makes me {happy}, {happy}, {happy}!
Although this old metal siding building looks as though it might topple over with the next strong wind...that would not be {funny}.  It's been here forever and I love to leisurely browse through its many treasures.

A gift from our pastor after his visit to Poland...{real} Polish chocolate...REAL GOOD!
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

~ Celebrating your Saint ~

This month we celebrated Butterfly's Confirmation saint....

Butterfly's patron saint

Flower of the Algonguins
Lily of the Mohawks

Here in the United States we recently celebrated her feast day, which is July 14th.

In Canada, St. Kateri's feast day is celebrated on the 17th of April...I guess we will just have to celebrate twice!  :o) 

I spotted this tapestry of her image while walking in Rome...I was so excited and bought it for my girl.  I framed it to keep it dust free...
Butterfly chose to hang it above her bed.  It's lovely.

Tapestry portrait of St. Kateri from Rome, Italy

Here is an oil painting of St. Kateri which was painted by Fr. Chaucheti√®re. 

One of the oldest portraits of St. Kateri from

Like Jesus, St. Kateri suffered much.

She was orphaned, disfigured and partially blinded by smallpox...and she was treated cruelly, and made an outcast in her village.  She was ostracized by her own people, neighbors & children...

When she converted to Catholicism, she was shunned and endured great ridicule.  Stones were thrown at her as she walked to daily Mass.

Through all this hostility, she remained with a charitable heart.  She is described as having virtues of piety, industry, purity, and fortitude.

Little Lamb made a special cake to help celebrate Butterfly's patron saint.

You can see the rest, HERE.

I always bring out the *guardian angel* candle holder for special feast days & anniversaries:  Baptism, First Holy Communion and (now) Confirmation.   Even if I don't have time to create a special dessert (like the one above) or even a special meal to commemorate the day, the candle alone sets the occasion and we are reminded to give thanks...and to pray.

Celebrating your child's saint, (or your saint), can be that simple...

O God, who, among the many marvels of Your Grace in the New World, did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mohawk and of the St. Lawrence, the pure and tender Lily.  Kateri Tekakwitha, grant we beseech You, the favor we beg through the intercession that this young lover of Jesus and of His Cross may soon be counted among the saints of Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith.  Through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

~ Love Story...continues ~

I just love this couple...THIS FAMILY!

Royal Baby's First Appearance
photo credit:  AP

Why?  Because they appear to set a good example to other young couples...they are in the public eye and their conduct seems dignified and wholesome, not stodgy.  They appear sincerely joyful and happy.
God Bless their marriage and their family!

Congratulations to their growing family....I'm so happy to hear the good news!
Keep them in prayer!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

~ pretty, happy, funny, real: St. Kateri, Family, Kaya & Twilight Train Edition ~

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
~*~ Lily of the Mohawks ~*~
Her feast day is July 14th.
St. Kateri was the saint from which Butterfly
chose as her Confirmation name.
Little Lamb made her sister a {pretty} lily white cake to help celebrate her feast day.
Little Lamb made "St. Kateri" out of fondant,
molding and sculpturing to make a {pretty} topper.
Hand-made with love, for her sister...
Little Lamb made the Lilies, too!
Saint Kateri, pray for us!
My niece turned ONE, it was a very {happy} Birthday!
It was wonderful to see cousins visiting together...family from Washington were in town.

My SIL did a wonderful job with decorations, fun & food...
 and more {happy}, as Conductor creates lights for his garden train!
Kaya is a nearly nine month old lab, who has taken up residency at our home (after stealing our hearts).  She figured out how to use the slide and was so proud of herself.
She's really ours...for {real}!
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

~ Oh no, O.J. ~

Update:  Seems that our newest fish, "Sushi", went on to join "O.J." 

We aren't exactly sure what happened to O.J. 
He was found in the corner of the colonnade (his new favorite spot)...well,....dead.
O.J. (photo on the upper left)

Did he miss his old home too much?

Was he just at the end of his life cycle?  We did enjoy him for a full year and who knows how long he was alive before that...

Little Lamb placed him in a little toothpick box to be place in the ground.  (When I was a kid we just flushed them down the toilet...)  The children placed the box in the boxcar...
If you peek through the windows of the door, you can see the orange box inside...

(Big brother obliges) The ground is prepared...

(Big brother eager to try out his new engine)  The send off...

The placement...

Securing the site from raccoons grave robbers...

The Marker...
Little Lamb places a California Poppy down and that's that.

An interesting fact about the California PoppyThe flowers of California poppy close each night, and on cloudy days.
 Notice how the poppy is closed? 
How appropriate for this occasion.