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

Saturday, October 26, 2013

~ Birthday Bows ~

Butterfly and I worked together to decorate these gifts.

Simple, but thoughtful.  We used silk flowers that I had in my craft box.

The wired ribbon (love this stuff) was from last years clearance bin...stock up!

It was easy and makes the present really special...

...and you want to make the recipient feel special...

...because the recipient IS special!
~ Autumn Bows ~

~ October Saint ~

There are a lot of wonderful saints that we celebrate during the month of October.

I have been trying to learn more about the *less-known* saints...that is, not know to me.


One such saint is St. Maria Soledad.  Her full name is actually:


Why did I choose her?  Well, I didn't.  My daughter, who I call *Little Lamb* (here on my blog journal), chose to dress up as Saint Maria Soledad for an AHG Explorers party &/or our homeschool groups All Saints Party. 

St. Maria Soledad was the Foundress of the Congregation of Sisters Sevants of Mary, Ministers of the Sick.  She was born in Madrid, Spain in 1851.  St. Maria did everything for His greater glory and relied on His help, entirely.  She was canonized, *recently*, on January 25, 1970, by Pope Paul VI.  I was just 7 years old!  St. Maria Soledad's feast day is October 11th.


Speaking of AHG...Little Lamb recently joined this girls club.  After about 7 years of running a Little Flowers (& Blue Knights) group, I hosted a Rosebuds Girls Club for another 3 years.
Finally, last year, we attended Oakrose Girls Club.  Sadly, this year we cannot make the meeting times. 
Now, Little Lamb is an Explorer, and she loves it! This makes me happy!
A mother is happy, when her children are happy.  Having other people organize and plan also makes me happy appreciative and grateful!


And...speaking of groups, I decided to accept the nomination of First Friday Mass Coordinator for our Homeschool group.  Years ago I was our group's Membership Chair...after a couple (three?) years I thought that I should step aside and let someone else deal with it share the fun.         

{real:  Burnt muffins...even pretty paper cups and stacking them nicely could not save them...terrible shame}

These days, I have a little more time since, this year, I am not teaching the First Holy Communion class.
And this First Friday Mass Coordinator position is something that me and my children can *share*, since my son serves as acolyte, and I schedule the sacristans; and my daughters sing in the choir; but mostly because we already attend the Mass and participate in the beautiful devotions.  I can do this one small thing.  Our homeschool group is important to me...to us!
And attending First Friday Mass, at our parish, is a priority. 

{real:  Ground squirrels or gophers are destroying our landscape...my westie has been trying to dig them out, making more of a mess...oh, what fun. I am pulling my hair out}

{real:  meanwhile...}

And so as not to leave on a down note:
I continue to count my blessings and am thankful for all, even my small crosses.

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Visit Saints Cele-LINKY at Equipping Catholic Families to find more saintly activities!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

~ ONE in a MINION Party ~

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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{pretty, happy, funny & real} all wrapped up into one BIG PARTY

Here, Despicable Me translates into Invaluable Ten...

...which is what my little girl is to me!  She is ONE in a MILLION!

These little minion creatures are loveable, adorable and funny, and so is my Little Lamb, more so!

We had a blast making the decorations and Little Lamb hand-made her own invitations...so cute!

Everything was hand-made with much love...and I spent most of the day in the kitchen with her making and baking for "my baby's" TENTH!  She was one happy girl!

She chose her cake, and her Birthday Dinner - TEN IS A BIG DEAL!!!

Double digits. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9...10!!

Worthy of creating FUN BANNERS

 We searched our craft closet & craft boxes and (thankfully) found all that we needed.

 I searched for some Minion images and voila!  A FUN & FESTIVE Banner!

My Minions:  Conductor, Little Lamb & Butterfly


Party Crasher - evil minion
Little Lamb decided on a Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Raspberry Filling and covered in Dark Chocolate Ganache Icing.  It was the perfect combination.
Ack! Suzy Homemaker in my favorite fancy apron. :oP

The cake was dense, but oh.so.moist.  An excellent recipe that I will request for my birthday...
(minus the minions)

When making MINIONS, you will need Sugar, Sugar, AND MORE SUGAR!(bleck)
oh, and some bananas. 
Going Bananas for Minions!

Ten years old
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

~ A Shining Light in a dark World ~

Monica over at Equipping Catholic Families has a SHINING LIGHT DOLLS GIVEAWAY going on right now...

shining light dolls giveaway at equipping catholic families

What a wonderful way to celebrate Pope Francis' consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!  THANK YOU, MONICA!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real} ~ The flavor of Autumn ~

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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The Kitchen Table Centerpiece
An early birthday gift from my children.
I think they were pretty happy about it...
since it makes hot chocolate and Hot Apple Cider!
How convenient!  :o)
And that makes ME HAPPY!
Little Lamb has been asking to learn the following languages:
Spanish, Italian, German, Latin and Polish
Little Lamb making her own layered candle
She wants to speak these languages "conversationally" and not just learn them "grammatically".
Little Lamb:  Mom, when can I learn Spanish?
Me:  Well, there's no time like the present!  (Getting up from my computer and immediately getting out the Rosetta Stone).
Little Lamb:  WOW, that's the first time I've heard you say that!
Me:  Really?  You act so surprised...do you like that saying?
Little Lamb:  Yes; that is the smartest thing you have ever said!
Me:  LOL.  (I'm guessing that I say, "just a minute" and "just one moment", way too often!)
New gift = Re-organizing my Tea Drawer
And what goes wonderfully with some Hot apple Cider...?
Baked Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal - extremely easy, delicious and with the flavor of Autumn
Autumn Breakfast
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~ Priesthood Sunday 2013 ~

Joining Jennifer over at Catholic Inspired for the

~ Catholic: And Living It! Link-up ~

~ Second Wednesday of the Month ~
The month of October has been set aside to acknowledge our priests and the priestly ministry.  Although we pray for our priests daily, Priesthood Sunday is a special day in which we can celebrate, honor and show appreciation for all they do...


Last year, I created a tri-fold that included pictures of our parish priests and a clipboard with a Spiritual Bouquet to gather signatures and pledges. 

We then had a simple potluck after Mass with a cake to show our love and appreciation of our priests.

The life of a priest is busy, demanding and I'm sure, at times, challenging.  But the life of a priest is always essential.  A priest's ministry is so expansive.  Much more than preaching or praying, offering the Sacraments and even preparing us for the sacraments.  They comfort the grieving, counsel all those in need, and bring back those lost sheep - they are shepherds over their flock.
A priest's life is given over entirely to serving the Church and her people - all people.

I have heard it said that in order to understand the life of a priest, you have to have faith in Christ. 

This October 27th, 2013, is our next National Priesthood Sunday.  You don't have to throw an elaborate party...they most likely wouldn't want that. 
But don't forget to thank your priest; give them a Spiritual Bouquet, a thoughtful card, a hug.

They will appreciate your kind gesture.  They need our prayers.

You can go here for more ideas about celebrating PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY in your parish.

For more inspiration or to share your own, link-up to Catholic: And Living It!
Also, linking up to Catholic Bloggers Network Monthly Link-up Blitz
~ Catholic Family Journal ~