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

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


Wednesday, December 14, 2016


The month of November, and October for that matter, passed by so quickly!  Autumn is definitely filled with a lot of family activities and traditions.  

Once again, I am Back-blogged and so I share a few highlights of the Autumn months...

And let the Feast, er, Festivities begin...

Our dear friends invited the girls over for a pumpkin carving night, what fun!
Prize ribbons and all....

And with pumpkins, come pie!

My Butterfly made this baked deliciousness from scratch.  

All Souls Day, a holy day, commemorates all of the faithful departed.  We celebrate with a beautiful Solemn Mass.  Our Cathedral Choir sung Gabriel Faure's Requiem.  Heavenly.

This November, my husband lost another of his aunts.  We held the memorial (or remembrance) reception at our home for dear uncle's wife.  Their friends and family were invited and it was a blessed day.

Autumn is my favorite season...the colors, the coolness in the air, and all the foods associated with Fall...

And then there is THANKSgiving...a time to reflect and express our gratitude for all that has been given to us in the preceding year.  Yes, here in Northern America we clebrate the autumn harvest festival from 1621, but it is much more than the traditional turkey and trimmings feast that most Americans replicate.  It is stopping and giving thanks to God for everything. Watching football, feasting and enjoying the company of family & friend reunions are just wonderful benefits and blessings. ;o)

Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes Here
Hopefully, I will resume with the final Autumn back-blogged feast-ivities soon...


Monday, October 10, 2016

One Thousand Words

A picture is worth...
One Thousand Words...and then some.

Over the summer the hens stopped laying eggs.  There are several reasons why hens stop laying in the summer.  In our area, the heat can get pretty extreme.

In early July, my daughters built a new (and improved) chicken coop and we added a few more hens to the brood.  

The moratorium on eggs has been lifted.
Happy hens, happy mama.

Are they not beautiful!?!


Sunday, October 9, 2016

This one's for you...

Little Lamb.

A week or so ago, you asked me why I don't journal on my blog anymore...

I am so glad you asked and I am SO thrilled that you enjoy reading and remembering a few of our family highlights.

There are about 20+ posts that are waiting to tell of some of the adventures and blessings that we have experienced over the paste several months (and years).  I promise to work on them so that you can have a place to reminisce.

I really miss sharing some of the family times here on the blog.  Now that things have settled down a bit, I hope to start posting again.

To help get things going...let's begin sharing about my very favorite season of all,..


Thank you, Little Lamb, for helping me put up all the Autumn decor!

It was fun!  Any you were Oh, So, helpful.  


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: May 2016

Pentecost Bouquet in the Month of May

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for pretty, happy, funny and real times...
~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Monday, April 25, 2016

First Communion Candles

The month of May is filled with so many beautiful Marian Devotions and it is typically the month when the Sacraments are celebrated.

Just popping in quickly to post a picture of this beautiful First Holy Communion Candle that was definitely Hand-Made With LOVE.

Thank you to my dear friend that is so incredibly talented and giving...from the kindness of her heart, the First Communion Children will process with these gorgeous keepsake candles.

May the Light of Christ shine brightly on this day and always.

"Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life.
 ~ John 8:12

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Easter Blessings 2016

Our family has so much to be thankful for, and these past few weeks are no exception.  The days continue to pass so quickly!  My desire to journal here about our days of celebrations and family joys is enormous...but the time to do so, is limited.  There simply is no time to journal and share about all the happenings...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Math Lesson of the Day: 03.14.16

"...the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle..."

Spontaneously we decided to bake a Pi Pie to commemorate Pi Day.  What better way to celebrate than with a 'rounded' pie...3.14.16!

Friday, March 11, 2016

pretty, happy, funny, real: March 2016

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for some pretty, happy, funny & real times...
~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

A beautiful gift from a beautiful friend.

We are still happily enjoying our vegetable & fruit home delivery...

The hens have started laying EGGS again.

California earthquake?  Perhaps.

Visit Like Mother, Like Daughter to find more contentment...

Thursday, March 3, 2016

pretty, happy, funny, real: Happy Feet, Take Two

I did it.  I splurged on some shoes that will (hopefully) bring my feet many hours of comfort.  I wish my health insurance would cover the cost of good, quality shoes.  :o)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Weekly Weekday Wardrobe: Mid Winter

Taking the wonder out of my mornings...

credit: MemeMaker

My wardrobe is really nothing special.  I probably have a lot of the same items as most people...however, I tend to often wear the same pieces over and over again.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Emotional Noise

Have you ever heard the saying...


I have been chipping away at all my clutter.  I do not have an elaborate system, but I do have motivation...and that is key.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I {heart} Valentine's Day

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for some pretty, happy, funny and real times...
~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~



Every year we take a moment to celebrate our saints during the month of February...including (but in no way limited to):  St. Blaise, St. Scholastica, and St. Valentine.  St. Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year...four days after Ash Wednesday or after the Lenten season begins.  So I am decorating with Purple Hearts for February and the liturgical season.  I just happened to have these decortions in my decor box.  Simple and perfect.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Go Greens!

Not only did we switch over to a real green Christmas Tree this past year, I have decided to try out a new delivery system for fresh, organic, local produce.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome 2016!

My Word

My Prayer

"Hail Mary, poor and humble Woman, Blessed by the Most High! Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era, We join in your song of praise, to celebrate the Lord’s mercy, to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of humanity.

Hail Mary, lowly handmaid of the Lord, Glorious Mother of Christ! Faithful Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word, Teach us to persevere in listening to the Word, and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit, attentive to his promptings in the depths of our conscience and to his manifestations in the events of history.

Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows, Mother of the living! Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve, Be our guide along the paths of the world. Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ, to stand with you before the innumerable crosses on which your Son is still crucified.

Hail Mary, woman of faith, First of the disciples! Virgin Mother of the Church, help us always to account for the hope that is in us, with trust in human goodness and the Father’s love. Teach us to build up the world beginning from within: in the depths of silence and prayer, in the joy of fraternal love, in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.

Holy Mary, Mother of believers, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us."

~ Pope John Paul II's prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes (2004)

My Resolutions...
still need more prayer & thought.

Here are past thoughts:
From my journey to Lourdes, France, May 2015