Tuesday, November 17, 2015

(More) Special November Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Calm.  Sun.  Cooler temps.

At 3:45am, we were awoken to tornado warnings and spent a good amount of time in a closet under the stairs.

Fun times, said no one without a basement ever.

I am thankful for ~

* my little 3 year old who thinks she is a prima ballerina - (we so love the joy she brings!)

* the Rosary

* warm meals

What David and I are reading ~

* continuing on with this...

* I am also on the look out for some new Advent reading material for myself and David.  Any suggestions??

From the school room ~

* 9th grade English with Seton (the Catholic curriculum we use) has proven to be very tough.  Personally, I find it over kill on the amount of content that is required.

* The kids have successfully worked ahead a couple of days in all the subjects in order to take a 4-day break next weekend.

* Pre-school art - Miss Clementine and I worked on these 2 things...

(This was the source.)

It goes along with an adorable finger-play song that I found here.

* Religion - Living Liturgy::

November 17 is the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary (patroness of bakers as well as other things).  You can find her story here.

I bought this new book to add to our saint collection and made a crown cake in honor of her royal highness :)

(The cake idea - I think - came from Showers of Roses some years back.  I know I've made one for another occasion...Epiphany perhaps??)

I am praying for ~

* world peace!

* an end to abortion

* victims of radical Islam around the world

Around the house ~

* We celebrated Miss Mabel's baptism birthday.  I found this beautiful Holy Family font on Amazon. It now hangs by her school desk.

* Miss Ester and Miss Mabel had their last horse riding competition for the season.  They had GORGEOUS weather for it and took home a few ribbons as well ;)

From the kitchen ~

I'm working on an EASY camping menu for a camping trip coming up.   I was thinking along the lines of sloppy joe's, a soup, home made cookies possibly??

I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine "read".  Gosh!  I just love love love her cute voice.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - doctor's appointment (Three kids AND David are all on antibiotics now. )
Monday - Mabel's Baptism birthday
Tuesday - Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Wednesday - CCD
Thursday - Physical Therapy on Miss Sally's knee

A last photo to share ~

We just love this book!

I have the ancient old copy that my mother bought for my siblings and I.   Stan and Clementine LOVE it the most, and Stan is insisting on using the recipe this Thanksgiving. :)

Have a great rest of your week!

~  Patty ~

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Getting Our Warmth On on The Feast of St. Martin de Tours

If you have followed my blog for a while, you know I like to celebrate different feast days throughout each month.

A new one to us is the Feast of St. Martin de Tours, (Nov. 11).

St. Martin and the cloak story...

There's a story of how on a very cold night, while riding with his fellow soldiers, he came across a beggar half naked.  St. Martin de Tours took his cloak and after splitting it into two pieces, he gave one piece to the the beggar.  His comrades laughed and made fun of Martin.  In a dream that night, Christ appeared to Martin wrapped in the cloak and surrounded by angels.  Christ asked Martin if he recognized the cloak.  When Martin did, he realized that he would completely devote his life to Christ.  Once a pagan, now a Christian.

Today, on the feast of St. Martin de Tours, I wrapped up something warm and cozy for each of our children; something they needed not wanted.

 Clockwise:: Sally needed a new sleep shirt, Ester needed some new sleeping pants, Mabel needed a new robe, Stan needed a new pair of pjs and so did Clementine.

I'd love to give credit to the mom who inspired me, but I cannot find the article where she talked about using the feast of St. Martin de Tours to gift her children with new pjs each fall.  So whoever she is, thank you!!  It was a GREAT idea, and the children truly appreciated the spontaneity!

St. Martin de Tours, patron saint of soldiers, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Special November Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

We are experiencing a beautiful autumn in north Texas right now.   I LOVE it!  Some folks up in the northern states already have had to turn on their furnaces, but we still get to sleep with our windows open! The mornings are chilly (50's & 60's) but the daytime warms up to mid-70's. This is my favorite time of year in Texas.

I am thankful for ~

this little man who celebrated yet another adoption anniversary (last week).

What David and I are reading ~

From the school room ~

* the kids are busy studying, trying to get ahead two days in school so they can take a leisurely Thanksgiving 4-day break.

* Field trip.

Yesterday, our home school group had a field trip to Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch.  It's mostly for the younger kids, and we had so much fun!

Our highlights were petting a red-tailed lemur.

There was a bucket train ride.

I even went on it, but let's just say, the space inside?  Yeah, it was definitely made for kid size only ;)

Out of all the animals, the camels were the friendliest!

Around the house ~

* Miss Sally's Baptism birthday was last Friday.  She loves the new book we gave her!

Nothing Short of a Miracle, God's Healing Power in Modern Saints, by Patricia Treece, is based on the miracles that are attributed to saints from our day and age.

She LOVES it!!

* My main squeeze turned 47 yesterday!  (Can you tell he is happy with his age?)

He requested home made Suzy Q Cakes,  (recipe here.)

From the kitchen ~

Still working on this week's menu.  I'm thinking a nice beef stew for Sunday dinner perhaps?

I am listening to ~

Coughing.  Too much of it in my house.  One by one some nasty virus is making its way through the family.

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Monday - Field trip
* Tuesday - Miss C has a doctor's appointment
* Wednesday - CCD class
* Wednesday - Feast day celebration of St. Martin de Tours
* Friday - Feast day celebration of St. Frances Cabrini
* Friday - Little Flowers/ Little Women
* Saturday - Stan has a birthday party to go to,
* Saturday - Miss Ester and Mabel have a horse riding competition

A last photo to share ~

I saw this in a pediatric G I office today.  Thought I'd share the humor ;)

BTW, a couple of friends have contacted me (thank you) telling me that they are having a dickens of a time leaving a comment.  One friend said she was able to leave a comment via her iPad, but not her computer.  I also heard it is a Blogger issue.

Just an FYI, awhile back, I chose to use Bloglovin to read all of the posts from fellow bloggers.  I have never had an issue with them.   (I still blog on Blogger, just read my feed through Bloglovin.) You may want to make the switch yourselves.

Have a great week!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, November 8, 2015

What's for Sunday dinner?

Kind of late on posting, but my word! Dinner was delicious tonight :)

I made a Maple-glazed Roast Pork (recipe here).

There was Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter (recipe here).

I made my favorite type of potato, Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes, (recipe here).

For dessert, we had Pecan Pie Muffins (recipe here).

I'm telling you, it was A-MA-ZING!

Our family had a good Sunday here in north Texas.  How was yours?

Tomorrow we have a fun day with a field trip to a wild life ranch and then it's all about David's birthday!  He's turning 47 tomorrow!

~  Patty ~

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Scoliosis Check Up

For 22 months, we have received the most amazing and compassionate care from our daughter's doctor, his staff, and the entire scoliosis department at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Dallas).  Last May, the doctor thought that she may have only six more months of nightly brace wear left.  So yesterday, we went in hopeful.

Well, the doctor saw something he was concerned about and felt it was best to brace for another six months.

Where this was very disappointing, (imagine trying to sleep in a plastic tube that literally squeezes your spine straight each night), it is better than the alternative; surgery.

(The following are images from the Internet)

All prosthetics are made down in the prosthetics department of the hospital.

We've been to the prosthetics department many times for brace adjustments as our daughter has grown.  They do amazing work there, especially for kids with greater issues.

And you know what?  Shakes always make for a great pick-me-up!  We stopped on the way home to pick our spirits up.  It's all going to be okay.

Disappointments like these are character building moments.

~  Patty ~


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