Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving and Advent - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

We had a little thunderstorm early this morning, but the rain quickly ended, and sunshine ruled the day.

I am thankful for ~

* the family time I had with all of my brothers and sisters and mom over Thanksgiving.

* the opportunity to fly home and celebrate her on her 75th birthday!

(My mom with all of her children.)

I am #5 out of the 9.  I have five brothers and three sisters.


(My mom and her daughters ;)


What I have read ~

On the plane heading toward Illinois ::


Oh my gosh!  This was so good, so easy, so perfect for a holiday, weekend trip!  (The movie is on the Hallmark Channel, how can you go wrong?!)

On the plane heading back to Texas ::


Another good book from the same author.

I am praying for ~

* all those who are alone this holiday season.

* all those who have sick ones or have recently lost a loved one.

* in thanksgiving for a safe trip.

From the school room ~

* Miss Sally and David are going on a campus tour this Wednesday at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor (sister school to Baylor University).

* Ester and Sally worked on school during Thanksgiving week and have only two weeks left in the semester.   (Ester and Stan both have three weeks left.)

Around the house ~

I caved.  Meet Belle.


Belle comes from a home that recently went through a divorce.  The owner only sees his children every other weekend (that just breaks my heart), and this little thing was incredibly lonely.

Belle is six months old, a chihuahua, as sweet as can be, and doesn't mind the NOISE in our house.  She is seriously so dang sweet.  She is house broken, (we've had three accidents in 48 hours), kennels at night (thank you, Jesus!), and was FREE.  We also have a two week "trial period".  (I think she is going to work out though.)



We've been married 21 years, and I had always said, no way !!  But something felt right this time, PLUS, the kids are old enough to take charge.  We shall see...

From the kitchen ~

Cranberry Mimosas!


I had seen the recipe on FB and thought I'd give it a whirl on Thanksgiving.

Delicious.  Fresh.  Festive!!

Wipe rim with lime.  Dip rim in cup of sugar.  Poor half cranberry juice and half champagne.  Enjoy!

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - Advent
Monday - Kiddo doctor appointment
Monday - Basketball practise for Stan the man
Tuesday - Youth group for Miss Mabel (middle school)
Wednesday - Ballet for Miss Clementine
Wednesday - Choir practise for Stan, Ester, and Mabel
Wednesday - Campus tour for Sally (David)
Friday - TSG camp out

A last photo to share ~

(My sisters and I)

Blessings to you all during this Advent season!

~  Patty  ~


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be on my way to the airport soon but wanted to quickly wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May the time you spend with loved ones be blessed, and for those who are traveling, may your voyages be safe.  Most importantly, I pray for all those who are alone this year.  God bless!


~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mid-November Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Beautiful weather.  It's suppose to be a high of 82 today, but the weather man says to expect rain and cooler temps by Thursday night.

I am thankful for ~

* the opportunity to fly up to Chicago for Thanksgiving to be with my mom as she celebrates her 75th!

* being one of nine children, all of whom will be with my mom on Thanksgiving day.

* an amazing husband who will hold the fort down while I'm gone and cook the Thanksgiving meal.



I am preparing to read ~


I did not like this book because it was too philosophical and difficult for my brain to follow along.  I didn't even finish it.


I am praying for ~

* one of our priests at church who is having complications with his heart.

* the future spouses of my children.

* college decisions; that we are guided by the Holy Spirit as we help Sally steer the course (of these uncharted waters).

From the school room ~

* College scholarships.  Financial Aid.  Campus visits.  (Oh my!!)

*  We only have 3 weeks left in the semester!

*  No school next week except for one or two days (for the older three) who want to try to get ahead.

* Religion / Living Liturgy

Today is Miss Mabel's baptism birthday.  On this special day, we give the child a faith-based gift and, if time permits, we look over Baptism photos, cards, and other mementos of their special day


Miss Mabel recently chose St. Helen  (of the Cross) as her Confirmation saint.  So I found this peg doll of St. Helen on this  Etsy shop.




Around our house ~

* This sweet thing was so excited to go to Belk's and try on Christmas dresses.  We settled on one, and she was SO excited to carry her own dress bag out the store :)


* Little Women

We hosted the November meeting, and I taught.  We focused on the souls in Purgatory, spiritual works of mercy, and then made these All Souls candles.

 (There were 8 young ladies in all, but I forgot to get a photo of all of them.)

My dear friend, Tiffany, posted this on her blog a few years ago, and I thought the idea was just beautiful!

* A morning with Penny, Ester's horse.


From the kitchen ~

Since I'm not going to be here on Thanksgiving, Stan the man and I are making this bread today.

(From 2015)


The recipe is on the back of one of our favorite books, Cranberry Thanksgiving.


Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - Doctor appointment
Tuesday - A friend's birthday party
Tuesday - EDGE youth group
Tuesday - Moms Night Out
Wednesday - Ballet (for Miss C)
Wednesday - Choir practise for kids
Wednesday - Mabel's Baptism birthday
Saturday - Funeral Mass to attend

One last photo to share ~

This hot air balloon landed at the park on Sunday night.


It's so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week!  The time has flown so quickly, too quickly.  Wishing you all happy thoughts and prayers for your final preparations, travels, and time spent with your own families.

~  Patty ~

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