December 8 -The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
~ celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin. Because of His foreknowledge that Mary would consent to bear Christ, God kept Mary free from original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. ~
But today is December 9. Well, ~ if December 8 falls on a Sunday (as in, for instance, 2013), the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred to Monday, December 9, because Sundays in Advent take precedence over any other feast. ~ Scott P. Richert
Outside My Window
Ice, ice baby!
4" of sleet!! We have been frozen in since Thursday afternoon. We have NO salt trucks down here.
We do not own any sleds, but Mabel made the best of it ;) Ha ha!
(Ice, not snow.)
She used the blocks of ice David broke off when he cleared the driveway to build her igloo :) A pitcher of hot water was the "glue" that kept it altogether. Ha ha!
The weather channel says it is suppose to be above freezing today and start defrosting. We are keeping our fingers crossed!
I Am Thankful For
My electricity!! So many of our friends lost theirs anywhere from 8 - 36 hours.
I Am Thinking About
December 9 is the Feast of St. Juan Diego. We love his story.
From The School Room
School. This is our last week for the semester, and the last week of each quarter is THE MOST stressful for this home school mama. So many exams to help each child study for in addition to essays, reports, thesis, and paragraphs to guide them each on. I feel as though my head will just spin off.
Coloring page depicting The Immaculate Conception (St. Anne with Mary in her womb) found over at Lacy's and colored in by Ester :)
From The Kitchen
A taco dinner is on the menu tonight in honor of the Feast of St. Juan Diego :)
We started Christmas baking over the weekend…
(Peanut Butter Blossoms. Recipe found here.)
(Ester made a pan of Scrumptious Layered Mint Chocolate Bars. Recipe found here.)
What We Are Reading
In honor of St. Juan Diego …
Some more literature reflecting Little Juan's Mexican heritage…
And another favorite saint movie to watch …
I Am Praying For
For my heart and the hearts of my husband and children to be a worthy dwelling place for Our Lord, especially during this Advent season, for my father-in-law, and for all those who have asked for special prayer intentions.
I Am Listening To
The humming of my furnace and otherwise, a quiet, still sleeping house :)
Around The House
We had a dilemma when we put up our Christmas tree.
Last year, Baby Clementine was a crazy stunt driver in her walker on wheels.
So for her safety, we didn't put up the family tree in our living room.
We also forgot that in the spring of 2012, after we put in new floors, we had re-arranged our living room furniture.
We flipped the furniture from this (we put the brown sofa and chair in the 2nd floor living room) …
To this (brought down the nicer, green furniture) …
Notice the piano missing in the second photo?? That was the dilemma.
In order to make room for the Christmas tree, we had to move it.
We had no where to put it except for the foyer. (Right alongside Clementine's play kitchen!)
Not sure if this set up is a faux pas or not, but that's where it has to stay.
I'll have to figure a way to decorate that area.
Two (More) Pictures To Share
These both get the title :: Everything is bigger in Texas!