Monday, April 29, 2013

Jasmine Star - Dick & Jane - Good Medicine

This is my climbing Jasmine Star.


I was so excited to see all the new growth.

I planted it last year and pruned it for the first time this past winter.  (Holding my breath that I did it correctly!)

(May I add, that this is my first Jasmine plant that I planted?)

And see the tiny little star flower below?



The first has blossomed, and soon the entire plant will be covered with delicate, intoxicating, white star flowers.

(The scent reminds me of lilac up in the Midwest.)

I've been trying to wait patiently.  I have a hard time with patience.

I cannot say I need instant gratification, but when life has been thrown a giant curve ball....well....let's say patience is not my virtue.

May I add, thank God for priests!  Having a priest to talk to and just unloading the 'weight of the world' (as it sometimes seems) is a blessing indeed.


Having people praying along with you is such a blessing as well!  We all need prayers and it is a wonderful feeling to know people have your back.

I just love  Bougainvillea plants!


I was trying to be patient, waiting for them to show up in the nurseries around here.  Finally found them.

Do you recall when I showed you my cactus earlier this spring?  With all of its new paddles?


NOT quite a month later...


A monstrosity!

I put the picture on Facebook and a cousin made the comment..."At least none of the kids will try to escape."

I keep telling David, "At least no one will try to break in!"

Yowzer!  Can you imagine falling onto the needles or even the thorns on the rose bushes?

No medicine would help the poor person "stuck" in a bind like that!  Ha ha!

And wouldn't you agree that good medicine comes in the form of good friends?


For those of you who know Tiffany in the blog world...she was in town again and we were able to schedule a quick visit.

Good friends, near and far, are truly blessings from God!  I am so incredibly thankful for all my friends...near and far...through the blog world and in real life!

Now you may be asking yourself, "How does Dick and Jane fall in this picture?"

Well, look-ie here...


Isn't that the sweetest, little skirt??

If you ever get the chance, stop in at www.thedizzydragonfly.com.  They make the cutest things!

 I found this adorable skirt, as well as a vintage cowboy/cowgirl patterned skirt for $10-$12 on their sale site.

So...my hubs said it's getting late and reminds me that Miss Clementine has been getting up in the middle of the night....M.O.L.A.R.S.  Poor kiddo.  (And poor Mommy and Daddy who aren't getting much sleep.)

Must sign off now...Nighty Night!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, April 26, 2013

Baby and A Prayer Request

Today, Little Miss is 15 months old!!


She is such a FUN distraction during our school day :)


We don't get to the rosary every morning, but we do try.

Would you believe me if I told you she can put her hand on her heart -  the correct hand - during the Pledge of Allegiance?   She really does!   Ha ha!

We continue to soak up the joy this little blessing brings every day!

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Prayer Request ~

About 45 minutes after posting this post on Adoration, I received a phone call from my mother that changed my family's life forever.

All that I can say is that in the span of seconds, a horrible act has affected the lives of  many.  The repercussions are vast and terribly sad.

I ask that you keep this very, very important intention of my entire family close to your heart.  This is a LONG term prayer request.

Thank you all so much!

May you have a blessed weekend!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Adoration


What is this Eucharistic Adoration that you hear Catholics talking about?  

Well, I copied from here, a beautiful answer to that question ~


Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".
During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist ... By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.
In its fullest essence ... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"


You may be wondering what is the difference in communion that Protestants use in their services and that of the Holy Communion (Holy Eucharist, Blessed Sacrament) that Catholics refer to?

Copying from the same site another beautiful answer ~


At the moment of Consecration, during the Mass, the "gifts" of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated) into the actual Body and Blood of Christ, at the Altar. This means that they are not only spiritually transformed, but rather are actually (substantially) transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. The elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, but are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ. This is what is meant by Real Presence: the actual, physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Christ instituted this Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist in order to remain with mankind until the end of time (Jn. 14:18).

Each Friday, I am at Holy Hour.  I faithfully attend the same day and time each week and sometimes bring one or two of the kids with me.  (Mainly because I am now in a chapter of life that allows me to do so :)

You may be asking "Why spend an hour there?"

Because, as Catholics, we believe that Christ is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is given the same adoration and devotion that is accorded to Christ.
At the beginning of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a priest or deacon removes the sacred host from the tabernacle and places it in the Monstrance on the Altar for adoration by the faithful. "Monstrance" is the vessel used in the Church to display the consecrated Eucharistic Host, during Eucharistic adoration or benediction. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to expose". It is known in Latin as an Ostensorium. When a consecrated host is placed in the monstrance, It is said to be a solemn exposition.
When the Monstrance contains the Sacred Host, the priest does not touch it with his bare hands, but instead, holds it with a humeral veil, a wide band of cloth that covers his shoulders (humera) and has pleats on the inside in which he places his hands.
At all other times, the reserved Sacrament is kept locked in the Tabernacle, so that the faithful may pray in the presence of the Sacrament.
"Perpetual Adoration" is Eucharistic Adoration round the clock (that is, twenty-four hours a day). A "Holy Hour" is "Eucharistic Adoration of Reparation" which lasts for about an hour.
Adoration ceremonies traditionally include Scripture readings, hymns, prayers and time for silent adoration.

What do I pray for?  

I pray for so many people.  I LOVe to pray for others, sincerely and deeply from my heart.  Sadly, this may be the only time I remember to pray for others who have very specific needs.  

I am not writing this for affirmation, but for you.  I would LOVE to pray for your intentions, too.  Putting others before me has helped me get over many personal moments of discouragement, frustration, pain and envy.  

If you ever need that very special intention, please know I will offer it up for you in my Holy Hour.  Just drop me a line and tell me as simply as this..."I need prayers!".  

Jesus sits there and waits for us, beckoning to spend the time with Him.  He loves us so much!

~  Patty  ~




Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Green Goddess Rice

Another spring time - summer time recipe!

I served this with grilled chicken breasts and green beans for dinner tonight.  We love it so much I thought I'd repost it.



The recipe, (packed with real rice, avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh basil), can be found here!

Enjoy!

~  Patty  ~


Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday Dinner

For the past couple of years, Sunday dinner has become  a favorite in our house.  We go big - hitting the dining room table...using China (when we remember)....eating a delicious dinner that had aromas wafting through the house and teasing our stomachs all!  day!  long!


I LOVE this precious family time!


(A blurred image of a delicious dinner!)

That is Slow Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs,  home made Cole Slaw,   mashed potatoes, and cornbread.

I never had the nerve to attempt ribs until I came across a video demonstrating the above recipe.  It is SO incredibly easy!

Meat is outrageously expensive these days, but I do keep Sunday dinner extra special.  I don't mind splurging on more expensive meats this one day a week....it adds to the "mood" of our dinner time :)

Another favorite slow cooker recipe would be Slow Cooker Pepper Steak.



I love hearing one of the kids tell me, "That was a great dinner, Mom!"  

And those words sounds even better hours after the kitchens been cleaned.

With the slow cooker meals, (not only does our house smell absolutely divine all day),  Mom is able to be outside enjoying the day with everyone else.


Hope you all had a blessed Sunday and may your week ahead be filled with abundant blessings!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hair - Baptismal Birthday - and Wiffle Ball

What a mumbo-jumbo mess of a post, huh?

First up ~ my pixie cut grow out.

You are going to think I am an absolute nut when I say I found this particular process on Pinterest!!

Maybe Matilda made the process SO SO SO easy for me (and I've had three pixie cuts in my adult life.)

I'm at 5 months now ::



My hair is naturally wavy when I blow dry it.

The growing out process was the most pain-free that I've endured.

Honest.

When I'd go in for a trim, I'd have a printed off set of cutting directions from Maybe Matilda and give them to the hairdresser.

Second up ~ Ester's Baptismal Birthday



We celebrated her special day late since I was in San Antonio on the actual day.



We haven't had any books from the series, but look forward to begin reading them.


Third up ~ Wiffle ball in the evening.

How much fun it is when Dad is home by dinner time....and it is beautiful, Texas evening outside!!!!



A few more kids came out to play as the game wore on.  To even the sides, this mama even jumped in to play.  (It's been a long time since I played High School softball, but I still have it, folks *wink* :)

It was a nail biter!



Passing happy thoughts your way!

**Adding on here, please keep the town of West, Texas in your prayers!**

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spanish Missions San Antonio - Day 2

Sunday morning we woke up early, grabbed a breakfast in the hotel, then checked out in time to attend a BEAU-tiful, bilingual Mass.



First Stop ::

Mission Concepcion ~ Founded March 5, 1731 (a few miles down river from Mission San Antonio a.k.a. the Alamo.)



We had time to walk around the grounds before Mass started.  This is the second time I've been here, and beauty of it always takes my breathe away.



(Remains of the old quarry that supplied the limestone for the buildings.)


In and around the old convent where the friars resided.



Original frescos on the ceilings and some on the walls.



Mission Concepcion is the oldest unrestored church in America.


Baptismal font in the church with original frescos.  By the way, four of the five missions are active parishes today!  




The usher allowed the children to ring the bell prior to the start of Mass.  It is THE original bell!  

There is a hole in the ceiling above the crucifix where the bell chain drops out of.  The ushers attach a wooden broom handle with a hook to the bottom of the bell chain in order to ring it prior to each Mass.  Then they unhook it so no one can  "mess around" with the bell chain when parish staff are not on the premises.


Second Stop ::

Mission San Jose ~  "Queen of the Missions"  Founded in 1720 and named for St. Joseph.



(Almost 3 miles down river from Mission Concepcion.)



Above is the mission entrance.  Three  of the four mission walls were used for the Indian residents.

(What the inside of the walls looked like.)






(Mass was about to start so I did not take them in.  I've been to a Mass here with Mariachi music! It was so beautiful!)

The next three pictures are of the old granary.





The next picture shows the fourth (north) wall which housed the soldiers barracks.  (They have restrooms there now.)



These next pictures are the remains of the old convent where the friars resided.  







I wish we lived closer to this National Park.  (Did you know that the missions are part of the National Parks?  And the churches belong to the Diocese of San Antonio.)

I'd come here often since it is incredibly beautiful and really stirs the heart.  An amazing place to come and just be, a place to find real peace.

Last Stop ::

Jr. Park Rangers ~


(Taking the oath of a Jr. Park Ranger :)



Aren't they cute??!!  

We got on the road and headed for home after that.  It was such an educational and fun field trip.  The time spent with these two was priceless.  And I am so grateful to my husband for staying home to watch the other three.  

If you ever are near San Antonio, I would encourage making the stop to see at least one of the missions.  There are five total...we saw the three.  (The Alamo the day before.)

I was happy to bring them to you via the computer :)

~  Patty  ~


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