Saturday, November 29, 2014

After the Storm

As I lay our Advent wreath in the center of the kitchen table, I cannot help  but wonder if the incredible, suffocating stress is over for now.  When the adrenaline wore off, I was emotionally and physically exhausted to the point I where couldn't function and just crawled into bed letting everyone fend for themselves for a bit.

We survived Thanksgiving day.  Can you believe I did not take one, single picture?

Before and after dinner, the kids stayed busy outside, giving me the much needed quiet space.  A couple of them even took off on their bikes to go fishing at a nearby pond arriving home at dusk.  I was grateful for the peace and stillness that the day brought.

Friday and Saturday saw us catching up on school and picking up around the house.  David had off so he was able to mark off quite a few items on his honey-do list.

This upcoming week is our finals week, our first semester will be complete (except for Miss Sarah who is waiting for her new glasses before taking exams.)  Hard to believe that half of the year will be done!

Oh how the peace of a long break, reflecting on the season of Advent, sounds heavenly to me!




Prayer for the Advent wreath :

Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord,
let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ's promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.

Praying for you all that your Advent season may be filled with fruitful blessings!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Good News Update!!

Our heads are spinning from everything that's happened since last week!!!

Sarah will get her vision back!  Praise God!  It could happen as early as a month or as long as six months.

What can she see?  Well, with her current glasses, her vision is 20/60.  In the state of Texas, you cannot drive with a 20/40.  Everything is a blur.  No fine detail at all.

It is not vision loss connected to a perfect optic nerve, but rather, it is an issue with her flexibility of focus.  The muscle that control the flexibility of focus (people being able to focus up close and far way) is unable to function.  At all.

The muscle that controls the flexibility of focus is connected to the pupil.  The pupils are still  not back to normal yet (it's getting there) so they are inhibiting the muscles that control her flexibility.

They still cannot pinpoint what caused her AACA, but they strongly feel it had something to do with her immune system reacting to something...manifesting in her eyes.  It could have been as little as a spider bite!  Or a tick.  (Yes, they are testing for lyme disease.)

Whatever happened, we know for sure it was occurring last April/ May when she complained that she could not see very well with her current contact (and eye glass) prescription.  She said, "Mom, I feel like I need bifocals."  And I laughed, "Only middle age people and elderly need bifocals, like myself."

Ugh!  I wish I would have listened to her.

Yesterday, we were told in the eye exam that her eye looked prefect and healthy.  Today, there was a trace of inflammation again, but her pressure was perfect.

Inflammation affects the pupils.  Pupils affect the type of vision she is experiencing.  (We are connecting the dots!!)

We are thrilled with this news!  I could have floated home from the doctor's office!!  I could just feel the stress leave my body.

And another rare thing about Sarah....she is color blind (green- red)!  The chances of that are really slim!

We still need those prayers, if you don't mind.  We (hopefully) have an end in sight.  Thank you, again, for all the kind messages, and all of the prayers you have said for Sarah.  We know they are being heard and answered!

We will definitely have a very HAPPY Thanksgiving tomorrow!  Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving as well!

St. Lucy, Pray for us!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Update on Sarah

Dear prayer warriors,

Thank you so much for joining us in prayer as well as the kind messages you have been sending.  They are greatly appreciated, and we are still very much in need of prayers.  So I ask you to keep praying hard, when you have a chance.  May God bless you for your acts of kindness!

Saturday evening, Sarah had another attack that sent her to the ER where she was transferred to a Dallas hospital.  An eye specialist was called in, taking great care of her through the night.  She needed pain control at that point and had the most thorough eye exam (not vision) I have ever seen.  It literally lasted almost three hours.

He told Sarah that the surgery she had is quite painful.  My heart just aches that she had to suffer so.  Redemptive suffering has an entirely differ meaning when it comes your children!

The good news:  her eye surgery looks to have been a success.  The holes that were placed are properly functioning as well as the canals behind the eye.  That's really important, really good news! On top of that, her optic nerves look beautiful!  No damage to them.  Praise God!

The bad news:  there still is inflammation going on.  While there is inflammation, the attacks can occur again.

We also have a double edge sword going on.  There's is no damage to her optic nerve, but her vision has not improved at all.  And that is worrisome.  We are in a  wait and see game.  They think maybe the inflammation is causing the vision impairment right now.  We are also waiting to see if blood results start coming in today.

 Her medication includes eye pressure meds, anti inflammatory meds, and two lubricating meds to help her corneas, (all of these are eye drops around the clock.)

She has a follow up on Tuesday afternoon in Dallas.

Something new we learned is that glaucoma comes in many forms.  These AACA attacks are a form of glaucoma.

I will most certainly keep you updated.  Again, we cannot thank you enough for the prayers!!!  Today we are on day 3 of our novena to St. Lucy.

St. Lucy, pray for us!

Saint Lucy
Whose beautiful name signifies 'LIGHT'
by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you
increase and preserve His light in my soul
so that I may avoid evil, 
Be zealous in the performance of good works
and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and 
the darkness of evil and sin. 
Obtain for me, by your intercession with God
Perfect vision for my bodily eyes
and the grace to use them for God’s greater honour and glory
and the salvation of souls.
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr
hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.
Amen.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Prayers Needed

I am asking for all of you to be lifting our daughter, Sarah (a.k.a. Sally) up in prayer.

Late yesterday, Sarah had an Acute Angle Closure Attack in both of her eyes. It is very dangerous because the patient can lose their vision.  Today she went in for an emergency eye surgery to relieve the fluid pressure build up behind the eyes.

She is home, resting, taking a lot of medication, and worn out.  The immediate danger and pain is gone.  Her vision is affected but we don't know to what extent.  She will go back to the eye surgeon next Wednesday.

We do not know the cause since she is only 15 and does not have glaucoma.  The evidence they have found seems to point the doctors to an auto immune disease that could have attacked the Iris which caused the AACA issue.  She has been having eye issues, but we had no clue it would lead to this.  This morning she had a tremendous amount of blood drawn to be sent off for testing.

Acute Angle Closure Attack is when the normal fluid in the back of the eye cannot drain due to the Iris blocking the two exits.  The Iris, for some reason, is being moved out of place behind the eye.  When this happens, think dangerously high blood pressure, only, this is dangerously high fluid pressure behind the eye.  They gave her oral meds and drops to bring her pressure down for the night, and then she had her surgery today.

Our priest (our dear friend) came over this evening to administer the Sacrament of the anointing of the sick.  We feel PEACE.  Finally.

I know it is a very busy time of the year and you have so much going on with the holiday, but I ask, if you have a chance, please please  join our family in praying a novena to St. Lucy.  We will officially start it tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 22).



Saint Lucy
Whose beautiful name signifies 'LIGHT'
by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you
increase and preserve His light in my soul
so that I may avoid evil, 
Be zealous in the performance of good works
and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and 
the darkness of evil and sin. 
Obtain for me, by your intercession with God
Perfect vision for my bodily eyes
and the grace to use them for God’s greater honour and glory
and the salvation of souls.
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr
hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.
Amen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Up For the Challenge

A little background info...

Miss Sally belongs to Metro-Aquatics, a swim club that has seven locations in the DFW metroplex.  There's approximately 1200 swimmers total, some homeschool kids, but the vast majority being brick and mortar school kids.

Miss Sally's coach recently saw the potential for homeschoolers competing as a "private" team against other private schools.

(Homeschooling is legally considered "private" school.)

Over the summer, he inquired if there was an interest, and there most certainly was!  On his own donated time, Coach put together a rag tag team of 13 homeschool swimmers for a recent meet.


There were 4 middle schoolers who competed against other middle school "private" school teams, and 9 high schoolers.  This little team may have been small in number, but boy! were they mighty in the water!

They competed against other BIG high schools like JPII, Bishop Dunne Catholic, and Nolan Catholic ::

(John Paul II High School team, alone, took up an entire bleacher section!)

They competed against other Christian high school and grade schools from the DFW area as well.  It was a huge meet.


Metro relaxing after their warm ups...



And Coach telling them they need to come up with a team cheer...


Apparently, every school has a team cheer ;)

So here's the skinny on the results...

 They won every single relay event they raced, except one, and took second for that.  For the individual events, they placed every one.  It was absolutely thrilling to see them compete.

The parents of the other swimmers were wondering who Metro was ;)  "Homeschoolers?"

FINAL SCORES

Girls (top two)
Metro 174
Nolan Catholic 137

Boys (top two)
John Paul II High School 122
Metro 83.50 **


**That was with ONLY 4 boys competing at the high school level.



And for the funny part?  It seems that there was some trash talk going on.  Some of the other swimmers were overheard saying, "Metro has fast swimmers because they homeschool and have time."   Umm....sure.  Okay.

I guess they assume our Chemistry, Geometry, Religion, History, English, Art, Driver's Ed, etc are all abbreviated and we just have tons of time on our hands to sit on the couch and eat bon bons (*wink*).



And for the coach that believes in them?


The kids all pitched in and surprised him with an appropriate thank you ;)

Their next homeschool swim meet is in December.  We are really looking forward to it!

Swim fast Metro!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, November 17, 2014

Let There Be Snow - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

This morning


This is the first time we have had "snow" in November!   (I know.  Go ahead and laugh at what we call snow down here ;)

Texans have a saying, "If you don't like the weather, just wait until tomorrow."

By the end of the week, we will be back in the normal temps - 70.


I am thankful for ~

* Warm coats and hats and gloves.

* Warm and toasty fires in the fireplace.

* Irish coffee ;)


From the school room ~

* Three weeks left in the quarter!  (And the people sing Amen!)

* Miss Ester and Sally have their "Famous Portraits in Pencil" displayed on their teacher's website.  Check them out here.

Or, check them out below!


Miss Ester drew...can you guess??

Yes!  Audrey Hepburn



Miss Sally drew.... can you guess???

Sebastian Stan, the man who plays Bucky on Captain America!



From the kitchen ~

I've been able to use my Vitamix twice now with the colder temps.  I love to make soups in that machine.  Easy and healthy...a win win!


What I am reading ~

I ordered my Advent reading book.  Finally.

Advent and Christmas with the Saints.  (Here).

I should receive it in the mail tomorrow.



Around my house ~

* We celebrated Miss Mabel's baptism birthday this past Sunday.



I picked up a St. Anne statue (with Mary) for our horse lovin' girl.  St. Anne is the patron saint of horse riders.


Miss Ester has this same statue, for the same reason.

* Miss Sally had a swim meet this past weekend.  Boy oh boy!  Do I have a story to share, but it deserves its very own post.

This particular  group is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!!!!!




I am thinking about ~

Thanksgiving.

School.

The Texas schools usually shut down for the entire Thanksgiving week.  I've decided to only take off Thanksgiving day since we are not traveling anywhere.

This will give us four weeks off from school during December/ January.


Coming down the pike this week ~

* Tuesday - Field trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.   There are only 2 places in the entire United States that print $$$, Forth Worth and Washington D.C.

* Wednesday - Follow up eye appointment for Miss Sally.

* Friday (-Sunday) - Miss Sally leaves for the Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference.  She will be in Oklahoma city with High School Catholic youth from Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma!

* Saturday - Christmas Cards for the Troops, a service project for our homeschool kids.

A final photo to share ~


She was amazed to find snow this morning when she awoke ;)

Have a great week, folks!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Picture Me Upon Your Knee

With tea for two and two for tea


Just me for you and you for me alone.


How happy we will be!


Miss Clementine loves it when Miss Mabel shares her glass tea set ;)

~  Patty  ~

Friday, November 14, 2014

What's for Sunday dinner?

On Sunday evening, my family has tickets to the Dallas Arboretum's,  "The 12 Days of Christmas".


We were going to go with a handful of friends, and had received a special promotional discount price of $5 per person!!

I have been watching the weather report and of course, Sunday is suppose to be cold with a chance of rain.  Yuck.

Cold temps + rain = sick weather.

I have a little one who is in the midst of a cold, so I think our attendance is iffy right now.

In the mean time, I planned for a hot, delicious, early dinner to enjoy...

Maple Glazed Roast Pork, (recipe here),  steamed, buttered corn, rolls,


and some Praline Sweet Potatoes, (recipe here).



Dessert, (my favorite part of Sunday), is an oldie but a goldie!  Pumpkin Squares, (recipe here.)


Hope you have all stayed warm and safe this week.  It's definitely been  cold almost everywhere in the continental U.S.

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Sets In - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Last Tuesday a cold front moved in and it brought a little bit of rain.


Miss Ester and I were sitting on her bed working on some English.  Even though it was damp and dreary out, we were warm and cozy inside.


It will be near 80 for us today, BUT! Tomorrow and the rest of the week is going to be a totally different story.

I am thankful for ~

* Veterans!!

* Our wonderful date night celebrating his birthday.



* My children who inspire me to grow in faith.

* Awesome airline ticket prices!!  (I purchased a RT, non-stop ticket on Southwest, Chicago to Dallas for my mom - $88!!)  We are bringing Grammy down the end of January will it should be warmer than the Chicago area.

* Amazon Prime.  UPS.  They are my best friends at this time of the year.  Seriously.

From the school room ~

Sometimes, when the older four all need help or work checked at the same time, my eyes can start to go cross-eyed or gloss over.  There's only so much this old lady's brain can absorb at once.  It's been so nice to see that they can (in many cases) help each other out or check one another's work.


From the kitchen ~

Veggie Mac & Cheese (shredded carrots and chopped cauliflower).  Thank you, Giada!


(I'll post the recipe and more pics soon.)

What I am reading ~

Thanks to Barbara, who suggested I look into www.goodreads.com, I finally found a book!

I ordered the kindle version of,  The Aviator's Wife.  (Historical fiction of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life.)

I'm 1/2 way through it.  I like it, but dang!  Charles Lindbergh was a NOT the man I thought he was.  (I won't give away and surprises, but I would suggest looking up his clandestine lifestyle.)

Around my house ~

* We celebrated Miss Sally's baptism birthday.


If you are a fairly new follower and are wondering what is a baptism birthday, it's when we remember the day each of us were baptized.  We bring out the Baptism candle to relight.  I also pick up a small, faith based gift.

St. Frances Cabrini (A.K.A. Mother Cabrini).

Miss Sally's Confirmation saint.  


At the time of her Confirmation, I had quite a hard time finding a statue of St. Cabrini that was not obnoxiously priced.  A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon one at a Catholic gift store - $16!  

* David turned 46 on November 9.  I just adore this man.  His love of God, faith, family, and country inspires me daily.  He is so devoted to me and the children.  I am so blessed to be his wife.



I am thinking about ~

* Advent!  It'll be here before we know it.  December is filled with so many colorful and meaningful feast days as well.  Such a holy yet exciting time!

* The cold weather that will blanket most of the continental United States this week.  Brrrr....


Coming down the pike this week ~

* Horse lessons for Ester and Mabel on Tuesday.
* Moms Night Out - I organized this month's event.  The homeschool moms are going bowling on Tuesday night.
* Feast of St. Frances Cabrini on Thursday.
* Eye appointments for the four older kids Thursday and Friday.  (I take them two at a time.)
* Little Flowers/ Little Women on Friday night.
* Miss Sally's swim meet on Saturday.
* Dallas Arboretum (preview to the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit) Sunday.
* Miss Mabel's baptism birthday on Sunday.

A final photo to share ~

I love the smell of new books.  Here's our newest for Thanksgiving :)


Have a great week!  Stay safe and warm!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, November 7, 2014

FYI - Christmas Gift Idea

Absolutely, hands down, had to share this one.


This cute, adorable little scooper comes in any colored crystal imaginable...even rainbow if you like rainbows.

I sent these out as gifts to some friends this past fall....(accidentally had one gift shipped to me instead of my friend, that's how I ended up with this one.  Good mistake!!)

I use mine to scoop my coffee.  Its cuteness just puts a smile on my face first thing in the morning!

Get this...$10 on Etsy!  You can find it here.

And she has oodles of other fun gadgets to choose from.  I sent a tea squeezer to another friend.


The seller, Ellen, makes these all by hand in her studio, and she is so sweet to work with!

Have someone hard to shop for?  Need a unique gift?  Working in a budget for Christmas?  Go check Ellen's shop out :)

NOTE:  I am getting no payment or credit or whatever type of freebie for endorsing this product.

Happy shopping!

~  Patty  ~

What's for Sunday dinner?

My beloved turns 46 on Sunday!

We usually use birthdays as a time to dine out as a family.  Actually, it is the only time we do as a family since it costs greatly.  Well, since we haven't had quality time lately as a couple, we decided that Saturday night he and I will make it a smokin' hot birthday date ;)

(He mentioned some pizza joint and I'm like....whu??  We have a chance to dine out and you want to go to a pizza joint??)

It is his birthday.

On Sunday, we will make a yummy birthday dinner at home.  He requested ::

BBQ Ribs (recipe here) and his Famous Cole Slaw (recipe here) and green beans.


Cheesy Potato Casserole (recipe here).

(Look at how little Miss Ester was in that picture?  Awe.)

And for dessert?

Just an old-fashioned chocolate cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (recipe here.)


Anyone else out there celebrating a birthday on November 9?

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My Husband, the Seamstress

About two weeks ago, David came home and announced he signed up for sewing classes.

I was like, um.....okay??

I mean, he's a guy, (I know, that's stereotyping), and we didn't have a sewing machine.

But I know my husband well enough that when he announces he is going to do something, like take sewing lessons, I just pause for a second or two (to make sure I hear him correctly), and then go about my business.

Fast forward a few days.  I tried to phone and text him one afternoon.  When I hadn't heard back,  I sent him a 911 text, to which he text back, "I'm in my sewing class."

So he was serious.  (Silly me.)

When he came home he told me it was his goal to make his own hammocks and tarps for camping.  He knew he could make them cheaper, lighter, and more specific to size than what he could find in a store.

Okay.  That's the McGyver in him.

Fast forward a few days.  I came home to find a brand new, unopened Singer sewing machine sitting on the dining room table.  Knowing how "cheap" my husband can be, I knew there was a story behind this new equipment.

Apparently, he was told to check out pawn shops.  To which he did and bam!  Found a brand new one for $70.

He saw it retailed at Walmart for $270.  See the exact one here.

So my first reaction was, "Is this thing hot??!!"  When I picture pawn shops I picture body piercings, tattoos, and questionable activity...you know what I mean?  LOL  He assured me it was all legal.


This past weekend he made a proto type hammock and tarp...exactly 1/8 scale.


It perfectly fits a Liv doll of Miss Mabel's.  (She is quite excited about Mr Liv doll's future camping experiences ;)


On Monday, David made the real deal.

Taa Daa!


He even sewed this cute, little bag to stuff it into, about the size of a coffee can.

As my mom said, "David doesn't let grass grow under his feet."

That's for sure.

The past 24 hours I have found myself looking at items that need mending and wondering, "Hmm...I wonder if David could fix this?"

Why do I ever doubt him?


~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Adoption Awareness Month - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Rain.  It's coming, inching it's way ever so slowly.



I am thankful for ~

* For the Guardian Angel who watched over Miss Clementine when she had her accident last Saturday afternoon.

* For our network of A-MA-ZING friends.

* Our son!!  November is National Adoption Month.

* Our son's birth mother and ALL birth mothers, they are so courageous.



From the school room ~

* Stan and Mabel are sharing the same science program, (Apologia, Land Animals of the Sixth Day).  They had a fun experiment last Friday...dissecting an owl pellet, (indigestible parts of their prey).

(Those are the remains of a mouse.  They are pointing to the skull.)


* This is mid term week of Quarter 2.  Time is flying!!

* Living Liturgy for November ::

November 1 - All Saints Day.  (We had a great party!)
November 2 - All Souls Day
November 6 - Miss Sally's baptism birthday
November 13 - St. Frances Cabrini (Sally's Confirmation saint)
November 16 - Miss Mabel's baptism birthday
November 19 - St. Elizabeth of Hungary
November 22 - St. Cecilia (Miss Clementine's patron saint)
November 24 - David's baptism birthday


From the kitchen ~

I tried a new recipe on Sunday.

Butterscotch Molten Cake with pecan ice cream a la mode.


I want to tweak the recipe a bit before I post it.  My husband liked it, but I think I would have liked a chocolate molten cake better.  Now, that sounds yummier to me ;)

David prepared Sunday dinner since I hadn't had a nap from the excitement of the night before.

He made Stuffed Jumbo Shells, (recipe here), salad, and rolls.



What I am reading ~

Still looking.  I  haven't had much of a chance to look.  Last week was filled to the brim with hyper active kids, both at home and at Confirmation class.

What I am praying for ~

* Birth mothers

* Adoptive families

* Children still waiting to be adopted

* Unborn babies

* For the souls in purgatory

Around my house ~

Big sister Sally soaked the ballerina dress after Miss Clementine's accident.  When we got home from the ER, it was hung up and drying nicely.  She was able to get all the blood out!!




Someone is feeling MUCH better!




David made a fire for our Sunday night family rosary.  It was a beautiful evening to remember the Feast of All Souls.



I am thinking about ~

A new purse.

I would love to get a leather purse made of great quality that will last forever.  I'm looking for a classic look, a style that never goes out of style.  And a neutral color.

 I have the hardest time shopping for them because I find them either too big or too small, slipping off the shoulder or not long enough.  I see some on Amazon, but I would like to see and feel the measurements before purchasing.

When I have found one in a store, the price tag is shocking.   I refuse to pay more than a certain price because I think it ends up being extremely materialistic at that point.  On the realistic end...I know a good quality leather purse can be purchased for $75-$125.

Suggestions on leather brands?

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Miss Sally's baptism birthday on Thursday
* Physical Therapy for a daughter on Thursday
* Miss Clementine's follow up to the pediatrician on Friday
* Troopers of St. George family field day on Saturday
* David's birthday on Sunday

A final photo to share ~

Stan the man's adoption day is November 3.  Our little tradition is chocolate cake on his special day :)


I love this boy!

Have a great week!

~  Patty ~

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Saints Go Marching In - to the ER

2014 All Saints Day

St. Helen


St. Helen is the Empress mother of Costantine the Great.  She converted to Christianity and performed many acts of charity, including building churches in Rome and in the Holy Land. On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Helena discovered the True Cross. She is believed to have died in Nicomedia. Her porphyry sarcophagus is in the Vatican Museum.  (Here)

(We found a Mary costume on Amazon.  I bought some red material at a fabric store.  David made the cross.  The crown was from an old costume.)

St. Paul


St. Paul was Jewish, born from the tribe of Benjamen, and a great persecutor of Christians, taking part in St. Stephen's death.  God stuck him blind at the time of his conversion on the road to Damascus.  St. Paul became known as the Apostle of the Gentiles through his missionary work, defender of the church, and life as an apostle.   (Here)

(We used an old angel costume and a robe I found at Goodwill for $2.  Stan carried his Holy Bible and carried his foam sword.)

St. Cecilia


St. Cecilia story is here :

Because of her preaching, St. Cecilia converted 400 persons whom Pope Urbin baptized.  She was imprisoned because of this, but not before her young husband and his brother converted as well.  Those men helped bury the martyrs daily.  When they refused to sacrifice to false gods, they were executed by the sword.

St. Cecelia invoked saints and angels and virgins to guard her virginity.  She told her husband (who was a pagan when she was forced to marry him), that angels watch over her and protect her.  When she was arrested for her preaching, she was condemned to death.  The first attempt to put her to death was burning.  The angels protected her and she was unharmed.  The second attempt was by a beheading.  The executioner struck her neck three times without being able to behead her.  Again, the angels watched over her.  She remained alive for three days, continuing her preaching, converting persons as she slowly bled to death.

(I used her ballerina costume - which I found at Cracker Barrel in late summer - from Halloween, and then gave her a harp to carry, which I found on Amazon.)


The Party 

What a treat that the Feast of All Saints day landed on a Saturday this year!  Because of that convenience, our homeschool group was able to have a BIG party.

The moms who planned this did a fantastic job!!  We cannot thank them enough :)

The kids started with the Rosary in church.  (The older ones took turns leading each decade.)  Afterward, the holy saints marched over to the hall for pictures, games, and food.  Oh my gosh!  They all looked SO CUTE!


Where the saints were basically tots through sixth grade, the older kids helped with the games.

The games were a riot, all having a saintly theme to them.  We found our ideas from Shower of Roses.

I signed  up for the St. Isidore Pumpkin Bowling game.  Kids were able to roll the pumpkins into the bushel basket.

Another family brought saint themed guessing jars.  (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had caramels candies and the Communion of Saints had white mini marshmallows. )  There were about 10 jars in all.

Next was David and Goliath, where kids had the opportunity to hit Goliath in the head by throwing a ball at him.  Someone provided the Crowning Mary (halo toss) game.  And then there was the Knocking Down the Deadly Sins game.


And the fun continued.  Another family provided The Tower of Babel block game.  This was where someone timed a competition of who could build the highest tower to win.  We also had a St. Hubert's Shooting Gallery.  This was a hoot.  The family that brought this game supplied a couple of Nerf guns and kids would try to shoot and hit the devil.



There was a St. Andrew Fish and Bread bean bag toss.


The All Saints Musical Chairs game always had kids lined up to play.  The St. Anthony Lost and Found game was fun as well.  Kids had to search for the gold coin.  Once they found it, (which wasn't as easy to find as you think!), they were able to pick out a holy card.

Oh my goodness!  This was such a great party.


ER

It ended with a bang when Miss Clementine  bumped into a very heavy, wooden, pedestal table, and it fell right on top of her head.  She's okay, but it really could have been more serious.

So it was off to the ER with her.  (Another parent drove our other kids home when the party was over.)


Good grief!  Head wounds bleed something TERRIBLE.  Yucko!


They gave her a CAT scan due to the size of the table that fell on her and then stapled her gash shut.  It was right on the top of her head.  We also found a HUGE knot near the base of her head and a rug burn near her hairline on her forehead from being forced into the carpet when it hit her head.

We are very grateful for the tremendous care she received from the staff.  They were amazing with her.

She is doing much better today!  She was woke up crying about four times during the night, but we are past the worst of it.  I've been up off and on all night checking on her...doctor's orders.  So I am looking forward to a good nap today.

Feast of All Souls' Day



Today we commemorate the faithfully departed.  We will offer up our Rosary this evening for all souls in purgatory who need our prayers.

Wishing you all a very blessed and quiet Sunday!

~  Patty  ~



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