Sunday, May 31, 2015

Come, Holy Spirit!

Fill the hearts of your faithful...

(A Papal Blessing Parchment from her amazing sponsor!)

...and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your spirit, and they shall be created...

And you shall renew the face of your earth!

(We had 98 Confirmandes this year so the parish was told that there had to be 2 Confirmation masses.  We had the privilege of Monsignor Kelly officiating at the English Confirmation Mass.)

~ Patty  ~

It's a beautiful day...

...for a Confirmation!

The sun is shining and the skies are blue...Come, Holy Spirit!

St. Gemma Galgani, patroness of pharmacists, back patients, and students, pray for us!

~  Patty ~

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Miss Ester's Horse Riding iMovie (for the talent show)

Since she obviously cannot ride her horse at the church hall for the upcoming talent show, she came up with this idea to display her talent.


~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

End of the School Year - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Today we woke up to sunshine.  (It's been a long time since this has happened.)

Have you seen the news?  Tornadoes and devastating floods.

As for my family, we are safe.  We do not live in the immediate vicinity of any any rivers, streams, or lakes.  I pray for the families of loved ones who have lost their lives.

I am thankful for ~

* life

* the freedom to homeschool

* mi familia

* the roof over my head

What I am reading ~

I am almost finished reading...

Everyone experiences anger as an emotion, but how you react to it is what makes it sinful or not.  It's an excellent book, one that everyone should read.

From the school room ~

* Miss Sally is officially a junior!

She successfully completed ::

Spanish II
World History
Swim Team

(She was way overloaded this year, but she worked her way through it.  We will avoid doing that again!)

* Miss Ester graduated from the 8th grade this past weekend with a graduation mass.

* Summer school plans...

~ Miss Ester will be taking a keyboarding class (high school credit) ... preparing for all the papers she will be typing in high school.   She will also continue to dabble in some Pre-Algebra throughout the summer.

~ Miss Sally will be finishing up Driver's Ed and two more chemistry labs.

~ Stan the man will be dabbling in Math and English twice a week.

Around our house ~

* The subdivision pool opened almost two weeks ago.

I've only been in it once!  (The older three get over there more often.)

Gosh how I miss the days when the kids were smaller, schooling was easier, and we'd be swimming every day starting on the first of May!

From the kitchen ~

We had our pastor over for dinner after the graduation Mass on Saturday.  All the men were standing in the kitchen eating and telling Father about Jim Gaffigan.  (I thought Father was going to choke on his food laughing...."I'm Catholic.  But my wife, she's a Shiite Catholic!")  

I am praying for ~ 

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

* my Ester and my Confirmation they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday

* for the victims of the floods and tornadoes

I am listening to ~

My girls are upstairs watching a movie.  Otherwise, the house is quiet with a few still sleeping.

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Monday - neighbors over for a fish fry
* Tuesday - Confirmation rehearsal
* Tuesday - Doctor's visit - blood work - have to keep up on my thyroid.  I think it's off kilter.
* Saturday - Sally's work orientation
* Saturday - Youth group's mission trip fund raiser (talent show)
* Sunday - Confirmation Mass

A few last photos to share ~

It's hump day!  Hope the rest of your week is grand :)

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, May 23, 2015

8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass

(Their unplanned attire of red, white, and blue was really neat especially since it is Memorial Weekend!)

It was a small 8th grade group this year, but Father still made it very special for them.  He always makes it special for our homeschool group.  We are blessed to have such supportive priests!

Congratulations, Miss Emma!

Mom & Dad

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches (With Dijon Sauce)

Oh my word, these were awesome!  My family absolutely loved these sandwiches, and I am so grateful to the friend who suggested them!

Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches (With Dijon Sauce)

Ingredients ::

* 1/2 cups melted butter *I tweaked the original recipe and cut back on the amount of butter.
* 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
* 1 1/2 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
* 1 1/2 tbsp of poppy seeds
* 1 tbsp of dried minced onion  *It's fine without the minced onion.
* 24 mini sandwich rolls (I used a King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls)
* 1 pound of thinly sliced cooked deli-style ham
* 1 pound of thinly sliced Swiss Cheese

Directions ::

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish.

2.  In a bowl, mix together the butter, mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, poppy seeds, and dried minced onions.  Separate the tops from the bottoms of the rolls and place the bottoms pieces in the greased dish.

(Squeeze them in to make them fit.)

3.  Next place half the ham down on the rolls followed by all of the cheese.

4.  Lay the rest of the ham on top of the cheese followed by the tops of the rolls.

(About that time, my exterior flash decided to act up...hence the bad lighting.)

(Silly me.  See how I had accidentally placed the bottoms of the rolls on the top? They still tasted awesome!)

5.  Pour the mustard mixture evenly over the tops of the rolls.  (Next time I plan on spooning it over since the rolls created a tight fit which caused it to overflow the sides.)

6.  Bake in the preheated oven till the rolls are slightly browned, the cheese is melted...about 25 minutes.

7.  Slice into individual rolls through the ham and cheese layers to serve.

My friend found the recipe on, here.

Serves 24

Prep Time :: 15 mins
Bake Time :: 25 mins


~ Patty  ~

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spring Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Intermittent blue skies mixed with a lot of rain.

Thanks for the previous comments about praying for our safety!  We live in North Texas (just north of Dallas).  Our weather forecast for the next five days...scattered thunderstorms every. single. day.

I am thankful for ~

* an end to the school year

* margaritas

* delicious recipes

* my beloved

* my children

What I am reading ~

A friend of mine was speaking highly about it, so I purchased the kindle edition.

* Easy read
* EVERYONE should read it
* Hits you right between the eyes
* It's food for the soul

From the school room ~

I ordered the following two in hard copy...waiting for them to arrive

A Catholic Parent's Tool Box - Raising Healthy Families in the 21st Century
Rocking the Cradle - Raising Little Saints in a Lukewarm Culture

From the school room ~

* In the great state of Texas, homeschoolers (protected by the law as private schools) do not have to take achievement tests.  

I still administer them.  (Sometimes just every other year.)  This week, my middle three will take the  CAT (California Achievement Test).

Miss Mabel is an official 7th grader!

She successfully completed the following subjects ::


* Miss Ester graduates on Saturday from 8th grade!!  (Graduation pictures next week ;)

She successfully completed the following subjects ::

Physical Science (w/ lab)

* Miss Mabel and Ester attended their end-of-the-year Little Flower/ Little Women tea party. I had to share the beautiful and feminine paper products the hostess used ::

(The hostess found them on Amazon.)

Around our house ~

David and Mabel's garden has just flourished in all this rain!

Isn't it amazing what a motivator an impending party can be to get things done on the "to-do" list??

Project #1

Each year I eliminate some of the blinds in the house.  ( They are such a dusty mess!!)  I try to replace them with those thermo-shield panels.

Here's a dated picture of our old dining room window dressings...2" plantation blinds and plaid curtains:

The new look ::

No more dusty blinds to clean!  The thermo curtains are great for blocking the light and privacy.

Project #2

This next project was my practical Mother's Day request.  It was really needed.

The old and dismantled storage bench / seat  ::

After 8 years of Texas sun and kids going in and out to get yard toys, it just plumb wore out.

The new one ::

I love these benches because they look like furniture and act like furniture, and we are able to store toys inside.  Anyone else have one?

From the kitchen ~

I signed up to bring the fruit for to the tea party last Friday.  I needed something simple  yet fun so I went to Pinterest ::

I prepared  individualized fruit cups.

Red - strawberries
Yellow - pineapple
Green - green grapes

The color ideas can go on and on!  (I found the cups at Hobby Lobby.)

I am praying for ~

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

* all those receiving the holy Sacraments this spring

* all those students who are graduating

I am listening to ~

David and Miss Mabel discussing how to fix something upstairs...something to do with electronics.

Stan the man is showering in our bathroom.  I have to CONSTANTLY yell at him to turn the water off.  (For Pete's sake!!)

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Monday - Dear daughter's scoliosis check up
* Tuesday - Archery class (been rained out for the past few weeks.)
* Wednesday - My LAST Confirmation class for the year - Woo Hoo!
* Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday  - CAT testing
* Thursday - Legoland homeschool days...$10 tickets!  I'm taking Stan and Clementine.
* Friday - Birthday party for a friend of Stan's
* Saturday - Baccalaureate Mass for Miss Ester

Final photo to share ~

That was at a customer's house, a customer of David's.  He killed it for the poor woman.

Wishing y'all a fantastic week!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, May 16, 2015

What's for Sunday dinner?

I am trying a new recipe, thanks to the suggestion of a friend of mine.

Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches (with a dijon mustard sauce).  They look SO EASY that I may serve them for a small get together we are having next week after Miss Ester's 8th grade graduation.

I'm giving the recipe a try tomorrow and will let you know what I think :)

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday.  Wishing you a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


A few weeks ago while visiting Penny, (Ester's horse), Miss Clementine had a chance to feed the chickens and roosters on the property...

Oh my gosh!  There was no hesitancy on her part.  For someone who shows extreme alarm over a small gnat, she LOVED her job as "feeder of the hens".

~  Patty  ~

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Sunshine.  The first time in a long time!

I am thankful for ~


(Our Lady of favorite image of Our Lady.)

What I am reading ~

I have some ideas for summer reading...

* A Catholic Parent's Tool Box - Raising Healthy Families in the 21st Century
* Rocking the Cradle - Raising Little Saints in a Lukewarm Culture

From the school room ~

* Stan the man is officially a fourth grader!

He successfully completed :


* This week is finals week for the older three girls.  

Around our house ~

Group photos are not working for us at the moment.

In the mean time, I'll take 'em as I can get 'em.

From the kitchen ~

The kids planned and prepared my Mother's Day dinner (and dessert).  And because she deserves the credit, Miss Mabel did the majority of the cooking and baking.  That girl LOVES to be in the kitchen!

I am praying for ~

* All those who have asked me to pray for them

* All those who have a mother up in heaven

*  All those who have a child in heaven

*  All those women who desire to be a mother

I am listening to ~

* The hum of my refrigerator
* Stan scraping his spoon on the bowl of cereal

Coming down the pike ~

Tuesday - archery class for Miss Ester and Stan
Friday - Little Flower/ Little Women end-of-year tea party
Saturday - Orientation for Miss Sally's summer job

Final photo to share ~

Miss Charlotte, a little philly, was born at the stables last month.  Isn't she precious??

Happy Mother's Day!

~  Patty  ~


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