Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Our Irish Fix

My dad was 75% Irish and a quarter English.  He had strawberry blond hair and white skin sprinkled with freckles - all over!  He was my mother's lucky Irishman :)

How we miss him!

Here's to our Irish heritage ~


The Holy Trinity art activity above can be found here.


I cannot listen to Arthur Fiedler - Irish Night At The Pops - without thinking of my dad.  It warms my heart right up.



We had a HUGE thunderstorm with lots and lots and lots of hail raining down!

(That is the hail at the bottom of the neighbors' downspouts!)

We made rainbows, but alas, no pot of gold was found.


(I found the idea on Pinterest, here.)



Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.



St. Patrick, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Triduum 2016

Wishing you all a happy Easter!  


I LOVE the Easter lily!  It is so sweet-smelling, isn't it?  My mother and grandmother always had Easter lilies in their homes at Easter time.  The tradition continues in mine :)

I hope you all had a glorious Easter Sunday.  Our Easter Triduum was filled with many great memories.



Holy Thursday's Mass of the Last Supper is my favorite Mass out of the entire liturgical year.  Hands down.  It's so beautiful and emotional.

Stan the man has been an alter server for two years, but this year was the first time he served the Holy Thursday mass and he did a magnificent job!


While David had Stan at rehearsal for this Mass, one of the priests had asked David if he would be part of the feet washing reenactment.  My guy was a little anxious about it but was honored at the same time.

 (David is seated on the far right of the picture.)


 Good Friday found the kids and I on the road to Kansas City to visit my younger sister and her family!  David had to work on Good Friday, and trust me, he didn't mind having the house to himself for a few days ;)  I made sure he wouldn't be alone on Easter Sunday.  Friends of ours entertained him, for which I was grateful.


We arrived in time for a scrumptious dinner.  Miss Clementine's Friday highlight was watching my sister give her dogs a bath!  Ha ha!

That night, the older four cousins stayed up late to watch a movie while everyone else hit the sack.



Holy Saturday started out rainy, but the sun came out just in time for the kids to enjoy the day.  The younger four colored Easter eggs while the older four prepped for an Easter egg hunt.







Easter Sunday!

Would you believe that we had eight kids up and dressed and at church for the 7:30 am Easter Sunday Mass??


We woke up to rain and slushy snow!


Miss Clementine was fascinated since the last time we received snow, she wasn't quite 3 years old yet.

My younger sister and I ~



Our road trip was a success!


And now we anxiously await the arrival of my mom on Wednesday!!   She is flying in and staying with us for 10 days :)

Happy Easter!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Stations of the Cross (with Children) and Plenary Indulgences

I wanted to quickly jump on my blog to post about Stations of the Cross (with children) especially since this coming week is Holy Week.

Last night, as my family was gathered together meditating on the Stations, I thought of sharing some of our traditions with you, (if you don't mind).

During Lent, if we cannot make it over to church for the Stations of the Cross on each Friday, we gather together as a family for an at-home meditation by using a variety of tools.

One way to meditate at home is with this beautiful The Way of the Cross for Children DVD (that we will be using in the van on Good Friday as we travel to my sister's in Kansas City) ::


I've had it for years and noticed it is no longer available on Amazon at this time, but is available on Pro Multis Media website.  The traditional images and the song Stabat Mater in English are perfect for little ones.

I think our most favorite way to meditate as a family is by using our Station of the Cross votive candles I made a few years ago, and we follow along with the Way of the Cross for Children booklet.




The original post with super easy directions is here, but I put a quick summery in this post as well ::




Adhere the black and white labels with Mod Podge (labels found here).


We light each one and then as the family takes turns reading a Station,  that person blows out the  individual Station candle.  As we meditate on the 14th Station, Jesus is Laid in the Tomb, the candle light is gone.





This experience is a hands-on, very tangible one.  My four year old isn't perfect during the meditation but certainly puts in quite an effort as she waits to blow out the candle when it is her turn.


Lenten Fact:
A plenary indulgence is granted for those who piously exercise the Way of the Cross, actually moving from station to station where they are legitimately erected and while mediating on the passion and death of our Lord ("Enchiridion of Indulgences," No. 63). 



What is a Plenary Indulgence??

Here is a great introduction to indulgences, something "that is under-emphasized" (sadly) among Catholics.  


In brief ::

There is surely no better place to turn than to the Enchiridion of Indulgences. "Enchiridion" means "handbook," and the Enchiridion of Indulgences is the Church's official handbook on what acts and prayers carry indulgences and what indulgences actually are.
An indulgences is defined as "the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned." The first thing to note is that forgiveness of a sin is separate from punishment for the sin. Through sacramental confession we obtain forgiveness, but we aren't let off the hook as far as punishment goes.
Indulgences are two kinds: partial and plenary. A partial indulgences removes part of the temporal punishment due for sins. A plenary indulgence removes all of it. This punishment may come either in this life, in the form of various sufferings, or in the next life, in purgatory. What we don't get rid of here we suffer there.

To receive an indulgence ::
"To acquire a plenary indulgence," says the Enchiridion, "it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill the following three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. It is further required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent."

Praying that you all have a fruitful Holy Week! 
~  Patty  ~

Monday, March 14, 2016

Passiontide

I came across this beautiful post over the weekend and it gave me much food for thought.  Wanting to know even more about Passiontide,  I headed over to EWTN to read the reflections for this fifth week of Lent.

No sooner did I fill up my spiritual tank visiting EWTN, I found another blog post regarding Passiontide by Mary.

I definitely think God is speaking to me.  :)

EWTN Lent & Easter 2016 ::

Passiontide is the last two weeks of Lent, when the readings and prayers of the liturgy focus on the Passion of Our Lord. The word 'passion', in the Christian sense, does not mean an intense emotion; it refers to the historical events of Jesus' suffering and death. Although for several centuries the Fifth Sunday of Lent was known as Passion Sunday, after the Second Vatican Council this name was restored to the Sunday at beginning of Holy Week , formerly called Palm Sunday. As a penitential season of the Church, Passiontide is evidently even more ancient than Lent


Reflection for the week (EWTN) ~  

Prayer to be Freed of the Seven Deadly Sins
O meek Savior and Prince of Peace, implant in me the virtues of gentleness and patience. Let me curb the fury of anger and restrain all resentment and impatience so as to overcome evil with good, attain your peace, and rejoice in your love.
O Model of humility, divest me of all pride and arrogance. Let me acknowledge my weakness and sinfulness, so that I may bear mockery and contempt for your sake and esteem myself as lowly in your sight.
O Teacher of abstinence, help me to serve you rather than our appetites. Keep me from gluttony - the inordinate love of food and drink and let me hunger and thirst for your justice.
O Lover of purity, remove all lust from my heart, so that I may serve you with a pure mind and a chaste body.
O Father of the poor, help me to avoid all covetousness for earthly goods and give me a love for heavenly things. Inspire me to give to the needy, just as you gave your life that I might inherit eternal treasures.
O Exemplar of love, keep me from all envy and ill-will. Let the grace of your love dwell in me that I may rejoice in the happiness of others and bewail their adversities.
O zealous Lover of souls, keep me from all sloth of mind or body. Inspire me with zeal for your glory, so that I may do all things for you and in you. Amen.
That's a pretty powerful prayer, isn't it?
After some more pondering in my heart, I am desiring to allow God to make Passiontide more effective in my own spiritual journey.  Having had two birthday celebrations in our house recently, and with the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph coming up, blogging, other social media, there has been too many noisy distractions for me this Lenten season.  Too much noise allows for those seven deadly sins to try to enter in the weak parts of my castle.  I don't have time for that! 
I love when God speaks to me and love it even better when I actually listen to Him!  I'm going to be fortifying my castle walls these last couple of weeks which includes signing off from my blog until Easter.  
My prayer for you is that the remaining two weeks of Lent be constructive and fertile in your own spiritual journey.  God bless you :)
~  Patty  ~


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March Birthdays - Daybook Post

Outside my window~

It was a very stormy day across North Texas, so we hunkered down and stayed indoors.

Have I ever mentioned that my hubs is a ham radio licensee?  Let me tell you, we don't even watch the weather channel or even listen to the weather radio during storms like this.  Those amateur storm chasers relaying their info are a wealth of knowledge, and we can hear all the updates instantly...like way before the weather channel is reporting.


I am thankful for ~

* 47 years of life and God-willing, many, many more

* our beautiful, sweet daughter who just turned 15 today



* the thoughtful and intentional love from my kids and husband on my birthday

While David took me out to a local winery, unbeknown to me, the kids were setting up my surprise present.

Check it out!


Each child came up with 20 reasons why they love me.  (My heart just swelled!)  All the decorations were home made, a week long project I found out, that secretly took place behind a locked door.

And of course I had to love each one up separately!


Except for Miss Clementine who prefers pink, they even wore blue, my favorite color!!

Crazy super sweet and thoughtful!


What we are reading ~

Just in case anyone is interested,  I listed children's literature in the St. Patrick's Day and March Weather Bin post here  as well as our children's literature in our Easter Book Bin post here.


From the school room ~

S.P.R.I.N.G.   B.R.E.A.K.

Praise the Lord!



I am praying for ~

* our birthday girl


Okay, so, when you own a horse, presents are really for the horse ;)

Ha ha!  And when you happen to be a teenage girl who owns a horse, it's your prerogative to have as much horse tack in as many colors as possible.

(Current trend:  hot pink lead rope, saddle pad, tack bag, and a gift certificate to help with the purchasing of horse feed ;)



Around the house ~

* Sally took her SAT last Saturday.  She had total brain drain afterward but feels good about how she did.  She takes the ACT April 4.

* Meeting the mounted police (friends, meet Ranger)


* Celebrating this young lady

She requested Papa Murphy's pizza and coconut cream pie!




From the kitchen ~

A couple of new crock pot recipes ::

Crock Pot Meatball Stroganoff (recipe here).


Crock Pot Chicken and Biscuits (recipe here).



I am listening to ~

* a movie on upstairs, my washing machine in spin mode, and the ham radio in our bedroom


Coming down the pike this Spring Break week ~

* Friends hangin' with friends

* Wash all the upstairs bedroom floors

* Wash the base trim throughout the house

* Clean off and then paint the double wooden rocker on the back patio (I may be aiming a bit high on this one for the week.)

*  Ester's birthday

A last photo to share ~



Me encanta pasar tiempo con mi familia!

~  Patty  ~


Monday, March 7, 2016

Easter (spring) Book Bin

The Easter bunny always places a book in each child's Easter basket.  The difficulty of finding a book increases as the kids grow up.  So here' a list of our children's Easter and baby animal-themed literature.

































~  Patty  ~

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