Monday, October 31, 2016

The Last of October - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Brilliant sunshine.  Warm temps.  Blue skies.  It's going to be a warm trick-or-treating night.  (This is our 10th Halloween in Texas, and I still feel in awe that we go out in flip flops and shorts!)

I am thankful for ~

Long distance friendships

This sweetie pie was able to spend a couple of days with us while her dad was at a conference in Dallas.

It made my heart happy that her mom and dad entrusted her into our care.  She was such a pleasure to have!

I am reading ~

Nothing!  I have had no time and really miss it.  I'm hoping that things really calm down in the next week and I can resume this past time. :)

From the school room ~

* We continue to plug away as we enter our 13th week of school.

* Living Liturgy.  I just have not had a chance this year to keep up with it. 

I am praying (desperately for) ~

* our country

* election Novena,  Please join in.  It started on Sunday, Oct. 30th, but it isn't too late!!  You can find it on

* an end to abortion

* our priests

Around the house ~

I am seriously struggling trying to keep up with this blog and reading other blogs.  My days are overflowing with home schooling, teens working, home school activities, etc.  I am trying to focus on those things as well as resting my body and mind more; making myself relax and get to bed at a proper hour.  

From the kitchen ~

Last night, our home school group had our annual Family Rosary / Hot Dog Night.  (I think it was our hottest one yet, too hot for saint costumes this year.)

I haven't had to cook the past three Sundays between our parish fall festival, the retreat, and then the hot dog night.  

I am listening to ~

* miss Clementine playing with her toys

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - Hot Dog Night / Rosary (home school group)
Monday - Trick-or-treating
Tuesday - All Saints Day
Wednesday - All Souls Day (Spiritual Works of Mercy Service Project with home school group)
Wednesday - Choir practise
Wednesday - Ballet
Thursday - Stan the man's Adoption Day!
Friday - Sunday - TSG camp out

Two last photos to share ~

From our retreat last weekend ::

S'mores with the Sisters (in Tulsa, OK)

The Monastery housed a multitude of first class relics.  Sally, Mabel, and myself all had first class relics of our Confirmation saints present. (Sally: Mother Cabrini,   Mabel: St. Helen,   myself: St. Maria Goretti)

Wishing you all a happy All Hallows Eve!  Hope you and your trick-or-treaters stay safe!

~  Patty ~

Saturday, October 29, 2016

She Did It Again!

She turned another year older.  (How I wish I could slow time down!)

Miss Sally turned 17 this past week.

She and her sisters joined some friends in our historic downtown area.  They ate "lunch" at Emporium Pies and then walked through an antique mall.

We ended up having ice cream sundaes instead of cake.

Our love for her is beyond words and we wish her a year filled with abundant, birthday blessings!

Dad and Mom

Dad and Mom

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Retreat

It was AMAZING.  Simply amazing.

Unplugging from the world and filling in the gap with prayer  was the balm that every human needs.

I started compiling pictures to share but ended up deciding not to.   The camera just cannot capture the depth of a soul that is filled with the Holy Spirit.

I thought I would put out a recap instead :)

Friday - 

Service project - the girls took part in a service project that aides mamas in need.

Late afternoon prayers - singing Psalms (30 minutes each time.)

Dinner - at each meal, the young ladies were asked to randomly sit at different tables so that the Sisters could get to know them on a more personal level.

S'mores - the Sisters set up their outdoor fire pit and we all sat on the patio roasting marshmallows and visiting.

Stations of the Cross - in pj's, the young ladies and chaperones quietly went down into the chapel and meditated on the Stations.

How amazing to have Jesus in the Tabernacle right below where we slept!!!

Saturday -

Sleeping in and / or exploring the gorgeous grounds of the Monastery

A light breakfast was provided for the us in our private kitchenette.

Late morning prayers

Late morning Mass


Holy Doors - after lunch,  a couple of the Sisters and the rest of us hiked 3 miles to the Cathedral in downtown Tulsa to walk through the Holy Doors.  The weather was GORGEOUS and we stopped half way at another Catholic church to take a bathroom break and to sit in front of the Tabernacle for a little bit.  Then it was onto the Cathedral where we spent about 45 minutes individually praying, walking around, and some even made it to Confession.

Late afternoon prayers


Social time - the young ladies planned some entertainment for the Sisters by playing instruments and/ or singing for them.  We were delighted that some of the Sisters reciprocated by playing some instruments for us!

Thank you's - after the Sisters retired for the evening, the girls showered up and then worked on writing thank you notes to the Sisters.

Sunday -


Morning Mass

Departed for Texas

The young ladies LOVED this retreat!  They were glowing and asking if they could write to the Sisters.  My Ester commented on Sunday evening that she had already missed singing with the Sisters in their chapel.

The retreat was fruitful.  There was so much inner peace in each of us that attended.  I am so grateful for the experience as I know each of the young ladies are.

We plan to go again next fall!

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Books

What we will be reading during the month of November ::

I have created another tab at the top of my blog, Childrens' Picture Book, that has links to the different seasonal books throughout the year.

Happy reading!

~  Patty ~

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall Festival - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Warm, sunny days!

I am thankful for ~

* our parish priests

* our parish family

* mariachi music

* teenagers who volunteer to help run the face painting

* pony rides

* train rides

* cultural entertainment from the Hispanic parishioners

* pool tables and giant bicycles

I am reading ~

I just checked this out at the library...

Check out the description on Amazon, here.

From the school room ~

* our big news is that Miss Sally has recently been accepted into 2 more nursing schools!

University of Alabama 
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor

I am praying (desperately) for ~ 

* our country!

* an end to abortion

Around the house ~

Myself and five other moms have been planning a discernment / Confirmation retreat for 9 young ladies in our homeschool group.

We leave for Tulsa, OK this Friday and will get back on Sunday.

The young ladies will be praying with, eating with, and hanging out with the Benedictine sisters. :)

Please, keep us in your prayers for a safe and fruitful trip!

From the kitchen ~

On Sunday, we feasted on festival foods.  It was SO good!  Too good!  

I am listening to ~

* the hum of the a.c.  I think we will be able to turn it off (for a few days at least) by the end of the week.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - parish fall festival
Tuesday - EDGE youth group
Wednesday - Miss Clementine's ballet class
Wednesday - Kids' choir practise
Friday through Sunday - Retreat

One last photo to share ~

A couple of weeks ago, my spineless cactus bloomed.  Isn't it unusual looking?

Wishing you all a great week!

~  Patty ~

Saturday, October 15, 2016

In a blink of an eye

In a blink of an eye, October is half over!  Oh my goodness.  Time is moving too quickly.

One week after David and Mabel made it home from their Grand Canyon trip, David and Stan had their first Troops of St. George camp out.

They camped out where the annual Hike for Life TX took place, our favorite charity (helping mamas help babies).

We joined the guys for the hike, and saw that the crowd was unbelievably large this year.  What a blessing to see so many prayer warriors!

When the hike was over, the girls and I took a drive down to Waco, TX to see Magnolia Market (from HGTV).

We really enjoyed the outdoor "backyard" area.  People-watching is one of my favorite pass times, and this place did not disappoint, ha ha!

I wasn't impressed with what the store had to offer though.  Not much of a selection, truth be told.

After leaving the Magnolia, we swung through Baylor University campus.  Sally has applied to Baylor.  That place is SPRAWLING!!!  In fact, it seemed a bit overwhelming for me.

Then along came Stan's birthday followed immediately by homecoming.

And life continues to steadily move ahead, never slowing down.  I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying your October days!  (They will be gone before you know it!)

~  Patty ~

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homecoming 2016 - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Breezy, warm temperatures.

Last Wednesday, Miss Sally and I took all of the quilts to the coin-operated laundry mat.  We were able to line-dry some while others dried in the dryer at home.

I am thankful for ~

* gorgeous homecoming weather

* our daughters  (in their homecoming dresses)

I am reading ~

I am on the hunt for another book.  I have some on my Goodreads "to read" list that I need to revisit.

From the school room ~

* Last week we were on fall break.

* Lots of fun, fall pre-school crafts!!

I am praying for ~

* our country

* an end to abortion

* priests

* my family

Around the house ~

A local Youth and Government (home school) Club puts on an annual homecoming dance for home school teens in the DFW area as a fund raiser.

This year, there was a whopping 700 tickets sold!!

Almost everyone goes in a group.  No one "needs" a date to go.  An awesome concept!!

(The girls with Sally's best friend, Miss M.)

Miss Ester did have a young man ask her to homecoming.

He first called David, asking permission to ask Miss Ester.  Can you imagine how nerve wracking that was?!  (That made Ester feel like a queen.)

David said, yes, but with the stipulation they go with a group.  (Our girls are not allowed to date yet.)

This group of five, fun high schoolers met up with another group of their friends for dinner.

From the kitchen ~

I recently added this recipe for a delicious peanut butter cake filling.

There was this delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bar recipe Miss Ester made not too long ago.

I am listening to ~

* working men outside through the backyard.  Apparently, the neighbors are having a screened-in porch built.  I love that idea!

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - Fall festival at a friend's country property.
Monday - Ortho appointment for Stan the man
Tuesday - EDGE youth group for Miss Mabel
Wednesday - Ballet
Thursday - PE for Stan the man
Thursday - Horse farrier appointment for Ester's horse
Friday - Little Flowers / Little Women Club
Saturday - Friend's birthday party
Sunday - Fall festival at our parish

One last photo to share ~

Have a great Friday!!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, October 7, 2016

Peanut Butter Filling

Our birthday boy wanted a chocolate cake but with a peanut butter filling.  I had never tried that one before.  However, I was totally up for the challenge since chocolate and peanut butter is a downright win-win combination!

I found this delicious filling recipe and look forward to using it again in the future.

Peanut Butter Filling


1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
8 TBSP milk


1.  Beat the peanut butter and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add a cup of  the confectioners at a time, slowly beating in-between until smooth.  Add the milk, a little at a time, beating until it reaches a spreadable consistency.  (Note: It still will remain thick.)

2.  Evenly spread the filling over the bottom of the cake using an icing spatula to mold it into shape.  (Note: this is not the consistency of butter cream frosting so you need to manipulate it a little differently.)  Top with the remaining cake.


Oh my goodness.   So delicious!


~  Patty ~


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