Monday, December 11, 2017

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

Sarah arrives home Thursday night!  Yay!  We will be a #family of 7 again (as Clementine says).

~ 2017 Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link Up ~ 2017 : #family #CSAdvent

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiced Mexicocoa, Cookies, and a Movie

December 9 is the feast of St. Juan Diego, and we celebrated it this year with some Holiday Spiced Mexicocoa ::

as well as making those adorable, sombrero cookies again ::

while playing with peg dolls ::

as well as watching another saintly DVD ::

It was a fun feast day to celebrate, especially with a certain 5 year old in the house. :)

St. Juan Diego, pray for us!

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

#Truth.  The older I get, the less I like crowded malls.  Yesterday was for the kids who experienced skating at the Dallas Galleria at Christmas time. :)

PS - The people watching was FANTASTIC though!

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ Day 7 : #Truth #CSAdvent

Friday, December 8, 2017

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Blue frosted cupcakes with gold sprinkles on top to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.

You can look Here for a brief explanation on the Immaculate Conception if you want :)

O God,  who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession,  to come unto You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,  Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end. 


~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

*St. Anne and Mary as an infant* Today is the holy day of the Immaculate Conception; Mary conceived without sin. How can this be if Jesus saved all from sin? Jesus is God's son, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. He took his human flesh from Mary. Jesus was not a kind of squeaky clean super man who sort of slid through Mary's body as if it were a conduit into this world. Jesus took his flesh from his mother. If he took her human flesh it had to be free from any taint of original sin otherwise he would also share in that sin and would not be the perfect son of God. Therefore we believe that God preserved Mary from any taint of original sin. God saved Mary at the beginning of her life and if life begins at conception, then it began when she was conceived (by natural processes between her mother and father)." ~Fr. Dwight Longenecker.  

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ Day 6 : #holyday #CSAdvent

Thursday, December 7, 2017

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

Miss 4 lbs of cuteness gave me a whopping 30 seconds of #peace and quiet this morning before she was up ready to play for the day.  I really cherish the quiet time in the morning when everyone else is still snug in their beds.  If Belle wasn't so cute...

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ Day 5 : #peace #CSAdvent

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Feast of St. Nicholas 2017

One of our favorite feast days during Advent is the feast of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6)!  

There are so many legends linked to the modern day Santa Claus. According to one tradition, about 300 years after Christ, in the region we now call Turkey, a man named Nicholas lived by the seaport of Myra. He was a good and holy man, believed to have been the Bishop of Myra, who eventually became Saint Nicholas. As a young man, Nicholas used his entire inheritance to help the poor, sick, and suffering. By his generous example, especially to children, he continues to be a model for all. "The Giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves." ~ St. Nicholas

Around the world people will celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas with different traditions.  Some leave shoes out, others hang their stockings up, all hoping that St. Nicholas will stop by and leave a small gift of some sort: orange, candy cane, chocolate gold coins, books, etc.

Our children always leave their shoes out the night before (something I did as a child).

St. Nicholas always leaves our children a new Christmas book, chocolate gold coins, and maybe something extra.

Miss Ester received a Christmas poetry book, Manger, because of her artistic and creative writing abilities.

Miss Mabel received the book, A Christmas Like Helen's, because she took the name of Helen as her Confirmation saint earlier this year.

Stan received the book, Shooting at the Stars, (a true story) because he loves to watch and read about war stories and history.

Miss Clementine received the book, Itsy Bitsy Christmas, because she adores anything Nativity!

And even Miss Sally received a special box down at school with this beautiful book in it for her ::

In the morning we ate warm, gooey cinnamon rolls!

This kids also received a new Christmas movie to add to the collection ::

In the afternoon, the girls helped me make these easy-peasy St. Nicholas cookies we saw over at Catholic Cuisine.

Aren't they adorable?!  

The older kids have outgrown the saint movies we own, but Miss Clementine still enjoys them, including this St. Nicholas one.

As the kids get older, the excitement wears off a bit, but I think they still enjoy seeing what little treasure they receive each year no matter how old they are.  

As for all the Christmas books...

Five kiddos + one new book each, each year = a lot of Christmas books.  I mark their names in the books they receive each year, and some day, they will have a beautiful collection to share with their own families.

St. Nicholas, patron saint of children, sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, brewers, pawn brokers, and students in other countries, pray for us!

~ Patty ~

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

Today I was asked to share my faith through the #Nicene Creed.  I love my faith AND this challenge!

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up - Day 4: #Nicene Creed #CSAdvent 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

Sometimes I'd rather stay in my warm, cozy bed, but my morning #quiet time is what gets me going for the day, (more then my coffee).

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link up ~ Day 3 : #quiet, #CSAdvent

Monday, December 4, 2017

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge

Coffee and left over monkey bread is calling me to #prepare for the day!

~Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link Up : Day 2 #prepare,  #CSAdvent~

Sunday, December 3, 2017

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

"We light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Lord."

May you Advent season be fruitful as you #purple for the coming of the Lord!

~Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link UP : Day 1 #purple #CSAdvent ~

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Week 2017 - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Compliments of Miss Ester and Mabel.  They put these up the day after Thanksgiving.  We will finish decorate this coming weekend.  For now,  I'm savoring the last of November. :)

I am thankful for ~

 ~ our Thanksgiving week!!

Monday and Tuesday - the kids worked on school.

Tuesday, Miss Clementine and I drove down to pick Sarah up from school.

Wednesday brought Sarah, Miss Clementine, and I to see Ice! Gaylord Texan Lone Star Christmas.

2 million pounds of ice.

9 degrees F inside.  Brrr....

This year's theme was 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'.

The last time we took we bought tickets for Ice! was back in December of 2009!

They were SO little and SO cute!!

Time is passing too quickly.

From the school room ~

Sarah caught a ride back to school with a friend from the DFW area.  I was grateful for that and was even more grateful when she told me they made it safe and sound.  (Thanksgiving traffic in I35 in Texas is a nightmare.)

The other kids started back to school today.  It is so hard after a holiday, isn't it?

From the kitchen ~

It was a FEAST!

We invited some friends over for dessert / coffee/ wine on Thanksgiving night.

Everyone brought something.  Total vein-clogging goodness!

And I made this for lunch the next day (in hopes of off-setting that pumpkin pie breakfast).  Ha ha!

What I am reading ~

Nothing.  I finished up my Christmas shopping challenge and am now preparing for some Advent reading.  I think I'm going to use one of the books I already have.

Maybe this one ::

Or this one ::

Around the house ~

Black Friday morning found my oldest three girls heading out for breakfast together.  My mama heart loved seeing that!

Saturday night, David had a guys night at our house (21 dudes were over).  So the girls and I went to confession, Mass, out to eat, and then hit the "Home for the Holidays" in our historic downtown.

We had SO much fun!!!  The weather was gorgeous (balmy, low 70's), the atmosphere was magical, and we really enjoyed our time together. :)

I am praying for ~

* all of students who are preparing for finals

* the souls in purgatory

I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine watch a Christmas movie on David's laptop.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - my mother's 76 birthday!

Monday - Troops of St. George (TSG) meeting

Wednesday - Miss Clementine is going to help her little friend celebrate a birthday!

Friday - Little Flowers Christmas cookie exchange (Yummy)!!

Friday - Sunday - TSG camp out

Saturday - Decorate for Christmas

A last photo to share ~

Last night, David and I were invited out to a comedy club to help celebrate two friends turning 50.  Here's a photo from the memorable evening :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week with your families and friends.  May this next week be as peaceful as possible for you all as you prepare for Advent season to begin.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Advent Calendar in Art

Each year on the kids' anniversary of their Baptism, we try to make it a little bit special by gifting them with a small, faith-based gift.

Last week we celebrated Miss Mabel's Baptism birthday and wrapped up this gorgeous book;  Children's Christmas Book of the Nativity - Advent Calendar in Art.

It says "children's" but this is for anyone, especially art enthusiasts!

Each day displays a beautiful piece of artwork depicting the Nativity, a reflection, Bible verse, and the artist's name & date.

It is a unique addition to our collection of Christmas books and a keepsake she'll always enjoy.

~ Patty ~

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cinderella Attended the Military Appreciation Ball

Miss Ester was asked to attend a Military Appreciation Ball on Veteran's Day last weekend.

Oh my goodness!  They looked SO classy!!

These two are so joy-filled, bringing smiles to everyone around them.  Neither are allowed to date.  (Win-win when both sets of parents are on the same page when it comes to dating.)  Instead, they hang out together within groups of friends or family members.

A gentleman at church the next morning came up to me and said, "I met your daughter and her date last night at the ball.  They were so polite.  They really seemed to be enjoying themselves and were so well-behaved.  The folks at our table were so impressed."

That made me so proud of them!  As a friend said, "It's confirmation from the Lord that we are doing something right."

Picture credit :: Kari Lynn

~ Patty ~


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