Christmas Picture

Christmas Cookies

The More, The Better

Rose and I made more tiles for Christmas gifts.  We're hooked.

for Rose's girlfriends

for Godmothers and other special women

the entire collection
Rose used a ball-chain necklace and black cord necklace for her friends.  I used a higher quality sterling silver chains that I found here for the Godmothers.  I used keychain rings for the St. Joseph tiles for the Godfathers (not pictured).

The paper weights were for our parish Priests and Rose's choirmaster (2 paperweights are not shown).  I used the holy cards from our Priests' first blessings and 25th Anniversary.  Rose selected a card with Gregorian chant for her choirmaster.

for nana and auntie
The top large medal was for Nana.  It is reversible with sis's kids on the other side.  The bottom medal was for Auntie (Rose's Nina).  It's reversible with Our Lady of Guadalupe on the reverse side.

As Easy As 1,2,3

I made a blog signature following this link and easy instructions.

So far, so good.  I'll see how long it will last.

Our Newest Craft - Glass Tile

I've been working on some crafts-gifts.  I made these cute necklaces for my husband's female co-workers.  I made key rings for the male co-workers (which I forgot to photograph).

These were my first attempts.

I purchased all of my supplies (aside from the paper) from this store and used this tutorial.

Rose and I have plans to make many more necklaces this week for gifts.  I hope to take pictures of them all.

Advent Lessons & Carols 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009
scroll to bottom of page to turn off the music before playing this clip

Rose is blessed to sing with our Parish Choir at the Cathedral for this traditional Advent celebration.

Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer. ~ USCCB

It is a wonderful way to help our family prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Little Flowers 4th Meeting - Loyalty & St. Lucy

We had a great turn out for the last Little Flowers of the year! 
girls recapped on our last meeting, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  They were reminded of the "treat box."  The girls can earn a treat for each assignment completed that is signed by a parent.

I briefed the girls on the pious life of St. Lucy.  Info was gathered from the following resources.  I explained to the girls her vow to remain chaste and pure (a virgin) despite the culture pressures and her mother's wishes to marry.
St. Lucy Info

The girls discussed loyalty, faithfulness to a cause or belief.  They identified that St. Lucy was loyal to God.

I decided to introduce the girls to the Swedish tradition of celebrating St. Lucia's Feast Day, Luciadagen.  They made a St. Lucia Crown of Lights.  Her traditional feast day is December 13.

Father L visited the girls.  He questioned the girls on what he spoke of at Mass, the true meaning of Christmas and an Advent activity.  He also spoke of St. Nicholas.  Lastly, he gave the girls their blessing.
The girls took another break for snack provided by Rose.  They went outside for pictures but decided to return to the room.  It was too cold outside for the girls.

We ended the meeting with some brief housekeeping and a review of assignments for the month.


Additional Reads

“I will maintain my Covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:7

Happy Birthday To My BEST Friend

I love you for the boy you were when we met and the God fearing man you have become. I've known life with you longer than I've known life without you. Because of that I know all your weaknesses and quarks but I also know all your gifts and strengths - there are many.

~your warm smile and great ability to be silly
~your trust in God
~your desire to always grow in faith
~your willingness to let others shine
~you sacrificed your own interests for your children and your vocation of Husband/Father
~your ability to be corrected
~you value family time and are with us more than your away
~your desire to please your loved ones more than the appearance to others
~you prayerfully support and encourage me in all I do
~your spontaneity
~your patience and gentleness
~your willingness to help me with all things (especially the cleaning)
~you always kiss and bless me & the kids goodnight and goodbye
~your unconditional Love for me

Our walk has not been an easy one but I'm thankful that together we have grown closer to Our Lord. You are a wonderful father of our beautiful children. They are blessed to call you daddy. You bring laughter to our home and everywhere you go (and not just because of the way you look.....gotcha!)

I pray that we continue to walk the walk and fight the good fight leading one another closer to Eternal Life.

May Our Heavenly Father continue to shower you with His abundant love and mercy. May you grow in His light and be pleasing to Him in everything you do.

Happy Blessed Day!

Little Flowers 3rd Meeting - Perseverance & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

We had a great turn out, as usual.  There were 6 six girls who sat together at Mass but others were in attendance. 
We welcomed our newest Little Flower, Rose.  She was happy to see familiar faces and meet new ones.  The girls had a brief time to visit during snack time.  Clare passed out her snacks to the girls.  Thank you Mary for signing up for this month on such short of a notice.

I  introduced the girls to the saint of the month, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  I set the setting, the United States in the 1700's.  The girls were delighted to hear that she was born in New York.  Although, they all expressed how far that was from them.  I tried to but it into perspective for them by drawing attempting to draw a map of the US and Europe.  Despite my lack of artistic ability the girls got the idea.

I gathered my info on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton from the following sites.
Seton Shrine
Catholic Encyclopedia

The letter of the day was 'E' for Elizabeth taken from An Alphabet of Catholic SAINTS.

Father L visited the girls and recapped on All Saints day and All Souls day.  He emphasized the importance of prayer for the souls in purgatory.  He also explained our current virtue, perseverance.  He told the girls, "God calls you to do your best and He will do the rest."  He gave the analogy of a student who tried his hardest in his studies but only received Cs.  "Would God be pleased," he asked.  The girls unanimously responded, "YES!"  "What about the little girl who never worked hard or did her best and received As and Bs - would God be pleased?"  Again, the girls responded accordingly.  I love how they get messages that we adults sometimes think that they're not ready for.

He gave the girls a blessing before his departure.

We applied the virtue of perseverance to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's life.  She had many ups and downs but persevered to answer God's call for her.  That lead us to our craft, prayer/keepsake box and gratitude cards.

The gratitude cards were selcted from those listed here.

The gratitude cards are intended to be used from now until the start of Advent - Nov. 29.  The girls were asked to work on preparing their hearts to receive the most wonderful gift, Jesus.  They were encouraged to randomly select a card from their box daily but to persevere if they were not able to make a daily selection or the task asked was too much for them.  The primary objective is to PERSEVERE, do the best they can with the task at hand.

The box was decoupaged with a picture of Our Blessed Mother, Lord Jesus Christ, and/or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  It can be used as a prayer box to store the intentions of their family and friends.  The box can also be used for keepsakes such as Rosary, Miraculous Medal, etc.  The girls we're invited to entertain the thought of giving the box as a gift to another.

Above is a picture of the box I created along with the gratitude cards.  There should be 1-2 blank cards in the box to write your own intention/task.  The cards are designed to be placed on the twine provided as completed.  You can hang the twine in a visible spot in your home so all can reflect on something to be thankful for. 

I put our twine and cards over the fireplace.  The kids love to see what they have completed and what they are thankful for.  Sparkles couldn't wait to start her cards.  She was even more excited when she selected the card, "I'm Thankful For Our Car."  Her task was to clean the car and then go out for ice cream cones.  She has never been so happy to clean the car.  She rallied her sisters and went to work.  I even gave a hand.  I couldn't resist their enthusiasm.
The girls were given their monthly assignment sheet, scripture verse sheet, and a paper doll of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Below are the links to many of the additional activities provided.  I will take time out next meeting for housekeeping of the girl's binders.  Please be sure they bring them to the meeting.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fun Facts & Activities
The Tortoise and the Hare
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Paper Doll

Books about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton by Father Lovasik,
Kat Finds a Friend
Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America

Children of Fatima and Our Lady

Our GFG decided to dress up as the Children of Fatima and Our Lady for All Saints Day.  Their costumes ended up being last minute due to the little ones illness.  I embellished a white gown that I made for Rose a few years back when she was St. Lucy.  The little ones were able to find something in their closets.  I made the girls a black head covering.  They were the simplest costumes yet (and I do simple).  The girls have already used their black head coverings for play and Rosary time.

Carmel Apples

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