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

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