Love to Pray


Holy Family of Nazareth, give us strength of commitment and a heart of prayer - yes, loving to pray!


Meatball Madness

Everyday Paleo Meatballs

These baseball sized meatballs are packed with yumminess!


back squats 2.28

My energy continues to wax and wane but I find that it is time to recommit to exercise.  I have slowly started to reintroduce myself to some heavy lifting.  I have even attempted some metabolic conditioning (metcons). 

My goal is to keep my eyes on Him while I seek a level of fitness that fits within my state in life and will lead me to optimal health.

I recently came across an inspirational list, the Fit Female Credo by Rachel Cosgrove .

I decided not to tweak the “Credo” that Rachel listed.  It’s too early in the game for that.  I did, however, add my emphasize (in italicizes).  I hope to make a printable version for my garage gym.  I need the reminder.




Fit Female Credo

First and foremost, I will keep my eyes on Him!

1. Act as if you are a fit female.
2. Get out of your comfort Zone.
3. Fuel your body to be fabulous!
4. Train hard or go home.
5. Get hooked on feeling fit, not a number on the scale.
6. Be an early riser.
7. Make rest and relaxation a priority.
8. Obstacles will arise – anticipate them!
9. Keep a journal or blog.
10. Eliminate the negative people and surround yourself with positive people.
11. Think about your thoughts.
12. Manage your stress.
14. Put an end to body bashing and instead celebrate your strengths.
15. Don’t rely on will power. Have strategies.
16. Stop rationalizing and making excuses.


Today, I used a Christmas gift for the first time – Yonanas
Your yonanas maker will turn those over-ripe bananas into a delicious and creamy treat that looks and tastes like soft serve ice cream.
I doubt that I would have purchased this contraption but I’m glad to have it in my arsenal.  The yonanas maker creates a fabulous naturally sweet treat.  It’s our new ice-cream.  It’s nothing like what is produced by the blender or food processor.

The yonanas maker is sure to become permanent fixture on my counter top once the weather gets warmer.  (There was a storm warning in my area of N. CA today with the possibility of a tornado.)

The kids are rallying to save their weekly does of bananas – 5 bunches.

Nana has already committed to gifting the kids her frozen bananas.

We have all gone BANANAS for yonanas!

{pretty, happy, funny, real}


JOYfilledfamily easter

A family picture is always a pretty sight for Dad and I.  It gives us all a visual to remind us to count our blessings – totally worth the discomfort I have when seeing myself in the photo.


beanless chili

The chef is working overtime in Dad’s Café



Groucho Marx Papi picked this out from the bank’s treasure chest.  He doesn’t even know who Groucho is but he does a perfect impersonation.

Papi is always good for a laugh.



We have to put Dragonfly’s pjs on backwards since he prefers to sleep in his birthday suit.


{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

Dad’s Cafe

Dad’s been cooking it up.  He even has a waitress, Sparkles, who waits and serves everyone.  Today he pulled out the cook book, Everyday Paleo.


For lunch I had two BLT wraps.  They were similar to the B.A.T. shown below, sans avocado and mayo.



Dad fixed Everyday Paleo Beanless Chili for dinner.  YUMMY!  I wish he made more for leftovers.

beanless chili


He even made up a healthy treat, Paleo Apple Muffins.  It’s amazing how quickly our taste buds have changed.  Butter on the warm sugar-free muffin, hit the spot.

Paleo Apple Muffins collage

paleo apple muffins



Easter Sunday

Easter Blessings from JOYfilledfamily


easter sunday chalk board

liturgical chalkboard with our Lent mottos, quotes from Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

The morning started with an Alleluia!

easter sunday counter

empty tombs,

alleluia beans v2alleluia beans

and sacrifice beans turned alleluia beans.

easter treats

The little's had a hard time sticking to our “Jesus first” policy.

My Easter baskets were recycled from Sparkles bday last year.  They were filled with up-cycled goods from the thrift store and my stash.


We took several outtakes before heading to a Solemn High Easter Mass.

The kid’s Easter clothes were all re-cycled clothing from the thrift store and my sis – Children’s Place, Nordstrom’s, Ralph Lauren, Chico’s, LOFT and other quality brands.  The total cost of this year’s Easter Collection was $18!

Dad and I also wore thrift store finds.  I had a brand new Liz Claiborne shirt, brand new Talbots sweater, and brand new Loft skirt – for a grand total of $11.  Dad had a like-new suite and new shirt – for a grand total of $9.


dad and mom easter

giopapi on a bench before massP4080095

We arrived at church an hour early, time for more pics.


We even met a fellow Catholic blogger, Tridentine Wife.

rose and friends

Rose with some of her friends.

All the littles were wonderful for the (almost) two hour long Easter Mass.


We headed home to prepare some side dishes, empty tomb eggs and stuffed mushrooms.  Then we headed to my sister’s house to spend the rest of the day with relaxed family time.

We feasted on ham, prime rib, asparagus, salad, mushrooms, and no-potato salad.

paleo easter treats

My sis made up some healthy treats – chocolate dipped fruit and Tropical Macaroons.

easter egg hunt

Dad and Uncle hid the Easter Eggs and the fun began.

dragonfly egg huntpapi egg huntsweetie egg huntsparkles egg huntrose egg hunt

Papa & Nana Bank

The kids cashed in at Papa & Nana’s Bank.  That’s right, the kids get money instead of candy.  Actually, they get paper money in their eggs.  They are responsible for adding up their findings.  Papa supervises the money counting. Then they get to cash it in with Nana.   Nana distributes the cash.  This year she plans to the kids open a new account.

Lastly, we watched a movie as a family.  This was a nice treat since all TV use was offered up for Lent.


We will continue our family time of feasting and fun for Eastertide, all for Him.




Easter Linky ~ Catholic Cuisine

Holy Thursday & Good Friday

Holy Thursday

commemorates Christ's Last Supper and the initiation of the Eucharist

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Altar of Repose

After the Mass, the priest takes off his chasuble and vests in a white cope. He returns to the Altar, incenses the Sacred Hosts in the ciborium, and, preceded by the Crucifer and torchbearers, carries the Ciborium to the "Altar of Repose," also called the "Holy Sepulchre," where it will remain "entombed" until the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday.

Then there follows the Stripping of the Altars, during which everything is removed as Antiphons and Psalms are recited. All the glorious symbols of Christ's Presence are removed to give us the sense of His entering most fully into His Passion. Christ enters the Garden of Gethsemani; His arrest is imminent. Fortescue's "Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described" tells us: "From now till Saturday no lamps in the church are lit. No bells are rung. Holy Water should be removed from all stoups and thrown into the sacrarium. A small quantity is kept for blessing the fire on Holy Saturday or for a sick call." The joyful signs of His Presence won't return until Easter begins with the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening.


Good FridayGood Friday Altar

Good Friday1 (also called "Great Friday" or "Holy Friday") is the most somber day of the entire year. A silence pervades, socializing is kept to a minimum, things are done quietly; it is a day of mourning; it is a funeral. The Temple of the Body of Christ is destroyed, capping the the penitential seasons begun on Septuagesima Sunday and becoming more intense throughout Lent. Traditional Catholics wear black, cover their mirrors, extinguish candles and any lamps burning before icons, keep amusements and distractions down, and go about the day in great solemnity.  ~Fisheaters

Good Friday - Papi with flower from the Altar of Repose

Papi with a rose from the Altar of Repose

7 Day Challenge Wrap-up


Day 6 & Day 7: 7 Day Challenge

Both days were rather uneventful.  I worked on getting enough calories by way of protein and veggies.

I enjoyed the challenge.  It helped me to stay focused for the remainder of my Lenten program.

I plan to continue to the idea of a 7 day challenge as I move forward to restore my health.

This week will be my return to exercise.  I must say, I’m a bit nervous.  It’s been about a month  since I did anything remotely close to exercise.  As a result, my energy has increased along with my weight.  I’m trying hard not to worry about the aesthetics.  My scale will be officially purged from the house tomorrow, after I take my pre-work out stats.

I will be working solely on gaining strength until I get things under control and get the go ahead from my trainer.


May the Good Lord keep me in the race.

I am far from the finish line.
But I am on CHRIST'S TEAM.
His love ignites me.
...His power fuels me.
His mission compels me.
and to this race.

Lenten Recap

I give thanks to the Good Lord for a blessed Lenten season full of loss, mercy, family time, and service.

My family adopted two quotes from Bl. Teresa of Calcutta as our Lenten motto.

Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen.


Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.

Here is a recap of some Lenten happenings in my family.


Shrove Tuesday 2.20

visit to st. clare's and st. francis

shrove tuesday feast

Visiting the elderly on Shrove Tuesday is a family tradition that was started some years ago with the prompting of a sister in Christ.  My family shared this tradition with our parish community this year.

Park Days

kite flying

kite flying and fence climbing

40 Days for Life

pray to end abortion

We prayed for the unborn babies and an end to abortion every Monday in front of the abortion clinic.

prolife tot2prolife tot

monday prayer - papi

Family Start-Up 2.28


It’s official! We filed our paperwork for our start-up LLC. We have much more work ahead of us but we are all excited about the possibilities that await us as we grow this family business.

We pray that this business will lead us to financial freedom, be a source of income for our children in whatever vocation that they are called to, allow us to become providers for family as they enter full retirement, permit us to start a ministry, create jobs for families desiring to work out of their home, and fund the call that our Heavenly Father has placed on our heart – All for the greater glory of God.

Loss & Healing

Maria Louisa’s face was not seen but her love will remain forever imprinted on our hearts. 

Dad and I were moved to share the reality of our five saints with the littles.  For whatever reason, we did not find it fitting to do so earlier.  We trust that our angels are not for us alone and we desire for all of our children to form bonds with all their siblings.

Maria Louisa has also led us to further discern something big that the Good Lord has been prompting us to.  We pray to cooperate with His grace and move forward with unwavering faith – Ad Jesum per Mariam.


St. Patrick’s Day 3.17

no pictures since there were no free hands

Dad took the lead from Fr. L and helped to coordinate a parish clean-up day. The day started with a Solemn High Mass since St. Patrick’s day is a first class feast day in our diocese. Then the work began with many helping hands. The day ended with a BBQ potluck.


Hair Cut 3.20


I like my boys with long hair but couldn’t tell Papi no when he requested to “look like” dad.


Job Shadow 3.21

job shadow

Rose participated in a job shadow with the HR department at the University of the Pacific (my alma-mater). She walked away with more than the average participant, the normal goodie bag with a shirt and a job offer.


Birthday Date Night 3.24




Consecration Renewal 3.25

My family made our renewal on 3.25 (Feast of the Annunciation) since we knew that we would not be able to attend Mass on Monday (Feast of the Annunciation for 2012) as a family.


Passion Sunday 3.25

Passion Sunday Altar

Potty 3.29

I like my boys with long hair but couldn’t tell Papi no when he requested to “look like” dad.

Dragonfly started using the potty, sporadically.

Uma 3.29

We got a new family member.

I really don’t know what I was thinking when I responded to the email.

I want to offer an 8 yr old AKC registered chocolate lab. She was spayed last week. She is very calm, does not bark much, and does not chew. She is housetrained, leash trained, fetches, swims, travels well, loves kids. She is really a great dog. Her one problem is that she does not get along with other dogs. I have had to keep her separate from my other dogs. She needs to be someone's only dog.

uma's 1st day

This was not planned but she needed a new home and as it turns out, we needed her. 

Confirmation 3.30.12

Confirmation was scheduled on my birthday this year.  Dad gave me the ok to sign up to help with the reception since he knew that I desired to be serving on my birthday.

confirmation cakes

costco cakes

Rose and I were in charge of the cakes. We ordered them from Costco.

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Rose and her confirmandi who chose St. Thecla as her patron.

Bishop Jamie Soto - Thecla & ElizabethBishop Jamie Soto

Birthday Blessing 3.30

Rose and I received our birthday blessing by our spiritual director, Fr. M.  A fun side note, Fr. M is the same age as Dad and I.  In fact, is one day older than Dad.

Palm Sunday 4.1

palm sunday

Mass, Blessing of Palms, and Procession

Birthday Celebration 4.1


Rose and I celebrated with family on Sunday.



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