Archive for November, 2007

Happy Birthday Laurie and Toby!

November 15, 2007

Another blog that I would like to point out is Abundant Blessings.  Laurie is the usual poster there, but for her birthday, her dear Husband chimed in.  It is so romantic!  I admire their dedication to eachother and their family so much.  They have both celebrated birthdays this month and here is a very special Happy Birthday to both of them!

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Traveler’s Rest Plantation

November 15, 2007

One day last month we ventured to Traveler’s Rest Plantation (or what’s left of the plantation) in Nashville, TN.  There was a festival going on where crafters specializing in 19th century ways were showing their stuff.  It was fun and full of learning.  There were several hands on things as well.  I only wish I had gotten pictures of the pumpkin painting, but didn’t.  Here are some of the other shots…

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Microscopes in the Homeschool

November 15, 2007

My favorite part of Biology in college was, by far, the microscopes (despite the fact that our beloved teacher saved the biggest fetal pig for my lab partner and I!)  So, when Homeschool buyers club offered a group buy for microscopes, I passed it around in case anyone wanted to buy one.  Then my online friend Kris pointed me to a blog post that I think is really helpful for homeschoolers looking to take the plunge and purchase one.  It is so informative I have decided to post it here.  Perhaps St. Nicholas will bring one to our house this year!  Even if you are not in the market for a microscope, you might want to check out her blog anyway all about “Living Science!” How fun!

You Make Me Smile

November 9, 2007

My friend Misty tagged me as one who makes her smile.  All I can say is Right back at you, girlfriend! (You’ll have to visit her blog to see the cool clip art that goes with it. I am computer challenged and cannot get it over here!) I cannot think of a time that I have been around Misty that I did not smile!

Happy All Saints Day 2007!!

November 1, 2007

Our All Saints Day started last night when we attened Mass.  There are two very special things about our church right now.  First is that the saints are very well represented.  Second, we have a wonderful priest who knows and loves the Chruch’s Traditions and who is a wonderful decorator in a very simple way.  Some of the Saint statues had a simple bouquet of flowers near them.  It was simple, very pretty, and enough to put you in a festive mood.  Also, Father lighted a lot more candles than usual.   (For my Protestant brothers and sisters:  We do not worship statues.  They are there as a visual reminder to us that we must all strive to become saints.  They are like having family pictures in our homes.)  Here are some pictures of our beautiful old chuch.  The first picture shows the right side of the alter where the Blessed Sacrament is kept.  We have St. Anthony, St. Josepeh, and whom Father said was St. Teresa of Avila, but the statue always reminds me of St. Rose of Lima.

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Next is the left side of the alter.  We have St. Aloysius, Our Lady of Victory (also known as Our Lady of the Rosary), and St. Francis.  I put in an extra picture here to show Father’s statue that he puts our for special Marian feast days and during the months of May and October.

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This next picture is the center of the alter.  We have St. Boniface who is shown here with an ax and a tree stump.  He was known as the apostle of Germany and is said to have cut down a tree to show the people that the trees were not gods.  The middle is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the other side is St. Patrick.  The original Catholics who settled in these parts were German and Irish.  This parish has such a rich heritage.

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Now the fun part.  It was a hectic morning.  We had our All Saints party that was an hours drive at 10:30am.  Then John was going to make it easy for me and change his saint to a bishop.  But, then he changed his mind.  So, I had to make the surplice that goes over the cassock.  I was rather proud of myself for that.  The next obsticle was MaryEllen.  She wanted to be St. Therese.  Well, when we started dressing her, she wanted to be Mary instead.  So, I had to switch and though a bigger Mary costume togther than I had planned.  When everyone was finally dressed, we all went outside for a picture.  I lined them up in the driveway when someone noticed the UPS truck coming.  You never saw saints running in so many directions!  But, we did manage to line them up again and get a picture.  Here it is…

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Finally, why do we always manage to get more pictures of the girls?  After all that work with MaryEllen, I made her get her picture done as St. Therese.  (And yes, she was very upset!)  And here is another cute one of Charlotte.

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The party was wonderful.  The chidren went up and told something about their saint and the others had to guess.  Kevin stumped everyone and is very proud of that.  Then there was food, there was football, there were games with prizes, there was more football, there were catechism games.  We all had a wonderful time.  (Thank you Jennifer and Dorothy!)  Can you guess why John picked St. Aloysius?  He is the patron saint of football!