Archive for November, 2009

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009

We want to wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving today!  We are all very excited to be having a turkey and all the trimmings today.  Uncle Tom is off the road and able to come to our feast.  The pumpkin pies have been baked and the stuffing is waiting to go in the oven.  We will also be having mashed potatoes, kale, pressed salad, sweet potatoes and sweet potato biscuits as well as some other type of plain biscuits.  We’ll have corn, of course, and I’m hoping there are some green beans in the freezer for Uncle Tom.  (We didn’t know he would be coming until yesterday.)  We are so happy to be sharing the day with each other and we are thankful for another year of beautiful family life, among many other blessings.  This is our 5th Thanksgiving here in Bodenburg!  Time sure does fly.  Off to go prepare some more….  God bless you all.

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A Genealogy Project

November 20, 2009

The children and I began a little genealogy project not too long ago.  The children wrote out questions, in their handwriting, geared for older relatives.  There were 4 pages with 3 questions on each sheet.  We had them photocopied and mailed them out to their great aunts and some other relatives.  The response is better than I had hoped.  My only regret is that I didn’t think of doing this years ago when more were still alive.   In each individual’s envelope, we also added personal questions such as, “Where did you and Uncle Fred meet?”  and “Please tell us the story of when you saw Einstein,” etc.  It seems some of the adults had just as much fun answering the questions as we had reading the responses.  Not only that, I have learned things about my grandparents that would have gone to the grave with these relatives.  So, do yourself a favor, and get busy with this little project before another relative dies!

One More Nightgown

November 19, 2009

Finally finished is one more nightgown, this time for Charlotte, and this time done in nice, sturdy flannel material.  I am very pleased with the results.  We took pictures the morning after Charlotte had worn it to bed.  The girls were both so excited that they now both have nightgowns made by Mom.  MaryEllen had to get into the pictures, of course!  After we were done with the pictures, Charlotte said, “Let’s take our nightgowns, fold them, and put them under our pillows so we can wear them tomorrow!”  If I had know that, I might have made them sooner.  All their other PJs end up on their bedroom floor!

   

On the same day (I think), I was getting a red plaid dress for Veronica to wear.  MaryEllen asked if she and Charlotte could wear the dresses that they had like Veronicas.  So, we had to take pictures in their dresses. 

  We went on that day to try and take a picture for the Christmas card.  If we do use any of them, they will be less than perfect.  Someone always seems to have eyes closed, be making faces, or have their heads cut off.  However, Christmas not being any farther away, we may just have to use one of those pictures for the cards.

Autumn Fun

November 19, 2009

We have passed Halloween, I know, but I still wanted to get some photos up.  One day in the mail a box arrived for the children.  It was from our good friends Aunt Marie and Uncle Homer.  It was full of Halloween cards, stickers and even dollar coins for the children.  What fun was had by all playing with the items and seeing what treasures were inside.

  

  

 

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On Halloween, we had a wonderful little All Saints party.  We had a nice turn out and everyone had a good time.  Some of the featured items were our St. Isadore the Farmer pumpkin pinata and our St. Lucy cupcakes.  (Thanks to the Catholic Cuisine blog!)     (St. Isadore artwork by Kevin)

We attend the extra-ordinary form of the Mass every week, so we celebrated the Feast of Chirst the King in October.  We had Benediction and a Eucharistic procession.   

One day the girls and I took some time to shuck some pop-corn.  We had a good time.  Boy was it delicious when we popped it!  We bought it at an Amish produce auction in September.    We also carved pumpkins with friends, but didn’t take any pictures.   We were just too busy scraping out pumpkin guts and having fun!

November 2 is the Feast of All Souls day.  We remember and pray for our dearly departed loved ones and even those souls who have been forgotten.  Holy Mother Church reminds us that some souls need to be purified before entering into God’s glory.  Let me take this opportunity to clear a common misconception up right here.  Catholics do NOT believe that you end up in either Heaven, Hell, OR Purgatory.  You end up in Heaven or Hell.  In order to get to Heaven, to be one with God, you must be perfect.  If you died this instant, would that description fit you?  It certainly doesn’t me!  God has given us a great gift in Purgatory.  If we make it there, we will get to Heaven, as we are already there.   Is Purgatory in the Bible?  The word is not, however the concept is.  (The words Trinity and Incarnation are not in Scripture, either.)    In Matthew 12:32, Jesus implies that some sins can be forgiven in the next world.   1 Corinthians 3:12 says, “If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”  This can’t refer to Hell because there is no saving once you are there.  Other Bible passages to look at are 1 Peter 3:18-20 and 1 Peter 4:6.  I could go on and on, but you get the point.  If you want to look into this farther, goto the  Bible Christian Society and get the free download entitled Mary and the Bible. 

After all that, what I wanted to mention was that our priest wore the traditional black.  Even the altar cards were a little subdued in their coloring for this great feast of the Church. 

On November 2nd, after Mass, we went to our homeschool group’s All Saints party.  That is one of the biggest events of the whole year.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of my little saints this year.   We love this time of the year.  The weather is usually just right, temperature wise, the beautiful leaves are changing and Holy Mother Church gives us so much to think about, pray about, and celebrate.