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Saints ATC’s Received!

December 4, 2010

We did participate in the Artist Trading Card swap that Kimberlee at Pondered in My Heart was hosting.   We were  a little late, although I didn’t realize it, and in a rush to get the cards postmarked in time, we never took pictures of the cards the kids made.  I really regret that!  I will keep an eye on other blogs and if I see any of ours, I’ll link it in this post. 

We were still no less thrilled when they arrived in the mail yesterday.   The pictures I took came out a little on the yellowish side due to lighting, but when I tried with the flash, they were too washed out.  However, these pictures will give a good idea of  the variety and craftsmanship of the cards.  From all the pictures I have seen and the cards we received, I can say that everyone did a wonderful job.  I want to thank Kimberlee and her whole family for doing this!

(Remember you may click on the pictures for bigger images.)

Charlotte (age 5) received St. Luke, St. Therese, The Holy Innocents, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Bernadette.

MaryEllen (age 7)  received St. Bernadette, St. Therese, St. Patrick, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, & Our Lady of Sorrows.

James (age 10) received St. Simeon Stylites, St. Stephen, St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady, and St. Dominic.

Kevin (age 12) received St. George, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Patrick, and St. Peter. 

John (age 13) received St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. John Neumann (a good friend of ours!), St. Francis, Father Marquette, and St. Thomas More.

Mom received a beautiful St. Francis de Sales quote, St. Herman of Alaska, St. Rita of Casica (whose relic I inherited last year!), St. Joseph the Worker, and St. Therese.

When I was done taking pictures of the cards, Veronica wanted me to take her picture.  Here she is peeking out from under the table…

Have a Happy and Holy Advent!

Edited to add a link! If you go to this blog and scroll down to her 11 year old’s cards, you can see James’s St. Michael card.    Her son did the St. Simeon card in James’s batch.  Thank you for posting it, Jordana!  Maybe we’ll get to meet one of these days.


Art Trading Cards Swap – The Saints

October 23, 2010

I just wanted to let you know that Kimberlee over at Pondered In My Heart blog is hosting an Art Trading Card swap.  You can go to her blog post and find out more.  We hope to participate in this.

Saints ATC 3

Our Recent Trip

October 14, 2010

Recently we took a little trip.  We started out by traveling to Ohio.  We like to spend our first night at Delaware State Park just outside of Columbus.  After 3 attempts to leave our house and the blunders that followed, all in all it was a good ride with a one hour rest break.  We arrived at camp at 4 a.m.!  The next day we were up bright and early and headed off to meet a family in Columbus.  John had gone to camp this summer and one of the boys he met and keeps in touch with lives there.  We spent the better part of the day with that delightful family.  We took off sometime in the afternoon for Westbranch State park on the east side of the state.  We set up just a little so we could run off to the monestary.  One of the treats on our Ohio trips is visiting the priests and brothers at St. Paul’s Monestary in Canfield.  We arrived in time for some dinner and we got to see many of our friends as well.  The next 3 days were the Holy Family Insitute Triduum at Our Lady Of Lebanon Shrine.  The following Monday we spent at the shrine again.  Now, the only disappointment is that I did not take any pictures.  I am anxiously awaiting Fr. Mike’s slide show.   Once again, Joe helped the brothers fix the golf cart.  MaryEllen got to drive for the first time this year.  It was quite comical.  After lunch we left and headed down to Virginia.  We ran into so many people that we knew and it was so nice.  We spent one day in the DC area with our highlight being the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  It had been so long since we had been there that the children really didn’t remember it.  I took one picture inside and just a few outside.

 Our Lady Help of Christians.


The next day we were back in that area.  It had been a long time since we went to Arlington National Cemetery as well.  We went and saw Joe’s parents’ and his sister’s graves.  After that we visited very good friends of ours and Joe’s brother. 



We stayed an extra day, but it was worth it as Joe and I got to go out with the couple we stayed with and their daughter and her fiancée.  (The next generation, which was neat!)   We stopped at Hungry Mother State park to dump the tanks in the trailer and the camp host there was a nice man who was born and raised in Lewisburg, TN!  It’s a small world.


October 6, 2010

Hello. I know it has been a long time since I posted anything here.  I’ll try and rectify that in the next week or so.  In the meantime, this article on Baptism was just too good not to post.

God bless you!

Kristen, Bishop Choby, & Pattie

May 9, 2010

I just unloaded John’s picture card to my computer.  Among the “Star Wars at Bodenburg” movies the kids shot, there was this picture.  Just thought I would share…

MaryEllen’s First Communion

May 2, 2010

Tis the season for First Communions and Confirmations!  The other day I was a sponser for “Scholastica” for her Confirmation.  It was a lovely day and a really special thing was seeing the excitment on her face while awaiting her turn to be Confirmed.  Another special thing was that John was asked to serve.  He loves to serve at Mass, especially if a bishop is involved, espcailly if that bishop happens to be Bishop Choby.  (In your charity, please pray for Bishop Choby as he has not been feeling well.  He was visibly tired and hurting at the Confirmation.)  Here is John and the good Bishop:


MaryEllen’s First Communion day is not one we will soon forget.  There was all kinds of weather going on that kept all of our local friends away.  We did, however, had a lovely turn out for the little party after Mass.  It was a very windy and cloudy day, but warm, and we even manged to get some nice pictures outside.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

   (Those two photos taken by John.)


   (You may click on the pictures to make them bigger.)

OK, now the fun part.  There was a lot of talk of the flooding in Nashville and the pictures on the news.  We were busy telling everyone that we  had not been affected by this.  The creek was lower this morning than it had been the night before.  So, we were driving home and we started noticing a lot more “ponds” and “lakes” than we had when we went to Mass that morning.  We got to a chruch down the road from our house and this is what we saw…

Hmmmm…do you think we’ll be able to get home?  

  That’s our front … lake?  At least the top of the bridge is still visible…


Yes, we were able to get home, yes, we prayed a lot going through the water.  Our neigbor and Joe decided that it would be OK and the water was already starting to go down.  The picture of the barn was taken from up near the house.  Thank God we live on a hill!

 This is looking down from our front lawn towards the road.  It is usually a normal size creek.  At that point, the water had started to go down a bit.

 This one is the bottom of our driveway.  It’s still a good little ways to the road.  Yikes!

Since we came in it stormed more, so I have no idea what it looks like now, as it is getting dark.  We are being hit by more thunder and lightning as I speak. 

Yes, a day we shall not soon forget!  Praise God that MaryEllen was able to receive her First Holy Communion.  Thank you to all who were able to attend and to those who prayed for us.  Thank God we were able to get home safely.  And, thank you for your continued prayers.

My Chapel Veil Dilemma

April 15, 2010

Recently I was debating with myself.  You see, we attend the Extraordinary form of the Mass (traditional Latin) every Sunday and Monday.  I would never even think of NOT veiling there, that is not a problem.   The debate happens when we attend our local parish for daily Mass.   When we lived in Front Royal, through the years, we became more and more traditional.  We were blessed with really good and holy priests who had gifts of explaining what Holy Mother Church taught in such a way that one could understand perfectly clear.  We were also blessed with  wonderful examples of Catholic Family life in the friends that we had.  In that time, I also became a member of the Holy Family Institute that not only deepened my prayer life, but requires study about the Catholic church and the Pauline Family.  Back in Front Royal some women veiled and some did not.  As time went on, I felt as though I should be veiling, but certainly didn’t want to bring added attention to me or my not-so-perfectly behaved small children!  My friend Denise and I were talking one day and she said that she wanted to start to veil.  We decided we would both start to veil so as not to feel too alone or self-conscience.  (At this point a quote from a newspaper article in the Nashville Diocesan paper comes to mind.  Women had veils “dripping from their heads,” but I digress!  LOL)  Another thing that influenced my desire to veil was watching the movie, “The Passion of Christ.”  It has been a few years, but when Jesus was either dying on the cross, or had just died, Mary Magdalene lifts her veil to cover her head.  As Catholics we believe that the Mass transcends time and place, therefore we are somehow back with Christ at his crucifixion and death.  To me, that alone merits a head covering. 

During our last few years in Front Royal, I did veil regularly.  (Denise got married and I was a bridesmaid in her wedding.  It was a high Latin Mass where we all veiled.)  We moved here, deep in the Bible belt, over 4 years ago.  A lot of people don’t even dress modestly at Mass, let alone veil.   Already feeling like an odd ball because I wear a skirt to daily Mass, I certainly didn’t want to feel more out-of-place by veiling.  When we went to Adoration once I week, I did continue to veil.   Earlier this week we attended a funeral and I saw  a woman there wearing a veil.  After the funeral Mass, I ran into the woman in the lady’s room.  When I asked her where she got the beautiful veil, she explained that she goes to an Assembly of God church and all the ladies veil to honor Jesus’ name.  Wow!  She went on to tell me about internet sites where you can get veils and told me she had a black veil in the car that she would love to GIVE me!  She was practically begging me to veil to respect Jesus’ name.  I was too embarrassed to admit that I had several in my car, but was too, I don’t know, prideful to wear one.  What this woman didn’t understand is that she was in the real presence of Jesus!  What would she think of the congregation of she knew that?  Isn’t is a shame that so many in His real presence not only don’t veil, but don’t even dress modestly?

This morning we went to daily Mass.  After taking the baby out of the car, the debate with myself ensued!  Should I or should I not veil?  Do I really want to wear a white veil when I’m dressed in dark colors?   I’ll stick out like a sore thumb!  Unlocking the door, I went and got out my reddish-black veil so it would blend in with my dark navy shirt and red skirt.  I knew I must wear a veil, and I did.  It was to show the respect that Jesus deserves, among other things.   A friend of mine told me after Mass how wonderful I looked in my veil.   

As a side note, I have been re-reading the book “Dressing with Dignity” by Colleen Hammond.  In that book, Mrs. Hammond goes into details of  the long tradition of not only modest dress, but veiling.  I also pulled out my little booklet called “The Chapel Veil Symbol of the Spouse of Christ” by Elizabeth Black nad Emily Griswold.  Those two women were both in college when they wrote it.  These two books, especially the later, serve as wonderful reminders that head coverings in church are not meant to suppress women and that some traditions that have fallen by the wayside are worth resurrecting.  In “The Chapel Veil,” Miss Griswold writes, “The primary reason for the veil is that it is a symbol of the Eucharist as the consummation of Christ’s love for His church.”  Please think about that statement and get a hold of that 23 page booklet and read it.  Find out the reasons why Miss Griswold would write that!  It is worth it.  (If you are local, I would be happy to loan you my copy.)  Here is the final paragraph of the booklet:  “Women are privileged to veil themselves in the presence of God because of the veil’s Eucharistic symbolism and of the honor for women to be the personification of the glorious Bride of Christ – the Church.  Furthermore, it is a sign of the call to imitate the Mother of God and a reminder of the holiness of the body of a woman.  The presence of a veil shows forth not only the glory of woman, but also the glory of man and his vocation to headship – it shows the God-given complementarity of the sexes.  Veils are not just a man-made token of female inferiority, nor are they a way to show off that one is a ‘traditionalist.’  When they are worn for either of those reasons, they are entirely shriven of the supernatural meaning.  It is this loss of the sense of the supernatural that robbed many churches of this custom.  Since it has been demonstrated that the woman’s veil is a powerful symbol of Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist, the renewal of this tradition will help to bring about reverence for the amazing gift of the Eucharist, which has been lost.”

In the meantime we are awaiting our eldest daughter’s First Communion.  Guess what one of her gifts will be that day.  Shhh!  Don’t tell.  We have gotten her a new chapel veil.  We know she will love it and not have a problem  wearing it no matter what Mass we attend.

As a resource for veiling and so many other Catholic things, go check out Roman Catholic Sacramentals.  That website is a wealth of information.