Saturday, October 29, 2016

Three Novenas for the Election (and all are invited)

Hey friends, sooo how 'bout this election, huh?  Ha, just kidding.  I know no one wants to really talk about it anymore, do they?  Most of us are pretty upset that we've been given two candidates who are...this.  It's kinda crazy, right?  I mean, if like a year or so ago, someone would've predicted that the two main candidates really would be left at these?  ANYWAY.  If anything, I think it's prompting a whole lot of us to pray and discern like never before and remember that our hope is only in Him, not in any elected official or earthly ruler.  It's a great lesson in trust and in remembering that we are not made for this world.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Saint Costumes 101 (and a whole bunch of All Saints' ideas for boys!)

Have an All Saints' celebration coming up?  I love that we've chosen to keep the emphasis this time of year on the saints and the true feast.  Our costumes and annual party are an attempt at that goal. This is my eleventh year dressing boy saints on the cheap and I've culminated some tricks and tips along the way!  If you're not convinced you can pull off a good looking saint costume for your kiddo, I promise it isn't that hard.  If I can do it, pretty much I bet you can, too.  Beneath this list of tips are a round up of some of our saints over the years.  Please let me know if you could use any behind the scenes notes or details and I'll be happy to answer in the comments.  But overall, here are a few costume-making pointers I've picked up over the years:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

lately. {one}

In an attempt to find the balance between capturing the moments and memories I want to record and not oversharing with the world plus not having the time to do it anyway, here's lately.  A non-obligatory, post-when-I-feel-like-it photo dump memory collection attempt with maybe some commentary and thoughts and tips thrown in the midst.  A little pictogram of life here lately.  Come on over and let's catch up...

Monday, October 17, 2016

18 Ways to Honor Saint Luke

On October 18 we celebrate the feast of the great evangelist Saint Luke.  Without him or the other Gospel writers, can you even imagine?  The world as we know it would be so very different!  We owe so much to all of them and are so in debt to the ways that they listened to the Holy Spirit and shared with us the life of our Lord.  The symbol for Saint Luke is the ox.  He was an unmarried man who devoted himself to the spreading of the Gospel with Saint Paul and recording the life of Christ and the early Church.  He is thought to have had a close relationship with Mary since there is so much in his Gospel from her perspective.  He was an educated Greek, trained as a writer, a physician, and an artist who lived to the old age of 84.  He may have been martyred but it's unclear whether that's true or not.

His feast day has become especially important to our family since we got our own ox-like little Luke just about five years ago.  I've been thinking up some more ways to honor the great saint on his feast day.  So behold my 18 ways to honor the great Saint Luke:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Visit to Panama Rocks

A few days ago we got the chance to stop at the beautiful Panama Rocks on our way back home from a weekend away with the husband's family.  I'd been here years before in high school and my oldest has been begging to go since I told him about it a few months ago.  We had such a fun time climbing the cliffs, exploring caves, and averting major injury.  The hobbits tracked orcs to slay and discovered elven forests to pass through.  Gollum scurried through the cliffs and Shelob was narrowly escaped. In other words, the boys made themselves right at home.  It's since been decided that we need to live here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We Met at an Altar.

I sometimes forget we met at an altar.

As Catholics, man and woman don't meet in a field or on the beach, in a forest or under the local golf course trellis.  We meet at the altar.  The structure for sacrifice.  Perhaps, so used we are to seeing them, we forget.  It is an ancient construct, one that -if we haven't forgotten- should call to mind not roses and flutters but sacrifice and death.  It is a table where life is lost and blood is spilled.  It is there - there! - where we vow our lives to each other completely, witnessed by family and friends and an ordained minister of the Church until death do us part.  Before a table of sacrifice, the Sacrifice.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Briefest of Road Trip Recaps

We just got back from a whirlwind of a road trip hence the blog silence of late.  Traveling with five littles takes mucho preparation for me and then there's the post trip haze to come out of.  We drove through six states and Canada for a family wedding, making a few stops along the way.

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