Thursday, September 27, 2007

Number Fun


This weeks "Little Saints" Pre-School theme has been Number Fun. We have enjoyed reading a number of picture books from our personal library... We liked them all, but I would have to say that Over in the Meadow and Caps for Sale were the favorites. The kids would listen to those over and over.

They also did a craft with numbers.. I gave them a number of things to decorate the numbers with, along with some glue and boy did we have a mess on our hands by the time they were through!

Nothing that the vacuum wasn't able to take care of, and the kids all had a great time as well. We may not be getting to all 3 Little Saints Art projects each week, but 1 is better than none, right?!?

Some Good News...

I am SO excited!!! The libraries will be open in November! Yay!!! Check out the article here. 
(Update: link removed) 

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, 
please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens 
and send it to me as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus, 
ask God today to grant the favors 
I now place with confidence in your hands...
 (mention specific request)

Saint Therese, 
help me to always believe as you did, 
in God's great love for me, 
so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What happens while I'm busy baking...

My 2 year old got her hands on a blue stamp this morning while we were baking cupcakes.

Somebody knows she's in trouble! 

She sure is cute though!

Catholic Mosaic, Crafts, Coffee, Cocoa and Cupcakes!

Today we finally had a chance to read Peter Claver, Patron Saint of Slaves for our Catholic Mosaic study. St. Peter Claver's feast day was actually on September 9th. But better late than never, right?!

We all got comfortable on the couch and read the story. I just love the reading selections that Cay has used in her book. I would have never found some of these books on my own.

The kids helped me make chocolate cupcakes for our tea (which will actually be hot cocoa) this beautiful fall afternoon.


We have company coming over so we will save our treats to share. We displayed them on this awesome cupcake rack we just got from Michael's with a 40% off coupon!

The cupckaes are not quite diet friendly, so I will satisfy my cravings with a cup of this:

(Thanks Regina for the recommendation--it's absolutely DELICIOUS and only has 30 calories!)

The kids moved into the school room and colored their pictures of St. Peter Claver and did a bit of copy work from the book.

"The slave of slaves I'll always be. My soul won't rest until you're free."
- St. Peter Claver

St. Peter Claver, pray for us!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Goal for the New Year

Well... today I am beginning yet ANOTHER diet, in an attempt to shed the byproducts of the last THREE pregnancies! I finally decided to go back to Herbalife. I was on it 5 years ago and was able to lose over 30 pounds in approximately 6 months. If I could do that again, by New Year's Eve preferably, I would be SO happy!

It's not all that bad either.. Today I had a Mocha Chocolate Protein Shake for breakfast and a Pina Colada Protein Shake for lunch. I am eating my Yummy snack of a Chocolate Peanut Protein Bar now and later will have a "healthy dinner" of Chicken, Salad and Steamed Veggies and Red Potatoes.

I can handle any diet that allows Chocolate and Coffee ~ no wonder it worked last time :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Please tune in to EWTN on Sep 14th!

I just received this information from my brother-in-law who is a Deacon with the FSSP.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is going to be front and center on EWTN celebrating a Solemn High Mass at the Shrine Altar of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery on September 14th to kick off the implementation day of the Holy Father's recent Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum granting permission to all priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass.

Celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.
Sept. 14 8:00 AM - Live
Sept. 14 6:00 PM Encore
Sept. 15 12:00 AM Encore

Make sure to tune in and please spread the word!

More Details can be found here:
and here:

It would also help tremendously if EWTN were given positive feedback on the broadcast. Although many at EWTN, including the nuns of the Shrine, are delighted that we are saying the mass there, there are some on the production side of the business that are not so enthusiastic and are consenting to this somewhat reluctantly. So the more positive feedback EWTN receives on the Latin Mass the more they'll be inclined to do more Latin Mass broadcasts in the future.

EWTN's contact information:
smail mail:
5817 Old Leeds Rd.
Irondale, Al. 35210-2164
(205) 271-2900

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We're Debt Free!!

In the spring of 2006, while absolutely drowning in debt and in desperate need of getting our finances under control, I read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, which I HIGHLY recommend.

On behalf of our family, I am proud to say that as of today WE ARE DEBT FREE*! (*minus our house)

We are now working on Baby Step 3, which is saving up 3 to 6 months of take home pay for a fully funded emergency fund.

I'd like to thank God for his blessings on our family and for helping me control my shopping habits... mostly by staying away from one particular store! (Any guesses which one?!?)

 I'd also like to thank Dave and his staff for their ministry as well as my hard-working husband for taking on extra wildfires this summer to help make it happen!

If you'd like more information on Dave, and his AWESOME program, check out his website.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Our Mother Teresa Feast Day Celebration was a hit!

After finishing our tea in the kitchen (which I missed getting a picture of) we moved to our craft table and brought the remnants of our Indian Sweet Bread which was delicious!

Our oldest son really enjoyed his copy work that he choose from Demi's book Mother Teresa. Although it did take him a couple days to complete it as he was set on quite a long prayer that he wanted to copy.

All in all it went wonderfully -- however we didn't quite get to making a time line on her life... 
Maybe next time.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Our First Tea-and-Craft Day!

We are so excited to start our Liturgical Year Notebooks using the Catholic Mosaic program as our guide!

Today is the feast of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and I have almost everything ready for our Tea-and-Craft time!! We are making Indian Sweet Bread for our snack, and we will be having milk or Chai tea with it! Yummy!!

We started reading Mother Teresa by Demi last night and we will finish it up during our tea, and then we will color the picture of her from Fenestra Fidei while we listen to The Gospel on Five Fingers put out by Glory Stories.

For copy work I have a list of quotes for the children to choose from, and we will add these to our Notebooks as well. If we have time we may even make a time line of her life using free note-booking pages we found online!

It is not how much we do
But how much love
We put in the doing
That makes our offering
Something beautiful for God.

-- Mother Teresa of Calcutta