Friday, October 30, 2009

Pictures from the Pumpkin Patch ~ 2009

32 Weeks

After Mass and Benediction this morning, we finally took our children to the pumpkin patch so that they could pick out their pumpkins to carve.

While we were there, I couldn't help but think about the last time we brought our children to this particular pumpkin patch, almost one year ago to the day. I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time, and we excitedly shared the news with some of our friends. Little did I know that just one month later, I would miscarry our little one, and be told by the doctor that he had stopped growing between 7-8 weeks. Looking at the pictures from that day, and remembering that I was 8 weeks along, still brings tears to my eyes.

What tremendous sorrow and heartache losing a child causes...

Yet, it is a strange thing -- God's plan. Had I not miscarried Gabriel last November, I would not currently be carrying the precious little gift He is sending us this Christmas, which is ironically just 8 weeks away. God is Good!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Handmade Treasure

Aren't these just precious!?!?

I was so excited when they arrived in my mailbox this week from Aimee!! She had them made, by her Grandmother, for our little one and I absolutely LOVE them!! Thank you so much Aimee!!

*Aimee will actually be welcoming a new little one any day now! (Her due date is November 8th.) Perhaps you could join me in saying a quick prayer for her. Thank you!

Prayer for a Safe Delivery

Saint Elizabeth, through the great blessings you received from God at the birth of your son, Saint John, I beseech you to obtain for__(Aimee)___the grace of deeply understanding with joyful wonder the privilege of motherhood and of living each day in happy anticipation.

I ask this grace through the Precious Blood of Jesus, God’s Gift of Love to us.

Saint Anne, obtain for__(Aimee)___ through your own blessed child, Mary ever Virgin, the grace that no accident may befall her and that she may deliver her child safe and sound into the world.

I ask this grace through the Precious Blood of Jesus, God’s Gift of Love to us.

Mary, my Mother, I pray you to intercede before your Divine Son, Jesus, and obtain for__(Aimee)___ the help and blessings of God so that she may patiently endure with joyful expectation the pains of delivery and that her child may receive the grace of Baptism.

I ask this grace through the Precious Blood of Jesus, God’s Gift of Love to us.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Highlights from "I" Week

I always feel like I am not getting very much done until I sit down and try to record what we did each week... Then, if I remind myself (or somebody else reminds me!) that my husband was gone all last week as well, that I had 9 girls here for a Little Flowers meeting, that I am nearly 32 weeks pregnant, and *trying* to keep up with Religion, Math & Phonics (most days), I don't feel quite so bad that we didn't get to "everything!" ;) Anyhow, here are a few of the things that the girls did do last week with the Alphabet Path.

~ Letter Formation ~

In addition to reading the lovely story of Mrs. Applebee, Michael, and the Iris Fairy, the girls also made their Modelling Wax letter I's, and practiced making and writing the letter I using Handwriting Without Tears Hands-On Materials and Kimberlee's Grey Block Paper.

~ Iris Fairy Coloring Pages ~

From this Coloring Book
(While looking at the Flower Fairies Alphabet book and listening to the CD!)

~ Picture Book Science :: I is for Insects ~

We read various picture books from our collection and the library.

The girls also completed some of the worksheets from I is for Insects, though we just added the pages to their binders, and did not make the actual lapbook.

I also had every plan to do the picture study for this week using the pictures from Museum ABC and the Museum ABC Nesting Blocks, in fact, at the beginning of the week I was even able to find a couple of the images and printed them out, but it just didn't happen... Oh well!
(Here they are, if you'd like a copy: Study of Tulips and Bees with Honeycomb)

I did print out some Story Maps for the girls to fill in after reading some of the picture books. It was a great way to review and discuss the books!

~ I is for St. Ignatius ~

Our Painted Saint Ignatius for with An Alphabet of Catholic Saints

St. Ignatius Coloring Page from Our Saints Alphabet on CD,
copywork from An Alphabet of Catholic Saints,
and one more coloring page from Fenestrae Fidei.

The children also colored a picture of St. Isaac Jogues, which I traced from one of our coloring books after they were shocked that I couldn't find one online. (His feast day fell during our "I" week, so they insisted!) I think they have been a little spoiled by everything that is available online! Seeing me trace the picture for them, piqued their interest though and they wanted to try too. (The top right picture was traced by Rascal. It looks like I didn't take a picture of the one Twinkle Toes traced. Hum... I wonder where it disappeared to!)

We also listened to Ondesonk: St. Isaac Jogues by Reginum Martyrum Productions.

~ Writing the ABC's on Little Hearts :: I is for I'm Sorry ~

Thank you Kimberlee and Lydia for these beautiful coloring pages!

~ Crafts ~

I is for Icicles

I've been trying to tie in a few of our Christmas Crafts now, in case the baby arrives early. My children love making ornaments for their Godparents and Grandparents, and since one of the ones we choose to make this year were Wooden Bead Icicles, I thought "I" week would be a perfect time. They were quite easy and turned out very cute!

~ Serendipi-Tea time ~

Sparkling Ice

Spider Crackers
I know... Spiders are NOT insects, but I had everything to make these, and I was trying to keep the treats fairly healthy with all the sickness going on around our valley. However, it was a perfect opportunity to discuss the differences between Spiders and Insects! ;)

Ants on a Log

And, yes, I did let them each have a scoop of ice cream on a cone. I needed something to bribe them to eat that celery!