Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Celebrating the Saints :: St. Agnes of Rome

January 21st is the memorial of St. Agnes of Rome and Our Lady of Altagracia


Saint Agnes by M.R. Berardi

Additional Stories can be found in the following books:
St. Agnes (Saints and Angels) by Claire Llewellyn
Saint Agnes (Saints for Girls - also available from TAN/Neumann Press) by Father Gales
Beautiful Saint Agnes in The Golden Legend of Young Saints

(study guide in Catholic Mosaic and coloring page in Fenestrae Fidei)


Did you happen to notice anything missing from that picture of Snuggles?  
He lost his first tooth late last night! 


(St. Agnes Cookies)
We saved these cookies for after dinner. 

.: PRAYER :. 

O glorious St. Agnes, you served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific Vision in heaven because you persevered till death and gained the crown of eternal life. Remember now the dangers that surround me in the vale of tears, and intercede for me in my needs and troubles. 

St. Agnes, Ora Pro Nobis! 


  1. + Jessica, if it's not too much trouble or time, would you sketch out for us a brief outline of what a homeschool day looks like? Just a simple list...for instance, do you start with prayer time, then have work time, then read to the older ones while they color/draw, then make dinner, etc.? I am considering homeschooling, but have not done so before, and would love a "tip" on how to structure the day for 6 children, ages 11 to 0. Also, although I know you have no shortage of posts to write :), I remember you saying that you went to school until 5th grade. Was it difficult to leave? And if so, how did your mother cope with that? My oldest is that age, too. Thank you for all your work and example!

    1. Kimberly, thank you for asking. I too am in the same page as you are, considering Homeschooling, but have no idea how to go about it. Please let me know what you find and also what is shared with you.
      Jessica, I love, love, love your blog. You inspire me so much in this walk of life as a mom. If you share, please let me know too:-) God bless.

    2. I've been thinking about your comments since I read them while in the waiting room at the orthodontist yesterday afternoon, and then I ended up calling and chatting with my mom this evening about that year we transitioned from private school to home schooling at the end of 5th grade. :) Let me think about it some more and maybe put my thoughts into a post.

      As far as a schedule, I've been really wanting to work on updating my last schedule and revising the children's current chores, etc. I hope to work on that soon. In the meantime you can check out one of my old schedules, from when I had 6 children ages 11 to 0 here:

      Our Weekday Schedule :: A Starting Point

      Thank you both, Kimberly and D, for your kind comments and I will offer a prayer for both of you as you consider homeschooling for your families! :)

  2. Adorable lambs!! -Genevieve

  3. Hi, Jessica! I have the same question as Kimberly, especially how you work in read-alouds through the day, when you read picture books (and to who), and what the kids are doing during the read-alouds. God bless!

  4. Loving the lamb cookies! We did a scrapbook page yesterday - coloring and copywork! Will have to do those lamb cookies next year! :)

  5. Cookies and coloring pages are very impressive! Hope you're feeling better! :)

  6. I see you often do coloring pages with your kids...I do too and I was just wondering what do you do with all of them? Do you just keep them in a binder for the kids to look at now and then? How long do you keep them for? It kinda begins to take up space after a few years, especially with several children. Do you ever (gasp) throw them away after displaying them for a little while?

  7. Hi! I was wondering, do you know the symbolism behind the St. Agnes cookies? We will be having a belated celebration tomorrow, and I was going to make the cookies but wondering what the connection to St. Agnes is. Thanks!

    1. We made the lamb cookies since her emblem is a lamb (Latin agnus).

      As for the Agnesenplätzchen (St. Agnes Cookies), the cookbook I found them in just said that the recipe is from an old German cookbook first published in 1924. I'm not sure how they are connected other than by their name.


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