Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, Blessed Mother!

Today, in addition to beginning our new school year, we also celebrated the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

This year I baked a simple lemon cake in my Marian Fleur De Lis Bundt Pan, dusted it with powdered sugar, and topped it with our usual 10 candles representing one decade of the Holy Rosary. After dinner we prayed a "Hail Mary" as the children lit each candle and then sang Happy Birthday. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, help me in all my problems. Teach me patience and wisdom. Show me how to train my children to be worthy children of God. Let me be kind and loving, but keep me from foolish indulgence. 

Pray for my children, dear Mother. Keep them from all danger, especially from spiritual danger. Help them to become virtuous citizens of their own country, but let them not forget the Kingdom of God. 

Jesus of Bethlehem, make my children love each other and their home. Help them to work and pray together in holy peace. 

Holy Family of Nazareth, be with us all, father, mother and children, every day of our lives. 


  1. I love this prayer! Very beautiful. Your celebration is enchanting. We made a lemon bundt cake in her honor too.

    2015-09-09 11:46:49

  2. Sweet prayer! Have a happy year!!

    2015-09-09 23:51:41

  3. A Loving Blog ReaderMay 1, 2022 at 9:34 PM

    Beautiful Jessica, thank you for sharing!!! We were wondering if you plan to share your school plans this year as you did a couple years ago? It must be a lot of work to list and link everything, but it would definitely be a 'Work of Mercy' for us newer homeschooling moms whose heads are spinning from all the options, methods, etc... Although each family is unique and has to discern many things, I have to say that I am so inspired by you and the prayerful way you make such decisions for your sweet children, and would probably feel that God was leading us to use many of your curriculum choices.... As He has led so many of us to use many of your other ideas and suggestions!!! We love you and your family, and will continue to pray for you all :). Please pray for us as well! God bless the Gordons!!!

    2015-09-10 20:49:08

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment and especially for the prayers! Yes, I am hoping to share our curriculum for this year, but I haven't had an opportunity to finish that post yet. They do take a while to type up, add the links, especially when I am still trying to decide on a couple subjects for a couple children! ;) I'm glad that you've found our curriculum choices helpful and have enjoyed using some of them with your own family! I will offer a prayer for you all now. God bless you and your family too!

      2015-09-15 13:26:32

    2. A Loving Blog ReaderMay 1, 2022 at 9:35 PM

      Thank you!! Now that I have had the courage to ask you a question ;), I would also like to encourage you in your work and sacrifices... by God's grace they are bearing fruit! Father Gordon is one of the beloved Priests at our Parish, and he told my husband and I that you have been blessed with an extraordinary grace to do all the good you do. Deo gratias!.... We are so happy and blessed to know him, and it is with much peace that I try to learn from you as he recommended!.... May we keep striving to always say with our Lady "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Word." :)

      2015-09-16 07:22:56


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