Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

round button chicken

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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Beach visit
We have been missing my oldest son and thought we'd run down and take him to dinner. We arrived early, and had time to soak in the sun at the beach. The weather was glorious! The wind was so light and pleasant; we could have stayed all day.
{happy} the top!

Cc was so happy, she couldn't stop dancing

Oh, if we could live right here...

Oh, she's not crying.
She is just very grossed out that her toes are actually touching wet icky sticky sand.

She was happy again the next moment with pant legs rolled up and off to chase seagulls she couldn't believe she couldn't catch

I love this one - completely off the ground

Thanksgiving is still a few tests and big projects away followed by finals.
It's hard to tell a seriously studious student to take time to smell the flowers and soak in the sun. But I know the visit was good for him; who wouldn't love having their two year old sister adore him all day? 
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{Wordless Wednesday}

Happy Feast of All Saints' Eve
My own Lily of the Moharks

Monday, October 29, 2012

All Saints' Party in the Country

All Saints Party hosted by a very generous family in our home school group. They opened their home to host  a large amount of large families for saint themed games, hay rides with tour of the ranch, delicious potluck, and a parade of saints.
My pictures do not capture all the fun the kids had, because everyone was on the move the entire time. I took snipshots just to have a memory of the delightful day.   

Saint George, Saint Michael & Saint Kateri , St. Therese were represented the most with some well done Juan Diegos, and Mary Magdalen.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Life for us this weekend


We are praying...
for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy
Our Father in Heaven,
through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Saint Jude,
spare us from all harm during this hurricane season,
and protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Saint Jude hasten to help us.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Sunday is Saint Jude's feast day, patron of impossible causes.

Outside my window...
Absolutely gorgeous fall weather, a little nippy in the shade, breezy, sunny, just a perfect day to spend outside and soak in the beauty.
I am thinking...
people around here seem to enjoy the day, take to the road, and totally forget how to drive or that they are not the only people on the road. (okay, rant over).
I am thankful...
for every day, every blessing, the roof over my head, my husband at my side, and the chance to spend my children's lives with them.
In the kitchen...
Trying to come up with ideas to bring to All Saints Party. So far we are making cheese cake bites. (well, Molly is making them). Black bean salad.
I am going...
to an All Saints Day party with our home school group.

Saints including Saint Cecilia & the Lily of the Mohawks, our new Saint Kateri
Saturday we enjoy another festival day at Kleb Woods
 it was in honor of Texas Archaeological Month.
I am wondering...
how face painting will go. It's our "job" at the All Saints Party.
Molly and Nicholas practiced today with some Catholic symbols.


Holy Spirit represented as a dove

Sacred Heart
Around the house...
my guest bathroom is now sporting a new color, a very blood shade of red, which is hard to get enough coats to not look like a Mexican restaurant. I love it.
A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...
from Saint Gertrude the Great:

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, 
in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, 
for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, 
for sinners everywhere,
 for sinners in the universal church, 
those in my own home and within my family. Amen.  

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Halloween, All Saints, All Souls, cemetery visits for poor souls in purgatory.
and catching up on school.
Something that made me chuckle...
During Sunday school, I was reviewing Catechism questions, and asked when was Jesus born.
J answered, "1926," with such confidence.
A peek into my day...

I pray you had a relaxing weekend, all recharged to face this week.
Saint Jude, pray for us.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Kleb Woods: Texas Archaeological Month

Kleb Woods Archaeological Dig & Old Fashioned Days

Nick volunteered to help the blacksmith

making candles

learning about heirloom cotton

didn't know husks make good compost

cotton flower

Different stages of cotton boll on same plant

easier to remove seeds from heirloom brown cotton than the white varieties

digging for treasure...or at least something interesting

varieties of the same rod iron bar

folding copper sheets