Wednesday, January 30, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday,  at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

Back in the school rhythm of balancing schoolwork and outside classes and activities, 
we are enjoying ordinary every day contentment.

Euly in braids reading;
lately, she's always reading (yay!)
Easy way to keep the hair our of her face; and when put up wet, later she has pretty waves in her hair.

always {happy} Lilly
when she's making Etch a Sketch creations...

when she is playing outside and hanging out with her mom...

 when she's waiting in the car for someone to go somewhere...

Nick shooting, practicing for the perfect "Robin Hood", for whenever that opportunity presents itself. 
(I may have heard talk of a hog hunt...).  
It helps that we are reading Howard Pyle's Robin Hood together. 

{real} happy
I have been wanting to help Ceci build confidence in her sewing and crocheting skills.
I saw Melissa's blog recommendation for Winky Cherry's My First Sewing Book, thought  I'd give it a try for Ceci. It worked.  She did the two projects included start to finish, even threaded her own needle. Euly, Ceci and I all had a go at the various patterns in the book. Young eyes and nimble fingers did much better than I did (really "real" could be a picture of the bear I attempted, but Lilly claimed it for her own bear and I haven't looked for seen it since.)
It is nice to see them so proud of their creations, and listening to plans on who should receive this or that plan as a gift.  

Euly's dog
already planning her next project

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Peace for each and every one of us

“May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.”

― Thérèse de Lisieux

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekend LIfe


Outside my window...wonderful spring like weather! The kids are getting yard work done, (mostly picking sticks for a big bonfire), extending efforts to cleaning garage....which led to the discovery of the croquet set and sibling cooperation.

I am thinking...this is the root of many of our country's problems.
From conception to natural death
I am praying for..many intentions included in the 54 day novena started at the end of December.

I am thankful...Euly's hard working nature to get that purse done. (pictures when it is done).
Euly working on her purse with other girls enjoying the day with windows open.
In the kitchen...I made some chicken spaghetti today. Everyone loved it!

I am pick up Nick and Molly from dance lessons taught by Aggie Wranglers. I can't wait to see the dance moves they learn, hopefully Texas swing dance. We might be able to go for a nice drive in the country while waiting to pick them up.

I am like B&W

Around the house...I have another wall I am planning on painting the lentil color I've already used.

A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...
"Trust the past to the mercy of God,
the present to His Love,
and the future to His Providence."
 - Saint Augustine

A few plans for the rest of the week... the little girls go to the dentist, even if its not for me, I get nervous with dentist appointments, regular class schedule, scouts, Cecilia's last First Friday!! ( need to plan a celebratory Sacred Heart tea!), First Saturday which includes a Candlemas celebration with blessing of candles and a procession. I love processions! It should be a great week!

A peek into my day....hanging out with my little girl.

Friday, January 25, 2013

7 Friday Quick takes

This Sunday is Septuagesima Sunday, which means it is the third Sunday before the season of Lent begins and the ninth Sunday before Easter. In the Traditional Latin Mass liturgy, priests will be wearing purple to remind us to start thinking of getting ready for Lent. I always wondered why the rest of the church doesn't don purple until Ash Wednesday.

Doesn't it always come too soon?
Seven things to keep in mind as we prepare ourselves for a fruitful lent:

Daily Prayer includingThe Rosary
Spiritual Reading including The Holy Bible
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Corporal Works of Mercy

I am still on my media fast which I guess has become more of a media blackout. After the election, feeling like a manipulated pawn of of every media outlet, I quit cold turkey. I keep up with the news headlines via drudge but I refuse to watch the big three networks or any cable outlet. (next step cancel dish completely).  I occasionally forget and turn talk radio in the car, but it is so depressing I turn that off out of the need to have hope in my daily life.
Discussing with my college son, he gave me hope that the future will see a decline in the power of the three media outlets as the younger generations will turn more to the Internet for their news. The big media's loosing influence is already apparent with this week's shooting at Lone Star College where the local reporting used twitter feed as their source. I thought it was shameful and lazy of them. But in most ways that venue of "journalism" is already dead.

Speaking of the shooting,
I am so thankful I knew my daughter was already home before I heard about the shooting. It saved me much worry.

My 13 year old son and I are having a great time together as I read Robin Hood aloud. We have great laughs at Robin's expense when he takes on challenges in which he underestimates his potential unaware opponents who usually turn Robin's plans around;  yet ultimately will want join Robin's band of merry men after such encounters. Nick sits next to me as I read; it is a precious time, a fleeting time we share. I am so thankful for good meaty books. This story has lost the interest of my daughters who usually hang around for any read aloud. Robin Hood isn't for them.
The surprise attack on Midge, the Miller's son,  by Robin, Little John, Will Scarlet and Arthur the Tanner and Midge's wonderful reaction had him in stitches, all day.

We have beautiful weather today. Windows open, sweet breeze blowing in through the house. I guess winter's over. We had just enough to feel cold. I love Texas.

Need some happy cuteness?
I love when my girls get along. Here are Cc and Lilly singing the Barney song.

7. Now go an enjoy your weekend! and go to Jen's and read more quick takes.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

round button chicken

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

My little girls spent some time with me at the zoo(some pics here).
For some reason or a random memory, they were convinced there were dolphins at our zoo, so we had fun searching, but no, no dolphins. 
They did enjoy the jellyfish.

My happy, sunny spot with my favorite lamp, favorite chair, stacked with books the girls will have me read, and a basket overflowing with a few projects in process.

funny/but really more "sweet"
Euly decided to welcome her dad home from his business trip with dinner waiting for him. He was touched and greatly appreciated her welcome home.

"To my Love'd Dad, Love ya, Love, Euly

This flu season has been very rough around here. We made a meal to share with a family who was hit with it all at the same time, some with pneumonia.

This is my husband's Jadra with my addition of venison sausage. 
It is great meatless for a Friday meal, satisfying.
My husband very much approved of the venison addition.

Lebanese Jadra recipe:

1 c. lentils
1/2 cup rice
1/2 c. olive oil 
1 large onion
1 tsp. salt
(I also sprinkled mine with a dash of allspice and coriander)
Wash lentils. Cover with 5 cups water. Add salt and cook for 30 minutes. Add rice. Peel and cut onions. Saute' in oil until transparent, and turning brown. Add to lentil and rice mixture. Cook for 20 or 30 minutes or until thick. Be sure to use slow fire. Serves 5.
I cooked sausage separately and added at end.
It feeds my family of 8 (including some smallish appetites).

Monday, January 21, 2013

Counting Gifts: 3000 Gifts

3000 Staring into the faces of my sleeping angels and wanting to imprint that sense of peace all through the day.
2999 Meditating on the Marriage Feast of Cana and Our Blessed Mother's compassion for that couple's situation.
2998 The *sacrament* of marriage
2997 Possibilities.
2996 Enjoying the freedoms my forefathers intended and fought for.
2995 Deciding if we are going to have a school holiday today.
2994 Lace.
2993 Every breath we take. Every move we make.
2992 Reading my daughter's tweets.
2991 Gettin' political again- gearing up for a town hall brawl. lawl. But seriously.
2990 Monday!
2989 Stretching sore muscles.
2988 Snuggly warm Lilly keeping me company after Craig left for an early flight.
2987 Craig ^trying^ to watch Downton with me, and me trying to share specs of who is who and what, but mostly me shushing.
2986 Scary-movie-quality screaming heard from upstairs:
"You scared the butts out of me."cc
Where do they get that?
2985 Adding to my retorts:
"You're a woman with a brain and reasonable ability. 
Stop whining and find something to do."
- Downton Abbey
2984 Scent of roses.
2983 My sweet hubby ready to help a friend in need in a flash. And that our friend was feeling better quickly.
2982 Trading scar stories.
2981 A pretty entrance.
2980 fish face, fish face, silly little fish face
2979 Learning WHY the altar serving lift the chasuble during the consecration and for the Holy of the the Holies.
2978 Trying to be close and balance mother, counselor and friend.
2977 Witness at PR in more than one way.
2976 Shopping with the girls for Molly's new wardrobe.
2975 Playing restaurant critic.
2974 Receiving text encouragement when I needed it most.
2973 Communicating by satellite.
2972 Coming home in a warm house smelling of chocolate chip cookies and a big running hug from Lilly!! <3
2971 "Be right back. Stay here." - L
2970 Fosters on boomerang.
2969 Hubby changing the kids' plans so he can take me out on a date night.
2968 67 degrees in January.
2967  Lip gloss and little girls.
2966 "Is dad coming home tonight?"
2965 Busy week, wrapping up.
2964 Lilly sang Barney song at bedtime and finished with "I love you tooooo, mom." and fell asleep.
2963 Giving in to pizza night
2962 "They are frien-emies." N about C & L

2961 "Math is the freaking' devil." - N
2960 Girls busy making a fairy village.
2959 Friends getting past infractions so they can just play.
2958 Lilly making fiends will all our company.
2957 Trying to practice keeping my mouth shut and listening more.
2956 Molly's kitchen activity - chicken noodle soup and bacon corn muffins.
2955 Epiphany blessing and visit.
2954 That the attitude toward math does improve with time.
2953 Another semester first day of school.
2952 Exciting to see what the next few months will hold.
2951 Making it home safe after so many close calls and near misses.
2950 Fast and ever changing mood of a two year old who thinks she has it all figured out, but still dresses herself inside out
2949 Nick sharing his lollipop from his secret special stash.
2948 Remembering how to crochet - but how to teach it?
2947 Lysol deep cleaning.
2946 Waffles on a Saturday morning.
2945 Everybody chillin' watching a movie on a lazy morning.
2944 Combing Lilly's hair - finally a little girl of mine lets me!
2943 Seeing a daddy's love for his little girl.
2942 Seeing a little girl's love for her daddy.
Proud, sweet smiles to mom over her dad's shoulder)
2941 Very first shot of Revolutionary War when the British tried to take the colonists' weapons - history repeating itself?
May neighbours respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.
Bless this house, o Lord, we pray. Make it safe by night and day.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

2937 Making to choice to accept God's graces daily.
2936 Having this tiny little person in my life.
2935 Getting car repaired before he goes back to school.
2934 Watching kids build on minecraft.
2933 Face book connections with my old long lost friend.
2932 Robin Hood read aloud.
2931 "Y'all are so nice to each other."
2930 Easing into a bigger school day and shaking off the cobwebs.
2929 Venison.
2928 Explaining and selling homeschooling concepts to a neighbor.
2927 Ordinary days - trying to get over melancholy and just appreciate.
2926 "If your free speech stops the moment someone gets offended, then you do not have Free Speech."
2925 Secret to a shiny tub.
2924 Opportunity to nap and try to catch up on lost sleep.
2923 Being able to set worry aside. Enjoy each TODAY!
2922 Safe nest.
2921 God doesn't make mistakes.
2920 Learning joy from the "disabled". Who's "dis"abled?
2919 Beauty of a child's faith.
2918 Planning medieval history, puling books to read out of library.
2917 Big blue box attic organization.
2916 Comfort during the wee hours.
2915 Confidence emerging.
2914 Computer skills shared.
2913 Max's polite friend.
2912 Molly's chicken bacon club sandwich.
2911 Runny banana pudding.
2910  Independent workers.
2909 School plans written and organized.
2908 That I am the big decision he made and stuck with it.
2907 Perfectly beautiful smile.
2906 Poor old puppy hates the rain
2905 "There is nothing more tiring than waiting for something to happen."
2904 Downton Abbey recorded by DVR settings and I found waiting for me. Great surprise.
2903 A brother's photo shoot.
2902 School planning - sometimes more fun than actually implementing.
2901 Appt cancelled - now we have the whole day to do what we want.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Weekend life

"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes,
but liking what one has to do."
- J. M. Barrie

Outside my window... Cool, but a beautiful, big, blue, sunny Texas sky! So it must be time to get a few bulbs in the ground.
Lilly didn't last long, she isn't into getting her hands dirty.

planting iris and lily bulbs in the back.
I am might want to buy a beautiful, sturdy, solid blue lapis rosary and beautiful rosary box to help build a new church:
Craig's rosary & box
Celebrating 25 years of Tradition

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), we are offering this exclusively designed commemorative rosary to help fund the development of new FSSP parishes.

This project is sponsored by Regina Caeli Parish in Houston, TX, which is a new parish being built from the ground up; funds raised will initially be used on its behalf.

The entire rosary reflects the charism of the FSSP and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each rosary is individually handmade using 8mm blue lapis stones and a specially designed crucifix in a fleur-de-lis theme. The brass centerpiece, in deep blue enamel, is a detailed replica of the FSSP coat of arms and includes the keys of St. Peter and three white teardrops. The rosary is constructed with strong 20 gauge bronze wire and comes in a decorative solid wooden box.

Founded in 1988, the FSSP continues to grow throughout the world. Please support the Fraternity in its work to form parishes devoted to the Church and the Traditional Roman rite with your purchase of this beautiful commemorative rosary.

Encourage support of the Fraternity and Tradition with the gift of this rosary to a friend or family member, or purchase one for a Fraternity priest, seminarian, or religious.

$99.00 plus $5.00 shipping/handling.For shipping charges on international orders please contact us at

A generous donation from the sale of each rosary to benefit the FSSP.

Pray for the priests, pray for the Church,pray for the spread of the Faith throughout the world!
Go here to see order details

Come visit Houston and visit our parish.

I am praying for..increased vocations

I am thankful...
for our parish and a wonderful priest to lead us and lead the building/founding of a parish. We are learning so much about traditions that are not celebrated anymore. Traditions that have been celebrated for centuries. We are so blessed!
This week Father came the long drive to our home to bless our house with the Epiphany Blessing. We were able to see the ceremony for blessing of the Epiphany Holy Water. The success of such an endeavour to start a new traditional parish requires a very devoted, faithful, hard working and resourceful priest. We are blessed to have such a priest.
In the kitchen...
I am baking banana bread, kids are making hot chocolate.
I am wondering...
the audacity of some people and being very thankful for our hardworking guardian angels. We stopped by Palais Royal on our way home from confession in Houston and as we were walking in a man was walking/running out with a handful of blue jeans, security alarm beeping. No one else seemed to notice, so I asked a clerk if that was what he was supposed to be doing, then all went up in alarm. I snapped a picture with my phone of his car and hope they are able to track him down. My girls kept asking, "Why, why did that guy do that?" We were in shock....(but sooo thankful it wasn't a violent crime). I bet he wasn't sure he was going to do that when he walked into the store, just saw an opportunity to walk out with ten jeans and went for it. I wonder what he is planning on doing with the booty? 
 I am reading...
(continuing reading ) Robin Hood: I think I've lost Ceci, definitely still have Nick and Euly barely tolerates because he isn't the "hero" she thought he'd be. he wasn't a "saint" but Nick laughs out loud at the antics.
I am watching...
the most incredible, inspiring, family who are so full of love!
Must watch!
"It took me decades to figure this out: there is no physical thing that you can buy that will give you true peace and happiness. And the pure joy that will come form a rescue and a ransom of a child's life is probably the most satisfying thing you can imagine." Mr. Dennehy

courtesy of Jen at Conversion Diary
I am learning...
to let go and enjoy a night out with my sweetie and have my older kids babysit the younger ones. 
I am pondering...
A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...
"Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you."
- Mother Teresa
Don't you love her quotes! She really understood the world and how we are to look at it.
One of my favorite things...
another episode of Downton Abbey is going to be recorded Sunday night! With my fast from TV news, it is pretty much the only thing I turn the tv on for. Is there anything good I'm missing?
I didn't discover Downton until Season two was almost over, so I had a marathon of watching to get caught up. That was fun (for me)!
A few plans for the rest of the week...
Boy scouts, science day, college classes, music lessons, girls group and figuring out how get all that done when some are scheduled at the same time but more than 30 miles apart. Looks like someone will be waiting a lot and someone will be driving in the car a lot. And have to get that car by the shop to relook at the brakes that were just repaired ('cause they smell when I use them too much). phew!
And we have to get those 12x20" sections of crochet done before Friday's group. We had to stop by the fabric store and buy some more sections, thankfully that had more. But how much more. Euly's two yards only finished the first 10"...(I'll be glad when this project is over). But the girls bought some yarn to work on a blanket and scarf. yay!
I thought I'd share....
A public service announcement of sorts of simple things to make your life easier.
Something that makes me happy...
Nick writing the story of the Exodus in his own words (with related vocabulary cards to help him dress it up a bit). I am happy when school work is done with pride. He did a great job!

A peek into my day....
from Cc's point of view