Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

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In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a … [Read more...]

A Thought and A Hymn for Ash Wednesday

As I have spent many hours the last few days rocking a feverish 2 year old, I realized how easy it is for everything to come to a grinding halt when your little one really needs you. There is nothing I would rather do than put my cool cheek against his warm one as I rock and sing quietly to him. Instead of doing playdough, unloading drawers, or climbing bookshelves, he wants me to hold him and to be quiet and still. He is soothed by resting on me. As I have been contemplating the beginning … [Read more...]

Preparing for His Coming

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While out of town for the First Sunday of Advent Mass, we heard the priest give a simple, yet profound homily. Advent, he said, is not just about preparing to celebrate the coming of Christ on Christmas 2000 years ago, it is about preparing for His second coming as well. This struck me as such a powerful way to approach the season. If we get caught up in preparations the ostensibly are about preparing for Christmas, but are not preparing our soul for His second coming as well then we are … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Preparations

I don't know about you, but with Red’s annual Advent/Christmas post fresh in my mind, I’ve very much been thinking through what I need to do before Advent starts for our little family (thanks Red, very, very helpful as always!). But before we get there, we have wonderful Thanksgiving to prepare for and in my home this will mean family, dear friends, and two little Goddaughters coming our way for the holiday. While not a special season set apart like Advent or a holy day like Christmas from a … [Read more...]

Advent Devotional for kids?

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In addition to our wonderful collection of picture books that we like to read for Advent and Christmas, I was thinking of doing a more formal/structured devotional time when the little one is napping this Advent. Could anyone recommend any simple/gentle Advent devotionals for kids? … [Read more...]

Jesse Tree – It’s Not too Early to Start Planning

The beginning of Advent often sneaks up on me, meaning that I am only sometimes successful with family traditions like the Jesse Tree. This website has some great tips on planning for doing a Jesse Tree with your family this year, and it also contains a link that you can use to purchase the materials if you're not feeling crafty this year (I would fall into this category most years!). In the past, I have also printed Jesse Tree ornaments from this website, and then simply taped them to a wall in … [Read more...]

Caramel Apples, check.

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Fall is the season for baking and decorating and crafting. I have made peace with the fact that crafting isn't my thing. No ability, no desire, no thank you. Fortunately, my oldest daughter is a crafty type, and a nostalgic little soul, so anything we've done in Falls past needs to be done again or else it's not really Fall. So, after several flesh burns from 300 degree caramel, a lost tooth, a legendary mess of toppings on the kitchen floor, and half a bag of chocolate chips consumed in the … [Read more...]

Feast of Blessed Mother Teresa – Sept. 5

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Far removed as we are from extreme poverty in our often sanitized portion of the world (though, of course, poverty in all its forms exists close at hand), my boys are truly moved by Mother Teresa and her care and love for the poorest of the poor, as am I. On September 5th we will read Mother Teresa by Demi and contemplate how each person is infinitely loved by God. We will color here and eat some traditional Indian food. When I worked at the US Embassy to the Holy See, I attended many … [Read more...]

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!  He is Risen!  You only get so many Easter Sundays, and so we tried to soak in every moment.  It was truly blessed.  The music, the flowers, the incense, the food, family, friends, little girls in Easter dresses, it was full of so many good things.  Here are a few shots of our family today.  Wishing all our readers a joyous Easter Sunday and Easter Season. … [Read more...]

He is Risen, Alleluia!

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"...When they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, 'Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.'..." Luke 24: 5 May God's blessings be upon you and your families on this Easter Sunday, and throughout the 50 days of the Easter season! Jesus Christ is risen today, … [Read more...]