Monday, November 20, 2017

Advent Calendar in Art

Each year on the kids' anniversary of their Baptism, we try to make it a little bit special by gifting them with a small, faith-based gift.

Last week we celebrated Miss Mabel's Baptism birthday and wrapped up this gorgeous book;  Children's Christmas Book of the Nativity - Advent Calendar in Art.

It says "children's" but this is for anyone, especially art enthusiasts!

Each day displays a beautiful piece of artwork depicting the Nativity, a reflection, Bible verse, and the artist's name & date.

It is a unique addition to our collection of Christmas books and a keepsake she'll always enjoy.

~ Patty ~

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cinderella Attended the Military Appreciation Ball

Miss Ester was asked to attend a Military Appreciation Ball on Veteran's Day last weekend.

Oh my goodness!  They looked SO classy!!

These two are so joy-filled, bringing smiles to everyone around them.  Neither are allowed to date.  (Win-win when both sets of parents are on the same page when it comes to dating.)  Instead, they hang out together within groups of friends or family members.

A gentleman at church the next morning came up to me and said, "I met your daughter and her date last night at the ball.  They were so polite.  They really seemed to be enjoying themselves and were so well-behaved.  The folks at our table were so impressed."

That made me so proud of them!  As a friend said, "It's confirmation from the Lord that we are doing something right."

Picture credit :: Kari Lynn

~ Patty ~

Monday, November 13, 2017

(MAJOR) Fall Catch-up Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Our maple tree is starting to turn and it is always such a gorgeous sight from the girls' bedroom window upstairs.

What a great "classroom" window, don't you agree?! :)

Somebody waits patiently for the neighbor's leaves to fall into our backyard...

I am thankful for ~


1.  Let's see.  Since my last daybook post, I flew up to KC for a weekend.  I met my sisters and mom there, and we laughed until our sides ached!!

(Selfie stick newbies! Ha ha ha!)

2.  Then there was the fun on Halloween night!

Rosie the Riveter passed out candy.  Our donut had a blast.  She was a hoot!

Stan the man decided to be our in-house, health chef for the day, creating these yummy snacks we found

We ordered a jack-o-lantern pizza from Papa Murphy's for dinner.

3.  I am also thankful that Stan the man is a patient at the Texas A&M / Baylor University schools of orthodontics.  It saves us a ton of money!

(He had his top braces placed back in October and will have his bottom ones placed on Dec. 5.)

From the school room ~

We continue to make great progress through the semester.  We just started week #13.

Sarah is doing quite well at college, and it is hard to believe her first semester is almost over.  She only has a few week left.  We look forward to her being home for Thanksgiving!!

From the kitchen ~

Homemade French Silk pie for David's birthday.  Compliments of Miss Mabel :)

Mabel also mastered her chocolate Swiss roll cake!!

Tara, another blogger friend, once suggested adding some sprigs of holly to this dessert.  It made it look even prettier.

What I am reading ~

Nothing at the moment.  I am continuing to take the Catholic Sistas Christmas shopping challenge.  Ya'll!  I am almost done with all of my Christmas prep!!!  I'll be done by the first Advent.  So excited!

Around the house ~

Big D turned 49!!

Miss Ester is licensed to drive now.  We waited to have her take the driving test for a few reasons, but the #1 reason to wait was the cost!!  There's really no reason to have two teen drivers in the house.  Once Sarah left, we saw the need arise again.

I am praying for ~

* all the souls in purgatory

* our new goddaughter!

God bless sweet Bridget Therese!

I am listening to ~

the meat on the burner browning; Clementine talking to herself; and Stan the man showing me some cool things in a book (while I type ;)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Wednesday - Stan has an alter server refresher course

Thursday - Thyroid appointment for myself

Friday - Miss Mabel sleeps over a friend's house

A last photo to share ~

The girl plays for blood!

Have a great week!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

French Silk PIe

Miss Mabel recently made her first, homemade French Silk Pie for David's birthday, and it was delicious!  It did not last 24 hours ;)

She found the recipe here(Scroll almost 2/3 down the website page to see printable recipe.)  I didn't bother typing it up since there is a direct link. 

Mabel used a graham cracker crust for hers as well as home made whip cream.  Yum!

Please note :: This pie tastes tastes even better if refrigerated overnight!! 



St. Martin's Day - Feast of St. Martin de Tours - Martinmas - Veteran's Day

We just celebrated Veteran's Day yesterday, November 11.  It is also known as St. Martin's Day or Martinmas, or Feast of St. Martin de Tours.  Did you know that November 11 was chosen for a particular reason to honor our country's veteran's?  It has so much to do with this man, St. Martin de Tours. 

I put this on my Face Book page yesterday :: 

I've grown to ❤️ the story of St. Martin de Tours. Martin was born to pagan parents and at the young age of 10, he was called to the Gospel and became a Christian. At 15, he was forced to enter the Roman army. On a very cold day, this handsome soldier came across a poor beggar who would surely freeze to death. Martin tore his cloak in half, giving a piece to the beggar. That night, back at encampment and sleeping by a fire, Martin dreamt. The beggar was actually the Lord, who came to thank Martin. Martin was so moved that he gave up being a soldier and became a monk. This was not an easy thing to do, but he prevailed and led many to Christ in his journey. In Europe, farmers traditionally celebrate the end of harvest on Nov. 11, St. Martin's day. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, the Armistice was signed ending World War I. On that day, St. Martin's Day, soldiers around the world put down their weapons and prayed for peace. St. Martin is the patron of the poor, soldiers, conscientious objectors, and tailors. It's incredibly poignant that Veteran's Day was established on St. Martin's Day. 

I purchased this book to add to our book collection earlier this fall ::

And this is the third year that I wrapped up something for each child; something that is warm and NEEDED. 

The items are typically a new pair of winter pajamas, gloves, scarf, robe, etc.  Something that they definitely need. 

My children have always been so generous when it comes to helping the needy that I love to reciprocate the love back to them.

St. Martin de Tours,  pray for us!

~ Patty ~

Monday, October 23, 2017

October Fall - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

This is the "pine cone" to a Bald Cypress tree.  It's the closest thing to the northern pine cone that we have in Texas.  Isn't it a fascinating little nugget?!

The needles of the Bald Cypress will turn red and drop.  They are gorgeous when red! 

I am thankful for ~

So many things!! 

* Cooler weather (80's during the day and then it drops to 50's at night)
* Girls weekend (when the boys are at their Troops of St. George camp outs)
* Meeting a new baby (who is also our soon-to-be godchild)
* Wine
* Coffee
* Rosary

From the school room ~

Last week we were on a fall break. 

Today, we begin quarter 2! 

In the first quarter, the big girls had read and written upon some great books. 

Miss Mabel read and had to write an analytical essay on as well as be tested on ::

Both were made into movies, so we watched them as well.  (Note:  Disney really changed the movie adaptation of The Light in the Forest.)

Miss Ester read and wrote an analytical essay on and was tested on ::

This next quarter will prove to have some great books as well! 

From the kitchen ~

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies (recipe to come soon)

What I am reading ~

Actually!  I just started  a Christmas shopping challenge that is guaranteed to make me "Shop Till I Drop on my Knees and Pray" by Advent. 


Because I dream of being done with EVERYTHING by Advent, who doesn't it?!, I was game.

It begins six weeks before the first Sunday in Advent (yesterday) and in brief, this is the challenge ::

That's the skinny.

If you subscribe to their website, facebook page, or follow CatholicSistas on Instagram, you will get the in-depth, weekly challenge delivered to your social media. 

Y'all, it even covers meal planning - way ahead of time - including any special feast days one celebrates during Advent. 

Around the house ~

Last week, Miss Clementine and I joined a bunch of other home school friends on a really amazing field trip to the Backland Prairie and Raptor Center

Talk about a super cool way to finish studying the letter R - Raptors galore!!

I am praying for ~

* a smooth second quarter here at home

* an excellent rest of the semester for Sarah at college

* a safe, upcoming trip for myself (I fly to KC on Friday to meet up with my sisters and mom for a girls' weekend!)

* an end to abortion

I am listening to ~

my kids in the kitchen as they prepare a lunch for themselves ;)

Coming down the pike this week ~

With cross country and ice skating lessons finished now, the weeks leading up to the end of the semester "should be" easier.

Tuesday - Stan the man gets his braces on

Wednesday - My dear MIL celebrates her birthday

Thursday - Sarah turns 18!!  (She a very young, college freshman)

Friday - I leave for KC for a girls' weekend

A last photo to share ~

David sent me this image from Saturday.  They were at a Troops of St. George camp out, and the priests came out to hear confessions and celebrate Mass in the Latin form. 

I love that this is for men and sons (only), Catholic ones who are striving to grow in faith and virtues together. 

Have a wonderful and blessed week!



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