Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Litany to the Infant Jesus
Accept God's plan...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Years ago, I found these prayers, also called the Devout Exercise to the Infant Jesus and found them a tremendous way to reflect on and connect with the Christ Child. I am excited to be able to share these prayers with my children for the first time, because I know their relationship with the Child Jesus can be even more meaningful than mine!
24. Mysteries of the Holy Childhood
(scroll down to find #24 and then keep scrolling for the English translation)
Also, there is an indulgence tied to meditating on these prayers on the 25th of each month!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Anybody else find themselves avoiding mopping or yelling a lot? When I take the time to pray, the mopping does not seem so horrible, and the children are much more tolerable. I was so glad to discover this quote and remember that my work (of which she speaks) is fulfilling the obligations to my vocation as a wife and mother. What a perfect, simple reminder to all of us of the direct correlation between our daily work and our daily prayer!
Christkindl Brief or Letter to the Christ Child
Letter to the Christ Child
Letter to the Christ Child
Forgive your doubts...
Friday, December 18, 2009
While this particular title is new to us (found at the library), I was so excited to find the song on YouTube with de Paola's illustrations, so we could learn how to sing a new Christmas song! Enjoy!
The Friendly Beasts: An Old Christmas Carol
Further inspiration has come from two other dear friends. Last Sunday, we attended a Tridentine Low Mass while visiting friends out of town. While the Mass was difficult for me to follow, since I had only been to a High Mass in that form, what struck me was the silence. Our Novus Ordo Mass is so packed with noise, and it was incredibly spiritual to commune with God in that quiet. Plus, yesterday morning, my very best friend emailed me an article on silence that was confirmation I needed to write this post and make this commitment.
My Advent started out with great intentions. I have mostly kept my focus on the religious nature of the holiday and not spent much time worrying about gifts and such. I have been flexible with planning, being sensitive to my family's needs. In my heart, I feel I kept things simple, but I know I did not allow myself to go deeply into the mystery of Advent. I want that. I feel like I have lost precious time.
But, now, I have new motivation. Next week, we will still bake a batch of cookies each day (mostly because I see cooking with my children as a sacrifice for me, a gift to them). My husband and I will still snuggle on the couch for one or two favorite shows. I will still spend each afternoon cleaning the house, but I will be doing it with a prayerful attitude. My pledge is to reduce excess noise.
These are my hopes. Christmas is coming. Christ is coming. I need to open this mother's heart to His joy, His peace, and His mercy. As Mother Teresa said, "In the silence of the heart, God speaks." Will you join me?
Stand up for your convictions...
Thursday, December 17, 2009
We will pray the Antiphons with our Advent Wreath in the evenings as they are prayed in the Divine Office. We say the Antiphon, pray the Magnificat, and repeat the Antiphon. Before or after dinner, depending on timing, I'll have the children color the images here to hang as decorations. That's it.
If you want more wonderful, creative ideas, these sites are amazing!
Detailed Explanation of Antiphons - http://www.fisheaters.com/customsadvent10.html
Jessica's Fun Plans - http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2009/12/celebrating-o-antiphons-our-plans-for.html
Charlotte's Fun Adaptations - http://tiredtwang.blogspot.com/2009/12/o-antiphon-activities.html
Jessica's Amazing Antiphon House - http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2009/12/o-antiphon-house.html
Mary Ellen's Links to More Amazing Ideas - http://maryellenb.typepad.com/o_night_divine/celebrate-with-o-antiphons.html
The Christmas Novena
Learn your history...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I have made up names for clarity, as I do not know the fathers, but it appeared they each had two children. Their exchange went something like this...
Bob - So, are you two going to have any more children?
Sam - She wants more, but no way. Once you have the third one, you have to start cutting corners and giving things up. I want to be sure I can give them everything possible. With three, you just can't do that. You have to drop the lessons or the sports or the schooling or the gifts. After all, that's what it is to be a Dad, right? Providing it all for your children.
Bob - Oh, yes, I know what you mean. Absolutely. I want my children to have everything, just like my parents gave me everything I ever wanted or needed.
(I wanted to cry, but I said a prayer instead as I walked away.)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Heavenly Father, you have given us a model of life in the Holy Family of Nazareth. Help us, O loving Father, to make our family another Nazareth where love, peace, and joy reign. May it be deeply contemplative, intensely eucharistic, and vibrant with joy.
Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow through family prayer.
Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our family, especially in their distressing disguise.
May the eucharistic heart of Jesus make our hearts meek and humble like his and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way.
May we love one another as God loves each one of us more and more each day, and forgive each others' faults as you forgive our sins.
Help us, O loving Father, to take whatever you give and to give whatever you take with a big smile.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, be always with us, guide and protect us. Amen.
~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!"
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
What fun we had at our November meeting! I am posting the notes a week later than I hoped, but Thanksgiving week was a bit rough around here. Our virtue for November was Courage, and we learned about Blessed Margaret Pole. Here is what we did...
As usual, we gathered for prayers and began with our offering, my spontaneous prayers, and a Hail Mary. I had forgotten the song sheets, so we skipped our St. Therese Song to my dismay. Then, I went right into presenting the virtue.
I asked the girls what courage means. We talked about some ways you can show courage and some people they know who show courage. I reminded them that courage is NOT about just being different but in choosing to do the right thing. We talked for a few minutes about people who make difficult choices that are the wrong choices, and how those people are not courageous.
Then, I told them the story of David and Goliath from the Bible to remind them how we can have courage. I had found these three (1 2 3) songs written by Steve Case and read them like a very long poem to tell the story of David. This was great, because it kept the girls' attention, as every once in a while, I paused and let them guess the missing rhyming word! I stressed how David took five stones but only had to use one, because he knew God was on his side. We also discussed how David was probably afraid of Goliath (and should have been) but faced him anyway. I wanted the girls to understand that we should be afraid of some things and that there are some fears we should face with courage.
Next, I asked the girls to share specific examples of when they showed courage. This was wonderful. I reminded them that it takes courage to be yourself and to be the Christian God created you to be. We talked about how their families are courageous for homeschooling and being devoted to their Catholic faith, because sometimes it's not easy to do these things. But, of course, it is the right thing to do. I also reminded the girls that the way to grow in any virtue is to practice that virtue, so they must find ways to be courageous in order to be stronger.
The flower for this virtue is the yucca flower. It is mentioned that the yucca plant is one of the hardiest plants that blooms and grows in desert climates. Just like courage that grows under difficult situations, the yucca flower blossoms without much water and under a very hot sun.
Next, we went to the craft tables and made our craft of David's Bag of Stones. For this, I bought these simple canvas bags at Oriental Trading Company. We decorated the bags with fabric markers and fabric paints and then put five neutral colored pom-poms in the bags. I encouraged the girls to write courage or draw something that would remind them of David relying on God to be courageous, so they would remember the meaning even when the pom-poms are gone. I thought these turned out really cute!
Next, the girls went with a mom to their small rose groups to different corners of the room. They were each given a piece of scrap paper and something with which to write. Each girl was told to write or draw all the things of which they are fearful. After the girls were all done writing or drawing, they crumpled up their papers all as a group and said "God is with me!" to remind them to conquer their fears. I had taped up the face of a giant very high on the wall to represent Goliath. So, then, they took turns throwing the crumpled fears at Goliath's head to see if they could hit him, also saying "God is with me!" as they threw the paper. This was simple, but the girls really seemed to enjoy it.
We took a snack break next. Then, we played my improvised version of Marco Polo. I took three girls, one from each rose group and had them start with their eyes closed as the Marcos, but their job was to say, "God is..." The rest of the girls (Polos) had to say, "with me!" as they tried to stay away from the Marcos. When a "God is..." tagged a "with me!" the "with me!" had to close her eyes and become a "God is..." until everyone was caught. I also turned off half of the lights to remind them not to be afraid when they cannot see. This was a hit! The girls really seemed to have fun with this simple game!
Next, we sat down again and talked about Blessed Margaret Pole. First I explained why she is not called Saint Margaret Pole, since she lived a life of virtue and was a martyr but no miracles are necessarily attributed to her intercession. I explained about her noble history, growing up in a castle and such and being related to kings and queens. She married Sir Richard Pole, which made her Lady Pole, and she became a lady in waiting to Queen Catherine and later the governess to Princess Mary Tudor.
Some of the girls were familiar with the concept that King Henry VIII did not like Catholics, but I only briefly mentioned it was because he wanted to marry another woman, saying that he wanted to be more important than the Pope. We talked more about how he started killing the Catholics and imprisoned Blessed Margaret, eventually having her beheaded as an old woman. I stressed that she was known as a very virtuous woman and prayed for her murderers before her death. We agreed that all the martyrs showed great courage.
The girls returned to the tables to make their Courage virtue pages. This went much more smoothly than last time, except for two glitches on my part. I had one too many quotes to fit on the page, so some girls just left them off or put them on the back. Also, some generous moms make my copies for me after I email them the files, and the font I used for the word Courage came out as nonsense. So, we gave the girls blank white paper to write courage and helped the littlest ones write theirs. It worked.
Finally, we gathered to sing the Scripture song for courage and close in prayer. We all prayed the St. Therese Prayer, and I read the girls' prayer intentions, including an adorable one about the "pig flu," that made us all giggle. We asked our saint friends to intercede for us, and then, I passed out Mercy patches to those girls who had turned in their patch project sheets at the beginning of the meeting. As they left, the received the patch project sheet and practice page for Courage.
Our next meeting in December will be on Joy, a perfect virtue to discuss as we approach Christmas!
Last year, a friend led me to this beautiful traditional prayer, and it has been a simple way for me to focus on the season of Advent. It starts today!
Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle's feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
In which the Son of God was born
Of the most pure Virgin Mary,
in the piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and of His blessed Mother.
Monday, November 16, 2009
- CatholicMom.com Thanksgiving Resources - variety of links to coloring pages, articles, crafts, etc...
- Christian Preschool Printables Thanksgiving Ideas - very simple, free, printable crafts, coloring pages, games, and more!
- Cranberry Thanksgiving Ideas - a Five in a Row selection perfect for this time of year!
- Family Fun Thanksgiving - totally secular (from Disney no less) but such wonderfully do-able ideas!
- More Cranberry Thanksgiving Ideas - scroll down for all the links
- Origin of Thanksgiving Holiday - historical explanation with link to President Lincoln's inspiring proclamation
- Origins of Thanksgiving Rites - pretty academic but gives me a good understanding
- Thanksgiving Lapbook Ideas - scroll down for mostly free printables, some with a Christian emphasis
- Thanksgiving Tree Idea - start this now, great idea to show thanks and decorate!
- Thanksgiving Unit Studies - literature-based, some with notebooking pages to download for free
- Women for Faith & Family Thanksgiving Day - history and prayers for the day
I am sure there are other fabulous sites out there, but these are helping me get going! Let me know what great Christian/Catholic Thanksgiving traditions your family has! I am, of course, leaving out the simple traditions I brought from my family, like making our own butter (terribly simple version of shaking heavy cream in a well-sealed plastic jar for a really long time) and watching the Macy's parade.
First step, compile all of my wonderful resources from websites and blogs online, so I can reap the wisdom of other fabulous moms and liturgical gurus! I figure I will share this with you, just in case you have any gaps, although I am sure everyone (but me) is totally set with their plans, right?!
- Advent & Christmas Clicking – links to relevant posts, including books, lesson plans, cooking, crafts, inspiration, liturgical ideas, etc…
- Advent Basket – outline of plans for an Advent inspired by Serendipity’s Literature for Young Ladies curriculum
- Advent Faith Folder – lapbook for purchase as downloadable PDFs, wonderful products!
- Catholic Mosaic and/or Christmas Mosaic – complete literature-based lesson plans applicable to the liturgical year, or just print the booklist and enjoy reading the titles!
- CatholicMom.com Celebrating Advent – links to resources, articles, and more
- Celebrating Advent & Christmas: A Family Sourcebook – much of the content of this booklet available free online here
- Christmas Preschool Printables – free printable coloring pages, crafts, games, file folder games, mini-books and more, some suitable for older children, too!
- Christmas Symbols Lapbook – free printable lapbook for the slightly older children
- Christmas Tot Book – free printable lapbook for the youngest members of your family
- Christmas Unit Studies & Booklist – free units, some with free lapbooks, including Christmas Around the World and Twelve Days of Christmas lapbooks
- Domestic-Church.com Advent Fridge Art – my favorite place for crafty inspiration
- Holy Heroes Advent Adventure – free, daily emails with fun and educational activities for your family
- Literature for Young Ladies Advent Plans – another version of the Advent Basket above
- Mondays with Mary - to use the complete lessons for Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Nativity of Jesus, and Mary, Mother of God!
- Printable Liturgical Calendar – exactly what it says, awesome!
- St. Nicholas Center – wonderful stories, activities, and lessons on this saint
- The No-Panic Advent Series – read/scan the posts in reverse order for some fabulous ideas
- USCCB Advent Ideas – some simple and easy plans for daily preparations
- Women for Faith & Family Advent Season Calendar – excellent list of feasts, ideas, and articles
And, of course, we have a great number of favorite books we read this time of year not listed above, and I have not even mentioned searching 4 Real Forums, which I usually do once I have a better outline of my plans (as if what is above is not overwhelming enough!). I will probably make one last order from Oriental Trading Company for some simple fun crafts, and we always have our Jesse Tree and Advent Calendar (with chocolates) for daily inspiration.
When I get my final plans put together, I will try to post them. As always, they will be too ambitious, especially for me this year, but I am hoping preparing my children for Christ’s coming will motivate me to put a little more effort into my internal preparation!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The idea of workboxes appeals to me, especially the part about how independent it makes your children and that they gain ownership of their schoolwork. The practicality of having that many boxes in my living room, which is where we homeschool most of the time, does not appeal to me. So, this summer I wanted to see if I could simplify the idea to work for me. My only rule was not buy anything, so if it did not work, I would not regret it.
To assemble one set of workboxes, I took one of those plastic milk crates designed to hold hanging files and nine hanging file folders. I labeled the folders one through nine. I printed out a table from Word that I created with the numbers one through nine. I put a small post-it note in each hanging file with a fun sticker on each note. Then, each evening, I filled the folders with work and activities for the children to do, attaching a larger post-it with instructions when necessary. That's it!
Admittedly, we only used the folders for a week or two, because our summer schooling got derailed several times. But, the children did enjoy them. They liked being able to rely on themselves and knowing what comes next. We mostly did the folders in order, but sometimes the children were allowed to skip around (like when an activity required Mom's help and Mom was busy or when both children were supposed to do the same thing but one was not finished with another work). I enjoyed having everything set out the night before, since I am not a morning person, as well!
This school year has gone really well for us, all things considered. I have felt like our short lessons, Charlotte Mason style, with tons of living books have really made learning meaningful for all three of us. Recently, though, I have not been feeling well and have had a hard time getting moving in the morning. We also have had some discipline issues, and so, I resolved the children needed more responsibility and more structure.
I brought out the crates again on Monday, and while it has not been a perfect week, for the first two days both children began schoolwork before I even asked them to get started! Filling the folders (we are using twelve, now, instead of nine) has forced me to find work the children can do independently, so they are not relying on me for every single folder. Instead of post-it notes, I printed out some fun number clip art I found in Word, floral numbers for my girl and walking numbers for my boy. The children know they must finish their first eight folders before recess and do the remaining four before lunch.
I would post pictures, but the crates are not really that attractive. Like I said, I used what we had on hand. I feel like this is a good level of commitment for me. I can use the folders when I feel we need them and put them away if they do not fit our style of schooling at that time. I am not sure if we will use them during Advent, since our schooling is so different during that season. But, I can imagine pulling them back out in January to motivate all three of us to keep going and avoid burn-out.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
When we are dry, wandering aimlessly, moving through days in a fog, how is it that we can begin again? I spent days pondering this thought, noticing my quiet time with God had evaporated into moments here and there, between movements from one chore or task to another, getting into bed, getting out of bed. And even then, my prayers were either a determined "I will praise Him...no matter what" (as if I was trying to convince myself rather than actually do any praising) or a whining "Lord, help me!"
Anyway, I am not known for being very decisive. I can be opinionated, yes, but when it comes to making simple decisions about which I do not have strong feelings or the choice isn't really important, I am not your gal. Remember sitting on a curb in summer with your best friend in junior high? --- "What do you want to do?" --- "I don't know; what do you want to do?" --- That's me!
But, I have been asking God to help me here. There is so much going on in my life that I know this dryness will not be overcome by indecision, and it is too easy to just let it be. And, of course, He has given me a few ideas. Here they are, in no particular order. Writing them might just help me choose one and act, since any one would be a significant step, at this point. Warning - you're about to see the cynic in me.
1. Go to Confession. I have lots of excuses for this one. No mortal sins. No time. No good priest. Not convenient. Children.
2. Go to Adoration. I am avoiding this, because I am pretty sure I will just cry, and I am so tired of crying. I do not want to whine to God, and when I do that, I feel worse rather than better. Silly me.
3. Read a spiritual book. Most of the books on my "to read" shelf are spiritual in nature. None of them appeal to me. It's like I just don't want to hear it, right now. So, I'm reading the Lord of the Rings. Talk about avoidance!
4. Resume a daily Rosary. I already say a decade a day with the children. The Rosary has never really been my thing; I've always prayed it more out of duty. How can that really help?
5. Journal. I abandoned my journal months ago, because it was all about me whining to God. I'm not sure what to write or say to Him at this point.
6. Pray for others. This one is the best option, I think, but it seems like slipping in the back door, avoiding the real issues. What do you think?
In sharing these, I realize that my real problem is that all the words I want to say/pray to God are whiny, and I am terrible at being silent. Now, I know there are more baby steps I could take. Can you give me some more ideas to make my decision even more challenging?!
The bottom line is that God and I are in a stalemate. He is waiting for me to act. I am avoiding Him. That can't be good. Please pray for me and feel free to tell me what you think I should do. If you're in a similar spot, let me know which one you did or will do soon!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
So, now I sit here, wondering what to write, what to share, where to start and desperately wanting to reconnect with this ministry. I cannot begin to explain the past few months and what God has asked of me. I cannot express the attitudes and thoughts that have torn apart my mother's heart. I cannot communicate the loneliness and distance I have felt from everything and everyone. All I can say is that I have been blessed by the gift of faith, for it was certainly a gift and nothing of my own power.
My faith is in a God whose timing is impossible to predict or understand but is absolutely perfect in His way. When has He confounded you? I have begun to see that one minute of joy and laughter can change a bleak day into sunshine and a crusty heart into smiles of love. What moments of joy did you find today? I know that each day will be more challenging and more glorious than the last, because He knows what is best for me, despite myself. These are mostly lessons in humility, I suppose. How does He teach you humility?
Today, I will begin again, from where I am. I will enjoy writing about the things I love. I love my family. I love my vocation. I love my God. And, I hope this space will lead you to His love more deeply. For He wants to know how much we love Him, but He wants us to know how much He loves us more!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
What a joy it was to begin a new year of our Little Flowers Girls Club last Friday with so many enthusiastic girls! We are doing several things differently this year to give things a fresh start and make them more manageable for me. Most significantly, we are only meeting once a month instead of twice a month. This means our meetings are longer and more packed, since we only get to learn about each virtue at one meeting.
- Trace your hand on a half sheet of white foam with a pencil.
- Cut out the handprint.
- Fold a half of a yellow pipe cleaner in half and twist it around the end of a green pipe cleaner.
- With a big glob of glue, glue the pipe cleaners where they meet to the bottom edge of the hand. Affix with a paperclip if needed until dry.
- Roll the hand like a cone, so the pinky finger and thumb overlap. Glue them together. Affix with a paperclip if needed until dry.
The most amusing part of this craft was how different the four-year-olds' lilies looked compared to the nine-year-olds'! So sweet! Pictured are mine, my 7 year-old's, and my 4-year old's. Ours took overnight to dry, so I was glad we did them first. It allowed them some time to sit before they were transported home. Our littlest girls really needed help tracing their hands and cutting out the fingers. I was grateful one of the mothers donated plastic tablecloths to cover the tables and protect them from glue; we will reuse them at each meeting this year!
Next, I had the girls go into small groups to discuss mercy a bit more. Last year, we did this activity using M&Ms; this year, Skittles were on sale! Each small group went to a different corner of the room with a mom. Each girl started with two Skittles and answered the questions according to which colors she had. Once the girls answered their questions, they got to eat their Skittles. Here were the "questions" I used:
Purple – Name one of the spiritual or corporal works of mercy.
Green – Name a way you can show mercy to strangers.
Yellow – Name a way you can show mercy to friends.
Orange – Name a way you can show mercy in your home.
Red – Name a way God has shown us mercy in the Bible or in our lives.
Anyway, the cover sheet was a pastel color of their choice with the words Little Flowers Girls Club in fancy font, a picture of St. Therese, and their names. Some decorated with markers, too. The Mercy page was on cream construction paper cut to standard paper size with a picture of St. Faustina receiving the Divine Mercy image and a lily in color. All the text was in black. The older girls cut their items fancy or decorated, while the little ones kept it simple. They are all beautiful!
I gave the girls a plastic report cover, with the sliding binding, in which to put the two pages when they were finished. I had originally thought about going with something sturdier, but most other options cost too much. Plus, I have a huge box of these in case any get damaged, lost, or broken. Then, I passed out their Member's Guides to color St. Faustina. I had the idea to let them listen to the St. Faustina Glory Story while doing this, but even though they were obedient in working quietly, the general noise of cutting and gluing in a large room made it hard to hear. We reviewed the whole story afterwards, since some of the girls had heard it before.
I wanted to do one more game that specifically referred to mercy in some way at the end. I think the game made its point but wasn't one of our most fun. From here we played the Goodness and Mercy Will Follow Me game (scroll way down) as we recited Psalm 23:6. Because of limited time and space, I had the girls take turns and not everyone got a turn. I need to find a way for us to go outside without interacting with the schoolchildren there (that's why we're supposed to stay inside). Oh, and I mistakenly only gave the girls two footprints each, so it was harder. Regardless, it was another way to drive mercy into their minds!
Finally, we gathered to sing our Scripture song. I print the words out in advance and tape them to a big poster, so we can all sing with the CD. The little ones can't read, but surprisingly, many of them pick it up. Then, I had the girls sit and listen to my explanation of the two handouts we are using this year. The first is the Patch Project Sheet, just like last year. I feel like the activities in the member's guide are limiting, so I try to include an additional page of ideas for the girls. The girls were very excited to hear that I would be passing out patches at the end of each meeting this year. I reminded them that they do not have to get their project done by the next meeting; that is up to each girl and her parents. With such busy lives, I do not feel deadlines help the girls or their families. Additionally, there are some virtues which take longer to understand or practice. If one of the girls wants to do a big project that takes longer, she should have the time.
Also, this year I am giving the girls a second sheet each month. It is the Virtue Practice Sheet. This one has a few limited ideas on how to practice mercy on a daily basis in simple ways and a picture of a bare bush. The idea is the girls will hang this in their home and for the next month will add a flower to the bush every time they practice mercy. They can draw the flowers or use stickers. I hope this will reinforce the lesson throughout the month, since we will not discuss mercy again as a group for an entire meeting.
Our closing prayer was like last year. This time, I printed and taped the words to the St. Therese Prayer from the Member's Guide on a poster, so we could all say it. Many of the girls know it just from saying it at each meeting. Then, I read the intention list the girls where the girls wrote their intentions throughout the meeting. During the Skittles game, I took the clipboard to each small group to remind them to do this. Their intentions are always so precious! We always close by asking our friends St. Therese and the saints for this wreath, St. Faustina, to pray for us!
Next month is Courage!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
It made me think. It make me ponder. I have dwelt on it for almost 24 hours, and it means more to me each hour. In fact, it has challenged me in a fabulous way. Here it is for you to consider...
Woman means a house/home with an open door.
Isn't that amazing?! Tell me what you think! (this isn't usually a comment-heavy blog, but I would love to hear what this means to you)
Friday, October 2, 2009
Kindly spring again is here,
Trees and fields in bloom appear;
Hark! The birds with artless lays
Warble their creator's praise.
Where in winter all was snow,
Now the flowers in clusters grow;
And the corn, in green array,
Promises a harvest-day.
Lord, afford a spring to me,
Let me feel like what I see;
Speak, and by thy gracious voice,
Make my drooping soul rejoice.
On the garden deign to smile,
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon thy presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.
by John Newton
***keep in mind I live in South Florida, so since we do not really have seasons, these sentiments echo in my soul more than in the natural world around me!
This sounds like a lot of fun! Go to Read for the Record to sign up!
I am happy to announce that my book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the official book in Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign this year.
The goal of this program is to set a Guinness World Record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day to children around the world and to shine the spotlight on the importance of early literacy.
On October 8th, all around the world, more than one million people are expected to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I will be appearing on the Today Show in New York to help celebrate. Hopefully a record will be set, bigger than ever before!
Sign up at Jumpstart's web site to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and be a part of this year's Read for the Record!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
These are the titles that I own, so far:
D Is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
M Is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet ~ no guide available; I wonder why
M Is for Melody: A Music Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
P is for Passport: A World Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
R Is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
A few titles I don't yet own but look fabulous...
A is for America: An American Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
B Is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
G is for Galaxy: An Out of This World Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
I Is for Idea: An Inventions Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
L Is for Lone Star: A Texas Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
P Is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
S Is For Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
V Is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet ~ Teacher's Guide
I could go on and on, but I won't! I only checked the two state books, but since they have books for all 50 states, I would assume other states have the guides, as well.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Cor. 4:18
Then, head on over to Ann's place to read more beauty about Things Unseen.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
from Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret of Peace and Happiness by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, S.J. and St. Claude de la Colombiere, S.J.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
There are still a few spaces left for the study! Here are the details on that. Go here to sign up now! (If you try to sign up and get directed to the waiting list, please sign up, we are considering opening up more spaces!) The basic information is...
The cost is $10 to go towards a scholarship fund.
Let me know if you have questions!