Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Peaches

Two years gone by "two" soon
One day old
Newborn portrait - two weeks old
One Year Portrait
Christmas 2009
A recent favorite February 2010 Happy Birthday My Sweet Peaches, dimples and all I love you

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lenten Ideas continued

Thanks to Jessica, I learned that there is a free online version of the Holy Heroes Glory Stories CD "The Passion for Children." we have this CD, but how wonderful to just be able to listen online so easily and for free.
Jessica also has some wonderful Lenten ideas she shares including a Lenten calendar which I had hoped to do this year, but could not get together this year in time (wonder why :)??)
Charlotte also has a wonderful Lenten Calendar
This is a link to a printable Lenten calendar that you can download and print if you don't want to draw your own.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ideas for Lent

I don't have the energy from new baby sleep exhaustion (but I love every minute of it), for any extensive posting for the Lenten season. So here is a list of ideas and links for Lent.
Plant an Amaryllis bulb indoors and watch it bloom by Easter Pray the Stations of the Cross Make homemade pretzels and focus on the significance of prayer during Lent by saying the pretzel prayer
Pretzel Prayer Heavenly Father, we ask you to bless these little breads. Each time we eat them, may we be reminded of the special season of prayer and fasting that we are keeping. May they remind us of our need to come closer to you in prayer. May they remind us of those in need. Keep your loving arms around us, O Father, to protect us always, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

with LOVE
from Pumpkin, Peaches & Sweet Pea

Friday, February 12, 2010

China's Baby Hope

This story is breaking my heart this morning. Pray for a happy ending.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Celebrating St. Valentine's Day

Here are some ideas for celebrating St. Valentine's Day.
Prayer
Read the following Bible verses that are about love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Saint Paul's first letter to the Christian Church in Corinth, I Corinthians 13 Prayer to St. Valentine Almighty God, grant we beseech You, that we who celebrate the glorious martyrdom of St. Valentine, Your servant, may by his intercession be filled with the love of God and neighbor and be delivered from all the evils that threaten us. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Read
Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda Activities
Make Valentine cards for family and friends. These are two easy crafty cards to make with your children.

I Heart U Valentine Card

Color Charlotte's drawing of St. Valentine Food

Make Heart Donuts

Make Candy Cane Hearts of Love

My kids loved making these Valentines Dots last year that I saw at Waltzing Matilda & In the Heart of my Home (this is Elizabeth's picture) Make heart cookies or a heart cake

Last year we did our own little version of Jessica's chocolate dipped Oreos, pretzels and marshmallows. It was so delicious that we will definitely have to do it again this year. I forgot to take pictures of our Valentine's Day versions, but here is our St. Patrick's Day chocolate covered Oreos with sprinkles.

For other food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine

Valentine's Heart Donuts

Here is a yummy Valentine's Day tradition of ours. Yummy, enjoy.

Heart Donuts biscuit dough - ready to use or from scratch small heart-shaped cookie cutter or a circle of any kind for traditional round shape 1/4 - 1/2 cup cooking oil - vegetable or canola tongs paper towels cinnamon and sugar mix and/or powdered sugar Open the biscuit can and spread all the rolls out. Then using your cutter, press out a donut hole right in the middle.
Then get your pan on medium heat with 1/4 - 1/2 cup oil. Depending on how many you make, you will need more oil. You want enough oil to cover half of the donut when cooking. Place 3-4 doughy donuts into the pan and leave until the bottom is golden brown (2-3 minutes). Don't do anything else but watch these, as they cook fast and don't want them to burn. Then turn them over and cook another minute or so. Using tongs, place the cooked donut on paper towels to drain and cool slightly. Then get your pan on medium heat with 1/4 - 1/2 cup oil. Depending on how many you make, you will need more oil. You want enough oil to cover half of the donut when cooking. Now place the donuts on a plate and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar too. Or let cool slightly and cover with chocolate icing and Valentine's sprinkles.
Enjoy.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I Heart U Valentine Card and more

Here are some cute ideas for crafty Valentine's Day cards that are easy and fun to make.
"Eye" heart "U" cards I came up with this card using red and white construction paper (or thick cardstock if you like), I just used Elmer's glue and made a dot for the eye and the kids put their eye on. I used a glue stick to make a heart shape and then let the kids sprinkle glitter on the heart and dumped the excess glitter. Then I cut a "u" out of felt and made a "u" shape on the card with Elmer's glue and let the kids put their "u" on the glue. Then we just wrote names on it.
Here is another easy Valentine's Day card idea you can do too.

Hand Print Heart Card

1. Use half a piece of white card stock or watercolor paper. Or fold paper in half and have it open up. Using finger paint and a sponge brush, carefully apply to your child's hand. 2. When applying the hand to the paper, turn the card paper upside down and/or backwards-so the card opens the opposite way of what you would normally expect. This way, your child will not have to bend their hand in an awkward position when stamping their hands into a heart shape. Have your child hold their fingers together instead of spread apart. This way the image will look more like a heart. The palm of the hand makes the top of the heart, and the fingers make the bottom of the heart. 3. Press the hand evenly and lift straight up when done. Wipe hand off with a rag or wipe 4. Repeat the process with the other hand.

5. Use a black pen or crayon to add words or embellish. You could also stamp some words. 6. Write a message to the loved one inside or around the heart.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she said to the little shepherdess who was only fourteen years of age:
"I am the Immaculate Conception."
Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place. Here are some ideas of how to celebrate today with your family:
Prayer
  • Pray the Rosary
  • Pray this Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfort to the Afflicted,you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests. Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.)

Read
Our Lady of Lourdes by Father Lovasik
Food
  • French Crepes (as Lourdes is in France)
  • blueberry muffins or pancakes
  • an all white meal - chicken, cauliflower, white rice, etc.
  • White pancakes or muffins to symbolize the Holy Mother's virgin purity and blueberries to symbolize her blue mantle.
  • For recipes or other food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine

Activities

  • Make an Our Lady of Lourdes Holy Water Font as seen here at Our Domestic Church
  • Do an easy Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Craft by coloring an image of Our Lady of Lourdes and gluing it onto brown construction paper and decorating with glitter or tissue paper as seen here at Shower of Roses

My Favorite Commercial

I'm a romantic at heart, so I loved this one...

I also loved the Tim Tebow commercial from Focus on the Family, but anyone reading this probably did too. It didn't say much, but I think the point was to have people thinking and talking about it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Candy Cane Hearts of Love

This is what we are doing today to decorate for Valentine's Day.
Candy Cane Hearts of Love Take off the plastic on your candy canes. Place two candy canes into a heart shape onto a tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Put the tray into a 250 degree oven for 10 minutes. Shape them (be careful, hot) right out of the oven into hearts. They are movable for a minute or two. use riibon to hang them as a decoration from your window or other location.

Or this version to do also or instead.

Candy Cane Letters Take off the plastic on your candy canes. It doesn’t matter if these break from opening, as they need to be all different sizes anyway. Place onto a tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat into fragments or the complete letter shapes you want. Put the tray into a 250 degree oven for 10 minutes. Shape them (be careful, hot) right out of the oven into letters. They are movable for a minute or two. Some letters may keep breaking, so you can just use them as lines and form the letters that way as well.

A Beautiful Birth Story

This is just amazing. Worth the time to read it. I promise.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Candlemas

"Jesus is the true Light of the World, and we celebrate with candlelight.” - Meredith Gould, The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day
Februay 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation, often called Candlemas, which commemorates the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the temple, which took place 40 days after his birth as Jewish law required. To celebrate this feast, traditionally you light candles in your homes to recognize that Jesus is the “light of revelation to the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32). These words were spoken by Simeon at Jesus' Presentation at the Temple. On Candlemas, priests traditionally bless candles before or at the beginning of Mass. As a family, this evening light your candles and say this prayer below.
Catholic Collect for The Feast of the Presentation All-powerful Father, Christ Your Son
became man for us and was presented in the temple.
May he free our hearts from sin and bring us into your presence.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit
one God forever and ever.
Amen.
“Jesus identified himself as the Light of the World, but then called us to be the light. The Presentation helps us to remember that we share in the continuation of his mission.”
- Father Roger Landry, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford, MA

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