Saturday, December 24, 2011

O Holy Night

Peace to you on this Holy Night

"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; 
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 
In this way the love of God was revealed to us: 
God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 
In this is love: not that we have loved God, 
but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. 
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. 
No one has ever seen God. 
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, 
and his love is brought to perfection in us." 
1 John 4:7-12

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Meditations

Thought I would share these wonderful and insightful meditations on the birth of Christ...

I could listen to Fr. Barron speak all day long. 

I have been reading this Christmas mediation by Saint Padre Pio every Christmas for the past few years.

I also love this...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Saint Lucy Morning

One big girl was very excited for her first morning being a big girl enough to deliver sweet breads to wake her family. She loved her crown of lights, her white gown and red sash.

 I cheated and made easy Lussekatter and braided sweet bread out of crescent rolls and cinnamon rolls. 

 Sweet husband was already awake and had been working already for a couple hours. He loved his morning surprise though.

One big brother was "asleep" waiting

A delicious and sweet way to start the day.  We did some of these activities too. It didn't work out this year, but next year we plan to drive around and see the Christmas LIGHTS in honor of St. Lucy's day. Hope you had a wonderful Feast of Saint Lucy.

Saint Lucy, Pray for Us.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I am loving...

how the contour of his face fits just so perfectly against my arm as I rock him to sleep.
I took this picture with my phone which was sitting next to me. I didn't want to wake him by turning on the light so it's a little grainy.

I am loving also how my oldest daughter loves just "to be next to you mommy." She is my little companion whenever I am feeding little Bean Sprout. She leans up against me, resting her head on my arm and loves to rub his feet and toes. We can usually steal a few quiet moments like that a couple times a day.

I am loving how my big boy still just wants his mommy to snuggle with him every night and lay with him until he falls asleep. The things he says and tells me during those snuggles echo in my head like little wind chimes making me smile during the day.

I am loving how my little baby girl is not such a little baby anymore. She's talking in sentences and sometimes it's the bigger kids that translate for me. I needed some help with "Ariel band-aid fell off in the shower" today.

I am loving how I have been catching my children, even Sweet Pea, singing and humming "Time to say goodbye." We have been watching the Andrea Bocelli concert in Central Park on PBS and they have asked me to rewind that song over and over. I love opera and classical music, and my soul smiles to see them so mesmerized when they hear such beautiful music.

We of course listened to his version of "Ave Maria" today for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It went perfectly with our little snack after mass of blueberry muffins (recipe below) in honor of Mary cloaked in a blue mantle. And coffee for me.

And since this is a random mish-mash, post, look who's loving his tummy time.

Mary, thank you for being the model of a pure and selfless mother. When I follow your model and stay home, slow down and just enjoy my little ones, life is so sweet and so good. I am stepping away from the hustle this Advent. I have listened and I think that is what God wants for our family right now.

O Mary conceived without sin, 
pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Blueberry Muffins

1/2 cup butter at room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (I used more like 3-3.5 cups of whatever berries)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk

Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup
butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over
muffins before baking.

Heat oven to 375°.
Grease 18 regular-size muffin cups (or 12 large size or 24 regular
size muffins).
In bowl, mix butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.
Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt.
With spoon, fold in half of flour then half of milk into batter; repeat.
Fold in blueberries.
Spoon into muffin cups and sprinkle topping onto each muffin.
Bake 20 to 30 minutes for large muffins, 12-20 minutes for regular
sized, until golden brown and springy to touch.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011 Fun Advent Ideas

To celebrate Advent and Christmas, we are lighting our doing our Advent Wreath and Jesse Tree tradition each evening. And we'll get our tree this weekend probably and decorate it and the house. And on Christmas Eve and Day we'll have lots of fun and feasting. But here is a list of some fun things we have always done each Advent season and some new ones to try. I am writing this list down so I can remember it and also to help me out on the many sluggish, new baby and no sleep days I'm having lately. Thought I would share...

2011 Advent Fun List

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