Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mid-December Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Taking in the Christmas lights on the feast of St. Lucy (Lucia, which means "light").

St. Lucy (Lucia) was a Christian born in Sicily a couple hundred years after the death of Christ.  She secretly dedicated her life to Christ.  This was secretly done since it was illegal to be a Christian at that time.  During her youth, she would feed the hungry and help the poor.  As a beautiful young lady, a Roman soldier wanted to marry her.  When he grew angry with her refusal, he reported her as a Christian and she was arrested.  During her persecution, she lost her eye sight.  Miraculously they were healed.  After numerous, failed attempts to murder her, the soldiers eventually succeeded.  St. Lucy died a martyr's death.  She is the patron saint of people with vision problems.

The Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge yesterday was #lights.  You can find more of their challenge here.

I am thankful for ~

these kiddos singing Christmas carols for the residents in a local nursing home.

From the school room ~

Still working on the Bio Lab hours.  This one will be working on some dissections to do over Christmas break while big sister is home from college.

The BIGGEST change I made this year was scheduling semester exams after Christmas break.  It has been far less stressful leading up to Christmas this year.  A good move!

From the kitchen ~

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies!!

What I am reading ~

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Richard Paul Evans Christmas books!!

Around the house ~

Our newest Christmas book for our Christmas book bin ::

The newest ornaments from our trip to the beach this past summer ::

And Miss Clementine gave me this jelly fish ornament on Mother's Day (when we were at the beach).

I am taking part in another saint peg doll exchange.  It will be the end of January.  I chose St. Maria Goretti because she is my Confirmation saint (and I have a daughter with that name ;)

I decided to host a painting party here on Sunday evening with the moms who are participating.  Whoever can come... in sweatpants ;)

Miss Clementine had her Little Flower Christmas cookie exchange a couple of weeks ago :)

Stan the man received his bottom braces the beginning of December.

I am praying for ~

* our souls in purgatory

* for those who have no one to pray for them

* my family

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

I am listening to ~

My dryer and dishwasher.  It seems like my washer & dryer and dishwasher are always running.  I am so grateful for these modern appliances!

Coming down the pike this week ~

Thursday - Sarah is on her way home from college as I type!!  She finished last week but needed to stay to work at her job until today.

Friday - Last day of class till after Christmas break.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - Christmas parties!!!

A last photo to share ~

Someone received a short haircut!

The other day she told me she wanted it to her chin.  I thought I had better take her in before she cut it herself!  ha ha!

Continued Advent blessings to you all!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

December 12 is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She is patroness of the Americas and unborn.  :)

Today's Advent photo challenge was #OurLady.

This is our favorite picture book; a delicate pop-up that Miss Mabel received for her Baptism birthday some year ago.

We also have a couple of other beautiful books for this wonderful feast day ::

And the funny thing is that tile up in that photo on the bulletin board... not planned.  Pinky swear!  It is a painted image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on tile.  I purchased it on a visit to the Cathedral in downtown Dallas some years back.

That tile has been hanging on the bulletin board for a long time.  I think she is beautiful, don't you?

~ 2017 Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ #Ourlady #CSAdvent

Monday, December 11, 2017

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

Sarah arrives home Thursday night!  Yay!  We will be a #family of 7 again (as Clementine says).

~ 2017 Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link Up ~ 2017 : #family #CSAdvent

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiced Mexicocoa, Cookies, and a Movie

December 9 is the feast of St. Juan Diego, and we celebrated it this year with some Holiday Spiced Mexicocoa ::

as well as making those adorable, sombrero cookies again ::

while playing with peg dolls ::

as well as watching another saintly DVD ::

It was a fun feast day to celebrate, especially with a certain 5 year old in the house. :)

St. Juan Diego, pray for us!

~ Advent 2017 ~ Catholic Sistas Photo Challenge

#Truth.  The older I get, the less I like crowded malls.  Yesterday was for the kids who experienced skating at the Dallas Galleria at Christmas time. :)

PS - The people watching was FANTASTIC though!

Catholic Sistas Advent Photo Challenge Link-up ~ Day 7 : #Truth #CSAdvent

Friday, December 8, 2017

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Blue frosted cupcakes with gold sprinkles on top to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.

You can look Here for a brief explanation on the Immaculate Conception if you want :)

O God,  who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession,  to come unto You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,  Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end. 



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