Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

(I hate that this pic is blurry…but it was such a cute one of the kids before Mass that I had to post it.)




May you continue to experience the joy of this Christmas Season like this little one…





 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December...

I have a love/hate relationship with December.

So very, very busy…

…but always with worthwhile endeavors.

So often, we say that we "just need to say no".

But when the Christmas Concert at school is part of the performance grade for Music Class…

…and your husband is giving the tour of his Fire Station for your son's Tiger Cub Scout troop…

…when your Catholic Women's prayer group (we are studying the Gospel of Matthew this semester) is such an integral part of your prayer (and friendship) life…

…well, one can begin to feel a bit overwhelmed with commitments.

And to be honest…

…I have said no to some things (much to my daughter's chagrin).  *frown*

"No" to Ecumenical Christmas Caroling at our 155-year old "original" Catholic church on Sunday night (can you even imagine attending Mass on the Kansas prairie 155 years ago?!)…

…"no" to Parent-Watch Night for Mary Catherine's dance class (I feel like a heel!)…it wasn't my carpool night (thank goodness for carpooling!) and the boys were sick (again)…

…"no"to being a chaperon for Mary and Ben's school field trip (today)…which would mean finding daycare for Luke for the day…(ugh)

But tonight is it.  The Tiger Cub tour at the Fire Station is this evening and then we have no more commitments for December until the Weekend of the 21st!

Breathe.

I promise to be back soon to share pictures of all the other things we have been up to and to show you the awesome gifts I received from my new friend, Ellie, of Nova Scotia, Canada.  We participated in a "Grateful Swap" and sent each other care packages.  Ellie and I were a perfect match and she sent me some incredible goodies…many homemade!!!

Thank you, Ellie!  My daughter has already taken the sea glass to school for show and tell!  *smile*


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 3 ~ Embracing These Last Days of Fall

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen 

in one autumnal face.” 

~John Donne~




Relishing these last few days of Autumn…

…where balmy temperatures (60s!) 
and filtered sunlight beckon us to take to the outdoors and enjoy one more family bike ride.



December Photo Project 2013


Additional photos from yesterday afternoon…







Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2 ~ 'Tis the Season...




'Tis the Season…

…for the Stomach Flu.

Round 2.

Benjamin.

Unexpected extension to Thanksgiving Break!

*Note to Self:  Pick Up Color-Safe Bleach*

December Photo Project 2013


Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 1 ~ Nativity Set



A brand new nativity set…

…perfect for tiny hands to play with.



December Photo Project 2013








Additional photos captured this evening…





The December Photo Project

Because life gets so hectic at times…

…and blogging is always the first thing to go…

…I thought I'd sign up to participate in the…



December Photo Project 2013


I'm looking forward to sharing with you the images I capture during the month of December…

…and allowing myself not to have to "write" a lot this month.  

A picture speaks a thousand words, no?

And maybe learning how to shoot in manual mode.  
(I'm still fighting with my camera and "cheating" by flipping the switch back to "automatic".)
*sigh*

Wish to learn more about the dpp?








Beauty on Sunday…Advent

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
 ~Philippians 4:8~






"It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time.  Then we would have a holy Christmas.  But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God - the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it.  It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree.  And we do this by being holy people - kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people - no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…"

Meanings of Christmas
~Fr. Andrew Greeley~
Woman's Day, 12-22-81


Wishing you a blessed and peaceful start 
to the Advent Season,