"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
(1 Jn 4:16)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tasha Tudor

When I was in grade school, the librarian read us Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Tasha Tudor. I remember going to the library each week and anxiously waiting for the librarian to finish reading the book, so that I could check it out and look at the lovely illustrations. When I grew a little older, I delighted in her illustrations in The Secret Garden. As an adult, I still like Tasha Tudor's illustrations. I also find pleasure in looking at photos of her amazing garden.

Postcard available from Tasha Tudor and Family
The other day, I came across the quote below from Tasha Tudor, and she endeared herself even more to me.
"I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It's an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren't stupid because you're a housewife. When you're stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare." 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Christmas 2015

"At that time there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city."

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child."

"And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered." 

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."

"And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock."

"And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David."

"And this shall be a sign unto you."

"You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger." 

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will."

~ Luke 2:1-14 ~

Friday, January 15, 2016

Words to Remember

"The only success in life is the person who has a good death. The only failure in life is the person who has a bad death."
~ Fr. Wolfe, FSSP

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 in Review

"If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend."
~ St. Teresa of Avila ~


On January 5, I gave Kilian his first haircut. He is my first little boy to have had a haircut before his first birthday.


Kieran gave his brother a haircut, and our little boy ate his first cupcake.


We made cookies for St. Patrick's Day, and pysanky for Easter presents. We also enjoyed an impromptu parish picnic on Palm Sunday.


We celebrated Easter. Finnian served as a torchbearer on Easter Sunday morning.


Our youngest daughter received her First Holy Communion.


Theresa decided that she likes making cakes. She made the first cake for the Feast of Corpus Christi and the second one just because. She has made several more cakes since June. Our four oldest children enjoyed our parish's camps.


Our oldest son left to visit my brother and his family in Switzerland (and Brittany). Two of my daughters went to another FSSP camp. We went to a wedding (Theresa caught the bouquet), the beach, and the Highland Games (as always, the massing of the bands sounded great).


I am thankful that my husband is still around. We are thankful for all the love that family and friends showed to us. During my husband's recovery, our youngest delighted in being able to eat his daddy's food. Whether it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Kilian was always right by my husband's side, opening his mouth like a little bird.


In September, we had fun at our parish's annual picnic.


We spent the day at the zoo. Theresa carved our pumpkin this year. Most importantly, we started going to a new parish. While we miss our friends from our old parish, we are so thankful to have a parish that is closer to home, and a good and holy priest for our pastor. May God bless our priests and may Our Lady keep them close to her Immaculate Heart!


We assisted at our parish's All Saints Day Mass and had a great time at the All Saints Day Party. The boys participated in altar server training at our new parish and we celebrated Thanksgiving.


We prepared our hearts and minds for the birth of Christ. We were privileged to be able to assist at our parish's first Rorate Mass.

“Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.”
~ Isaiah 45:8 ~

Christmas photos will be shared separately.
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