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Last Days … And New Beginnings

Last Days … And New Beginnings

My three oldest daughters sat on the porch in the early morning. It was the last day of school for my Kindergartener. Tomorrow would be the last day for my first and second graders. An entire school year coming to a close. A year filled with learning, growing, praying, laughing and playing. An entire school year culminating with one final all-school assembly: a traditional May Crowning that took place last night. This May Crowning is an event that our family…

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First Holy Communion Spiritual Bouquet

First Holy Communion Spiritual Bouquet

With each invitation we sent out, we (secretly) included a little card asking guests to join us in giving our daughter a spiritual bouquet for her First Holy Communion. They could check off what prayers they would like to offer for her. And then, we asked them to bring the card, attached to a special flower, to our celebration afterward. It was so beautiful to see the bouquet grow, with all of the different hand-selected stems! And all of the…

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A Glimpse at First Holy Communion

A Glimpse at First Holy Communion

My daughter’s First Holy Communion was so beautiful! The day was filled with prayer and grace and joy. I cried. Knowing Jesus was coming into her heart in such a real and special way. Words cannot express what I felt for my daughter. How my faith in the Real Presence was deepened. I will share more soon. Especially about her dress and a few other things we did. Your responses to my questions a few months ago really gave me…

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Tea and Cake

Tea and Cake

Her heart is full. Ready to serve. She’s almost always willing to do what needs to be done. She enjoys helping with recipes. And she often volunteers to clear the table or sweep the floor. Her kindness overflows. She teaches me a lot. Everyday. This was one of her Christmas gifts. A lovely little book she could use to continue learning about service, as well as hospitality and some homemaking skills. She is drawn to the domestic arts anyway, so…

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Birthday Glow

Birthday Glow

Rows of pink cupcakes in the early morning light. For my pretty-in-pink-kind-of daughter. Steamers flowing down to brighten her day. A stack of gifts just waiting to be opened. All smiles as she enters her birth-day. Already eight! My girl who loves pink (and sometimes purple, too). Who is my very own Fancy Nancy. And quite possibly our resident thespian. Who already appreciates strolling through antique stores with her grandmother. And sometimes wishes she lived in the 1940s, just because…

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Birthday Mitts

Birthday Mitts

An early birthday gift for my almost-eight-year-old daughter. She has been asking for a pair of fingerless gloves ever since I made a pair for myself back in April. I started out with one pattern, but I realized that it just didn’t look right with the yarn I had selected. So, I did a little search on Ravelry and found another pattern. This one is knit on straight needles and then sewn at the seams. A little different but I…

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Through Her Eyes

Through Her Eyes

For awhile now, my five-year-old daughter has been asking to borrow my camera to take photos. Sometimes I allow this, and sometimes I don’t. It sort of depends on the day and what’s going on. She also has been asking for her own camera for a good six months. And she finally received an inexpensive point-and-shoot for her recent birthday. Some may say five is too young for her own camera. But over the months, my husband and I have…

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Schultütes, Jitters and Smiles

Schultütes, Jitters and Smiles

Today was the first day of school for my three oldest daughters—the Trio, as my husband has affectionately nicknamed them. Several weeks ago, I decided to make Schultütes for their first day of school. One of my daughters has been anxious to go to school this year. And I thought this sweet tradition would put some fun into her first day and hopefully makes some of those jitters subside … I first heard about Schultütes from Barbara at Praying for…

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

My oldest child will be entering second grade this year, which means this will be the year of first confession and first communion preparations for her. I am not at all worried that she won’t be ready by next spring. She has been waiting patiently for this special time to come for awhile now. It is interesting that earlier this week she asked me if she would be enrolled in the [confraternity of the] brown scapular, after she received her…

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Knitting with Kids

Knitting with Kids

I have just one new craft project to share … … teaching my six-year-old how to knit. We had an outing of our own. Just the two of us. To Jo-Ann to pick out a new craft for her. She picked knitting. And she was determined. She didn’t want a kids kit either. She wanted real yarn and real needles. Did I mention she was set on this? OK then. She picked out her own, colorful yarn, and we got…

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