"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Woodland Baby Shower

I organized a woodland-themed baby shower at my sister's house for my nephew who will be born soon. I wasn't able to do everything I wanted to do (as usual), but I was so happy when it still turned out wonderful. It was a relaxed afternoon with a few of her friends.

Some party quizzes and a wild baby animals DVD.
Nuts, berries, an apple cake and chocolate cupcakes (that wer supposed to have mushroom-like frosting.. but that didn't happen. On top of the table cloth there is some woodland wrapping paper I found.
 A fox print for guests to sign with uplifting motherhood messages, which will go in the nursery.
Owl bookmark favors.
Some books as gifts.
Of course some baby shower games, like timed and blindfolded diaper changing and guess that baby food.  
Sisters and nephew...
 And finally, kids and husbands came later on and, naturally, Addie was the center of attention! 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Our Lady of Guadalupe Day!

Mary the dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the gate, Christ the Heavenly Way!
Mary the root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!
Mary the wheat sheaf, Christ the living Bread;
Mary the rose tree, Christ the Rose blood-red!
Mary the font, Christ the Cleansing Flood’
Mary the chalice, Christ the Saving Blood!
Mary the temple, Christ the temple’s Lord;
Mary the shrine, Christ the God adored!
Mary the beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!
Mary the mother, Christ the mother’s Son.
Both ever blest while endless ages run.

“Mary the Dawn” Words: anonymous poet; The poem now exists in its edited form by the Dominican Sisters of Summit (1972).Mary the Dawn by Kathleen Lundquiest is available from Amazon.com

This is a hymn from this morning's lauds, I heard at divineoffice.org. Isn't it pretty? I've been trying to be consistent about praying the morning prayer with this site while drinking tea ever since I read The Little Oratory (great btw!) and a wise priest suggested I try to pray first thing in the morning, even if Addie distracts me or stops me halfway.

I haven't abandoned this blog... I promise! I have trying to make a home, cook, take care of a small child, work outsider the home (!), organize a youth group and have a life generally speaking. It's been hard... the social aspect has been the first to suffer. But morning lauds is really organizing me and helping me have peace.

Here we are this morning with our lauds.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Are humans responsible for everything they do?

Another one of my vĂ­deos on the YouCat, this one about human responsibility...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Article on Stay-At-Home-Moms

Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors          

     November 13, AD 2014 | Julie Machado

              I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to be is an impossible task. Dedicating yourself entirely to a task of upbringing that, in the end, is totally out of our control, and not having another job to get a little self-worth from or at least have as a back-up plan is… crazy!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Strolling around

Guess what my baby was doing while I was working and her dad was studying?

You think it's funny???
That's right. Strolling around downtown Lisbon with a fabulous babysitter and friend (see previous post). And by fabulous I mean REALLY FABULOUS. As in sings at our wedding and baby's baptism out of the goodness of her heart and then takes my baby sightseeing out of the same goodness.
Beats being locked into one room all day in daycare... right baby?  Oh the life.

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