It’s a mom thing that we do, we mom-bloggers – we like to brag on our kids. When they get a great new job, or score well on an exam, get their dream part in a play, etc. And I love reading other mom’s brag-posts! It is truly a delight to rejoice with those whoRead More
Our family time this year was altered slightly by a mis-hap and a misunderstanding. Earlier this week, Grandma Pat took a tumble off her bike and cracked a rib, and unsurprisingly, the aftermath of her accident kept her home from the gathering today. Grandpa was able to make it for a while though, and for thatRead More
This year was our family’s first opportunity to participate in what we have discovered is a Really Big Deal around the Ss. Simon and Jude School – the annual Jogathon fundraiser. Now, anyone who’s been around this block before knows how these types of fundraisers work. All the children participate at whatever level they areRead More
Tis the season for family gatherings – the Grands have arrived back in Arizona! The weekend prior to this past, we had our first whoop-de-do since they got here, to celebrate JT’s 18th birthday. It was relaxed and fun hanging out and having a good old fashioned KFC chicken dinner, with baked potatoes, salsa, nachoRead More
There’s really not a lot to say about Halloween. We went with what I call the “Minimalist Superhero” theme, capes, masks, and of course, a bucket for each. The evening was well spent wandering around the neighborhood with Dad, while I sat in my traditional spot as candy distributor at the end of the driveway.Read More
The last part of the afternoon on Saturday was divided between some shooting for Jake, Daddy and Laurent, and finally, one more hike down to the Carrizo Wash, this time all the way down to let the kids play and run and slide down dirt hills and climb through culverts and find forts amongst theRead More
While sightseeing with the kiddos along the ranch roads and looking for the best vantage points to see the pretty golden foliage, the kids were looking at other things. I was outside the van for just a moment at one point, when they started hollering from inside about something. I came back to try toRead More
While the board members were meeting at our cabin on Saturday morning, I thought it prudent to remove the hoard of children from the immediate vicinity and take them on a little sightseeing tour of the ranch. I had noted when we drove in on Friday that the salt cedars in the Carrizo Wash wereRead More
Our weekend at the ranch was timed to coincide with a Carrizo Ranch Association board meeting. Since Paul is president of the association, it falls to him to schedule and host the meetings, and he’d scheduled this one for Saturday morning at our cabin. This was our first time bringing little Ruben to the ranch, andRead More
Over the weekend up at the ranch with the family, a rite of passage occurred. My husband has for some years been the proud owner of a Marlin .22 bolt action rifle that was first owned by his grandfather, Richard Heidmann. Richard passed it on to his son Fred, who passed it on to Paul, whoRead More
Oh yes, we are so very posh. Laurent, Ellie and Lyssa put together the most delightful tea this morning, and Oma and I were lucky enough to be invited. They not only let me snap photos, I even got to have a wee sandwich, some fruit, and my choice of green tea or black, with orRead More
Wife to one very smart mathematician, homeschooling veteran of 17 years, foster mom and church mom to many, I sing all the time, dabble in photography, blog a bit, paint in bright colors, and love being Catholic! See about for more…
Oh great St. Peregrine, you have been called
“The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,”
because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.
For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from his Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.
(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)
Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.
Oh glorious apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus,
the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many,
but the Church honors and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases–of things despaired of.
Pray for me who am so miserable;
make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded thee of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of.
Come to my assistance in this great need,
that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities,
tribulations and sufferings, particularly (mention your request),
and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity.
I promise thee, O blessed St. Jude,
to be ever mindful of this great favor,
and I will never cease to honor thee as my special and powerful patron,
and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee.
Exemplary Mother of the Great Augustine,
you perserveringly pursued your wayward son,
not with wild threats, but with prayerful cries to heaven.
Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God.
Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.
Dear St. Monica, troubled wife and mother,
many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime,
yet you never despaired or lost faith.
With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and your beloved son, Augustine.
Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord.
Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favorably hear my plea for …
(mention your petition here)
and grant me the grace to accept His will in all things,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.
Prayer in Honor of St. Catherine
Invocation of St. Catherine
Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen