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
From Glamour Shots to Grease Monkey, Megan does it all with style. Saturday her dad talked her through the process of changing the oil on her little yellow VW-Bug, Miss Molly. She most certainly earned the title – it was a very greasy job! I’m so proud of all the things my girls try (and master)… theRead More
While I made dinner one night this week, Dad took a bunch of the kids to a nearby park to wander around and look at the geese. Since I’ve been under the weather and couldn’t really leave the house lest I hack up a lung, I sent along my camera, and they ever so kindlyRead More
Another episode in my long, painfully slow saga of becoming a decent photographer. In this episode, I set up my new equipment. I recently acquired a set of light boxes, a backdrop stand, and three backdrops – white, black, and grey watercolor; a Yongnuo 560 IV flash and transmitter, some reflectors and an umbrella. I surmised that theseRead More
There’s inevitably a certain degree of mental fog that is part and parcel of having a newborn in the house and sleeping in 2 hour stretches. I’m already a bit of a flaky, flighty, flibbertigibbet, and this new person thrown into the mix just compounds the problem. This past week I have wandered out theRead More
This has been a busy week of running to the hospital over and over in hopes that our Baby Ruben would be released, only to find that no, he’s not quite ready. The concerns revolved around his O2 sats primarily, and as he was premature, they just favored caution. So Tuesday we went to theRead More
No wonder Efrain couldn’t get to sleep – these were ALL in his bed! The rest of the kids are pulling similar shenanigans, all thanks to four boxes of books Megan brought home from SSJ Aftercare, donated by her wonderful boss, Lynn! Blessed are we!!Read More
“At the end of the day,” “when all is said and done,” “this is where the rubber meets the road.” No matter how many meltdowns and extreme scream-fests there are in a day, God is gracious and gives us these precious moments, which are little reminders of his love.Read More
Yesterday, after dropping Efrain at his first day of Pre-K at Ss. Simon and Jude, I made a trek to north Phoenix, an area I have barely even touched in the nearly two decades we’ve lived in Arizona. I had a mission: to find the Archway Classical Academy, and meet up with our friend Jen,Read More
Oh the anticipation that has filled our home as we prepared for this new adventure – sending our first little one off to Pre-K! As a veteran home educator of going on 19 years, I never expected this day to come. I wouldn’t have considered it an option if our oldest two hadn’t spent theRead More
Well, I have a few minutes left before the end of today, so if I’m quick I’ll get this in before the pumpkin hour. Ooo, pumpkin… pumpkin spice… pumpkin pie… pumpkin latte… but I digress. Today was filled with firsts: the first day of school for my 2nd graders and 3rd grader… the firstRead 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