Oh, the ecstasy and agony of books! If you’re like our family, you can’t live without them, but you also can’t find enough room for them. Over the past months of upheaval in living arrangements, finding room for people has taken precedence over making room for our library. It was never really the same afterRead More
I wish I could give you a moment-by-moment account of Geneva’s spring recital this afternoon, but alas, I cannot. Anyone who has ever had children of widely varying ages knows the reality of having to juggle who will stay home with the small ones. We can’t all do everything, so we learn to take turns.Read More
Easter being so very early this year, we were able to celebrate with Grandma and Grandpa before they left to return to the land of the Frozen North. Jon and Jess invited us all out to their east valley acreage for a day of festivities. There, we had plenty of time and space for theRead More
With a growing family including 10 kids plus miscellaneous other persons, it became incredibly unwieldy to travel anywhere with 3 vehicles. We decided in March to pare down the vehicular redundancy by consolidating. I researched the options in the large van market, and kept coming back to Nissan’s NV3500 – it had all the bellsRead More
We saved the best of our site seeing for Vicki’s last day in town, and zipped down to Tuscon on Friday morning to visit the beautiful historic site of the Mission San Xavier del Bac. We learned while there that the parish continues to this day ministering to the people of the Tohono O’odham Nation.Read More
Having properly feted my hubby’s birthday with dinner at Pei Wei, Vicki and I decided to head over to Westgate to see if we could take some pix of the night life, fountains, and sparkly lights. What we didn’t count on was finding a huge car show in full swing when we arrived, complete withRead More
On the evening of March 3rd (which happened to be my esteemed husband’s birthday!), we took advantage of our in-house babysitting crew to manage the littles while Vicki, Paul and I took a little jaunt up South Mountain in hopes of getting some epic sunset photos. It turned out to be a very overcast evening,Read More
This was Efrain’s and my second trip to the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, but the first visit for the little girls and for Vicki. So many beautiful creatures! We arrived right at opening time, thinking we would beat the rush, only to find that some schools had also planned a field trip there at theRead More
Backing up to review our wonderful week of Vicki, here are pics from the day we hiked the Waterfall Trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park. It was a gorgeous day, and the trail was accessible enough for the little ones and for me (and for Paul who hupped the baby on his back withRead More
It’s been more than a month, hasn’t it… Yep. Feb. 2 was my last post. I can’t even begin to think about catching up right now, either. There’s just too much, and I am so very keyed in right now to what is going on inside my home. Let me try, so so briefly, toRead 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