Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
A friend of ours gave us this package of chocolate cherry scone mix as a Christmas gift. I was saving it to make until a special occasion. This morning seemed to be that day I was waiting for. I thought it was very fitting to use my new heart shaped bowl from the Target $ section to mix the batter. It was just so pretty I had to snap a picture.
This same friend and her husband host a St. Valentine's Day party each year. For a week or more, she lovingly prepares delicious desserts to serve. When you walk into the warm glow of their home that night, you are met with the smiles of great Christian couples, you smell the yummy aroma of chocolate, sugar, and hot coffee. She has been doing it for years and she said she got great advice once, "You pick a holiday and every year host a party." She says Christmas is so booked with things to do, but that not many people throw a party for Valentine's Day. I happen to think it is brilliant.
What do you do special to celebrate the Special Day of Love?
Friday, January 28, 2011
A few years ago, I was given an envelope containing a handful of pamphlets from the 1960's called "The Mother's Saint" about St. Gerard Majella, patron saint of motherhood, mothers, and expectant mothers. I was asked to share them with Catholic mothers that I knew who might appreciate them.
Then two weeks ago, I was cleaning off one of the many cluttered surfaces and found the envelope. I remembered the request that was asked of me to share with Catholic mothers and so I decided to share them here in a giveaway.
Please leave a comment on this post if you are interested. If you are not local or do not know me personally, please leave an email so that I can contact you. There are ten pamphlets, so if I receive more than ten comments, I will get my kids to help me draw names out of a hat.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
But as is the case with any "ceremonious event", let's hold all the applause until the end.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
We were about midway through our cones when you-know-who closes his eyes in complete and total enjoyment and says, "Mmmmmm, mmm. This cone is damn good."
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
...... imagine the wings my heart received when my little butterfly boy came in and said with such enthusiasm, "Mommy Mommy guess what I just saw?!?!?! An airplane that just disappeared into the clouds!"
Number 4, my five-year-old, discovered chess. The desire we saw in him to master the game and win was amazing - surely a very good characteristic that will do him nicely when applied to other areas of his life in years to come. He would cry with such sadness in his voice when his queen would get taken, but never did he say "I quit." He and I even played online chess against the computer and WON! He was giddy with excitement. Nevermind that it was set at the easiest level: "Silly" At one point he had two queens and he couldn't be more thrilled. (Note: It makes a mother happy to have a son who has such a strong desire to protects his queen. Very good character trait.)
I know the entertainment biz is filled with people like that, but I suppose people from all walks of life fall prey to it. From the strike-it-rich homeless man who finds himself famous, the small town girl who quickly rose to the top with her talent, voice, or beauty, the athlete with an incredible gift, or the mom who came up with a brilliant product that no one can life without. I suppose that after awhile, seeing someone from their past reminds them of their "old lives"... a life they are ashamed of?
I don't suppose it helps that the media feeds the "15 minutes of fame" concept. All the reality shows that flood the pages of TV Guide, shows like Oprah, even seemingly insignificant programming such as QVC (the rebirth of Joan Rivers) help stoke the fires of fame and glory.
All the fame, fortune, and glory can be used for good, this is true. A person would have to be incredibly diligent about staying humble and living God's will. But more often than not, I think Satan uses it for his own cross-purpose of God's will. The "instantly famous" often become addicted to the next "high", the next rung of the ladder, but with Satan's scaffolding, there is nothing at the top. Many who are climbing find that when they take that "top step" they fall way down into an abyss.
And who do you think is there waiting for them at the bottom? The same folks who were there all along.