I love the perfect, soothing color of violets, and I love how they just pop up in perfect lovely clusters scattered here and there, all by themselves.
These little tiny figs on my potted tree make me very happy. I've counted eight so far - not bad for a two year old tree, and almost enough for a fig and honey cream galette, if we can resist eating them all fresh.
This girl makes the funniest faces while she reads, concentrating on deciphering all those words. She just finished this Milly Molly Mandy collection, and enjoyed it much in spite of her face. Such a sweet book for a little girl.
The first two bluebirds have hatched! Three to go! (You know how we love our bluebirds.) We were so relieved to find they survived the wild torrential rains and storms last night.
Outside my window- It's finally spring! Michael has repeatedly remarked that it is nice that spring waited until Easter to arrive, and I do not disagree, but it was a long wait. So much dreary gray takes its toll, you know? Now that it is really, truly green and blooming out there it seems almost surreal to me. I look out the window at the blooms and I have to tell myself it's really spring, here to stay. Thank Goodness.
I am hearing- Various Irish tunes as Josiah plays DJ on Naxos, the free subscription which is one of our favorite college student perks. His sisters call out favorites and he is happy to oblige their requests- Minstrel Boy, I'll Tell Me Ma, Foxhunter's Jig, St. Anne's Reel... Now Eliza and Kateri are dancing and singing along to the beloved Charlie is My Darling. You know 'Charlie'...
"My dear," says Alan, "I cannae very safely say; but I'll tell ye what I'll do instead," says he, "I'll whistle ye a bit tune." And with that he leaned pretty far over the table, and in a mere breath of a whistle but with a wonderful pretty sentiment, gave her a few bars of "Charlie is my darling." - Robert Louis Stevenson (Kidnapped)
"O, Charlie is my darlin', My darlin', my darlin', O, Charlie is my darlin', The young chevalier!" With "chevalier" Mama took up the linen towel she used to protect her hand from burning and took the iron door off the brick oven. The good smell of the pork pie nearly made Charlotte dizzy. - Melissa Wiley (On Tide Mill Lane)
I am wearing- My trusty vintage April Cornell skirt of multi patterned florals, a cream linen tunic, pink glass beads, brown ballet flats. So very happy to be in the spring clothes after Lent!
I am thankful for- Easter! Spring! Sunshine! Flowers! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
I am thinking about- The beautiful Holy Week and Triduum services. I had almost finished a post about it, but alas our internet has been going out, and if you hit 'save' when you're not connected you haven't really 'saved'. (Sounds like some forced spiritual object lesson.)
I am reading- At teatime I am reading The Singing Tree. I love how sometimes I am asked to read aloud a beloved favorite that everyone else has read many times, but they want to hear it aloud. Along the same vein, I am reading The Hobbit aloud to the whole family in the evening. This was actually quite a family debate. After I finished The Silmarillion, they decided they wanted to hear all of The Lord of the Rings out loud, which has Never Been Read Aloud in our house. But Mary Rose has not read it, as she is not yet of the customary household required age of twelve, and the debate raged on whether she should be allowed to experience all of Middle Earth for the first time in a private reading. But the literary powers that be in the house came to the consensus that it Shall Be Read Aloud at this time. Isn't family culture so fascinating? Especially when it comes to such all important topics such as literature?
From the kitchen- Easter goodies abound! Kalacs and nut and poppy rolls and bird nests and sugar cookies and homemade chocolate covered coconut cream and buttercream and maple cream eggs. Oh My.
Things looks pretty much like last year, but I have to show you some of the cookies. My big girls take the cookies from the cow cutter and shape them into horses,
and the chicks into everything from hummingbirds and whooping cranes to barn owls .
and eaglets, of course.
A kestrel for Mary Rose - her favorite bird.
In the learning house- The Singing Tree is making me want to learn more about Hungarian history that I have forgotten. Eliza is still smitten with Frog and Toad and Little Bear, Kateri reads everything in sight, Mary Rose is in the throes of the Civil War, Lydia is thrilled to be studying feather development, Josiah is working hard to finish editing his movie so his brother can finish composing its soundtrack.
Living the Liturgical Year- Easter is the most beautiful season in the Church. I love how we celebrate for fifty days, and how the joy of the Risen Lord permeates all. I love how Alleluia's punctuate everything from the Mass readings to the thrice daily Regina Caeli, as if we cannot speak for long without inserting an Alleluia, so great is our Easter joy. The Lord is risen! Indeed He is truly risen! Alleluia!
Around the house- The windows are open with delicious breezes blowing through. Last week's spring cleaning efforts still shine (except where they don't). Easter decor abounds.
We are creating- Spring nature journal entries! Hooray!
A few plans for the rest of the week- After minimizing online time for Lent, I'm still playing catch-up on answering email. If you have been waiting forever for an email from me, please don't take it personally!
One of my favorite things - Eliza's joy at the unveiling of the statues that have been covered in purple for Passiontide, both at church during the Vigil
and afterwards at home.
A picture thought- Josiah was privileged to serve as Thurifer for the Vigil Mass
A most blessed, joyous Eastertide to you and yours! Alleluia!
The rules: Those tagged will share 5 things they love about Jesus/why they love Jesus. Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers and will provide a link in the comments section here with their name so that others can read them.
1. The Eucharist. Our Lord comes to us every day that we are willing to go and receive Him! His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity are mine just for the asking - Jesus comes and feeds my soul with His very Self and I receive grace and nourishment for this journey of life on earth. I have been going to daily Mass for years and I don't believe I could have any hope of even trying to pursue any bit of holiness without daily Eucharist. I love that Our Lord comes and feeds me every day. I need Him.
2. The Incarnation. Of course Our Lord brought us the Eucharist through the Incarnation. I love that He came and was born as a baby and grew and lived and walked this earth as a human being to show us how it is He wants us to live. I love that He does not ask anything of us that He Himself did not already give.
3. The Cross. He came and suffered His Passion for our salvation. He showed us how to suffer, He showed us that suffering has a purpose, and He allows our sufferings to be united to His own. Pain and sorrow are a part of everyone's life, and Our Lord showed us that suffering is meaningful and useful and redemptive when united to Him. I love that pain is never useless with my Jesus.
4. His mercy. Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina that His Heart is 'an ocean of mercy'. Scripture tells us His mercies are new every morning, that His mercy has no end. Sometimes His mercies are new every hour in my day. Sometimes I need to call upon His mercy every minute. Sometimes His mercy comes to me in the Confessional and sometimes I need it right there in the kitchen. I love that His mercy covers all.
5.His Mother. At the very same time Our Lord was hanging on the Cross and dying for our sins He did another tremendous thing for us and He gave us His Mother. He gave us His very Self and remains with us in the Eucharist, yet knowing how difficult this life can be He also saw fit to give us His Blessed Mother to be our own. I am so thankful for His Mother and I love that He thought to share her with us. There is nothing else on earth like a Mother, and sometimes she is what we need most to bring us to Him.
6. His Church. Through the Church, Our Lord has left us with the Faith that is perfect for us, body and soul, heart and mind, intellect and will. I love that while He was here on earth Our Lord did not eschew the stuff of this world. I love that He used things like water and dirt and spit and cloth and bread and wine to accomplish His will. I love that my Catholic faith indulges my senses as well as my spirit, engages my body as well as my soul, satisfies the musings of my mind and the longings of my heart, that it all fits together. And I love that even the likes of dirt and spit in my own life can be used for His glory.
7. His Name. I love that His Name is the Name that is above all other names, and that in the end every knee shall bow to the sound of it. I love that just to say His holy Name is a prayer, and I know that whenever I call upon Him, He hears me and is there.
I guess I'd better stop - apparently I count to 'five' just like Karen does. This was a good list to contemplate. If you'd like to participate, leave a comment so we can find yours. I will also try to tag five other bloggers, but as you can see I'm not so good at the rules...
Ready for teatime. The hyacinths smell as pretty as they look.
Eliza squeezing out the happy out in the fresh air. I snapped the picture in between her singing Yellow is the Sun and You Are My Sunshine.
A little kitchen dancing keeps the wee ones very happy while mama cooks; supper gets made, mama is glad, people get fed,and then everyone is happy.
He stuck a feather in his cap and ... plays the accordion.
I walked past Our Lady out front and did a double take as I caught a glimpse of the lovely little 'bouquet' on her head. Flowers fondly placed by a four year old - that kind of love is real. (and Our Lady is looking pretty 'real' as well, showing chips from when she was stolen - methinks she surely needs new paint this spring!)
Just kidding. We've actually been watching barn owls Mel and Sydney and their six owlets for the last couple of months. Now we have the eagles on as well. It is so fascinating to watch these big, bold, beautiful birds! The first eaglet hatched yesterday and the second one today, with one egg still remaining. The eagles keep a nice pantry with rabbit, crow and fish for variety. Their gigantic nest is amazing. Lydia keeps the netbook at her school spot, but we are all enthralled with getting such an up close view on these fabulous nesting birds. Nature study 24/7!
Outside my window- It's cold and dark. That March that came in like a lamb sure went out like a lion - a cold, dark, wet, snowy, dreary lion. Those few lamb days seem like a distant dream; waking up it's always grey and raining.
I am hearing- Beethoven, as a pianist prepares for an upcoming recital. Big girls helping little girls paint birds.
I am wearing- A purpley skirt, ivory turtleneck and fisherman sweater, wool handwarmers, brown boots. A few weeks ago I told the girls it was time to put away the woolens, and I determined to stop wearing boots, and then that lion came back and we're all back in wool.
I am thankful for- sheep
I am thinking about- "My child, progress in the spiritual life does not consist in having a great deal of interior joy and consolation. It consists in being humble, patient, and free from self-pity when things go wrong. Faithfully go on with your affairs, and do not become careless in your prayers and good works when you no longer find pleasure in them. ... Many people judge their closeness to God by their feelings. If they feel devout, they believe they are pleasing Him, and if they feel dejected and gloomy, they think that He has abandoned them. These standards are false and deceitful. I may be proving my best love for God when I least feel like pleasing Him. As long as I fulfill what He expects of me, I do love Him, no matter how I feel. Jesus Himself said: "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." There is the test of true goodness and holiness." Always so much to ponder inMy Daily Bread.
I am reading- We are finishing up Rilla of Ingleside. A few readers had mentioned that this was their favorite Anne book, and we can understand why. Set during WWI, there is much more depth and character and struggle and sorrow and real life than in the other books. We have read aloud through all of the eight Anne books for many a teatime and it's rather sad to have arrived at the end of it all. But Rilla is proving to be a most satisfying ending to all of our Anne, and that you may tie to.
From the kitchen- Simple Friday supper consisted of this bean soup and this potato-onion rye made into round loaves. They didn't rise much, but had a fabulous chewy crust. (I didn't use the optional ingredients and used rye flour instead of pumpernickel) Very tasty.
Clearly they are enamored with learning about manatees. Kateri is actually pretending to swim on the riverbed with her calf on her back in that last shot. Eliza soon swam over to nuzzle her, like manatees do.
Living the Liturgical Year- Friday night Stations of the Cross. We look forward to the story of Susannah in tomorrow's Mass readings (you have to love a Bible story in which the falsely accused are indeed proven innocent, the bad guys get their due, and tree identification saves the day) followed by Laetare Sunday. Joy! The cold nasty weather has seemed fitting for Lent; as some one remarked 'it doesn't seem right to have spring before Easter.'
Around the house- I am making mental lists of spring sprucing to be done. If only we had a little sunshine to inspire me to actually do it all.
We are creating- The children are working on ATC's for trading with each other as well as pen pals. Writing fairy tales. Carving rubber stamps. Making cards for the shop. I think I'm going to start crocheting a scarf - something not-wintery-but-still-warm-and-wooly.
A few plans for the rest of the week- Three recitals coming up within the week!
Remember, O Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life: God to glorify - Jesus to imitate - The Angels and Saints to invoke - A soul to save - A body to mortify - Sins to expiate - Virtues to acquire - Hell to avoid - Heaven to gain - Eternity to prepare for - Time to profit by - Neighbors to edify - The world to despise - Devils to combat - Passions to subdue - Death perhaps to suffer - Judgment to undergo.
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