~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
pretty - a juvenile Baltimore oriole on our deck. I even identified it all by myself (with help from Sibley's, of course)!
happy - I was very happy to finally convince Josiah to try out the old sewing machine we bought some time ago for a spare. I just got my regular machine back from the shop after a repair and tune up (which cost a small fortune) and I'm a little protective of it, so I was glad Josiah gave the vintage machine a go. After consulting the instruction book, he did fine with it, and even moved the cabinet to his room (yippee). He hasn't admitted it, but I think he was very happy to have lots of space in his own room to spread out and sew. I think it makes a happy sight.
funny -Eliza loves her vanilla ice cream (only Turkey Hill all natural vanilla, please), and since the box was just about empty, and she is so very cute...
You can tell that she's grinning inside the box there.
real - Lydia would much rather be painting birds than walls, but her room will look so lovely and serene when it's all done. Visit Leila and Rosie for lots more prettyhappyfunnyreal! Happy Thursday!
Some time ago I read a post over at Faith & Family Live in which several ladies were discussing the announcing of pregnancies to friends and family members. Some of the women mentioned the unfortunate fact that when you already have a few children, those announcements aren't always met with the joy and support and encouragement that a mother carrying a new baby blessing always deserves. Whether it's her first baby or her fifth or even her fifteenth.
It gave me the idea that it would be fun to create some cards designed especially to congratulate veteran moms who are expecting again. So I came up with this one-
The inside reads-
I embellished the cards with tiny baby feet in hearts, because we moms know that our hearts always have room for another wee one to love-
No matter the number or the circumstances, a baby is always a blessing from the Lord -
I know this is true, as Scripture tells us so-
I had a lot of fun making these, and I hope they bless with encouragement and joy. They are available here in our shop.
You know how sometimes life gets messy and the little challenges seem to pile up into a big dreadful heap and you need a reminder that He really does hold the whole universe in His hand.
And you know how the Lord sends along a little boost right when we need it most and expect it least-
Last Friday, the on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I had errands to run and various lists of items to pick up at a number of stores. I stopped in at the thrift store just because it's so close to the hardware store where I was getting paint. As I quickly walked around I thought to myself, Why did I come here? I was already in here twice this week... I picked up a few clothing items and then zipped through the rest of the store, passing quickly by the long aisle of a junky mish mash of 'brick', then past all the dishes and kitchen items - all the dented aluminum and faded plastic cookware you could ever (not) want. As I rounded the corner I glanced at the floor where they haphazardly assemble assorted bulky items like dilapidated old suitcases and shoe racks - my eyes fell and mentally rolled at the huge tacky plastic bride and groom still sitting there that I saw the other day. Then I did a double take as my brain realized there was something new sitting there on the floor as well. A large, lovely old treasure obscurely resting amongst the junk.
I knew as I picked up the Infant that He was there just for me, and a flood of peace and reassurance came over me. I kissed Him and cradled Him close to me, keeping one hand on His head lest His crown fall off and break. I held on tight as I checked out and showed the cashier His little pink price sticker. 'Where did you find that?' she asked. 'Over there, on the floor.' 'He shouldn't have been on the floor- He should have been in the case. But it doesn't matter now.' Indeed, it didn't matter, because now He was safe in my arms.
He needs fingers and a cross on top of His sphere, but Josiah has experience with both. This will be the third time Josiah has worked on the hands of an Infant of Prague. He restored the hands of a large Infant that a friend of mine rescued from a thrift shop, and she in turn gave it to a community of cloistered Carmelites. He also made a sphere for an Infant belonging to that bride, married on Our Lady's feast day. Often is devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Brown Scapular tied to the Infant of Prague!
Now we are overjoyed to have a beautiful old Infant for our very own. And I've snatched on to a bit more peace.
"Have pity on me, and I will have pity on you. Give me my hands, and I will give you peace. The more you honor me, the more I will bless you."
Outside my window- It's so hot and dry out there, even the crab grass is dying. We have to water faithfully to keep the fruits and vegetables and flowers alive. I did go out for a bit to do some weeding and harvesting today, and I still feel like an overcooked noodle for being out there. I saw five kinds of butterflies on the flowers!
I am hearing- Bach on the piano. Teenagers carrying on together. Someone singing. Jonathan playing around on a vintage trumpet. Someone whistling the Bach.
I am wearing- Yellow floral skirt, yellow shirt, white socks with my Mary Janes to soothe my feet, dangly yellow crystal flower earrings. (I'm wearing both of them now; this morning I went to church wearing two different earrings. My helpful children told me no one could have noticed at that hour, and you could only tell if you looked at my head straight on. Encouraging.)
I am thankful for- The slower, no-pressure pace of summer vacation, in which the only thing we have to decide is stuff like paint colors, pie vs. cobbler, and who to invite to the next tea party...
I am thinking about- The lovely weekend. On Saturday, the Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we attended a most beautiful Solemn High Nuptial Mass in the Extraordinary Form. It was so joyous to witness the wedding of this dear, devout couple as they joined their lives together in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
the priest gives the couple a special blessing-
It was the most beautiful wedding celebration, clearly focused on the sacrament and the vocation and the blessing of Christian marriage. While 'destination weddings' are rather trendy right now, this wedding was more about our final hoped-for destination of heaven. And the beauty of the Mass and the mystery of Marriage do give us a little foretaste of heaven, do they not?
I asked Lydia to paint a wedding card with the bridal couple before Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and I think it turned out beautiful-
The music was beautiful too, the 'Full Bach Special' as Jonathan fondly dubbed the couple's selections. The schola also sang some lovely pieces, including an Ave Maria in three part harmony for the presentation of flowers to Our Lady, and the vespers hymn of St. Joseph for flowers presented to him.
I do love weddings! I started crying before the bride even got to the doorway...
I am reading- Chesterton's The Flying Inn to the big kids, and The Fellowship of the Ring to them when Michael is home as well. Unfortunately, Kateri is listening to too much of this and her siblings fear she's going to know the whole plot. But she does get things rather mixed up: the other day she had her peg doll 'sailing away in the lily water like Frodo'. (Sorry Kateri, but that was Prince Caspian.)
From the kitchen- Oh, summertime! The garden is overflowing and the eating is good! Zucchini this and zucchini that, lemon cucumbers to snack on all day (some folks even eat them for breakfast), and oh, joy, the little tomatoes are just starting to ripen. The raspberries are slacking off, but the blackberries are in full swing. We tried blackberry pie last week which wasn't fantastic, but hello, blackberry cobbler! We use the 'apricot raspberry cobbler' recipe out of Rustic Fruit Desserts, using about a quart of fresh blackberries for the fruit, and it is just fabulous every time, which is currently about every other day. (with all natural vanilla ice cream, of course) (and tea)
In the learning house- We're on summer break, which means lots of extra time for reading, creative writing, and art work.
Living the Liturgical Year- Last evening I lit a candle in a beautiful icon-filled chapel dedicated to St. Anne, Mother of the Theotokos. Elizabeth has a lovely post up on preparing to celebrate the feast of St. Anne coming up on the 26th. She is a wonderful saint for all mothers.
Around the house- A bit of sprucing up here and there as the summer allows a bit more time for such things. Mary Rose wants her room to look medieval, to go along with the pictures she got for her birthday. You have to love an eleven-year-old girl whose favorite picture is The Accolade, and I got her Leighton's Godspeed to go along with it as well. Lydia has decided to take down the dozens of horse drawings on her side of the room, but she'd like to replace them with barn owls, so we'll see how it all works out...
A few plans for the rest of the week- Hope to get the girls bedrooms painted before company arrives on the weekend.
One of my favorite things- Watching my children make art. I especially enjoy seeing Josiah use this easel my father made many years ago-
A picture thought- I don't think I've shown you the missing tooth!
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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