Archive for February, 2007

My 6yo dd ran up to me and HAD to relate this urgent retelling…

"So Mom?"   * deep breath …then starts to talk …veeery fast….

"So Aunt  ‘X’  toldmeaobuthestoryofSleepingBeauty 

*deep breath
aaaaaaaaannnnd   sheprickedher

  *deep breath   

fingeronthe….   pointy …thing…
…..aaaaaaaaannnnnnd ….. 
*deep breath …and that boy that was in love with her
*deep breath …killed her
with some sort of tooth."
Me…He KILLED Sleeping Beauty?
NOOOOOO!  The dragon!
Me…How did a dragon get into the picture?
Oh, *deep breath…it was more of an evil witch
Me…did she look that bad?
Oh, *deep breath …She was evil all right.
But how did she get killed with a tooth?
Mom!  Hand on hip, curl swinging down in front of right eye…I SAAAID a SWORD of TRUTH that he kept in that pocket that he has to hold swords!

I was wondering which version of Sleeping Beauty my sister-in-law told her….

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While searching on the web this week we came across this interesting piece on The Book of the Hours and Our Lady. 

"The Books of Hours were the prayer books used by laypeople in medieval times.  Commissioned by royal family members, the nobility and wealthy patrons, they became status symbols, the jewels in the collections of book collectors."

We enjoyed viewing the illustrations  and discussed how some of these illuminations were used for different times of the day and seasons.   We especially liked the reference to the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we pray it frequently and love how, over time, the words come from our lips memorized.  There is such a special simplistic yearning of my heart to say such words often.  It edifies the spirit. 

I introduced the dc to illuminations while we were learning to read and write some years ago at the suggestion of Julia Fogassy from Our Father’s House.  I had the Dover book The Book of Kells and used that as an illustration of illumination so to speak.  I showed the children the illustrations and explained how very important their work was and how very exacting it had to be.  It was their great work..their Magnum Opus and all was dedicated to the Glory of God.  So too, was their work (the schoolwork and chores of the children) special to the Lord.  I had them look at their work like in the Sound Beginnings phonics book we have used…what is your best work and why, what is your least favorite work and why.  How would you like to take your least favorite and make it your favorite.  How could you do this? 

So too, is the way we approach art.  It raises the heart and mind above the ordinary and makes it extra- ordinary. 

Our latest art assignment involves making our own illuminated calendar using fine art for the months using their own choices…though taking into account this list from the site referenced above:

January  – Feasting

February – Sitting by the fire

March – Pruning vines

April – Garden scene

May – Hawking or boating

June – The hay harvest

July – Reaping the wheat
August – Threshing

September – Harvesting grapes

October – Ploughing and sowing

November – Gathering acorns for pigs

December – Killing the pig or baking bread

LOL frankly, I think baking bread would be an excellent illustration for the month of December…killing pigs isn’t my "thing" ;o)  I think the pictures of the Threshers and The Angelus for July would be a wonderful choice.  My suggestion was to find different works of art illustrating Our Lady doing different household tasks or someone modeling Our Lady in the doing of them.  I also recommended they chose a flower that matched their choice that showed some virtue or attribute of our Lady using this chart.   We are still tossing ideas around.  The finished product as yet will be determined and completed during the coming week or so.  I want to put this at the beginning of the Liturgical Year Notebook.

We  loved  reading this book….Marguerite Makes a Book and want to imitate what we have learned there using this art project…Illuminated lettering Kit…will be coming in the mail shortly.  We would love to give it a go!

This is  a great site (Leaves of Gold) that was posted by dear Martha at the 4Real board.  I parked my older ones at the computer and had them go through these pages step by step.  There are eight slides from illuminated manuscripts that pose "discovery questions" and answers that help the student (and teacher) explore each manuscript.

Could you imagine using this notebook to put your best copy work in??…what a find!

For further illustration here is a hypertext Book of Hours:


"The medieval "Book of Hours" evolved out of the monastic cycle of prayer which divided the day into eight segments, or "hours." These portable books designed for individual laypeople are smaller and less complicated than those used by the monks and designed for use by individuals. Usually, a Book of Hours include a liturgical calendar, along with the seven "Penitential Psalms" and additional prayers devoted to particular saints or personal issues. Most Books of Hours were devoted to the Virgin Mary."

I am hungry to know more….still seeking more resources!

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"Mooom!  Is is Friday yet?? "
   "Yes, why?"
My package should be here today!!"

   "umm…what package?"
"The order I got to place with Steve Spangler Science that I got for Christmas!!"
   "LOL…you don’t like science THAT much do you dear Young Edison(11)?"
"That’s IT! *throws up his hands… I can’t take the wait any longer!  I am going to look at his experiments on the web…I need a few pointers NOW!!…"

Who says you have to hit your head on the wall to make them learn?
Go to Steve Spangler Science and watch the experiments they have there…never has science been so cool…so friendly to young and old …aaaannd sooo easy for the kids to learn by osmosis!  ooh yes!  Here is his blog.  Steve is so much fun to watch!!  Their catalog is my favorite fun resource for cool science gifts.  We love ‘ya Steve!

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Ripe for a Miracle

Seven years ago, my family purchased our first home.  It was cute and had so many possibilities.  If we saved our pennies we knew we could easily add on within 5 years or so.   We even qualified for a "Miracle  Mortgage" making it the kind of house that we could afford to purchase.

Or so we thought. 

The people that sold us this house were hiding a big problem…a problem that two inspectors looking for various things did not pick up on.  Not only that, but almost everything in the house needed to be tinkered with  and we did end up spending all of our savings on these little repairs and replacements already including a new roof.   

Now we are faced with a huge dilemma of a huge repair.  We have to do major re constructive work to all of the exterior walls of the house OR we can sell it with full disclosure of the problem.  We really cannot afford to do either…as we already own a certain amount of debt we are struggling with now, and we refuse to hide this problem from anyone else. .. So enter in the Child Jesus.

"The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you"

We are praying the Infant of Prague Novena for this intention.  Would you please consider praying with us?  We need the resources to either repair the home or a buyer that doesn’t care about the problem and gives us enough to start over with a new place that is made for us….complete with an easy transition.  I am asking big things…but this is a little thing to such a powerful God who cares about our every need.


O Jesus, Who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened," through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who has said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will grant you," through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer will be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who has said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass away," through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

(Make your request)


Divine Infant Jesus, I know You love me and would never leave me. I thank You for Your close Presence in my life.

Miraculous Infant, I believe in Your promise of peace, blessings, and freedom from want. I place every need and care in Your hands.

Lord Jesus, may I always trust in Your generous mercy and love. I want to honor and praise You, now and forever. Amen.

God bless you abundantly for this ACT OF MERCY.  We will keep you in our every prayer! 
Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us!

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Suzanne has a wonderful hands-on object lesson for the kiddoes this month….Restless Hearts. Thank you Suzanne for sharing this!

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You are a 100% traditional Catholic!


Congratulations! You are more knowlegeable than most modern theologians! You have achieved mastery over the most important doctrines of the Catholic Faith! You should share your incredible understanding with others!

Do You Know Your Baltimore Catechism?
Make Your Own Quiz

Ht: to MaryEllen!  This was fun!

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