Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Autumn Equinox Daybook Entry

This is my own Cajun Cottage version of the Simple Woman's Daybook
Outside my Window

The window of my calendar says First Day of Autumn this week...the window of my house says Blue Skies and Summer Heat
I am thinking
Life is busy.
I am thankful for
A busy life.

From the schoolroom
School is going good...real good. Yay!
From the kitchen
Stuffed French Loaf
I am wearing
Blue jeans, brown sandals w/ white floral on top, white Sulphur Tor T-shirt, Indian turquoise/silver heart earrings
I am creating
Nothing really...but I am sharing some photography that Chelsea shot this past weekend at a Photography Workshop :-)
I am going
I am mercifully at home. In my living room. In my husband's recliner. I'm home.
I am reading
For an end to the recession and jobs for those families who need them.
I am hearing
The clacking of computer keys and Cartoon Network. We're chillin'.
I am praying
Anima Christi (St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ using the CD by Donna Cori Gibson)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
Good Jesus, hear me
Within the wounds, shelter me
from turning away, keep me
From the evil one, protect me
At the hour of my death, call me
Into your presence lead me
to praise you with all your saints
Forever and ever.
Amen
Click here to hear part of this beautiful prayer in song: Anima Christi
Prayer for Generosity (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
Observing the Liturgical Calendar
Getting papers and lessons ready for CCD class. Our focus is on Padre Pio (Feast day ~ September 23rd)
Around the house
(See if you can find the insect in the above photo)
One of my favorite things
Pictures my children make and take
A few plans for the rest of the week
Co-op on Monday
Soccer on Tuesday
CCD on Wednesday
Keeper's Club on Thursday
??? on Friday
Cousin's Surprise Bday Party & PGK Banquet on Saturday
Here is picture thought I am sharing
The photo that Chelsea had framed in the Photography Workshop Exhibit

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fr. Leo Feeds the Hungry

Watched him and loved him. I'm a new fan!
"I have no personal ambition. I don’t want to be famous, nor do I want to be on TV. I don’t even care about money. I became a priest for those reasons. My ultimate desire is just to get to heaven. And I think one of the ways I’d do that is making sure I listen to Jesus when he asks me: Did you feed the hungry?" - Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Autumn Finery

Autumn Begins September 22, 2009

The buckets have been brought down from the shop loft and our autumn finery is unpacked at the side door. The girls and I are preparing our home to welcome a flurry of leaves, cool breezes, crimson pumpkins, floral mums, smore-ful bonfires, plentiful cornucopias, and lots of pies.

Welcome, Autumn, Welcome!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today's Feast Day

No, we did not watch O'Bama's speech. My husband brought the transcript home and I have yet to read that. It isn't that I disapprove of any speech which encourages our children to make the most of their education and the minds God blessed them with, but my husband and I can influence (and have influenced) our children better in a lifetime of examples and words than O'Bama can in...what?...15 minutes? So if, and when, I see the need, I can find the speech and several usable resources online to use at my discretion. That's my right and that's my freedom.

Today, we began the day and school year with a low-Latin Mass and covered-dish luncheon in celebration of our Blessed Mother's birthday.

Mary's Table

The cake which I did not have to bake.


The Feast
Fun and Games

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Path

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." ~ Robert Frost It's a path...just a path...and I walk it...without my walking shoes...sandals instead...I walk it.
I walk on the fringe...the fringe of life...in the world...but not of it...on the soccer field...but not of it...I don't play...I walk...I watch...I observe from a distance.
There are pitfalls...and cracks...in the path. I can choose to walk around them...over them...in them...but I cannot ignore them. They are part of the path...not to be ignored...but anticipated...made aware of...least they trip my footing.

There are bends and curves in the path...changes...surprises...geometric softeners in an otherwise straight, unyielding bungee cord of life.
It's a path...just a path...and I walk it.
"The true road to personal improvement is not miraculous; it is slow and calls for a great deal of perseverance, but it is indeed possible to progress along this road, and your effort will be amply repaid." ~ David Fischman, American writer and leadership speaker, present day

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Roses for Colleen

Ruth is hosting a Rosary Raffle for the Mitchell family. As part of the Communion of Saints, won’t you please join us in a virtual rosary for the Mitchell family whose sweet baby boy Bryce passed away on September 1, 2009. This is your chance to send the Mitchell family a bouquet of roses. We would love for you all to join us.
Here is how the virtual rosary works.This is a picture of the rosary Ruth made; each bead lovingly and prayerfully stitched together.



Before making a donation, you are to say a Hail Mary. Each $5.00 donation pays for a single rose. You may purchase as many roses as you wish; a Hail Mary must be said for each one. Ruth will continue taking donations until we have “recited” a whole rosary. Once the rosary is complete, a name will be drawn to receive this beautiful crown of roses. The Mitchell family will receive their spiritual bouquet of roses in the form of your prayer petals and financial support. Thank you for offering your prayers and sacrificial offerings to the Mitchell family.
Click here to purchase a rose...and don't forget to attach a Hail Mary to it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fund-Raiser for Baby Bryce

In my own small way, I am trying to offer something substantial to the Mitchell family during their time of unbearable loss. As was mentioned earlier:

"Being in an online community, we feel like we have friends right next door. But when tragedy strikes, it becomes painfully obvious that we are not right next door. We cannot pop in with a casserole and a hug. We cannot take the kids and give a grieving mother time and space. All we can do is pray."

Here is yet another chance for you to give to the family. Proceeds from Tastefully Simple orders placed through Sunday, September 6, will be donated towards Baby Bryce's funeral expenses. Through your purchases of tasteful and simple foods for your family, you will be blessing this family during this time of hardship.

Simply go to my Tastefully Simple website , click on "Find Consultant" and search under State: Louisiana/ Last Name: Gibson---browse the sidebar for many delicious and appetizing meal kits, desserts, breads, soups, spices, gifts, cookbooks, etc.

It's our way of popping in with that casserole in a very real, very virtual way.
Thank you and God Bless you all!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

In Memory of Bryce Mitchell



Bryce Philip Mitchell (May26, 2009-Sept. 1, 2009) shown here with my Annie.

It was heart-breaking news I received this afternoon. The phone call left me numb but I was grateful I did not have to read about it online. Still, I feel the need to beg prayers. My good friend Colleen and her husband Greg lost their little boy to SIDS today. Please pray for their family and, if you would like to help defray the cost of the funeral, a memorial fund has been set up: Bryce Mitchell Fund

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God stands winding His lonely horn,

And time and the world are ever in flight;

And love is less kind that the gray twilight,

And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn.

~ William Butler Yeats

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