Thursday, August 13, 2015

50th Anniversary Celebration

Last weekend, we trekked out to Alabama to celebrate my husband's parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary. Their anniversary was actually in July but this was when most of the family could be there all together. Family traveled from California, Wisconsin, Ohio and Texas to be there. We were only missing 5 grandsons who couldn't be there for various reasons.

The Bride and Groom...
...on the big day…
…and after 50 years together.

Aren't they a cute couple?

The celebration started with a lovely Mass at the chapel at the Casa Maria Convent and Retreat Center where one of my husband's sisters lives as a fully professed Sister Servant of the Eternal Word with the most delightful, joyful sisters you have ever met! A priest friend said the Mass and gave an inspiring homily all about the highs and lows of marriage and how true commitment to the vocation of marriage means riding out the ups and downs together while keeping your focus on Christ. 

Afterwards, we visited with the Sisters for a little bit before heading over to my in-laws' house for a luncheon. Miss Cupcake was a hit amongst the sister crowd. She called them her "Aunt Sisters" all the way home. If you are ever in need of a spiritual retreat, please consider the Casa Maria Retreat Center! You can find a list of their upcoming retreats here.  If you can't make it out for a retreat, you can  also purchase the talks on CD or MP3. (These are not affiliate links, I don't get compensated to advertise for them. We love these sisters and care about supporting them because they are family!)

Back at the house, after the luncheon, when we were waiting for some of the sisters to come over for cake and punch, my mother in-law pulled out her wedding gown to show everyone. It's gorgeous! Real Irish linen. So far, no one in the family has been tiny enough to wear it. The one sister who could have possibly worn it was too tall by a few inches. Maybe one day a granddaughter will get the privilege of wearing it. 

Her headpiece was also made of linen with tulle added.

Imported Belgian lace sleeves. 

Linen covered buttons… no zipper here, ladies! They just don't make them like this anymore. 

The sisters arrived for cake and punch and some entertainment, but Miss Cupcake was complaining of a tummy ache and threatening to lose her lunch, so we left before we got to hear their lovely singing. 

On Monday, before we started making our way back to Texas, everyone gathered for brunch and a friendly game of catch. I love it when Sean gets to spend some "guy time" with his brothers. I wish we could make it happen more often. 
And in this case, catch included the sister who served as the fourth before the fourth brother actually came along. Yes, my husband taught his little sister (before she became a Sister) how to throw a football so that they could play football all together… two on two. The youngest brother, who is 20 years younger than my husband, stepped up to take over her position since, you know… the convent doesn't really have pick-up football games. 
He's so proud of his little sister. She still knows how to throw making sure to protect those rosary beads at the same time! ;)
What a handsome group of men! I just happen to think I got the cutest one of the bunch. By the way, the two bearded ones are still single… I'm still sayin'!

It was such a nice trip. I remember celebrating my grandparent's Golden Anniversary. I'm so glad that my children got a chance to celebrate with their grandparents!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

{p,h,f,r} August 6 :: a new start


~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ with the lovely ladies at Like Mother, Like Daughter

I am joining in with Auntie Leila and the girls today because she's right… it's hard to get to blogging. But I really do want to record some of the things happening here and move on from the tragic sadness that I posted about most recently (thank you for all the prayers). And sometimes, a little push helps. Thanks for being pushy, Auntie Leila! :)

 Pretty girl dressed up for Sunday Mass looking at her pretty collection of holy cards…

...and pretty new cutting boards that are useful and decorative. I'm really trying to embrace my newly renovated but tiny kitchen and learn to use the space that it does have for the best. Storage space is a limited, so why not store something beautiful out in the open so that its beauty can be appreciated?

Miss Cupcake is our self appointed spiralizer around here. She loves to help, even if she doesn't really love to eat what she's helped make. Helping is her love language. It makes her very happy to have big girl privileges. We are having fun with our new kitchen gadget as you can tell. We've done zucchini, cucumbers (accidentally… they look so much like zucchini!) summer squash, sweet potatoes and russets. I'm thinking about trying a jicama next. Here is a great resource for learning what can be spiralized.  

Speaking of big girl privileges… even though she has started reading simple words, she's not reading for real right now. However, our library allows toddlers to participate in the Summer Reading Program by counting the hours that they spend listening to stories. Cupcake was so excited. She wanted to win a rubber ducky just like BigBoy so the big kids got together and kept track of the time they spent reading to her. We added on the time we spent reading to her before bed and… she earned her prize! Plus two gift cards for kids meals at local restaurants. Each sticker counted for an hour of reading and she was very adamant that she could put them on all by herself. I treated the big kids to some Firehouse Subs last night so that she could use her coupon and to thank them for all of the Ella Bella stories they read to her. 

Sweet potatoes… fun to spiralize, not fun to eat (according to her… I liked them). Her fake smile cracks me up.

Finding things to do is hard right now. Yes, that is our real weather forecast. These are the dog days of summer… the time when we hunker down, keep hydrated and mostly stay inside. Pulling out boxes of saved toys from the garage is the most exciting thing we do some days. Iced tea parties are a thing, right?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Prayers for comfort...

I just heard from my father that the bodies of both my cousin Philip and his son, Brandon, have been recovered from the Brazos River. He is on his way to be with his sister and brother-in-law, Philip's parents, during their time of grief. Continued prayers for the support of the family would be most appreciated. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

All books, half priced!


Today is my birthday and I'd love to see more of these books find a good home. So until Friday, June 26th, all of the books are half priced! I will be in and out today but I will still try to communicate quickly. I appreciate the fast communication I've received from everyone so far.

All prices listed are the regular price, so just divide that price by two to get the sale price.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Used Book Sale Blog Hop

UPDATED FOR JUNE 24TH… today is my birthday and I'd love to see more of these books find a good home. So until Friday, June 26th, all of the books are half priced! I will be in and out today but I will still try to communicate quickly. I appreciate the fast communication I've received from everyone so far.

All prices listed are the regular price, so just divide that price by two to get the sale price.

Please send me an email to request a book (you can find my email button over there on the right)  but please only request what you intend to purchase and are able to submit payment for withing a timely manner, preferably within 24 hours, unless you make other arrangements with me privately. Once you request a book, I will contact you with payment information as soon as I can but absolutely within 24 hours. If I do not hear from you after 24 hours I will re-list the books you requested as available to everyone again. I will update this post with pending statuses and sold statuses as soon as possible. Be sure to check out the freebies at the end!

Shipping will be a flat rate of $4.00 for 1-2 items (if they will fit in a padded envelope) and $7.00 for a box of any size, to help cover the cost of packaging and media rate postage in the United States.

Paypal is the easiest form of payment for me but I would consider other forms provided you communicate with me quickly and easily.

Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures. I took these late last night. Artificial light… ugh.

~ Catholic Books ~
Praying the Presence of Our Lord for Children (2 copies, both very good) $3 each SOLD
Prayers to the Saints (very good) $4 SOLD

My Bedtime Book of the Saints (good) $3 SOLD
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (good) $3
Miniature Stories of the Saints: Book One (good) $2
Miniature Stories of the Saints: Book Two (good) $2
Miniature Stories of the Saints: Book Four (good) $2
From Genesis to Revelation: Seven Scriptural Rosaries (good) $4 SOLD
Angel Food for Boys & Girls: Volume 1 (very good) $10 SOLD
The Essential Wisdom of the Saints 

Evening Prayerbook: Sunday Vespers (3 copies, all in good used condition) $7 each
Night Prayerbook: Compline (good) $ 15
Pearls of Peace (like new) $5
Behold, He Comes (like new) $4
Bilbo's Journey (good) $4 SOLD
A Little Way of Homeschooling (very good) $7 SOLD

Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament 2nd Catholic Edition RSV (like new) $15 SOLD
Sermons of the Cure of Ars (very good, hardback) $24 SOLD

 A Child's Book of Prayer in Art (very good) $4 SOLD
The Glorious Coming: A Jesse Tree Advent Celebration (very good, OOP, includes mediations and pictures to use as ornaments in tact) $20

Heroes of Grace (like new) $10 SOLD
Living in Bible Times (very good) $7 SOLD
Who's Who in Heaven (like new) $8 SOLD

~ Homeschool Books ~
Saxon Math Homeschool 7/6 (cover is worn but the inside is clean) $20 SOLD
(This book actually has a name printed in black marker on the cover in the top right corner. I erased it digitally to maintain privacy.)

The Battle Planner (like new, completely unused) $7 SOLD
Sneaky Fitness (like new) $4 SOLD

Focus on Elementary Chemistry: Student Text, Lab Wkbk, Teacher's Manual (all like new, unused) $40 for all three together SOLD

~ Picture Books ~

Usborne Discovery: Dinosaurs (very good) $5
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (like new) large size $6 or smaller size $4
Gardening with Mommy (very good) $4

Today Someone I Loved Passed Away (like new) $4
Is Your Mama a Llama? (used, clean, paperback) $4
The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith (like new, softcover) $5 SOLD

I is for Idea (very good, paperback) $5
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (good, paperback) $4
Corgiville Christmas (hardcover, very good) $10 PENDING

~ Chapter Books ~
A Philadelphia Catholic in King James's Court (like new) $4
Out of the Silent Planet (very good) $5 SOLD
Journey to the Center of the Earth (very good) $4
Killer Angels (like new) $4

Brotherband: Scorpion Mountain (brand new, never been read) $12 SOLD
Black as Night (good) $8
The Shadow of the Bear (good) $8

A Little Princess (very good) $4 SOLD
The Secret Garden (very good) $4 SOLD

Oliva book bundle: (very good) $12 SOLD

~ Non Fiction Books ~
It's All Too Much (very good, hardcover, no dust jacket) $5

I Will Carry You (very good) $4
Upbringing (like new) $3 PENDING
Mitten Strings for God (like new) $4 SOLD

Something Other Than God (like new, read once) $10 SOLD
One Thousand Gifts (like new, read once) $5 SOLD

 ~ Cook Books ~
POPS! Sweets on a Stick! (very good) $4
I'm Just Here for More Food (like new) $10
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (like new) $5 SOLD

Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way (very good) $4 SOLD
Cupcakes from the Cake Doctor (good) $4 SOLD
Building the Family Cookbook (very good) $7
Twelve Months of Monastery Soups (very good) $5 SOLD

These books are a little too worn to be considered good shape, but still very useable. Feel free to request one or two with a purchase of $10 or more. Thanks!
Kitchen Aid cookbook
Always Time For Pie recipe book
Garment of Grace
Treasury of Prayers
Introduction to the Devout Life
Night Prayers
The Holy Rosary and St. Padre Pio