Thursday, May 26, 2016

{pretty, happy, funny, real}



{Pretty}
This is horseradish blooming along with comfrey.  We renovated this front garden a few years ago and now it is full of perennials that have taken over.  I just realized this year how pretty the horseradish blossoms are. And yes, you can definitely identify the plant by the smell.


{Happy}

This fuzzy picture is a jar of kumbucha.  My daughter finally learned how to make this on her own.  She is currently the only one drinking it.  I plan to soon once she gets her method down.  This is a  great drink for summer.  I like to do a second ferment with fruit and then it is almost like soda only not so sweet.  She is learning that she can do it her way and not the way is was done before by a person (her father or myself) who was distracted by other things and left it a little too long.

{Real}

This is the family favorite.  She is getting up there in age, but still can make us laugh.  She is a miniature sheltie who thinks she is a MUCH bigger dog...until she gets around toddlers...then she hides.  

Lots of funny this week, I am glad to say that we laugh a lot in our house.  None of that usually gets recorded in pictures though.  Sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment.  

Thanks for stopping by!
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God Bless,
Kate


Thursday, May 19, 2016

What we have been up to this Spring

We - really my dear husband - has been working on home improvements.  We decided that the children are old enough to paint their rooms with no fears of them messing it up.  We let them assist in picking out colors which they did an excellent job of by the way.  







Sorry that the colors don't show up very well.  The first two are one room which is a very nice blue; the second two is a blue/green that depends upon the light which color it looks more like; and the last two are of a very elegant pink room.

We are all very pleased with how it has turned out.  There is one more room left to do and then all the upstairs rooms will finally have color.  It has been put on hold due to summer approaching and the need to plant food.  Food is definitely more important than me having a finished craft room/office.  So we will do that at some point toward the end of summer or beginning of fall.

Some of the things we have discovered: how awesome our kirby vaccuum is.  My husband has been cleaning the carpets before he starts to paint and we have the correct attachments for this and it works great!  We have friends to thank for this as they gave us their kirby because it was just too heavy for them to use.  I have growing teenage boys so they can lug it around.  It is good to have such generous friends.  The boys also study while my dh cut in the rooms.  So, the older boy will be cutting in the ceiling and paint the ceiling of the craft room.  A good skill for them to learn.

That's it for now.  Hopefully the next post will have pictures of the garden! 


God Bless,
Kate

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What ever happened to....?


So reading some of the things being published and said on the forcing by coercion of the President of the US on the public schools, I am wondering what ever happened to adage to love yourself just as God created you.  It seems that while confusion may exist there is also some form of self loathing underneath it all.

I just finished listening to a long video post by Ann Barnhardt on Diabolical Narcissism  The root of it is self-loathing.  It is so sad that we have become a society that so hates itself we are willing to impose that self-loathing on everyone.

Yes, I think it is wrong to open bathrooms to any and all without reference to a person's physical sex.  If you don't think that the door is also opened to abusive people you are kidding yourself.  No one wants to say that perverts are going to take advantage of it.  

Has the society really gotten that darkened in their intellect?  Apparently so.


Mary, Virgin Most Powerful, pray for us. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Boy it HAS been a long time

Hi Just a short note to say that I am coming back.

It has been an interesting two year hiatus.  Lots to discuss.  I am getting braver.  We will see if anyone can handle it.

I think I can take this up and make it worthwhile.  Thanks for all those who have been checking in and being disappointed.

See you soon.  REALLY. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God" ~ a Book Review

Our family spent the month of June and part of July reading The Story of the TrappFamily Singers.  For those of you who loved the movie, The Sound of Music, this is that story even better! It is the complete story.  It is a very faith filled read. For those of you, who like my husband rather detested The Sound of Music, trust me, you will enjoy this story very much.

The truth, this speaks of many things that were happening between WWI and WWII and are seen through the life of an European family. They experienced the depression first hand and adjusted.  They had to leave their home and countrymen with only the clothes on their backs so as not to cause suspicion.  They left because it came to a choice of truly practicing their faith or turning their back on God and following what MAN was instructing them to do.

So the father of the family, Georg, when facing this decision with his family said, "We have now the precious opportunity to find out for ourselves whether the words we heard and read so often can be taken literally: 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIs justice: and all these things will be added unto you.' " (pg. 126)

And so all throughout the story that is told by the mother, Maria, we see how God is with them at every step. It is not an easy path.  Some times seem very dark and uncertain, but they continue to show us how to trust ~ truly trust that God will shelter, cloth and feed them.

What a wonderful example that is SO needed in our lives today.  It was an eye-opening experience for my family to read through this story together. We had great discussions about forgotten customs and rituals of our faith.  We were able to talk a little about WWII in both America and in Europe. 

I would like to highly recommend that you put this on your reading list.  Whether it can be a family read or just something for you to read, it is a wonderful, honest story. One that I believe will compel you to think about your relationship with God. Something we should think about every day.

Thanks for stopping by!

God Bless,
Kate

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Please spread the word

The symbol below is how the Muslims in Iraq are marking the property of Christians in Iraq.

URGENT - WE BEG ALL CATHOLICS TO JOIN IN ADORATION ON AUGUST 1st, DAY OF PRAYER, ADORATION AND SOLIDARITY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ, SYRIA & MIDDLE EAST

In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria

Friday, August 1, 2014

This was the day chosen by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) for a worldwide day of Public Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament in supplication for our persecuted brethren in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East:

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

August 1 is the First Friday of the month and the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, which is celebrated as a Third Class Feast in FSSP houses and apostolates. It is the feast in which we read of the great power of the persevering prayer of members of the Church: “Peter therefore was kept in Prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)

This feast of our Patron should be an invitation to the faithful to join us in Holy Hours and other fitting prayers to beg the Most Holy Trinity that these members of the Mystical Body may persevere in the faith, and that, like St. Peter, they may be delivered from this terrible persecution. May such a day serve as a reminder to us of the stark contrast that stands between our days of vacation and ease, and their daily struggle for survival as they are killed or exiled from their homes. (Source)

It is a day, we believe, chosen wisely by that Fraternity: we please upon all our Catholic brethren, East and West, attached to the Ordinary Form (Mass of Paul VI) or to the Extraordinary Form (Ancient Mass), whatever their theological bent, to join this worldwide prayer day. Whether you consider yourself a more liberal, conservative, traditional, or just plain Catholic, let us join together in this worldwide Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, together with all the Angels and Saints.

It is also appropriately chosen because Pastors and Chaplains will have 10 days to prepare properly, to contact projects that help Christians in need and collect all kinds of contributions for the Christians of the Middle East (from Aid to the Church in Need to CNEWA, the Syrian and Chaldean Catholic Churches, and other organizations), and, in particular, to add to their bulletins and convey to their congregations how to participate next Sunday, July 27.

Please, spread this initiative around. No need to link to us, or to even mention you saw it here -- just copy, paste, and just let this idea spread around throughout the world, through the web, through social networks, to your family and friends.

Bishops, Pastors, priests, join us. First Fridays are a special day of the month, and nothing better next First Friday, August 1, than for all Catholics around the world to join in Adoration before Our Lord to implore his mercy and kindness for our most neglected brethren in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the Middle East.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Color Experiment ~ lots of color!

So I managed to take some more pictures.  Then I managed to get them onto the computer.

So here are the rest of the colors we have done so far.  I asked MK to spin the green and the blue together.  She is not thinking too highly of that but I think it will look really neat!

Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by.

God Bless
Kate