Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Our nephew is visiting this month

I'm so happy our nephew gets to spend a month with us. The girls are so excited to have their cousin here with them. They made these cute signs for them to welcome him when we picked him up at the airport.

We have so many fun plans for him are so excited to have him. Let's pray for a safe summer for all.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Good Shepherd's Garden Party Week Seven: The Heavenly Zoo

In the final week of the Easter season the theme was The Heavenly Zoo and we looked at the animals in God's garden. We had our garden party on Sunday. We had deer carrots , lion pizza, beehive cupcakes, phoenix eggs, and palomitas with dove candy.

Here's our garden!

Blessing over the Food
Loving Lord, we belong to you. Bless our efforts to be
a family of faith, bless our efforts to love as you love.
Bless this food to strengthen us to live as one. Amen

The Water

Revelation 7:13-17

We decorated with this water fountain and a few zoo animals the girls have.

The Deer

Psalm 42:1-5

Carrot deer

The Lion

Daniel 6:14-23

We each made our own lion pizzas. We all had fun making these.

The Beehive

Judges 14:5-9

Beehive cupcakes

The Pelican

Genesis 1:20-23

I printed up a pelican picture and leaned it on a bowl of fish crackers

The Phoenix

Job 29:14-20 Phoenix eggs

The Dove

Song of Songs 2:8-17

In Spanish we call popcorn palomitas, which means little doves. We had palomitas and Dove candy.

Faith finished off our Easter season celebration with her performance of "At the Zoo". We have really been blessed this Easter season. Thanks again to Jessica and Charlotte for these great ideas. Happy Pentecost Sunday to everyone.

Don't forget to see other garden parties at Catholic Cuisine.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Our Nephew's Debate Team

Our nephew's picture was in the HUDL summer newsletter! Go JR!

What a wonderful opportunity The Houston Urban Debate League offers these students! He's going to be doing a debate camp in August at the University of Houston and I'm so proud of him. God bless you JR.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Good Shepherd's Garden Party Week Six: Oh, What a Beautiful City!

This week's theme "Oh, What a Beautiful City!" taught us about heaven's holy city. We had some fun songs this week. We sang The Apostles Song, Building Up the Temple, There's a River of Life Flowing Out of Me, Alleluia. I'm tapping my feet as I right this! Our symbols this week were The City Gate, The Temple, Hallelujah!, The Thrones, The Bride, The Groom, The Crowns.
We did word search and maze activities for The New Jerusalem, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and The River of Life.
On Ascension Thursday we attended Mass and came home to look at our wedding album. The girls played with Brides From Around the World Paper Dolls. We ended with a picnic meal on a hillside on our property. Hopefully this will be our new tradition.

Our Saturday was very busy, so we had our party as a dinner meal.

We served Pretzels and cheese city gates, Shirley Temples, Bride and Groom Strawberries, Mini Turkey "Crowns", and a wedding cake.

We decorated the table with our wedding decorations. The girls have seen our wedding pictures and video several times, but they've never actually seen the decorations before. They thought they were so pretty and loved holding them and asked us all about where the decorations were on the tables. It was really cute.

Meal Blessing

Holy God, your Spirit brings light to our world. Your Spirit renews and energizes us to carry on the work of your son in our family, in our neighborhood and in our world. Bless us as we gather to share food and companionship. Bless us for the work we continue to do in our faithfulness to your Son, Jesus. Amen.

The City Gates

Cheese and Pretzel gates

Revelation 21:9-14

The Temple

Shirley Temple
Revelation 21:22-25


The girls painted these beautiful rocks.

Revelation 19:6-9

The Thrones
We used the colors of our wedding for decorations.

Revelation 22:1-5

The Bride and The Groom

Hosea 2:18-20

Revelation 19:6-9

The Crowns

mini turkey "crown" puffs
Isaiah 62:3-5

We ended our party with some wedding cake with our cake topper on it. We used our cake knife and server and brought out the program for our ceremony. The girls really liked that!

Don't forget to go over to Catholic Cuisine to see other garden parties.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday this year will be May 23rd. This is when we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles Acts 2:1-13.
Tomorrow begins the Novena to the Holy Spirit that ends Saturday before Pentecost Sunday. I found a Novena To The Holy Spirit at E Catholic 2000.
I hope you have had a wonderful Easter Season and have a blessed Pentecost Sunday.

Ascension Thursday

The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven, according to Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2. (New Advent)

We celebrated this beautiful feast with Mass this morning and after I read about the tradition to picnic on a hilltop, we decided to have a picnic meal on the hill behind our house.

We had curried chicken salad sandwiches, bell pepper slices, cherry limeade, and "Ascension clouds". We read The Ascension from The Catholic Children's Bible and the girls played after we ate while we sat and watched the sky.

Our "Ascension Clouds"

We were blessed with this beautiful view for our picnic

Let us pray [on this day of Ascension as we watch and wait for Jesus' return]
Father in heaven, our minds were prepared for the coming of your kingdom when you took Christ beyond our sight so that we might seek him in glory. May we follow where he has led and find our hope in his glory, for he is Lord forever. Amen

Tomorrow we will begin the novena to the Holy Spirit.

Happy Feast of the Ascension to everyone!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Good Shepherd's Garden Party Week Five: The Gardner Plants Paradise

Our fifth garden party!! Can't believe we are on our fifth week. So much fun. This week we celebrated The Gardener Plants Paradise.
For Sunday's symbol of leaves, we gathered leaves for rubbing. But we never did the rubbing. Well, gathering the leaves was lots of fun. LOL
For Monday's symbol of flowers, we made ring bouquets. We picked flowers too and pressed them for making book marks, but that also didn't happen this week. Time's flying by, good thing we're having fun.

Tuesday we we started a strawberry hanging basket and I surprised the girls with fruit mentos! The girls are so easy to impress. Oh, if it could always stay that way. The girls did this Fruit of the Spirit Maze , colored this Prayer to the Holy Spirit coloring page, and wrote out the Fruits of the Holy Spirit on this tree. I really enjoyed this special day. After dinner we went to Sonic for limeade chillers, yum.

Wednesday, the girls made an owl craft.

Saturday afternoon we enjoyed our garden party! The girls definitely look forward to this meal.

Dear Jesus, you say that if we have faith in you we will
do the same things that you do. You forgave, you
reached out to the lonely, the poor, the forgotten, the
hungry. You brought peace to people’s lives. Bless us
that we too may do as you do. Bless this food that it
strengthen us to be your presence in the world.

Tree of Life’s Leaves Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22: 1-5

We made flower sandwiches with green frill picks for the palm tree.

The Tree of Life's Flowers
"For you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial, for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off.” Isaiah 55: 12-13

The Palm Tree

“The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an ass's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Laz'arus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness.” John 12: 12-17

We had strawberries and grapes and I cut the strawberries into roses.

The girls wanted to have these pineapple straws for their drinks!
The Tree of Life's Fruit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.” Galatians 5: 22-26
The Roses and Lilies
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. As a lily among brambles, so is my love among maidens. As an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Sustain me with raisins, refresh me with apples; for I am sick with love. O that his left hand were under my head, and that his right hand embraced me! I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the hinds of the field, that you stir not up nor awaken love until it please.” Song of Songs 2: 1-7

The Owl

“I am like a vulture of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places; I lie awake, I am like a lonely bird on the housetop. All the day my enemies taunt me, those who deride me use my name for a curse. For I eat ashes like bread, and mingle tears with my drink, because of thy indignation and anger; for thou hast taken me up and thrown me away. My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But thou, O LORD, art enthroned for ever; thy name endures to all generations.” Psalm 102: 6-12

The Olive Tree
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made, and sent forth a raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put forth his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and lo, in her mouth a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.” Genesis 8: 6-11

We're having lots of fun celebrating the Easter Season and I can't wait to see what others have done this week. Thanks again to Jessica and Charlotte for their great ideas. To see other parties visit Catholic Cuisine!