Thursday, May 28, 2009


Just wanted to share a few pictures of some of my flowers. These are some of the better ones. I have a few that look like they don't have much life left, but I'm trying to see if I can revive them. Others are waiting to bloom. This is my first serious attempt at gardening. In the past, I've just planted some flowers but not given much TLC. I have so much to learn.

The gardenias are just starting to bloom. They smell so lovely! So far, only a few have bloomed, but there are tons of buds just waiting to open.

This picture of the miniature roses was taken at night, hence the artificial lighting. By the time I got around to take a daytime shot, they were past their prime.

My garden would not be complete without pansies. These happy flowers are one of my favorites! If you look closely, you'll see some morning glories trying to grow in there. They are popping up like weeds. I keep pulling them out, but new ones show up. They are from left over seeds from last years morning glories.

And lastly, here is Ryan's green bean plant. He started it in his classroom and I transferred it to a bigger pot. The little beans are just starting to grow. So cute!

I hope I can share more pictures throughout the season. May you all have a lovely spring day!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Be an instrument of gold or steel, of platinum or of iron - big or small, delicate or rough. They're all useful. Each serves its own purpose. Who would dare say that the carpenter's saw is any less useful than the surgeon's scalpel? Your duty is to be an instrument.

St. Josemaria Escriva - The Way, No. 484

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday!

On my bedside table: Some bills to be paid.

On my TV: The Fighting Sullivans

On the menu for tonight: Eating out at the ballpark. Ryan plays in his last baseball game.

On my to-do list: Peel wallpaper and paint in my kitchen - still. My dear friends are coming to help me.

New recipe I tried last week: None. But I did have some Indian food from my friend's family restaurant. YUM! I never tried Indian food but the chicken dishes and noodle dishes were tasty. A little spicy with the curry, but delicious!

In the craft basket: Dishcloths to knit.

Looking forward to: Summer!

Homemaking tip of the week: Like many homes, the laundry is a never ending chore. Many times I catch up with the laundry, but then I don't have time to fold and put them away. Then I have piles of clean clothes in baskets. If we end up needing something in there, it's a time sucker to try and go through the piles and find what we're looking for. What I do is to sort the clean clothes and place each person's clothes in their own basket. The towels and my clothes are generally put away first, so no baskets are needed there. It becomes much easier to sort through a basket when you know that the clothes there belong to just one person. Eventually the clothes get to where they need to go, but in the meantime, it makes hunting for clothes much easier. Of course by that time, the clothes need to be ironed, but we won't get into that now. :)

Favorite Blog post: Teaching Excellence: We Need More Daniels at Generation Cedar

Favorite Photo from last week:

On my prayer list: husband and kids
my kid's teachers

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

Matthew 22:37-40

He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

Thank you to Sandra, for hosting Happy Homemaker Mondays!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Litany of the Eucharist

Ryan is going to be making his First Communion next year but I'm already looking for materials that will give him a head start before starting 2nd grade in September.

One of the books I checked out at our church library is The Holy Eucharist by Fr. Lovasik. In the front cover is this litany.

Living Bread that came down from heaven.
Hidden God and Savior.
Perpetual sacrifice.
Clean Oblation.
Lamb without spot.
Most pure Feast.
Food of Angels
Hidden Manna.
Memorial of the wonders of God.
Word made flesh, dwelling in us.
Sacred Host.
Chalice of benediction.
Mystery of Faith.
Most high and adorable Sacrament.
Most holy of all sacrifices.
Most wonderful of all miracles.
Most holy Memorial of the Passion of Christ.
Special Memorial of Divine love.
Most august and holy Mystery.
Bond of charity.
Priest and Victim.
Spiritual Sweetness.
Pledge of future glory.