more Christmas decorations at middle son and his wife's home All the nutcrackers belonged to my cousin's late husband. Sadly my cousin died this year; her children sold their dad's nutcrackers to my son Derek. The stunning ornament wreath was made by Margaret Ann's sister. The ceramic tree was made by me some 30 years ago. The stained glass nativity scene on the window and the ceramic Santa head were made by Derek. The Santas on the floor were a joint-project of Derek and Margaret Ann. He made the Santa bodies and she sewed their clothing. Indeed they are very talented!
To pay tribute to those little angels who were victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, please read the article in the December 2013 issue of Magnificat. The article can be read on Skyview, which is found here. It touched my heart and brought me to tears. And please say a prayer for the students' families.
Bright red and silver colors, gaily decorated tree, whispers yester-year. note: This is one of more than a dozen photos I snapped today at middle son and his wife's home.There would have been more,but ..."batteries were exhausted!" linking to James' fascinatingWeekend Reflections
When I heard the postman knock at my door, I thought my Carson's order had arrived. But, no, it was surprise box from my cousin Cheryl and her husband Jerry! Getting the scissors, I scored the box lid with them and quickly opened the box, then took my gifts from the shiny, gorgeous gold bag. Ta da, my gifts are... Now, this song by George M. Cohan is marching around in my head! I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, A Yankee Doodle, do or die. A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam, Born on the fourth of July. I’ve got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart, She’s my Yankee Doodle joy. Yankee Doodle came to London Just to ride the ponies. I am the Yankee Doodle Boy. When I saw Dandy up close, with his long arms and the Mohair material of which he's made, the similarities to Steiff bears came to my mind. The history of Steiff bears can be viewed here. Cheryl and family: thank you! merci beaucoup! danke schon! grazie mille! muchas gracias!
image found here Trying to modify my attitude while changing the date once again for the Christmas gathering of my family. Thoughts of “Why am I always the one who needs to accommodate others’ plans? Why can’t we have a tradition set in stone so I don’t go through this each year?” Frustration layers upon resentment till I just want to go to bed and stay there till the onset of the new year. Then I gaze upon your face, sweet Mother, and I ponder your long journey to Bethlehem while being heavily laden with your divine Babe. Your Immaculate Heart overcame any questions concerning the reason for this journey of 80 miles, just to be counted for the greedy King and his tax-filled purse. I ask your intercession now, Holy Mother, to help me remember that there are 12 days of Christmas, not just the eve of Christmas and your birthday on the 25th, and to ask your Son to send me the grace in order that our family’s Christmas get-together will be filled with thoughts of the reason for the celebration- Jesus’ bi…
Information about where the Black Madonna is travelingcan be found here.The reason for this travelingis in support of life and familyunder the support ofOur Lady of Czestochowa.Details can be found here. Prayer for Life~Blessed Pope John Paul II~Evangelium Vitae (105)O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gosper of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives, and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, a civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God…
image from here Prayer to St. Anne Good St. Anne, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen. an aside note: My journey continues with learningmore about my faith and our Blessed Mother. Of course, I knew thatSt. Anne was the mother of Mary,but I had not encountered prayers to her. continuing devotion to the Blessed Virgin at Rebecca's A Virgin A Day
image found here SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM WE FLY TO THY PROTECTION We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen
You are all beautiful Mary,and there is not stain or original sin. linking to Rebecca'sA Virgin A Daywith other devotees of Mary