Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

Linked below is a wonderful sermon 
to get you started on your journey of purification, 
 and preparation for the second coming of Our Lord.

Friday, November 20, 2015

November on the farm

Swine, tasty swine.
They think ice looks good for lunch.

The Ladies whom we raised from chicks this year. 

Where's the Beef?  
Here he is.

Bringing in wood. 
 My 7 year old drives daddy tractor!  (yes, it is a teeny tiny tractor)

Rescuing eggs from inconvenient nesting places.
Those sneaky hens!
If we had a rooster, we would have some babies 
because this hen is broody and very protective of her clutch.

Tiny helper.  
Better than easter egg hunting!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sacred Heart of Jesus, set up Thy Kingdom in our country

"These manifold evils in the world are due to the fact that the majority of men have thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these have no place either in private affairs or in politics: and that as long as individuals and states refuse to submit to the rule of our Savior, there will be no hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations."
Only Christ, the Prince of Peace, is able to restore in the heart of human society the reign of justice, love and peace which has been shattered by sin and by the rejection—public and private—of God's law. That is why we must work every day to establish the "peace of Christ through the reign of Christ," that is to say the fruitful union of faith and of the fatherland, the Church and the State."
Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas on the social Kingship of Christ.
What can we as Catholic families do in the ever increasing troublesome and demonic world that we live in?
Keep to our duty in our state of life. 
 Keep our peace of soul. 
 Keep busy with raising our children for the Glory of God and their salvation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Golden Nights

These are the Golden Nights, the novena leading up until Christmas.  At our home we begin the Golden Nights when we begin the O Antiphons.  We add golden metal leaves (easy to find at resale shops) to our Advent wreath.  I also have a golden cloth I will add.  I look for golden things throughout  the year while I am at resale shops to add to our decorations at this time of the year.   My eventual goal is to have something to add every night that leads from now up until Christmas.
It is just another way to help the children realize how extraordinary the feast of Christmas is, and how much we must do to prepare our hearts for the graces God wants to give us at this special time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tomorrow is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Here is a photo of our home altar that we have prepared for the feast.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

toddler shoes

I made these tonight in about 1/2 hour.  They are made from a felted wool sweater and lined with calico scraps.
Our bedrooms are a bit chilly because we are only using our cookstove for heat, and the heat is mostly in the main rooms of the house.  I already have the toddler in woolie pants for bedtime, and these will be good for keeping the tiny feet toasty when she kicks her covers off every night.

 I think these would be very easy to make in leather.

I made these this morning using the 0-6 month pattern for a sweet baby boy I know.
 They are so easy and fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sewing projects for baby.

Resale nightgown, women's XL, ready to be "upcycled"

I used this pattern, but shortened the bodice and only did one button with a loop in the back.

Finished product.  Cute, especially with the little Amish Cappli.

Wool Soakers, using the Katrina Soaker Pattern, which is free.
The tiny pants are made from the arms of sweaters with a waistband added to the top.