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Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family

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June 2011

Berried…

In the midst of much busyness as we prepare for Rylee’s and her friend Maria’s First Holy Communion celebration, we’ve still had a few chances to wander down the path to the woods…

For berries.  Mulberries, black raspberries and very soon, blackberries.

It’s truly glorious…walking along the firefly lit paths at dusk, picking these dusky jewels…

The most beautiful place on earth is a forest at twilight…the sunset never looks more glorious than when returning with a bowlful of nature’s bounty…

Blessings,

Hardboiled…

When you’re raising chickens, fresh eggs are one of your best bartering tools.  Not only that, every friend we have appreciates an occasional gift of a dozen beautifully enormous brown  eggs…

And so, it was our intention, to provide a gift of a dozen, free-range farm fresh eggs to our Adoration partners and friends, Gary and Molly.  Likewise, Gary and Molly offered us an equally enviable gift:  goldenrod honey from a local beekeeper.  If you’ve never tried goldenrod honey, you’re in for a treat!  Light and delicious…the perfect accompaniment to homemade biscuits.

But I digress…

Last night, we returned to Adoration, without eggs for our dear friends, because we’ve run out of cartons…we’re currently storing them by the bowlful in the fridge.  As we approached the sign-in desk, Molly motioned to me, smiling broadly:

“Did you enjoy the honey?”  she whispered.

“Oh, yes!  It is delightful!  I’m sorry I didn’t bring you any eggs this evening…I’m out of cartons…”   I offered.

She chuckled.  “I’ll save you some…by the way, I liked the “trick egg…”

“Trick egg?  What trick egg?”  Worriedly, I wondered if we’d given her a dud…ick.

“Well,”  she whispered, giggling  “I was preparing scrambled eggs for supper last night, and pulled out a some of the largest eggs.  I cracked one…it was huge!  And then I grabbed the next one.  I hit it on the pan.  Nothing.  I thought maybe our fridge had frozen it!  I hit it again and again before I finally realized:  it was a hardboiled egg.  Hehehe…Gary and I had a real laugh over that one!”

I laughed…much too loud for Adoration…and then remembered that last week when we asked Zachary to fill a carton for Gary and Molly, I had placed one hard-boiled egg on the shelf, separate from the rest of the eggs.  In his quest to fill that carton as quickly as possible, he grabbed every egg he could find…including the hardboiled one.  Too funny!

Our chickens are always in “hot water,” so to speak.  Free-ranging, they’re constantly marauding amongst the new seedlings, flowers, etc.  I’ve chased more than a couple away, with threats of Sunday dinner menu plans…but thus far, I’ve never had one lay a hard-boiled egg…

God bless friends with a good sense of humor…

Blessings,

History close to home…

One Sunday, after Mass…we made an interesting discovery while taking a short-cut home:

The Shrum Indian Mound…

In the middle of the suburbs…

A beautiful little slice of history…

We would have never known about it if we hadn’t taken the shortcut!

Beauty close to home…history, too!

Blessings,

June days…

Sunny days…

Blue sky days…

Picnic days…

Hiding-out days…

Silly days…

Work days…

Plotting, planning and planting days…

Skipping along the rows days…

Catnapping days…

May all your June days be filled with the  ordinary and the extraordinary…happy Summer!

Blessings,

Transformation…

Today, on Trinity Sunday, we had the distinct privilege of returning, once again, to St. John the Evangelist/Holy Rosary Church.  If you remember this postand this post…then you know that this project is near and dear to our hearts.  Though we’ve not been able to contribute nearly as much as we’d like in time and talent, there is a sense of accomplishment in seeing what little we’ve invested stretched so far.  Many kind souls have come to the aid of this beautiful, historic Catholic Church…and bit by bit, it is being restored to its former glory.

Perhaps you remember these first photos at the beginning of the project:

Once all the carpet had been stripped, the arduous task of pulling staples, nails and scraping glue were next.  What a job!  Tens of thousands of nails and staples had to be removed by hand, before the sanding and finishing of the floor could be done.   By utilizing volunteers for this work, we were able to save the parish thousands of dollars.  It was tough…

…but look at the results!

The floors are finished!  And I mean “finished…”  The patina of the old wood with its many “wounds” is just perfect…

It makes a girl want to dance…

And a man want to kneel…

There is still much to be done…the organ will probably be reassembled within the next couple of weeks…in the meantime, our music minister, Shawn, just couldn’t resist showing the children how to blow into the pipes!  They even gave a choral demonstration…amazing!

And remember the rose window?  The lead glazing had completely disintegrated and the window was in grave danger of complete destruction.  A sole contributor is financing the $38,000 reglazing of that beautiful window…and generations of Catholics will remember the generosity of this individual who so loved God’s house…

Join us, won’t you?  As I said in a previous post:

If you have prayed for the success of this project, may God bless you!

If you have picked up a hammer, staple puller, scraper, etc…and incurred blisters, splinters and a sense of pride in time well spent, may God bless you!

If you are considering contributing in some way…time, talent or treasure…may God bless and encourage you!

There is so much to be done, and many “coins of the realm” are needed to restore this Church to its former glory.  May the Holy Infant of Prague, restored to the sanctuary of St. John’s  on the 356th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Holy Infant, bring blessing and success to this precious parish…

If God so moves you to contribute, please forward to either addresses.  Be sure to indicate that your contribution is towards the restoration of St. John’s…may God bless you for your kindness and generosity!

Holy Family Catholic Church
584 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215

The Jubilee Museum & Catholic Cultural Center
Administrative Office
584 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Blessings,

Sourpuss…

Would they dare?

Of course they would!!  (They’re my kids, aren’t they?!)

Greetings from the land of fruits and nuts…

Blessings,

Daybook…Anniversary edition!

Visit Peggy at The Simple Woman for more Daybook entries!

FOR TODAY –  June 13th, 2011…the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

Outside my window:  gorgeous blue sky sprinkled with puffy white clouds.  Deliciously cool breeze wafting lace curtains…a delightful 73 degrees!

I am listening to:  crowing roosters, cackling hens, the distant hum of the rototiller, the laughter of children…

I am wearing :  khaki capris and a long-sleeved pink and white paisley tunic…

Gratitude list:

30 years with the man I love…

little girl in boots too big…

friends who don’t take no for an answer…

generosity of strangers…

unexpected visitors and spirited conversation…

low humidity…

cottonball clouds on bright blue…

good Father who will shepherd his parish for another year…

first blessing from a new priest…

I am reading:  31 Days to Clean:  Having a Martha House the Mary Way and The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation by St. Alphonsus Liguori…a little spiritual “housecleaning” is in order!

From the kitchen:  Simple fare…refrigerator is dead!  Trying to revive it, but it’s beginning to seem unlikely that we’ll be able to.  This evening’s meal:  Meatloaf, roasted potatoes with onions and rosemary, sauteed greenbeans with balsamic vinaigrette and a loaf of homemade bread.

I am thinking:  about the past thirty years.  How blessed we’ve been…there are always vexations and crosses to bear, but the years have been very, very good to us.  I wouldn’t exchange the life I have for any other.  I’m missing my three girls terribly…and my oldest son!  Zachary is in Wisconsin to help load and transport a few church organs back to Columbus for Fr. Lutz. 

I am creating:  nothing much.  The hands aren’t working so very well right now…which is why this blog has been terribly neglected…typing hurts!  Will probably be tested this week for rheumatoid arthritis…praying to avoid that particular diagnosis.  It is hereditary and my Aunt Judy has suffered tremendously with it.  God’s will be done…

Towards a real education:  school is out…for the most part.  We’re still reading, doing a bit of spelling to sharpen up a few skills and I’m probably going to continue math for the older boys through the summer…it really takes very little time and during those hot, afternoon hours what else are we going to do?!  I’m looking forward attending the Dayton IHM conference in July…

I am praying:  for my son, Michael.  A few weeks ago, his older brothers observed several frightening episodes of sleep apnea.  A visit to a pediatrician and referral to an ENT have revealed the source of the problem:  extremely large adenoids that are not only blocking his nasal passages, but are pressing upon the soft palate, affecting his speech and causing sleep apnea!  He will be scheduled for surgery very soon and the procedure couldn’t be simpler:  15 minutes under general anesthesia during an outpatient procedure for adenoidectomy…no need for tonsillectomy!  Praising God that it was just that simple…

In the garden:  Onions, basil, cilantro, rosemary, shallots, mint, oregano all ready for harvest.  Just planted (thanks to the worst planting season, EVER!)  Jade green beans, brandywine tomatoes, Mr. Stripey tomatoes, zucchini and every other kind of squash, enough sunflowers to sell bouquets of them, pumpkins, watermelon, peppers, eggplant…etc., etc., etc.  Hollyhocks are in bloom, replacing the poor, faded peonies.  Soon we’ll have gladiolus and caladiums, too.

Around the house:   trying to declutter.  There’s nothing like watching an episode of Hoarders to have you look at that clutter on top of the fridge in a whole, new light!!  God bless those poor people who are struggling under weight of such a horrific condition…

On keeping home:  a lovely reminder:  our home is a reflection on just how seriously we take our vocation as wives and mothers.  I’m not talking about perfection or a Better Homes and Garden/Martha Stewart dream home.  No…something deeper.  Calm.  Peace.   Welcome.  Comfort.  And beauty when you can find it…and it’s all around us!  I used to strive so hard for all those things that embodied perfection…now, I simply want those who come to my home to not want to leave.  I want them to kick off their shoes, put up their feet…feel the ease that comes with a lived in and welcoming home.  Things are never perfect here…but I do hope, my dear friends who visit regularly, that you’ve always felt welcome and part of the family.  That is how I define successful homemaking…it took me a couple of decades to arrive to this conclusion!

One of my favorite things:  the warm scent of a Creme Brulee candle…yummy!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Enjoy having my hubby home for the next two days…what a blessing!  Perhaps we’ll visit the creek…

A few picture thoughts I’m sharing:  I’ve been meaning to share this for awhile…it’s horribly blurry, but was the only photo I could snap before my battery died!   Coming soon, to a Columbus parish near you…two new priest who know the Extraordinary Form of the Mass…and they’re not afraid to use it!  And I can’t wait to “loan” a few altar servers who will happily train a few more young men to serve this beautiful Mass of antiquity!

From Fr. Ty Tompson’s homily:
We are your priests…
We want to bring you together in the sacrament of matrimony…
We want to baptize your babies…
We want to offer you absolution and restore you to a life of grace in the sacrament of confession…
We want to be there at the very end to see you on your way to the Father…
But most of all…we want to take take bread and wine in our hands and consecrate it, and give to you, the Body and Blood of our precious Savior…
That’s why we’re here.  This is what we live to do…
Amen, Father.  May God increase your number!  Pray for vocations…
Blessings,

Surprise party…

It’s funny how it happens.

You invite a couple families over for a cookout.  And then you invite another.  And then another…and the next thing you know, three gentlemen in cassocks show up!

What a blessing…pun intended!

Though it was ridiculously hot…

…and the teenagers were armed and dangerous…

…with wild animals at every turn…

…we had more fun than you can imagine!

Ask our lasts guests…they left at 2:30 a.m.!

BTW…the “big” BBQ takes place on July 3rd, the day our precious Rylee and her dearest friend, Maria, will make their First Holy Communion.

Can’t wait!

Blessings,

New…

In the arms of her mother she waits for the saving waters…and is made new.

Days later…he, too, is “new.”

 A new priest on a day of firsts:  First Mass of Thanksgiving offered in the Extraordinary Form and…

…priestly blessing:

They pose together, both representative of the hope of Christ’s bride, the Church:  one “Father”, one child…

Congratulations Fr. Schmit and Sophia Regina!

…in the one Body of Christ!

 

Blessings,

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