November 16, 2014

Surgery Prayers

Please pray for my mom who is having out-patient surgery to remove a small tumor on Monday, Nov 17th.

November 12, 2014

Prayers Please

Please pray for some friends of ours who need some prayers right now.  Thanks so much!

November 9, 2014

All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day

All Saints' Day
The Feast of All Saints' Day on November 1st commemorates the Communion of Saints:  The Church Triumphant: those souls have are living in perfect union with God in Heaven, The Church Suffering: those souls who are suffering in Purgatory to cleanse their souls with hellfire with the hope of one day joining the perfected souls in Heaven, The Church Militant:  those souls on earth living in the state of Sanctifying Grace who are in their battle against sin.

 We celebrated with a big breakfast of martyrdom pancakes (pink pancakes with cooked strawberries) and St. Lawrence sausages.
 We see here that Pippin is putting our hard earned karate money to good use in trying to cut the roll of paper in 1/2 "hi-ya!"
 Later we went to an All Saints' Day party. Marigold dressed up as St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
 Poppy was St. Lucy, as usual, those were her eyes on the plate (though with the strap that looks like a nose it looks a bit like Elmo)
 Bilbo was St. George. Merry was St. Philip Neri and Pippin was St. Benedict.
 Lots of fun games and goodies.


All Souls' Day
 It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.
2 Maccabees 11:46

On All Souls' Day we remember the souls suffering in Purgatory. They suffer the purging hellfire of intense suffering. Purgatory is the cleansing place for those who died with venial sin on their souls or those who have not fully made restitution for any sins committed. It is not enough to just confess one's sins, one must also do penance for the forgiven sins.

 We were blessed to attend a Pontifical Requiem Mass for All Souls' Day.

 The black "coffin" is a sarcophagus, adorned with a black requiem pall and surrounded by pure beeswax candles.  The magenta biretta is for the bishops and the black is for the priests. This Mass was offered for the deceased bishops and priests of our diocese.

 Frodo served as mitre bearer.

 Sam served as book bearer.
 The choir was absolutely beautiful.
 Every year our homeschooling group meets at the cemetery to pray for the dead.
We stopped at my father-in-law's grave site to pray for his soul.

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Our Lord told St. Gertrude that this prayer would release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it was said.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.


Congratulations to our nephew on his First Holy Communion!  Oh happy day!

Home and Farmette Life

 Who would buy an over-sized teddy bear for $180?
 No joke, at the pumps on the Eve of All Saints' Day.

 I spy a..... broom.

 Hunting, I don't know what.

 New shed going up.
 The horrifying... AGAIN.  Our last 4 piggies were shot and beaten (?) numerous times.
Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked I shall return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord, so it is done: blessed be the Name of the Lord.
Job 1:21
 Stripe test in Karate
 As the girls are putting together costumes for the up-coming plays, apparently a couple of the boys want in on the costuming action.
 Kili on the other hand thinks clothes are not a necessity.
 This is when said boys came back "after 100 years.  (note the hair).

  Today we got 11 free chickens. They are HUGE and ready for dinner.

I love the pantaloons!

November 6, 2014

Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies Trailer

Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies Trailer is out HERE!  Movie comes out December 17th!

Hobbit 2 Extended Edition:  MUCH better than what was in the theater last year. It's almost like a whole new movie.

November 2, 2014

Apple Orchard with Our Godson and His Family

 We haven't seen our Godson since he was baptized 7+ years ago.  Their family moved away shortly after he was born but they were up a few hours from here so we planned a little meeting at this apple orchard.  When we arrived I knew we must be at the right place for a special meeting when it says "Jesus is Lord" on their sign.
 The orchard was absolutely beautiful.

 They had these neat little signs along the way that said "Faith", "Family" and other niceties.

 Our first glance at this absolutely beautiful family.  They are going to have their 10th, their oldest is 12. They are the sweetest most smiley, enjoyable children.

 I only had 4 of my children with me so I felt like I had nobody to keep an eye on! It's funny to think most people think 4 children is a large family, it felt like I had no one with me!

 Here's our little group picture.
 And here is the lovely little family again.  (haha little family)
 This was a posed picture as I totally forgot to take pictures while we were picking. The children were kind enough to humor me! :D
 Pippin giving our Godson a lift.
 We ended up taking home 8 bags (a peck each) of apples... well we took home 6 as we gave 2 bags to friends.

 Oh we had a lovely time!  It was really great to visit. Our Godson acted as if we had never been parted a day.
 On our way home we stopped by Stinky Kitchen for a most delightful visit.
After a day of sheer enjoyment we ended with a lovely event where 2 of the lugnuts/bolts were completely sheered off the driver-side wheel and 3 were so loose I could move them with my finger. Thanks to the great staff at Farm and Fleet, we were on the road again, guess we were pretty close to a bad accident.  A good reminder why we always say a little prayer when we get behind the wheel.