Saturday, May 31, 2008
We have a special bunny! He has been battling bacterial infections his whole life (Joseph says he is just like him). Henry has been sick again this week and we had to go to the vet again this morning. Joseph is a St. Francis! We've had to feed him critical care food again because he stopped eating for a while....and then we got him to eat a bit of celery.
Just wanted to share these cute pictures of Henry. He has a small baseball that he loves to "throw". Click on the images to see them full size/larger.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
he boys slept in after our long hike Saturday (Blue Ridge Pkwy) and staying up late palying games several nights in a row. We made chocolate cake doughnuts for them (yes, I have a special pan!)Sean mixed the hummingbird food and put it in the hummingbird feeder.......
Joseph helped dad build the form to make a cement landing.......... we worked on weeding and feeding the plants with the compost "tea" from the composter.
And...the day would not be complete without a BBQ.... we made hamburger buns and potato chips.... the boys all love when we make these things from scratch :-)
at 9:58 PM
Sunday, May 25, 2008
As Catholics, we believe that we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. We receive His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
Matthew has been really excited the past several weeks as he has been reflecting upon the miracle that takes place at every Mass. He said the other day in speaking about a priest friend, "WOW! It is so cool that Father _____ gets to perform a miracle at every Mass!"
Today is grandma and grandpa's 40th wedding anniversary. When talking about the special feast day today, Joseph said, "WOW! What a cool day to get married! That is so neat that they got to have their wedding on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus!" He was so cute. We explained that they had not gotten married on this feast day, but that this year their anniversary fell on this special day. The priest at church this morning offers Mass at two churches and was a bit late in getting to church. After Mass, Joseph asked why and we explained that he had two churches to take care of. Joseph replied, "We really do need more priests!" Bless his heart.
Here is the Gospel Reading from today's Mass:
John 6: 51 - 58
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
54 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.
58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever."
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today, the boys turned our basement into a church. They had an altar, chairs for pews and a pulpit all set up. Joseph wore his red robe to offer mass because he was pretending to be a bishop. At the link above, you can purchase a Mass kit for children. They also have patterns for child-size vestments and a child-size monstrance! GREAT stuff.
Here's what the website lists as the contents in the kit:
A must for every Catholic home and classroom. Use for altar boy training, or First Communion preparation. For children ages 3-12. Kit includes
lesson plan book with activity sheets
brass chalice 4 1/2"
brass paten 3 1/4"
brass crucifix 4"
brass and glass sanctuary light 4 1/2"
brass snuffer 10"
brass set of 4 bells
brass match tray
brass censer 5"
glass cruets (pair) 4"
glass finger bowl
glass votive candles (pair)
brass incense boat w/spoon 2 1/4"
incense grains and instant lighting charcoal
patterns for making a wooden altar
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
at 8:45 PM
The cake is a layer of Pastry puff with Pate a Choux (paht ah SHOO) baked on top. The filling is made of Pastry cream mixed with whipped cream and topped with fruit. I took a short cut and made my faux pastry puff dough instead of making pastry dough. fauz pastry dough comes out nearly as flaky. Here's what our Gateau St. Honore looked like: