Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I have been accumulating photos and blogging-requests from the girls... deciding here to blog a few of them all together. (Captions by Number Seven.)
Numbers Six and Seven made forests. This is Number Seven's.
... and this one is Number Six's.
Number Seven says you can tell how different they are by admiring the different qualities of their forests.
There's a cute little bird that comes to our bird feeder often, and sometimes he brings a companion! I posted a call for identification on Facebook and after almost 30 comments it was decided it is a House Finch. 

We have a garden now!
Yesterday we went to a local burger place called "Nick's Hamburgers".
It's quite good!
Easter gifts: canonization tees!
For Easter we got some "real coke" as a treat. photo taken by artistic Number Five!
...the "real coke" girls!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Parmesan-Roasted fennel and top sirloin on Easter Monday. Easter Sunday was Dijon-Rosemary-garlic Leg of Lamb, Brussels sprouts and potatoes. Brazilian milk flan both nights. Love holy days.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Music video filmed in our acreage

My readers may remember that last summer we had an exciting day of music-video filming... we finally received the link for it and the photography is beautiful! The artist is Alexis Kosiak, who was a classmate of Number Five's in High School.

A gift for the future house

I brought this from Brazil and presented it yesterday to the family. In the region I visited in Brazil this recent trip, the state of Minas Gerais, they still hold the "Festivals of the Divino" dating back to 14th century Portugal. The "Divino" refers to the Divine Spirit, or Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity. These artisan-made "Divinos" are found everywhere, be it on the walls of homes and stores, be it on the booths at the popular markets, and it took me a while to decide on the right one for our house!

Below are two images: one of a "Festival of the Divine" in a small town, and another of how they are displayed in peoples homes.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Reflection: My Mother's Rosary

This Holy Week I took my Mother's Rosary out of my purse. My sister who cared for her before she died gave it me, this recent trip. She asked if I wanted to take it. Want it? Yes, please, but was she sure? She smiled and said yes. The entire trip back, through airport mishaps, canceled flights, unexpected stops along the way and tear-stained airline counters, I held tight to my purse, knowing all along I was carrying a priceless treasure. Something unimaginably valuable.

I didn't really take it out of my purse until this Holy Week. I've spent a lot of time in the chapel at church as Fr. said Morning Prayer with us every day, plus mass, rosary, confession etc during the week.

I took it out and started praying. It's a hefty, strong, well-used rosary. I began noticing the little things, the beads, the wrap-around chain style (probably the reason it is still intact), the weight of this treasure. As I fingered the beads and the Hail Marys succeeded one another, I began thinking of what my Mother would have prayed for. All of the obvious petitions came to mind: my siblings, my father, moves, people who surrounded her with their needs, my grandmother, my aunt.

And then it took my breath away, the thought of her holding those same beads, filled with faith and petition, praying for me. Asking God for me, that He would guide me, protect me, light my way. And that I would respond to His call during this life.

I will never be worthy enough to hold these beads, owned previously by a person who was my model and example. But then again we aren't, any of us, worthy of God's love and forgiveness, and here we are, members of a spiritual royal family. This Easter, my hearts overflows with gratitude and love.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Holy Thursday, continued

We went to the Cathedral.... and it was so beautiful. There is something so heavenly about Holy Thursday mass. Especially at our cathedral celebrated by our good bishop, may God bless him. And the schola singing in Latin. And the outside procession towards the chapel/altar of repose, singing the Pange Lingua under 30s temps. I was able to take these photos... It was so prayerfully and quiet in the chapel and it didn't occur to me to take a photo until much later, but there is this one of a few years' back when Number Three was still a high school age Pontifical server...

But the best is reading Number Six's blog today... Holy Thursday has always been her favorite mass of the year.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday is one of favorite holy days of the year in this house. We will be at the Cathedral tonight for the Mass and Procession, as they do it so beautifully. I found this photo of my mother and her sister as young women during Holy Week 1950, and I like to imagine it was a Holy Thursday as it would be warmer in Brazil, and there would be singing from the missal outside. I love the photo, for so many reasons.

Happy Holy Thursday!