Thursday, July 30, 2015

Life at Home 2

Friend Maristela and house-guest Jorge in the kitchen...

While the girls sip Sangria!

The Spanish chefs

And Chilean wine! 

Handsome son

And another handsome son

The arrival of Oat!

Who needs to travel far away when home is wonderful?


Reading my own piece! 

It is someone's birthday...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Life at Home

We all go around singing our house's praises... in every way, life here is so well-suited for our family! We have had these hammocks from Brazil for a long time, and even in the acreage we didn't have good trees to hang them from. And here we are! Hammocks, trees, flowers, and the beauty of the home and calls for photographs on a daily basis. Blessed be God for He is good!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Husband back from Toulouse

Husband goes all over the world and I am usually just happy to be home. Once in a while, however, he goes to a place such as... Toulouse, France. From the hotel to the food, the views... the buildings... all I thought was "I should have gone!" Alas, there are always photos he brings... and this time he also brought a nice portrait of him done by a french artist! 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Number Six's post about her friend Kate's senior pics!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A fun weekend!

On Friday Katie came over to spend the night, and for Claudia to take her senior pictures! I got to tag along (and carry everything), and we had a really fun time walking around taking photos. We went to a campground for some nature-esque ones and the next morning we walked downtown for more city-ish photos. They all turned out amazingly.

(Just two of hundreds!)

I got an official Carrier-of-Everything photo.

Katie actually ended up staying an extra night and left after Mass this morning.
Then Claudia, Thomas, and I went to Sioux Falls to do some shopping and pick up Othman from the airport! No photos yet, but I'm sure there will be some in the next few days.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

From Number Two's blog

These busy days it is truly wonderful to have a resident daughter and blogger who so kindly allows me to borrow her descriptive, photo-rich posts! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Small town summer

Last week big brother Patrick came to visit from Chicago sporting a beard. I guess he's finally embracing his inner hipster.

Invariably when he's here we go out to eat. A lot.

We were all sad to say bye, but happy he'll be here for our Henebry family reunion next week!

Although he left, his amazing housewarming gift stayed behind:

Talk about one amazing puzzle. The wooden pieces are incredibly intricate and fit together so well. It was finished soon after it arrived due to lots of collaborative work, but we all already want to do it again!

Along with puzzling, I've been reading an incredible amount—I'm almost done with my 8th book since arriving in the US! And with places like this to read, what else would I want to do?

I also did a bit of crafting with my lil sis Tessie the other day. We made some cute magnets which involved inordinate amounts of glue and glitter, so naturally we were happy campers.

My dear friend Alli also came up to Brookings to visit! We had a nice walk around downtown and then met my mom and Maria for lunch. (Restaurant pics are always awkward, right?) Later that day we helped my mom with a Brazilian cooking class she gave, watched live music downtown, margaritas in hand, laid in our hammock and watched some amazing lightning from a nearby summer storm, and caught up on the last six months. Talk about a perfect summer day.

In addition all that other stuff, I've been going on daily walks—often accompanied by Maria or Tessie—generally between 2 and 3 miles long! I've been just loving the greenness of the streets I walk down, and how quiet and peaceful it is. Gotta soak up the highlights of small town America while I can.

Plus with skies like these, where else could you want to be??

I've always loved the big midwestern sky. It has a feel to it that I haven't experienced anywhere else in the world.

To me, it feels like home.

The Feast of Saint Anne

Our dear friend Fr. Austin FSSP emailed m today saying he said the feastday mass of the great Saint Anne for me and my intentions. How timely and wonderful his gift! So much is happening in our family with the wedding of Number Three having been called off, our recent move, a houseguest from Spain, Number Two at home (her husband arrives today!) and the fact that I have not been well on top of it all. We are now helping guide Number Three's next steps in life: employment and living location etc.  We decided to host a family gathering next weekend so we should have many pictures soon of the Henebry siblings and cousins and of course grandma! So Fr.' s wonderful gift of a mass--the perfect prayer--is something I am so grateful for!

Saint Anne,
on this your feast-day,
watch over not only for myself,
who has the honor of being called after your name,
but also our whole family!

Orchids for Saint Anne during her Novena and Feast

Saturday, July 25, 2015

St. Anne Novena, Day Nine

St. Anne Novena, Day Nine

Most holy mother of the Virgin Mary, glorious Saint Anne, I, a miserable sinner, confiding in your kindness, choose you today as my special advocate. I offer all my interests to your care and maternal solicitude. O my very good mother and advocate, deign to accept me and to adopt me as your child.

O glorious Saint Anne, I beg you, by the passion of my most loving Jesus, the Son of Mary, your most holy daughter, to assist me in all the necessities both of my body and my soul. Venerable Mother, I beg you to obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena…

(State your intention here.)

…and the grace of leading a life perfectly conformable in all things to the Divine Will. I place my soul in your hands and in those of your kind daughter. I ask for your favor in order that, appearing under your patronage before the Supreme Judge, He may find me worthy of enjoying His Divine Presence in your holy companionship in Heaven.


Pray for us, Saint Anne!

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

St. Anne Novena, Day Seven

St. Anne Novena, Day Seven

O Good Saint Anne, so justly called the mother of the infirm, the cure for those who suffer from disease, look kindly upon the sick for whom I pray.

Alleviate their sufferings; cause them to sanctify their sufferings by patience and complete submission to the Divine Will; finally deign to obtain health for them and with it the firm resolution to honor Jesus, Mary, and yourself by the faithful performance of duties.

But, merciful Saint Anne, I ask you above all for the salvation of my soul, rather than bodily health, for I am convinced that this fleeting life is given us solely to assure us a better one. I cannot obtain that better life without the help of God\’s graces. I earnestly beg them of you for the sick and for myself, especially the petition for which I am making in this novena…

(State your intention here.)

…through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of His Immaculate Mother, and through your efficacious and powerful mediation, I pray.


Pray for us, Saint Anne!

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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