Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Monsieur Vincent"

Just found this great movie about today's saint--Saint Vincent de Paul--on youtube. Enjoy!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Number Three in Concert Choir

These past few years we have loved attending Number Four's university choir performances... and now Number Three has joined the choir as a grad student--so we get to continue enjoying the choir! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Book written by her online science teacher!

We will try to take a sequence of photos from this stretch on 17th street--we are on it daily and it is the prettiest in town, 
A curious visitor

Sunday bloom

Husband walks home for lunch everyday, and sometimes gets to read a postcard from Africa--my sis Tereza was in S Africa and Mozambique very recently!

Aunt Nancy Gerdes became a grandma yesterday!!  
Number Seven called this meal "Peasant". Lentils, chickpeas, black beans and kale stew. Surprisingly they all loved it!

Book Club begins again

Book Club started! A beautiful sunset in Downtown Brookings welcomed me as I drove in early to set up things. We had a lively discussion about friendship, including social-media friendships, and listened to audios by founder Marcie Stockman about the topic, and about the books for this year. We also talked a little about the first reading selection for the year, The Death of Ivan Ilych, for which I wrote the reflection and discussion questions in the printed companion. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sister Marta goes to a Meeting

My sister has been all week at a regional meeting of religious novices and a photo was just posted on the Abbey's website. She emailed and said she was seeing some beautiful things. The location is near Bramberg in the Bavaria. She included some photos: 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The most amazing flower!

I got a call late night and Number Four and I got dressed and drove to our friends' John and Mary's house-- they have this green flowering plant that blooms once a year--at night-- and the flowers are dead by the morning. She received a cutting of these from a nun in Oklahoma a while back.  They had a record number of four bloom at once around the Blessed Mother statue in their sunroom. As soon as we entered the room the aroma was amazing, different from anything I have ever smelled. The photos don't do it justice, and there's no way to add the smell here. My words can't describe it either. What is left is the memory of an amazing experience, the prayers of thanksgiving we said, the grateful heart, and the sung Salve Regina with which we closed the visit.

About these flowers here. The name of this flower vary. We found: Night Blooming Cereus, Christ's Cradle, Christ in the Manger, Princess of the Night and Queen of Honolulu. And more. But there's a lot more about it online, like this article.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Number Seven Wins a National Art Award

We find out this evening that Number Seven was awarded the National Education Contest award for high school art from by the National Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She received a check and is very happy! The theme was about preserving the environment. Congratulations, Number Seven!