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This is the holy water bottle that my mother in law gave my husband when he left home for college. She passed away several years ago, but her faithfulness will never be forgotten.
My Lenten centerpiece. Part of my Lent is not to be to obsessed with decorating. And since I do LOVE decorating so much, some aspect of running to Hobby Lobby to purchase numerous purple decorations to celebrate a season of simplicity and penance doesn’t seem right for me. So, I let the children find their favorite rocks and make a centerpiece with a woven place mat I used when I was growing up. I hand wrote (instead of spending hours designing a beautiful prayer card in photoshop) our Lenten prayers on a piece of card stock. I printed out Kathryn Whitaker’s Lenten cards to use with the family. The card for the day sits in front of my little blue pot. And I added a few of my favorite things …
I love this statue of St. Francis embracing Jesus on the cross. It helps me remember the true purpose of my sacrifices – to be with Jesus. And, after having the opportunity to visit Assisi several times, I truly believe it is one of the holiest places in the world. Just remembering that little hilltop town helps me to focus.
This little ceramic pot that holds our lenten cards was my grandmother’s. I think she probably bought it while living in Mexico City when my dad was in high school. I love the color, the glued-up crack along one side, and that it reminds me of her simple Catholic faith, which inspired me to eventually come back to the Church at Texas A&M.
For some reason, that I don’t quite understand, my children really love praying the Rosary! I guess since I didn’t grow up Catholic, I just assumed that any kid would resent being told to sit still for 20 minutes and repeat the same 3 prayers over and over again. Well, thankfully, I was wrong! We’ve been trying to keep to our Sunday night Rosary during Lent. (our rosaries live in an antique tea box given to me by my mom)
The crucifix on our mantle.
This felt banner hangs from the crucifix. I made this maybe 8 years ago. It’s not so pretty anymore…. It’s wrinkled and faded, and if I were to make one again, I’d go about it in an entirely different way. And it would look WAY better. But I love this. It’s staying.
We had some very good news given to use this week. A friend brought over these nice bottles as gifts to my husband. The Chimay Ale is Belgian beer brewed by Trappists at Scourmont Abbey. I’m not a beer person… but oh my! This stuff is GOOOOD!
and here is Colleen with her stick horse, Scarlet. I’ve never seen a child love a stick horse quite as much as Colleen loves Scarlet. She feeds Scarlet at dinner, she made Scarlet a Halloween costume, she takes her on walks outside ‘to get fresh air’.
the Aggie Madonna, from a fresco in Assisi
A rose outside, day one
the rose inside on day two, with a bit of wind burn