Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Me in my Christmas dress!  I got it from Down East Clothing!

Hi all!
Merry Christmas!!!  I thought I'd share some pictures from Christmas!!!


Our family makes this yummy treat every year called "Puppy Chow".  It is not really for dogs though.
It is Crispixs cereal, melted chocolate chips, butterscotch ships, and powdered sugar!!! Yum!



Our Christmas Tree!

My all time favorite gift was my Anne of Green Gables movie set!  Prepare for a marathon!!!

We also went to go see The Hobbit on the 16th for the premiere.  I am not obsessed like my sister at http://tolkienbookfan.blogspot.com/, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you are a movie cryer (which I am not..) prepare for a tear-jerker!

I pray that all of you have a safe, happy and fun New Year's Eve! God bless! <3

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's Christmas Time Again!!



Merry Christmas!!!

Wow! Advent passed sooo fast!!!  I'm sorry I didn't post twice last week!  My family has been so busy!  We went to see three plays; Meet Me In St. Lewis, White Christmas, and the Nutcracker ballet!  They were all amazing!  It's been a wonderful December and there are just days until Christmas!!!!
So it's that time of year again!  My family has decorated the house, the tree, and the yard!  I just absolutely love this time of year.  It is the time when we remember our Savior's birth, the humble arrival into the world.  The King of kings had a feeding trough as His crib!  I'm really trying to remember this and the real reason for the season.

What is your favorite part of Christmas?  I love singing all of the songs and sitting by the tree at night with all of the house lights off and the glow of the tree lights filling the room. :)  It reminds me of Jesus' light, the light of the star, and the light we need to share with others showing God's love at Christmastime. :D
I also love going to Mass on Christmas morning!  It's wonderful with all of the poinsettias around the manger and the beautiful hymns the schola sings in harmony!  We will be doing Silent Night, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels sing, and a new piece we learned called O Magnum Mysterium.
You can listen to it below  It is so beautiful!  It is one of my new favorite schola pieces!


I thought I would share two other blogs with you who have great Christmas posts.
Emma at majesticadventures.wordpress.com has a funny Christmas post with all of her favorite traditions!  I wish I could find the falling snow like Emma has at here blog!

And Verjinyah at Catching Our Lady's Roses is hosting a Christmas writing competition!  You can find the details here!  I hope you enjoy exploring some of my all time favorite blogs!  Please check them out!
We put our lights up on the house!


My favorite traditional songs are Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Joy to the World!  What are your favorite Christmas songs?  I have found some other new non-traditional songs that I absolutely love!  
Jamie Grace's The King is Born Tonight is such a great song.
Francesca Battistelli's song "Chrsitmas is Almost Here" is one I love listening to over and over!

The Robertsons from A&E's Duck Dynasty have pulled off a redneck Christmas in Duck the Halls!

This is a really cute song with a twist on the Twelve days of Christmas!
Barlow Girl's Carol of the Bells/ Sing We Now of Christmas is very pretty.
Straight No Chaser's The Twelve Days of Christmas is awesome too!

And here is one of my favorite Christmas songs from Veggie Tales by Toby Mac and Owl City!
"Ligt of Christmas"
Enjoy!

I will post more Christmas pictures after Mass and such!!! :D


Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you all have a blessed season and a happy new year!  I'm not sure how much I'll be able to post after Christmas before the new year, but please stay tuned!  I'll have more out soon!  God bless your Christmas season!!! :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

For Narnia, and for Aslan!






Our family just loves the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.  He was an Anglican convert from atheism.
He wrote a seven book series on four siblings growing up in England during World War II.
I love how the four siblings work together facing the trials and conquering evil.  I love Peter's leadership, Susan's courage, Edmund's humility, and Lucy's love and faith.  C.S. Lewis used Christianity as the basis of his story line.  Aslan is Jesus, who gives his life for them on account of Edmund's sin.  Such a beautiful story!

You can visit Narnia's official website here. I have read 5 of the 7 books:


These are easy and enjoyable reads about family, courage, honor, and doing what is right.  

There have been 3 Narnia Movies made so far.

The Silver Chair is supposedly coming out in 2016 or 2017.  I can hardly wait!!!

My sister and I love the beautiful dresses of the girls and the horses!


If you haven't read the books or watched the movies, they are a must!  There is something for everyone in the wardrobe!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Immaculate Conception and Wear the Veil Day 2014!


Hi everyone!

I hope you had a blessed Second Sunday of Advent!  Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary!!!  It is also Wear the Veil Day!

Please also prayerfully consider reading this great article on the Immaculate Conception!  It is so beautiful how Mary was cleansed of original sin when she was conceived!





Friday, December 5, 2014

Advent


Advent is a time of repentance and preparation.  People commonly mistake it for "The Christmas Season".  At 12:00pm Christmas night, the radio goes back to regular music and people take down their tree on the 26th!  The Christmas season for us begins on Christmas Eve and goes through Candlemas on February 2nd.  I'm excited to get our advent wreath out, and start singing "O, come O come, Emmanuel" at Mass!  It's my favorite Advent song, especially the Latin harmony version our schola does!

The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus, a, um' meaning 'Arrival, coming' and from the verb 'Advenire' meaning 'to come', ad- meaning 'to' and veni meaning 'come'.  We are waiting for the coming of the Lord at Christmas and at the end of the world, for Jesus in our hearts, and His arrival at Bethlahem.

What are some of your family's Advent traditions?
Every year at Advent my family has a blessing of the Advent wreath, blessing of the Christmas tree, and a nativity countdown set.  I also have a small manger and Baby Jesus in my room.  Every Advent, I try to do as many good deeds or sacrifices as possible.  For every act, I place a straw in the manger.  By Christmas, the manger will (hopefully) be full of straw to make a soft bed for Baby Jesus! When my sister and I were younger, we visited www.holyheroes.com for fun Advent activities!  You can go there and sign up for Advent Adventure where they'll send you e-mails with all kinds of fun activities, videos, print-outs, and so much more!

                                     

My facorite music to listen to durring Advent is "Advent at Ephesus" by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles! They have such beautiful music!  It's great to listen to during school!


Here's a cassual Advent outfit inspiration!  Piece together what you have and find stuff and second hand stores!  
"Buy used and save the difference!"
as the Duggars say!

Here's a nice skirt idea for advent as well!  Check out Virjinyah's modesty post for Advent at Catching Our Lad's Roses!


May God bless your Advent!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

What I Wore Sunday Nov. 30, the First Sunday in Advent, and Shower of Roses Infant Jesus Giveaway!

 from Ignatius Press

Hi all!

Today is the first Sunday of Advent!  I can't believe time has gone by so quickly.  Fine Linnen and Purple hasn't put up the link-up yet, but I thought I would share this Sunday's outfit before I forget! ;)



Today I wore a purple (for Advent) Rare Editions dress from (guess where!)
Burlington! Black tights, and black satin heels from Payless. They are a bit like these, except they have a gold colored plastic flower on the toes. :) They are my favorite shoes!

(I also got my hair cut!)


Shower of Roses is also multiple giveaways! The first is sponsored by Catholic Child!  Catholic Child has offered to send one of her visitors an 8" Infant Jesus in Manger! The giveaway will be open through December 7th, and the winner will be chosen, contacted by email, and announced here in this post on December 8, 2014, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary!

Right now, through Tuesday, December 2, 2014 you can receive 1) FREE STANDARD SHIPPING (within contiguous U.S.) 2) $2 off Christmas DVDs and CDs and 3) FREE PERSONALIZATION on all Prayer Pillowcases with coupon code #199114!



The second one I will share is a Prayer Pillowcase giveaway!  It is a four pack containing St. Michael, St. Joan, St. Kateri, and St. Francis!  I have the St. Therese pillowcase and love it!  It reminds you to "Sleep with the angels and rise with the Saints!"



God bless your first Sunday of Advent!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Blessings!

Always love Charlie Brown!
This was our centerpiece with the pilgrim salt and pepper shakers, but we had to move it off because we needed more room on the table for the FOOD! ;D
Jacquie drew these beautiful place cards for everyone! (I colored them)


Cranberries with a beautiful rose!
Mom and dad did a great job on the turkey!

I thank God for all my wonderful blessings.  I thank Him for all of you wonderful friends.  I really take a lot for granted.  I am so thankful for all my blessings.  God bless you all and have a safe Black Friday! ;)

~Sarah :)

PS. GO LIONS!!!




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving!


It's that time of year again!  The smells, the cold air, the family and friends in town... THE FOOD!  Ah, yes! :)

Next to Christmas, this is my favorite holiday.  I love helping my mom cook, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, being with friends, the food, and the dessert! ;)  Although we may get wrapped up in Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking, and prepping, we need to remember what Thanksgiving means.  Thanksgiving in the dictionary is listed as:

1. the expression of gratitude, esp. to God

2. (in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey.  The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday of November.

I especially need to remember what I'm blessed with.  I have so many things to be thankful for, a loving family, my Catholic faith, the ability to go tho church in the open and practice my faith, a beautiful house, my sweet Clifford (my dog), great friends, and a great education.  Many people will be without a lot of those things this year and I need to thank God for all my blessings.  We also need to remember to pray for all those who are less fortunate than us.

What are you thankful for?  List five or more things in the comments!

I'm thankful for
1. My Catholic Faith and loving Lord Jesus
2. My loving family
3. The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
4. My awesome friends! (far and near ;))
5. Thanksgiving food! :D
6. My dog, Clifford!

Also, let's share recipes for Thanksgiving!  What's your favorite dish or dessert you can't be without this Thanksgiving?  I can't wait to hear from you!  I'll post some pictures on Friday of our 'blessings' too.  (Someone remind me! ;))

May God truly bless you and your family, immediate and extended, this Thanksgiving, giving everyone safe travels and lots of fun with family and friends.

 Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Giveaway!

So sorry I haven't posted in over a week!  I've been super busy, but I hope to get another post out soon!  Meanwhile, enjoy another giveaway!  Hurry, because time is almost up!  You don't need a special account to do so, just your e-mail!

 Shower of Roses: A Merry Nest {Sponsored Giveaway}: A Merry Nest  is a Catholic-owned business specializing in personalized baby blankets . The idea stemmed from the desire to recognize eac...

God bless!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Shower of Roses: The Little Habit {Sponsored Giveaway}





Hi everyone!



Miss Jessica is having another giveaway at Shower of Roses!  The Etsy shop "The Little Habit" is sponsoring a giveaway of one Carmelite American Girl doll Habit.  These are so beautiful and look really well made!  Please enter and support this wonderful shop and blog!  God bless!



Shower of Roses: The Little Habit {Sponsored Giveaway}: The Little Habit is an Etsy shop which was recently opened by Summer Dubay, a creative and talented Catholic wife and mother of eight fro...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Boutique


    Hi all!

I hope you had a great weekend!  I had an amazing weekend.  My family traveled up to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles  for their annual Boutique and Family Festival.  It was our families first time to the boutique.  We love the sisters!  They are so hospitable and wonderful.


I want to start this post off with a follow up on the last post. I posted it on Thursday morning before we went down to the sisters'.  When we for there, we weren't assigned rooms.  Instead, I walked into a random room.  When I came out again to look at the name of my room I noticed IT WAS ST. ANTHONY!!!
 Such a beautiful blessing and miracle.  Thanks St. Anthony for helping me find what brings me closer to doing God's work!



There was a lot to do when we got there Thursday night.  The sisters put us right to work boxing cookies, Labeling boxes, arranging displays, and doing dishes.  On Friday, we went to Mass at a beautiful church that was the home of the cloister of St. Teresa.
Here is the inside of the beautiful church of the Cloister of St. Teresa!

The beautiful Infant of Prauge

and Our Mother of Divine Grace!

Jacquie did my hair in a really nice fishtail braid to keep my hair back for the work of the day.  It made my hair really wavy that night too.

When we got back, we were really busy doing a lot of the same stuff, and more!  My mom and dad were put to work making pumpkin pies, I was labeling fudge and other refrigerator items in the walk in, and Jacquie was slammed with cookies! 

The big day was Saturday.  We went to work doing more boxing and labeling, stocking and selling cookies and other goodies.  It was a lot of fun helping everyone and seeing all the people coming to help the sisters.  It was an amazing experience.


I took a walk around on my break to see what else was going on around the grounds.  There were plants being sold, a silent auction, Santa's work shop for kids, and beautiful handmade crafts for sale in addition to the beautiful gift shop of the sisters.




Thank you to the wonderful sisters!  I was so blessed on this weekend learning new things and helping the sisters in their marvelous work.  May God bless them for their generosity and kindness!  I really enjoyed myself.

Thank you also to our wonderful friends who mad the weekend possible.  I had such a fun time with you all and I hope we can do it again!  God bless you for everything! :)

God bless!