One of our favorite things this past month has been the weekly

Summer with the Saints

Marci has done an amazing job coordinating and hosting this get together each week! I feel so totally spoiled. Each week, I just show up with my children and they get to learn about the Saints, make Holy Cards, do a fun craft, eat symbolic snacks, and have a total blast. And as if that wasn’t enough, this week Marci even featured my favorite saint. Yep, Sara was right, it was in honor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux!

My kids (and I) were all so excited when we pulled up and saw the sign.

Captain said, “Yeah! I just knew it was going to be St. Thérèse!” Twinkle Toes said, “I love St. Thérèse!!!” I said, “Me too!” 😉

I snapped a quick picture of the kiddos squinting in the sun next to the sign and headed around to the backyard once again.

Right away, they all got busy coloring pictures of St. Thérèse. My children love to color!!

Next Marci served the cutest little rose cupcakes for a snack. Thank goodness that we were the only family attending this week, since my children practically ate all the cupcakes. I guess swimming makes my little ones extra hungry… I do feed them!

I didn’t get a very good picture of the cupcakes, but you can see them (along with lots of other cute photos) over at Marci’s blog.

Marci even made some delicious dairy/gluten free cupcakes. They were SO good!!! I am going to definitely pick up some of that mix. Yum!!!

Next they all moved onto making their St. Thérèse holy cards…

(They now have quite a nice collection!)

…followed by lots of playtime.

Then it was time to make paper roses! Even though they were a tinsy-winsy bit hard to make, with a little bit of folding…

…and a little bit of love…

…they all turned out beautifully!

I am sure St. Thérèse was smiling!

Marci even sent us home with a big box of hand-me-downs from my favorite children’s store! Thank you once again Marci, we had a wonderful time!

Novena to St. Thérèse

O Little Thérèse of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love. O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands …(Mention specific requests)… St. Thérèse, help me to always believe as you did, in God’s great love for me, so that I might imitate your “Little Way” each day. Amen.

St. Thérèse ~ Pray for Us!


  1. Nancy Carabio Belanger

    What a wonderful day you all must have had! Children can learn so much from the teachings of St. Therese.

  2. Christine

    Those are very cool flowers. Is there a link to figure out on how to make those?

    Sweet children learning about the Saints…what a cool summer!

  3. Shelly

    Jessica- could you get the “how-tos” for those flowers? We’re looking for something for our first LF mtg and those are perfect! plus our first mtg is on Our Lady’s b-day :o) if you can, that’d be great! thanks!

  4. Marci

    I am sooo glad that you posted pictures about the LOVE we blew into those roses. (I was only able to capture the finished ones.) They were JUST A LITTLE tinsy-winsy hard to make. But like you said, I am sure St. Therese was smiling and showering us with roses from heaven. Thanks again for coming and we can’t wait for more…
    SUMMER with the Saints!!!

  5. Christie@tisbutaseason

    I love reading about your outings to Marci’s this summer. What a fabulous idea! I know you were so excited to see St. Therese was spotlighted this time! 🙂

    So glad you are enjoying your summer!

  6. Allison

    I have enjoyed your Summer with saints right along with you. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jessica Gordon

    Hello everyone!! We just got home. It was a long, busy day in town… Thanks for the comments, I so enjoy hearing from you all!

    I did update the post with the link on how to fold the paper flowers! They really were a fun craft!

    God Bless!!

  8. Amy

    Sigh, I wish we could have gone! Hopefully by the end of this month!

  9. Aubrey

    St. Therese, pray for us! What a lovely saint, pure of heart. She makes a wonderful patron saint for a parish and grade school, too! 😉 Glad you guys are having fun!

  10. Angie

    Awww… I love those pictures! The directions to make those flowers would be WONDERFUL! They’re beautiful.

    Also, I love the swimming pictures you’ve taken. How on earth do the instructor’s get the baby’s to lay on their backs? I WISH we lived close to an instructor like yours – she sounds wonderful!

  11. Regina

    looks awesome!

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  13. Trina

    How wonderful!! I wish we could have been there!

  14. Jessica Gordon

    Anonymous~ I’m sorry, I am not sure where Marci found the coloring pages. I will try to remember to ask her.

  15. Jessica Gordon

    For anyone that is interested… The St. Therese coloring page was from a coloring book put out in 1995 from St. Bonaventure Publications. I have been unable to find it available, and have left a message for the publisher. Their phone number is 406-452-5452. The author is Madeline C.A. Martin. Marci actually found the book at a local Goodwill store, believe it or not. It is just lovely! I am hoping that I will be able to find a copy available.. We’ll see! :o)


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