My Daybook :: On the Traditional Feast of St. Thérèse

by | Oct 4, 2011 | Daybook, Happy Anniversary, Wildlife | 9 comments

*I started this Daybook post this morning and worked on it a few minutes here and there throughout the day.

Outside my window… it is a rainy day.  Perfect for curling up on the couches with blankets and books!

I am thinking… about baby names.  We really don’t even have a list started for this little guy.  Of course we had a name picked out for a girl, but naming boys has always been so hard for us!

I am thankful… for the sweet woman that was standing next to me in the video section at the grocery store last night, as my husband and I were trying to choose a movie after our dinner date.  She totally made my day when she turned to me and said “You have the perfect pregnant tummy!”

From the kitchen… For breakfast this morning I got up extra early and made my Mom and Grandma’s simple “crepe” recipe to serve, along with maple syrup and strawberry roses, for this traditional feast of St. Therese!  I was even able to get the first couple off the grill quick enough so that Hubby could have some before having to leave for work… They are one of his favorites!

Learning all the time… Only two more weeks and the four oldest will be finished with the first of six “units” for the year!   They have really been enjoying their study of the Early American Explorers, with the addition of the Kaya books for the girls.   Yesterday the girls made and served lunch, as their State-by-State Baking project (though it didn’t include any actual baking this week) for New Jersey and Georgia and Snuggles LOVED his Little Saints Alphabet Fun!  I’ve been too busy posting about Little Flowers and Feast Days, but perhaps I will find the time to post a few pictures soon.

Living the Liturgical Year at Home… The past few days have been filled with celebrations!  St. Therese, the Holy Guardian Angels, and our Anniversary.  Tomorrow is the feast of St. Francis and then later this week we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.   I was asked to bring treats for after Mass next Sunday, so I am leaning towards the cupcake rosary.   We’ll see.

I am creating… a list for tomorrow.  I have my monthly OB check-up in the afternoon, and plan to stay in town afterwards to run errands and maybe pick up some groceries.

I am (or rather have been) wearing… this long sleeve maternity t-shirt.  I originally just bought it in Evergreen, but when they went on sale for buy-one-get-one 50% off, I went back for the White and Ruby Red.   It is so comfortable!  I have a dress to return, so I may just exchange it for a couple more, maybe the Black and Eggplant (perfect for Advent!), or maybe this 3/4 sleeve shirt in Antique Mauve that I almost bought the last time I was at the mall.  I know I only have a few months left, but I’m bigger than ever all my old maternity clothes must have shrunk!

Speaking of maternity clothes, if any of you are looking for some comfy skirts, I have also been wearing this one and this brown one and love them!

I am reading… tons of emails, and all the lovely comments over at Catholic Cuisine.  If you haven’t entered the giveaway for the gorgeous St. Therese Apron, click on over and leave a comment!

Pondering these words… from the 2nd reading at Mass yesterday:

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding 
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Noticing that… I probably should book a hair cut appointment soon, since my gift certificate will expire in a couple months.   I am trying to decide what I would like to have done, and I am just not sure…

Towards personal care… The Babybelly Band seems to be helping, but I still haven’t been sleeping much lately.  For some reason lying down has been the most painful, and I am not able to stay in bed for more than a 4-5 hours at night.  I am really hoping that my midwife has some great advice for me tomorrow!

I am listening… to my boys investigating and discussing “Biomes” as they work on their Zoology 1 Notebooking Journals.

Around the house… we have been spotting all sorts of wildlife.

Our kids went crazy last night when they saw this guy walking past our dining room sliding door.   I posted a picture on Facebook asking if anyone was missing a ram, and my sister Julianna had me cracking up with her comment:

“Hahaha this made my day. But how random….or should I say ramdom 😛

And here is a picture of this morning’s excitement.  The kids were still all reading on the couch, when these two bucks started fighting right outside the window!  
This picture is a little blurry, since I was on the other side of the glass when I snapped it…

Next we had this little one, outside the window as well.   Twinkle Toes said,“Wow!  All the animals are coming out with this Water Weather!”  lol!

I am hoping… that I never again find a baby lizard in my bedroom!   Actually the kids spotted him first, and with that discovery, I have officially had enough “excitement” for today!

I am praying… for a safe, natural, delivery and healthy baby.

One of my favorite things…  Don’t you just love this PlanToys Plan Preschool Alphabet A-Z?!? Snuggles has been having so much fun with it!  I think I might have to save and get him the Number Set as well. Maybe for when we get to “Number Fun” with Little Saints!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

  • Monthly check-up with my Midwife
  • Tutor for 4 hours on Wednesday
  • First Friday Mass
  • Bring treats to Mass next Sunday

A Picture thought I am sharing:

Taken yesterday, on our 12th Anniversary ~ October 2, 2011


  1. Margaret in Minnesota

    Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful day for a special event!!! 🙂

    Two things: one, all that wildlife wandering past your window is WAY cool, and two, those ABC cards are a must-have! I clicked over immediately and placed a set in my card…knowing full well that there will be many winter days when my little classroom terrorist needs distracting.

    Have a blessed feast of St. Francis!

  2. Anonymous

    Did not realize you live in the Wild Kingdom………I would be on the inside of the glass all of the time ……….Nature is so beautiful at a distance in this case.

  3. Collette

    Wow – the wildlife by your home is amazing! My boys (and daughter) would be going bonkers to see things like that out of our windows, LOL!

    The Preschool Alphabet looks like so much fun….I've been looking for something just like that for my 3yo son, for Christmas 🙂 THanks for sharing!

  4. elm

    You are looking GREAT – AWESOME – BEAUTIFUL – HAPPY – CONTENT – LOVELY – SVELTE (no care to what those shrunk clothes and scale are saying!)

    For sleeping – if it is the sciatica nerve… sleep in a recliner!! 🙂

    Praying for you!!

  5. Anonymous

    I marvel at your organization and your wonderful role as wife, mother, homemaker. You are an amazing lady! And my thoughts about the wildlife…they are ready to celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis!

  6. Erin

    I love Plan Toys stuff and hadn't seen that alphabet… so thanks for sharing!!

    What a sweet photo of you and your hubby… that's a great idea to take a photo together on your anniversary! And what a great day to have an anniversary… we just had our baby baptized on the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Hope you had a lovely anniversary!

  7. Cathy

    You continue to inspire and amaze – Wonderful post, terrific pics, and isn't that Rose getting so big!

  8. Jackie C

    What a beautiful Daybook. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. May God give you many more years of laughter, happiness, joy and health with your precious family.


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