Back-to-School :: 2012-2013

by | Sep 5, 2012 | Back-to-School, Schultütes | 8 comments

Today was the first day of our new school year!  Despite my efforts to keep our extra activities to a minimum this week, it just wasn’t meant to be… Today we ended up with one last Dentist Appointment for Captain, tomorrow morning Captain and Twinkle Toes will be getting their braces put on, Friday the boy’s will be serving a special Mass in honor of Our Lady, and Saturday (on Our Lady’s Birthday!) we are finally having our Mother/Daughter Tea Party – which I will be hosting at our home!   I was a little overwhelmed last night thinking about it all, but I’m trying to focus on one thing at a time,and  praying that it all falls into place…  Sure enough, our first day went as well as could be expected (for a first day), and we are all very excited about the new year!

Captain :: 6th Grade   ~   Rascal :: 5th Grade

Twinkle Toes :: 3rd Grade   ~   Chiquita :: 2nd Grade
Snuggles :: Kindergarten   ~   Rose :: Pre-School

As usual, the kids all woke up to find Schultütes filled with snacks and school supplies, along with another “Patron of Students Treat” tied to the top.   The sizes aren’t very consistent, and Twinkle Toes’ looks more like a slice of pizza rather than a cone, but I was focused on the quantity, and not so much the quality this year.   And, thankfully, I was able to assemble and fill them all in less than an hour and a half.   Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking when I started all these “traditions” in our family… I sure wasn’t thinking that someday we’d have seven kids!  😉  Still, I think that it is worth the extra effort for all the smiles and excitement from the kids… Such a fun way to start each new school year!

 Prayer for My Children

Dear Mother Mary, in your motherhood of Christ you have become Mother to us all.  Praise God for this great gift to us!  Today I place all my children again under your mantle of loving care.   Please protect and watch over them with your motherly compassion.   Bless their spirits, that they may come to know, love and serve the Lord.  Guard their minds to be ever pure and focused on the true, the good, and the beautiful.

O Mary, in the Scripture it is written:  “A joyful heart is health for the body” (Proverbs 17:22).  Please guard my children’s hearts that they will be obedient to the Lord and so will be content, joyful, and true.  Bless their bodies with health and strength.  Preserve in their souls the image of God they received in Baptism.  May they grow to their full potential.  Always, Mother Mary, protect them, preserve them, and watch over them in your maternal care.

Finally, dear Mother, please help me also to be a good wife to my husband and a good mother to our children.  Please supply where we may be lacking, and protect our children from all evil.  Amen.

Queen of the Most Holy Family, Pray for us!
Good St. Joseph, Pray for us!
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you; save souls. 


  1. Unknown

    How exciting! I pray that the school year goes well for you and your family. You are doing an amazing job homeschooling 6 children and caring for a baby too. God Bless

  2. Mom2Seven

    Such beautiful children! You are a good mama! I hope you have a wonderful school year… we begin next week, and I am looking forward to it after a nice long summer break, which was needed. I think we are all refreshed and ready to get back into more of a routine. Peace, Annita +JMJ+

  3. Joene

    I love watching your beautiful family grow! Thank you for posting the beautiful prayer at the end, just a perfect way to start my day! God Bless, Joene

  4. Poussy Stitches My Love

    hello, I no longer receive the publications of articles What a pity? I hope your health is better, I think your family still beautiful, and what mom organized you are, congratulations, I'm glad to see everyone happy with you, and you read is a great joy, soon

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Are you subscribing through email? I've had a few others say that they haven't been getting the emails either. I'm not sure what happened! I'll have to see if I can try and figure it out…

  6. Charlotte (WaltzingM)

    Oh my goodness, I can't get over how smiley Snuggles is now especially when he used to turn away from the camera every time you tried to get a picture of him! He's grown up so much! Your children are all beautiful, but that littlest one has stolen my heart! Prayers for a wonderful year for you all!

  7. Hope

    I hope you have a blessed and fruitful school year! Your children are beautiful!

  8. Poussy Stitches My Love

    yes yes I am subscribed by email, but more recent publications friendships articles already


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