Hiking on Mother’s Day

Hiking on Mother’s Day

On Mother's Day some of my kids and I headed to a nearby trailhead to hike for the afternoon! It was a little more intense than I had imagined... The hike down to the river was easy, but I ended logging 5 1/2 miles on my FitBit and 89 flights of stairs by the time we...

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Picking Berries at the Strawberry Patch

Picking Berries at the Strawberry Patch

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." — Laura Ingalls WilderWe got up early this morning to go pick strawberries with friends! 🍓🍓🍓"Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the...

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Hiking the Gorge Trail

Hiking the Gorge Trail

Last Saturday afternoon, during our recent camping trip, we went on a hike along the river to see the Gorge! It was absolutely breathtaking and the pictures don't do it justice. In this area the river cascades through a constricted channel of basalt lava and the gorge...

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Young Hunters Day 2014

Young Hunters Day 2014

For years we have been taking the children on a "Field Trip" to the Young Hunters Day, an annual event which includes lots of fun activities, lunch, and even a raffle.  It is sponsored by our local Hunters Association and is always completely free to attend. In...

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Sunday Coastal Road Trip

Sunday Coastal Road Trip

Early Sunday morning, following a late night at Vegas in the Valley (the annual Hadley Hope Fundraiser) with my husband, four of the children and I headed to the coast to surprise their friends with one last visit before they started their long drive back home.After a...

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Prayer of Mothers

Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.


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Hi! I'm Jessica, a Roman Catholic wife and home educating mother to our nine children. I was home educated myself, along with my eleven younger siblings. I have a special devotion to St. Therese, through whom I have been given much help and many blessings--the beautiful "Shower of Roses" that she has sent my way! Here I will record a few of the blessings I treasure. Please remember that what you see here is just a little glimpse at our lives, so please say a prayer for us, as we continue to strive for holiness.

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