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Easter 2017

"What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul." -The Melody from The Southern Harmony by William Walker


It wouldn't​ be Easter without fresh flowers. I picked up an Easter Lily on Good Friday, but kept it hidden (Jesus hasn't risen yet) in our guest bedroom downstairs. On Easter morning, before the kids were up, I took it upstairs and placed it on our home oratory.  The sweet smell of lilies filled the house. It was wonderful!
Egg wraps are my new thing. No messy dyes, spills, or drying time to deal with. These beauties are ready after a quick dip in a hot bath. The plastic wraps shrink to the egg within a few seconds. Piece of cake. Just make sure you have some regular size eggs on hand. The jumbo eggs, while great for cookin' up a storm of omelets, are over-sized for thes…
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Hosanna, to the Son of David!

On Palm Sunday, we hear the Gospel reading of Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. How fitting that this lowly creature was chosen to carry Christ (and Our Lady) to the place of His birth in Bethlehem and now bears Our King through the streets where He will suffer His Passion and Death on the Cross. From the womb to the tomb. What a beautiful prefigurement to reflect on during Holy Week.



I wanted the girls to be familiar with this bible story so that when they heard it on Sunday, they would be able to follow along. So we cuddled on the couch and read from the book of Matthew. After explaining to my 3 year old why it was ok for the donkey to step on the clothes, we pulled out the markers and crayons for some coloring. This coloring sheet and cut-out Jesus  (my personal favorite) were great visuals. We reenacted the scene of Jesus entering Jerusalem. I drew a few palm branches for the girls to use as props and place on the road.



"When Jesus and the disciples dr…

Stations of the Cross (for Toddlers)

During Lent, I wanted to incorporate the Stations of the Cross as a weekly devotion at our home. Getting my three and two year old daughters to sit and be still, whether at church in the pew or eating their lunch, is a constant struggle.  I wasn't sure whether they would be able to focus and remain engaged as we prayed.


After gathering ideas on Pinterest, I found a hands-on Stations of the Cross kit. There are 14 items (small enough for little hands to hold) representing each station. What I like about this kit is that most of the items can be found in your home.


On Fridays before their "quiet-time", I light a candle and have the girls sit with me at the table while we pray the Stations of the Cross. We begin by making the sign of the cross together and then I read the first station. I let the two year old hold the item first. I pray, "We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world." At the end of this prayer …

Within His Heart

"Every person carries within his heart  the blueprint of the one he loves." 

Chicken, Apples and Taters (Felt Food)

Noticing that there was a lack of vegetable variety in our play food reserve, I thought it would be a good time to create a few more food items. Potatoes, chicken, and apple slices. Sounds like a good meal. The spuds were made from an old pair of stockings. There was also a lack of meat in our supply, ergo the felted chicken legs. They were super easy to make using the template on the blog, Art Threads.  From this day on, we can serve bacon AND chicken to Oma and Opa when they visit. 


Those dimples - looks like a genuine russet potato! 






Chicken legs are not a typical meal for us, so I had to explain to the girls what these were and how to pretend-eat them.




And lastly, the felt apple slices. The girls routinely have apple slices for lunch (sometimes with peanut butter spread on top). It's a favorite in this household. I predict a felted apple pie in the future. Oh yes, we need more felt desserts. 


Feast of St. Valentine 2017

The morning of the feast of St. Valentine, the girls and I ate pink heart-shaped pancakes topped with raspberry jam for breakfast. They gobbled them up, I barely had a chance to eat a few myself! For lunch, continuing the heart theme, PB sandwiches and carrots (making good use out of that cookie cutter). Unfortunately, the munchkins didn't have an appetite and only ate half of what was on their plates. Stinkers. Serves me right for making lunch FUN for a change, golly.  I did, however, enjoy creating said themed foods.


Bud was snoozin' in the front carrier as I made the lunches. He's so cute when he sleeps.  When he wakes from his nap, I just can't keep myself from kissing those warm and rosy baby cheeks.



I hid a few love notes for my husband to discover throughout the day. The Downton Abby printable valentines from Do Small Things With Love blog were perfect! We loved that series. I hid one in his drawer, one in his work backpack and one the car. Apparently, I wasn…

Vintage Trivet

To accompany my felted state ornaments, I also created these vintage fabric trivets for Christmas gifts. Making use of the doily template from Stash Happy Felt, I cut out the felt pieces and choose coordinating floral fabrics. I'm devoted to my floral prints, they're just lovely. A simple running stitch outlines the edges of the petals while securing the fabric to the intricate lace top design.


I kept the blue one for myself, but the others were gifted to exceptional mothers in my life. They also work great as coasters, too!





The trivets bear a resemblance to stained glass windows.