Monday, February 22, 2010


Patrick Johannes, born on February 16 at 12:02pm. Weighing in at 9 lbs 13 oz and measuring 22 inches.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Our Lady of Lourdes

Yesterday was the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We did not end up doing as many activities as I had hoped or planned, but we managed to get a few things done. My favourite of all projects was the grotto the two oldest made out of legos for the Our Lady of Grace Statue that we have. We also did the craft that Jamie's kids did over at Lord, Make Me A Saint. For dinner we had a mostly white meal including a yummy gluten free pasta alfredo dish from this cookbook.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day Crafts

St. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. We usually go to art class on Wednesday, but I cancelled this week. I am feeling exhausted and want to spend some quality time with the kids before the baby takes over our schedule. So I promised the kids to come up with an art project for them to do at home. I was inspired by Art Projects for Kids "Focal Point Valentine" project. I like giving them art projects that have a purpose and this one turned out great. The inside messages are really sweet, too. Last week at art class, the kids wrote Haiku poetry and illustrated them. I asked them to write Valentine's Day Haiku poems for the inside to reinforce the technique. They are so personal that I won't share them.

I also found a really sweet project for our preschooler. I love making handprint art projects with little ones. I like to keep them and look back at how small their little hands were. This one was so sweet that I knew we had to do it. Perhaps it is selfish of me to have him make me a Valentine's Day card like this, but he would have made me something in daycare if he wasn't homeschooled. I think it is wierd though. I normally don't make the kids make me things for birthdays or mother's day either. If you click on the picture you can read the poem. Isn't is adorable? Go here to get your preschooler or toddler to make you one.

Craft Basket Wednesday February 10, 2010.

This is my first time posting in this rubric. I have been very busy making things as you can see here. One project that we worked on as a family is finally done and I really wanted to share it with you for craft basket Wednesday. It is a floor blanket for the baby. The top is art work from the kids using special fabric markers, welcoming their baby brother. Even daddy drew a Porsche on the left side. I sandwiched the blanket together like a quilt and added ribbons to make it more interesting for the baby. The project originally comes from Amanda Blake's Handmade Home.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday
This past Thursday, I posted my small successes and was asked to share my granola bar recipe on Tasty Tuesday. I had never heard of Tasty Tuesday and followed the link this morning to find out that it is brand new. I love trying new recipes, but don't always get around to sharing them. Usually, I don't even get a picture of them before they are devoured. Nonetheless, I will share my gluten free (or not) recipe of Granola Bars as I make them. They are chewy like a nutri-grain bar and not dry. I have adapted a glutenous recipe to be gluten free and I believe mostly fat free.

Gluten Free Granola Bars


1 egg
1/4 c. cane sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp GF baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 c. applesauce
1 c. GF regular oats (not rolled)
1/4 c. nuts or dried fruit

Combine egg, sugars and applesauce. Add sifted dry ingredients and nuts or fruits. Spread into a lightly greased 8x8 or 9x9. Bake at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and cut into bars or squares. Freezes well.

* I use ONLY OATS which are certified gluten free. Oats are normally considered to contain gluten as a result of cross contamination. My son and I, who are celiac, haven't had any issues with these particular oats. If you do not need to follow a gluten free diet, feel free to use regular oats and all-purpose flour instead of GF oats and flour.

Hearts For Home ♥ ♥ 9th February

"In today’s busy and aggressive society mothers at home are not given much encouragement to be committed to their role in being home.

In my weekly 'Hearts for Home' post I am encouraging myself and others to commit to thinking about what 4-6 things we can do each week to bring our thoughts, prayers and actions to keeping our 'Hearts for Home'.

I am praying that a spirit of gentleness, generosity in thoughts and time along with loveliness and grace would lead us to be all that God wants us to be.

So each week list 4-6 things you will commit to that will keep your "Hearts for Home". Gae from Cherished Hearts at Home

My list for the February 9th is ♥ ♥

♥ Spend a lot of time curling up and reading with the kids. I haven't spent a lot of time doing this in the past and want to make it more of a habit.

♥ Keep my house tidy and beautiful. Declutter the kitchen counter and keep up with the laundry.

♥ Get the last few things ready for baby. I need to do a load of wool things and to lanolize the wool soakers I made.

♥ Spend my evenings enjoying time with my husband. Listening to him and cherishing the last weeks and days of quietness.

♥ Make a list of people we want to send birth announcements to. I am contemplating making my own little cards and addressing them. If not, try to find some cute ones and address them and put postage stamps on them.

♥ Start looking into plans for the season of Lent. Remind myself to try to keep it simple and do-able at the same time.

For more "Hearts for Home" ♥ ♥ lists, visit Gae's blog

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

On February 11th, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our Lady of Lourdes is a very special day for our family. We all love the story of St. Bernadette and Our Lady. My daughter and my godmother's name is Bernadette and my daughter is named after Mary and has Bernadette in her name (Maria Christina Bernadette).

February 11th also happens to be the World Day of the Sick (proclaimed by Pope John Paul II.) Although a little off-topic, I find it relavent to mention that we attended Mass last February 11th and I was annointed. Although, I was not gravely ill or elderly, we had not been able to conceive for over three years. Our dreams of having a large family seemed impossible, but nothing was impossible with God. I had recently found out that I had a gluten intolerance, which can cause infertility. I took a leap of faith and chose to be annointed and asked for healing so that we may conceive more children. On Holy Thursday of 2009, we found out that I was with child and that the baby's due date was to be December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On Divine Mercy Sunday, I miscarried and was devastated. I had prayed one Rosary after another that day and begged God's mercy. About six weeks later, we found out that I had conceived again. Our baby is due in a few weeks, but I am hoping and praying that our baby will be born on Our Lady's Feast this Thursday or on the Feast of St. Bernadette. I may never go on a pilgrimage for financial reasons, but I believe in Our Lady's powerful intercession and am so glad that I was annointed on last February 11th.

I have spent the morning looking for activities to do to celebrate Our Lady's Feast. Colouring is always high on our priority list. Our favourite Marian colouring books are: Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Blessed Mother Coloring Book. For a free colouring page, go to Charlotte's Blog Waltzing Matilda and click on the sidebar picture of Immaculate Conception.

I plan on making the grotto featured on Catholic Cuisine, but using GF No Name brand Rice Crisps instead of the pebbles. We will also do one of the following two crafts: The Grotto at Lourdes from Art 1 for Young Catholics or Jamie's Grotto Craft on her blog, Lord, Make Me a Saint.

Some other ideas I came across are giving your child a parental blessing with Holy Water from Lourdes and activities shared on the 4RealForum here or here. I have also read about having a completly white meal or baking blueberry muffins and drinking blueberry smoothies. I will have to see where my energy level is at and see what I can do. Have a blessed Feast Day in Our Lady's honour.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ February 8, 2010.

Outside My Window: It looks like Narnia in the "Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe". Breathtakingly cold and beautiful at the same time.

I am Listening to: L'Angelus Sacred Hymn Collections which just arrived with the mail today. I have waited so long for this CD and it was more than worth the wait.

I am wearing: A rust coloured dress over black tights, legwarmers and hubby's socks (since mine leave deep marks in my fat edema plagued feet.

I am Thankful For: My slowcooker. I have been using it almost everyday and it is wonderful not worrying about cooking when I am exhausted in the late afternoon. The meals cook themselves and are so warm and delicious.

I am Pondering: What life will be like with another baby? I can hardly wait, but am totally scared at the same time. I never homeschooled with the last baby, they were all so little. I wasn't celiac either. This time we have no family living nearby. Will I bounce back quickly and be able to cope with all of life's challenges?

I am Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia with Noah. We own one book and he borrowed another from the church library. It is so exciting to read with him.

From the Kitchen: Hmmmm. Slow cooker meals.... lots of them. Soups and stews mostly. Hopefully more homemade flatbread.

I am Thinking: That I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and children who are very helpful, especially in the kitchen and around the house. How could I have been so blessed?

I am Creating: A First Communion Dress for my daughter. It is still early, but April will come very fast with a little one in the house.

Towards a Real Education: Home-economics. That is what I have been calling all of the baking and cooking and organizing help from the kids. Kids are so capable of cooking and baking. I am glad that they love peeling, chopping, cooking, baking and taste-testing.

Towards Rhythm and Beauty: Keeping toys off of the floor is a priority right now. I can't tell you how many things get broke when a pregnant mommy accidentally steps on them.

To Live the Liturgy: Looking ahead into activities for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and upcoming Lent.

I am Hoping and Praying: For a home-birth, sooner than later. I can pray for that can't I? I feel selfish wanting this so badly. I really want this birth to be a family affair in a house surrounded by things that remind me of Our Lord as opposed to a sterile environment.

In the Garden: Frost and more frost. I love the look of frozen branches. It is magical.

Around the House: Lots of hints that a baby is about to make an appearance.

On Keeping Home: Keeping everything tidy and keeping up with the laundry and clean bathrooms. These things always seem to be a priority before the arrival of one of my babies. Who knows when or how these things will get done once the baby arrives. I will enjoy a relatively clean household for now.

One of My Favorite Things: Cuddling under a blanket and reading to my kids. My four year old loves when we do this with Beatrix Potter books and so do I.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week: Rest, rest, rest and more rest.

A Picture Thought I'm sharing: Baby and I at 37 weeks.

Friday, February 5, 2010

For the Baby...

In my last post, I mentioned that I had been very busy making things for the baby. I have been wanting to post on Amy Caroline's blog: Knit Together for Craft Basket Wednesday, but always seem so busy on Wednesdays. Now it is Friday Saturday and I have a little time on my hands and thought I would share some of my creations.

Aviatrix Baby Hat from

Baby Legwarmies

More Baby Hats (patterns from old German knitting magazines)

Wool Diaper Soakers from

NB cloth diapers from Wee Weka Pocket NB Pattern

Burping Cloths (using this template with this assembly)

Baby Quilt

Mama Pads using this pattern (I made many more, but just posted the ones already snapped)

Baby Booties and slippers

A Play Blanket in production. The top is decorated by the kids. The idea for this one comes from Amanda Blake's Homemade Home.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Small Successes ~ February 4

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

To participate, just write up a list of 3 of your recent Small Successes and post it on your blog along with the Small Successes button (go here to get the code). You are not required to use the button, but please do link back to the main post here. Then you can add your blog here using the Mr. Linky form (please link to the individual blog post, not the home page of your blog).

If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Small Successes in the comments. Faith & Family Live

Here are my small successes for the week:

1. I managed to get caught up with the laundry and stay caught up. I even washed all of the cloth diapers from storage and placed them neatly on the change table. I usually leave the laundry to fold for later, but I folded and put everything away right away! Yeah me!

2. I found a new gluten free blog and have started to collect recipes and write a shopping list. I am vowing to cook better for the family. I wonder how this will work out once our baby arrives? Isn't it the thought that counts.

3. I finished making newborn diapers, baby legwarmers, a cute hat, homemade wipe solution, mama pads, granola bars and endless other things in preparation for the birth of our fourth baby. Nesting is in full gear. I think it now time to put my feet up and rest more.

Now it’s your turn! What are your small successes? Read more small successes on the Faith & Family Live website.
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