The following post is a Smorgasbord ‘n Smidgens type of post. Pictures, thoughts and a give-away!
Vincent loves being a Grandpa!
This is at our last Finer Femininity Meeting. My daughters and daughter-in-law having a good time with tea, good conversation and babies!
The ladies graciously posed for a picture! <3
Caught in the act! Wolfing down the strawberries!
Angelo (our 9 yr. old) sleeps on the top bunk so he decided to dry roses and hang them from the ceiling so he can gaze at them and think happy thoughts as he falls asleep. Actually, he is probably conniving some way he can sell them to make some pin money! 😀
Ummmmm….SOMEBODY got a hold of my wire!!!
Rosie and the new nephew, Adrian!
It was a rough pregnancy….but Devin and Theresa are now back to normal, happy living….even though the baby is high-maintenance! 🙂
This is the type of birthday gifts we give to our best friends!
The Shakespeare Festival offered much in the line of friendship, culture and good times! (Good food, too! 🙂 ) We had a booth and sold some of our handmade items.
As fall deepens and the Season of Pentecost marches on, we all begin to turn our thoughts to the coming winter months, months that will bring with it the enjoyment of the warmth and closeness of our homes, the holidays, etc.
This next while proposes to us an excellent opportunity to make the liturgy come alive in our homes! We want our children to love our Catholic Faith, with all its beauty, its traditions, its customs of the seasons!
We had a conference not too long ago and Father said that our Faith is like a Table Top, the legs are the little “T” Traditions that our forefathers have passed on to us. The more we hack away at the traditions and eliminate them from our lives, the wobblier the Table Top gets.
We must not just count on Sunday or when we are at Church to have these “Traditions” exposed to our children. We must make the liturgy come alive in our homes! Let’s replace the worldly “magic” of the season and holidays coming up with the thrilling charm of Catholic customs that bring the sparkle of our Faith to the innermost recesses of our hearts!
There are many little gems that I will be sharing with you in the coming months: The Blessing of the Christmas Tree, The Making of the Christmas Stable, The Devotion of the Christmas Crib, The Advent Wreath, etc. I hope they will inspire you to do some of these things in your own homes.
I once heard something to this effect: If we just live a good life and expect our kids to turn out well, with no extra effort, thinking “We are moral, we give them a good home, we go to church, etc.” …without being proactive in making the Faith a living entity in our homes, we may be surprised to find that after the years have burned away, our children are not too interested in their Faith.
So….“If it is to be, it is up to me!” That’s a positive motivational quote that we should take to heart. But here’s a better one….This is by one of the Saints, St. Augustine, I think, “You take care of God’s business and He will take care of Yours” or the one that everyone has heard, “Work like it all depends on You, Pray like it all depends on God!”
With that, I would like to offer you today a Give-Away! It’s been a long time….
This is a handcrafted (by me), brass, wire-wrapped rosary bracelet with matching earrings so you can carry your rosary wherever you go!
Also included is a lovely Ribbon Ginjen Flower Accessory handcrafted by my daughter Virginia! (The amount of work that goes into each of the petals is admirable as she cuts, burns, folds and glues each piece of ribbon!)
I will also include my Finer Femininity Maglet The Heart of the Home During Advent and Christmas. It is full of inspiration for this upcoming lovely season! You can read more about it here.
All three will be given to the person whose name is pulled from the “hat”! Just leave a comment here on the blog. It is always nice to hear from you! 🙂
I will pick the winner next Wednesday, Oct. 28th.
Elaine Murray said:
Thank you so much for all your beautiful pictures & the thoughts you share with us.
I so enjoy them.
God bless you & your family.
Catherine Adair said:
Thank you so much for your blog and Facebook page. I look forward to your posts. It has led me to find ways to be a better Catholic homemaker. God bless you!
Thank you very much for the Pics and the important thoughts . 🙂
It is always a pleasure to find something new to read on your site. Thank you.
Your blog is an inspiration. Just recently some ladies from our little parish got together to discuss femininity and modesty. We are brainstorming on how to gather some good priests and speakers together to address true femininity vs. feminism. We would be grateful for any suggestions you might have. God bless you and your family! Mary
Thank you Mary. You might want to look at the following link for some inspiration for your meeting. Keep up the good work! 🙂 https://finerfem.wordpress.com/would-you-like-to-have-a-finer-femininity-meeting/
Karen Reep said:
I absolutely love your blog! Your family is lovely. Thank you for the opportunity to win such beautiful handiwork. God bless!
Leah Williams said:
What a lovely family. I love how you don’t just talk about these matters like modesty and family on your blog, you show how they can be applied.
Fall has definitely deepened here. We often send you our weather from the Eastern Plains of Colorado. It was cold yesterday and today and we are trying our best to bake the house warm enough with bread and cookies so we don’t have to turn on the central heat 😉
Elizabeth VanderPutten said:
Love it! Love when you post pics of the family.
Mona A. said:
Beautiful pieces!!! I always enjoy your posts and they help me so much with trying to pass on the faith to my daughters.
Patty G said:
I just discovered your blog and love it! I’m enjoying reading all your previous posts as well – what a treasure!
Anne M said:
Such a beautiful blue! My favorite color.
Our last meeting was quite full, wasn’t it?!
I am looking forward to the Advent and Christmas season. It’s my favorite time of the year! Hopefully I won’t be woefully behind in finding all my Advent “supplies”!!
Wow!! So pretty Aunt Leane:) I love the flower Gin.. I’ve tried making them and I know how much time and work goes into them:) You both do an amazing job:) Thanks for the chance for us to win them:) God bless.
I would LOVE this! Just the color I need: )
The glasses made me smile! You’re a beautiful family that truly inspires. I look forward to your gems to come.
I thoroughly enjoy your blog. It has given me much to think about and much to be inspired by. 🙂
Great blog post, Mom!
Thanks for this wonderful post! So often, I find myself allowing the practice of my Catholic faith to become too heavy, too serious, too un-childlike. Advent is the perfect time to rediscover a childlike wonder for the beauty and mystery of our faith. The plethora of meaningful traditions we have available to us helps us find that sense of joy and wonder anew. I know my family is eagerly awaiting the day St. Nicholas arrives and secretly fills their shoes with candy! Then there is the Advent calendar, wreath, 12 days of Christmas… the list goes on! All ways to remember that God is “everywhere present and filling all things” as the Byzantine liturgy so beautifully expresses. I will look forward to reading your upcoming holiday-themed blog posts for inspiration. May God bless you and your family!
Sarah Copeland said:
I’ve just recently come across your blog on Facebook and I love it. Your book is on my wish list! God Bless!
Thank you so much, Ladies! Your thoughts and comments touch my heart! <3
Your blog is very inspirational. Thank you!
Rebecca Williams said:
Thank you for the work that goes into your blog. I long for some friendships with older women so that I can have the blessing of friendship in a way that is described in Titus 2. I appreciate this blog very much and hope to use it as a springboard for a ladies group.
Such inspiring pictures and thoughts as always!! It is always a joy to read and see the true Catholic faith alive in a family. Thank you for your reminders to keep the faith alive in my own!! Looking forward to all the changes the liturgical season will soon bring!
Thanks for sharing your family news — and offering the giveaway! The set is beautiful! Looking forward to your posts about the upcoming season!
I enjoy your writings it inspires me to try harder and to love more
I love your blog. You have a very beautiful family. Love the modesty.
WOW!!!:) Nice:) I love the color blue 😉 😛
Emily Alexander Gaddini said:
I love hearing about you all, too. 🙂
Your granddaughters (and grandsons! but especially those little girls in the pics with Mr. VdP) are so precious. It kind of makes me sad seeing those pictures for what my family missing. All of my siblings have left the church and I am the only one married with a family. I so wish my children had little Catholic cousins to play with, but will not be until God works a miracle in my sisters’ and brother’s hearts.
It is hard when family is not on the same page. Very hard. Praying for you and yours, Emily….
I just found your blog a few days ago, I just love it! It’s so inspirational.
Cathy L. said:
I just found your blog last weekend. I’ve really enjoyed reading it so far, especially your post on saying the family Rosary. It really encouraged me. I look forward to reading more 🙂
Awesome pictures, especially that last one with a certain handsome young man! Even though many of us don’t post replies often, we all do read your posts and try to apply to our daily lives. You are an inspiration to so many. Thanks for all your work.
Love all the great articles you post. Thank you!
Thanks for another chance to win some of your beautiful handiwork, Leane. You have many inspiring posts to keep us on track in our busy lives as mothers and wives. Thank you for that. Have a Blessed Feast of Christ the King!
Thank you for the beauty you show through photos of your family and the things that you do. It is hard to find Catholic Christian families dress as men and women, and display with welcoming smiles the warmth of peace that resides within you😊 I’m glad I have recently reactivated our facebook and was introduced to your site! May Mother Mary continue to guide you as you help to lead your family to Holiness😊
Thank you for this winderful post. I love reading your blog, and seeing pictures of your family/friends.
Thank you for being an encouragement.
!!!!!:) Thanks Aunt Leane!!
I read your post every week and gather a few thoughts to meditate on throughout my day. Your family has become part of me…like a good neighbor. Thank you for writing this blog. I am grateful to the Lord for steering me to it!
Jeanette Gallant said:
These blog posts are very uplifting and fun to read when i get the chance! Thank you mom for all you do for others!
Very nice pictures of your lovely family. Your magazine sounds very interesting and the rosary is beautiful!
Andrea G. said:
Just found your blog a week or so ago and have enjoyed reading through the archives. Thank you for all the great inspiration!
colleen strand said:
We have been away at my older sister’s 50th wedding anniversary and the first thing I read was your latest on a happy home and controling tempers. It is so true. My husband is much like the first account and I often wonder how he can keep his cool so well. LOL. Thank you for these posts, Leann.
I really appreciate all your book recommendations and articles. I also like to read the quotes and own experiences you share here. It is very refreshing to read all this from a Catholic perspective.
The winner of the Give-Away is SOPHIE!!! I have contacted you, Sophie, via email. 🙂 Thanks to all of you for your kind and encouraging comments! You are all lovely! <3