We had our annual Traditional Family Weekend in July. Friday of the Family Weekend was supposed to be a soccer match, bonfire, singing and a rosary procession at our parish grounds. But the temperature soared to over 100 degrees so we moved everything to the hall we had booked for Saturday.
The children played in a train area that was set up, the diehards still went outside and played volleyball, we were able to have the singing and the rosary procession as it cooled off a bit and then live music and games.
Besides Friday being moved, the rest of the weekend went off without a hitch. Saturday was the conferences by Father Berg, Games and the Talent Show. Sunday was a breakfast sponsored by our Traditional Knights of Columbus (with all proceeds going to our Kansas for Life Association) and then sports in the park. Thankfully, it had cooled down enough that many showed up for that and ended the weekend with a lot of fun!
I have the videos of some of the Talent Show Acts on Google Drive. The links are posted below if you wish to view them…
These first two are the Fife and Drum Act: Link here and here.
The Juggling Act with son, Angelo and grandson, Brendan: Link here.
We have one chance to live this life. Let’s not get distracted.
It is important to celebrate with your loved ones…regularly. And it is important to have traditions within the family circle.
Although this article is not talking about religious traditions necessarily, it IS talking about the beauty of lovely traditions we can pass on to our family in our every day life. Our children will naturally continue this legacy. And for we Catholics, rich in the traditions of the Faith, we can incorporate these religious traditions into our more “secular” traditions as well!
For instance, our tradition has been to have a day of celebration with the family once a week. We invite selective friends to celebrate with us. It usually lands on a Sunday which is a good day to celebrate, wouldn’t you say?
We start the evening off with the Family Rosary. Whether it is said outside among the delight of the flowers, or inside with our lovely home altar, there are a good swarm of us who together repeat the beloved prayers of Our Lady’s Rosary.
After the rosary and before we eat, I get my hand bell, and, with me chiming in the background, we say the Angelus, all genuflecting at “And the Word was made Flesh…”
After dinner, games are played, usually outdoors unless the weather doesn’t permit. Then everyone goes home and looks forward to….our next celebration! What a beautiful way to share with friends and family….fully Catholic, fully wholesome and with lots of laughter!
And now…two cents from Emilie Barnes…with pictures first of our last couple Sunday potlucks…
Let’s party,” say the commercials. And I say “amen!” Not to loudness and drinking and carousing, of course, but to the kind of celebrations that brighten our every days and flavor our special times with joy.
The beauty of home is comprised of so many things – order, order, serenity, creativity, warmth, welcome. But surely the spirit of celebration also adds its special touch – the abiding joy and contagious laughter that say, “I’m glad I’m here. I’m glad you’re here. And I’m really glad we’re in this together.”
Christians, especially, have reason to make the spirit of celebration a trademark of our lives.
What a wonderful reason to infuse our homes and our lives with joyful sounds, happy gatherings, and heartfelt smiles… the God-given, life-enhancing enhancing secret of celebration
Laughter is a definite part of any time of celebration – a gift of God that brightens good days and lightens rough ones. Laughter even has a healing quality to it. People have recovered from serious diseases by learning to laugh each day. Even more people have regained the courage to go on in painful circumstances when they were able to laugh.
Proverbs 17:22 says that a cheerful heart is good medicine. Laughter can draw others to you and lighten your load in life. When you begin to laugh at life and at yourself, you gain new perspective on your struggles. You begin to see a speck of light at the end of the tunnel.
A life without laughter quickly becomes a breeding ground for depression, physical illness, and a critical spirit. But a laughter-filled life unleashes the benefits of celebration.
“Again!” The toddler giggled with delight as I hid my face once more behind my hands. I giggled too, enjoying the moment of discovery – the instance when my new little granddaughter daughter first began celebrating tradition.
At its simplest level, isn’t that why traditions are begun? We experience something good and joyful and meaningful, and we want to do it again. And why not? Repeating our good experiences is one way we begin to learn, to make sense of our lives.
Think how hard our lives would be if we had to invent them all over again every day. Think of all the energy we would waste, all the mistakes we would repeat, all the remembered joy we would lose, all the loneliness we would feel, if we were forced to start from scratch without the ability to say to ourselves, “I like this; this is meaningful – let’s do it again.”
Tradition is so much more, though, than the simple urge to repeat a pleasant experience. Tradition helps us keep our feet on the ground. It helps us feel the connection between where we have been and where we are going, between those who have gone before us and those who follow after.
There’s such a comfort, such a sense of relationship, in saying, “This is the way we’ve always done it.” But there’s more. Tradition also helps us understand – and celebrate – who we are and to be thankful for the gift of life and for the people God used to give it to us.
Many wonderful traditions combined to make me who I am, and as I grow older I celebrate more and more my unique heritage.
My father, a Viennese chef, imparted an Old World appreciation for gracious living – fine food, beautiful preparation, and professional excellence (plus some wonderful recipes!).
My mother, the daughter of a tailor and the proprietor of a dress shop, taught me to appreciate beautiful fabrics, skillful tailoring, effective organization, and hard work – as well as the importance of making a welcoming home for those I love.
Growing up as the American child of an immigrant parent, I inhaled both Old World ambience and New World freedom and opportunity. And I married into wonderful traditions as well – those of a three-generation farm family from Texas.
Traditions are one way that knowledge is passed from generation to generation. They have filled our lives with many “rare and beautiful treasures” over the years, and we have tried to pass those treasures on to our children. We share and celebrate our special ways of doing things, many of which come from the traditions that shaped us.
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We just had our Fourth of July party which was hosted by my son and daughter-in-law, Dominic and Sarah. They have been blessed with a lovely country setting and so each year they share it with many as we all gather to express our love for our country. He also puts on a magnificent fireworks show in the evening. It is a memorable day!
My husband’s sister, Sister Marie Hosanna is blessing us with a visit! We are all excited to see her! We gathered as a family on the day of her arrival, sang a bit, talked a lot, and just had a good time! She will make the rounds here and visit other members of her family…
A few in the parish set up a Rosary Rally in Topeka to pray for our country and to thank God for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We gathered on a busy intersection to pray the 15 decades of the Rosary with big and little people joining us.
Below are some Videos and a Gallery….
Our son, Dominic, was the Pied Piper as the kids eagerly followed him in order to catch the parachutes as they got shot into the air…40 of them!
Ernie gets a little fancy with his sparklers!
And our Gallery….
Some of the grandchildren. ☺️ Gin made the dresses! (I have lots of grandsons, too, but they didn’t have any dresses to show off!) 😅😉
Home should not be just a place. Rather, it must be the place. All else should be “outside.”
Home should be the center of activities and interests. It was built for births, courtship, marriage, and death. It is maintained so that children might grow, trained by precept and example – so that they will develop spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, just as they do physically. -Fr. Lovasik
And a few notes…
Hubby got me a new air fryer and I have been enjoying it greatly. If you are interested here is a link. This is the one I would get if I started all over. Right now, I have a cheaper model and it works for me at the moment.
And here is a Youtube Channel where I learned a lot about it. I had hurt my back and was laid out so I had time to delve into it…
Here is the recipe for the Granola I make. It is lovely! I quadruple the batch and add different things (chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds). I really do add all those…it’s a wonder my kids don’t turn into chipmunks! Haha
Below is a gallery of our doing’s in the last two months. You can read the comments to get the narrative. And don’t forget to click on the first picture to view the gallery!
All hands on deck! Sean is getting his first haircut!
A few of my charming grandsons.
Agnes made a little birthday cake!
Since gas prices are high….a new lawnmower! Haha
I’ve been using my new air fryer a lot. Some delicious beignets to dip in the homemade jam!
My rolls turned out lovely in the air fryer!
Silicone muffin cups for the air fryer.
Air fryer banana muffins made in silicone muffin cups (thus the interesting shapes)!
Sean has a new friend. 🙂
The girls went on a jaunt to a tree place with the clergy.
It was such a hot day for it…but they survived!
Peter and Juliette having a swing!
Look at those mulberry feet!
We had a tornado close by and this was the wall cloud!
A little more tranquil scene of Kansas.
Vin has just finished haying….beautiful scenery!
Gin’s beautiful bouquet!
My first rose bouquet of the year…
Our centerpiece. St. Anne watches over me….
And Z grows goats…not flowers!
Jacob caught himself something! Ugh!
He also make a beautiful mulberry pie! Yum!
Mom (Gin) supervises Emma’s making of a mulberry pie.
Ahhhh….lovely and delicious looking!
Harvesting lots of lettuce…
And lots of mushrooms! These are chestnut mushrooms.
These are blue oyster mushrooms.
Speaking of mushrooms…here is hubby’s farmer’s market booth.
The girls enjoy seeing the people and selling the wares.
Gemma and Emma (Emma has a mushroom face painting)! The red and yellow mushrooms are for shade.
Jeanette with precious Esther.
The kids look on as he opens their special homemade gifts!
And Theresa’s gift to Dad…Dutch shoes with unique bouquets tucked in them.
Vincent’s booth is called “Little Dutch Farm.” Both his parents immigrated from Holland.
See the mushrooms? hehe
Praying the Family Rosary outside before a Sunday potluck…
Mike and Esther…awwww
Theresa and Sophia (nicknamed “Fifi”)
Old-fashioned ice cream parlor time for Vin and Gin’s family!
Emma wears cottonwood tree trimmings in her hair!
Juliette captures our hearts with her smile!
And Sean is in the doghouse today!
Gin’s beautiful dress that she made.
I gave Sean a hat for his first birthday. Mistake.
Morel mushrooms that the girls found while foraging!
Dom and Sarah found lots! They sell for $50/lb. at the Farmer’s Market!
Our grandsons, Edward and Antonio, built this for a customer!
Father is an excellent pianist! We enjoy the music!
Esther is growing…and very cute!
Jeanette’s little people decorate with rose petals…
All along the counters, too!
For a simple family breakfast after Sunday Mass!
Ordination outfits for Mike and Jeanette’s little people.
Visiting with good priests
First Blessing for Agnes
Cute little people!
Father Adams, Father Cunningham
Toby is pooped after ordinations!
Good times with good friends at the Ordinations.
Vincent and I lived it up while the kids were at the Pilgrmage.
Air fryer delectables!
And homemade Maple Walnut ice cream!
While the kids were at the Pilgrimage…I stayed home and had quiet evenings….HA!
The boys went to an all-day “conference” and practiced fencing!
I’ve been making a lot of homemade granola lately. Everyone loves it!
Gin and Grandson Ben’s beautiful pie!
Johnathan and Emma catch fish in the nearby pond!
Theresa’s new little one…Sophia!
A dear friend ordered in dinner for us after the baby was born!
Big Brother Brendan holds Sophia.
The kids are so happy….baby has finally arrived!
Devin with Sophia.
Theresa and Sophia
Theresa and Devin.
Baptism…Margy and Dave are Godparents
Entering the Church
We went and visited with dear friends from our favorite place…God’s Storehouse!
Grandson Brendan makes donuts.
They look delectable!
Gemma with nieces.
David and Margy are once again Godparents.
Father Eichman brings little Adele Rose to be consecrated to Our Lady.
Churching of the Mother.
Dom and Sarah are happy!
Three Grandsons received their First Holy Communion this year! Such a wonderful day!
Theresa and Godson, Adrian.
Z and Isaac
Devin and Theresa with Nathan, Isaac and Adrian.
Gin and Me with Adrian and Nathan.
All the mothers…
Lots of goodies to celebrate the First Communions!
The simple things in life are the sweetest….
The gardener’s “french manicure”.
God bless you and thanks for stopping by the gallery! 🙂
🌼🌼Hello there! Today I am going to announce the winner of the FF Easter Giveaway, but first I would like to share some pictures to brighten your day or maybe give you some inspiration.🌼🌼
God hides His blessings in our crosses. Below are some pictures of the new adventure of Mushrooms and Micro-Greens that hubby has begun since he has had to deal with a crippled leg throughout the winter.
His leg is slowly improving. He has been going to weekly Physical Therapy for 8 weeks now. His leg could only bend at 45 degree angle when he started. It is now at 113 degrees and he can do a full revolution of the bike pedal for the first time! It is still sore, swollen and he limps…but we are getting there!
Back to ‘Shrooms, etc. Vincent is excellent at growing things and he is loving his new venture. There are many medicinal benefits to mushrooms and they are delicious. So he is selling them at the Farmer’s Market and doing quite well with them! Also his micro-greens which are power-packed with nutrients!
Micro-Greens….broccoli, sunflower, pea, etc.
Angelo tending the booth. “Little “Dutch Farm” because both of Vincent’s parents immigrated from Holland. 😀
Blue Oyster Mushroom
Hannah and Gemma look after the Booth one Saturday.
Who can resist those smiling faces!
Yum! Deep-Fried Mushrooms!
A photo of Gin. You wouldn’t think she has 10 children!
Here is her craft room….well, one corner of it. All her material awaits the sewing machine to be transformed into something beautiful!
Gin is showing off her Easter dress that she made.
She loves Vintage items so here are the buttons she uses on her Easter dress!
Her bath salt corner
Lovely Bath Salts available on our Etsy Shop!
Theresa’s children all dressed in blue for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
Many flowers surround our Lady as we do the Consecration led by Father.
All sizes of people bring flowers up to Our Lady….quite moving!
Everyone prays in front of Our Lady…
We hosted a “Young Adult Night” at our home. It was alot of fun with games and a bonfire.
Lots of good young men and women!
Lent proceeds and we put our spring doily under the newly bloomed daffodils!
Adrian passed his First Communion test and is excited to be among those to receive Our Lord for the first time in May!
Gin’s birthday and she isn’t as long-winded as she needed to be to blow out all the candles!
Finishing it off!
Haha…Little David, Gin’s youngest.
April “Rosie’s Posie’s” with the nieces. Crochet lesson first….