Monday, December 22, 2014

{Postcards} Advent 4










No postcards last week; way too busy at work.  But this week?  I'm off from Saturday until Friday!  And there's so much to do.

But, most importantly my Christmas present arrived!  My grandmother's piano is here and I've already been filling the house with sounds of it's out of tune glory (the tuning will be my birthday present in a month or two).

Almost as important, our firewood delivery came on Thursday!  What you see is about a quarter of it.  We've had a fire going most of the day for the last five days and barely made a dent in it.

Now to have some preschoolers over to decorate sugar cookies, a few last errands to run and the baking and cleaning!

Blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5 Favorites: Musical Tastes {Advent}

For most of my 30+ years on this planet I had no idea there was "Advent Music" that was separate from "Christmas Music".  Sad, but true.  Over the last few years I've been trying to find more music to play at home to get me in the Advent Spirit, as I already have my favorite Christmas tunes.  This year my options exploded with the discovery of religious music on Spotify (Not an affiliate with them, like it, use it, done.).  I'm also a religious music noob.  Anything that wasn't part of the Christian pop trend of the earlier 00's I'm woefully ignorant of.

To prove my point, I've messaged numerous friends over the last couple of weeks asking if I was going to get in some sort of trouble for listening to Gregorian chants or sung Advent Masses when I was doing laundry or the dishes.  "Is this kosher?!" was repeated more than once.

I still don't know too much, I don't know what's considered good or hokey in the grand scheme of things, but these are a few of the cd's I've been enjoying this year.

1. Veni Emmanuel

 
 2. Gregorian Christmas

 
 3. Sacrum Mysterium

 
 4. Carols from the Old and New Worlds

 
 5. Advent at Ephesus
 

Linking up with Call Her Happy

*pictures are Amazon Links, but you can listen to these on Spotify with some commercial interruptions in their entirety. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

{Postcards} St. Lucy





Sometimes on a Feast Day you have to be at work by 6:30.  So special breakfast treats happen at 4:30 in the afternoon right before the church clothes battle.  Still counts.

Kept it simple this year - cinnamon rolls from a tube braided into a crown and swirls.

If you have a point click over to this post for a little some extra you can do to make another families Christmas shine brights.

Be Strong and Take Heart

For those of you who follow me in person or via the blog on Twitter or Facebook you've probably seen me share about my friend Kathleen and her family this week.

For those who don't know, my dear blog friend Kathleen's new baby boy Felix was diagnosed with Severe Combine Immunodefiency.  It's a very serious disease which was caught early by screening.  Immediately upon receiving this news Felix was hospitalized, two hours away from his home to keep his very fragile immune system safe as he awaits the results (and hopefully a transplant) of their bone marrow scans.  A successful bone marrow transplant would essentially cure him.

Kathleen and her husband do not have to worry about the costs of the stay, but because she is a SAHM and her husband runs his own business they will essentially be without income for at least three months, but most likely six.  You can read more of her ups and down here on her blog.

There is a fundraiser that as of Friday night is already 70% funded.  It is my personal goal that this is funded 100% by Christmas Day so that they can spend Christmas free of at least one of their worries.


If you cannot currently donate financial the family welcomes any and all prayers.  Kathleen's faith has already been amazing so far, but there is a long road to go.

For my Catholic friends, family and readers I've felt specifically called to ask the Intercession of Our Lady of La Leche.  I would love it if you would join me in this prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Your tender Mother, Our Lady of La Leche, who bore You close to her heart during those long months before Your birth, I place Felix and the Quiring Family entirely in Your Hands. Free them, I beseech You, from useless and consuming worry. Accept the sacrifice of my aches and pains, which I unite to Your sufferings on the Cross. Above all, most merciful and loving Jesus, protect this child You have given to them from all harm, bestowing the health and vigor every baby needs. Implant in my heart and on my lips the words and prayers of Your Mother and mine, our Lovely Lady of La Leche. All this I ask that Felix may live to praise forever Your Holy Name. Amen.

For all of us I offer Psalm 31:24


Please share this post using the share buttons below - twitter, google plus, facebook, email.  Any financial help is greatly appreciated, but we also have complete faith that Faith and Prayer can move mountains.  At the moment our biggest prayer is to keep Felix safe from infections until a Bone Marrow match is made, ideally this will come from his immediate family.
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