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Monday, January 19, 2015

Hagley Museum - Invention Convention - Video

19/365 - My husband's company sponsors an Invention Convention Science fair each year and my daughter, especially, just loves it!   LINK 



We went on Saturday and she is there again today with her Dad because she had to see today's Chemistry show.

At Saturday's Light Fantastic, presented by the Carnegie Science Center she was picked to come on stage and be a part of an experiment. On the fly, I tried to capture the moment....



Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Catholic "Gear" - 8/365

My "gear?"

Good books and good prayer "weapons."

#cy365 "Gear"  8/365

In Catholic homeschooling...in life...we need prayer and sometimes a place dedicated for just that purpose.


Pr 30:5 (NIV) "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him."


Many reminders today to pray.  May prayer soothe us and bring us peace as we seek communion with the One who alone can perfectly guide us.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Feast of the Epiphany ~ Three Kings Day 6/365

Peace be to this house....

.... And to all who dwell within.

#cy365 6/365 from WHERE I STAND...it's still Christmas
Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord.

And to yours, friends.....

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rasta Brothers Ensemble - 5/365

Lil' Miss Steampunk be jammin' with her Rasta brothers.

5/365 {ensemble} #cy365
The theme for my 365 photo today was ensemble and thanks to my friend, Lara FeistyMuse@Yahoo.com , we have quite a hat ensemble!

this one with attitude!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Family Albums - A Reflection of Me 4/365

4/365 #cy365

The 365 prompt today is "A Reflection of Me" and this me is more at home behind the camera. But when I thought about reflections of me it was the photos I take that, in fact, do represent a part of me. I take our photos to keep our memories and it warms me to see the attachment my children and family have to them.


As they peruse the many books I make for them, chatting over the images that replay in their imaginations, they SEE my love....my focus...what drives me.

Family albums REFLECT family bonds.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Wedding in the Extraordinary Form - 3/365 #cy365

3/365 #cy365 
We attended our 1st Latin Mass wedding today. And if that were not, in and of itself, a wonderful grace it also happened to be the union of 2 dear family friends of ours.  Two homeschoolers we've known for years are now man and wife.


The words at the Mass were SO RICH!

After the Pater Noster, the priest goes to the Epistle side of the Altar. The Bride and Groom kneel before him. The priest folds his hands and, turning towards the bridegroom and bride, says over them the following two prayers. 
Let us pray. Be gracious, O Lord, to our humble supplications: and graciously assist this Thine institution, which Thou hast established for the increase of mankind: that what is joined together by Thine authority, may be preserved by Thine aid. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee..,O God, who by Thine own mighty power, didst make all things out of nothing: who, having set in order the beginnings of the world, didst appoint Woman to be an inseparable helpmeet to Man, made like unto God, so that Thou didst give to woman’s body its beginnings in man’s flesh, thereby teaching that what it pleased Thee to form from one substance, might never be lawfully separated: O God, who, by so excellent a mystery hast consecrated the union of man and wife, as to foreshadow in this nuptial bond the union of Christ with His Church: O God, by whom Woman is joined to Man, and the partnership, ordained from the beginning, is endowed with such blessing that it alone was not withdrawn either by the punishment of original sin, nor by the sentence of the flood: graciously look upon this Thy handmaid, who, about to be joined in wedlock, seeks Thy defense and protection. May it be to her a yoke of love and peace: faithful and chaste, may she be wedded in Christ, and let her ever be the imitator of holy women: let her be dear to her husband, like Rachel: wise, like Rebecca: long-lived and faithful like Sara. Let not the author of deceit work any of his evil deeds in her. May she continue, clinging to the faith and to the commandments. Bound in one union, let her shun all unlawful contact. Let her protect her weakness by the strength of discipline; let her be grave in behavior, respected for modesty, well-instructed in heavenly doctrine. Let her be fruitful in offspring; be approved and innocent; and come to the repose of the blessed and the kingdom of heaven. May they both see their children’s children to the third and fourth generation, and may they reach the old age which they desire. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth


 Please join me in saying a prayer for this beautiful couple.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Capture Your 365 - Slices of Life 2/365

I'm attempting to participate in the #cy365 photo-a-day challenge. For me, I am hoping it is a way to get more experience with my camera and iphoneography.  More importantly, I've been wanting to photograph more of what represents the "slices-of-life"  that chronicle our days.

And so, my daughter and her beloved iPad from which she cares for My Talking Tom Pet , plays nail/beauty salon and runs a restaurant in Order Up app.  I love her smile and her finished products that she delights in showing me.

2/365 #cy635
I'm going to use a new app too, to organize my 365 photos, which is aptly titled Photo 365. It will keep my photos in a calendar, facilitate sharing across media and I can print them all in a 365 book at the end of 2015.

Want to remember another slice of life today,  this fun video the boys thought up.


How will you be capturing and chronicling the memories that you want to cherish... that might slip away otherwise? Hope you'll share your ideas with me.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Starting 2015 with Mary, Mother of God 1/365

Good Morning 2015! Good morning Mary, Mother of God.

1/365 Capturing my 365 #CY365 

Readings from today's Holy Day - 

COLLECT O God, it was through the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary that You bestowed the gift of eternal life upon mankind. Grant that we may feel the powerful intercession of Mary, through whom we were privileged to receive the giver of life, Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord; who lives and rules with You . . .

EPISTLE Titus 2:11-15Beloved: The grace of God our Saviour hath appeared to all men: Instructing us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly and justly and godly in this world, looking for the blessed hope and coming of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity and might cleanse to himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works. These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 - A Year in Review and Collagepalooza!

Looking back at 2014 in photos...with Dwija.


In JANUARY, I celebrated my last birthday of my 40s. We also Marched for Life and attending the annual Invention Convention


In FEBRUARY,  we visited College Boy in snowy, Steubenville, Ohio and I photographed beautiful St. Peter's there. Back at home, I photographed CandleMas and celebrated my Mother's birthday.


In MARCH,  we had a snowy St. Patrick's day. We mourned the loss of a dear family member, Lord Wedgwood, and my husband trained our growing cadre of Latin Mass altar boys.


In APRIL,  we again visited Steuby and spent our Easter Holy days there.  College boy's Rugby Team won the Championship and 2nd son got his driver's license!


In MAY,  3rd son had a spiral break of the tibia and fibula in baseball.  We will always remember his great attitude during  his LONG recovery. Two of my god-daughters had their 1st Holy Communions.  LINK There was Mother's Day and we  had our annual family reunion trip to the NNK.


In JUNE,  College boy was surprised by a visit from his girlfriend.  As is tradition, we celebrated my husband's Italian heritage with the Madonna Del Roseto Mass and luncheon. Also a tradition, we went to the IHM National Homeschool Conference.  Summer Sundays were spent at my parent's pool with lovely dinners.  We celebrated our wedding anniversary and also the first Mass of a newly ordained FSSP priest. Our daughter's softball team won the league championship!


JULY found us in our Ohio home again, where our oldest son wanted to spend his birthday.  One day was spent riding the rides at Kennywood and time spent with friends


In AUGUST,  our youngest...our daughter, turned 10 (MUSIC VIDEO) and there were other birthdays.  We spent our annual 2 weeks at the shore and College boy then headed back to Franciscan University for his Sophomore year.


In SEPTEMBER,  our 9th year of homeschooling began.  There was fun at the ballpark and we had our traditional field trip to CherryCrest Farm.


In OCTOBER,  I photographed lots of fall foliage.  Our 2nd son was accepted to Franciscan University, we had our traditional breakfast of Pumpkin Pancakes with Hot Apple Cider Sauce and we went to Frozen on Ice.


NOVEMBER, is a time of thanks... gratitude for a family holiday, togetherness, Advent and online homeschool classes.


In DECEMBER, there were lights, incense, santa, family and the wonder of the Incarnation.

Thank you, Lord, for all your graces and blessings.  Prayers for good health, the intercession of Blessed Mary & Joseph and the love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ in 2015.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Our Christmas Eve


Our Christmas begins with a visit from my dear Mother-in-law, who joins us for "Midnight" Mass.


God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way 
to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh.


Make us a people of this light. 


 Make us faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world. 


Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The High Mass team never looked better!


A beautiful start to the 12 days of Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Lights at Longwood Gardens


The night time Christmas lights at Longwood Gardens are just magical.  Talk about feeling like a kid again!  Around every corner there is another reason to squeel with delight over the sparkling beauty.


The crisp air was invigorating for walking...and there was hot cocoa.  But, as the sun set, we made our way into the warm conservatory.





A favorite spot was this Peacock party decor.  The "leaves" hanging over the table were each hand-cut!

Hoping all your holy days are MERRY AND BRIGHT!