Saturday, February 27, 2010

Just can't do it anymore!

Although the first day of spring is still almost a month away and spring won't arrive in Central New York until mid to late April, I put away all our Winter books today. We're in seasonal limbo until I pull out the spring books.

I'm still intending to share a list of the Winter books we read over the past few months (both what we own and borrowed from the library).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Simplicity Parenting: Interview with Kim John Payne

One of my current reads! I recommend it for all parents.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Candlemas- The Presentation of the Lord

Today is The Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas.

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem

to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Luke 2:22-24

We started the day with a traditional breakfast of pancakes and reading about the Purification of the Virgin/Presentation of the Lord.

I share this picture because Sidekick really wanted to dress like a candle (he is very into the "light" part of the feast!), so he wore a red shirt with his yellow sweatshirt.

Later in the day we rolled candles. I hadn't intended on candle making this year since the boys are still so young, but Emma alerted me to this kit. Thanks to Amazon Prime and a $3.99 upgrade to one-day shipping, we were able to "make" candles after all!

We said a simple blessing ourselves and will also take them along to be belatedly blessed next weekend at Mass.

Feast of St. Brigid

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of St. Brigid, part of the February schedule for Catholic Mosaic. We read St. Brigid's Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story and listened to The Life of St. Brigid: Abbess of Kildare presented by the Readings from Under the Grapevine podcast from Ancient Faith Radio. I was very disappointed to see that St. Brigid is not mentioned in any of my lives of the Saints books for children, so I was very glad to have a copy of St. Brigid's Cloak on hand as well as the podcast!

We also baked St. Brigid's Bread from Catholic Traditions in Cooking. It was a very simple quick bread and quite tasty!