Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yarn Along

.~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

I was hoping that by the time this post published I would have these socks completed. I just became too tired last night.  But.... I am decreasing the toe!!!  By tonight.....done:))). I have some wonderful local yarn that was dyed in Christmas colors that I am anxious to begin.  I know they will be a mosaic pattern, but I am still deciding which one.

That book.  Caitlin gave that to Mr. Golfer a few years ago for Christmas.  She found it in a used book store.  I am fascinated with the story and especially how it seems the Forward could have been written just yesterday. Notice the date.

Usually I would be setting the table for the children and grandchildren to celebrate Thanksgiving. But this year, for the first time they will all be at the inlaws. So we are going out to dinner with our close friends and on Friday the crowd is all coming for a fiesta. It will be a fajita Thanksgivng!  

Also on Friday, Ginny will be hosting a "Christmas Sale" of sorts.  Sponsors and those with shops will be featured.   Drawstrings will be having 15% off all bags from Friday through Sunday so be sure and stop in. Use the code HOLIDAY14.  If you don't find what you want then message me through the shop.  I will do my very best to create what you want!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Putting Them to Bed

They are my most treasured flowers. When I am told I can't do something or that it's not possible, count on me to do my best to prove you wrong.  So it is with my peonies.  They are not native to Texas, but once I saw them in an old friend's yard I was hooked.

That was 25 years ago.  I am now at 13 plants and as the winters grow colder here the blooms get better.  Two years ago I had 96 blooms on those plants. Stunning!

But each fall, and it is almost always a Novemver 1st ritual, they must be " put to bed".  The stalks are cut to the ground and as much of the plant remnants removed.  In the next days the bed will be raked and cleared and fresh mulch layed down for the cold months ahead.

In the spring the rose red buds will inch their way up and become tall shoots once again.  It is a time of year I treasure and my girls know it as " peony watch"!

For now I take care to tuck them in for a long winter's nap:)))

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Being Creative With the Sacraments

*** the lighting in my house is poor on a good day.  Compound that with torrential rains and cloudy skies and you get dark photos.  Please excuse the first few of these pictures******

" it was one of the best baptisms I've ever seen"

That comment was made by many parents and guests when between the years 1987 and 2004 a priest at our parish allowed the father of the child to pour the water during baptism.  Had the father also said the words there wouldn't have been a problem, but Canon Law 849 states this practice renders the baptism invalid. " the person pouring the water and the person saying the words must be one and the same, who also has the intention to Baptize".

Twenty six years later my daughter received a phone call followed by a letter stating she would need to be re- baptized and confirmed.  Since she is in the middle of marriage prep she was moved to the top of the list!

Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual graces. Since the beginning of the Church, these rites have been performed with the same ritual all over the world. But when any priest decides to be creative with the rite, it creates havoc, which is what has happened in our parish.  Kind of like letting the father cut the cord at delivery.   Looks good and feels nice, but not really the best thing to do.

So a handful of us gathered this past Saturday ( there are over 200 affected) to begin the process of bestowing these two sacraments again.  It was quiet and holy.  Mary's godparents were present in spirit, but her oldest sister stepped in as the witness. It was an amazing sight to see your daughter you had once held in your arms as water was poured, now lean her own head over the font for another washing of the Holy Spirit. How poised and in control she was of her own choices.

There have been many questions as to why this has to be done again.  After all, the Church states
 " one baptism for all".  We all believe that Mary was baptized as an infant.  We all believe that the Holy Spirit was there and present in the sacrament. But, the Catholic Church does not hold Sacred Scripture as the only authority."Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit. Holy Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of Truth, they may faithfully reserve, expound, and spread it abroad by their preaching."   Because of this, both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and acceptance.

So, in order for the baptism to be valid, both the Spirit and the Tradition must be followed.  Initially, they were not,  Now they have been!

This post is not about theological debate.  Please don't fill the com box with division.  After reading this, maybe you agree or disagree.  Free will allows that.  But maybe you will take away thoughts that lead you to reexamine your own faith. I trust that to God.

I pray for our parish as they navigate through this problem.  Some have chosen to make issues of it and it has created even more sadness for our pastor.  We accepted it with grace.  Another opportunity for the Holy Spirit to bring our family once more before the foot of the cross.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Little Color

Most of us have experienced very cold weather within the last few weeks.  Even here in North Texas the temps have been frigid.  Plants have withered and drawn into their winter shells.

So imagine my utter surprise when I stumbled upon this as I walked to the mailbox yesterday!  A little bit of God's color on a dreary day.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Thursday, November 20, 2014



Lilah's sweater is finished and she loves it!  The sleeves were a little long, but she will grow into it. I used those same little vintage buttons that were on Rachel's.  They were just too cute .


I attended Evelyn's Thanksgiving feast at her Preschool.  Chicken nuggets became turkey:))). I'm not sure why that tongue kept popping out, but she was clearly happy I was there!


Patrick has a cute friend at his school.  I have become friends with her mother as we wait each day for the littles.  His drawing shows how special he thinks she is:). Cue chuckles.....


I have shared with you the story my my daughter Caitlin's piano.  The one she received from Make A Wish 12 years it ago.  For her own reasons, it has now found a new home, a former elementary student of mine.  It arrived in Colorado yesterday after weeks of travel and weather delays.  I think the setting is beautiful!  Many happy years to Caroline!

Linking up with Aunt Leila today!