Saturday, February 27, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
I think we started trying to coordinate a house blessing around October! Along with the holiday season, our pastor has been very busy the past few months with all the exciting things going on for the Ordinariate. We were finally able to schedule it for last weekend.
We had our pastor and his family (he's married, a convert to Catholicism, see Ordinariate link above!), some friends from church, and our other long-time friends who have seen us through quite a few moves (SEVEN homes since we've known them!), so it was a time of joy and thanksgiving for this new beautiful home we've been graced with. My parents stopped in too, and we shared in some good Texas BBQ grilled by Steven, and spent time enjoying the gorgeous February weather we've had this year.
Father starts in prayer.
Steven Joseph had his first baseball game, which we all missed except my parents! But he made it back in time for the blessing and got to hold the holy water!
We paraded around the house, as he prayed and blessed the living and dining areas, the kitchen, the bedrooms and bathrooms, the front door, the cars, the garage, and even the backyard and porch!
In each room he offered a beautiful prayer for what would go on in that space and thanking God for those gifts.
He blessed the children in their rooms.
And he had the funniest blessing for MC, mentioning how she gets her own, quiet room! But he also prayed that having time in her room alone will prepare her to go out alone into the world to follow Christ.
It brings a new peace knowing that we have prayed in this place and had it blessed. It was also nice to get the house in tip-top shape, probably the cleanest it has been and the cleanest it will ever be! I took photos of the rooms so that I can do a house tour soon. Thanks to all who have prayed us here to this place, and I hope that it will continue to be a home that we're able to share with others, and a place where we encounter Christ every day in our own little family.
O heavenly Father, Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to bless and sanctify this house and all who dwell therein and everything else in it, and do Thou vouchsafe to fill it with all things; grant to them, O Lord, the abundance of heavenly blessings and from the richness of the earth every substance necessary for life, and finally direct their desires to the fruits of Thy mercy. At our entrance, therefore, deign to bless and sanctify this house as Thou didst deign to bless the house of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; and may the of Thy light, dwelling within the walk of this house, protect it and those who dwell therein. Through our Lord. Amen.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
On Katie's birthday we had a full morning hosting a 4-H meeting, working on flower arranging, and then having some time for the Food Challenge kids to work on their aprons. We decided to head to the park after lunch to have some cupcakes and blow bubbles with the friends who were still there. Of course I took way too many pictures, but how could I not?!?
Singing Happy Birthday
Katie with her flowers made by MC and her friend A, cupcakes made and decorated by the girls, and her special birthday balloons!
Singing Happy Birthday
Present from her family
Ballet shoes and a leotard with tutu!
She wants to put them on right now!
NeNe and PaPa arrive with a fun present!
A puppy dog!
Back home to try on her ballet outfit!
She's not sure about the ballet shoes, so she takes them off and dances barefoot.
But she loves the tutu!
Happy Birthday, Beautiful Ballerina Baby!