Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Teaching Tuesdays~ John the Baptist Baptizes Jesus

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Hello again! It's been a few weeks since I have posted about our Sunday school lessons. Things have been a little crazy around here. We've had a few different illnesses come through our house and it seems like things are finally settling down just in time for Advent and Christmas. 

Our Saint~ Saint Jacinta, Saint Francisco, and Saint John the Baptist

We had three saints this week. 


Our first two saints were a brother and sister who were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary when they were just 7 and 9. Saint Jacinta and Saint Francesco are wonderful saints to introduce children to because they were children themselves!

I read a brief summary of their lives. I found most of my information online. You can read about this brother and sister here.

The children were given a coloring page to work on why we learned about these young saints. 




Our other saint this week is an important one. It was Saint John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus! We talked about he was Jesus's cousin and why he was an important prophet. The children were given a coloring page of him to take home. 


Our Virtue~ Honesty & Zeal

We had two virtues this week to go along with our saints.

Honesty~ For Saint Jacinta and Francisco, the virtue was honesty. Honesty is being trustworthy and true. Even when they were doubted, they believed in themselves and told the truth. They didn't allow others to persuade them.

Zeal~ Saint John the Baptist is a fantastic example of zeal. Zeal is being driven by an intense love for God. Saint John the Baptist was an important prophet preparing the way for Jesus!


Old Testament Lesson~ Abram and Lot, Abraham and Sarah

We read about Abram and Lot in our children's Bible. We learned about how God chose Abraham. We learned about God's promise to Abraham and Sarah. You can find simple children's versions on the DLTK'S Sites for Kids.
After reading the Bible stories, the kids had some fun working on a few worksheets. 



New Testament Lesson~ John Baptizes Jesus

For our New Testament lesson, we learned about how John the Patist baptized his cousin, Jesus. We read the story of how Jesus asked John to baptize him. We talked about original sin, baptism, and the Holy Spirit. The children then worked on a cute shell craft about the Baptism of Our Lord. You can find the craft and the free printables at Catholic Inspired. 

Additional Lesson~ Honesty and the Spider Craft

When we learn about the virtue of honesty, I always include this cute spider story and craft. The kids love it every year. 






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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday~ November 29, 2022

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Can y'all believe it's the end of November already? It's been a few weeks since I've blogged but life again was a little crazy. We were hit with some illness in October, recovered, and then we were just hit again this past week. Happy Thanksgiving to us. It's a nasty little bug....cough, congestion, fever, headache, stuffiness, etc. I still have some congestion and a cough, but I feel better today. Now I get to play catch up and finally start to decorate for Christmas. I'm a little behind this year. I did have a few nice days in between the cooties floating around. My sister and I took a mini vacation together to the beach. It was beautiful, relaxing, and a wonderful time spent together. It was our first trip away together by ourselves...no kids or hubbies! Hopefully, it becomes a tradition. 

Let's get on with Happy Homemaker Monday with our beautiful hostess Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Be sure to stop in and say hey there.





The Weather~

We had a few beautiful, warm days here and the cooler temps seemed to hit. It still hasn't been that bad yet. We haven't started the woodstove yet which Misty (mama cat) is not so happy about. The last few days have been overcast and cloudy. We have rain coming tomorrow.

Monday~ Cloudy, 48*
Tuesday~Cloudy, 49*
Wedenesday~ Rain, 56*
Thursday~ Mostly Sunny, 43*
Friday~ Mostly Sunny, 48*
Saturday~ Scattered Showers, 58*
Sunday~ Partly CLoudy, 45*


We did have a few flurries last week. It was crazy. Maddie was excited to see the snow falling. She loves to play in the snow. 

As I Look Out My Window~

It's overcast and a little dreary looking out. The tufted titmouse birds don't seem to mind. They are very active flying around. It seems like they are playing tag. The cats love watching them. We have lots of chattering going on. 

 




Right Now I Am ~

I'm typing up this post and eating some toast. With this crazy bug, my stomach has been a little off so I haven't been eating much and I've been eating some pretty plain food. Since I'm feeling pretty good today (so far), I don't want to push it. I did try to drink some coffee, but that didn't sit well. I think I may need to give up coffee. That's a scary thought not only for me but also for the fmailt. I gave up coffee for Lent one year and the kids asked me to never do that again. 

Thinking and Pondering~

Hoping and praying that this is the last of the illnesses to hit our house for a while. It seems 2022 started out crappy and it seems to be ending that way too. This is one year I'll be glad to see go. It's been a hard year filled with lots of changes. Some have been good while others have sucked. It's definitely been a year that we will not forget even if we wanted to.

How am I Feeling~

Pretty good right now. I still have some congestion. My fever is gone and my headache is as well. This cold/flu has not been fun, to say the least. 




What's for Breakfast~

It's nothing exciting! A half a cup of coffee and two pieces of plain gluten-free toast

Looking Around the House~

Ugh..it was clean and clutter-free since we did have my parents down for Thanksgiving. Now it's a little messy and I have the urge to clean the entire thing from top to bottom to get the germs out. I need to decorate for Christmas still. I haven't even started. I will admit, I usually have it done before Thanksgiving. This is a habit from those days when I was a manager in retail. If you have ever worked retail, you know life is crazy once Black Friday hits. If I didn't get the tree up before then, it wouldn't get up. 


On the To-Do List This Week~ 

Clean and sanitize the house
Decorate for Christmas
Laundry
Start Christmas Cards
Sew a few more tree skirts
Doctor's appointment for bloodwork
Library
Grocery store




On My Reading Pile~

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp


I just finished Holiday with the Angels by Debbie Macomber. It was a short story collection about angels during the Christmas season. 

I'm still working through Opening Your Heart for my weekly bible study class. You can find more about this bible study and the others offered at their website, Walking with Purpose.


On TV this week~

Netflix
The Good Witch
Dead to Me
Devil in Ohio
Christmas movies

Paramount+
Criminal Minds





On the Menu this Week~

Monday~ Toast for me while the family had take out
Tuesday~ Spaghetti
Wednesday~ ??
Thursday~ ??
Friday~ ??
Saturday~ ??
Sunday~ ??

I need to sit down and plan the next two weeks' menus. I had them done up until Thanksgiving.



If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself, I Will~

Catch up on my bible study lessons. With the craziness of Thanksgiving and this crazy illness, I have fallen behind. Finish the Christmas tree skirt I'm making for our tree.


One of  My Simple Pleasures~

Listening to Christmas music. I always start when I'm making pies for Thanksgiving. I love Celtic Christmas music!


Exciting New~

I finally have my shop open, Wildcat Hollow Quilts and More. I only have a few items listed so far, but my goal is to have plenty more. Check out the links below and explore some of the items I've created so far!






From the Camera~





Inspirational Quote/Bible Verse/Faith~

"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the lonileness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start."
~ Mother Teresa



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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Sunday Inspiration~ November 27, 2022

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sunday Inspiration~ November 20, 2022

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday Inspiration~ November 13, 2022

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Sunday Inspiration~ November 6, 2022

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Sunday Inspiration~ October 30, 2022

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