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If Grandmas Ran The World

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From Humans of New York:

Grandmas

“I got a message from God the other day about how to solve the world’s problems. We’ve got to send all the world leaders to play on one of Trump’s golf courses. Then while they’re gone, we replace them with grandmas. Because nobody ever got invaded by a grandma.” (source)

It made me smile and got me to thinking…..

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Grandmas

From Humans of New York: “I got a message from God the other day about how to solve the world’s problems. We’ve got to send all the world leaders to play on one of Trump’s golf courses. Then while they’re gone, we replace them with grandmas. Because nobody ever got invaded by a grandma.” (source) […]

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Caramel for Carmel

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My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we headed to the local Habitat ReStore.  On the way, my husband asked, “OK, what exactly are we still looking for?”  I listed off a few things and then I just started to pray aloud, “Lord, lead us. You know what we need to have in our home. So, let us find things that are useful and beautiful and that would be a blessing.” Read More

Caramel for Carmel

My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we […]

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Living in Peace With Nature (Thoughts for Earth Day from Israel, age 12)

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Earth Day

Besides Earth Day, when do you ever think about the earth?  And maybe that’s just another weird thing that people do. Maybe the world’s not important, its not like we need it to survive or anything.   Saint Francis didn’t think so. He knew the importance of what God gave us, so here’s a view of the earth from Saint Francis:

Saint Francis is the patron saint of the ecosystem. Why? Because he not only knew how important nature is but he knew how to co-abide with it.  Okay, here is a question for you: are you afraid of spiders? No? Maybe a little? Yes?  Crazy scared of them?  If your answer was anything but no than you’d definitely be scared of wolves! But when Francis heard about a wolf who was eating people and their livestock in the city of Gubbio, and while others ran, he hiked up the mountain to find the wolf! As soon as he saw the wolf he made the Sign of the Cross and commanded the wolf to come and lay at his feet! The wolf obeyed! Then Francis told the wolf that even though he did it out of hunger, eating people was still evil.  He led the wolf down into the city and told the amazed people that if they just fed the wolf  he would stop eating people and livestock.  What?! I know amazing right.

Francis knew that GOD doesn’t do things for no reason but that He always has a plan. Imagine if Francis had had the wolf killed? Would that have shown the citizens the power of GOD? No, it wouldn’t.  Only by understanding what the wolf needed, being at peace with the animal showed the citizens the power of GOD.

So this Earth Day take time to thank God for nature and think about how important and wondrous nature is.

(By Daja’s son Israel, age 12)

Family Time Ideas For Earth Day:

Movies to Watch:

Activities:

  • Pick up trash at the park or beach
  • Memorize the Prayer of St. Francis
  • Recycle
  • Work together in your garden
  • Visit a Farmer’s Market, Farm Stand or local farm
  • Make dinner from scratch as a family
  • Take the 30-Day Fast Food Free Challenge

Things To Read:

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Earth Day

Besides Earth Day, when do you ever think about the earth?  And maybe that’s just another weird thing that people do. Maybe the world’s not important, its not like we need it to survive or anything.   Saint Francis didn’t think so. He knew the importance of what God gave us, so here’s a view […]

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Happy Easter!

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Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!!

May your day be filled with the knowledge that because He lives, we live! Because He overcame, we overcome! Because He conquered, we are more than conquerors! May you abide in His Presence today! Stand in the Light!!!

<3 ,

Kristina and Daja

Every good gift

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!! May your day be filled with the knowledge that because He lives, we live! Because He overcame, we overcome! Because He conquered, we are more than conquerors! May you abide in His Presence today! Stand in the Light!!! <3 , Kristina and Daja

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Celebrating Easter – What’s On The Menu?

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Easter Menu Plans

Looking for a little inspiration for your Easter menu?  Why not try a couple of these fun ideas?

I’ve (Kristina here) decided to change things up a bit and serve Easter brunch right after church.  Most everything will be prepped before service and ready to dig in once we get home.  The rest of the day will be spent relaxing with family and friends just the way I like it!

Here’s my plan:

  • Cinnamon Baked French Toast
  • Mini Frittatas – Use your muffin tin to make miniature omelets with egg, chives, avocado, and cheese.
  • Bacon & Sausage
  • Fruit Salad
  • Muffins
  • Porto’s Potato Balls (If you live in Southern California, you have to try Porto’s Cuban Bakery at least once!)
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Orange juice for the kids and mimosas for the adults

Daja here. We always have the same breakfast for every Easter. It’s a Ta-da! type moment. Because we spend all weekend in a lot of silence and fasting. So Easter breakfast is a real treat! This year it will be more “Brunch” because won’t have it until after we get home from the early Mass.

  • Cherry Coffee Cake
  • Sausage and Eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Hot chocolate with whipped cream (for the kids)
  • Mimosas for the adults

Because I’m married to this Mongolian guy, we have to have meat on holidays—or it’s just not a holiday. So, after brunch I will put a brisket in the oven, that I will have marinated the night before. My 13 year old daughter will take care of the Challah and the dessert. And we’ll have some Greens Gratin (recipe in our cookbook. It is not to be missed!) and a fruit salad, too. Easy peasy. But, so delicious!

Have a blessed Easter everyone! HE IS RISEN!!!

Easter Menu Plans

Looking for a little inspiration for your Easter menu?  Why not try a couple of these fun ideas? I’ve (Kristina here) decided to change things up a bit and serve Easter brunch right after church.  Most everything will be prepped before service and ready to dig in once we get home.  The rest of the […]

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What It Means To Be A Mother

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Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation.  We are nine months from Christmas. (Don’t panic. This is not a post about preparing for Christmas!)

This is a day to recall the words of the Angel Gabriel, proclaiming to Mary the part she would play in the plan of salvation.

This is a day to recall the words of The Virgin Mary, affirming her willingness to carry the Savior of the world, to live a Eucharistic life.

Mary’s participation in Christ’s suffering began with the annunciation, when she was asked to give God a human body, more properly, a human nature. In other words, will you make God capable of suffering? God though he was, he learned obedience in the school of suffering. God could know experimentally what suffering was only by taking a body. So the Blessed Mother is asked, “Will you make it possible for your creator to suffer?” think of a mother, for example, who gives to a young son or daughter an automobile at the age of nineteen, which a short time afterward is the cause of a wreck and permanent injury. Would the mother ever forgive herself? And here Mary has to say yes, I will let him suffer. (Fulton Sheen in Through the Year with Fulton Sheen)

What an example of amazing motherhood Mary gives us. And as mothers we all participate in redemption. We all in a sense consent to brokenness for the sake of new life. (Read last year’s meditation on the Annunciation: Body Broken)

On Sunday, the speaker gave a timely encouragement that we want to pass along to you. He said, “At what point did Mary become a mother? It was not at the Nativity. It was at the Annunciation, when she said, ‘I am the handmaiden of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word.’  Some of you have been touched by miscarriage or stillbirth. You need to know that you are a mother. In fact, you are still that child’s mother. Be comforted that you share in the blessing of Motherhood.”

Today we call Mary blessed. And we rejoice in our motherhood. And we rejoice with you in your motherhood–if your babies are in your arms or in Jesus’ arms. Have a beautiful day.

[This post is linked to Worth Revisiting]




Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation.  We are nine months from Christmas. (Don’t panic. This is not a post about preparing for Christmas!) This is a day to recall the words of the Angel Gabriel, proclaiming to Mary the part she would play in the plan of salvation. This is a day to recall […]

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Celebrate Pi Day with Pie! (and some fun family time!)

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Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I mean, com’on! That’s just cool! You should probably let everyone sleep in until 926! (Math geeks everywhere just freaked out.)

For those of us who are far more interested in Pie than Pi, we have put together some truly delicious recipes. For those who like Pi we have some really fun and educational ideas for family time! Here are your instructions:

1. Eat Pie.

2. Play Pi games.

3. Eat more pie.

4. Laugh your heads off!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

 So, first the pie. Here are more than 30 totally fantastic recipes from some of the best food bloggers on the web! You will want to lick your plates, we promise you! We suggest you make a savory one for supper and a sweet one for dessert. One can really never have too much Pie.

SWEET

SAVORY

THE CRUST and OTHER GOODIES

 

And now for the games!

Math is so much more fun when it’s a game! These particular games were planned and perfected by Kristina’s daughter (my god-daughter) Anna, our resident brainiac.  I’d say she takes after me, but my mouth is too full of pie.

Game Number 1

You will need:

  • 20 Index Cards
  • A Sharpie or black marker
  • 1 Mini Pie (For prize)
  • Plus 1 extra index card with 867-5309 on it.  (Tommy Tutone fans unite!)

(Requires at least two people but three or more is better!)

You begin by writing the first twenty numbers including the decimal point; putting each number on it’s own individual note card. Then you blindfold one player and the other player hides the cards around the house and sets a stopwatch for 1 minute. Have the first player take off the blindfold and give him/her 5 seconds to gather themselves then begin the official timer.  In that minute the player must find as many cards as he/she can. If they find the card with 867-5309 they get an ten extra seconds of looking time for the pi cards, this card has to be hidden the hardest.

Once the one minute timer has expired, the player gets an additional thirty seconds to put all cards in order.  However many they get in order is their score.

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If you get a tie score:
If you end up with a tie, you have to race to the pie! Simply find a spot in your house with 6-10 feet without any obstacles. Have the two players lie on their backs and slide across to floor in a race to the finish (using their feet is allowed.)  Put the piece of pie at the end of the racetrack first person to make it to the pie wins!

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Game Number 2

You will need:

  • Twine or a strong string
  • A small piece of pie

(This game requires at least two people to play.)

Begin by wrapping the twine around the piece of pie and have one player lay on the floor and the other player hold the pie at mouth level the player laying down gets five chances to do a sit up, no hands allowed, to reach the pie.  Whoever can reach the pie gets to eat it!!

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Game Number 3

You will need:

  • Blue masking tape
  • The twenty index cards you made for game one
  • A Mini pie for prizes

(You need two people)

Make a blue masking tape hop-scotch course in a any shape you want. (We only had regular tan-colored masking tape, but blue would have been much easier to see!)  Then have the first player hop through course on one foot.  To make it more challenging, there can be squares that say change feet or you may create a square in which the player can put both feet down.

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Each time the player completes the hop scotch course without touching any of the tape lines and/or falling he or she places a card with a number of pi down in any square the player chooses.  That square is now off limits and has to be jumped over.

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To make the game even more exciting, music is being played the whole time if the music stops (like in musical chairs) the player must stop jumping and stay perfectly still until the music starts again.

The last player to jump the course successfully wins!

Happy Pi Day ya’ll!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I […]

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Need A Hero?

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Tomorrow begins the Feast of Purim! Do you know this story? Does it thrill your heart and make you want to shout and do a happy dance? It’s a story of redemption, love over-coming, girl-power, feminine strength and beauty, courage, and so much more. And let’s face it, it’s just plain fun!

PurimThere are (at least) four very important lessons from the Feast of Purim. The first being: Remember, Lovely One, that you are a target. But, you can choose to be the hero. The choice is yours.

Read those lessons and how we celebrate here: When the World Needs A Hero!

And check out our Facebook Album for Purim photos! Have any fun Purim photos to share? Post them to our Facebook page and we’ll add them to the album and give you a big shout-out!

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Purim

Tomorrow begins the Feast of Purim! Do you know this story? Does it thrill your heart and make you want to shout and do a happy dance? It’s a story of redemption, love over-coming, girl-power, feminine strength and beauty, courage, and so much more. And let’s face it, it’s just plain fun! There are (at […]

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What’s the deal with Lent anyway?

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Lent

Here we are again. Lent.

Lent, means forty.

Moses was forty days on Sinai with the Lord.

Jonah preached repentance to Nineveh for forty days.

Ezekiel laid on his side for forty days, prophesying to God’s people about their sins.

Elijah was forty days without food or water on Mount Horeb.

Jesus had forty days in the wilderness, fasting and being tempted by the devil.

Trials, testing, temptation. Revelation, forgiveness, provision.

Neither of us grew up in a liturgical tradition. For the past 5 years or so, we’ve gotten increasingly into it. It started with one thing. Then another. It’s always fascinating to reflect on how the Lord leads us. Green pastures and still waters. Sometimes the Valley of the Shadow.

So what’s the big deal about Lent anyway? Why go through all the trouble? Let’s be honest: It’s complicated. It’s awkward. It’s inconvenient. It’s so very traditional and steeped in ritual. Why do it?

Here’s how I can best explain it: Recently on social media an acquaintance posted a picture of Christ’s empty tomb. And he said that as Christians we’ve been carrying around and clinging to the wrong symbol. Christianity is about freedom and new life. So, we should trade in our crosses for empty tombs.  The replies were all Amens and affirmations.

My heart sunk into my gut.

We are fooled into thinking we can have the power of His resurrection and neglect the fellowship of His sufferings. We want to live in freedom, but not take up our crosses daily and follow Him. The Sermon on the Mount is fantastic until you start talking about the promise of testing and persecution.  We want “Jesus paid it all” but not “fill up what is lacking in the suffering of Christ.”

Lent is……

What is Lent? It’s….

It’s facing hard truths.

Intentionally leaning into Jesus.

It’s accepting our humanity.

Accepting Jesus’ humanity.

It’s working out our salvation with fear and trembling.

It’s failing and realizing that grace is enough.

It’s walking the road of the cross in order that we may live in the power of the empty tomb.

It’s being the Beloved Disciple who did not run away at Christ’s suffering, but remained steadfast until the end.

Lent is a school of grace. And what is grace, but to participate in the life of Christ.

Why do we do this thing? We fast. We pray. We go to church more often. We light more candles. We clean up our messes and declutter our homes and hearts. And if we do it right, by the time Resurrection morning comes around and we shout HE IS RISEN we know it is true. And we know why it’s true. We know that if we are crucified and buried with Him we will also rise with Him and live in Him. And in Him we have our very being.

So, here we are again. And there is some trepidation. We’ve got some butterflies. What is Jesus going to reveal in this season? In what way will we be drawn into His heart more and more this year?

Maybe you have never done this Lent thing. Maybe you even think it’s a tad weird or unnecessary. But there’s also a curiosity. A little part of you wants to experience it. We invite you to join us this Lenten season. Let’s lean into Jesus together.

Failure done right is our path to Jesus

 Links to help you on your journey:

Lent For The Rest of Us

 Radiant! Inside and Out! (Spring Cleaning for heart and home)

Forty Things To Clean Up During Lent

Stations of the Cross For Children

Ashes to Glory: An Easter Devotional on DVD (We’ve been using this with the kids for the past several years. It’s excellent for the whole family!)

Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families (Daja did this two years ago and Kristina did it last year. It’s wonderful!!!)


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What's the deal with Lent?

Here we are again. Lent. Lent, means forty. Moses was forty days on Sinai with the Lord. Jonah preached repentance to Nineveh for forty days. Ezekiel laid on his side for forty days, prophesying to God’s people about their sins. Elijah was forty days without food or water on Mount Horeb. Jesus had forty days […]

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10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades! (Plus some creative date ideas!!!)

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I know we are not alone in the conviction that there is nothing romantic about abuse, domination, and lack of respect for human dignity. Dehumanizing violence is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day (a holiday named after a great saint who stood for marriage and true love, even to the point of death).

10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades!

The annual Valentine’s Day French Dinner!

We will most certainly not be seeing the depraved film being billed as a romance this weekend. No Grey, No way!  We hope you will join us in celebrating REAL romance this weekend! Here are our suggestions for movies you could watch with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Weekend!

1. Happythankyoumoreplease

Oh my word. This movie is the best movie no one ever saw.  We have watched it more times than we can count and every time we fall in love with it again.  Check out this scene (and if you don’t hear Jesus saying this speech to you, listen to it again!) and then rent the movie on Valentine’s Day!  This is how a man woos a woman and affirms her worth and dignity! This movie is just quirky and fun, has a great sound track and reveals so much about the meaning of love.

2. Ever After – A Cinderella Story

A girl who is strong, knows her mind and gets the prince in the end!

3. An Affair To Remember

This is probably the most romantic and heart-wrenching movie ever! It’s classy and timeless and if you aren’t weeping by the end, check your pulse.

4. Braveheart

Love. It’s not about bondage and domination. Love is about freedom!

5. Sense & Sensibility

Poor Marianne has to learn the hard way, but in the end is able to discern the User from the Lover. And seriously, how is the English countryside not romantic! SWOON!

6. Pride & Prejudice

Classic! And we are partial to the BBC version. It’s rather long, yes. But, if you are sipping tea and eating scones (or drinking wine and eating cheese!) it flies by!

7. The Vow

True love–it’s a commitment to vows no matter what. Love is not just a feeling, it’s a determination and commitment to behave in a loving way. This is based on a true story and it makes you stand in awe.

8.The Notebook

Daja: Having watched my grandmother stand by my grandfather through the slow painful process of dementia, until he went to be with Jesus, I have a soft spot in my heart for this movie.  Two people, in it for the long haul. May we all be blessed with such a love story.

9. The Princess Bride

“Love, true love, is what brings us together today.”  (If you just read that in the minister’s voice, you’re a true fan, as we are!)  This is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy on Valentine’s Day!

10.The Holiday

Sometimes love takes us by surprise and we find it in the most unexpected places. We love this movie (especially the Santa Ana winds…..We are So Cal girls after all…)

Romantic Date Ideas For Real People:

You might think us strange, but we just don’t like going out on Valentine’s Day! It’s crowded. It’s expensive. There are set menus at most restaurants. And those menus are rather cliche. It’s just not our style. Here are some ideas for dates that are fun and romantic and won’t break the bank!

  • Why not watch your wedding video? Pop some champagne, get some strawberries and chocolate, snuggle up on the couch and relive that special day! You could even buy a cake and reenact the cake cutting and cake-feeding (with or without the shoving it in each other’s face!).
  • This is our third year having a French Dinner. Daja and her husband, Kristina and her husband, and two other couples. We make a 6 course meal–from the apertif to the digestif! One of us hosts it in our home with full place settings and candlelight! One gentleman plays the accordion and we drink a lot of wine and take our time. It’s romantic and fun. And beats going out to a crowded, busy restaurant surrounded by strangers hands down!
  • Pack a picnic and go watch the sunset from a beautiful location.
  • Put the kids to bed early or better yet let them have a sleep-over at Grandma’s.  Then light a fire in the fireplace and light some candles and turn off all the lights and unplug your phones and computers.  Pretend there is a power outage and enjoy the quiet!

Just remember, it doesn’t have to cost a lot or look fancy to be a date that speaks love to your spouse.  Just. speak. love.

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10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades!

I know we are not alone in the conviction that there is nothing romantic about abuse, domination, and lack of respect for human dignity. Dehumanizing violence is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day (a holiday named after a great saint who stood for marriage and true love, even to the point of death). We […]