Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Our Family's First Good Shepherd's Garden Party

                           The Good Shepherd's Pasture Week 1

We had our Party a little late so daddy could be with us. We all had a great time and the food was so good.
We did things a little diffferent but it was just as good.
Here are a few pictures from our party.

Not so Mini Shepherd's Pie's

I used Large Souffle Cups instead of little cupcake holders.
So glad we did because they were so good.

This is after they came out of the oven.
Daddy has the larger one in the middle.
Mommy had leftovers from the little ones.
I decided to go out and buy 2 more cups so I could have my own next time:)

Yummy Shepherd's Crooks

Sheep in a Sheepfold

A little Garlic and Sea salt and this was such good popcorn.

Graham Cracker Gates

For some reason I did not get a picture of these.
These did turn out really cute. Oh and they tasted really good!

Ewe and Ram Cupcakes
This is were I did things just a little different.
I just was not up to making cupcakes and we already had so many sweets in the house.
I used little Debbie White cakes and put Large and small white marshmallows around the plate.
The girls loved it.

Lamb's Wool
We used our Spring/Summer Watermelon Server.

Very good !

Here are some pictures of our family all enjoying all of God's Blessing's

Everyone was very quite during dinner tonight.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A little look at Holy week in our home 2010

Well this week went a little different than planned but then it normally does. My husband had this week off which I was so happy about lots of family time which I just love. We decided to go ahead and start on the kitchen work that was needed I know it is holy week but he does not get a week off till Oct when the baby is due. So this week was not all baking and cooking but sanding and painting our kitchen. You see our kitchen was in need of a little makeover on a small budget and my husband makes things happen. We stripped all the cabinets and refinished them along with painting the entire kitchen. The kitchen just looks amazing we still have work to do but so far it looks great. I was able to still make our pretzels for holy week and keep up on out Lent activities which I made a little more simple since we all are getting over a really bad cold all nine of us including our dog. My hubby and I also cleaned the entire house so it is ready for Easter which I never thought I would get done. I served our Lenten tea on Holy Thursday and today Good Friday which I will post about later. We made it to Good Friday Mass as a family today which I was so happy about. My daughter Katelin was a server during Mass today which just melts my heart she did a great job as always. I was also proud of my other girls I could not believe they all sat through the entire Mass seeing it was 1.5 hrs long. We had the normal dipper change or too the little ones always pick the best times. Well I just wanted to update a little on how are week has been going. I hope you all are having a wonderful Holy week.

1st day of the The Divine Mercy Novena

For the first day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray the following prayer for the sake of all mankind, especially sinners. She recorded the following words of Our Lord in her diary: "Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."

Prayer for the First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

The Divine Mercy Novena

Start: the Crucifix

1. Make the Sign of the Cross.

Optional opening prayer:

"You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!"

1. Pray the Our Father.

2. Pray the Hail Mary.

3. Recite the Apostles' Creed.

On the large bead before each of the five decades (set of ten prayers):

"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."

On each small "Hail Mary" bead:

"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

After five decades, conclude by saying three times:

"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world." (This prayer is based on the Trisagion of the Eastern tradition.)

Optional concluding prayers:

"Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen."

Jesus I trust in You!!