Sometime at the end of December 2014 I will become a first time grandmother. We know it is a girl and will be named Amelia Grace. My DIL and mother-to-be had a rough time in the beginning with sickness but is feeling much better now. She is so loved and has 3 baby showers planned in the coming months. I am working on the invitations for the first one that will be mailed out soon.
Our computer and TV are now hooked up in our new Lafayette home so I think the move will be happening soon. This is a temporary set up in my soon-to-be craft room because the carpet has been ripped out and bamboo floors will go in.
I will be a grandmother at the end of December so this should give me enough time to settle before babysitting will begin.
The last 2 weekends I have been scrapbooking with 10 of my paper-crafting friends. Here are the "happies" I made each of them courtesy of Pinterest.
Hershey kisses carrot and a Reeses peanut butter egg butterfly:
How quickly life passes … Soon we shall all be reunited in heaven. I love these words of the psalms very much: “A thousand years in the eyes of the Lord are like yesterday that has already passed.” - St. Therese of Lisieux Happy Feast Day, Amelia.
The tradition of the St. Joseph Altar or Table dates back several centuries to Sicily during a severe famine. The people prayed through St. Joseph for help, and soon the grains grew again, and the famine ended. In gratitude, the people set up altars to St. Joseph and filled them with food, mostly bread and other grain products. The altars usually feature all types of bread products, often shaped as crowns, staff or wreathes. Today the cultural tradition is celebrated on March 19, St. Joseph's feast day. Some church parishes in South Louisiana set up an altar for personal petitions that were granted. It is a lot of preparation beforehand by hundreds of volunteers. More information about how New Orleans carries out the tradition can be found here. Below are pictures of one St. Joseph altar, a miniature altar and a plate of Italian cookies.
As my DH and I were walking out with our bag of cookies, fava beans and bread a lady said she saves a piece of bread to throw in her back yard when a hurricane is approaching to protect her property. I never heard that before but it can't hurt so we are saving a piece of bread just in case.
This St. Patrick's Day 2014 will be the day my Daddy celebrates his first birthday in heaven. As kids (and adults) my family always celebrated with him being Irish for a day (we are of German and French decent). He used to receive every kind of card created to celebrate a St. Patrick's Day birthday. Many were with Irish prayers and humorous leprechaun sayings. I will be keeping the tradition of wearing green and being Irish at heart.