Feel like a princess for a day!

And why not when you look like a princess in a beautiful ballgown! Cookie had her Junior/Senior Prom this month and with that, came a few necessary extras and some fun extras!
There were dress requirements for all of the girls which included straps and coverage. We found a Bridal shop that did outside alterations. Although I “can” sew somethings, I felt like a Prom dress was a one shot item and didn’t want to risk failure. Much to both of our dissappointment, we left the Bridal shop when they called saying alterations for added straps and coverage was complete. She cried. It was horrible. At that point, my confidence was boosted and I promptly came home and ripped out all of the Alterations. They added 2 inches of additional fabric all across the front and then thick straps over the shoulders. I unstitched everything and added four layers of lace across the front and then thin straps. We decided after several try-on sessions, to go with criss-cross straps. Although they didn’t hold the dress up like I had wanted, we were still happy with our choice.
And when you have a big plush green yard to twirl around in, why not!

It was a Masquarade Prom so of course a mask was needed! I failed to crop this picture before uploading it, so you’ll notice sisters all out with us in the yard. They were all so excited for her!
Cookie chose Sparkly Silver converse-style shoes to give her that added confidence in the evening making sure to always have great balance all night!

With a recent short haircut, I helped her style her hair and pinning it up with a cute little Sparkly comb. Her sister, Bluebelle, gave her the cute earring for the Prom and her sister, Moonbeam, shared her favorite LOTR necklace with her. I really think if the sisters could have gone with her they would have! They missed her every moment!


While we were in Nashville ( another post worthy!) Cookie and her Nana had a fun time in the Opry Mall and found all new fancy shmancy new Prom Make-up along with this cute mask! I think this mask rode safely in the car all 12 hours home without a scratch!

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She had such a great time and is already thinking of Prom for her Senior year!

A lot of changes here

Well, we have moved since I was last on here. I spent many many weeks packing and unpacking and here we are. We’ve settled into a little cottage built in the 30’s backed up on the water. We see eagles and deer on a regular basis!
Along with the move came another little gift from heaven right in the midst of the winter snow and boxes! We are due October 22! I’ve gone back on the progesterone injections and the blood thinner as I did with Nicholas a year ago.
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Bluebelle has donated her hair again to Locks of Love this Lent and is very happy to share her hair with others for a wig.
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Max is almost walking! He is going to be ONE on May 4th! He is such a joy and makes everyone happy!
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Cookie is finishing up an SAT prep class getting ready for the real deal in June. In the meantime, she’s really looking forward to the Junior/Senior prom! Following that I think she’s looking into taking Driver’s Ed!
Pictures will follow later in a separate post!
Opie is finishing up perfecting Beethoven’s Rage over a Lost Penny and one of Chopin’s Nocturns for a performance coming up. He is also looking forward to his Confirmation he’s been preparing for! We had to go out and buy a new suit!

MM is getting ready to receive her First Holy Communion in May! She has enjoyed studying her Catechism with me and reading King of the Golden City. To go with that she painted a little hut and decorated it with roses to prepare for the coming of the King.

Moonbeam has been steadily getting better and better at not only drawing horses, but also riding them! Here she is at a trot on a vaulting saddle!
Bluebelle also was learning with the vaulting saddle!
I wish you all a blessed and Happy Easter!

Happy Sweet Sixteenth Birthday Party!

Cookie’s sixteenth party was so much fun to plan and prepare for. Nana generously made all of our girls poodle skirts as well as Cookie’s best friend a poodle skirt! They loved twirling and being girlie throughout the party! The guests all arrived wearing 50’s style clothes and enjoyed being together and playing the games.
We made strawberry and chocolate sundae style cupcakes and served sliders, fries, and coke!
We also made a homemade chocolate cake.. just because!


Here are the girls all lined up showing off their attire!
And the guys in their letterman sweaters and leather jackets!
Here is Cookie and her best friend who came down from Kentucky to share the occasion. They loved their skirts Nana! This really made the party memorable!
More twirling twirling twirling!
We played an icebreaker at the beginning of the party. I taped names of famous people on everyone’s back written in either red or blue ( to split them up into two groups for the following game)
They had to ask yes or no questions to figure out who they were by process of elimination. The first one to guess their name got the most points for the game.
We split the group into a blue team and a red team for a scavenger hunt. The kids had 16 items to try and collect asking the neighbors if they could spare simple things such as a post it note, a pencil, and even a paintbrush. The kids had a 15-16 minute time limit. It was really cute to see the kids running door to door in their 50’s attire! When they got back, each item the collected had a point value that was added to each child’s tally.
We also played a simple game that gave each guest the chance for more points. We took two cups and filled one cup with skittles and a straw. The party guests had 20 seconds to transfer one color they thought held the highest point value from the filled cup to the empty cup. Once they transferred all of one color, they could move onto a new color using the straw to transfer them. After the time was called, I told the group what color each point was worth and recorded their points. At the end of the party, we gave away what most kids in this age group loves.. a gift card for music!
The birthday girl and the guest enjoyed all of the food! I didn’t photograph the cute root beer floats we served along side the sundae cupcakes.

All of the guest went home with goodies appropriate to the party theme. The girls went home with nail polish remover, pink polish, and emory board, and gum!
The boys all had Grandma’s cookies, gum, and a hair comb.
Each bag had a Sweet 16 mint candy tucked inside.

“Maria-Therese, Be sealed with the Holy Spirit”

“Maria-Therese, I sign thee with the sign + of the Cross, and I confirm thee with the chrism of salvation; in the Name of the Father + and of the Son + and of the Holy + Ghost.”
Just as Abram became Abraham, as Jacob became Israel, as Simon became Peter, and as Saul became Paul, the confirmand takes on the name of a Saint when he is sealed to the Holy Ghost. This isn’t necessary for the sake of validity, but it is the traditional practice of the Church, and especially important for those whose Baptismal names are pagan.

Acts 8:14-17 “Now, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. Who, when they were come, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For he was not as yet come upon any of them: but they were only baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them: and they received the Holy Ghost.

Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

Cookie was confirmed this past Sunday at the Cathedral in Nashville. This was the first time we had been to the Cathedral. It was beautiful and the music sounded like angels. She asked Fr. Kevin Peek, a lifelong friend of the family, to be her Sponsor. Fr. Kevin has been a source of friendship and support over the years and has always made time to be there for Cookie.
`Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church” Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D

The Bishop welcomed Fr Kevin before the Mass began and then again thanked him for Concelebrating at the end of the Mass. His memory for names and details was very accurate. The Bishop confirmed over six Churches and schools from the surrounding Diocese.

Confirmation gives us the sanctifying grace to become perfect Christians and true soldiers of Christ. Confirmation indelibly seals us to the Holy Ghost, hence its name, “Sacrament of the Seal.” Because this seal is indelible and leaves a permanent mark on the recipient’s soul, the Sacrament, like Baptism and Holy Orders, may be received only once. God confirms us (strengthens us) so we may do spiritual battle.

We were given permission to take pictures from afar making sure not to use a flash. I think the pictures turned out beautiful and are a special keepsake for Cookie.

I took this picture (above) before mass to make sure it worked without the flash. (Below) She’s wearing a sweet white dress given to her by her grandparents, Nana and Guka. Her pearl earrings were a gift from her Aunt and Uncle, and a sweet cross and pearl necklace given to her by my parents, Honey and Hoppy.
We gave her the James Avery Purity ring. Since she chose St. Maria Goretti and St Therese as her Confirmation name, we thought it was a perfect gift. Here is Fr. Kevin blessing her ring after the Mass at the water font in the back of the church.

True Love Waits

After Mass, Bishop Choby was leaving and saw two of our girls off to the side. He walked right up to them and said, I remember you! And then began to carry on a conversation with them remembering talking to them before the Mass.

Let us pray. O God, You gave Your Holy Spirit to Your apostles, and willed that through them and their successors the same gift should be delivered to all the faithful: look graciously on the service we humbly render to You; grant that the same Spirit, coming down upon those whose foreheads we have annointed with the holy chrism, and signed with the sign of the holy cross, may by His gracious indwelling make them a temple of His glory, You Who are God, living and reigning with the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end.

(Information for Confirmation was taken from Fisheaters)

A Sneak Peek

until this weekend…

My sister is having her first baby in March! I have been busy washing, ironing, cutting, and sewing a few little goodies for this little man’s baby nursery! After I give them to her this weekend, I’ll come back and post them. Next, I plan to order some sweet fabric to make a Christening gown and two slips to give to our two new Godsons.
On top of the sewing, I’ve been planning and thinking of John’s return next month! can’t wait!!! And what the kids and I should wear to the hanger when we welcome him home! I am thinking I’ll get some red, white, and blue ribbon for the girls’ hair!
Then, two of our children will be receiving sacraments this year. We’ve got Cookie receiving her Confirmation, and Bluebelle preparing for her First Holy Communion. I’ve been thinking of their special days and how I can help make them special. We have a few ideas for them, but would not want to spoil them by posting them yet.
I know the time between “here and someday” is almost here. Not long now, I keep telling myself… and all my sewing better be complete! 🙂

teenager with taste

We finally celebrated Cookie’s 13th birthday with the cake she requested…it is one of the only cakes I LOVE that tastes as good as it looks! This cake comes from John’s grandmother, Pauline Love, isn’t that just a beautiful name? This cake is an Italian Creme Cake and has so many delicious ingredients to include melted white chocolate, chopped pecans, shredded coconut, and the icing just as tasty.
We love you sweetheart!

Happy Birthday!

13 years ago we welcomed our first baby into this world. Like clockwork, I went into labor on her due date.. Stubborn though, she arrived the next day, Jan 11! Cookie is a doll and oh my, is growing up fast! She’s starting to pass me up! She has a contagious smile and when she giggles with joy, she looks just like her Aunt Jen. We love you!

All I want for Christmas….

… is a brand new smile! Cookie’s braces came off a few days before her daddy arrived home for Christmas! She had pure delight in surprising him for Christmas with her new smile! Doesn’t she look beautiful? A few days later, we received a thank you letter in the mail from her “Thanking us for her braces that gave her a new smile.”