I cannot believe 5 years have passed. Matthew is such a part of our family. Every year with anticipation we look forward to celebrating his birthdate and his feast day. Today is his feast day. Sunday was his birthday. He shares a birthday with his cousin who just celebrated his 10th birthday. What a special treat. In the shadow box behind his cake, you can see his hand impression, a few locks of his dark hair, and his cross given to us from the Trappist Monks in memory of his casket. Below you’ll see his dark almost curly hair. Matthew lived here for three full awake days before passing on into God’s arms. Our oldest posted two facebook posts that were very touching. If you haven’t read them, take a tissue. Matthew’s life was a gift. I’ve never forgotten how huge I became carrying him around as he began to struggle with the amniotic fluid cycle. I also have never forgotten how often he got the hiccups. He constantly kicked around just like the little girl wiggling inside me now does.
I still recall the day that John’s brother and family visited us before we entered the Fisher house. Jared chuckled at his constant and rhythmic hiccups. Being a military family, we lived too far for most of our friends and family to see us. Matthew was mostly shared through pictures. I wish all of you could have felt him and held him. He was just as snuggly as every baby we’ve held. Thank you all who remembered with us these three special days and who let us know you were thinking of us. That means a lot, more than you’ll know. Matthew will always be loved and missed. Time does heal, but time can’t take away the memories and love. This was the hardest thing we’ve ever gone through.
We’ve learned too that most people just don’t know what to say. It’s OK to say his name to us. It’s OK to bring his name up to us. It’s not going to hurt us if you’ve remembered him. To help remember Matthew, again, I’d like to give away a birthday gift. Last year I gave away a Catholic mom’s planner. This year, I’d like to give away a personalized burp cloth. Leave me a message and let me know you’d like to be entered and if you’d like it to be for a boy or a girl! God Bless, Emily
We celebrated the Feast of St Nicholas with our shoes filled with chocolates and other goodies, followed by a long Doctor appointment for the new baby. The ultrasound took almost an hour as they checked over everything. Within minutes we knew the gender of this little person. We had cupcakes ready at home to fill with pink or blue icing. We were laughing as we were leaving the Doctor appointment thinking how disappointed the children would be should they take a bite of a cupcake to find something like purple or both colors in the cupcakes had the baby not cooperated. Luckily for them, “we knew.”
We gathered the children around and everyone took a bite. I am sure no matter what color they saw, their reactions would probably have been the same. Everyone is just so happy this little person still has a strong heartbeat.
I’ll see if you can figure it out! Happy Feast of St Nicholas!
It seems as though looking at families through a blog, often times we find ourselves, wondering how do they do that?? Everyone seems to be so on top of projects, organization, and their homes!! Not me… besides, my camera lens broke leaving me a free pass to not photograph very much, except through my smartphone.. Okay, here’s the deal… I barely show pictures of my house and the ongoings as of late due to the fact I have been so tired. ( Which I know is a good thing!) I look at things I “should be doing” and rather, I sit down and decided it’s easier to get to it later. The other day, my husband ran his finger across a picture of the two of us and magically all the grey
dust disappeared and we looked like brunettes again.
With us approaching the Holidays, I have great ideas for how we can celebrate, but my ideas turn into simple measures, due to my energy level. For the feast of All Saints, I did manage to place all of the statues around our candles on the dinner table and then for the remainder of the month, I thought the mantle would be a great place of honor.. So out of my lack of noticing things that should be tended to, I just haven’t bothered… except this kinda bothered me… can you find the problem?
Realizing this is not the clearest shot, using my phone… I’ll help you out. ( Knowing my family caught the problem at first sight!)
yep, you found it.. a bobble head.. clearly, my husband has kept me laughing despite my lack of energy.. Reminding me we all strive for sainthood…
BTW, REAL great news.. the baby was wiggling on the ultrasound screen this past week! Thank you God for a beating heart!
While my sister was visiting, it just happened to be the Feast of St Therese! I love this feast. I especially love to have an annual tea party in her honor since I inherited my great grandmother’s rose china.
We’ve been using this delicate china year after year!
Along with our tea, we made cupcakes, cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches, Chicken and grape salad sandwiches, grapes and raspberry cookies.
This year we added a few extras to our table after Jessica emailed me to let me know I won her St Therese drawing. In the goodie box was not only sweet rose stationary, but also rose tea lights and a little St Therese plaque.
We have an assortment of St Therese pictures to choose from each year, but this year, MM decided to design her own! We found these to be adorable as we looked on the doors the girls taped all of their pictures to.
MM loves the Catholic Mosaic stained glass saints. Inspired by these stained glass pictures, she decided to create her own St Therese Stained Glass. We thought she did a great job!
This week, I received a beautiful St Therese apron from Catholic Embroidery courtesy of Jessica’s generous giveaway. It just so happened that Jessica’s drawing happened to be my birthday! I felt completely “showered with roses” from heaven on my birthday, especially after also receiving two dozen roses from my sister and family for my birthday! I love the details in this beautiful apron and will certainly enjoy it! Thank you so much, Jessica and Mary (from Catholic Embroidery!)! Here is Moonbeam modeling it for me.
Today marks the third year our baby boy, Matthew Karol, left our world to enter into Eternal Heaven. I won’t tell you today was easy, but I will say it’s getting easier. I’ll also tell you my ideas of how today was going to be was completely different than what God’s plans were. After a beautiful Mass, a few sweet friends who didn’t even know us three years ago, remembered Matthew. Thank you. A drive home to prepare for about 7 college students along with Fr Kevin stopping through on their way to a college retreat for dinner, led me to a trip to the ER with Cookie, who was trying her best to help us get ready. While I was in the ER room, I was texting John what needed to be done the most while I was gone. Cookie cut open her thumb on a can and it was just enough to lead us to say, “yep, you might need stitches…” well, to her relief they were able to seal it shut with Durabond. So grateful it was able to be a quick fix. Luckily for her, she can’t do dishes for a while. 🙂
While the college students were a delight to have in our home, along with our dear friend, Fr Kevin, all of the kids had a chance to visit with them and share some of our home with them.
My sister and our sweet Godchild, Christian, are on their way up here for a weeks visit, so be prepared to see pictures of this adorable 4 month old in days to come.
For Matthew’s Gift to you, we did a drawing before all this happened.
We wrote out each name from the comments left in the Giveaway post and folded them in half. Then I put them all in a small basket and had both girls draw out a name since both smaller girls wanted to “help.”
Congratulations to Melody from Blossoming Joy, (Mamma’s Little Ditty)! Melody, we are so excited to send you this beautiful planner and hope that you and all of you who visit here have a wonderful New School year. Sanctus Simplicitus does offer free downloads, so if you’d like to hop over to their blog, you can still get your hands on this beautiful planner. Thank you CeAnn for your generous offer!
I really enjoyed every comment with ideas and each prayer that was sent to us. You have no idea, even how small a note it was this year to hear from you. Charlotte, thank you for your kind post remembering Matthew. I am grateful for your friendship and miss you guys in Texas so much!
I had real plans to get this post published before the end of the day but, God was in control of our day, not me.
Have a wonderful year, St Matthew, pray for us.
(Melody, email me at emilysnowATmeDOTcom)
I’ve had several people inquire about the Monstrance that we made years ago while I was teaching with the Blue Knights. The Monstrance was a craft my sweet friend and I came up with to make with the boys.
I will try to go back and piece it together for you as I know Lacy at Catholic Icing has a link to it leading many of you with questions.
( double click on the picture and it should pull up in a large photo)
We used unfinished candle sticks from the Hobby Store and sprayed them gold. These had a spot in the top to insert a small candle. We cut out hosts and laminated them to make them sturdy. We bought gold rings, if I remember right, I had to remove little clips to make them just gold rings. We used a needle and white thread and went through the host and went around the ring to secure it. Then the boys took the gold pipe cleaners and went in and out and created the sun effect, (going around the thread when we met it. One or two of the rays towards the bottom were made small enough to fit down into the candlestick. I remember using a bit of hot glue to secure the ray inside the candlestick.
I hope this helps and your group is able to create a special craft.
Enjoy your weekend and happy Feast of Corpus Christi!
some of you probably don’t “love” celery…. if you come into my house, you’ll find celery lovers here… MM thinks its great… She asks for it. she even reminds me when we run out!… the others love it with peanut butter or a savory dip….. I love it in soups… but now, for those of you who don’t “love” it, show others you love them.. with celery!.. Yes.. I kinda just Pinned something! 🙂
It was so funny because once we started… we couldn’t stop!
… now for the guy in the house… he opted to go off and create secret cards for all of his sisters… he created conversation heart Valentine Cards that will require his sisters using watercolor paint to read his messages! I am looking forward to their reactions when they see what he drew for them.. in secret!
Now for my few minutes of borrowing from other blogging friends who have “pinned” on Pinterest… thank you for finding this one.. I am not linking much here since technically I don’t have a Pinterest page .. yet…. It is so cute! Bluebelle wore her hair like this Sunday for Mass.
Won’t you join with me… my Valentine will be HOME in 5 days!!!
Happy St Valentine’s Day!
We enjoyed our time with our dear friends in Kentucky this past weekend. We started the visit with Holy Pumpkin carving. The children all rolled up their sleeves and dug in… around the room, we saw angels, chalices, crosses, The Sacred Heart, and even the symbols for Alpha and Omega. After helping all of the kids with their handy work, the grown ups finished carving the extras. All of the pumpkins were used as table decorations for the Saints Alive party sponsored by the Church our friends attend.
At the Saint’s Alive party held the following evening, the children.. and even some adults, came dressed as a Saint. Hallow’s Eve or Halloween included the faithful dressing as their favorite Saints in preparation for All Saint’s Day. In our family, we enjoyed the company of St Maria Goretti, St Padre Pio with the stigmata, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, St Anne, and St Agnes. I sewed the costumes for St Maria Goretti (all items costing a total of $4 from the thrift store, and a borrowed shawl) St Padre Pio, which my machine broke while sewing… and St Anne.. to include a pocket because this darling young St Anne wanted to be able to put pencils in her pocket since she home schooled her daughter, Mary 🙂
The Party included a costume welcome, a telling to the group their Saint Costume, activities to earn stickers for a final goodie bag, and even door prizes and a costume contest.
We were surprised to hear St Maria Goretti Won!
This last one is holding our Goddaughter.. Hasn’t she gotten big!
St Matthew, pray for us!
For the Feast of the Miracle of the Sun, celebrated on Oct 13, Moonbeam decided we needed a special treat.. A rice krispie treat.. so I threw in the candy corn thinking the colors were right.. as we were melting the marshmallows.. we went for the food coloring for the real sun effect. She was quite pleased with the way it all turned out!
.. on the new distressed table…
I love that we bought this together.. it makes it as if he is here.
Moonbeam set up everything tonight. We enjoyed quiet coloring for Our Lady of the Rosary and even a cupcake filled with sweet cream all baked by Moonbeam.
If you look on the corner of the photo, you’ll see the peach cobbler. This cobbler will forever be known as Grazyna’s cobbler… my dear friend from Poland. Opie decided for the Feast of St Faustina, we would make her cobbler. I took it as a teachable moment and said…. Okay, “Home Ec. class,” Opie ended up doing every step.. including the clean up.
Here is our new distressed table ( as requested..) We fell in love with it instantly. It is from the Attic Heirloom Broyhill Collection. We bought a bench that can pull up to the side of it as well. For now, I have 6 chairs pulled up. We didn’t expect to find a table during his RR here, but it is beautiful and it can hold up to 12 people with the leaves added on each end. We shared so many delicious meals on it before he left. Feast Days will continue day after day, but more Family feasts will come after the deployment!
Calls for Heavenly Delight, and why not, Heaven must be delighted that our little Matthew Karol joined them two years ago today. Matthew lived with us here on earth for three days. Those were three of the longest days. Each day we had such hope that he’d get better, but each day, he was being called closer and closer to God. I can only imagine the joy and praises he heard as he entered in the Kingdom of God. No more wires, not tubes, just Heaven.
We were always sad that the children didn’t get to see him, only pictures. They certainly remember feeling his hiccups and kicks. I share the pictures with you to show how a small baby, even only a three day old can touch so many lives. Matthew is very much a part of our daily life. The children ask God to say goodnight to him every night at bedtime prayers. Every day since Matthew was introduced here on God’s Canvas, someone has done a search for him. Many search Mass of the Angels, Fiat, St Matthew Karol, Miracle needed, Update on Matthew Karol, and so many more word combinations. I am telling you, not a day has passed without Matthew being searched. I am humbled.
I am touched that this little bitty fellow could fill the need for a search. Over the past two years, we have felt the prayers that have carried us through the good and the bad days. How does one go on after this… through God’s grace and your prayers. I think I cried for a whole year. I have gotten better and I can feel God’s hand and Heaven’s help. My mother always said “Heaven help us” and I believe Heaven does.
So, with your help, Heaven’s help, and Little St Matthew Karol’s help, we will celebrate this special Feast Day… with Heavenly Delight!
I made the children (and the grown ups) Pentecost Sundaes using a bed of whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of strawberry syrup, and of course a Red Hot Cinnamon “Lava Ball” as the cherry. The kids loved the fire-y kick it left on their tongues as they bit into the Lava Ball. Bluebell actually went running for more water to cool her mouth down!
To continue the celebration we sang Happy Birthday to the Church, we made an Angel Food cake covered in cool whip and tongues of fire .. hidden among the “tongues” you’ll notice there are sprinkled Lava Ball pieces all over the cake.
Before the dessert part of the meal, the girls set the table with festive red and white colors. We made ginger ale drinks with a splash of Maraschino cherries.. and for the grown ups, we enjoyed a glass of champagne with the cherry. I made sure to provide red pepper flakes to the dinner.. just for that extra kick!
For fun, we all shouted out the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The seven gifts are found in Isaiah 11:2-3. They are fear, piety, fortitude, knowledge, understanding, counsel, and wisdom. The primary function of these seven gifts is to purify us and make us docile to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
How did you celebrate?
With Father’s Day coming up and a husband deployed saying he doesn’t need anything, I had to get creative. I had Guka take a picture of us before Mass on Sunday. I am going to use this picture as part of his gift.. now to put it together. Cookie and I were pleased to hear it only took 6 days to receive his last package that included his personalized Jonny Diaz CD.