Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes {a review}

Written in 1939 by Du Bose Heyward, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (Sandpiper Books) is the charming story of a mother's love for her family and the pursuit of her dream to one day be an Easter Bunny. 

Little Cottontail dreams of being one of the five Easter Bunnies. Mother bunnies teach their children to be kind, wise, and swift because only the kindest, wisest, swiftest bunnies will grow up to work for Grandfather Bunny. He lives at the Palace of Easter Eggs and is in charge of picking the five Easter Bunnies.

Cottontail voices her desire to be an Easter Bunny, but the fancy white bunnies and the quick Jack Rabbits laugh at her and send her home.

When Cottontail grows into a woman she marries and becomes a mother to twenty-one babies. Cottontail loves her babies and sets aside her dream of delivering beautiful eggs to little boys and girls.

She devotes her time to her children, teaching them to work together to clean their house and how to cook, how to sing and dance, garden and paint, and how to be polite.

One day she hears that one of the five Easter Bunnies is retiring and Grandfather is going to pick a bunny to take his place. Cottontail calls her children to her, and they travel to the Palace to watch the event. Cottontail feels sad because she feels like and old mother bunny and thinks that she has no chance to be picked by Grandfather Bunny. Grandfather Bunny sees that although the fancy white rabbits and Jack Rabbits are fast, they are neither wise nor kind.

When Grandfather Bunny watches Cottontail with her children, he knows that he has found a very kind, wise, and swift bunny, but he think that she is unable to leave them. Cottontail assures Grandfather Bunny that her children are very responsible and will take care of their home and each other during her absence.

On the night before Easter, Cottontail sets out on the journey of her dreams. She experiences hardship, but she perseveres and is rewarded by Grandfather with a pair of little gold shoes. On Easter morning, Cottontail happily returns home to her sweet children, bringing eggs for them to celebrate Easter.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is a tale about kindness, perseverance, and the importance of a hardworking, supportive, tight-knit family unit. Cottontail put her dream of becoming and Easter Bunny on hold during the years she spent raising her children, but it is through her thoughtful teaching and determination that her children help her to realize her dream later in life.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is an excellent story with lovely illustrations, and it is one of my family's favorite Easter books. I highly recommend it!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Answer Me This and WIWS

Kendra at Catholic All Year has started a new link-up called Answer Me This.She asks questions, and you can link-up if you have a blog or leave your answers in the comments on her blog. It's fun! 

1. What time do you prefer to go to Mass?

  I prefer to go to the Saturday vigil Mass, but Chris has to work late on Saturday so we always go to the 11:00am Sunday morning Mass. 

2. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

  I would rather be too hot. I do not like being cold. Sweating is not fun, but I find it preferable to shaking uncontrollably. 

3. How many brothers and/or sisters do you have?

  I am an only child. 

4. If you were faced with a boggart, what would it turn into?

  A serial killer that wants to murder my family.

5. Barbie: thumbs up or thumbs down?

   I played with Barbie as a girl, so I guess thumbs up. I have not had to deal with Barbie for my own children because the boys aren't interested! Ha!

6. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say? 

   Always clean the kitchen before you go to bed. 

  I asked Chris and Holden this question. I think their advice is better than mine!
   Chris: Always wear sunscreen.
   Holden: Brush twice a day. 


I overheard this conversation between Thomas and Ralph the other day that made me chuckle.

Ralph: Tom, may I play your DS?

Thomas: No.

Ralph: Tom, you are so mean! When you are older and have a wife, I will not let you in my house!

Thomas: Fine. I won't bring cakes or presents for your kids.

Ralph: I didn't mean the holidays! 


Linking-up at Fine Linen and Purple for What I Wore Sunday.

cardigan: Talbot's

top: Walmart

skirt: Walmart

shoes: Kohl's  

Have a blessed Holy Week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

7 Quick Takes (vol.15)

1. This morning the kids made Resurrection Eggs while at our homeschool group meeting. We brought twelve plastic eggs, and egg carton, and the small items to stick into the eggs. Then the children placed the items into the eggs as the Easter story was read aloud from the Bible by a parent. There are many versions of Resurrection Eggs on the internet. Below is the list that we used in our group.

egg 1- branches, read Mark 11:1-11

egg 2- three coins, read Luke 22:1-6

egg 3- soap and towel, read John 13:1-20

egg 4- feather or rooster, read Matthew 26:31-35

egg 5- twig with thorns, read Matthew 27:27-30

egg 6- cross, read John 19:16-17

egg 7- three nails, read John 19:18-22

egg 8- dice, read John 19:23-25

egg 9- sponge, read John 19:26-30

egg 10- spear, read John 19:31-37

egg 11- rock, read Luke 23:50-56

egg 12- empty, read Mathew 28:1-10

2. Earlier this week, Ralph and I spent a few hours in the garden. We cleared out the beds and planted onions and shallots.

3. While we were planting this cute guy popped up out of the soil.

4. Chris bought me a Lilla Rose Flexi-clip for my birthday. I have wanted one for awhile, but I was worried about how it would work with my hair. It is comfortable and holds my hair up great. I love it! We ordered it from Mandi Richards's Lilla Rose page.

5. Hey, let's discuss grammar real quick! Above I wrote "Mandi Richards's Lilla Rose website."  I wrote it like that because that is how I teach it to my boys. Easy Grammar tells me to teach it that way. Other grammar texts have taught it the same way, too.
Photo proof:

But all over the internet I see a lot of singular possessive nouns, such as Chris' car and Thomas' bike, written like plural possessive nouns. I think I was even taught to write them that way many years ago in school. I don't write them that way now because if I teach it to my children one way then I feel I need to do it that way.
How do you write it and/or teach it, and why do you do it that way?

6. Spring has arrived and brought with it daffodils and soccer.

7. I made the gluten-free, grain free cookies that I mentioned in my last quick takes.
They do not look yummy, but they are. Everyone in the family enjoyed them, but Chris commented that they could be a little bit sweeter. That man has a big sweet tooth. I thought they were just right.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Putting My Best Face Forward: Five Favorites

I turned 38 years old on Sunday. I have to admit that there is something that feels comfortable about being in my late thirties. I am gaining confidence as I age. Even with the extra weight I am carrying around, I feel more sure of myself. I know who I am; wife, mom, daughter, friend, and I like who I am. 

When I was younger, I used to think that I needed a ton of make-up to look nice. My daily make-up routine involved eleven different products. These days I use five basic products first thing in the morning, and they get me through my day. Well, except for the occasional extra swipe of lip color or a touch of lip balm. 

I put them on in the order listed below. It takes me only a couple minutes to apply them. Quick and easy!

My Everyday Face

1. Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Mineral Correcting Powder, Translucent 7037

I use this to brighten the area around my eyes.

2. Physician's Formula: Mineral Wear Loose Powder, Natural Beige 0.50 oz

This powder evens my skin tone and does not irritate my sensitive skin.

3. Physicians Formula Powder Palette Blush, Blushing Rose, 0.17 Ounce

A pretty, rosy color!

4. Maybelline New York Volum' Express Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara, Very Black 295, 0.31-fluid Ounce 

This mascara plumps and lifts my lashes. I don't need to use an eyelash curler anymore.

5. Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain, Crush, 0.1 Ounce 

 I love this color! I just lightly sweep it over my lips to give them a slight flush, and it is soft and moisturizing.

Do you wear make-up every day? What are your favorite products?

Linking up with Five Favorites at Moxy Wife.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

What We Wore Sunday

Yesterday was my birthday. I had a wonderful day. We started the day slow. Chris and the boys let me sleep in. Then Chris cooked me an egg, which I ate with fresh avocado while sipping on black coffee.

I received many messages from family and friends, wishing me a happy birthday. Abby called me from college, and we had a nice long chat.
Unfortunately, that left me with little time to fix my hair before Mass, so back in a twist in went.

After Mass, my mother stopped by for a visit. She brought me several gifts. She always spoils me.

I had a lazy afternoon, reading and hanging out with my family.

Then we had a tasty dinner or crab cakes, shrimp, french fries, and coleslaw, and cheesecake for dessert.

Then I read some more and went to bed early. It was a fabulous day.

All day long I found myself looking at my small family and marveling at how blessed we are, and how blessed I am.

My insecurities from my rocky childhood led to a rough start in my relationship with Chris. I did not grow up with a good example of marital love. My grandfather worked hard to provide a nice life for my grandmother and their children, and then for me and my cousin, but my grandmother was rarely happy. Looking back, I realize now that my grandmother suffered from depression, and she was distant and unhappy and frequently mean.

As I look back at the early years of my relationship with Chris, I can see how, at times, my behavior was similar to how my grandmother treated my grandfather. My love for Chris has always been deep, but negativity and hurt shadowed it. After finally coming out of the fog of postpartum depression when Thomas was almost a year old, we spent the next year trying to fix the damage that had been done to our relationship, but it was hard. Finally, over a year later, I packed a suitcase for the boys and myself, and drove all night from Delaware to Florida. Chris and I needed some time apart, or rather, I needed to get away, so I called a friend and made plans to stay with her and her family for a week. In my suitcase I had packed a new book (old book, but new to me) called Fascinating Womanhood . I stayed in Florida for ten days. I read the entire book. I did the assignments. I prayed. I called Chris and wrote him letters.

I came home to a happier man, and he was greeted by a sweeter and more hopeful woman.We worked through our problems.

Today we are a strong and  happy couple, looking forward to the many years that stretch before us, God willing.

Yesterday I decided to revisit Fascinating Womanhood . I wanted to review the lessons I learned, and see if there were any areas that I should improve. My guess was that there were. I can always improve something about myself!

As I flipped through the book, I came across the Ideal Woman Chart. It lists eight qualities that men cherish. The first four of the qualities are labeled angelic and the other four qualities are human. The four angelic qualities are: understands men, has inner happiness, has a worthy character and is a domestic goddess. The four human qualities are: is feminine, radiates happiness, has radiant health, and is childlike.

The second assignment in the book is to make a list of the qualities, writing the ones you possess in pink and the ones you lack in blue. Honestly, I know I lacked in all eight qualities when I first read the book nine years ago. This time around, while I am sure all areas can be improved upon, I only found myself lacking in two qualities: radiant health and is childlike. I am currently working on my health. As for being childlike, I totally forget what the characteristics of that quality are, so I am going to re-read that section of the book first.

The first task in the book is to list twenty-five things you like about yourself. I am going to work on that list this week, even though I do not like making lists like that.

Have you read Fascinating Womanhood ? If so, did you enjoy it? Did you learn anything from it? How did it help your relationship?

What We Wore Sunday

top: Kohl's
cardigan: Target
skirt: thredUP
tights: Kohl's
shoes: White Mountain 'Finesse ' Women's Flat

shirt: Kohl's
pants: Kohl's
belt: Kohl's
shoes: JCPenney

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Friday, April 4, 2014

My Answers to Eleven Questions

The lovely Kendra of Catholic All Year was nominated for a Liebster Award. She turned the Award into a fun link-up, so I am joining her. 

Here are her questions with my answers:

1. Where do you live? And why do you live there?

I live in Delaware. I was born here, and I like it here. 

July 2006

2. What's are you currently watching and/or reading?

I am on season seven of The X-Files. I watch it while I knit in the evenings. The boys and I just finished watching Avonlea. We have been getting the DVDs from Netflix for several months. We enjoyed them very much. I am currently reading The Temperament God Gave Your Kids: Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children and Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breast-feeding, and Baby's First Foods

3. What kind of Catholic are you: cradle, or convert? (Or considering?)

I am a Cradle Catholic, but I left the Church when I was in my early twenties. I attended a non-denominational church for several years before finally coming back to the Catholic Church about ten years ago. 

4. Can you point to one moment or experience that made you a practicing Catholic? (Or want to be?)

My re-conversion experience was amazing. There isn't just one moment, but many little ones.  

July 4, 2007

5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

I have 1 pair of boots, 2 pairs of running shoes, 2 pairs of sandals, 4 pairs of wedges, 4 pairs of heels, and 9 pairs of flats. 

6. Are you a good dancer?

No. I love to dance, but I only dance in my house.

7. Who usually drives, you or your husband?

Chris always drives. I like it that way! 

8. What's your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

I love all the major holidays, but if I have to choose one, I guess I will choose the 4th of July. Chris loves the 4th of July, and I love how excited he gets about it. We usually go to the park, grill on our little camp grill, take a nature walk, and then wait to watch the fireworks. Several times we have driven to Washington, D.C., but it is very crowded, so I prefer going to a local park.  

July 4, 2007

9. Which is correct? Left or right?


10. Do you have any scars?

I have lots of scars. There are acne scars on my face, a scar on my knee from a roller skating accident, multiple burn scars on my arms from when I had to work the oven at my Aunt's deli, and c-section scars. 

11. What's the most famous thing you've ever done? 

Start this blog? I have never done anything famous, I guess. Ha!

Summer 2009

That was fun! Kendra wrote, "Didn't get tagged? Doesn't matter. Play along and link up your post! Don't have a blog? That doesn't matter either! Everything's made up! Answer in the comments." 

I hope you decide to join the fun! I am looking forward to reading your answers, especially the one about the shoes. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Yarn Along {nine}

Knitting: A little dress. I am writing it down as I go. If  it turns out, and I hope it does, I will post the pattern here on the blog. 
ReadingBeautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breast-feeding, and Baby's First Foods

 Do you see the sunshine on my knitting in the picture? That sunshine on my yarn makes me happy. The weather is warming up, and I am very ready to get outside to work on my garden. I cannot wait for fresh lettuce and herbs! I started knitting this little dress a couple days ago. I have an idea of what I want it to look like when I am finished knitting, and I want it to be a 12 month or 18 month size. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

I bought Beautiful Babies, written by Kristen Michealis, two weeks ago. First, I sped read through the book. Now that I am on my second reading of it, I am taking my time. For the record, I am not pregnant nor do I have a baby. However, I am always praying and hoping for more children. Fertility diet books are a weakness of mine. I have read so many of them through the years. The information in this book is not new. The author is an advocate of a diet rich with real, whole, natural foods, but she is not preachy about it. Her voice remains positive through the book, and I liked that. I am glad that I bought Beautiful Babies.

Joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along.

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