Monday, September 23, 2013

Catholic Women's Almanac {CWA No. 7}

Happy Monday everyone! I am full of crafty good energy and looking to channel it, I will describe more below. :) The air is cooler and so my knitting needles and crochet hooks go. Check out other Catholic Women's Almanac posts and link up over at Suspicio

Thanking God for...

My grandmother. She just called me, and she is absolutely adorable. :) She is a strong Christian, and her faith is an inspiration to me. Although she isn't Catholic anymore, she raised my mom Catholic, and my mom is the reason I'm a Catholic today.Very grateful for both of them.


For all those who have asked for my prayers.

To do God's will with my life. Always.

The St. Therese novena! Today is day two, join in! My intentions for this novena are quite ambitious. Since we named our daughter after her (Anne Therese) I think that should provide enough of an inside track to garner St. Therese's attention. :)

Isn't she lovely?


Fall activities to plan with my family. This is my absolute *favorite* time of year and the older I get, the more I realize how fast time moves and how precious each moment is. I want to take advantage of every weekend and enjoy activities with the kids that we can't do at any other time of the year.


I'm planning to review September's installment of the Catholic Book Club this Wednesday, which is  The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness, by Paul Murray OP. Prepare for a lively discussion :) and anybody who read the book, please chime in in the comments!

A light foray into Christian fiction with The Cowboy's Touch (A Big Sky Romance) by Denise Hunter. So far, this is very fun. I enjoy books about people in a bad place in their lives/careers/spirituality who then travel to a small town for reasons outside of their control and find love/hope/faith. There's something very soothing and quaint about them.

In addition to my fiction reading, I plan to start October's book club installment tonight, which is Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux, by Heather King.

In my home...

I'm making beef stroganoff tonight, and my mom is coming over since it is her birthday tomorrow. :)  The kids and I made her a strawberry cake with frosting last night. Yes, Betty Crocker may have had a hand in this, to which I have no shame. Baking has never been my forte. :)


I've crocheted a lot of things this past week that I cannot mention since they are gifts and they must remain a secret. :) However, we now have at least 15 people committed to the Jesse Tree ornament swap and I'm currently conspiring on my contribution. Michelle is going to be posting a list of ornaments to work off of soon. I have a pattern that I'm eyeing up for my ornament and I'm going to do some testing this week. All I can say is - this is going to be epic. Photos to come as this project unfolds. If you'd like to participate, head over to Liturgical Time and leave Michelle a comment!


This is Anne, "wearing a veil just like Mommy!" as we packed up for Mass yesterday.

Have a blessed week everybody!


  1. This is my favorite time of year too!

    I will be headed to the Carmelite Monastery this weekend for the Triduum in honor of my namesake, St. Therese (and that book sounds great you will be reading!).

    Just hopping over from Suscipio...enjoyed your almanac!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Theresa! Carmelite monastery sounds divine. :) There is one near my town, but I have to plead guilty to not often being able to get up for Mass early enough to get there!

  2. How do you know which ornament you get to do yet? I want to get a head start on planning mine. I have a feeling I need extra inspiration time for this!

    I've been trying to finish up The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality book as I am also rotating that in with a couple of others! Oh the Fall, all I want to do is read and drink tea!



      Go grab your ornament!!

      Hugs to you; I'm so glad to know you. :)

  3. If I lived near you I'd swap you some baked goods for something knitted!
    It's my favorite time of year too... Sigh - I miss being up North.

    1. Emily, I would seriously love that. :)

  4. Hello: I would like to participate in your book club, but thus far have had no luck submitting comments. Maybe this time will be the charm.

    1. Hi Charlene!! Yes, I see this comment, but not others. So sorry if there were technical difficulties! I'm going to be writing up a review of September's book today (9/25). I'd love to have you read Shirt of Flame, October's book! Welcome!!

    2. Thanks for the welcome! I was drawn in by the title of your blog and I have been enjoying it ever since. I just got the Dominican book in the mail, so probably won't have time to read it by tonight! But so far I'm enjoying the emphasis on wine!

    3. Charlene, so glad to have you! I always love new and interesting book recommendations, so even though you weren't able to read it for today, I hope that you enjoy reading about Dominican spirituality!


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