Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy Birthday, Clare!

My baby girl turns two today! I cannot believe how fast she is growing up. What a blessing she is to our family! We love you, Clare!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday

May your Lenten fast and sacrifice be fruitful and draw you nearer to the heart of Christ.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Precious Life!

We had our 23 week ultrasound yesterday, and were able to see Baby Pohlmeier squirming all around. Baby looks healthy and content, and it was such a blessing to see our child growing and thriving! We can't wait to meet the little person!!

(Here is a profile picture of the baby's head. You can see its little hand resting on its chin!)

(Here is a total body shot of the little person. The baby is currently measuring at 1 lb. 2 oz.)

Thank you Jesus for this precious gift, may this child grow to love and serve you all the days of its life! Amen.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Recipes for Life

As you may have gathered I love cooking and using food to celebrate special days in our Church! For Christmas, my husband gave me a wonderful cookbook that I wanted to share. Recipes for Life does a wonderful job of providing simple, yet creative ways to celebrate feast days of the church. I hope you will check it out!

St. Agatha, Pray for Us!

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Agatha an early Christian martyr. She was willing to endure suffering and death to protect her purity and remained faithful to God throughout all trials and tribulations. She is the the patron saint for ailments of the breast and breast cancer patients.

Legend states that after St. Agatha was arrested, she prayed: “Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am—you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil.” And in prison: “Lord, my creator, you have protected me since I was in the cradle. You have taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Now receive my spirit.” What a beautiful example of trust and abandonment to Our Lord!

Celebrating this Feast as a Family
  • Pray specifically for those suffering and for those who have survived breast cancer or any breast disease.
  • Pray for victims of sexual assault and their assailants.
  • Pray for all people to develop the virtues of purity and chastity in their lives.
  • In some areas it is tradition to bless bread on this day, so you may consider making some homemade bread or rolls together as a family. You could pray for one of the intentions above while preparing and baking the bread.
  • I have a cookbook that suggests preparing a carrot cake on this day, where the white icing is a symbol of Agatha's purity, and the nuts remind us of the hot coals she endured.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Saint Blaise, Pray for Us!

Today we celebrate the the Feast of St. Blaise. St. Blaise is the Patron Saint against throat diseases, since legend states that a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him. Traditionally today is a day when you can have your throat blessed at Mass. Feast days like today always make me grateful for the beautiful traditions and prayers of our Church!

Saint Blaise, pray for us that we may not suffer from illnesses of the throat and pray that all who are suffering be healed by God's love. Amen.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Presentation of Our Lord

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,

your word has been fulfilled:
My own eyes have seen the salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This feast day can also be known as Candlemas, and marks the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. Traditionally this is a day when candles are blessed. Here is an excellent commentary about this feast that is worth a read, and explains it much better than I ever could!

Ideas for Celebrating this Feast Day
  • The tradition in Europe is to eat pancakes or crepes. Sounds like a perfect excuse to make some cream and fruit filled crepes for dessert! :)
  • Make cookies that look like candles.
  • Light holy candles in your home.
  • Read the account of the Presentation in Luke as a family.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Motherhood Monday!

Upon waking up from his nap, Isaac decided he would like to cuddle and watch a cartoon with me. Here was a bit of what transpired:

Me: Isaac, do you like cuddling with Mommy?

Isaac: Yes

(A few minutes pass by...)

Isaac: Mommy, I love you. You're the best!

I love moments like this. These are the moments that make every difficult part of motherhood so worth it. The love I have for my children is so powerful, and no words can even begin to describe what my heart feels for them. What amazes me even more though is the thought that the love that I feel for my children is just a drop of the love that God has for all of his children. AMAZING! I thank God every day for the blessing of my children and the wonderful gift of motherhood.