Rest in Peace, Fr. Mike!

For the man who follows Jesus all the days of his life Who picks up his cross and walks with his God, A glorious inheritance awaits him at the end Where he will see and know his true Father And the pearl of great price is in his hand. &nbsp…

Praying for Berlin

In the 1890s, on a square in the heart of Berlin, a striking new church was built under the direction of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and named in honor of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I.  The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche was built to be a sign of contradiction to the…

Feast of St. Lucy

Just stopping in to say Happy Feast of St. Lucy!  This has been one of our favorite feasts for years.  If you are unfamiliar with St. Lucy, this is one of many sites you can visit to learn more. There are so many fun, beautiful, memorable customs for this feast…

Gaudete Sunday!

When to get the tree?  Every family seems to have their own approach, from always Thanksgiving weekend, to always Christmas Eve (still the custom in Germany), to whenever it fits into the schedule.  As our family grew, and grew up, and we looked for more ways to cultivate a spirit…

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas!

The feast of St. Nicholas is one of the many Liturgical Year celebrations that was warmly enhanced by our time in Germany.  While we homeschool our children now, we were blessed to have them attend a lovely school in Berlin for three years, where we all experienced a great variety…

First Snow!

Tonight we had our very first dusting of snow for the season!  It came after most of the kids were headed for bed, so no sledding for us tonight.  We’ll see if there’s enough left on the ground tomorrow to make the effort to get everyone…

First Sunday of Advent

  My family was blessed to live in Berlin, Germany for nearly three and a half years.  I’m sure my recollections, impressions, experiences, and tradition-collecting from our time there will crop up a lot in this blog, but in my first few months one of the things that…

Happy Liturgical New Year!

Many years ago, I was blessed to be included in a very special New Year’s party, attended by a wonderful collection of delightful people.  The wonder and fond memories of this event emerged on a friend’s Facebook post as recently as a few days ago, and yet this…

Thanksgiving!

Hello again! This year, we were blessed to gather together to give thanks with 14 family members. My sister-in-law is an amazing and generous cook, who blesses us with her talents every year. She even cooked the turkey at home and brought it with her to serve at…

Peg Doll Exchange

Hello World!  So today I hosted my first ever painted-saint, peg doll exchange.  I have been involved in one saint doll exchange before, and was the unworthy recipient of a gift of nearly 40 (!) painted saint peg dolls two summers ago.  But this is the first time I have…