Thursday, October 2, 2014

Episode 26: Feast Days to Celebrate in October

October 1- St. Therese of Lisieux
Felt Ornaments from Catholic Inspired: 
Catholic Icing has a post of various craft

October 4- St. Francis of Assisi: Popsicle Stick St Francis grotto ornament

October 5 - St. Faustina Kowalska: Catholic Icing: Tie Die Sacred Heart Shirts and Spoon Doll

October 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary: Catholic Inspired: Tip for praying the Rosary
Jenn also has prayer sheets to help your child pray 

October 16 - St. Gerard Majella: Catholic Icing: Notecards

October 18 - St Luke: 

October 22 - Saint Pope John Paul II: Catholic Playground created a coloring book to learn more about St. John Paul II:

Links also suggested: 

Music from the episode:
Opening Song - Logzang op de Tuinkabouter
Segment Song - The Little Princess
Closing Song - The Flat Tire Rag

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Some of My Favorite Projects from College ... so far

This summer I began a new journey - I headed back to college. It's been both fun and overwhelming and my family has been amazing with the adjustments that we have had to make. I took two classes this summer - Visual Design Principle and Design Technology. Both helped me get familiar with Adobe Illustrator. I love this program and wonder how I ever lived without it. 

Today I'd like to share a few of the assignments I completed this summer that I'm proud of. 

Learning about font types is fascinating and finding the right fonts for these words was very fun. 

This was my favorite project - I love my little owl 

My midterm project was to create a vector magazine cover using a picture of myself. If you had told me that I would be creating this before class started I would have said you were crazy. 

I had to create packaging for a fictional tea company. Would you buy this tea?

I begin 3 new classes in September and can't wait to see what gets thrown at me. 

Until next time,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Episode 25: Saint Feasts to Celebrate in September

Welcome to My Life’s a Treasure, where I’m Discovering God’s glory, one treasure at a time. 

This week's happenings -
Please pray for a family from Jacob's school

Topic for the week: Saint Feast for the month of September
September 1 - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Catholic Icing: Make nun peg dolls and costume idea
September 21 - St Matthew
September 23 - St. Padre Pio - craft ideas from Catholic Icing
September 27 - St Vincent de Paul 
September 29 - St. Michael the Archangel
September 30 - St. Jerome - Sunday Sunday Sunday Podcast

My humble request for the week is to like my page on Facebook

Music from the episode:
Opening Song - Logzang op de Tuinkabouter
Segment Song - The Little Princess
Closing Song - The Flat Tire Rag

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Sacramental Series: Religious Statues

Welcome to my supplemental blog post for Monday's podcast episode. Click here if you missed Monday's episode.

Today I'd like to share more reasons and ideas to bring religious statues into your home.

  • Check out That Catholic Show for a great video explaining why Catholics use statues in their spiritual life.
  • One of my favorite projects has always been Wooden Painted Saints by Monica at Equipping Catholic Families. I think making your own little statues would be a blast. 
  • Annie from Under Her Starry Mantle has done an great job adding the beauty of our Blessed Mother into her garden.

If you enjoyed these ideas and would like to learn more about adding sacramentals into your families faith journey take a look at these podcast episodes and blog posts.

Blessed Salt and Holy Water Podcast
Blessed Salt and Holy Water Blog Post
Candles Podcast
Candles Blog Post
The Crucifix Podcast
The Crucifix Blog Post

Until next time,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Episode 24: Sacramental Series: Religious Statues

Welcome to My Life’s a Treasure, the podcast. In episode 24 I continue my series on sacramentals. This week I talk about religious statues.

This week's happenings with the family
Got my grades - B+ across the board
Alexa started dance class

Topic for the week: Adding religious statues in your home
 You can purchase statues at any of these online retailers: 

My humble request for the week is to like my page on Facebook
Music from the episode:
Emiel Stopler - Stargazing
Opening Song - Logzang op de Tuinkabouter
Segment Song - The Little Princess
Closing Song - The Flat Tire Rag

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What I Lost To ALS

Over the last few weeks my Facebook and Instagram feeds have been filled with people accepting and challenging friends in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  I’ve watched videos of friends, family, strangers and celebrities, some have made me laugh and some have left a bad taste in my mouth because it seemed their purpose was to only make a video that would go viral. I am beginning to get a sense that the message has been getting lost in the entertaining ways people have been getting wet. When I watch each video I see a special face, the face of someone I have lost to ALS. 

My brother Nick, recently posted on Facebook his thoughts and I hope he doesn’t mind as I share them:
Hey yall, been trying to keep my mouth shut about this but I tired of hearing the hate. My grandmother was diagnosed with ALS when I had just turned 18. I don't know how many of you know the particulars of this disease, so for all you who question whether this is a worthy "trend" or not I'll explain. First, her she lost her speech, then the use of her hands, followed by her arms and legs. Basically a complete inability to move any part of her body. All while completely conscious and fully aware of what was happening. Eventually she passed when her lungs failed to do the job. This was a 3 month process and she passed in our family home. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Point= Please stop the hate, keep the negativity to yourself.

I was so proud of him for standing up for one of the greatest women I’ve know, our grandmother Josephine Veronica Pack.

Grandma and I when I was probably about 4. We were on a road trip to Mexico.

I was newly married when Grandma received her diagnosis; so my life was not as turned upside down as my parents and brother's was, but Jim & I did what we could to give them each a break from care giving.  Our times with Grandma involved keeping her company, helping her if she needed anything and to feed her from a feeding tube that had been inserted in her stomach. What I remember of that time more then anything was the frustration I could see in her eyes when she was trying to communicate a need and I was unable to understand the message. She wanted to speak so badly but her body just wouldn’t let her. I can picture those times so vividly and my heart breaks every time. 

I was very lucky to be able to grow up living with my grandmother and having the privilege of hearing her wisdom daily until the day I was married in 1994.
My favorite lesson from childhood was to never leave the dinner table to use the restroom because your plate might get cleared while your gone. She did it to me every time.  Another dinner time lesson was Grandma always has your back and if you were forced to sit at the dinner table until you to ate all your peas, you’d be sure if you sat long enough and Mom and Dad were gone, Grandma would take care of it for you. I loved that.  My grandma helped me when I was learning to tap dance. Many did not know but she was a professional dancer as a child and young teen. Finally, my grandmother also taught me to never share your dirty laundry in public. I’m sure if she were here today she would be very disappointed in the private, slanderous, unfiltered posts that can be found on Facebook everyday.

One of the last pictures I have of Grandma before she was diagnosed with ALS. This was my wedding day in April 1994.

 My final memory of my Grandmother was a couple days before she died. I had bought her a teddy bear dressed up like an old fashioned granny for Mother’s Day. It was suggested to give it to her early due to the chance that she might not make it to Mother’s Day. I remember giving her the bear and for the first time in a long time we were able to communicate. In her eyes I saw joy, peace and love. I knew she knew I loved her and I knew she loved me too. She died on Mother’s Day evening in 1995. 

My grandmother meant the world to me and when I was able to name my daughter Alexa Josephine I felt I finally had my chance to honor her. Today with this post I am able to do it again.

So for all who have done the ice bucket challenge, what ever your intentions, I thank you for bringing awareness to this disease. Please remember for every face you see cringing in the cold water there is a also a face of someone battling ALS. 

I leave you with this final prayer:
May the Lord watch over those suffering with ALS and their families and to bring wisdom and knowledge to those finding a cure.
Saint John Paul II, Pray for Us.

Until next time,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sacramental Series: The Crucifix

In this week's sacramental series we are looking at adding The Crucifix into your home. If you missed Monday's podcast please check it out here.

I found three fun activities you can use with your family to bring the beauty of the Crucifix into your families faith journey.

On the blog Do Small Things With Love, Nancy shares a beautiful Painted Crucifix created by little two year old Gus. On another post she also shares a Watercolor picture you can created using the Christ printable she had available for download.

Finally on Catholic Icing, Lacy has a printable so you and you kids can make a toilet paper roll Crucifix.

I hope and your family enjoy these fun activities, please feel free to share how you are bringing the beauty of the Crucifix into your families life.

Until next time,

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