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,
Karri 





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,
Karri




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,
Karri










Monday, August 11, 2014

Episode 23: Sacramental Series Part 3: The Crucifix

This week's happenings -
School has ended for the semester -  now just wait for grades
Jacob is back in school!!!

Topic for the week: Adding the Crucifix in your home
Difference between a cross and a Crucifix
Why Catholic's venerate the Crucifix

Links in this episode: 

My humble request for the week is to follow me on Google + at Karri Reiser

Music from the episode:
Emiel Stopler - Stargazing
Opening Song - Logzang op de Tuinkabouter
Segment Song - The Little Princess
Closing Song - The Flat Tire Rag  
www.emielstopler.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

Day at the de Young


Before Jacob headed back to school we took a day to take in the art at the de Young Museum. The de Young is located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Directly across the street from my favorite place The Academy of Sciences. I shared our recent adventure there in my 7 Quick Takes #9 blog post.

This was the first time we have visited the de Young. Art museums are not usually our first choice of places to go but we decide to take a leap into the pool of Art culture and actually found that we enjoyed ourselves very much. 

I gave Jacob the camera and as always he took some wonderful pictures even with the inability to use a flash. 



We each had some favorite pieces, including the statue of the man with his hands on his hips (located bottom left in 1st collage), the wooden waterfall (located bottom right in the 2nd collage) and the still life exhibits. 
Currently the museum is hosting an exhibit called Modernism. Both Jacob and I enjoy it but I have to admit that a few of the pieces we thought looked like something Alexa could have created in preschool. I'm sure with continued study on the subject we would be able to understand what made each artist tick and see the true meaning of their paintings. 

Until next time,
Karri

Monday, August 4, 2014

Episode 22 - Feast Day Celebrations in August

Topic for the week: Feast Days in August

4 - St. John Vianney -  Priest peg dolls from Catholic Icing  

6 - The Transfiguration - Craft from  Catholic Inspired 

8 - St. Dominic 

11 - St. Clare - Monstrance Craft from Catholic Icing

14 - St. Maximilian Kolbe - Various ideas from Look To Him and Be Radiant

15 - The Assumption of Blessed Mother -Centerpiece from Catholic Inspire

22 - The Queenship of Mary - Sculpt a crown idea from Catholic Inspired: / Craft from Catholic Icing

23- St. Rose of Lima - Various ideas from Catholic Icing  

27 - St. Monica

Other websites shared in this episode:


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Music from the episode:
Emiel Stopler - Stargazing
Opening Song - Logzang op de Tuinkabouter
Segment Song - The Little Princess
Closing Song - The Flat Tire Rag
www.emielstopler.com
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