Welcome to the LittleWays – finding ways to celebrate our love of Jesus and our faith in all the little ways daily as inspired by St. Therese!
I love being Catholic –there are so many reasons to rejoice and celebrate all the time. Now that my children are getting a bit older feast days have become a time of great joy and celebration for us in a whole new way. You can find a reason to celebrate almost every day as a Catholic from liturgical seasons, to feast days – life is such a blessing! I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of the ways we are rejoicing and celebrating in our faith.
I always love finding new ideas to do with my kids. My son loves to eat and my daughter loves crafts so it’s always easy to generate excitement in our house hold! Welcome to my new blog The LittleWays – finding ways to celebrate our love of Jesus and our faith in all the little ways daily as inspired by St. Therese!View Post →
I will be attending a Advent Ladies Potluck this week, besides bringing a dish to share, we were each asked to bring a gift with an inspiring quote to exchange. At first I thought I would make a nice tea mug with quote but after not being able to find the right markers to make the mug, I came up with a new idea. Instead I created a sheet of quotes by Mother Teresa. The sheet has 10 inspiring quotes by Mother Teresa and prints out on either business card paper or regular paper. I have included this Mother Teresa quotes page here for you to print as you like. I placed these quotes in the mug as well as a picture of Mother Teresa with one of my favorite quotes. I hope you can enjoy these quotes too!
Some of the quotes included are:
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. – Mother Teresa
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. – Mother Teresa
Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary. – Mother Teresa
A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy. – Mother Teresa
I selected Mother Teresa as I was working on a different project the same day. Last Christmas Day we found out that we lost our baby, I was 10 weeks pregnant and it was very sad news. I was hosting Christmas that day. On that day my mother presented me with a beautiful gift, it was a hand drawn picture of Mother Teresa that my mother had commissioned an artist to draw for me. As soon as I saw the image two quotes came to mind:
I slept and dreamt that Life was Joy. I awoke and saw that
Life was Service. I acted and behold, Service was Joy! – R. Tagore
Give, but give until it hurts. -Mother Teresa
I decided in that moment that I would choose to live my life in service to others during these dark days in my life. I would look for each blessing I had and I would find my Joy in the Lord. It was very fitting as we named our baby Joy Faustina and in the very difficult days that followed (I miscarried for over two months with many emergency room trips). I learnt that true Joy comes from the Lord – no matter what is happening you can always find Joy if you pray, trust, and rest in the Lord.
The second important thing I learnt was that I had never given enough of myself to my community – to my friends in need – sure I might have offered help or brought a meal, but was that really all I could offer someone in a time of need. I learnt that to really love our neighbours you need to give, give till it hurts. Every small act of love or kindness some one did for my family during this time was such a blessing and it helped me carry on. But now that I know better when a friend is in need I will do all that I can – even if I am busy, tired, short on money or stressed – it matters not because their needs exceed my needs in that moment. As the body of Christ we are many parts and if we all work together in service to others and we help carry each others burdens with love – even the darkest times can be made lighter. Love in contagious, service shows our love, service truly brings joy and since God is love!
Here is the image that now hangs on my wall as a reminder of our beautiful Joy and that is we really want to love we must give, give our ourselves, our resources, our time, our prayer – but GIVE and keep giving till it hurts in service and love on a daily basis!
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Today my daughter wanted to send her grandma a letter in the mail. She knows grandma has a deep love of our Lady and the rosary so she wanted to send a little picture of Mary with the letter. After a quick search we found this lovely free writing paper with a cute image of Mary and the Holy Spirit. It was just so sweet I felt I had to share it.
Hope you can enjoy using it too:) Such a great sheet to use for the feast of the Annunciation, writing prayers, letters or poems! I would love to hear how you use it.View Post →
For special feast days in our house the kids love to have a tea party (they love treats, whom doesn’t), make a craft, say a prayer and learn a little about the feast we are celebrating. October is just full of so many wonderful feasts – St. Therese, Guardian Angel, Archangels, St. Francis of Assisi, and many more! One feast we always have a lot of fun with is the Archangel Feast – my kids just love making paper craft angels. This year we decided to try something new here is a wonderful and easy idea my daughter came up with. You just need scissors, coloured paper and glue or tape.
Step 1: Get a coloured piece of paper, pencil, scissors and glue or tape.
Step 3: Cut out your first wing, then trace the wing on he paper so that the wings are the same size. Cut out your second wing.
Step 4: Cut the circle and the angels body.
Optional – If you are planning to make more angels trace the cut outs on to paper now. Then you only have to cut and glue and can save time for future angels.
Step 5: Glue or tape the Angels body by connecting the two outside edges.
Step 6: Glue the Angels head to the front of the body.
Step 7: Glue the Wins
Step 8: Repeat as much as you like to create a rainbow of beautiful Angels!
Other ideas – glue the angel prayer to the angels body, glue a sword on the angel to represent St. Michael, etc.
For more information about Angels or more crafts to make for this feast please see previous posts:View Post →
I just wanted to share some inspiring scriptures and quotes that have really helped to encourage me and inspire me during difficult times! These can be found mostly on pinterest!
“oh God, I thank You, ’cause You bring me to my knees
Back on my knees” – Lyrics from my favourite song Without you by For King and Country
What are some of your favourite scriptures or quotes ? Please share them in the comments below:)
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After meeting with some lovely ladies today, I wanted to do a short posting about St. Padre Pio. It seems that this wonderful saint has touched the heart and lives of many people around me. An interesting point that was brought up was that they felt that St. Padre Pio found you. To say that when you needed him to intercede for you his words, holy cards or stories of him would continue to come into your life via one way or another. People whom have a devotion to him feel a special connection and have prayer requests that have been answered. Inspired by this I thought it would be nice to share some of his inspiring words.
Just before I do that I want to share the most powerful story I ever heard about this saint, from a friend. One that taught me a lot about how we are called to love, pray and hope – and let our heavenly Father be the judge of all through his mercy and love. For only God knows what truly lies within our hearts!
The was a women whom was in a church one day, she was bend over kneeling and crying her eyes out, you see her beloved husband had taken his own life. Her loss and his tragic death were just too much for her poor heart to bear. Father Pio was at the time saying confession, but suddenly she felt a presence beside her and then she heard the words, fear not there was time between the bridge and the water. Your husband is with God. When she looked up she saw Fr. Pio and was filled with great peace.
Some of St. Padre Pio’s Words of Faith:
Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.
Jesus will assist you and give you the grace to live a heavenly life and nothing whatever will be able to separate you from His love.
In all the events of life, you must recognize the Divine will. Adore and bless it, especially in the things which are the hardest for you.
Humility and purity are the wings which carry us to God and make us almost divine.
In my greatest sufferings, it seems to me that I no longer have a mother on this earth, but a very compassionate one in Heaven.
Our Lord sends the crosses; we do not have to invent them.
Love Jesus, love Him very much, but to do this, be ready to love sacrifice more.
Charity is the measure by which Our Lord judges all things.
You must always humble yourself lovingly before God and before men, because God speaks only to those who are truly humble and He enriches them with His gifts.
Don’t allow any sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely.View Post →
With Divine Mercy Sunday approaching – I found two great Divine Mercy Resources for children that I just had to share.
The first is this lovely free Divine Mercy Chaplet for Kids video from EWTN
The second is this great Divine Mercy Chaplet craft from Rosary Mom that you can use to help teach your children the Chaplet. She adapted the Chaplet Craft from Making Music Praying Twice – Chaplet Lacing Craft so that it included the Eternal Father Prayer. But the Template at Making Music Praying Twice is lovely, you can just print the Simple Pattern and write the Eternal Father Prayer onto it and then print out the Pattern with Written Words and you have a complete chaplet.
For more Divine Mercy Resources see my previous posts:
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The feast of Saint Valentines Day is fast approaching. I thought this year I would like to make something fun with the kids to decorate the house. After the Christmas decorations come down each year the house feels a bit empty. So I thought why not make a fun wreath with the kids. So I came up with this super simple but fun craft. The best part is that it helps the kids learn their scripture verses too. I used a black and white printer but if you have access to a colour printer your craft could be even prettier!
Items Needed for this Craft:
- 1 piece of regular paper and 4 sheets of coloured construction paper
- Pencil Crayons or markers
- Print out of these sweet free scripture valentines cards from Country Charm by Tracy
- optional (stickers)
Step 1: Gather all your supplies and print out of these sweet free scripture valentines cards from Country Charm by Tracy
Tip:I enlarged the cards before printing them, so that they we easier to read.
Step 2: Cut out your Valentines scripture cards
Step 3: Fold a piece of regular paper in half and then fold it in half again. Draw half of a heart (approx. the size that you want your hearts to be but keep in mind large enough so that the scripture cards can still be glued on. Tip: you can place half the scripture card on the heart to make sure it will fit.) and then cut it out. You will have two hearts – test to make sure the scripture heart fits in the heart to give it the effect you would like.
Step 5: Glue the hearts together so that they form a circle/wreath.
Step 6: Glue one Valentines scripture card on each heart.
Step 7: Let your child decorate their Saint Valentines Day Wreath with sticker, glitter, markers, etc
Step 8: Admire your child’s wreath, hang it up and then read the scripture verses together.
My kids had a blast making their own wreaths. We have hung them on the same wall as our Saint Valentines Day Scripture Verse Count Down craft!
It is easy to make and looks sweet on the wall.
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Valentines Day is fast approaching. I enjoy celebrating this feast with my kids as it is a nice bridge between Christmas Season and Lent.We always enjoy celebrating our faith and the lives of the saints.
One of the best activities/crafts that I have found over the years to celebrate is this wonderful Free St. Valentines Day Scripture Count Down from Catholic Icing. It is a wonderful chain craft – you just make the chains and attach to the bottom of the heart. Starting on February 1st – each day you open one of the chains and read the scripture verse with your children. We then stick the verses to the side of the fridge and once St. Valentines Day has come, we read a verse from the fridge each day and then re-make the chain. This is perfect as it takes us through the month of February:)
The kids love making this craft and using it daily. My son liked it so much he made an extra Scripture count down craft to give as a gift to a friend this year!
For more St. Valentines activities see my previous post.
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During Advent I know a lot of parents are asking for activities to help teach their children the real meaning of Christmas. There are great Jesse Tree Ornaments to be made and lots of other wonderful activities. But I came across something a little different than I wanted to share.
There is a new sweet website called SightWords.com. It has free tools to help parents and educators teach sight words to kids from Pre-K to 4th Grade. With in this website there is a Christmas section with games and activities with a choice of sacred words for everyone of their activities! (http://www.sightwords.com/
These are great to do with the kids if your homeschooling, to supplement their education over school holidays or fun to put on the table as place mat activities for Christmas day! There are also some nice colouring pages and fun games for the kids too!
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One things my kids love is books. But they don’t just like anything. Each child has their own preference for topics, writing style, and their own favourites. With an age range of three to nine, finding a book they all enjoy can be a challenge at times. But one thing they all love is animals and bible stories.
So when Frank Fraser the author of The Bible Amigos Bible Series for kids contacted me to ask if I would like a copy of his two new books to read, I was very interested. Animals, a bible story and a valuable lesson all in one – it sounded a little too good to be true.
The day the books arrived my nine year old daughter had a friend over – everyone loves receiving something new in the mail. So they were both excited to look over the new books. Both girls really enjoyed the books – especially the illustrations. My daughter’s friend said “these are cool for big kids too!”. My nine year old said ” these books have a lot of activity in them and they teach a good lesson”. Being the little artist that she is she added “I REALLY like the drawings”.
When I read these books to my boys – which I have to admit I have now read them a lot. On the one occasion my son said “It is fun to read. I love it.” My three year old whom enjoys reading but not as much as my older kids whom are book worms, can’t get enough of these books. He has only ever had a handful of books that he wanted to read repetitively – well he wants to read them at bedtime and during the day. He doesn’t want to read one he wants to read both! Although my favorite of the two is Jonah and the Bear!
These stories are well written, with catchy little phrases, they share a bible story and end with a good moral message!
When my friend a mother of three babysat the one evening she had to read the books when she put my little guy to bed. First thing she wanted to know was where she could buy these books because she wanted them for her kids. So if your looking a book that is fun, has a good strong biblical message, one that can speak to varying ages. Then I recommend getting a copy of these lovely books. They are available for purchase at amazon.ca or amazon.com.
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