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!

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Beautiful Rose Craft for Feast of St. Therese

We are always looking for new ways to celebrate our faith and feast days. With October fast approaching the feast of St. Therese is on my mind. I wanted to share this easy and beautiful paper rose craft to make for the feast of St Therese, Marisn feast or a get well gift for a loved one! It’s pretty simple, turns out beautifully and you can make it in a rainbow of colours. It can be done at almost any age with just some additional assistance from a parent. Add a tea party and you can have a lovely celebration!

The full instructions can be viewed at craft project ideas

Happy crafting!

 

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For another lovely rose craft idea you can print visit my older post: St. Therese 3D Rose Craft

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For more great ideas on ways to celebrate the feast o St. Therese please see my previous post: Happy Feast of St Therese

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Inspiring Quote Canvas Craft!

Art and beautiful both sooth and inspire the soul. As we love crafts I wanted to share this Inspiring Quote Canvas we made. With the start of the new school year and it being the first year I would be homeschooling my daughter; I wanted to come up with a nice way to start the school year. A way that would both help inspire her and create a nice work space and that could also be easily changed as the year progresses. Thus the Inspiring Quote Canvas Project was born. Being an artist and a child whom loves to create this was a great project to start the year.

We began by visiting a few websites. After a quick google search I selected three different pages to share with here on quotes: inspiring quotes for kids, inspiring christian quotes and lovely scriptural quotes. After visiting the sites my daughter picked the quote that she felt most drawn to – that inspired her. She then typed the quote out in word, adjusted the font and size to something she liked and printed it. She painted her canvas, once it was dry she glued on her quote and then finished the project by decorating with stickers.

This project is both inexpensive and versatile: all the supplies were already in our home or came from the dollar store (including the canvas and stand). The best part is that as the liturgical year changes, feast days come up or she needs new inspiration – the canvas is removable. We can just use a new 5×7 canvas and create a brand new beautiful masterpiece – which we can display on her work area to inspire her daily or move to our dinner table to inspire us all at a tea party or family meal together!

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Inspiring Quote Sites:

For some printable Mother Teresa Quotes to help get you start you can view my previous free printable Mother Teresa Quote Posting or you could visit my previous Inspiring Quotes and Scripture Post to help you find some inspiration to make your own Inspiring Canvas!

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Other Ways to use this Project:

  • This great project could also be used to help learn some new scripture (Hide it in their hearts is a posting all about teaching kids more scripture and contains great free resources and sites for inspiring scripture for kids)
  • As a gift (maybe classroom exchange prayer partner or gift exchange, or a sick loved one)
  • Any feast day to help celebrate a favourite saint. As you create more you can create a collection to reuse each year again and again and your feast day celebrations:)
  • First Communion Craft – I am the bread of Life or some similar quote

The ideas are endless. Please feel free to comment with any creative ideas you come up with. Have fun and get inspired!

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BEST Vegan/Wheat Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

My BEST Vegan/Wheat Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe – Delicious for a feast day tea party

Recipe type: Dessert/Vegan/Wheat Free

Prep time:  10 mins

Cook time:  10 mins

Total time:  20 mins

Serves: 15-18 cookies

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips

 

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together the coconut oil & brown sugar, then add the coconut milk, maple syrup & vanilla.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Mix together – might start crumbly add a little more coconut milk if need. Next add the chocolate chips & any other mix-ins of your choosing (chia seeds, nuts, etc).
  5. Roll into Tbsp sized balls & place them on a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet, then flatten them out a bit with your palm or a fork.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
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Printable Mother Teresa Inspiring Quotes!

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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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Cute Free Annunication Mary Writing Paper

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.

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Guardian/ Archangel Angel Feast Day Craft!

imageFor 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 2: Decide on the size angel you want – then draw a circle for the head, 1 wing and draw two half circles, the bottom one longer, then connect these two with lines at an angel.image

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.

 

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For more information about Angels or more crafts to make for this feast please see previous posts:

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Archangel Colouring Pages

Interesting Write up about Archangels and other craft ideas

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Inspiring Quotes & Scripture

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!

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Back on my knees” – Lyrics from my favourite song Without you by For King and Country 

 

 

 

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What are some of your favourite scriptures or quotes ? Please share them in the comments below:)

 

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Pray, Hope & Don’t Worry

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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 Di19c38169f83ddee204eb77d088f5dda6vine 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.

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry

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Divine Mercy for Kids

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

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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.

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For more Divine Mercy Resources see my previous posts:

How to make an easy Divine Mercy Chaplet 

 Divine Mercy Craft and Activities

Divine Mercy Colouring Pages

St. Faustina Daily Email Reflections from her Diary

 

 

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Fun St. Valentines Scripture Wreath

c   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:

dStep 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.

cStep 4: Fold your sheet of construction paper in half and trace the heart shape and then cut out the hearts. Repeat till all four sheets are done.

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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