Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sunday Snippets: 6/30/13

Welcome, friends, to my spot on the web!
Thank you so much for stopping in!

Time once again 

for Sunday Snippets, 
graciously hosted by RAnn 

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I've only one post this week
to link to  the Carnival, which is mainly bloggy "business,"
but contains info on what is sure to be am inspiring
 series on marriage throughout the month of July,
Hot Summer Nights.

And since today is the 'anniversary' of our engagement
....17 years ago!.....
I'm including a wedding pic!
(Actually, it's the only one of our wedding photos that is digitized.
Gotta do something about that!)
Anyway, about the Hot Summer Nights Series,
please click over for  the details on contributors and topics.
Or click to Jen, the series hostess, for the scoop.

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Thank you to RAnn for hosting the Carnival!
Be sure to visit the other bloggers who've linked...
Have a lovely Sunday!

Until next time,


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sunday Snippets: 6/23/13

Welcome, friends, to my spot on the web!
Thank you so much for stopping in today!

Time once again 
for Sunday Snippets, 
graciously hosted by RAnn 

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I've only one post this week
which is suitable for  the Carnival of Catholic posts....

Yesterday's post in my Artful Friday series,
"God Saw All He Had Made..."
around JPII's Letter to Artists

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However, I do have a few posts with "cute Catholic kids!"

My water Theme Thursday post


Father's Day in photos

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Thank you, RAnn, for hosting!
Please click over to RAnn's for more Catholic posts....

Until next time,


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Artful Friday: "God Saw All He Had Made..." ~ JPII's Letter to Artists

Welcome friends, to Artful Friday, 
here at my spot on the web.

A gem, a beacon, a guide,
to those who are artists in any capacity,
is Blessed  JP II's 1999 

As parents, as homeschoolers, as Catholics,
it is vital that we familiarize ourselves 
not only with our 
Beloved Holy Father's intent, but also 
his style, 
his benevolence toward his flock 
his love of The Arts.
 Have you read it?
Now that the school year has wound down,
I felt I needed the rejuvenation of
his words.
After all, he is my family's hero.
He's our go-to guy for all things Catholic,
all things love,
 all things right.
I've written about being in the presence of this saint
here and here, 
if you have the time to click over and  read further.

In our homeschool 
The Arts play a significant  role
in that each of my children
study several instruments and
act in local community theater.  
In addition, my older son  blogs and writes a column at a tech site.
They "do" art.
They "live" art.
They need BL JPII's guidance.
So do I. Big time.
As a writer and blogger, I find I need to read and reread his words to artists
to remind myself about the why and the how of my craft.
Not the competition.
Not the bells and whistles of blinkies on my  blog sidebar ...
Yeah they're cute though. No?
Not the stats and the linky parties.
Not the number of "likes" or shares  my recent
 Catholic Mom column garnered.....
(Not many.)
But still.

When I get another freelance rejection.
When I see a post I poured my heart into is not widely read or commented upon.
 I need the reminder of this.
Do you, also?
About the real reason behind why we do what we do?
The real driving force?
Here is the beginning of Blessed John Paul II's
 Letter to Artists:

To all who are passionately dedicated
to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty
so that through their creative work as artists
they may offer these as gifts to the world

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Gn 1:31)

The artist, image of God the Creator

1. None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands. A glimmer of that feeling has shone so often in your eyes when—like the artists of every age—captivated by the hidden power of sounds and words, colours and shapes, you have admired the work of your inspiration, sensing in it some echo of the mystery of creation with which God, the sole creator of all things, has wished in some way to associate you.

To read the full text of this landmark piece 
by our 264th Pope 
 my favorite artist/actor/writer 
turned priest....
Revel in the words he intended.
Just for you.
Their beauty and their magic.
Thanks for visiting, friends!
If you'd care to dust off something from the archives of the past
Artful Fridays,
here is the list of previous posts:

As always,  thank you for spending some
of your precious time here at my home on the web!

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Theme Thursday 6/20/13~ "Water"

Hi there and welcome to my little spot on the web!
 I'm so happy to link up today with 
for her super fun blog hop,

My  memories around "water,"
were sparked by 
Cari's theme for this week
and so...
here goes:

Summer 2008
summer 2012

"Our" lake,
which I write about here  in
Lengthening Shadows.

Hiking on a glacier,
Glacier Nat'l Park.
I wrote a reflection here, called
Glacial Peaks.
Summer 2012

The Pacific for the very first time.
Ruby Beach, WA in
Olympic Nat'l Park
July 2012

The LI Sound
Spring 2013
CT in the distance, to the right/north

Our pool,
which we've since ripped out.
Too much work/expense....
Summer 2009

Thanks, friends, for stopping in!
Please click over to Carit's for more TT photos 
and if you're a blogger, join in the fun!

Have a  lovely day, friends and thank you for visiting!

 Until next time,


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day Weekend 2013 ~ In Pictures

Hi there and welcome to my spot on the web today!
We had a fun and busy Father's Day weekend
 and I thought I'd organize a few of my many pictures here!
Thank you for stopping in to take a peek....

Trophy Day
Saturday, June 15
White Sox
Dad/Coach awards trophies

Big bro with cupcakes to celebrate 
season's end for little bro's team
 K, at HIS last game that afternoon.....

Nice, huh?

 T learning "Horse with No Name"
as a Daddy's Day gift.
Sounds pretty good.

~Father's Day~
Sunday June 16

Making soup!
Chicken and veggies!
His own concoction!
He did a great job.

The finished product!

 Shishkebob BBQ

K made cheesecake!!
It was awesome....
We're big cheesecake people around here.

K gifted his Dad with a laptop skin. 
It was a perfect picture, given my hubby's love of astronomy.

T made a "catch-all" for small items, the DVD remote, etc....
Both were hits!


A catch on the beach that evening~
We're so close to the LI Sound and yet, we rarely go.....

Thanks, friends for visiting!
Have a lovely day.

Until next time,


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This week, I am gratefully linking this post 
with the Wordless Wednesday hops 
whose buttons are featured on my sidebar,
 as well as Collage Friday.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

And the Winner.....

for which I 
really, really, really 
wished to celebrate my readers,
 gifting one with a 
whole cache of summery, fun gifts is.....


who has already been notified.

Congrats, Angie!!!

Your gifts will be on their way very, very soon!
The giveaway closed on Saturday evening and,
as promised, 
I'm posting the winner here Monday June 17.

Thanks to all who commented, entered, emailed.
You are all wonderful!!

Until next time,


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sunday Snippets: Carnival of Catholic Posts ~ 6/16/13

Welcome, friends, to my spot on the web!
Thank you so much for stopping in today!

Time once again 
for Sunday Snippets, 
graciously hosted by RAnn 

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I guess under RAnn's  guidelines, these
fall into the "cute Catholic kids"

my son guest posts again with another step bystep
"how to" video.
Go check it out!

He had a ball making the videos!
 Here;s one of his creations~~

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Also for the "cute Catholic Kids" category~~

(baseball diamonds ~ ha!!! )

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Posts which honor Dads this week~

 I wrote, for my Memoir Monday piece,
 about the role of
 Dads and their encouragement and quiet support in

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a few photos for the

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Now, this post is not  Catholic, nor does it have any  cute kids.
BUT, it's a "how-to" for  
easy peasy and festive cupcakes.
It definitely dresses up a table.
I'd love to share it with you
because it's so simple and celebratory!

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Thanks friends for clicking over.
Please head to RAnn's for other Catholic Carnival posts!

Have a wonderful day with your Dads, husbands, sons, brothers and friends
on this Father's Day 2013!

Until next time,


Friday, June 14, 2013

Saturday June 15: Last Chance to Enter the Giveaway!

Hi there friends and welcome!

As you know, I've a fun giveaway going on...
I have been abundantly blessed by my readers 
throughout  my blogging journey thus far.
 I need to celebrate  and I'm gifting one lucky reader ...
(maybe it will be you! )
a cache of summer-y,
pamper-y items, 
plus a wonderful new Catholic book.


Head on over to the post with the full details 
to read up on what you could win.
And to enter.

It's easy.
It's fun.
So go ahead.
You have until midnight, Cinderella!

Winners will be posted here on Monday June 17.

Thank you!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Artful Friday: Shaping Balloons Part 2: How to Make a Balloon Dog : A Video

I'm Timmy, my Mommy's guest poster.

Last week, I was here with
Part 1 of 
including a how-to video.

I hope your kids enjoyed their swords!

Today, I'm back with a step by step demonstration  too.
This time, the topic is how to make a balloon dog!
You might want to review the sword making video
 before you do this one because the first few steps in each  are the same.

Here is the dog you'll be  making~

It's helpful if you these items handy:

balloon pump


bag of shape balloons

Here we go:

I hope the steps were easy enough to follow!

Thank you for visiting my Mom's blog today!
Please comeback next Friday 
for the 3rd video in my balloon making series!

Chris stepping in briefly to say thanks for clicking over! 
Timmy had a marvelous time making the video.

I'd like to remind you to 
 be sure and check out my blogoversary giveaway!
There's a stash of summer-y items plus an awesome,

 brand new Catholic book!
Go check it out!
It ends tomorrow night.

Also, here's a list of previous Artful Friday posts
 in case you'd like to visit something from the archives:

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Thank you for visiting!
I appreciate the precious time you
 spend here at my home on the web!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
 by scrolling to the subscribe button at the  top left sidebar.

I'd love to stay in touch regularly!

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