Friday, November 25, 2011

The Oplatki Tradidtion

I was offered a free gift Oplatki.  I was very thankful, of course, and then wondered "what is Oplatki?"

It seems I've missed the boat on this completely and I graciously thank Ian Rutherford of Aquinas & More to have aided me in the newest tradition of the Fisher home.

Thankfully the following was enclosed with the Oplatek wafes:

The Oplatki Tradition
Following time-honored tradition, many families will begin their Christmas Eve celebration by waiting for the appearance of the first star in the early evening sky as they look toward the East.  This first star appearing symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem which announced that the Great Light was coming into our world, to the "people who lived in darkness"
The table at which the family gathers for the Christmas Eve dinner typically has some straw strewn beneath a fine white tablecloth to commemorate the birth of the Christ Child in the manger cave where the animals lived.  A more modern adaptation included the use of straw or sprigs of evergreen which are placed on a serving platter and then covered with a fine white napkin on which the Oplatki wafers rest.
The Christmas Eve meal begins with the eldest member of the family taking an Oplatek wafer, breaking it and sharing it with the family member next to him.  Each then shares pieces of the Oplatek wafer with everyone else present at the table.  Some families, particularly of the Slovak tradition, share the Oplatek with honey on it, as a symbol of the sweetness and joy of the occasion.  The sharing-ritual is accompanied by embracing and the exchange of good wishes.  The symbolism of sharing the wafer with each person, and then back and forth, symbolizes the giving and the sharing in our lives.
You can read the whole story at www.AquinasAndMore.com/oplatki

The Oplatki wafers I received are off white and pale pink with different depictions embossed on each side. 



I plan on doing this with the Oplatki wafers we received after Mass on Christmas Eve.  I have additional Oplatki wafers I could try and mail to you or you can purchase your own at www.AquinasAndMore.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

I give thanks to God for all, most especially these beautiful people entrusted to me.










May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Halloween 5K Run & Tot Trot

A few weeks ago I ran in a Halloween 5K and the big kids ran in a Tot Trot.  Well, they sort of ran in the Tot Trot, at least poor Henry did.  I say poor Henry because when all was said and done, while on our way home I realized that he wasn't just being shy around his little school friend Grace, he wasn't feeling well.  Bad parenting moment there, when you realize that you just pushed your kid to run a half mile race, {all the while wondering why he was the last runner at almost five because by the running in the house you know he can run faster} only to find out he was sick and spent the next two days on the couch.  Yah, great parenting.  But look at these pictures, does he look sick? 

How about Karley?  Well, she didn't run to far and I ended up piggy backing her across the finish line.

Me, well I had a PR of 26:26 for a 5K.  I was super excited until somebody with a fancy schmancy Garmin said there was no way that was 3.1.  Bummer.  My take on that, well, it's down on the record books as a 5K so how about I just take the 26:26?  Thank you, I will! 









I almost forgot, I also won my class and received a nice Halloween medal.  The playing field is a little less competitive when you are in your 40's.  At least for this race it was! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Just in Case You Ever Wonder ~ Book Review

A great huge thank you to BookSneeze for sending us the beautiful book, Just in Case You Ever Wonder, by Max Lucado and illustrated by Toni Goffe. 

The resounding message, "God made you", carries through every page of this beautifully illustrated book, along with reassurances that your child was created in a very special and unique way by God. 

The wonderful thing about Just in Case You Ever Wonder is that not only does it speak about when your child was a baby but also as they get older, grow and change.  The child will hear the words that you will always love them, hug them and be on your side.  So sweet! 

And straight from the book:

Most of all, I'll be here to teach you about God.  He loves you.  He protects you.  He and His angels are always watching over you.


Beautiful!

I highly recommend this book!  Wonderful book for baby showers, baptism, birthday, or a Christmas gifts.

Thanks again Booksneeze!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Next Dancing with the Stars

Just for fun....




Next Dancing with Stars.......

New Babysitter

My good friend Mrs. S was so kind to share her babysitter with us.  We were finally able to call on her last week.  It was only for a few hours and I did have her feed the children.  Usually, when get a babysitter the most they have to do is give the kids a snack and put them to bed.  This time I didn't think twice that the young lady couldn't handle feeding them and putting the Littles to bed.  I was so right on this one. 

She was playing with them before we walked out the door and my kids were actually excited (as they always are) that a babysitter was coming.  Is this a bad thing on my part that they are excited??

While the babysitter was playing with the kids we went to dinner and then went to a talk by Fr Rocky of Relevant Radio.  He spoke about five virtues to teach your children.  I can't say enough what a great talk that was.  You can read more about the talk here.

When we got home Miss H was doing her homework at the breakfast bar and gave us the following:



All the dishes were done, toys picked up and dirty laundry folded.  We were both in amazement.  We've only had a few babysitters, and this was the first time we had this caliber of babysitter.  Now the only question was did the kids like her? 



The next morning Karley asked if Miss H could bring her to school.   There was an overwhelming consensus that they liked Miss H.  The only downfall is that she's a senior and doesn't have a younger sister.  We are going to take full advantage of dates until next August!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Fifth Birthday Henry!

My baby turned five last Sunday.  If I wasn't reminded daily that he's getting bigger, I don't know if I could believe it.  To me, it seems like just yesterday we were telling our parents that we were going to have a baby.  Now, five years later our family is blessed beyond belief, our eldest marking five years.



We had family and close friends over for lunch on Sunday.  I really like the cooking part but as you can see by the cake, I am not much of a baker.  It stresses me out too much and the cakes I have made never turn out they way they should.  I've skipped cake baking and found a famous (in the county) bakery that worked quite well.  I am just really hoping that one day one of my kids will love cheesecake so much they will request it.

Henry didn't have a kid birthday party this year.  Even though many of the kids in his pre-school class are having them, we decided that we would wait for that when he's in Kindergarten.  Cousins and friends, there are kids a plenty.

One of the only things Henry requested for his party was a pinata.  {Which secretly worked out good because we were able to unloaded some of the Halloween candy!}  The pinata was just about to break after all the kids took a couple of whacks, me, being the smart Mom that I am, I thought it would be a good idea if Henry could give Spidy the final blow.  Was I wrong.  Once Henry got the idea that his hits were delivering candy and his crazy mother was telling him to keep hitting it, all the kids were getting the candy and he was not.  So, he threw the bat down and ran off crying.  Poor kid.  Silly Mom.  Dad finally got him back and one of the big kids finished Spidy off.  Yeah candy!






This birthday was a little harder for me than the past four.  When Henry turned one I cried, while getting ready, secret tears throughout the day and when I watched him sleep in his crib that night.  I wondered if all mothers went through this or was it because I was seven months pregnant?  I would bet it comes and goes through the years.  This year was another one of those years.  He's just gotten so big, smart, courageous, kind, great helper and even more loving ever day.  I am amazed every day at the things he says, does and how he interacts with others.  He's such a blessing and I feel so incredibly gifted to be his mother.  I am reminded by this boy and his sisters how loving God really is.  As well as how generous Adam by work hard so I can be home with our children.

Henry didn't have school on Monday which was nice.  We all enjoyed the morning hanging out, not going anywhere for a change.  I received a boy education in Lego's.  This is a very time consuming endeavour learning how to build Lego's.  It was hard to let the work pile up but worth every minute. 

Happy 5th Birthday Henry!  We love you so much!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jose Miguel ~ Sponsorship & Prayers ~ ANSWERED!

PRAISE GOD......
JOSE MIGUEL HAS BEEN SPONSORED!
Thanks to all who helped by tweeting, linking, and praying!
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I make no bones about this post....it's a appeal.  Please read to the end as I am sure you can help in one way or another.

We've been sponsoring Ryan James for about four months now and I really wanted to help CFCA reach their goal of 8000 kids.  What is 8000 kids? 

Seventy-five-year-old Bob Hentzen, the president and co-founder of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, ended his 17-month, 8,000-mile walk across 12 countries to show solidarity with the poor June 6.
His goal was to gain sponsorship for a child for each mile he walked in one of 22 countries served by the foundation, which is based in Kansas City, Kan. Along the way, Hentzen visited and walked with some of the 182,000 families helped by the foundation.
While Hentzen's goal of gaining 8,000 sponsors had not been reached, he earned support for more than 5,000 children. He told CNS that his goal was to reach as many as possible. "Numbers haven't been that important to me."
~From CNS
You can read about CFCA on my sidebar and by going to their website of:  http://www.hopeforafamily.org.  While the company has been founded by two Catholic gentlemen you need not be Catholic to sponsor a child or aging and the child or aging does not need to be Catholic to get sponsored and they are not out to convert.  I also want to note that CFCA has an A+ rating from American Institute of Philanthropy with a 94.3% program support rating.  You can read more about their financials here.

Your sponsorship is more than just a handout:
Our unique style of sponsorship is effective because we know "one size does not fit all." Project coordinators and staff members listen closely to our sponsored members and their families, then tailor benefits and services to meet their specific needs. In many projects, parents of sponsored children are given opportunities to participate in skills training or livelihood initiatives, so that they can begin to rely less on sponsorship and more on their own abilities to provide for their families.
~From CFCA
And here's the appeal part:

Last week I contact CFCA to see if I could help with the goals in reaching 8000 kids.  I was sent a packet for little Jose Miguel.  Many things come to mind when I see the picture of Jose Miguel and read the information about his family.  But here's what I know:




Jose Miguel was born on April 28, 2010 to a mother who is 20 years old and a father who is 25.   He likes to play with cars and is learning Spanish.  He is said to be so sweet and has special needs regarding his health, he has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.  

His mother and father both work, yet they have so many problems as their income is too low to cover all the needs for little Jose Miguel.  He lives in a home with mud walls, a zinc roof, and a dirt floor.  He sleeps on a wooden bed, cooking is done by firewood and lastly, six people live in this home.  The family income is about $15 USD per month.

My prayers, if it's God's will, are for me to use my blog & tweeting to help this family gain sponsorship.  Sponsorship is $30 USD per month. 

If you feel called to sponsor this child please contact me at tinafisher5@gmail.com

If you are able, I humbly ask if you will please spread the word using whatever social media you are able.  Facebook, twitter, blog post, or e-mail.  Thank you.

Lastly, can you please add this little boy, Jose Miguel to your prayers?

May God bless you!