PrepWise Wednesday Challenge

It you all have been following my blog for a while, you know I like to keep a large pantry and storage of daily use products. Since we have a large family, I prefer to shop out of my pantry for the week and restock when items go on that once every two month sale.


Over the past 20 months or so, the pantry took a major hit. I praise God that I had the provisions in the house to help us get through the leaner and more turbulent times. Now that things have settled down, it is time to rebuild the pantry and other provisions.


The first thing I am going to do is take a physical inventory of the items I have in the house right now. Then I am going compare what I have on hand with what I need to get the stores back up to at least a three month level. Then I will make my plan for restocking.


After I complete my plan, I need to have my husband build better storage shelves for the food items. The ones I have now are plastic shelves and they are showing signs of age. One even collapsed a month or so ago. Thankfully there were no glass jars on it so nothing was lost. I want to avoid having that happen in the future.


For the next week I am going to work on my inventory, research plans for shelves and start a plan for restocking.


For this week I encourage you to start your prepping plan. Post here with your prepping plans.

Pax Christi,


A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Spiritual Works of Mercy in the Home

As Catholics we believe that we are to perform works of mercy to help others and ourselves along our faith journey. Last week I discussed the Corporal Works of Mercy in the home.  Today I want to discuss how mothers and fathers fulfill the Spiritual Works of Mercy in the home.  I know first hand how hard it is to perform anything other than a basic prayer with a young child in the home. If you have more than one child, it becomes so much harder. Then if you add in something like a special needs child or homeschooling, the journey becomes even more of a struggle.


As Catholics we believe mercy is a virtue of our personal will that allows us to have compassion for, and hopefully alleviate another person’s misfortune. The corporal works of mercy help with a person’s physical  or corporal needs.  The spiritual works of mercy help with a person’s soul.


So the spiritual works of mercy are as follows:

•Instruct the ignorant;
•Counsel the doubtful;
•Admonish sinners;
•Bear wrongs patiently;
•Forgive offences willingly;
•Comfort the afflicted;
•Pray for the living and the dead.

How are we, as parents, to perform these spiritual works of mercy in our homes?  Here are my thoughts.

Instruct the Ignorant –Our primary job as parents are to take the little blobs of humanity that God has entrusted to us and form them into God loving Christians. This means we teach them how to be compassionate towards themselves, their family and others.  We teach them how to feed themselves, dress themselves, numbers, and letters.  We teach them how to pray for others, the world, and that it is okay to pray for their needs too.

Counsel the Doubtful — We teach our children how to respond to questions that make them doubt themselves and their families.  We teach them how to respond to those that question their faith.  We teach them where to go to look for answers about their faith when others make them question that faith.

Admonish Sinners —  This is an easy one.  We are all sinners.  Including that precious little child in the middle of a temper tantrum because you, as the parent, said no you cannot go play in three feet of snow in a swimsuit.  We correct them for hitting others, we correct them when we catch them telling a lie.  We help them to understand that as humans, we are sinners and we need the grace in the sacraments to help us get through this life and get to heaven.  As Catholics, we teach them about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  This sacrament that allows us to actually hear God’s love and forgiveness expressed to us from one of his representatives here on Earth.

Bear Wrongs Patiently — As a parent this is key.  Many times your children will do wrong against you.  In the midst of anger they scream “I hate you.”  A toddler becomes so angry, she lashes out and hits you or bites you.  A teen “borrows” the food money from your purse so he can get a burger with the guys after school  As a parent, offer a prayer for them and yourself.  Then you get back to the the process of admonishing and instructing. That toddler goes into time out.  That teen gets grounded and winds up with peanut butter and jelly for the week for lunch and dinner.  The one that screams “I hate you,” gets told “I love you.”

Forgive Offenses Willingly —  Again as a parent this will be practiced often.  Take the examples above.  The one that screams “I hate you” will come up in a calmer moment and say “I am sorry, I didn’t mean it.”  You say that is okay, I know it and forgive you.  Then the offender gets a hug.  The toddler gets to say he was sorry and you say I forgive you and gets a hug too.  Even that teen will say I am sorry, and you say I forgive you, put the punish stands.

Comfort the Afflicted — Afflicted means to comfort someone who has physical or mental pain.  As a parent we will often comfort our children.  There will many illness of the body while a child is growing up.  There will even be mental pain too.  Especially in those hard middle school years: they are best friends one day and enemies the next.  Or there is the first break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend. 

Pray for the Living and the Dead —  As Catholics we believe in the communion of the saints.  That means all people, living and dead, are connected as one in the Body of Christ.  We can pray here on Earth for those that are in heaven and we can ask for them to intercede for us with our Lord.  We also believe in Purgatory, so we pray for those souls in Purgatory so that their time spent away from the face of God will be shorter.  We teach our children about these beliefs so that they can pray for all the saints of the church.

We must first take the time in our home to instruct our children in these things.  Then we can expand to the rest of the world.

Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Monday

Breakfasts
Monday — Cereal
Tuesday — Scrambled Eggs
Wednesday — Waffles
Thursday — Cereal
Friday — Waffles
Saturday — Dutch Baby
Sunday — Cereal


Lunches
Sandwiches
Leftovers


Dinners


Monday
Spaghetti
Salad
Garlic Bread


Tuesday
Baked Chicken
Seasoned Rice
Broccoli


Wednesday
Meatloaf
Sweet potatoes
Broccoli


Thursday — Boy Scouts
Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Applesauce


Friday
Baked chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Carrots
Green Beans


Saturday
Lasagna
Salad
Garlic Bread


Sunday
Taco Bar


Have a wonderful and flavorful week!


Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

First Sunday of Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It marks the start of the new liturgical year. This year we will again be following the Holy Heroes Advent Adventure.


This is a fun way to help learn about our Catholic Faith and the true meaning of Christmas. I have also made an Advent Calendar, well actually Advent Chain, which has activities the family will do throughout Advent. Things like writing the Christmas cards, baking cookies, and serving at the Sharing Table as a family.


We will be making a bed for the Baby Jesus. This is an empty manger into which we put pieces of “straw” (yellow and brown yarn) based on the number of good deeds or sacrifices the children make through out the day. The idea is to have a soft, fluffy bed for the Infant Jesus on Christmas Eve because the children have been showing compassion and a servant’s heart for everyone in the family and others outside the family.


We light the Advent Wreath and have a little devotional before dinner and have at least one family night a week. This includes things like a favorite family dinners, watching family favorite holiday movie or even a game night. In this hurried time of year, I think it is a good thing to try to slow down, connect as a family and enjoy each other.


What are some of your family’s Advent traditions?


Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Silly Saturday

Today we are going to be decorating the house for Christmas. We like to enjoy the lights and the decorations for as long as possible, so we put up our decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. Richard actually put the outside lights up last weekend since we had perfect weather for it.  Which is unusual for mid-November around here.


So we will be putting up the Christmas tree, the indoor lights and some of the lighted Christmas houses. When we replaced our 20 year old TV, we had to get a new TV stand, the old entertainment unit which used to hold our houses, was relieved of duty. We now have two little tables on which to display the houses. So this year all of us will pick and chose our favorite ones to display.


After the decorating is all done, we will sit down and watch some more of the classic Christmas shows. I might even make some hot chocolate to go with some freshly baked sugar cookies. Those are always special treats around here.


What are some your family’s favorite Christmas decorations?


Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Black Friday Drop Out

Today is the official Black Friday. Although the stores have been running huge sales already. So much for an economic recovery.

I have to admit, I have only done Black Friday shopping once. I refuse to do it again. I know there are great deals that can be found, but I just don’t like crowds, chaos and rude people. And I found all of those on my first and last time shopping on Black Friday three years ago.

So while all of you are out shopping, I will be cruising Amazon.com and doing my shopping. I found I did just as well, if not better doing most of my shopping on-line last year. Amazon was my favorite place.

Enjoy your shopping and stay safe. It is a jungle out there.


Pax Christi,
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome