Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wrapping Things Up

It's a week of finishing things up around here!
We finally completed our California relief map project, made out of paper mache...
It's taken the better part of 2 months to get it made, painted and complete.  We've just had too many distractions to get it done sooner, so "whew", we did it!
Finishing a project is a lesson in itself, don't you think?
Princess also made this beautiful California Quail in an art class...I just love the vibrant colors!  It was fun to hang them up in celebration:)
It felt good to wrap up our studies with nothing major hanging over our heads!  Now we can move into a Thanksgiving break and the next final thing...The end to our church year.  I am so excited for Advent and the new liturgical "Year of Grace" ahead.  How fitting that we move into Advent after Thanksgiving.  There is so much to be thankful for as we move into the celebration of the birth of our Savior.  That is reason enough to be thankful.

We will be apart from dear husband this Thanksgiving as he will be on duty.  This is always difficult for me and the children but mostly, it helps us appreciate all those who are separated from their families on holidays, especially our soldiers and other public servants.  We always keep them top on our Thanksgiving prayer list:)
I am reminded of this scripture verse:
"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."~1 Thess 5:17-18~

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!
Oh, and one last amazing pumpkin recipe to share.  
These pumpkin muffins were the easiest and yummiest I've ever made.
Another hit with all 7 family members!
~ONLY 3 simple Ingredients if you add mini chocolate chips~
Hop over to Patty's @ Reasons for Chocolate to check it out.  The only thing that I did differently is to sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top before baking.  
YUM Gobble, Gobble!


  1. Wow!! Tell your kiddos that their projects turned out amazing!! I am very impressed.

    Happy Thanksgiving to your family! I am so sorry to hear that your hubby will be away. I can only imagine how difficult that is. I love your attitude about it. I promise to keep our soldiers at the top of our prayer list especially this weekend!

  2. Great looking projects and yummy muffins! Have a blessed Thanksgiving break with your lovely family! :-)

  3. Oh, my goodness, those projects turned out amazing!!

    those muffins look too easy, going to have to try those!

  4. the California relief map is beautiful!! such hard work and perseverance went into it, i can tell. and creativity! and I love the quail. I'm a sucker for birds. lovelove all those winged little ones! the pumpkin muffins look gobbly good! Happy blessed thanksgiving, with special prayers for your hubby who will be on duty!

  5. Your California map looks so colorful and creative! The quail art look is so vibrant and eye catching. Your children are budding artists!

    Your pumpkin muffins look quite delicious too. Have a very Blessed Thanksgiving!

  6. I missed this post as well! That relief map turned out amazing!! It looks like a lot of TLC went into it. And her quail picture from art class needs to be framed on hung on her bedroom wall. Excellent job on both projects. Thanks for the link. Glad you liked those muffins. We will have to try them with the chocolate chips sometime soon :)


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