Snow, Sisters, Surrender, and a Second Birthday

The announcement about this book, The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home, co-authored by Leila Lawler who blogs at Like Mother, Like Daughter has me charged, positively charged. David Clayton, an iconographer and other co-author of the book, shared the following at his blog.

It is written with the hope that through the spread of a liturgical piety in the home, the family will become once again the driving force for cultural renewal. Keeping a faithful prayer life with your family isn’t easy. From herding distracted children to managing the seemingly endless litany of prayers and devotions, our spiritual life all too often feels frantic and burdensome. But this isn’t the way it should be. Our prayer life, our family life, and our work life should — and can! — be in harmony. When they are, our family is a powerhouse of grace, and Our Lord transforms our home into a little Eden — a little bit of heaven on earth. (Read more from David here.)

When my road to holiness often feels like taking two baby steps forward and 100 giant steps back, those words above give me hope and encouragement to keep on, keeping on. I’m really looking forward to getting my copy.

So on a somewhat related note … since it’s been months since I’ve shared a {pretty, happy, funny, real} post and the photos are piling up in iPhoto, another round of {phfr} hosted by Like Mother, Like Daughter seems in order. The link-up closes in 12 hours, 52 minutes, so let’s get going!


I really am not minding all this snow here. But the cold temps? Well, I could do without those! The snow sure does make for some pretty landscapes, and I’m keeping myself entertained while trying to capture those views with my new camera. The temps are forecasted to be a bit warmer this week, so my hope is to get outside with the kids and enjoy some fresh air soon.

Kitchen Window - Winter

The view out my kitchen window.

Backyard Tree in Snow

And off the deck.

Boot Collage And on the deck … might help to bring boots indoor before the snow falls, huh?

Joel Grilling in Snow

Every season is grillin’ season here at Das Schmidt Haus!


Hey sis

“Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams, and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.” from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

From the moment she learned I was pregnant, Lucy prayed, and prayed, AND PRAYED for a sister. Now that Lydia is here, all is right with her world. And what joy it is to witness precious moments like that one above. God-willing, there will be many more.


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Lucy got ahold of my label maker and unbeknownst to me made a MOM label. See where she stuck the label? Is she sending me some sort of passive-aggressive message? Mom, just surrender already, would ya!? Equally funny, Jude points to the silhouette and says, “Mama!” The book is Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God’s Will by Fr. Larry Richards, and I recently saved it from dying a sad death collecting dust behind the washing machine. (When will I learn to stop setting things there?)

Mom, surrender.

Got it, kids. I have a feeling there’s more to be said about all this! :)


We have a two-year-old in da haus again!

Hawaiian punch boy

Joel decorating Elmo Cake

Joel’s at it again, having fun in the kitchen baking and decorating birthday cakes. A creative outlet for him is a big ol’ stressor for me, so this is one area I gladly hand over. It was so nice for Elmo to join us this year, and Jude was, ummm, just as tickled that Elmo made an appearance.

Elmo Cake

Jude with Elmo Cake

Jude Leonard - bowtie

For weeks I’ve been meaning to share a photo of Jude looking smart in his new bow tie, and here it is. The tie is a gift, courtesy JM Handmade by way of Elizabeth Foss’s blog. In celebration of Small Business Saturday last November, Elizabeth hosted a HUGE giveaway of products from her blog’s sponsors. I spent that Saturday discovering some great small businesses and trying to win some swag from their shops. Lucky me, I won a JM Handmade gift certificate and cashed it in on that tie and a hair clip. Check out more of their beautiful hand-sewn items at their Etsy boutique.

This post is linked up with {pretty, happy, funny, real} hosted at Like Mother, Like Daughter.

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  1. says

    I love everything about this post, but it makes me dislike our geography! Philip and I are so impressed with Joel´s Elmo cake. You aren´t alone with the snow-filled boots on the deck. The pics of the kiddos are all adorable, and I´m cracking up over the MOM label. Let me know if you figure out that whole surrender thing, and then please teach this control freak how. 😉 Keep these posts coming!

  2. Andrew says

    For no reason should “surrender” and “sisters” should be in the same phrase. That said, major “props” (am I using this correctly) to Joel for grilling in the middle of February, especially under such inhospitable climatic conditions.

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