August 12, 2013, marked the third anniversary of this blog. We’ve grown up a lot in three years time. Well, we’re three years older, anyway, and hopefully a bit wiser. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest followers and formally introduce ourselves. Feel free to introduce yourself; we look forward to hearing from you.
Hot diggity! I’m on a “Pinisher” role lately. I recently spotted a few ideas on Pinterest for how to assemble a family May altar in your home. Given the month of May is dedicated to Mary, I set out to create an altar to honor Mary. Now the next logical step is to actually gather the family around the altar and pray a Hail Mary or two. So here are some tips for praying the Rosary with kids.
My friend Dorian came up with an awesome link-up idea called “Pinisher” — a movement to get Pinterest-slackers like me to actually finish something I’ve pinned. How many of you have actually baked, crafted, decorated, repurposed, reused, bought, planned, played, etc. anything you’ve pinned? Really … all of you?! Well kudos and more power to you because this meme pretty much sums up my success with Pinterest.
Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan; it’s a requirement of our faith. Here are a few goals for Das Schmidt Haus in response to “Care for God’s Creation,” one of seven key themes at the heart of Catholic social teaching. What are some lifestyle behaviors you practice in the spirit of Care for God’s Creation?
We have good friends whose annual Christmas card includes a variety of hilarious quotes uttered by predominately their four young boys. Mom and dad capture quotes throughout the year and the best ones earn real estate on their Christmas letter. I can only imagine how fun this tradition will become as the boys grow and their vocabularies expand. We excitedly wait for this family’s letter each year, but darn it, I wish I had thought of the idea first.
But I do have this blog and what else would I write about for the letter Q? Quinoa, Qabalah, Qintar, Qwerty? Let’s stick with quotes. Introducing the inaugural edition of Das Schmidt Haus Quoteopia!
The phrase “smells and bells” is a colloquial expression used within the Church that refers to various sensory experiences occurring during the liturgy — incense and bells, oil and water, bread and wine. The domestic church, at least my domestic church, has its share of smells and bells, too. Not quite the same as the Benedictine monastery, but there is a parallel.