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December 09, 2007


That is such a beautiful post. Thank you for the lovely reminder. ((Hug))

What beautiful walls you have!
And the puppet show looks such a delight.

Such great points. I honestly think blogs sometimes necessitate the focus on the beautiful, ordinary things that we'd otherwise overlook. Sweet puppet show!!

I wish I could have been there! :) Our puppet shows here have the same rules, althought the farthest reaches of our small house are still pretty close, LOL!

Ha Ha Ha!!! I love it and this post...I would like to see the puppet show in person. :) Alice, please know there is a votive candle burning for you and your mother at the statue of St. Anne and the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Patrick's Church on Camp St. in New Orleans. My prayers are for healing and peace for your mother and in thanksgiving for you and your post on Nov. 5 about St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary. Here is a link to the statue photo

Wonderful!!! Encore!!! to both your lovely children and your "be real" comments!!! Love you...

That's my favorite room in the cottage!

Absolutely precious! Thank you so much for sharing. Children truly are a blessing from God!

Truly delightful!! What a blessing your home is, a veritable haven and heaven on Earth!

This is such a wonderful post.

Beautiful, Alice.

Very wise thoughts.

Thank you for this. It's so easy to focus on all the wrong things, when the things that will most nurture my heart are right there waiting for me all along. Especially this time of year when it's so easy to get distracted by the "noise" of the season--what a beautiful reminder to stay focused on what matters most.

So beautiful, Alice! Capturing the simple moments filled with grace and love is key to a mother's happiness. You manage to do that in every post here at Cottage Blessings. I love this blog, especially its author!

What a beautiful post!! I just love visiting Cottage Blessings... You have a such a lovely, inspirational blog!

Alice, this is such a beautiful post -- so true and so real and still so "perfect." :-) Thank you!

So very sweet. What a lovely way to spend a day! Thank you for sharing.

Very sweet post, Alice. I'm sure those pictures and the memories will be treasured in your heart for a long time to come.

A lovely post, Alice.

Beautiful post, Alice.

As I was working this morning I came across two extremely long quotes from Cardinal Ratzinger's book "Salt of the Earth" that I just had to share with you in this context (please forgive the length, but I think you'll like them)...

"Something I constantly notice is that unembarrassed joy has become rarer. Joy today is increasingly saddled with moral and ideological burdens, so to speak. When someone rejoices, he is afraid of offending against solidarity with the many people who suffer. I don't have any right to rejoice, people think, in a world where there is so much misery, so much injustice.

I can understand that. There is a moral attitude at work here. But this attitude is nonetheless wrong. The loss of joy does not make the world better - and, conversely, refusing joy for the sake of suffering does not help those who suffer. The contrary is true. The world needs people who discover the good, who rejoice in it and thereby derive the impetus and courage to do good."


"Life doesn't exist in contradictions, but it does exist in paradoxes. A joyfulness based on willful blindness to the horrors of history would ultimately be a lie or a fiction, a kind of withdrawal. But the converse is also true. Those who have lost the capacity to see that even in an evil world the Creator still shines through are at bottom no longer capable of existing. They become cynical, or they have to say farewell to life altogether. In this sense, the two things belong together: the refusal to evade the abysses of history and of man's existence, and then the insight that faith gives us that the good is present, even if we aren't always able to connect the two things. Particularly when one has to resist evil it's all the more important not to fall into a gloomy moralism that doesn't allow itself any joy but really to see how much beauty there is, too, and to draw from it the strength needed to resist what destroys joy."

Bravo!!! To the mom and the cast. So beautiful. All of it.

It looks lovely and beautiful.

What a beautiful post. My daughter would love to hang out with your girls. She loves puppet shows. :-)
And to tell and create stories.

How wonderful! - oh, and I've nominated you for a Blogger Reflection Award

Such good food for thought, Alice! I have been thinking lately that one of the many joys of blogging is that I too find myself snapping photos of the ordinary around my home. Photos I never would have captured just for prints in my album, but photos that are somehow more at home when posted on my blog and shared with like-minded moms.

I just have to add that my girls are into puppet shows too - drawing their own "scenery". And magic shows. Last week we were treated to one with tricks such as, "See this doll? Now close your eyes! Open them. Now she's dressed!"

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