Monday, January 23, 2017

Pro-Life Prints :: Preborn Babies

This week I'm spending a little time each afternoon completing the brand new downloadable lesson plan and workbook from Culture of Life Studies: Pro-Life Prints with my little ones. It was created for Pre-K-2 but I included my 4th grader as well. This fun and educational project is broken into four lessons which all teach and emphasize the dignity and sacredness of every human life. Today we reviewed and discussed Preborn Babies!   

During the short lesson we pulled out some poppy seeds to remind us of how small we were when God first created us and then pulled out our tempera paint to get started on today's Pro-Life Prints.

.: Preborn Babies :. 

.: Tiny Me :. 

.: Small, but Awesome! :. 

.: 8 Months and Still Growing :. 

.: Today's Pro-Life Prints :. 

You can find the digital download we are using here: 

Additional Pro-Life activities from the archives: 

Update! I just got an email from Culture of Life Studies and they are offering 30% off Pro-Life Prints for Shower of Roses visitors with coupon code: ROSESM4L

Saturday, January 21, 2017

White House Cookie Kit on Inauguration Day

I purchased this White House Cookie Kit for just a few dollars on clearance from Trader Joe's at the end of summer. I planned to incorporate it into our U.S. Elections Unit Study this school year and then completely forgot I had it up on the top shelf of the pantry.

I've been having yet another relapse of this never-ending cold/flu and spent yesterday afternoon at the doctor's office. It was just my routine visit and another ultrasound, but it does look like I have developed both ear and sinus infections... Anyway, before my husband drove me to town for my appointments, I had one of the older boys get the White House Cookie Kit down while I handed the girls my camera. They did the rest while we were gone!

From the Archives:

Prayer for the Nation
(condensed version of this prayer which we've been praying here at home) 

We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Birthday Blessings

Beautiful birthday roses from my husband this morning!

The girls baked and decorated this gorgeous and 100% AIP Raspberry Cake!
(Update: They used this recipe from Autoimmune Wellness, substituting applesauce for the apple puree.) 

They also made AIP Raspberry Lemon Gummies adapted from the Cherry Lime Gummies in The Healing Kitchen!

They were able to fit all 39 candles on the 6" cake!
... and I was able to blow them all out before they melted.


My family all spoiled me today with beautiful cards, thoughtful gifts, special meals, and even Masses offered for me by my brother-in-laws! I've been so blessed!