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This statue of Our Lady was bought by a dear friend while visiting Portugal. He later entered a monastery and we were given the statue, a gift from a godfather to his godson. This fall, the godson will be traveling to Italy to see his godfather be ordained to the Holy Priesthood.

The people behind our lady are my grandparents, my mother’s parents. They are no longer with us, but they left a lasting impact on my life. We named our first daughter, Margaret, after my grandmother. (I am still working on getting Norbert on the boys name list. ;))



The beginnings of fresh baked bread. I have been making no knead bread for a while, but this week I switched back to simple Italian bread and like the change of pace. This bread will go with our chicken soup dinner tonight. (That was simmering away on the stove  on the other side of the kitchen.)



Caecilia loves to have a minion to call her own. Benedict is more than happy to play that role. Here she is eating her breakfast, with Benedict begging for some scraps. She was telling him, “No, Bencky-Benk, no eaaaa.” He thought it was hilarious!



Yep, this is how it is after meals in our house, Benedict actually gets more food in his mouth than on the floor, but the floor still gets pretty messy.


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  1. Very nice! I love making bread. I used to do the “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day,” but now mostly do a big sourdough peasant loaf, and it is much more satisfying, for some reason.

  2. Italian bread sounds good! I need a good recipe. I am doing “Artisan Bread…..” and love it, but kind of miss kneading the dough!

  3. Is it just me, or does that picture on the left resemble Joshua? I would have guessed that they are HIS relatives! You’ve inspired me to put the bread machine to use today!

  4. Today, for the bread, I put in 4 cups (or so) of flour, some yeast, salt and enough water to bring it all together. Yeah, I am cooking like days of old “a little bit of this and a little bit of that”. 🙂

    Paulette! Yes and we have heard that before too! Interestingly enough, if you put our extended families together, you would find that both sides look quite a bit a like. Margaret looks very much like my mom’s side of the family as well as Joshua’s side of the family.

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