Monday, October 5, 2015

Welcome Back to Wreath I: A New Look At Faith

Tonight was our first official meeting and we have now come full circle.  We are back to Wreath I.  There are two girls that are from the original group and have done this wreath already but it really doesn't matter.  We have all changed so much in four years.  In fact as I prepared for the meeting, I realized it felt like I was doing the meeting for the first time.

We have eight girls this year.  A few girls graduated and moved on to our Wild Flowers group.  The feel of the group is so different.  My daughter is struggling with most of her friends being gone but I know she will soon feel that all is well again.  Our group ranges from age four to age 10.  Most of the girls are really young to me.   It really has a different feel and it will take me a little bit to figure out the group as well.  I'm not used to the little ones as much anymore, But we will be having lots of fun.

So tonight I did Faith.  It felt good to have music again.  We really missed not having the songs for Wreath IV.  The girls enjoy learning the memory verses with the music.  I definitely recommended buying the CD to all the moms.  We talked a little about what faith is.  What luck that the gospel on Sunday contained one of the activities for this evening.  We were able to talk about having faith like a child and cross it off our list.  We also talk about Hebrews 11.  Then I read about St. Catherine of Sienna

We did a really fun activity which I found here.  I read the quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Only the next step.”  We talked about what it meant and then turned off all the lights.  I had all the girls stand in a beam of light and then read the lesson.  Talk about easy!!!  I had Hershey Kisses wrapped up as roses as the treasure at the end.  It wasn't quite dark enough, but luckily there was a little time at the end so the girls got to play it again.  They really enjoyed it.

For some reason, I felt at a loss finding a good craft for Faith.  Having a different flowers every month will come in handy.  So today we made our pretty sunflowers.  I think this will be the most difficult thing about having such a wide range of ages.  I didn't want to pick a craft that was too simple of the older girls.  This may have been just a little too difficult for the young ones, but that's the good thing about having the moms involved.  They were there to help their daughters as needed.  This was a pretty inexpensive craft.  I bought a package of yellow paper plates and then a thing of yarn.  I did wind up buying plastic needles but now we will have them for years to come.  After using coupons, it cost $10.00.

It looks like I'm signed up to do at least the next meeting as well.  I'm certainly hoping that more moms will start signing up, but I understand how it might feel a little intimidating at first.  I'm also homeschooling my kids this year so I'm not sure how much blogging I will be doing.  It's so great having a record of most of our meetings though so I am going to try to keep at it.  If I disappear for a while, you'll know I'm just going a little crazy with homeschool.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Update on the House

Just an update on Deacon Joseph and the house he is building for his parents.  The outside work is done!!!  While there is much to be completed on the inside, he has accomplished what he set out to do.  He has asked that I thank all those of you that may have donated or said prayers for him and his family.  Both are very much appreciated.  We need to keep him in our prayers as the day of his ordination draws closer.

I am keeping the widget up on this site until his ordination date.  I know his ordination is very expensive and there is much still left to be done in the house.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Thank you again from Deacon Joseph and myself!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Our Super Sleepover

It is that time of year when things are getting busy, busy, busy!!  Also time for our Little Flowers group to get together for our annual sleepover in the church hall.  The weather was perfect and we had lots of exhausting fun!!

As always, we started off with a pizza dinner and then go into the church for a short prayer.  The girls are so excited to get started with the festivities, but I remind them that we need to give thanks to God before everything else. 

This year, we had a talent show to help the girls with their confidence which was this month's virtue.  It was fantastic.  We even had some moms get up and show off their talents.  It was truly a hit.  It was really neat to see the girls get up and show a part of themselves that perhaps we had never seen before.  We had instruments played, a dancer, a jump roper, a poem reciter and book readers, an balloon animal maker, a singer and even a girl show off the earrings that she makes.  We have decided that it was such a hit that we will continue to do this each year.  You could just see the smiles from the girls when they finished their talent.  What a wonderful confidence booster.  During the evening, we also heard the girls complimenting each other.  It was fantastic.

The weather was so nice that we spent the rest of the evening playing outdoors.  Since usually our meetings are so structured, and the girls don't get a lot of time to just play, that's we let them do.  We have a beautiful grassy area for them to just run around.  I also bought bubbles and glow sticks.  It doesn't take much to keep them happy for hours.

Once it was quite dark,and we could tell that some of the girls were getting tuckered out, we came in for our sundae bar.  Certainly a delicious treat to help cool down after all the running around.  Lots of toppings to choose from!!

Once that was all cleaned up, we had the girls get ready for bed.  I read them a story and then let them giggle and talk for quite a bit longer.  Finally around 11:30 or so, we told them it was time to quiet down and go to sleep.  I think by midnight they were actually all sleeping.  We also told them that they could get up early but needed to stay quiet and in bed until 7:00 am.  It worked!!

Saturday morning we got up and had breakfast at 8 am.  Everyone just brings something and we have a feast.  Then we go over to the church and pray the Rosary together and end our sleepover with a craft.

This year, I thought the craft went well with the virtue, Confidence.  I found it over at Brave Girls Club. I had the girls pick their faces ahead of time and then had the pictures printed out over at Staples.  The girls got to pick all the different colors and trinkets that they wanted.  I asked the moms to help them with this project and it was wonderful to see the mothers and daughters working together.  This project took a couple of hours and that was speeding up the drying time with hair dryers.  We would not have been able to do it during a regular meeting.  I somehow missed one the portraits but I love how each one is unique just like our girls.

It was a great way to end our time together.  Everyone helped put the hall together and then it was time to go home and probably get some rest.

Confidence - Wreath IV

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this month's meeting so there aren't a lot of notes.  

1. We talked about confidence - what it means, how the girls express it, how they can build it up, how you 
can differentiate between pride and confidence.  
2. I segued to talking about the saint - Clelia Barbieri and how she expressed confidence. If you need a brief
backstory about the saint ---- In the mid 1800's, Clelia was born near Bologna, Italy (we didn't mention the 
country too much as it was covered at the last meeting for St. Gianna). Her mother came from a rich and
prominent family and her dad was dirt poor - a servant. They fell in love and her mom gave up everything to
be w/him. Life was hard for them, and got harder when Clelia's dad died of cholera when she was 8. She and
 her family moved to a better home offered by her uncle. To  help the family, Clelia took to sewing, knitting,
making wool, etc. To make the time go quicker as she did all these things, she focused on God and her faith
and knowledge became so vast that she started teaching others. Her pastor asked her to be a catechist at
the young age of 14. She turned her attentions to the poor and joined a group with that particular
apostolate. At the age of 20/21, she founded a religious order - Sisters Minims of Our Lady of Sorrows. She
became the youngest person ever to found an order - even until this day. Two years after this, she died of
tuberculosis. Shortly before her death, she made a prophecy that she would always be with the religious
sisters and their order would grow, and that came true. She also had the gift of discerning souls. I told one
story of when someone came to visit the sisters, she brought apples. St. Clelia separated the apples, keeping
the ones she knew were gotten honestly and refusing the others because she knew the visitor had stolen
them. She also healed people. On the first anniversary of her death, the sisters were singing and heard a
voice they recognized as St. Clelia's. The voice sang with them. When the sisters moved to the church, the
voice followed and would say prayers with them. To this day, people have reported hearing St. Clelia in any
house or church she visited.
3. I talked at length about Our Lady of Sorrows - why St. Clelia liked that name so much and what the title
means. We listed the 7 sorrows and Gianna passed out a prayer for the families to pray in relation to this. 
4. For the craft, as St. Clelia worked w/textile arts, the girls made cards
using yarn, glue, buttons and jewels. Very simple. 

"A Gift from God" Baby Shower

During the month of May to honor Mary, we have our annual baby shower to benefit our local pregnancy center.  We set up a pack-n-play at the back of church and throughout the month of May, we ask parishioners to bring in baby stuff to donate.  By the end of May, the crib will be overflowing and we will deliver all the gifts to the pregnancy center.

This is such an easy project for Little Flowers to do and it's a good way to talk to the girls about what it means to be Pro-Life.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tea Cups for our Tea Party

At the beginning of the meeting, we had the pleasure of having our priest come talk to us about the virtue of the month, docility and how he had been docile to God's call.  It was great for the girls to hear about his experience.

While we try to follow the schedule that we put out at the beginning of the year, we have to be flexible.  Our tea party had been schedule to take place over the weekend, but I wound up having surgery a month ago. I knew I wouldn't be up to organizing everything.   So instead of the clean up we were supposed to be doing this evening at our meeting, we needed something to fill the slot.  Jessica came up with the wonderful idea of having the girls paint tea cups for our tea party.

 We first thought about going to one of those do it yourself pottery places, but decided that was just a little more (ok, a lot more)  than we wanted to spend.  Instead we got mugs from the dollar store and used Folk Art Multi-Surface paint.  It was a much cheaper option.  For 14 mugs, 10 bottles of paint, paint brushes, styrofoam plates, and a couple of table clothes, the total was $43.  We actually only used half of the paint.

While the paint is non-toxic, the mugs are not supposed to go in the microwave and we taped off the lip of the mugs so that when the girls use them, their mouths do not come in contact with the paint.  After the paint dries which takes about an hour, it goes in the oven to "cure".  From the Plaid website,
 Place project in a cool oven.  Set oven temperature to 350ºF.  Once temperature has reached 350ºF, start timing for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off.  Glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage. Do not place glass in a hot oven. Let glass cool completely in oven. Do not use for 72 hours.  I copied the instructions for everyone to take home.  It worked great.

The girls seemed to all enjoy making their creations.  We also had a little excitement in the middle of the painting.  We got the alert that there was a tornado warning.  We put the painting on hold and headed down to the basement.  Luckily it was Nina's birthday and she had brought cookies to share with the group.  We kept things lighthearted and enjoyed the little break.  After a while, the storm passed and we headed back upstairs.  Luckily the paint brushes didn't get dried up.   I am sure they will like getting to use them at the tea party in June. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015


For our second meeting of the month of silence we had the girls embroider burp cloths for our baby shower in May.
Since embroidery is (usually) done in silence and doesn't occupy the mind as much as the hands, it is a great way to quiet down and to listen to ones own thoughts...
Unless, of course, you get twelve girls together in a room to embroider LOL
We asked a lady from our parish to come in and give the girls a beginner's course on embroidery. She did a fantastic job! First she showed them some examples of her own work so the girls got an idea of what embroidery is and what all is possible if you put some effort and time into practicing. Then she explained step by step how the girls should go about embroidering the burp cloths. 
Some girls caught on fast and added their own touch to their work, others followed along step by step. But all of them did a great job and they all enjoyed it!

Wild Flowers - Our girls are growing up!

Now that some of our girls are getting older, we decided it was time to start looking into beginning a program for the middle school aged girls.  The Little Women Hospitality Program looked perfect, but we needed to make a few changes as we want it to spread through all 3 years for the girls.  We will be using the program but also coming up with things that we feel are important as well. 

We chose the name Wild Flowers from one of St. Therese's writings: 
"He set before me the book of nature; I understand how all the flowers He has created are beautiful, how the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the Lily do not take away  the perfume of the violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers. And so it is in the world of souls, Jesus' garden. He willed to create great souls comparable to lilies and roses, but He has created smaller ones and these must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God's glances when He looks down at His feet."  

The following information regarding Little Women Hospitality Program can be found here

What is Little Women Hospitality Program?
A Fun, Flexible, Faith-filled Catholic program for young women!

Little Women Hospitality Program is a Catholic program for girls ages 10 and up. This program teaches the virtue of hospitality through classic literature, spiritual insights, the Catholic faith, and hands-on experience. The girls earn charms for a bracelet or necklace as they learn new skills. A great follow-up and supplement to Little Flowers Girls' Club!

The Little Women Hospitality Program, developed by Ann Milligan Callaghan, is a two-year, Catholic girls', ten-month program that aims to teach young ladies the various aspects of hospitality. Each month, the girls learn a new skill or "charm" as up-and-coming hostesses, young women, and Catholic mothers.

The ten skills in:

Year I are as follows: cooking, cleaning, setting and clearing a table, manners and conversation, preparing a room for a guest, writing correspondence, bringing hospitality to others, sewing and dressing modestly, putting on a tea party, and running a book club.

Year II are: laundry, care for the elderly, personal cleanliness, tradition, art and beauty, interior decorating, public speaking, gardening, friendship, and hosting a picnic.

Using scripture, literature, skill practice and field trip suggestions, the program helps the girls become confident and gracious hostesses. It is filled with wonderful stories, heroes, saints, and practical skills that will enrich the lives of the girls as they learn to grow into women.

First Year Charms:

Earn one each month as you learn a new skill! Collect your “charms” on a chain bracelet or necklace. Each charm corresponds to a lesson and skill covered per month in the club meetings and manuals.

Individual Charms:Cookie Jar (Cooking) Button (Cleaning) Spoon (Setting and Clearing a Table) Circle of Friends (Table Manners and Conversation) Log Cabin (Preparing a Room for a Guest) Pencil (Writing Correspondence) Pineapple (Bringing Hospitality to Others) Sewing Machine (Sewing and Dressing Modestly) Teacup (Planning a Tea Party) Book (Running a Book Club)

Second Year Charms:

Earn one each month as you learn a new skill! Collect your “charms” on a chain bracelet or necklace. Each charm corresponds to a lesson and skill covered per month in the club meetings and manuals.

Individual Charms: Jeans (Laundry), Wheelchair (Care for Elderly), Hairbrush (Personal Cleanliness), Candy Cane (Tradition), Painter’s Pallet (Art and Beauty), Picture Frame (Interior Decorating), Drama Masks (Public Speaking), Watering Can (Gardening), Friendship Star (Friendship), Picnic Basket (Hosting a Picnic)

This is how we plan to spread it out over 3 years.

Year 1 Topics   
Year 2 Topics               
Year 3 Topics

Hospitality - Oct.
Hosting a Picnic - Oct.
Clean a Room
Sewing & Modesty - Nov.
Art and Beauty - Nov.
Set & Clear a Table
Laundry - Dec
Interior Decorating - Dec.
Epiphany Party
Epiphany Party - Jan
Epiphany Party - Jan.
Table Manners & Conversation
Care for Elderly - Feb
Public Speaking - Feb.
Preparing a Room for a Guest
Personal Cleanliness - Mar
Friendship - Mar.
Tradition - Apr
Gardening - Apr.
Plan & Prepare a Party- Tea Party
Plan & Prepare a Party- Tea Party - May
Plan & Prepare a Party- Tea Party - May
Book Club
Book Club - end May/ beg June
Book Club - end May/ beg June


Annual Fee   (pays for any supplies)                                                             $25
Student Manuals (each)                                                                                   $5.95
1st year: Bracelet with charms                                                                         $22.95
2nd year: 10 Charms Pack                                                                               $19.95

Year 1 Meeting Dates (2nd Mon. each month):
Sept. 21 (tentatively) - Informational Meeting (Little Flowers & Wild Flowers)
Oct- Jan 11 - Read Book for Book Club (Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott)
Oct. 12 (Columbus Day) - Cooking
Nov 9 - Clean a Room
Dec 14 - Set & Clear a Table
Jan 4* - Epiphany Party (combine with Little Flowers) Wild Flowers will help with crafts & games
Jan 11 - Book Discussion & Cookie Making
Sat., Feb 6 - Frost & Decorate Cookies with Little Flowers
Feb 8 - Table Manners & Conversation
March 14 - Preparing a Room for a Guest
April 11 - Correspondence
May 9 - Plan & Prepare a Party- Tea Party - Discuss & decide on menu/ favors/ place/ etc.
Fri., May 20 - Sleepover with Little Flowers
June 6* - Tea Party- Final Meeting (changed it to 1st Mon. in June because of summer starting)

* Note schedule change

We plan to start the program in the Fall and already have at least five girls who are planning to join.  We will also start advertising it in the bulletin in the coming weeks to give other families time to look into joining as well.  

I look forward to being able to write about our new adventures in the Fall.  Prayers would be appreciated.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Our virtue for the month of April was Docility.  First we talked about what docility is and how we can be more docile in our everyday lives. Then we tackeld the different tasks that come with the virtue.

Instead of hosting a potluck and tasting new/different foods there we decided to get some "weird looking" foods for the girls to try. They tried olives, honey mustard, vegetable stew (out of a glass), chia seed pudding and (to make up for all the weird stuff) milk duds. The younger girls were more docile (and adventurous) than the older ones. They would often wait for the younger girls to taste test first before they would try the different foods. But in the end all of them had a great time and some of them were even surprised at how good something tasted.

After all that excitement we talked about the Mission of Comfort, a local organization that donates stuffed animals to hospitals and other organizations in the USA and abroad to support the healing process by giving comfort and letting the patients know that God is with them. They're always in need of stuffed animals and scarves for the animals. So for our craft we decided to have the girls braid scarves that we will donate to the Mission of Comfort.

Here are the notes for the virtue:

What is docility?

- the virtue of listening to and learning from others
- it comes from the Latin word "docere" which means "to teach"

* does anyone know another word that starts with "doc"?
~ doctor > teacher
~ doctrine > that which is taught
~ that gives us the sentence "the doctor teaches the doctrine to the docile"

- docility means to be willing to learn from a teacher
- it's not about sitting at a desk and studying with your books or doing your homework
> that is studiousness (it's still good if you read and do your homework but it's not docility)

- so when you're docile in school, for example, you listen to what your teacher is saying, you pay attention, you ask questions when you don't understand something and take notes so that you can remember it later

* does anyone know what listening attentively means?
~ example no slouching, no doodling in your book and talking to your neighbor but really concentrating on what the teacher says and shows you

- but docility is not just for kids in school, grown ups have to be docile as well.
- even the smartest person needs to be docile
- no matter how smart you are and how much knowledge you have there is always someone who knows more than you do about something

- sometimes it is really hard to ask someone for help
- because if you ask someone for help you're telling them that they know more about something than you do
- so you have to be very humble and accept that you don't know everything in order to be docile and also in order to learn new things

- when you are docile and learn new things from others you are asked to share your new wisdom with other people
- for example, you started a new topic in math
- you were very docile in class, you listened attentively to your teacher and you know exactly what you have to do for your homework
- but your friend who sits next to you wasn't paying attention
- she was doodling in her book and chatting with another kid whenever the teacher wasn't looking
- so she has no idea what she is supposed to do for homework
- because you are such a docile student you can help her out and explain to her what she is supposed to do
- you can share your knowledge with her

- but being docile doesn't mean that you have to listen to and believe in just anyone around you
- you have to pick the right people to listen to, people you trust

* who in your life can you trust to be docile to?
~ parents
~ church
~ teachers

- but even if a person you trust like a teacher tells you to do something that you know your parents wouldn't want you to do
you don't have to do it
- for example, you know that it's wrong to steal something
- so if your friend (a person you trust) tells you to steal something (maybe an eraser from another girl in class) you don't do it because you know that it's wrong

- what does that mean for us as Catholics?
* who should we be docile to regarding our faith?
~ the church
~ Jesus

- the Catholic Church was instituted by Jesus Christ
- when it comes to faith and morals that's the only teacher we need
- the church will teach us everything we need to know in order for us to become saints

How can we be more docile?

- we listen to what God wants for us in our life

* how do we know what God wants for us?
~ we pray

- about big decisions (what job we want when we grow up)
- but also about smaller things (was it okay for me to be mean to my sister even if she did something mean to me)
- the more we talk to God the better we know what He wants for us in our lives
- and even though sometimes we might have the feeling that God didn't hear our prayer
- we must always remember that God answers every prayer
- he may not answer it right away or how we want Him to answer it but he will answer it

- that's what Jesus promised us when he said

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Mt 6:7-8

Our passports for the month:

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Tonight the virtue we learned about was Silence. The leader began by asking if any of the girls had heard the expression Silence is Golden?  Or if you do not have something nice to say do not say anything at all? Or the rhyme Wise old Owl? 

We discussed that some of us are more outgoing and others of us are shy. God created all of us and we are all beautiful. It is important to remember that being quiet does not mean you are forgotten. Sometimes we are loud because we want to be the center of attention for selfish reasons. Other times we are talkative because we have great things to share and will burst if we don't get a chance to share them! 

The girls did a listening activity. They broke into pairs and were provided with a few interesting questions to ask their partner. The goal was to actively listen to the other person and be like the Wise Old Owl. We gathered back on the carpet squares and the girls shared a few things they learned about the other person. The youngest group of girls shared that they both had pet cats that died. Others shared each others favorite smell or their favorite vacation spot. 

James 1:19 Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath 

After sharing We stayed on the carpet squares and further developed Silence as a virtue. The girls got a a quick reminder of Christian virtues (virtues are good habits that we practice to grow closer to God). 

We covered that the virtue of Silence is not the same as Library Silence. 
Silence as a virtue means being aware of inner life, the life of our soul and the peaceful silence that we spend with God. 

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. Psalm 139: 13-14

God the Father formed our inmost being, our inner self, our soul! Of course he wants us to be silent and just be peaceful with Him. 

We discussed concrete examples of how to quiet your heart and soul and spend quiet time with the Lord. And the girls actively participated in creating a Cell Phone Manner List. The girls felt very strongly, that their parents should look at them (directly) when speaking and not at their cell phones. They also agreed that cell phones do not belong at the dinner table. 

The last activity of the night was to visit Spain and create an interactive brochure of the country. We had pre-made tissue flowers for the girls hair. We started by talking about Spain and showing its location on a map of the world. We read about St. Genoveva, learned about the Catholic roots in the tradition of the Running of the Bulls and discovered the Camino el Santiago (The Way of St. James.). 
The girls had pre-cut pictures and scrap book detailing materials to decorate a tri-fold brochure entitled “A Tour of Spain” Little Flowers Girls Club. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bingo Night

As a part of this month's virtue Kindness we wanted to show some kindness to people outside of our little group. What better way to do that than to visit the lovely ladies and gentlemen at Elmcroft Assisted Living and spend a nice evening playing bingo with them?

Everything was nicely set up when we arrived so we settled in and waited for the rest of the players to arrive. At first the girls were a little shy and the older folks had a hard time hearing their whispered answers but after the first couple of bingos had been called and the girls realized that this was a place where they could use their "outside voices" we had a great time.
Some of the participants clearly played for the prizes and smiled like little kids when they got to take their pick from an array of sweets and snacks. Others very much enjoyed the company and we had some nice conversations going on throughout the evening.

After the last bingo was called the girls helped put away all the tables and chairs. Once everything was back in place we thanked everyone for the lovely evening and headed out into the single digit winter weather.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kindness - Complete Notes

One problem with waiting to write up a blog after a meeting is that I tend to forget!!  Boy is my memory getting bad as I get older.  Anyway, fortunately for me, the mom who led it, had her notes written up.  Here are the notes for Kindness.  Thank you, Christie.

-Tonight we are going to talk about kindness, its such a simple word, such a simple action and it can have huge results!

-our memory verse is…be kind to one another, compassionate and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.

-If I say to you, kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless, what do you think this means?  This was actually a quote from Mother Teresa.  This quote is true because acting with kindness is so easy to do that it is also easy to forget.  Kindness comes out of charity, out of love.  Kindness could be said to be the motivation for every virtue we practice.

-Kindness is not a complex virtue to explain, its challenge comes in making it a habit that is never broken.  We are kind to those we know, our own circle of friends but not with those who look different or act different.  We are kind to our own but cold with the stranger.  Your goal is to practice kindness even when it is uncomfortable to do so.

-How many of you have heard the phrase random acts of kindness?  Some examples would be paying for someone’s toll or picking up a friends dropped keys.  This is great encouragement; however our faith would encourage us to be kind on purpose.  Not randomly, not without thought, but done on purpose and out of habit.  We shouldn’t have to think about stooping to pick up a drop paper or holding the door for the next person we just do it.

-This is #4 in your books,   I want you to think about the last week, think about when people were kind to you, your siblings and others, (after they give some ideas) now, from these ideas of how others were kind to you, let’s make a list of ways you can be kind.

-In the bible Paul speaks of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Paul challenges us to act out of freedom and love and kindness.  I want to read part of this now….read   Galatians chapter 5 verse 13.  In a few minutes we will be making a fruit tree illustrating the fruits of the holy spirit, this way you can hang it in your house to help your family remember.  This is #5 in your books

-Our Saint this month is St. Marie-Marguarite d’Youville, here is a little information about her:
She was born in 1771 in Quebec Canada.  Marguarite was able to attend the Ursuline school in Montreal.  She married Francois d’Youville a fur trader in 1722 with whom she had 6 children.  In 1730 her husband died and she had also lost many of her children to sickness and hardship.  By 1737 both of Marguarites remaining sons had become priests and Marguarite had joined with other women in serving the sick and the poor.  They formed the first Canadian Sisters of Charity and became known as the Grey Nuns.  These women attracted others to join their order and spent their lives doing good for others.  Her Grey Nuns spread throughout Canada founding schools, hospitals, orphanages and more.  They are especially known for their great work among the Eskimo.  Margurite died in 1771 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1990.  Her feast day is April 11.

-Our Country this month is Canada, our neighbor to the north.  The US shares a border with Canada it this border is the longest shared border between two countries.  It is a peaceful border with altercations between the 2 countries virtually nonexistent.   Has anyone ever been to Canada?  What can you tell us about it?

-we have two short crafts tonight the first one I already told you is the fruit tree, and we will be also making a craft that illustrates a quote about being kind.   This is #7 in your book.   There are a number of beautiful quotes about being kind from the scripture, here are a few…read the quotes.   

Then explain the crafts.

Here is the first craft.  It came from Oriental Trading

I will need to add a picture of the second craft. The girls got to use different scrapbook paper to cut out apples.  They pasted their "fruits" of the spirit onto each and glued them onto a tree.

Quotes about being kind

-Acts 20:35b - It is more blessed to give than to receive.

-“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” 
Mother Teresa

-Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
-Matthew 25:35 -For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

-You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  Ralph Waldo Emerson 
-It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. ~Author Unknown

-Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~Author Unknown

-Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. ~Maya Angelou

-Kindness is the greatest wisdom. ~Author Unknown

-A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. ~Amelia Earhart

***We will be doing our Baby Shower in May so that will take care of #8

***After the lesson  #’s  4, 5, 7, and 8 are completed.