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: