Friday, December 31, 2010

Mary, Marriage, Epiphany, and Happy Twenty Eleven!

 Virgin & Child

In the Catholic Church, January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.  Many are not comfortable calling Jesus' mother, the Mother of God.  Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosi has an interesting article titled, Mary, Mother of God?, which discusses how this title of our Blessed Mother came to be and the history behind it. 

I always enjoy attending Mass on New Years Day as a family to set the new year off right.  This year we will be spending New Years Eve at a rehearsal dinner for a young couple getting married.  On New Years Day we will attend their wedding Mass and we are looking forward to this joyous occasion!  Our oldest daughter and my husband and I have a small part in the wedding ceremony.  I introduced this couple to each other so we are excited to see them exchange their wedding vows on such a special day!
I remember when I got married, a good friend gave us something similar to this:

 I decided to give the same gift for our friend's wedding because when I use my dish I always reflect back to our wedding and the friends who gave us the creative gift.

On the lid you can see I added the phrase "Marriage for a Lifetime!" so that it will read "Servette Serves and Stores Marriages for a Lifetime!"
Then I typed out "Look Inside for the Recipe for a Successful Marriage"

 This is what I have inside:
I color copied the vegetables from the front of the lid. In the middle I typed out the couple's names, then "May your love and marriage be filled with... "

"Cups of Kindness"

"Forkful of Forgiveness" 

"Piles of Patience" 

"Lots of Love and Laughter"

"Plenty of Prayer"

"Overabundance of Offspring"

This Servette is a part of their wedding gift and it's a fun way to wish the happy couple a long and successful marriage!

This weekend our homeschool group will have our annual Epiphany party.  We have a get together after the Christmas rush and it's nice to come together in fun and fellowship just before the second half of our school year begins.  I'll be bringing the frankincense and myrrh that Anna-Marie at Life's Adventures posted about and then she sent me some in the mail.  I look forward to bringing these nativity gifts to our Epiphany party!  Thank you Anna-Marie for your thoughtfulness!  For a great article about the Epiphany feast day be sure to read The Epiphany Revealed!

To start off the new year, Angela at Blog Mommas is starting over and collecting submissions to her directory for blog mommas and blogging dads too.  If you would like Angela to include your blog,  go here and submit your information.  She also has a directory for businesses too!  Angela does a wonderful job highlighting all the great blogs out there!  Be sure to spread the word about Blog Mommas to all your blogging friends!

Happy New Year to all my family and friends!  May you have a happy and blessed Twenty Eleven!


Unknown said...

It was worth waiting for Blogger to upload those photos. What a wonderful wedding gift. My heart did a little flip at how special that is. Thank you for sharing it. Thank you also for the reminder to re-submit at Blog Mommas. I am featuring Angela's great blog next week. I voted for you. Happy New Year!

Melissa N. said...

WOW Tracy that is the coolest wedding gift! Best of luck in HS for 2011...."see" you in the New Year..have a happy one!

Patty said...

What a beautiful day to get marriend on!!! And what a thoughtful gift. I think more couple need the virtues reiterated to them during this wonderful, holy time in their life. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy New Year!

Angela said...

I am honored that you mentioned Blog Mommas in such an awe-inspiring post! Thank you so much. I also Love, Love, Love your wedding gift.

Very creative wedding gift:) Thanks for sharing about Blog Momma heading over there to take a peek and maybe ask to join up:) Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and hope you and your family have an amazing 2011:) Voted for you

Unknown said...

I love this post. I thought I was behind on reading your posts. It has been a very long week. So much has been happening in the blogosphere. Thank you for your support and friendship this year. I look forward to it only getting stronger in 2011. I voted for you.

Hi Lynda!
Thanks for your kind comments and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog in 2011 :) Happy New Year!

HI Melis!
Thanks for your visit and comment and thank you for all your support for my blog in 2010. Have a happy and blessed new year!

Thank you Patty for your visit and comment! Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

HI Angela!

I look forward to seeing your blog directory grow and visiting those blogs :) Thank you for your comment :) Happy New Year!

Thanks Anna-Marie! Happy New Year to you too!

What a great idea for a wedding gift!! Love it!!

Thanks Alida! So glad you stopped by and left your comment! :)

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