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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Feast of St. Nicholas!

So today's the Feast of St. Nicholas!  I like that we've started the tradition of celebrating Dec 6th and allowing St. Nick to "remind us" of where our focus should be as a family during the Advent season as we prepare for Christmas.  The girls set out their shoes near the Advent wreath before they went to bed.  (Ava picked out Clara's shoes)

St. Nicholas did not disappoint!  He left each of us a lovely little note...

a few favorite treats and new "Christmas" books...


Clara's going to turn INTO a Cheerio she eats so many...
 ...and Ava loves to sit and watch Scooby doo with Daddy and eat Pirate booty.
St. Nick also left chocolates (for Ava) and a few coins for their piggy banks in memory of his earlier deeds saving a family of young women from prostitution when they would have been sold due to the family's poverty.  Tradition has it that he threw three bags of gold coins through their window (enough to pay their dowry) and saved them.

Daddy and Mommy were not left out...

But the cutest part was that "He" must've known how expensive those beautiful Catholic "Saint peg dolls" are online and were out of the question for this stay at home mommy, so "St. Nick" painted a couple of mini versions of himself for the girls to play with.


Just right for little hands.  We brought them to Mass this morning and had them blessed.  They loved them!  Thank you so much St. Nicholas!!!


  1. What a wonderful day!
    Love the love in your home, my friend...
    And what a great idea!
    I am going to take Flynn's St. Nicholas peg doll to mass tonight too! : )
    Have a wonderful, cozy, Christmas-y weekend.

    1. Thanks Billie Jo! You too! It was a great day. Everyday is where there is love, right?

  2. You made it such a special day! I love your little peg dolls too. You are so gifted.

    1. I love yours too, Kari! Your children must LOVE playing with them!


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