Today is the very first time we celebrate the feast of Sts. Louis & Zélie Martin as canonized saints! Our family has had two jam-packed days, since I arrived back home from my wonderful trip to Colorado late Sunday night, with driver's ed classes for our oldest each day, quite a few hours catching up at the office, heading back to the airport to pick up my delayed/damaged luggage, a birthday party for the five oldest to attend yesterday afternoon, braces (day 1 of phase 2) for our oldest daughter this morning, and golf practice for the older boys this evening. Despite all the time in the car or at the office, I managed to pull together a quick and simple, yet still beautiful celebration for today's special feast.
.: Story Time :.
Our nine year read the story of "A Little Girl Named Therese" to his younger siblings from Catholic Children's Treasure Box Book 1.
You can find additional book suggestions for today's feast day here or here.
.: Arts & Crafts :.
I printed out five copies of this beautiful (free!) Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin Coloring Page from my friend Aleesa's blog, Life, Love, & Sacred Art. We handed out copies of these coloring pages at the workshop I offered last weekend, at the Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference, to go along with the supplies for everyone to make Rose Filled Lace Sachets and take home to have on hand for today's feast.
I also pulled out a darling new Blessing Block of St. Zélie Martin which I had been saving for today.
.: Catholic Cuisine :.
I had hoped to make another French Vanilla Cake and Cupcakes in Honor of the Watchmaker and Lace Maker, but we are currently out of eggs and I really didn't have any extra time to bake anyway, so I decided to just twist open some Oreo cookies that happened to (miraculously) still be in the pantry, turn them into watch faces with some melted chocolate, and serve them on "lace" doilies.
You can find my post over at Catholic Cuisine here:
.: Prayer :.
"My God, I offer you my heart; take it, if You like, in such a way that no one else might possess it but You alone, my dear Jesus."
~ St. Zelie Martin's daily offering with her children
Sts. Louis & Zélie Martin, Ora Pro Nobis!