Here we are blessing my parents home Tuesday night. FUNNY FUNNY STORY! Nathan, my little brother by 12 years younger- got a fire ball going in my incenser. I gave him the directions on how to light the charcoal and I left the room, he had tongs and a candle. I came back and came into a fireball!! He dropped the coal into the hot wax of the candle he was holding it over. AND it was filling the house with dark smoke. Luckily it had snowed and there was snow on the back deck...that worked just great. I think he did it a second time too on the next try...wow! I found out he really wasn't an altar boy for very long..ie maybe two masses? Well, that probably had something to do with it! And maybe that was for the better of the general good of the people in mass!? HAHA just kidding Nathan. Thank you for being careful, you are an Eagle Scout..I do trust you around fire. Oh and Genna had the bottle of Holy Water, she was a little Holy Water happy that night, she did a good job, but she was generous!
We made some pretty wire wrap stars in 2012, they double as Christmas ornaments but really they help you focus on the star over Bethlehem the three Wisemen followed. (we sent some away to our happy grandma's). Take a cookie cutter, wrap some wire around it, then after your basic shape is made and you have twisted a wire loop in the top, remove it from the cookie cutter. Have the kids just wrap thinner gauge jewelry wire (you can find at Hobby Lobby) around the basic star shape. It's easy, to do, don't let them pull it too tight or you will find the stars get deformed. We hang them off our piano, the drawers with knobs around the upstairs, the front door. We used satin ornament ribbons by Martha Stewart (an after Christmas Clearance at Kmart a few years ago) for the loop. It keeps with the theme of the Epiphany and Christmas.