Celebrating Saint Teresa of Calcutta {In the Loft giveaway}


My little girls have a small, beloved collection of Sue Dow’s hand painted wooden figures.  Each of them also has a wishlist of those they would like to add to their collections.  They fussed at me recently when Sue sent me St. Teresa of Calcutta and I told them that she was for me!  I love St. Teresa as so many do, and I am excited that Sue has added her to the saints in her shop, In the Loft.  I think most of you who read my blog regularly know Sue’s work, but if not, you can read more about her and her art here.





Today, Sue would like to give one Small Things reader a St. Teresa of Calcutta hand-painted wooden figure.  In addition, she is offering 10% off all saint figures in her shop using the coupon code ALLSAINTS10.  The discount is good through Friday.  All Saints Day is coming up soon, followed closely by Advent!

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post.  Comments are closed and the winner is Clarice, who commented, “Beautiful. Would love to have.”

Thanks, Sue!

Mabel’s Baptism Day

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Mabel was Baptized on Saturday with only our immediate family, her godmother, Elizabeth, and daughters, and my sister and nephew present.  It was a really lovely Baptism and thankfully our priest, one of nine children himself, didn’t get bent out of shape by Silas and Job demonstrating their best “new baby in the family” wild behavior.  He did say to me, “I see why you asked for a private Baptism.”  Ha!  Yes!  Thankfully there was only one minor head injury (Job–always!)

Fr. H requested a helper from amongst my older sons at the beginning of the service, and Gabe volunteered.  I don’t think that I fully recognized until I got home and looked at the photos, that Gabe even helped with the actual Baptism.  You can see in the photos that Elizabeth is smiling up at Gabe, totally understanding what is happening: that he is pouring the water with Fr. H.  I was standing just behind her, watching Mae.  It’s always fun to see how the baby reacts.  She simply gave a huge yawn, stretched, and went back to sleep.  It will always be precious to me that Gabe helped to Baptize her.  And I suspect it will be a lasting memory for him as well.  We all got a good laugh when Fr. H suggested the priesthood to Gabe, mentioning that there hasn’t yet been an American pope.  You know, no pressure or anything.  Gabe’s response, with a big smile, “No thank you!”  For now, he’s sticking with baseball.

Many, many thanks to my sister, Abby, and Mary Beth Foss for taking photos of this special day.

Welcome to the Church, Sarah Mabel Elizabeth!

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(Naughty boys!!  And the looks on everyone’s faces.  This is just so priceless.)

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(He moved so quickly, we didn’t realize until he was proudly seated that he had headed up there….)