Thursday, September 4, 2014

Almost 1

How is it possible that my little, sweet, Alexander is almost a year old?  Where did the time go?  I think I must have slept or something (well, that's unlikely) so maybe someone stole some time from me somewhere along the way.

Alexander John Paul Kreps will turn 1 this Saturday, September 6.  He's a precious little guy, with a super fun personality.  He loves (more like adores) his siblings, never wanting to be left out of anything.  He's walking...nearly running...most places now. 

I praise God every day for the blessing of my boy #5!

Happy (early) 1st Birthday!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wit and Wisdom with the Saints

In celebration of the Memorial of Pope St. Gregory the Great, here is a fantastic bit of wisdom on "riches."

"The only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue. Therefore, if you want to be rich, beloved, love true riches. If you aspire to the heights of real honor, strive to reach the kingdom of heaven. If you value rank and renown, hasten to be enrolled in the heavenly court of angels."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our go-to Catholic Resources

Over the years, we've gained an appreciation for certain businesses, websites, books, etc. that help us grow in our faith.  As our children get older, we keep adding to the repertoire.  There are a lot of great resources out there, from great Catholic movies to Catholic blogs to solid Catholic books.  Here's a compilation of what the Kreps family finds useful:
  • CCC Saint Movies ( - at the time of posting this website was down but definitely go check out their movie collection.)
  • Friendly Defender Flashcards (great for helping kids learn to answer questions about their faith) made by Ascension Press
  • Holy Heroes (Glory Stories are fantastic for learning about saints - our family favorite is the Pope St John Paul II. You can download to your ipod! They also offer the Lenten Adventure, Advent Adventure, and Summer Adventure - great resources for bringing the liturgical season to life all year round.)
  • Cat Chat CDs (Great for car rides between activities or on road trips.  We have 3 volumes and love all of them. They use talking and music to teaching about Mary, the Saints, Mass, Advent, etc.)
  • The Dogma Dogs CD (Love these catchy tunes that teach the 10 Commandments, Order of the Mass, Vatican Councils, etc.)
  • Some of my very favorite Catholic blogs include Catholic All Year, Smart Martha, and Catholic Icing
  • The 2 Volume Collection entitled The Illustrated Lives of the Saints (found online and many Catholic retailers) These books are nteresting because they include many, many saints not found on the regular liturgical calendar.
  • Ethel Pochokie's Once Upon a Time Saints
  • Ignatius Press movies
  • Bethlehem Press books (especially The Cottage at Bantry Bay Series and The Mitchells - so say my daughters!)
  • Faith and Life Catechism Series for religious education (in the home, classroom, or Church setting)
  • We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home by Mary Reed Newland (got my copy here and I love it!)
  • Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers by USCCB (can purchase here)