April 17, 2013

Colonial Days in Bardstown

This past weekend, there were three days of historical events in Bardstown. There were many different activities and things to see. I went out Saturday morning to see the vendors' tents, and this is what (and whom) I saw.

In this first photo, a lady wearing what I now know is a stovepipe bonnet (I couldn't have told you that in January!) is walking with her husband, who is carrying his rifle. In the background is the historical mansion called Wickland, where there was to be a ball in the evening.

Love that powdered wig! I should add that it was rather chilly that morning, so people were bundled up in warm period-correct clothing.

You really meet the most unique and interesting people at these events! LOL

This photo is not supposed to be here, but I can't seem to get rid of it! It is repeated later in the post, in the right place.
Looking through the vendors' tents, I came across an undecorated bonnet that I just had to have. The price was, ahem,  outrageous, but I decided it was an investment for my future. :) I took it home and decorated it myself. (Decorated bonnets are far more outrageous.) I was so delighted with it! I just pinned the decorations on so I can change them next time if I want to.


Wickland, site of the ball. We went inside.....

A lady and her gent take a break in the parlor

Belles of the ball! Stephanie, Mandy, and Ann

With Mandy's husband Peter

The mansion provided great photo ops!

Some of our companions. We remembered some of these people from the ball in January.

Lovely dresses, lovely dances....

And those mirrors!

Do I spy Abraham Lincoln?

What elegance!

A nice gentleman we met

A great time was had by all!

Benjamin's First Communion

 My nephew Benjamin made his First Communion at St. Louis Bertrand Church in Louisville, on the eve of the Feast of Divine Mercy.

With Fr. Peter Hagan, OP, who offered the Mass

Benjamin's family

Enrollment in the Brown Scapular

With his family at the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in the church

With our side of the family (except me—I was taking the picture!) From left to right in a straight row, Dad, Alan, Robert, Jeff, and Mom. Lynn is in the back. Molly, Benjamin, and Brendan are in front. Benjamin has gone back to his normal clown face!

There were 16 siblings, cousins and friends (just counting the children) who came to help celebrate afterwards at Grandma Baunach's. The kids had an Easter egg hunt in the back yard. The little girls all looked so cute in their dresses and hair bows.

Some of the kids with Aunt Katie and Aunt Bea (Margaret)

March 2013

My first sewing project for a child

Here is the first child's outfit I have sewn—a dress for Molly, in her "fav'wite cowors." The day I finished it, I was babysitting early in the morning, and the kids were still asleep. So I had to leave the dress there to surprise Molly when she woke up. Pictured below is precious little Sleeping Beauty herself!

 When I am at their house, I always enjoy seeing this handprint stone the kids made in 2010. Inside each pair of hands you can see the child's age when the print was made in wet cement.

Girls' getaway in Versailles

One weekend my friends Margaret and Mandy and I went to Versailles, KY, to stay at a bed and breakfast and shop all the little shops in that quaint town. I wish I had taken photos of some of the neat stores we browsed in.
We had a wonderful time. Here we are having lunch at the B&B with a nun friend.

St. Joseph's Day

I have a special devotion to St. Joseph, and I always get excited when his feast day comes around on March 19th. 

I made a little altar in my office that day. This statue I bought in 1994 with my first paycheck once I got out of college. I bought it at the Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura, CA. It was all of $4, but I really like it. I keep it on my desk all the time. St. Joseph has helped me to find jobs and housing.

With my friend Tamara, I went to Mass at the nearby Abbey of Gethsemani. The above picture was taken a couple of days later, but you can see how the trees were beginning to bud already.

Entrance procession
View from the choir loft

The abbey church is very plain, but there is a very peaceful and contemplative atmosphere. On solemnities they have Mass at a different, later time, and there is wonderful incense and beautiful chanting, some of it in Latin.

In the evening, some friends and I drove to Louisville, to St. Martin of Tours parish, to take part in a special St. Joseph's Day Vespers service and then an Italian meal in the parish hall. This sign greeted us at the door.
"Welcome to St. Martin's Restaurant."

The hall was decorated in Italian style. Pasta, bread, salad, wine, and dessert were on the menu.

They even had a St. Joseph Table, a Sicilian custom which I love.


Easter Vigil

The choir and I practiced hard for Holy Week and Easter. Here is the fire from the Easter Vigil at Guardian Angels in Louisville.

"Lumen Christi!" "Deo gratias!"

We read all the readings and sang all the psalms.

And then the great Alleluia broke out....

A young woman was baptized and confirmed, received her First Communion, and (with her husband) received the sacrament of Matrimony at this Mass.

This is our beautiful church.

The end. (For March)

April 10, 2013

Wednesday 8:40 PM — FINISHED!!!

I have been very quiet lately because I have been spending many, many hours on a translating project. Years ago I translated a book of letters by St. Gianna Beretta Molla, which was published by the Daughters of St. Paul. Two years ago, her husband Pietro died, and now the sisters want to publish a complete book of his and her letters together.

This is the book I translated before, published in 2002. It is now out of print, but I am glad that Pauline Books will be publishing a new edition containing the letters of both husband and wife.
I have been working on translating Pietro's letters (and the 64 pages of introductions, prefaces, etc. etc.) for about three months. I have been letting just about everything else slide, especially as I realized I had delayed too long in starting the project, and this time I had a deadline (and I missed it). It took longer than I had expected. But I just finished the last punctuation mark and sent the book off to the editor.....


I do have to say that it was a very interesting and moving task. The love between the husband and wife was so deep and tender. I could hardly imagine what it must have meant to Mr. Molla to lose his wife after only 7 years of marriage and then to have to go on living without her for almost 50 more years. Then I had to think about how incredibly happy they must have been to be reunited when he got to heaven.

Well, time to get some rest finally. In the next few days I intend to put up some other posts with pictures of all the events that have transpired while I have had my nose in this translation. I feel like I can start a new life now!