Let Us Begin

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today.

For all the saints…

on November 2, 2011

Can I just say that I LOVE the saints.

The stories of their lives and model of holiness are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement in my life.  I can’t seem to get enough of learning more about them and reading their writings.  Somehow it always manages to put my life in perspective, offer hope and exhort me to fortitude and perseverance.  I pray that I will one day join their ranks and that my family will too.

That being said, I didn’t want this All Saints’ Day to pass us by without really entering into the celebration of the saints lives, honoring their love of God, and seeking their intercession.

I thought it would be fitting to have the boys dress in honor of some of our favorite patrons in addition to the superhero costumes the wore to go trick-or-treating.  I don’t mind them joining in the wholesome parts of the secular holiday but wanted the HOLY day to be celebrated too.  That being said, I had a lot of fun putting together some outfits representing holy men and angels of God.

Here are my little saints in the making:

We have Jack donning his $1 Store shining armor as St. George…






































and Gabriel representing his namesake – the Archangel Gabriel, lillies in hand…














“Be Not Afraid!  Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that shall be for all people…”
























Such a little angel…  I was really happy with the wings that I tackled during nap time one afternoon while armed with a stack of dessert sized paper plates, scissors, and a hot glue gun.  Here’s another look…

I can’t take credit for the idea; however, it is just one of the many reasons why I love Pinterest.  These wings are cool, not too girly, easy to make and inexpensive ~ total score.  Check out the tutorial here.

I actually made another, bigger, pair with full sized plates intending Jack to be the St. Michael the archangel.  He took one look at those wings and declared,

Mommy, I am NOT an angel!

No amount of convincing seemed to make a difference.  He wanted to be a tough guy.

You can’t get much tougher or cooler than St. Michael if you ask me.  I mean come on! This is not just any angel we are talking about after all, this is the warrior who cast satan and the fallen angels from heaven, our defender and protector in battle.  Still, he refused to don his seemingly wimpy wings and I had to be content with St. George in armor that had been meant to be for an archangel…


It seems that after getting warmed up with his little photo shoot as St. George and seeing how cool Gabriel looked in his angel costume, Jack decided that wearing wings and being an angel might not be so bad after all.

So take two: here is Jack as St. Michael the Archangel…

























That was the face I got when I asked for his best tough guy look…














Very cool Jack.  You can be one tough dude and holy too.  There’s nothing wrong with that.


St. Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.  

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou oh prince of the heavenly host cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.

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