Today is the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. So this morning I let Lenny watch this YouTube video explaining the history and the miraculous properties of the image of Our Lady on the cactus fiber cloth which is still preserved in Mexico today. He also watched a cartoon version of the story which was only available in Spanish, probably because of copyright issues, so I sort of narrated it to him while eating breakfast/folding laundry/getting dressed.
Then I course I had these delicious peppermint white chocolate star pretzels that I was saving for Christmas, when I saw a Pinterest picture about using twelve star pretzels to represent the woman with a crown of twelve stars. And I thought, even better to draw a picture of Our Lady and use the pretzels as the stars on her mantle. And the best part is I don't have to wait til Christmas to eat them.
BEWARE: You will have crumbs of these stuck all over your clothes and especially your socks.
I had to sweep and and change the kids' clothes.
It was as bad as all those little pieces of hair stuck everywhere when I cut Lenny's hair in the kitchen.
Except the kids don't cry when it gets in their mouth.
So I drew up a big image on a few sheets of paper towels since I was too lazy to tape printer paper together. We talked about the meaning of the missionary cross necklace and the Aztec maternity belt as well as the significance of the rays of the sun and the moon she stands on. Then Lenny put the stars all around, I snapped a quick pic, and we descended on those pretzels like a starving pack of wild dogs.
I didn't want to let my two minute drawing go to waste, so we got out the paints and went to town.
Looking back, I think we should have painted first then did the pretzels after the paint dried.
But it came out well and Lenny also told me later in the day that Mary is like the moon because she reflects the light of God. Be still my heart! Lesson learned.
Jam of the day: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus by Kings Kaleidoscope.
From the Book of Revelation, 11:19—12:1-18.