Greetings from Kathy, Jerry, & Jenna - 2011


Celebrating a Year of Gratitude!

As we reflect on this year, we are grateful for the many blessings shared with Jenna, family, & friends.

  • Jenna was excited to start Kindergarten this Fall!  She is enjoying swim lessons with friends & being a "Little Flower,"  a Girls' Club with focus to learn more about our Catholic Faith by studying the Saints & their virtues through stories, song, crafts, games, and prayer/adoration.  Click here for Little Flowers Girls' Club Materials

  • Jerry's work at Motorola took him to the State of Maine to begin site construction of a State-Wide Communication System for Homeland Security.  Since several sites were remote, Jerry visited sites by hiking, 4X4 truck, and helicopter.  Jerry also started teaching the Sunday Children's Liturgy at Church and participated in Amateur Radio exercises to promote emergency preparedness.

  • Kathy enjoyed helping at Jenna's school, being a "Little Flower" Club leader, and serving on the Family Activities Committee at Church.  She was grateful to attend an Advent Silent Retreat and return to her family home parish in Naperville, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, to serve on team for a "Light of the World" retreat in the Spring. (

  • To celebrate Jenna's 5th birthday, we took a "Mr. Rogers" roadtrip to visit Mr. McFeely, Chuck Aber, and Mayor Maggie at the Idlewild & SoakZone Park in Ligonier, PA.  Jenna enjoyed the rides and wave pool especially taking the Mr. Rogers Trolley through the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe."  We stayed in the mountains at the Foggy Mountain Lodge catching lightning bugs on our night hikes, swinging on a porch swing, and biking through the Ohiopyle State Park .  For trip highlights & pictures of our family roadtrip, click here for our photo album

  • We enjoyed many family adventures together especially spending special time with family & friends as our photo collage will portray even better than words.  Some of Jenna's favorite outings included fishing at Bangs Lake in Wauconda (Catching her first fish + 7 more!), going to the Kite Festival to fly a kite at the Chicago Botanical Gardens, picking apples & berries, going camping and making smores, attending her first musicals (Godspell, Charlotte's Web, & Little Mermaid), attending the Illumination Ceremony to kick-off "Christmas in the Country" at the Grand Geneva in Wisconsin, and exploring various Nature Centers and parks.

  • We were grateful to make mini-pilgrimages including visits to the National Shrine of St. Therese (Darien, IL), Marytown (Libertyville, IL), La Salette (Twin Lakes, WI), St. John Cantius (Chicago, IL),  National Shrine of St. Joseph (St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI), & the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help (Champion, WI - 1st Approved Marian Apparition Site in US).

  • May 2012 be a year of peace & joy for you and those you love!


A Prayer for Baby Jesus (By Mary Lou Andes)

Little Baby Jesus, sleeping on the hay,

Please listen, Baby Jesus, to what I have to say.

I know you are God's precious Son, whose love will never end.


Happy Birthday, Jesus! You are my special friend.

I want to ask you for a gift for families tonight.

Fill their homes with peace and love.  Bring them all your light.

Give all the children of the world, a brand new set of eyes,

To hope and dream of what can be, to choose what's good and wise.


Give the world a brand new start, where we can all be friends.

Joining hands around the earth in love that never ends.


Finally, Baby Jesus, we pray that we may be,

Mirrors of your shining love, for all the world to see!




Video Collage - 2011 "Seasons of Blessings"

Click on text below photo to watch video or visit                           Jenna's Favorite Videos and Blog site:


Joy to the World


A Baby Boy in Born

Happy Birthday Song

Speedy Delivery 

Trolley Ride

4 Strings Attached

Pumpkin Eating

Pig Race


Photo Collage - 2011 "Seasons of Blessings"


Happy New Year!

Big Snowfall

Snowman Family

Lourdes Grotto

Let's Paint

Flower Art

Here Comes the Food!

Hoo Hoo Mr. Owl

Gingerbread Man



Tea Party Belle

I Smile for Mary!

Florist Field Trip

Bunny Friend

Easter Ladies

Cousin Smiles

My First Musical

Holy Week Learning

Traveling Divine Mercy

Gift for Grandmama

Field of Tulips

Date Night

My Preschool Teacher

Stary Eyed

Mother's Day

Spinning Wool

Strawberry Picks

Lost Valley Nature Center

Father John Visit

Nun Doll Collection

Nesting Friends



My School Teacher

Picking Flowers

Bot Garden Kite Day

Let's Fly a Kite! 

Nun Smiles

Joy Twins

Father's Day

Our Lady of Good Help

Ladies Lunch

Patriotic Smiles

Nature Center Fishing

Fishing w/ Cousins

I Smile for Dessert

Zoo Time

3 Gentlemen & A Lady

Pottery Painting Fun

Apple Picking

Lunch in the Park Event

Nature Center Smiles

Let's Go Biking!

Time to Explore

Lunch Time Visit

I I Like Photo Albums

I Lost My 1st Tooth!


Jenna Birthday

Happy 5th Birthday

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Birthday Breakfast

Be My Neighbor!

Jill Gill Concert

Neighborly Smiles

All Aboard!

A Trolley-Ole Time

Daddy's Dog, Brandy

The Conductor


PA Vacation

Foggy Mountain Cabin

Duck Rest Stop

Mr. Rogers Museum

Speedy Delivery Smiles

Hug & Song Party

3 Little Breuss'

Ragedy Ann & Me

Let's Fly High

I'm Driving

Spinning Tea Cups

Let's Go for a Drive

Pony Ride

The Girl Who Could...

Up, Up & Away

I'm 5 & Lovin' It

Ohiopyle Bike Ride

Beautiful Views

Feeding Baby Deer

Multiple Fun

I Can Build It

Lunch in Amish Country



School Picture

Class of 2024

1st Day of School

Gym Day Smiles

School Friends

Making a New Friend

I Caught My 1st Fish

Fishy Friend

Let's Play the Organ

Little Flowers Club

Jumping in Fall Leaves

Pumpkin Farm Smiles

My Pumpkin Craft

 Yummy Carmel Apple

I Can Do It!

Fun at the Park

Halloween Treats

Let's Make Smores!

Homeland Security

Helo Site Visit

Tower Install

Heritage Farm Hike

Baby & Me

Family Time in Geneva

Turkey Time

We Have Spirit!

Singing Prayer Partners

Let's Make A Craft

It's Showtime!

Dress Up Time

Happy Birthday Papa

Grandmama & Me

St. Nicholas Smiles

Visit w/St. Nicholas

Papa & Me

Winter Wonderland

Brookfield Zoo Magic

Sing a Long w/ Jolly Old St. Nick

My Angel Friend


Christmas Smiles by Year








For more smiles shared with family & friends throughout the year, browse our Photo albums available at our website(s): 

Click here for St. Nicholas Sing-A-Long smiles at St. John Cantius



Have a Blessed New Year