Thursday, July 19, 2012

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} in St. Augustine

~Capturing the contentment of everyday life~

~Every Thursday with Like Mother, Like Daughter~

The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche is on the grounds of the Mission de Nombre de Dios.  I've wanted to go there for years since I became Catholic and a card-carrying member of La Leche League, which got its name from this shrine since the founding mothers were Catholic.

Our Lady of La Leche
I prayed for all my lady friends there---past, present, and future mothers, and those who mother in other ways because they have no children of their own.

 The grounds of the mission were very shady, as you can see below, and very pleasant to walk through and pray.  DH and I prayed the Seven Sorrows of Mary since they had the stations around the cemetary.
The cross is huge; you can see it all over St. Augustine.
Standing at the base of the cross, in the woods across the water is the altar where the first Mass in the country was said.

They desperately wanted to ride the carousel that we had to drive past every day.  Kids just love carousels!  I love roller coasters.  Carousels, not so much.

We went on a tour of Whetstone's Chocolate factory.  It was fun, informative, and, most of all, delicious.  Oh, and a little embarrassing!
Yes, that is my son.  And the rest...
No idea who that crazy woman is!
She looks good in anything.
It's nearly impossible to get a good picture of my sweetie, but now he cooperates!

One more funny pic of my boy with a Spanish moss (which is neither Spanish, nor moss) beard.

Here is where we gorged on the best barbecue ever for Pete's birthday.  You'd think we hadn't eaten in days considering the way we inhaled that food!  If you're ever in St. Augustine, stop in!  


  1. Hi Sara,
    Loved the vacation pictures; you were down the road from where I live. My husband proposed to me in front of the Cross and we have lit many candles in that small chapel over the years.

    Thanks for sharing,

    1. What a neat place for a proposal! That's beautiful.

  2. Great pictures. I love the one where he is thinking (your son), "She is not really going to take my picture!" Your guys look fun!

    That Shrine looks beautiful. Like you could spend an entire day there just soaking in the stillness.

    1. Oh, he knew I was taking his picture; he's just a ham! I definitely took my time there; I would have lingered, but the kids were anxious to move along. Silly kids.

  3. The shrine looks lovely. The pictures of your big boys are fun! I love my boys! They really are so much fun and a delight to have around most of the time! ;) I am the opposite of you - terrified of roller coasters but will ride anything that spins.

    1. I love my boys, too. (My girls, too, Katie!) They're so much fun and make me laugh all the time.

  4. Hi Sara,
    The last time Jeff and I were in St. Augustine, we were walking the grounds at the Mission, and found the Shrine. What a gift! We went in and prayed-what a holy and serene place.
    I loved the pictures of your family!

  5. I've never heard of Our Lady of La Leche! It looks like a great place.


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