• Raffle:
      • We currently have a raffle underway for three lovely prizes. See our Feb. 15 post.
    • Baby Boutique:
      • We are planning a baby boutique for April 30. It will feature hand-crafted baby layettes of various sizes and colors, embroidered baby bibs, an adorable baby quilt, an embroidered baby pillow, and other baby items. Come and see!

    Nov 2nd, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    Every year around the beginning of November the little Business here in Dayton, WY get together and have what we call an Art Loop.  We invite the surrounding areas to visit our little shops and encourage them to do some of their Christmas shopping in our little stores.  We also have a raffle.  This year it is a beautiful basket and tickets are sold – $ 5.00  each or 5 for $20.00. Basket drawing will be Dec. 10.

    Art Loop Raffle Basket

    Institute on Catechesis

    Sep 22nd, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    Sister Josetta and Sister Hope attended the Institute on Catechesis September 18-20.  Tom East and Joan Weber were presenters.  It was very well attended and a lot of enthusiasm was shown.  A very good way to ready us for the year of Faith.  We also brought our products to be sold.

    Natural products, glycerin soap, lotion, salves

    Jams, bread dip and raspberry vinegarette


    Mother Maria Thomas Birthday

    Jul 23rd, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    Today we celebrated the birthday of Mother Maria Thomas. Mother has been staying with us for about 5 months and will return to her Abbey in Virginia Dale, CO around the 1st of Aug. We were happy to have this opportunity to celebrate her birthday with her.  It was a great joy for all of us.

    Mother celebrating her birthday



    Mother enjoying her birthday card

    Big Horn Mountain, wildflowers

    Jul 16th, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    Sister Josetta and Sister Hope went to the Big Horn Mountains on Thursday to find arnica for salve and also to photograph some of the beautiful wildflowers. We found a meadow that was completely filled with Indian Paintbrush. It was awesome.

    Annie, our dog, in the midst of the Lupine

    Indian Paintbrush


    Jun 17th, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    The Tongue River run was this past weekend, June 15-17.  We hosted 3 RV’s. 2 from Casper, WY and 1 from Sheridan.  Several of the occupants were doing the 18 mile run.  It was great to see the children, all ages from very small to much older playing in our yard and on the swings.  It was a beautiful weekend and all the runners seemed to survive, at least the ones that we hosted.

    More of our guests

    Some of our guests

    2 of the 3 RV's


    Jun 12th, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    Sr. Hope attended the Soap Maker Guild Conference in Portland, OR.  Part of the Conference focused on social media and advertising. Joel Joseph founder of products  “Made in the US” told us to capitalize on our products, which are made of high quality and are able to add speciality oils and additives to personalize our formulations.

    Commercial soaps are manufactured in large factories (often located overseas) staffed with anonymous employees  using the most economical ingredients. Often they contain some or all synthetic detergents, most having glycerin removed.

    Sr. Hope makes Glycerin soaps.  Glycerin is a humectant, which means that it attracts and retains moisture on your skin.  It is like a natural skin lotion in the soap.

    Sr. Hope making soap

    Window Washing

    Jun 11th, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    The sisters had asked the Catholic Women from St. Edmunds parish  to come and help them come and wash windows on Saturday. Carol Petty, Susan Lanka and Cathy Wallace were able to come and help us.  Sr. Rita who is here on her Sabbatical also came to help us. They were a great help. About 11:00 it began to pour rain. We were very grateful for their help.

    Sister Rita washing windows

    Carol Petty and Cathy Wallace washing windows

    Work Day at the Monastery

    Jun 2nd, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    About 20 Knights of Columbus and 5 women and children came to the monastery this morning to do a variety of works.  They worked very hard fixing and moving and cleaning things that the Sisters are unable to do.  We were very grateful for all their wonderful work.

    At the dinner table

    Mother and Daugher





    Picking up rocks

    Dave and son Dave

    Solemn Profession, St. Walburga Abbey

    Jun 1st, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    We just returned last evening from Virginia Dale, CO where we attended the Solemn Profession of 2 of their sisters. Sr. Maria Lioba and Sr. Maria Gertrude. It was a very inspiring ceremony. There chapel was filled with family and friends.

    St. Walburga Abbey

    It was a joy and a privilege for us to have been invited.

    The beautiful decorated altar, St. Walburga Abbey

    Oblate Pot Luck

    May 18th, 2012 by editor | Comments Off

    The Sisters at San Benito Monastery visited our Oblates in Casper,WY Thursday and enjoyed a potluck dinner with them.  About 12 Oblates were present and it was an enjoyable time for the entire group.  The Oblates will resume their meetings next October.

    Evelyn Hankins

    Janice & Terry Johnson