Belleville Ringer

On the way to pick up our son from college, my wife and I listened to a recording of Frank Jr. at age 3, reciting “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” It is amazing to us that the same little boy is already a college senior.

Our Lady of the Snows - Way of Lights We made some time in our schedule to do a little sightseeing before returning home. On Wednesday night, we went to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. From mid-November to New Year’s Day, the outdoor shrine is decorated with a drive-through display known as the Way of Lights. They also had areas offering camel rides, refreshments, a laser show and much more.

Our Lady of the Snows - Lego Mosaic Our Lady of the Snows - close up of Lego Mosaic My family and I were most impressed by a mosaic made of Lego blocks on display in the visitors center. The mosaic was created in 2003 by Eric Harshbarger. From a distance, it looked like an accurate reproduction of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s painting “Song of the Angels.” The original painting is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. My wife has had a small print of it hanging in our entrance hall for several years. She purchased the print on a field trip to Forest Lawn with Frank Jr.’s sixth-grade class.

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