Just Cause It’s Getting Hot Don’t Get Cold!

Happy July guys… (can we get that pause button please!?!) At my home school is FINALLY done!! As I type I am a proud mama to a Junior in College (can I seriously be that old for one!?!?!) Sophorme in HS (again am I that old to have one of those!?!) a Sweet 6th grader and a Kindergartener  who happened to turned 5 last week! (wait didn’t I JUST have her!?!?!)

 

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I am beyond proud of them and pray our Lord countines to enlighten them and keeps guiding their steps not only education but in faith .. OK enough of the sappy mama stuff you know this also means no more alarms! YAY.  Let’ say that again NO MORE ALARMS.. Sure my youngest will get up by 8 am but I will take it.

Which brings me to discussing why I wanted to post. Now that it’s Summer we might actually go into lazy mode. Which means you might not get up before the kids do to your morning prayer, or might not take that time during the day to pause for a reading, might not make it to church during the weekend because you are tired from the Saturday fun or think oh just an hour more and I’ll get up to only see that you are too late and get a call that there is a barbaque and forget to attend mass.

Summer can be a time where we figure oh it’s time for Fun but we have to remember we can not get luke warm or even cold in our faith just because we are busy with having fun.

Here are a few things I’m doing so I wouldn’t go into Summer Faith Mode.

  • Still set an alarm so you can pray in the quiet first thing in the morning.
  • Read a book that will enrich your faith (don’t  let it be only your kids who are reading)
  • Attend one or two  extra masses during the week. Check for adoration times.
  • Keep a Summer prayer Journal.
  • Start a new devotion. There are so many beautiful ones to take up.

I hope these few ideas will keep your heart on fire. I am trying to keep this list as well. My family is actually going through a very hard period so if you could keep us in your prayers I would be so thankful. That is another reason why I am holding on to this list and keeping my faith more on fire.

You can see HERE what is going. My family would be thankful for any prayers you could spare. We are nervous but we have more faith then Fear.

Not wanting to end this post with a downer I want to share that I will have a giveaway on my next post. As always thanks so much for stopping by. I’d love to hear how your Summer is going so leave me comment below.

 

 

 

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Few of My Favorite Things

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Happy end of the Month (wasn’t it just January two minutes ago?) My family is super busy as it’s almost end of the school year which means tests, finals and figuring how we are gonna get next College year paid (that’s for another day) which is making this mama get greys hair but I trust in the Lord.

I was going off track there. What this post is really about is sharing some of the amazing small business that I have come across that I can not get enough of!

As I type this I just went and purchased another item from Nancy because Oh my gosh I love her Quiet books (go check it out I’ll have a post soon on my finished rosary one, as soon as it’s done) Each one is amazing and so talented and nope not being paid to say it I just really think each one is amazing go check them out!

Do Small Things With Love

As I just mentioned above Nancy has a sweet little story where she brings us some amazing projects that you can create. Besides her store she has one awesome podcast that I look forward to listening to.

Jordan Avery

I actually had contaced Jordan for a gift that the kids wanted to gift one of our favorite priests which was a drawing of his favorite saint. He is actually leaving soon as it’s time for a new assignment and oh wow did Jordan come through.

I was beyond amazed at how wonderful and detailed his work is. I also have purchased 2 other smaller of his works and just amazing again wonderful customer service. He’s putting some new work that I can’t wait to purchase!

Katherine Bogner

Kathy is an amazing artist and a teacher and she provides some amazing work that I have used for my bible journaling which is so beautiful and easy. I love to check out her work on instagram as well. Check out her site and go to her blog so much awesomeness!

Worthy of Agape

I ordered a personalized peg for myself of Padre Pio and I loved it so much and I was actually lucky enough to win a set of the Holy Family that my little girl love so much. I have to order a few more as it’s almost Summer and my little one really loves having her little “saint friends” as calls them. Her birthday is coming up so I know this will be one of her gifts.

Robin Nest Lane

I started to veil last year and although I had two veils that my mom bought for me I wante to get a shorter one that I could carry with me as there are times I am able to go to a near by parish that has adoration extra days that my parish doesn’t have. That is when I found the perfect veil with amazing detail and care when packaged and sent. Robin is amazing and is so talented. I am in love with all the veils she has avaiable.

Well that’s all from me as the kids home and it’s time to put my mama chef hat on. Do you have favorite small business you love? Let me know I’d love to check them out!

Just Another Day For Everyone Else

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The weekend had arrived and some were sleeping in.  Others were up and out of the house because they have things planned.

I was up too and doing my motherly duties while holding fast to what the date represented for me.

I take a pause and say a prayer but try to hold my tears. I go and get the daily first cup of milk for my youngest looking at her and feeling blessed yet turning my face to once again hold my tears.

I walk to the living room and look at your picture. Our last picture together.

I pause and once again I think of what April 7th meant 12 years ago. The pain in my heart stings. Deep breathes, my older daughter calls to me as she needs me, I text my son that has been out since early in the AM to make sure he’s made it OK to practice.

Deep breath.. You are on my mind. I miss you and I will forever have those seconds of what if.

Then I think of what I know now.

Everything no matter the pain does have a purpose and as I grab my rosary know you came and completed what was your mission.

No matter my aches, my tears and still pain that come face to face in the AM as your Daddy holds me in the kitchen because he knows this pain all too well although you know Daddy hides it to protect us all. In his arms is where I let my cry once out for what felt like hours but I only have five minutes to “let it out” because my other motherly duties calls and your brother will soon be back from practice and he will be hungry so I need have some food ready.

It might be another day for everyone else but not me it will NEVER be. You are forever part of me and with each of my breaths.

They say it gets easier. That is a lie.  We just learn to deal with it. As everyone goes about their day. I am still feeling the same anguish but have learned to hide better. My faith has become my strength. His Love and promise keep me going.

Blessed Palm Sunday

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It’s a bit late but I wanted to make sure I came on and said blessed Palm Sunday. Is it me or did this Lent just fly by? I can’t believe we are into Holy Week.

Although the Easter season will start next week (did you know that? I didn’t know that until well like 5 years ago!!)

What are you planning on doing this week? I am hoping to read more and go to mass each day. My youngest son’s birthday is on Tuesday and at our parish, they are doing the live stations of the cross in the evening I am hoping in going.

Although today my youngest who is 4 just happened to catch a glimpse of a movie I was watching “The Savior” it really didn’t show much but she saw the suffering mostly on Jesus’ face and as he was put on the cross and although she has been told by myself and at school about what happened she’s 4 and seeing visually what happened that made her upset.

I’ve decided to let her stay with Hubby while I go with my older kids. I was talking to a friend on how little children are willing to follow God and pure love but it’s a shame as we grow some of us stray from that I know for myself I have but feel so blessed I know all his love and mercy on us.

I have mentioned that I love Formed as it’s an amazing source to go and learn and especailly during this coming week it will really be amazing.

For my kids I always go to Catholicmom.com as they have things for the kids not only during Lent but year round that I have used. I already printed out coloring pages for them.

Also a new site that I found  site Catholic family crate where they have a free packet for the family to use during Holy Week.

What will you doing with your family?

 

Still Standing. Now What.

Well, guess my little blog here lives to see another year. Thanks to my hubby I renewed the blog and just in the nick of time as I only had one day to do so.

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I was sad about having to let it go. I mean I don’t know if anyone really sees this but it’s been therapeutic for me and so that was enough.

As my other blog is more about business and although I do share things it’s not as personal as this one has become. This blog really holds my inside voice.

I actually know what I want to do as with the help OK more like the push of the Holy Spirit I finally went to our Pastor and told him about wanting to share about Bible Journaling. I mean there is plenty of it all over but I hardly have seen anyone really do a Catholic bible journaling.

I currently am working putting it all together so I can really present what I want to do. My hubby also gifted me a Blessed is She Bible which is beyond amazing and so beautiful! I also received another bible from She Reads Truth which as well is so beautiful my heart is overwhelmed and can’ wait to share what I will be doing.

Well, that is all from me just wanted to make sure I put it out there. Hopefully, this will become a good source is my wish but if not I still will be so happy because this is my little spot will be where I share my joys, sorrows and in-betweens.

 

Expiring on March 13th

Well it seems this little place in the web will be closing for sure unless I’m able to renew it. I would need $50 to keep my website for the next year.

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I really have loved this place and actually would love to keep it because I have a new chapter that has come aboutand will begin after Lent. I would love to share that.

I have been able to express my thoughts and would love to be able to do more of it as in the past I’ve gotten some amazing feedback.

I have left it to the Lord if this is some place that should stay then so be it. Our Lord had been genrous and amazing and I am beyond thankful I would love to keep this blog to share more about that and what is to come after Lent.

I am actually nervous but so excited about it! Well that’s all from me. If you could spare a little prayer for me and as to what our Lord wants to happen with this little blog. I’d be so thankful.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 : 365 Days to Pray

Here we are at with the 1st day of a New Year. So many resolutions I’ve heard.  From losing weight, to saving money but there is one I want to do. I want to pray more. I need to pray more.

I want to grow my relationship better with the Lord. I actually found a parish close enough to my home that has adoration every week. I can not say how giddy I was when I found this out.   I feel like this is my change to get a little bit closer to our Lord. I sometimes as I kneel look at the blessed sacrament and am in awe yet feel so little and unworthy.

I think of the stories of saints and people who have heard our Lord’s message to them. Then there is me who just hears myself with all the worries and questions.

I can never seem to find myself quiet. To be honest I think I’m almost afraid to be quiet. What if our Lord does speak to my heart, yet I wonder why should I be afraid what is that? What is that about? I WANT him to speak to me yet I’m the one not letting him?

When I go into the chruch before picking up my daughter it seems there is the one question I sit and seem to ask Lord  always. What is it that you want from me?  I ramble on with all that is going on and all my worries and perhaps that’s why I can’t hear if our Lord has something to tell me.

Perhaps that’s why I got one of my favorite saints when I went on to Saint Name Generator  and got St. Padre Pio.

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I almost think of him as if he were a dad or grandfather that would give me that look when I would be doing wrong but have a good love for me. I love how he loved the Lord and Mama. I am so excited to get to know him better and pray for his intercession more this year as well . I’m actually reading a book called Parde Pio’s Spirtitual Direction for Everyday that I hope to read throughout the year.

There are some very serious things going on right now with our family. It’s really hard. I am praying that I get I’m able to find a way to get an income going.

Our living situation is getting stranded as well so much going on. All I know to do is pray. I truly believe in prayer and have seen them heard even in my moments that I am in dispair I need to remember this.