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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Do What You Love

Where have the days gone? I look at the calendar and can't believe that it's the 8th of October already. I think I have so many irons in the fire that my life has been a bit of a juggling act recently.

My mornings are filled with school with the kids. Week 7 and we've seemed to hit a routine that works (most days) for us. 

The kids have lots of activities that they are involved in so that is lots of go, go, going but it's something I've prayed for (more opportunities for homeschoolers in the area) so I won't complain one bit that the prayers have been answered.

My Etsy shop is up and running again. It's the custom orders that are popular this year. I'm working on some new products before the Christmas rush hits.

I've always dreamed of being the owner of a children's boutique. You all know my obsession with kid's clothes! That dream has finally come true, in a round about way! I'm working on a post about that for later this week.

That is life lately. Busy, busy, busy but loving it because it's with all things that I love.    


Tuesday, October 6, 2015


(A Rosary blessed by  Pope Francis while he was in the US, given to us by a friend who traveled to see him.)


Quoting a speech of St. John Paul II from 1978, the Pope stressed that “error and evil must always be condemned and opposed; but the man who falls or who errs must be understood and loved.

The Church, he said, “must search out these persons, welcome and accompany them, for a Church with closed doors betrays herself and her mission, and, instead of being a bridge, becomes a roadblock.

I love the above quote from Pope Francis, as well as the one from St. John Paul II. THIS is how Christians should act...standing up for their beliefs but not belittling those who fall or err. Because we all do from time to time.

But it also means that one does not need to accept a sin in order to be loving or compassionate. Faith is not politically correct. "Such “apostolic courage,” he said, “is not intimidated by the seductions of the world which tend to put out the light of truth from the hearts of men,” thereby leading them away from God.
I love that even non-Catholics are listening to what he says and that he is drawing more people back to the church with his compassion, without actually changing any of his (the Church's) convictions. He does a great job of explaining the Catholic Church teaching, so that even if one does not believe that themselves, they can understand the beliefs of others.     


Sunday, October 4, 2015


My first baby turned 12 today! She is such a beautiful, sweet girl and I just can't believe how quickly these past twelve years have gone.

We enjoyed a nice brunch out as a family. 

She wanted to go hiking afterwards so we walked off all that food on a two mile park trail in the woods.

When we arrived home Becca helped me make her cupcakes (she chose strawberry with vanilla cheesecake frosting). She took a bike ride with her friend and then returned home to help me cook supper - her choice of taco salad.

A friend messaged me as we were about to eat her cupcakes. She casually mentioned that she got another Coke bottle today with the name JACOB on it so decided to make a donation to St. Jude's in his name. She sent me the little confirmation notice of the donation, saying "Not sure why that notice says Happy Birthday!" I then told her maybe it's because it's Becca's birthday and he is wishing her a happy one. She couldn't believe it - she did not know it was Becca's birthday and there was no reason for that little "Happy Birthday" notice to be on the donation note. 

How awesome is that?! Becca beamed when I told her about it. I think she truly knows that her little bro is with her always still. Especially on her birthday.

Happy birthday, sweet Becca, from ALL of us.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Remember the Heroes

 The school shooting yesterday makes my heart ache. For the families. For the injured. For our nation. The violence and mental illness in this country is escalating. 

This article is a great one, reminding us to "Forget the zeroes and remember the heroes." 

I also saw this quote in the comments and had to share it as it is exactly my thoughts.

"Special recognition and praise are due to those young people who did not deny their faith in Christ. When the armed killer demanded Christians identify themselves, several stood up pretty much anticipating their fate, and were killed! 

The Bible tells us no greater love has one than to give his/her life for their fellow man. I am certain that is multiplied many times over when your life is given for Christ. God Bless the families of these young martyrs, and know that they safe now and very happy in the arms of the Lord!"


Thursday, October 1, 2015

We Are All Human

"Never discuss politics or religion in polite company."

We've all heard that been said.

I'm beginning to believe it. 

With the presidential election gaining steam I'm hearing the political talk everywhere. And with politics comes religion and beliefs. While I do believe:
I also believe:
The discussions I'm seeing do not involve courtesy nor compassion. 

It's become vicious. Pure hatred for fellow human beings that have differing opinions. 


Wednesday, September 30, 2015


I loved this quote when I saw it on Facebook. I've found this to be so true.

When you find the people who "get you" it's immediately clear. There is just that click. 

I've been so blessed with my friendships throughout my life. My longest standing friend, Sarah, at 22 years of friendship. My closest mommy friend, Dee, who I've known since I was 14. My BAMily who has been through thick and thin with me. My sweet Bible Study friends who feel like family to me. My homeschool mamas who are in the trenches with me. There are so many more to list but just know that you all mean so much to me.

My friends understand me without me having to even say a word.

I hope you, too, are blessed with friends like this.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Plan

I purchased the giant, 600+ page Trim Healthy Mama book when it first came out. I love the information and recipes but it does take some muscles to lug it out when you want to look something up!

I guess that was a common complaint which is why Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison now separated the book into two parts...the actual plan Trim Healthy Mama Plan and then a corresponding cookbook. The plan book breaks down this lifestyle, which is not a diet. Unlike fad diets, this plan is not difficult. You will focus on refueling your body every three to four hours by focusing on one primary fuel at a time. Satisfying meals which include more fats and proteins and Energizing meals which contain more carbs and proteins. 

The plan book includes a menu mock-up, affordable superfoods, what to eat when you are out and about or super busy, and so much more. It truly is a 300 page guide book.

While I have the huge book myself, I would totally recommend the two separate books for anyone looking to purchase them now as it makes reading about the plan, and then cooking the recipes, so much easier.

This book was sent to my Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.


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