Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real!

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Pretty, Happy, Funny. Real all in one!

Here is my oldest playing in her last recital of the year. It has been 3 years since she has started taken lessons and I just love every second of it! She was happy to play!

Friday, June 17, 2011

My Lord, My God!


My Lord and my God, I firmly believe that you are here, listening to me, that you see me, that you hear me! I adore you with profound reverence! I ask you for pardon for my sins, and grace to make this time of conversation with you fruitful. My Mother Immaculate, Saint Joseph, my father and Lord! My Guardian Angel , Intercede for me!


I learn this dear prayer from a very lovely Saint, St.Josemaria, in order to place myself in the presence of God at the beginning of mental prayer, to help me remove other concerns from our mind.

Can't make a visit, have Him come to you Live at

(warning, you will fall on your knees!)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pretty, Happy. Funny. Real.

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PRETTY
Here are few pictures from our flower garden in the front of the house. One has to very patient with these types of flowers for a long time, they really didn't look so pretty until they bloom! But we happen to have a few bunnies that like them as well yet for dinner!




HAPPY & FUNNY
Its funny to see kids trying to climb a tree and act like monkeys!


They sure were happy climbing!
REAL

Its real, our first garden and its alive!! The kids love to watch it grow from the seeds to flowers and now started to see some veggies!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Great Wives & Mothers!


I bought this book, Great Wives and Mothers by Hugh Francis Blunt at the last conference that I went to in April. Really the best word that I can use to describe this book is WOW. You can read it for free online .

I never read a book where I have learn so much about our Church great Saints. I did not know how many saints we have and all that in the book are women, so just to think of it plus men.. WOW! (there is that word again!).

To name a few, St. Sabina, 1st Christian matron of whom we have record among the martyrs, in the year 126, St. Perpetua, St. Marth 270 , St. Juitta who was denounced by her neighbor for being a Christian died by fire but the flames did not harm her body., says these words:
May my estates perish, or be disposed of to strangers, may I also lose my life, and may this body be cut in pieces, rather than that by the least impious word I should offend the God that made me. If you take from me a little portion of the earth, I shall gain heaven for it!"


How about these couples, St. Chrysanthus and St. Daria or St. Melania and her husband Pinianus or St. Fabiola (400) a women that divorce her 1st husband and married another man even while her 1st husband was living. On the day before Easter her 2nd husband dies and she does public penance for offense and was received back into the church.

In the book, he has a full chapter on St. Monica and St. Rita. On a side note, St. Augustine showed in his book On the Good of Marriage, that there have been many married women who have surpassed many virgins in sanctity.

Mr. Blunt writes a very important point here that goes very well with the teachings of St.Josemaria, " Whatever the condition of life, God can sanctify it... When all in their heart know that God will come to dwell in their cottage or in their palace, if they but invite him"

I really enjoy reading about The Queen Saints such as St. Helena a innkeeper whom married a roman general who ends up being a great Roman Emperor in the year 292, Also St. Clotilda, Queen of the Franks, St. Sexburga an English queen, St. Matilda a Germany queen around the year 918 to name a few. I never heard of these inspiring saints. It was very pleasing to read about Queen Isabella the Catholic (which I knew about). "A great queen, indeed, a great wife, a great mother, and all this because she was first of all a great Catholic...""

Then I read about St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572) as Mr. Blunt writes, " But of all Christian mothers, there is none so strikingly human and at the same time so thoroughly spiritual, as the great wife and mother, a women who lived on earth and in heave at one and the same time." Can I say, Wow.. again!

Every time, I put the book down, I feel encourage and inspired to do a better job as a wife and mother for God is calling me as He called all of those Saints and as He calls you, to be Saints!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pretty, Happy. Funny. Real.

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Pretty

Last Friday, we took my sister-in-law to this
very sweet and beauty garden called Winterthur.


Happy


We wanted to take some family photos and kids photo.
I forgot how hard it is to get everyone just looking at the camera.
Thank goodness the weather was very nice and cool!



Leave it to Beaver here to stick his hands through.
It captures his true personality but
I was hoping to capture some nice photos for our mantle at home!



Funny.
I guess one couldn't have a true photo session
without those lets make funny faces.




Real
Sister love..
One moment you are happy and hugging and than you are not..
These two are very close in age and
the personality are as far apart as can be.
Lord, give me strength!





Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Free Ebook! A great find!

Head over to Catholic Mother Online, Angie is giving away her e-book Educational Activities for Young Children.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Walk for Their Lives!


Its summer time my friends.. Nice weather, some time for pool, beach, lakes, etc... something to keep you challenge and at the same time give to protect the unborn!

Starting next Sunday, June 12 to August 28, 12 week, its Walk for Their Lives sponsor by Hair Bows 4 Life ... How many miles can you walk to help support the protection of Human Life, those sweet baby feet!

All ages, sizes, colors and faith are welcome to use your feet to walk for theirs!

1.) Let them know you are taking up the Challenge, let everyone you know that you are taking up this challenge.

2.) Have them sponsor you, such as a penny for every mile you walk in these 12 weeks, or a nickle or a flat rate such as $50 for 1, 0000 miles.

3.) Email them at walkfortheirlives@gmail.com with your location (let us see if we can go all over the map), what type of sponsor $ per mile or flat and what Pro-life organization you will donate.

4.) Record your miles, here is a great weekly log . Check this out: Google Map Pedometer

5.) Every Sunday, comment with your miles, they are giving away great door prizes for your comments. Find the cause on Facebook!

6). They will end it with some great top walkers prizes. (more info on the prizes to come)

So, what are you waiting for ? Put your walking shoes on and start walking!!

Please help pass this challenge along, post it on your blog, email it, put it on face book! Put your feet to the test and see how much you can raise to save!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real!

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PRETTY

Our Sweet Blessed Mother, being admire by sweet young girls during their May Crowning Tea Parties. As I was sitting after the tea party was done, girls running outside, moms finally sitting down. I thought, I never had this in my life. A tea party, I never was given the chance to sit as a young lady and have nice tea sandwich's, some tea all in a sweet dress. That is what I want to give my girls, its not in the things but its in the memories. I do have to say, thanks to a dear friend who loves teas, we have been to a place where they do treat you all to a nice "tea party"

HAPPY



He is so happy because he got to see this today at National Aquarium:




FUNNY






We have great neighbors and for 22 years they have a great Memorial Day party, right next door. They rent a great water slide for the kids, have volleyball, lots of food, drinks, dessert and a great live band. All we have to do is step over the fence and we are there! For about 6 hours and than take the kids home, bath and put them to sleep. Little one slept in the next day to 10:30! (that's more like it!)

REAL

We finish our co-op for the summer. Its summer time and the kids are going bored already. I just finish up our summer chart and sign up for the pool and gotten our summer books ready to go!