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A perfect day to ready this heart

Two days before Christmas and I did not feel ready.  Sure, most of the food has been purchased for Christmas day meals.  Presents bought and awaiting our late night wrapping fest Christmas eve.  The house is fairly clean.  But, that is not what I mean by ready.  I mean spiritually.  My heart has not been ready. I have prayed, meditated a lot this Advent, but this year has been tough.  Family issues and adoption set backs have had me weary and all of that carried into Advent.  While I totally trust Him and His plan and His timing, it has been abundantly clear that my own plan and timing did not quite match His.  And when I entered Advent, a season of waiting, I struggled to wait.  Honestly, I was done with waiting and just did not want to wait any longer. And that is how I entered this week.  I so desperately wanted a change of heart. I wanted to just sit back and rest in Him and wait on Him and His coming.  So, my plan for Monday was no school.  Instead, we would head down to the Na…

Meaningful Gifting Ideas

I started this post yesterday, and it became a tome on my philosophies of going without and our own move toward making Christmas more simple.  And I may post that, really I might, but for today I decided to scrap that and share ideas and links of meaningful giving.  Because, in  order to simplify gift giving, without scrapping the whole thing, we are working hard to give more thoughtful, meaningful gifts. No big toys. No shopping at boxed stores.  Just simple ideas and supporting companies that are making a difference in the lives of others.  Because, in my opinion, if a gift is going to be purchased, I want my purchase to help others in some way.

So here it goes . . .

1. Homemade gifts



Go on Pinterest.  Search Google.  There are TONS of great ideas for homemade gifts.  There are your standard: Mason Jar Cookie Mixes, Bean Soup Mixes, Homemade Christmas Ornaments. If you are adventurous you can make candles, all natural body butters, bath salts.  Or go simple, with cookies, cakes or fu…

Meaningful giving, going without and a Rosary Bracelet Giveaway!

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!! I am going to keep this particular post short today, but I have ideas swirling in my head for a couple posts this week.  This week I would like to spend some time on sharing my thoughts on intentional giving at Christmas and just plain learning to go without.  This whole thing was sparked by seeing the Christmas Bells on the Angel Tree in the back of our church again.  I have written about this before and my reaction each year gets stronger.  As I see "bells" that list video games and bicycles, gifts that children who are "poor" in our country desire for Christmas, I am reminded that half a world away there are children who are orphaned, or  sleep on dirt floors, or some that do not have food; these children want gifts so much more simple, so much more necessary than those in our own nation. This idea was also sparked when a good friend shared this link from Ann Voskamp's blog. If you have not read it yet, please do so…

What if Mother Teresa was on Facebook?

Saturday afternoon, my hubby and I were hanging laundry outside.  My husband had just finished some stuff on the computer, including his weekly scroll through Facebook.  While outside, we were talking about Facebook and the time we spend reading things of no consequence just because a few friends have linked to it.  My hubby remarked, just think if we spent the time in prayer instead of scrolling through Facebook.  I chuckled and said, "I would be Mother Teresa!"

And as I nervously continued to laugh after that, it did strike me . . .. what if Mother Teresa was on Facebook?  What if she had an iPhone?  What if most of her ministry was lost because she spent so much time checking each of her social media accounts?  What if I am losing my ministry because of the same thing?

Now, I know we can all argue that we can evangelize through Facebook, Instagram and all of the other hosts of social media trappings.  We can be a witness to life in Christ.  But this simple joke between m…

7 Quick Takes

Thanks Jen for hosting!!
1. St. Andrew Novena starts tomorrow!!

I will spare you all from hearing, once again, how much I love this novena, so all I am going to say is: PRAY IT!

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.) 2. Blessed John Paul II, Pray for us! Tuesday was our LAST home visit with our social worker.  It was the day she was going to do the walk through, inspecting the house.  After school work was completed, I was cleaning LIKE CRAZY.  I had done a lot of reorganizing and cleaning over the last few weeks in preparation for this visit, but I was doing all of the "final touches."  Well, I was in my sons' bedroom, straightening up and noticed something.  LOTS of broken and cracked glass on the back of the door.  I am not sure if it was a 60's thing or what, but their bedroom door has TILES of glass on the back of it.  (It is really…

Black Friday Beachbody deals starting today!

Hey, all!  I am sharing these here, in case anyone is interested.  Beachbody has some AMAZING sales for Black Friday that start TODAY!



If inetersted, you can order through my website here. Any money I make from the sales, goes directly to our adoption fund.  So, get healthy, shop, and support a great cause.

Wordless Wednesday - My Advent Reading

"You have my sympathies."

Last weekend I went on the Joy for Journey retreat.  This was a retreat for adoptive moms and pre-adoptive moms.  Because the retreat was Christian, my hubby and kids decided to wait for me to go to mass.  We went to a local parish that has a Sunday evening mass.

When mass was over and I was walking with my boys, down the aisle.  An older women looked at me and asked, "No girls?" 

I have gotten this question before.  And although I do not understand why people of all ages seem to think it necessary to comment on the fact that we have boys, I try to handle it with grace.

So, I smiled, nodded and said,"No, three boys."

A look of pity shone on her face, "You have my sympathies."


I had her sympathies??  Now, normally, I would just smile and ignore the horribly rude comment.  After all, my boys were right there.  And she was implying that, because I had them, somehow I was in need of sympathy.

But at that moment, I could not let it pass.  Maybe it was because …

Monday's Daybook

Outside my window...

It is 4PM and the sunlight is fading fast.  It has been a beautiful day here.  The sun was shining and the weather was really nice for a November day.  There is snow in the forecast tomorrow . . . I will believe it when I see the snowflakes fall.

I am thankful...

For a nice weekend in Baltimore. My hubby is there for meetings and the boys and I decided to go up for the weekend.  While we did not get to see my hubby a lot, because he was in meetings, we did enjoy every moment we got to be with him. 

I did not get to me Cardinal Dolan while there, but I did get to meet Cardinal DiNardo, Cardinal George, and Cardinal Wuerl (again).  Cardinal George got on the elevator we were on.  He was so nice.  We were supposed to get off just one floor after he got on, but I quickly said, "Oh, let's go to our room (on the 27th floor)!"  He engaged each and every one of our boys and was just so friendly.   I am so thankful to be in a position to meet so many of the l…

7 Quick Takes

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!!
1.  Katie is blogging, it must mean . . . her hubby is travelling for work again.  I am sorry if that sounds a bit snarky.  As I sat down to write these takes, I realized that the only time I have sat down to write any posts in the last few weeks was when my hubby has been away for work.  He has been gone alot lately.  He is not too far away right now, just 45 min, but the meetings run so late and start so early, that he stays at the hotel they are held at.  We are hoping to go visit him this weekend, go to the Baltimore Aquarium, and hopefully run into this guy . . .



I am already trying to plan how I can get a family picture with him!
2. Thank you! I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments on this post, both here and on facebook.  I have not been able to respond to any of them as I would have liked, but I have read them and appreciate them so much. One of my friends, who was homeschoolled, shared that she had been diagnosed with a learning disabilit…

Homeschooling, learning disabilities, and trying something new

When I started the homeschooling journey, several years ago, I never thought I  would have to learn to become a special ed. teacher.  But, these days, that is exactly where I am finding myself. 

At the end of the summer, we had our oldest son go through a series of educational tests.  One day a week, for about a month, we headed to the educational psychologist's office for two hours for J's testing. And a couple of weeks ago, my husband and I sat down with the educational psychologist to hear the results.

As we sat down that morning, I learned some very important things.  First, J is smart.  I knew that already and the test results confirmed that he IS smart.  When it came it auditory learning, he was OFF THE CHARTS.  Again, I knew this about him.  Then we came to his writing scores.  The first set of tests that showed results in the Learning Disability range.  Again, this did not surprise me.  But, it was good to hear it confirmed.  And good to give it a name.  He has dysgra…

Giveaway for last two items in Run for the Little Flowers giveaway!

I am trying to catch people where I can.  I have two items left for the Run for the Little Flowers giveaway and since they are more unique items that may not appeal to everyone who registered for the run, I am just going to do a drawing for the last two items out of the people that WANT them.

The items are:


1.. Fortunate Fall CD by Audrey Assad (donated by me)
I took the shrink wrap off but the CD is brand new.  I have a digital copy of this CD and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! 



And:

2. With an Open Heart book by Lisa Murphy (donated by Lisa Murphy)



This is a great book, read my review here.

So, if you ran the Run for the Little Flowers 5K and would like to win one of these items, comment below and tell me which one you would like to win (or both).  I will draw winners from the names here and on Facebook Friday!

Why I did not run the Run for the Little Flowers 5K

I really intended to sit down tonight, at the computer and write 7 Quick Takes, but, I realized that I have not shared ANYTHING about the Run for the Little Flowers.  So, I want to take this post to just share some things. First, I have not done ANY totals.  Last year, I knew EVERY PENNY that was donated from the run to Little Flower Projects. This year, because the money went directly to Little Flower Projects, I have not kept track of it at all.  It is simple math after all:Multiply the total number of runners by $25 and then subtract the cost of the shirts.  But, I have not done it yet.  And I am happy to say I have not done it because more people are still registering!!  That is the beauty of the virtual run!  And, I thank all of you who have posted pictures of your run and shared it with others.  It is because of all of you that the run is growing.  With that being said, we are over 200 runners  and growing! Some fun, quick stats: - The Southern states topped in generosity and par…

Run for the Little Flowers Recap and Link-up

This past Saturday, we had a local meet-up for the run for the Little Flowers 5K.  I promise I will add actual details about it and stats on the run, but for now, I am leaving you with the link up. So, if you have posted pictures on your blog or blogged about your run, link up below!  Remember you will get entries in the giveaway if you link you before Thursday!

The shirts are here!! And an update!

The shirts are here and I will be mailing shirts and medals starting Thursday!!  Woohoo!  But, if you have NOT registered, there is still time.  I have lots of extra shirts and would love to sell out.  This is what I have left as of 10/9: Youth Small- 2
Youth Med- 5
Youth Large- 8
Women's Small-4
Women's Medium-7
Women's Large-6
Unisex Small-5
Unisex Medium- 6
Unisex Large-7
Unisex XL-2
Unisex XXL-1 (This size does NOT show up on the registration form BUT you may message me and I will save this for you!)
Please continue to spread the word!  And register here!

Run for the Little Flowers . . . . it is coming soon!!

The medals came in yesterday!  I am really happy with how they turned out.   The shirts will be mailled on Monday and I should have them Wednesday.


And, do not worry if you are not registered yet, there is still time!  I was able to add more shirts to the order and I have several in each size, so please join us to run for these precious little flowers!!
Register here!