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7 Quick Takes - Schooling updates, happy mail and rare footage

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!!

1.  I am clearly the mom who forgets to post first day of school pictures!
My boys started their new homeschool year almost a month ago and I have finally downloaded the photos from the camera onto the computer.





Although I would love to write a whole post on our new homeschool routine and why a tutorial has been a perfect fit for us, it will just have to be reduced to a quick take.  The transition to the tutorial has been good and hard.  Hard: carpools, packed lunches, lots of school work, and I miss my two oldest on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The good:  structure, structure, and more structure, lots of work, quality time with Andrew, and the boys really rising to the occasion.  My oldest will not totally admit it, but he likes it.  He really likes it.  He is really blossoming there and instead of it being a hit to his self-esteem (which I think he feared . . . . he was so afraid it would be really HARD for him), it has been a boost for him. He has become more…

Run for the Little Flowers Giveaway items!

I have been remiss in posting about the Run the Little Flowers Giveaway.  I have shared a few sneak peeks on our Facebook, page, but had not compiled the post.

Without further ado, here are this year's giveaway items:

1. Pale Blue Mountain Jade Stretch Bracelet made by Ike and Co Etsy Shop


2. Fuchsia dyed agate and crystal filigree stretch bracelet made by Ike and Co Esty Shop Won by Monica S.


3. $15 Gift Card to Starbucks Won by Susan S.

4. Happy Girls are the Prettiest tank from Transforming Beauty

5.  5 Pack Sampler of Shakeology Nutrition Shakes  Won by Ann D.


6. So Loved Tee (size of winner's choice) Won by Diane F.



And if anyone wants to donate an item, please email me or leave a comment below.

Now, for the details of the giveaway . . . .
 All registrants are automatically entered to win.
You can earn extra entries by:
1. Getting a group together to run it in our area.  This can be your moms group, bible study or home school group, or just a few friends that decided to walk the …

Our Lady Undoer of Knots - Day 9

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 9


Most Holy Mary, our Advocate, Undoer of Knots, I c…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 8

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 8
Virgin Mother of God, overflowing with mercy, have…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 7

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots


Meditation for Day 7


Mother Most Pure, I come to You today to beg you t…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 6

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 6


Queen of Mercy, I entrust to you this knot in my l…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 5

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots
Meditation for Day 5

Mother, Undoer of Knots, generous and compassionat…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 4

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 4

Dearest Holy Mother, you are generous with all who…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 3

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)



1. Make the sign of the cross
2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again
.Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.
4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)
5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary
6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 3


Meditating Mother, Queen of heaven, in whose hand…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 2

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)


1. Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots



Meditation for Day 2 


Mary, Beloved Mother, channel of all grace, I return to You today my heart, recognizing that I am a sinner in need of your help. Many times I lose the graces you grant me because of my sins of egoism, pride, rancor and my lack of generosity and humility. I turn to You today, Mary, Undoer of knots, for You to ask your Son Jesus to grant me a pure, divested, humble and trusting heart. I w…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 1

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)


1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots
Meditation for Day 1 
Dearest Holy Mother, Most Holy Mary, you undo the…

Pray with us

Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18: 19-20

 I have been stressed about the adoption process for the last several weeks.  Stressed really is not a strong enough word.  The adoption pervades my thoughts most hours of the day.  I am thankful for homeschooling because it FORCES me to think and act on something other than the adoption.  I am not sleeping well lately.  I usually end up with a tension headache by the end of the day and my jawline hurts most days from clenching my teeth due to stress.  I get anxious when I think of when we will travel and how in the world we will have enough money to cover all of the expenses of the adoption and have anything left for life as it happens after the adoption.  I cry out to God throughout the day.  And there are times I have asked Him…