Friday, September 26, 2014

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 confident in his own abilities and he has gotten better at working through the things that are more difficult for him.  We still spend A LOT of time on school, but it is more relaxed.  There is a lot less anxiety surrounding school work for both the boys and me.

2.  My girl


I finally figured out how to post this video to Youtube, so I could share.  I am not ashamed to admit that I watch this video between 5-10 times a day.  Cannot. Wait. To. Bring. Her. Home.

3. Adoption update

We are still waiting on travel approval.  But, we are fairly certain we know when we will travel.  Thank you all who prayed the Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, Novena with us!  While the dates are not what we hoped for and will interfere with my hubby's work a little, we have gotten confirmation that we can travel during that time without any issue for my hubby at work. Praise God!  I will let you all know when we officially know we will travel.

4. Happy Mail









This beautiful quilt came in the mail just two days ago. It was beautifully wrapped and it just made my day.  It will be packed and travelling to China with us, so Felicity can have it right away.  Thank you, Barbara for lending your time and talent to this perfect present!  We will treasure it and you!













4. Run for the Little Flowers 


The giveaway post is up! Go check it out, register and then get yourself extra entries into the giveaway by sharing about the run.  If you are local, we will have a fun meet-up  and send-the-Murphys-off-to-China party!!

Come, on you know you want to run and help orphans in China, all at the same time!

6. Holding on to this Truth





7. Little Flower Cuteness 


Happy weekend everyone!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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 block together.  Just let me know that you have done this and post a picture of your group on the run's facebook page after the run.

2. Take a picture of yourself before, during or after the run and post it to the run's facebook page.

3. Blog about your run and let me know you did so by commenting here.

4. Advertise about the run!  Share on your blog, facebook, instragram or twitter and let me know you did so by commenting below.  This can be done once a day!!

Let's get ready to run for the Little Flowers!!!









Saturday, September 20, 2014

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 come today to thank you for undoing this knot in my life...You know very well the suffering it has caused me. Thank you for coming, Mother, with your long fingers of mercy to dry the tears in my eyes; you receive me in your arms and make it possible for me to receive once again the divine grace.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, dearest Mother, I thank you for undoing the knots in my life. Wrap me in your mantle of love, keep me under your protection, enlighten me with your peace! Amen.
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Friday, September 19, 2014

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 mercy on your child and undo this knot...in my life. I need your visit to my life, like you visited Elizabeth. Bring me Jesus, bring me the Holy Spirit. Teach me to practice the virtues of courage, joyfulness, humility and faith, and, like Elizabeth, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Make me joyfully rest on your bosom, Mary. I consecrate you as my mother, Queen and friend. I give you my heart and everything I have (my home and family, my material and spiritual goods.) I am yours forever. Put your heart in me so that I can do everything Jesus tells me.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
Let us go, therefore, full of trust, to the throne of grace.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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 to undo this knot in my life...and free me from the snares of Evil. God has granted you great power over all the demons. I renounce all of them today, every connection I have had with them and I proclaim Jesus as my one and only Lord and Savior. Mary, Undoer of Knots, crush the evil one's head and destroy the traps he has set for me by this knot. Thank you, dearest Mother. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, free me!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of our people.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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 life...and I ask you to give me a heart that is patient until you undo it. Teach me to persevere in the living word of Jesus, in the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confession; stay with me and perpare my heart to celebrate with the angels the grace that will be granted to me. Amen! Alleluia!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

You are beautiful, Mary, and there is no stain of sin in You.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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 compassionate, I come to You today to once again entrust this knot...in my life to you and to ask the divine wisdom to undo, under the light of the Holy Spirit, this snarl of problems. No one ever saw you angry; to the contrary, your words were so charged with sweetness that the Holy Spirit was manifested on your lips. Take away from me the bitterness, anger and hatred which this knot has caused me. Give me, o dearest Mother, some of the sweetness and wisdom that is all silently reflected in your heart. And just as you were present at Pentecost, ask Jesus to send me a new presence of the Holy Spirit at this moment in my life. Holy Spirit, come upon me!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

Mary, with God, is powerful.

PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Monday, September 15, 2014

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 seek you, have mercy on me. I entrust into your hands this knot which robs the peace of my heart, paralyzes my soul and keeps me from going to my Lord and serving Him with my life.
Undo this knot in my love...., O mother, and ask Jesus to heal my paralytic faith which gets down hearted with the stones on the road. Along with you, dearest Mother, may I see these stones as friends. Not murmuring against them anymore but giving endless thanks for them, may I smile trustingly in your power.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

Mary is the Sun and no one is deprived of her warmth.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)
Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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



Our Lady Undoer of Knots Meditating Mother, Queen of heaven, in whose hands the treasures of the King are found, turn your merciful eyes upon me today. I entrust into your holy hands this knot in my life...and allthe rancor and resentment it has caused in me. I ask Your forgiveness, God the Father, for my sin. Help me now to forgive all the persons who consciously or unconsciously provoked this knot. Give me, also, the grace to forgive me for having provoked this knot. Only in this way can You undo it. Before You, dearest Mother, and in the name of Your Son Jesus, my Savior, who has suffered so many offenses, having been granted forgiveness, I now forgive these persons...and myself, forever. Thank you, Mary, Undoer of Knots for undoing the knot of rancor in my heart and the knot which I now present to you. Amen.
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
Turn to Mary, you who desire grace.


PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. 
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots. 
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. 
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. 
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope. 
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains. 
Hear my plea. 


Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me






Saturday, September 13, 2014

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)


PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)
Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Friday, September 12, 2014

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 knots that suffocate your children, extend your merciful hands to me. I entrust to You today this knot....and all the negative consequences that it provokes in my life. I give you this knot that torments me and makes me unhappy and so impedes me from uniting myself to You and Your Son Jesus, my Savior.
I run to You, Mary, Undoer of Knots because I trust you and I know that you never despise a sinning child who comes to ask you for help. I believe that you can undo this knot because Jesus grants you everything. I believe that you want to undo this knot because you are my Mother. I believe that You will do this because you love me with eternal love.

Thank you, Dear Mother.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

The one who seeks grace, finds it in Mary's hands.


PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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, what I should do to ___________ (fill in the blank of any of the adoption concerns).

Then there was mass on Sunday.

The above reading was part of the Gospel Reading from mass this Sunday.   And altough the priest gave an incredible homily on the first part of the Gospel reading and the second reading, the verses above are what stuck out to me.  It was God's answer.  Simply put, I need to really ask for prayers.  Lay it all out and offer it all up. Pray and fast (thanks, Mary for the great reminder!).

So, I am humbly asking for prayers right now.  Very specific prayers:

- First, for our travel.  As we get closer to getting travel approval, things are getting more uncertain.  We have anticipated October travel, but there is a Chinese holiday at the beginning of October which closes all governmental agencies, from October 1-8.  That means that there are no adoptions that will be processed during that time.  No Gothca Days and no Consulate Appointments.  While we would probably not travel that early anyways, because of those holidays, all families receiving Travel Approval even now are being affected and their dates are getting pushed into mid-October.  And that means that we will probably get travel dates at the end of October into November.  The Bishops have their biannual meetings in June and, you guessed it, November . . . right when we are likely to be given travel dates.  Without getting into lots of detail on it all, it is not really advisable that Pete miss these meetings. He also has a meeting in mid-November that he may not be able to miss either.   So, that means we would have to travel closer to the end of November, beginning of December. I try to put on a brave face and say, if that is God's will, then that is ok.  But, I really do not want to delay getting Felicity by a minute if we do not have to.  

So, I ask that you pray for mountains to be moved and that we are able to travel in October.

- Second, adoption finances.  In the upcoming month, our adoption expenses will total approximately $16,000.  While that includes travel for Pete and I, it does not include ANY expenses for taking our three boys.  Taking the boys will add approximately $8,000 - $10,000 to that total.  While I had a firm resolve to take them and all of us travel last week, it is waning as cold hard numbers stare at me.  Pete and I still believe that we all need to go.  We are waiting on hearing about a grant we applied for and we are starting to send out fundraising letters this week since we set up or tax-deductible Adopt-Together donation account, so we are hopeful for some answers in the upcomigng weeks, but we could really use some prayers too.

Please pray that doors open for us and that our final adoption expenses ($16,000) will be covered and our adoption will be fully funded before we travel.  


Finally, please pray for peace for our whole family during this time. Pray for inceased patience and trust in His plan and His timing.

How shall we pray?

Weeks into our adoption process, I was praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament and I clearly felt God say to lay our adoption process at His Blessed Mother's feet.  Give the process to Mary, and allow her to intercede for us.  So, I feel it only appropriate to pray for our Blessed Mother's Intercession by praying the Our Lady on Knots Novena.


We will be starting the Novena on Friday, September 12th (The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary) and the novena will end on September 20th.  I will be posting the prayers for each day here, but they can be found at the above link or you can find an audio version at Discerning Hearts.

Please consider praying with us and for us.  If you have any prayer intentions you would like me to pray for while praying this novena, please leave them in the comments below or email me at katiepetko (at) yahoo (dot) com and I will gladly add them to my list of intentions.

God Bless!