Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I don't know what to write or the right way to write it...

Hello my lovely people!!

Long time no see!!  I just wanted to hop on here and write a post because it's been too long since I've blogged.  I've been super busy with life but still somehow have plenty of free time to waste on FaceBook.  But I miss blogging so here I am.

Firstly, I'd like to ask you, how are you?  I hope everything is going amazing for you and if not, I pray you get better soon!!  If hugs will help, here: hugs from me to you.  (Sorry the video at the end of that post doesn't work.  It's an old post to be sure.)

Secondly, I thought I'd share just a little bit about what's going on in my life right now.  The Life of a Homeschool Graduate who's celebrating her 2nd graduation anniversary hasn't been boring. ๐Ÿ˜

Newsies

My friends, family, and I went to go see my absolute all time favorite Broadway show put on by a community theatre group here in town.  Let me tell you, don't underestimate community theatre because it was AAAMAAAZIIIIIING!!!



We got to chat with the amazing cast afterwards and they were sooo gracious.  We snapped a few photos and had a few good laughs.  They were just awesome.  Fansies dreams come true.


Texas Travels

At the end of April/ Beginning of May, I was blessed to be able to visit my Confirmation sponsor and family friends in Texas!!  You may know I call myself a city girl but I was baptized a country girl in mud, sweat, water, and mosquito bites that week.  We took care of their farm animals (goats, chickens, a lama, and dogs,) went fishing, did some gardening, played baseball, and all kinds of fun things.  The highlight of my week there though was a Contra Dance in Dallas, TX.

FSSP parish in TX



One of my new pals on the farm, Ginger.



The Contra Dance on Saturday night was a blast!!  Thank you to all of my partners for graciously putting up with my mistakes and slow learning.  All of the guys were complete gentlemen; Texas gentlemen. 


My other big, BIG highlight of the trip was this guy!  I got to feed lettuce to a giraffe, my all-time favorite animal!!! ๐Ÿ˜ I was sooo excited!

Singing in the Rain

My friends and I also went to see a high school production of Singing in the Rain.  It was fantastic!!  I  love going to see shows with my friends so much.  We all love talking about them and singing the songs together.


Hand Lettering

I've been working on some hand lettering techniques and tutorials from Pinterest!  It's amazing what you can do with some sharpies or markers and a ballpoint pen!






Well, I think those were my highlights from April and, so far, May!  I have many more exciting things planned that I hope to share with you!

I hope you have a wonderful day, friend!  What have you been up to recently?  Are you finished with school?  Ready for summer?

God bless you and keep you until we meet again!!




Saturday, March 30, 2019

Unplanned

Hello friends!  I wanted to share a post with you that I wrote on Maidens for Mary yesterday.  On Thursday I went to see Unplanned, the new movie and took some friends again today.  Please read through my post and I hope you go see Unplanned in a theater near you!!

"Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation.

All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.

Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America." Unplanned Movie on Facebook



I've been anxiously awaiting the release of this movie.  The story seemed like a really good plot and the fact that it's a true story made it even more special.  The trailer made it look well done and got me hooked.  Unplanned looked like a film that was the first of it's kind.  The first movie that would shake up the pro-life debate.  I was praying it would really shed light on the subject.  I walked into the theater smiling and greeting friends hoping it would not disappoint.

It certainly did not.

Unplanned is like no other movie you've seen before.  The story draws you in, the actors did a wonderful job, and the whole movie was executed very well as a whole.  No, it certainly did not disappoint.  It exceeded my expectations.  I knew it was going to be controversial, but really, it was life changing.

Unplanned reveals abortion for what it really is.  It even exposes the different types of abortion.  I knew abortion was bad.  I knew it took one life and harmed another but most of the pro-life people like myself haven't actually seen the terrible physical and emotional harm abortion causes women.  Yes, it's hard to watch.  Yes, many movie-goers were shedding tears.  There were gasps and sighs.  "No one said abortion is pretty."  And it isn't.  It's actually a very terrible thing.  It is the worst thing any expectant mother could go through.  This movie opened my eyes and my heart compelling me to pray, work, and fight more than ever to end abortion.



What's more, it inspired me to really pray for and love the women who are contemplating, having, or have had an abortion.  Often times they're pressured, scared, or think they have no other choice.  They've never experienced the true love and light of God that will carry them and strengthen them through anything.  So not only did Unplanned display the harm of abortion but it also beautifully displayed the power of God through prayer and our presence.  I've participated in a few 40 Days for Life campaigns but this movie tells us how important our prayers and witness really are.  When you pray out on the sidewalk in front of the abortion center, you never know how many lives you affect or save.  This movie is full of love, grace, redemption and forgiveness.

40 Days for Life isn't over!  You can join thousands of pro-lifers across the country in praying for an end to abortion.  Find a vigil location near you now!

https://40daysforlife.com/browse-campaigns/

Finally, I wanted to talk about the R rating of this film and why I saw it.  The only other R rated film I've ever seen is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition.  It was rated R for extended and violent battle sequences.  It was intense but was all CG so I was able to watch the film.

Unplanned was given an R rating for “some disturbing/bloody images”.  Yes, there are bloody images but this is the horrible truth of abortion.  Want to know what Abby Johnson said about the R rating herself?  
Abby describes the scenes in this letter.  Yes, I did close my eyes while the CG "abortion" was shown on the "ultrasound" but, like Abby said, this movie is inspirational and happy as well.  I knew I needed to see this movie and I'm so glad I did.  When you understand how abortion hurts women, you are that much more equipped to pray for them and to help them.


So let's just think about this for a second.  A 15-year-old girl in America can get an abortion without parental consent, but she can't see a movie about abortion without her parents.  Doesn't make sense, does it??  There is no foul language, sex, nudity, or gun violence.  So does Unplanned really deserve to be an R rated film?  Probably not, but this rating proves that the MPAA thinks abortion is violent.  And it is.

So please, go see Unplanned in theaters this weekend so we can tell Hollywood how important this film is.  It's important to know how abortion affects women and that women deserve better than abortion.  It's important to know the not-so-pretty truth.  It's important to be inspired and motivated to pray for the end of abortion.  Unplanned is like no other movie you've seen before.  Vote with your ticket and invite your family and friends to see it with you!  You will never see the pro-life movement the same way again.



For life,

Sarah

Thursday, March 28, 2019

My Imaginary Library...


I just published a new page (<see link< or ^see above^) that's been long in the making of my favorite books!  It's quite a long list and I'm sure it will be growing.  I hope you enjoy and find some new favorites!  What books do you enjoy again and again?

Pax Christi!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

My first guest post... I think!

Hello friends!!

It's almost been a month since my last post but I'm still here.  There has been so much great stuff happening on my other 2 blogs!

For instance, Maidens for Mary is now on Facebook!!  Please drop by and give us a like!  https://www.facebook.com/maidens4mary/

Also, I posted two new posts on His Voice is Sweet.  The first was a meditation on prayer and God's thirst for us.  The second was a video from the Investiture of a Dominican Nun.  I hope you enjoy these!

But for reals, I'm here to share some exciting news with you!  I wrote my first guest post!!  ๐Ÿ˜„  I don't think I've ever done that before.  Another amazing thing that I've never done before is writing a post on the significance of veiling in the Catholic Church.  So now we can check 2 things off of the blog bucket list.  (Is that even a thing??  Well, now it is. ๐Ÿ˜)

So now I'd like to introduce you to my dear friend, Mary!!  She has created her very own brand new blog: Rambles With a Southern Gal!!  Please go check her blog out and follow her!  I was honored when she asked me to do a guest post on veiling for her.  Stay tuned to her blog because she'll be posting a Catholic man's perspective on the topic too!

Enough of my chit-chat though.  Please go read and enjoy Veiling in the Presence of Our Lord and Savior.  ๐Ÿ˜Š

Copyright His Voice is Sweet/Rambles With a Southern Gal 

Pax Christi!!

PS.  Want to read the Male's perspective?  It has now been published!!  Go read it, here.  Thanks and God bless!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Liebester Award Tag



I thought of opening this post with a funny little bit of dialogue like, "Oh, hello there!  *smiles and waves* You didn't expect to see me here, did you?" but that seemed clichรฉ to me.  What do you think?  Instead, let's open it with....


...Mr. Collins dancing at the ball.  Yeah, there we go.  Much less clichรฉ. ๐Ÿ˜œ


I thought I had published this tag.  I'm sorry it's been so long since you've seen anything here.  I've been very busy at Maidens for Mary and tutoring Latin.  I'm glad you're here though.  Well, I'm not 100% sure any more where this award came from, but I'd still like to answer the questions to share them with you all! Without further ado...here we go!


1. Are you a dog-person, or a cat-person, or both?

I'm really more of a dog person. Cats can be cute, but dogs are man's best friend. I love my dog!



2. Do you have a song stuck in your head right now? If so, what is it?
The Story of the Tucks was stuck in my head this morning playing over and over!!  "'You can lead a horse to water'... 'I think she knows the phrase!'"  I love the Tucks... *sighs*



3. How big is your TBR pile? (TBR= To Be Read)

Oh. It's big.  (So far it's 258 titles on GR.)  I have the rest of the AoGG series, books on faith and discernment, MANY Jane Austen books, fun books that are probably below my reading level, new novels my grandma has given me, Mrs. Willows by the lovely Emma Forbes (I don't actually have a copy yet, shame on me,) and oh so many others!! (Here's my TBR shelf on Goodreads. ๐Ÿ˜‰)


4. Do you like blogging?

Yes, I love blogging. It's a way I can connect with friends, like minded people, and share what I love with others.  I have sort of moved on from this blog, but I still mean to finish up some old draft posts. You can find more of my recent work here and here!!

5. If you could live in any time period, which would you choose?
Ooooh... I think the early 1900's. The culture was refined, dresses were gorgeous, faith and morals were held in high esteem. And the hairstyles were beautiful! :D 




6. Girly-girl, or t-shirt and jeans?
Girly-girl, all the way! I love my heels, skirts, dresses, lace and pretty jewelry!



7. What are a few of your favorite books? (you can list ten, if you really, really have to)
Well, since you asked!  ;) In no particular order...
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • A Lantern In Her Hand
  • Mary Was Her Life: The Story of Sister Maria Teresa Quevedo
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • He is My Heaven: The Life of Elizabeth of the Trinity by 
  • The Narnia series
  • Emma
  • The Rose and the Sword
  • The Story of a Soul

8. Do you have any pets?
Yes, my big red dog, Clifford.

9. Do you like to travel by plane?
I do!  I very much enjoyed it when I was little.  I've gotten a little more motion sick during turbulence on more recent trips, but I still enjoy the whole experience. Especially the snacks!  ;)


10. What is your least-favorite food, and why?
Oh boy... I can't name one.  Maybe orange chicken especially in the frozen packages.  It tends to be too chewy or gristly for me.

11. When you're not reading/writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to color my adult coloring books, chat with friends on Skype or Google Hangouts, and when the weather's nice, I like to ride my bike.  Pinterest is also a big thing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I so wish this was me!!

I know it was sort of short, but, what a fun tag!  Feel free to answer your favorite questions below in the comments!  Thanks for stopping by!!  God bless!


(Sorry, just had to.  Ben Cook makes any post better.  You're welcome.)