Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nominations! ~Updated!

Hi everyone!
I have nominated myself been unofficially nominated by Kaitlyn at www.agentleandquietspirit.com to answer some questions!

1) What is your dream job and why? An actress!  I would love to act for Navis Pictures or another Catholic/christian movie company!

2) What are your 3 favorite hobbies? Acting, singing, and rollerskating!


3) If you could go anywhere, where would it be? Prince Edward Island where Anne of Green Gables grew up.  It is so beautiful!


4) What book has most impacted your life? Growing Up Duggar.  It has really taught me how to be generous, loving, and has taught me to keep myself in check. (words, actions, ect.)  It is a must read!


5) Who are your favorite bloggers or blogs? My favorite blogs are lasvegasmama.blogspot.comcatholicyoungwoman.blogspot.comtolkienbookfan.blogspot.comthestoryofsamwise.blogspot.com; and showerofroses.blogspot.com


6) What is your current favorite song? My current favorite song...hm... that's hard. My favorite songs are "He Knows my Name" by Francesca Battistelli, "When will my life begin" and "I see the Light" from Tangled, "How does she know" from Enchanted, "Favorite Song" by Toby Mac featuring Jamie Grace, "Can You Handle It" by PureNRG, "Thrive" and "Courageous" by Casting Crowns, "Loving Gaze", "Lean into the Wind", and "I will Sing My Works to the King" by The Carmelite Sisters of the Most sacred Heart of Los Angeles, "Angelus ad Virginem" by The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, "Do Life Big" and "Just a Friend" by Jamie Grace (gosh, sorry it's so long.  Just can't pic favs.  Plus there are so many different kinds of music genres!)


7) Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what? "Modesty is Always Beautiful" ~G. K. Chesterton or "I don't want diamond sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you." ~Anne of The Island (to Gilbert)


8) If you could only have one social media site, what would you pick and why? Blogger, because I can share pictures, articles, videos, and talk with my viewers in the comments!


9) What book of the Bible are you reading? None at this time.  I finished the book of Daniel not too long ago!


10) What is your favorite Bible verse? "
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." ~Philippians 4:8

Here are my questions:

  1. What is your dream job and why?
  2. What are your 3 favorite hobbies?
  3. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
  4. What is your favorite book? What book has most impacted your life?
  5. Who are your favorite bloggers/blogs?
  6. What is your current favorite song/ most played song on your device?
  7. Do you have a favorite quote?
  8. If you could only have one social media site, what would you pick and why?
  9. What is your favorite movie?
  10. What is your favorite bible verse?

I nominate Jacquie @www.tolkienbookfan.blogspot.com,  Samantha @thestoryofsamwise.blogspot.com, Verjinyah @catchingourladysroses.wordpress.com and Mrs. Leal @lasvegasmama.blogspot.com to answer these questions!  If you would like to, you can do it too!

God bless! <3

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What I Wore Sunday January 25th, 2015

Hi all!

I hope you are having a blessed Sunday! :D


I wore my Christmas dress again today!  (I forgot if I posted this dress to WIWS already or not.)
The dress and belt are from Down East. (yes, the picture is actually from Christmas day. ;))


Please remember to pray for the unborn this weekend as we remember the loss of so many precious lives due to abortion.  Every life is a gift!

I would love to hear what you and your families do to celebrate life this week!  Have you or did you travel to Washington DC. to participate in the March for Life?  Or maybe you have been to the Walk for Life West Coast.  Did your parish hold a special Mass for the sacredness of life?  We went to a Pro Life Mass and rally downtown.  Please comment below and tell me how you will be the generation to abolish abortion!!!
Me at the Lights for Life Rally!


I have 2 new posts in the works about Anne of Green Gables and the Duggar girls' book, "Growing Up Duggar"!  Please stay tuned!  God bless!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When Catholic Homeschooled Kids Get Lonely - Seton Magazine

Hi everyone,

My mom's friend shared this wonderful article with us.  It is written to the parents, but us homeschooling kids need to hear this too.  It really gives you a different perspective and helps you focus on your friendship with Jesus.  Please read and share this with your homeschooling friends!  It is long, but it is worth the 5 or so minute read.  :)



When Catholic Homeschooled Kids Get Lonely - Seton Magazine


This article made me think of this great song by Francesca Battistelli.  It reminds me that the talents God gave me are to be used for Him, not for my fame or just the pleasure of others.
Enjoy!!!


God bless your school week!



<3, Sarah

Monday, January 19, 2015

Our Lady of Hope, Pray for Us!

I wanted to share this story really quickly with all of you.  This is a very inspiring and thought provoking apparition.  It is a great example of the power of prayer, especially children's prayers.  
May Our Lady of Hope bless and protect our nation!
God bless you all! <3

Our Lady of Pontmain. In 1870 France was at a low ebb. The country was at war with Prussia and the Church was in decline. The news, particularly from Paris, was ominous. Prussian troops had surrounded the capital and the sound of shells and cannon-fire was heard every day. Thousands of young Frenchmen had been conscripted into the army, including forty from the little village of Pontmain. The Barbedette children-----Eugene, aged twelve, and Joseph, ten-----were altar boys at the parish church and got up early every morning to serve at Mass. Their elder brother, Auguste, was away fighting.
On the morning of January 17, 1871 old Abbe Guerin prayed for penitence and courage, and for the special help of the Blessed Virgin in the face of an imminent Prussian attack.
Later that day, just after five in the afternoon, Eugene and Joseph were helping their father with his cows. The three were startled by the sudden appearance of Jeanette Detais, a woman who fulfilled the role of parish messenger but also dressed the dead in their shrouds for burial. Happily, she brought news that Auguste was still alive.
+ THERE IS A CHARMING LADY!

Much cheered, Eugene went and frolicked in the snow for a while. The sky was like a velvet cloth, covered with stars like pearls. But the boy noticed one completely black area in the sky which he later described as 'like a hole in the heaven'. As he stared at the blackness it filled with a dazzlingly beautiful young woman about seventeen years old, wearing a blue dress and a golden crown.
Joseph looked up, saw the vision too and cried out, 'There is a charming lady!' The boys' father and Jeanette Detais came running to see what the commotion was all about, but saw nothing. Monsieur Barbedette, a kindly man, had no desire to disbelieve his sons; he was mystified and called his wife from the house. Madame Barbedette, less tolerant than her husband, gave them a slap and told them to stop telling lies. But the tearful boys insisted. So she sent for Sister Vitaline, a teacher at the local convent school.
The Sister was prepared to believe the boys' story even though she did not see the apparition herself. 'Sometimes the Blessed Virgin appears only to children,' she said. 'Remember Lourdes. I'll go and fetch some of my girls from the school.' She returned in a few minutes, bringing with her
eleven-year-old Francoise Richer and Jeanne-Marie Lebosse, nine. The girls were told nothing but saw the vision at once and corroborated what the boys had said.

A small crowd gathered around the Barbedettes' barn. The adults could see nothing remarkable, but the children joined the visionaries. A babe-in-arms lifted her hands towards the Glorious Mother, as if she wanted to be taken to her breast.
Jeannette Detais went to fetch Abbe Guerin, who stared into the starry night but confessed he could see nothing. The children began to report changes in the apparition: a blue circle around her, a triangle of stars like a medallion, and then a red Cross. Abbe Guerin took out his rosary and instructed the people to pray with him. Young Joseph called out, 'The Lady can hear our prayers. She's smiling. There is a banner by her feet!' Slowly and hesitantly, the four children read aloud the words which were being written on the banner: 'Say your prayers, my children. God will soon hear you. And my Son will let Himself be moved With pity.'
+ A CATASTROPHE AVERTED

The villagers fell to their knees and began to sing the Passiontide hymn 'My Sweet Jesu'. At this the Blessed Virgin appeared sad, and the children reported that she now held a larger red Cross with the figure of the crucified Savior upon it. Four candles appeared around the figure, and the people recalled the memorial candles that were lit every Sunday in church for the men of the village who were away at war: After three hours, during which the form of the vision went through many colorful changes, each one full of biblical symbolism, a veil seemed to cover the Virgin and she vanished.

The following day, news reached Pontmain that the Prussian general had canceled his attack on their region and withdrawn his troops. Reports declared that some of the Prussian soldiers had been seized with fear because they too had seen the vision. One said, 'A Virgin is shielding the town. We can go no further.' Within less than a fortnight the Prussians withdrew completely, an armistice was signed and the war was over. Nevertheless it had been a defeat for France. The Emperor Napoleon III was a prisoner and great tracts of eastern France were surrendered to the invaders.
+ PONTMAIN TODAY

Eugene later entered the priesthood and his brother Joseph joined the Order of the Immaculate Mary. In 1872 the diocesan bishop proclaimed that 'The vision of the Blessed Virgin bears all the marks of a supernatural and Divine event', and authorized the building of a shrine. The Barbedettes' barn was converted into a small church, while plans were put in hand for the building of a larger one. When the latter was completed it was declared a basilica and dedicated to Our Lady of Hope. Thirty thousand pilgrims and visitors are drawn to Pontmain every year by the story of the lady who appeared in 'the hole in heaven'.
The basilica is a vast, imposing building with tall towers at the west end. It dominates the little town and can be seen from a great distance around. In front of Our Lady of Hope is a statue of the apparition and to the rear, on the edge of the Park of Calvary, is a museum which tells the story of the events of January 17, 1871.
A most attractive sight is the Chapel of the Lights. The mortal remains of the visionaries and the Abbe Guerin are interred in the cemetery nearby.

In 1996 Our Lady of Hope shrine celebrated the 125th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thousands of pilgrims visit each year to pray to the Queen of Peace and Unity. 

I found this account from Regina Magazine.  Please go and check them out as well for more Catholic inspiration and truth!

God bless!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I Wore Sunday: January 18, 2015


Hi everyone!  Blessed Sunday!


Today I wore my new outfit from Down East!  It is really comfy! I also wore black tights and my black flats.

I hope you all enjoy your day!

PS. GOOOOOOOOOO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!

Follow Sarah B.'s board The 12th Man! on Pinterest.

God bless!

Edit: THE SEAHAWKS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL!!! WHOOP WHOOP!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

What I Wore Sunday! Jan. 11, 2015


Blessed Sunday!  Happy feast of the Holy family! (or Baptism of the Lord in the Novus Ordo!)

We are still in the Christmas season, so I wore one of my old Christmas dresses that still fits!
I wore a Rare Editions dress, white tights, and black velvet flats from the Bass shoe outlet!
We got the dress maybe 3 years ago at Children's Orchard, a second hand clothing store for kids! 
(And some expectant mommy clothing!)

I hope you all are having a blessed new year!  I have a friend over at Catching Our Lady's Roses who did a great New Year's post taking her example from Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled!
Check out her very motivational post here.

One last thing before I go,

Straight No Chaser's, The Twelve Days of Christmas" that I mentioned 2 or so posts ago. 
Enjoy and God bless!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Back to School!


Happy Epiphany everyone!

I thought I would post again about school since this is, "The Life of a Homeschooler" to get me (and you!) back in the mood for school! ;)

First of all...
Here is my Pinterest board for homeschooling! Follow Sarah B.'s board Homeschooling on Pinterest.

Now that it is a new year, here are some helpful tips for keeping up with your schoolwork that work for me.

1.  GET UP ON TIME!  It really does make a difference.  I am so much more motivated and energized in the morning.  Get up and do Math first (or your hardest, most time involving subject) to get it out of the way.
This is what I look like most every morning...

2.  Make a schedule!  Know what you have to do and how much time you have to do it.  It helps when you are in a curriculum that gives you a syllabus for all of your subjects during the week, but I like assigning all of my subjects to certain time periods during the day.  Make time for a one hour lunch break and make sure you work out each day involving classes and such (online or co-op).  If you can not complete a subject in the amount of time you gave yourself, stop and go on to the next subject.  You can come back and finish the ones you didn't earlier.

For example:
7:00am - 8:00am - Breakfast, make bed, ect.
8:00am - 9:00am - Math
9:00am - 10:00am - Latin
10:00am - 11:00am - Science
...
(so on and so forth)

3.  Make motivations (bribes) for yourself to help push you along and keep you up to date. Talk with your parents about  computer time, shopping trips, or time with friends for getting so much school done in a certain amount of time. (Of course my blog is a BIG motivation for me! ;))


4.  Like your school ...um... switch between favorite subjects and not so likable subjects. ;)

5. WATCH BLIMEY COW!!!  If you don't know what it is, click here.  Blimey cow is a group of siblings who release YouTube Videos every week about everyday random stuff (and of course homeschooling!)  They were homeschooled too.  (They are also great if you need a laugh for the day.) ;)
(From the video, "7 Lies About Homeschoolers". Click on the picture to see it bigger.  These guys are hilarious!)

6. And finally, PRAY!!!  Jesus will help you with all of your struggles, He is there to congratulate your AWESOME scores, and help you with that problem that just DOESN'T work.  I know from experience.  He is amazing when it comes to this.  Just trust Him, He will help you.   Say a short prayer.  I really CAN NOT stress this enough.

May God bless you and help you with your studies!  Comment below to give me your homeschooling motivational tips! 
<3, Sarah