Thursday, December 29, 2016

You are my Lucky Star



Hello friends,

I found out the sad news that Debbie Reynolds passed away yesterday at the age of 84.  She was in many pictures throughout her life, but what I know and love her for is the role of Kathy Selden in Singing in the Rain.  She was 19 when she played this role.


I like to relate to Kathy because she calls herself a stage actress, although she's only really aspiring, as am I.  She's such a sweet girl.  It's funny she doesn't recognize the famous actor Don Lockwood when they first meet, but then when she does realize it, she doesn't "fan-girl" over him like most of us probably would have.  Instead, she actually hides her own love for the star and casually talks about his pictures instead.

Also, Kathy sticks by Don when his picture gets terrible feedback.  She and their friend Cosmo encourage him that "the show must go on"!


Debbie was also known for The Unsinkable Molly Brown.  I have yet to see this movie although my mom really likes it.


And finally one movie that is probably over looked or insignificant in her career is Charlotte's Web.  It was a childhood classic for me.  Debbie played the voice of Charlotte the spider.


She had a very sweet voice to play Wilbur's closest friend.  Everyone loved Charlotte.



I'm sad that we have lost yet another great film actress.  We will be forever grateful for Debbie's contribution to musicals and pictures. 
May she rest in peace.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christas to All!


Hello my dear friends,

I hope this Christmas finds you and your families well, happy, and blessed!  I want to wish you a very merry Christmas!!! This Advent season has been very good, but I am so ready for the Christmas season!  May the divine Infant Jesus fill your hearts and homes with the love of Christmas!


Merry Christmas,

Sarah ♡


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Hello!

I hope you are all having a blessed Advent!  How do you like my new blog design?!  Thank you, Jacqueline!  😃  Now, I'm just looking for a widget that will make it snow!

I wanted to share some beautiful Advent music with you.  I don't listen to Christmas music until closer to Christmas.  During Advent, we prepare our hearts for the glorious Christmas season.  But I have found some amazing music for this preparatory season!

This first one is one we sing at Mass and is so very beautiful.

 

The next few are the same song performed by different artists and groups, but I absolutely love them all!






Can you believe this last one is all recorded by one man's voice?!  😮

I'm so looking forward to Christmas and the birth of Our Lord!

God bless!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

St. Andrew's Christmas Novena Begins TODAY!



Hello friends,

Today is the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.  On his feast day we begin this very special and powerful novena.  A novena is commonly known as a prayer that you say for nine days for a special intention or for a feast.  But this novena is prayed through all four weeks of Advent starting on the feast of St. Andrew!

It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer fifteen times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested.

Please join me and my family in praying this prayer for your own special intention.  It is prayed 15 times a day and we usually pray it 5 times at each meal until December 24th.  It is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Christ at Christmas.

I wrote mine down on an index card last year, decorated it with sketches of an advent wreath and christmas flowers, and then hung it above my desk.   You can print it out, post it online, or copy it down for yourself so you remember to pray it!

Don't forget, the novena starts today, November 30th!  So please pray with me now 5 times!

May God bless you,

Sarah

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happy New Year!


Hehe!  Today starts the new liturgical year in the Catholic calendar with the first Sunday in Advent!  I really like this season in the Church calendar.  It is a season of watchful waiting and preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and His final coming at the end of the world.  I am joyfully awaiting the Christmas season and the arrival of the baby Jesus!  I hope your Sunday is blessed.  May we remain watchful for our Lord, Jesus!

God bless,

Sarah

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends!

I hope your day is filled with every good gift from above!  I am truly thankful for many good things this year.  I'm thankful for my grandparents who are in town, for being able to have dinner with family, for amazingly yummy food, for getting my driver's permit this week (eek! 😮), for my faith, my Church, for Jesus.  I'm thankful for so many things, both big and little, but it's so hard to go into all of them. (I'd be typing here forever...)


What are you thankful for?  Do you have any special plans for today?

Here is a creative list I'd like to challenge you to complete!


List 1 (or more than one thing) in each category!


Something soft

Someone you've known for a long time

Someone new

Thanksgiving food

Something red

Someone who's had a big impact on your life

Something made of/on paper

Dessert item

Activity or event

Something you use every day


I can't wait to see your answers!  Thank you for playing!

May God bless you and give you a safe and very happy Thanksgiving!
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas Gift Giveaway at Shower of Roses


Hello my dear friends!

I'm so super excited!!!! Jessica over at Shower of Roses is hosting her wonderful Sleighful of Giveaways!  She has so many prizes and products to giveaway!  Please go check it out and enter!   I also wish to congratulate her and her family on their newest edition!  Please keep them in your prayers!

May God bless you!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Art of the Love Song...


Last month my family and I piled into our car with some friends excited for the evening ahead.  I was going to see The Annie Moses Band's The Art of the Love Song show.  I had learned of this band only five months prior from some friends, when they showed me the "Blush" music video, but I already loved their music.  When our family had received the invitation earlier that week to go see the band, I was thrilled! 

We arrived at the theater where we had the chance to watch the band’s sound check session.  As I walked through the door into the theater, I was surprised how close we were to the stage!  The band was amazing as they played some songs, explained about their group, and answered our questions!
Next, we headed upstairs for dinner while the theater was prepped for the evening’s performance.  

Finally, it was time to be seated for the show.  I believe we were all a bit nervous and very excited. (I certainly was!)  I enjoyed myself thoroughly from beginning to end.  The theater was amazing as I believe there really wasn’t a bad seat to be had.  You were still very close to the stage even in the back up top, and the sound of the music filled the room and your soul.  The Annie Moses Band and their friend, Joshua Carswell, were sensational!  


The band is a group of 6 siblings, Annie, Alex, Benjamin, Camille, Gretchen, and Jeremiah, accompanied by a few close friends and family. The band combines folk and classical music in a wonderful band that will delight your ears and heart all night long. Here are some of my absolute favorite songs (besides Blush)




(Ok, I'll stop. They have so many good songs! I'll have to do another post with some of their other songs... ;) )

As with all good things, the show came to an end too soon.  I relished the final standing ovation before heading back out into the lobby to meet the band and talk about the show with my friends.  I really loved that we were all right there getting to meet and talk with these great artists. Annie, Benjamin, Joshua, and the others were all so gracious to take pictures with everyone, sign cds, and chat!


As a musician myself, this show experience was inspiring and unforgettable.  I have played piano, recorder, and am now learning violin.  This opportunity was inspiring for me to practice violin, like these artists have for so many years, very faithfully.  Even though I may never tour in a band like them, I certainly hope to strive to practice and get very good, like them.  I loved listening to such talented artist.  But most of all, I very much appreciated the purpose of this band’s songs and message; honor love in all it’s seasons and to pay tribute to such wholesome classic love songs and the people who’ve inspired them.

I'm sure you know though, if you've ever been to a live concert, that the music is so much more full, beautiful, and amazing live, so if you ever have a chance to go see the Annie Moses Band on tour, I would highly suggest it!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Please Pray With Me



"It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard once asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and that Our Lord condescended to answer: 'I had on my shoulder, while I bore my cross on the way of sorrows, a most grievous wound, which was more painful to me than the others, and which is not recorded by men because they knew not of it. Honour this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard of all those who shall venerate this wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no more remember their mortal sins.'"


Perhaps we can all venerate this beautiful, secret wound and beg, through its divine merits, that our country obtain the person that will best lead and help us, if it be Our Lord's Holy Will. 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place our trust in YOU!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

All Saints' Day



Blessed feast of All Saint's day to you!

Today is the beautiful feast of all the saints in Heaven.  As Catholics, we have days set aside throughout the year to remember and pray in a special way to God's beloved Saints who have been officially recognized by the Church as in Heaven and as special role models for us.  People such as St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Nicholas, or St. Patrick all have a special day to remember them.

But what about all those souls in Heaven who aren't canonized or don't have a special day?  Their feast day is November 1st, All Saints Day.  We remember the faithful in Heaven and ask them to pray to our good Jesus for us!  Just as I pray for you, the saints, who are with Jesus in Heaven, pray to him for us.  How special it is that we have friends so close to God?!  Always remember to ask the saints for help!



What are you doing to celebrate All Saints Day?

May God bless you,
Sarah

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Anne & Gilbert's Romance

Dear kindred spirits, 

I wish I could have posted more during AoGG week, but I've been a little tied up. :)

I hope you enjoy this sweet video of Anne and Gil's romance!  It's one of my personal favorites!


Anne, Gilbert, all their friends, and family have become my family through these recent years.  I love them all very much.  I'm so thankful for their good, true, and beautiful examples and lifestyles.  They will forever hold a special place in my heart.  If I get married, I will definitely hope my little girls will love Anne as much as I do and my husband will certainly be my own perfect Gilbert.  If I could chose to live in another age and place, it would be in PEI at the turn of the 20th century with Anne and Gilbert.  They were such simple and beautiful times.




Thank you Anne & Gil for all the memories and feels!  Love you forever!


Blessings!

Monday, October 17, 2016

My 100th Post and Blogger Recognition Award!!!



I'm happy to announce this is my 100th post here at "The Life of a Homeschooler"!  Thank you so much to all my friends and followers for being such faithful readers.  It's an honor to celebrate this 'mileston' with you!  Here's to 100 more posts and many more adventures!

Recently I was nominated by the beautiful Emma, over at Majestic Adventures, for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you dear friend!


Rules:

write a post to show your award -+- give a brief story of how your blog started -+- give two pieces of advice for new bloggers -+- thank whoever nominated you and link their blog -+- select other blogs to recognize as awesome bloggers!

How my blog started:

I was inspired by our friends Heather and Grace, a mother and daughter, who each had a blog years ago.  Their blogs were so beautiful and I loved being able to keep in touch and read about their lives and adventures in another state.  I made up a blog on my daddy's old laptop planning to send it out more like a newsletter to friends and family, but then the laptop died. Kaplewee! I later created a Blogger account and got to work.  My sister and I experimented on many things in our free time.  I've so enjoyed sharing with ya'll and getting to know you!

A piece of advice for new bloggers:

Be yourself.  I know lots of other bloggers have said this, but it's true!  don't worry about having a big audience.  It is such a blessing to have a small, close group of followers.

Also, look around and find blogs that you relate to and love.  Introduce yourself (a great place to do this is in the comments below! ;) ) or just follow and be inspired!  There may be times when you run into a proverbial wall and can't think of ANYTHING to blog! We are here to support and inspire you.  Find fun tags or do a follow-up post on someone's post that spoke to you.

But again, be original and be YOURSELF! :D

Thank you again Emma for awarding me!  It was very special to do this for my 100th post since I was having trouble thinking of the perfect thing to blog about! ;)

Nominees:

I would like to award the very special bloggers,



Mrs. Smith @ A Slice of Smith Life

And anyone else who would like to participate!


And my 100th post during AoGG week wouldn't be complete without something about Anne and Gil!


May God bless you and keep you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Anne of Green Gables Week Kickoff Tag!


Hello dear friends!  I'm so excited it's Anne of Green Gables Week!!! Miss Evie is hosting this delightful week starting off with a tag.

1. How did you get introduced to Anne of Green Gables?
Growing up we had one VHS of the cartoon Anne of Green Gables, but we watched it over and over again.


At some point when I was little I also got a coloring book.  When I was in 2nd grade, I think, I borrowed Anne from my school library, but it was way too hard for me to understand.  It wasn't until I was about 10 years old when we went to Barnes & Noble and my sister and I each picked out one book, that I truly loved Anne and her delightful world.  Jacquie chose the book, Little Women, and I chose Anne of Green Gables.  It came with a pretty, heart locket. It took me a while to actually get through the book, but I always enjoyed reading it! I remember being a little scared when I first read about the haunted wood and being really sad when Matthew died.


2. Are you more like Anne or Diana? Why?
I would say I'm more like Anne.  Diana seems to worry a lot, she doesn't imagine as much, and she keeps a level head (most of the time). Anne and I are both overly romantic, exaggerate, have a bad temper, and are extremely dramatic.  But I also like to think we both have generous spirits, a contagious smile, and are great friends. :)



3. If Rachel Lydne called your hair as red as carrots how would you react? 
I would, well... I'm not quite sure.  "How dare you!" would probably be in my vocabulary.  It's not so much that I don't like the color red, but 'carrots' are rather undignified and they are orange, not red! 

4. Gilbert or Morgan Harris? 
Definitely Gilbert.  No questions asked!  :D

5. Honest opinion on the third Anne film. 
I like to say, "Don't judge a movie by it's book."  I like it as a movie.  The acting is good, the story plot is interesting, and I suppose I kind of like that it's a story of what the characters 'could be like'.  Of course, if I could change history, I would have made it just like the books.  I'm sad Kevin Sullivan didn't see too much movie worthy content in the rest of the books.  I absolutely would have loved to see Anne of Ingleside made into a movie.

6. Have you seen the New Anne film? 
If you're talking about the 4th Sullivan film, no, and I don't want to either.  I believe it might soil my love of Anne.  It may be a good movie but I'll stick with the first three.  Changing both the actors and the plot seems too drastic.  And, there's no Gilbert!!! (I may end up watching it someday since I have it...)

If there's some other newer film, no I haven't seen that either.

7. What in your own words is a Kindred Spirit?
A kindred spirit is a friend who is with you through thick and thin.  You can have fun with them whether you're rowing on the lake or just hanging out at home.  They will always defend you, be there for you, love you, and tell you the truth.  They don't mind your mistakes.  And especially to me, a kindred spirit will pray with you and for you!

8.  Movie Gilbert or Green Gables Fables Gilbert?
AAAAHHHHH!!!!! DON'T ASK ME THAT!!!


















But I have to say the movie Gilbert portrayed by our dear Jonathan. <3  The way he talks, smiles, teases, and loves Anne is unrepeatable. (And that curly hair!)

9.  Does anyone know where we can watch Road to Avonlea online?

I think I remember seeing it on YouTube.

10. Favourite book cover? 






















(and of course my first copy above!)

11. The Films or The Books?
I love both the films and the books dearly but you can never get any better than the real thing. So I would say the books. They go into such beautiful detail about every place, person, and thought.  The characters live on through the books and the imagination is such a wonderful tool to bring the books to life!  I love Gilbert and Anne's romance in the books. And also their friends. You get to know their friends on a very intimate level in the books that the movies can't reach.

Thank you for such great questions!  You can answer the tag and see others' answers over at Over the Hills!

God bless!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy Feast of St. Therese!

The night before Therese's profession, her name written in Heaven...

Hello everyone!

You may be thinking this post is a little late, but actually Therese's feast in the Traditional Mass calendar is today, September, 3rd!

When I was confirmed this last spring I chose St. Therese, along with St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, as my Confirmation Saint.  She is such a lovely Saint and beautiful friend.  I believe I chose her because I've known her for a long time and loved her so much.  She has always been such a wonderful example to me of childlike confidence in our Sweet Jesus.  She too had a special relationship with the infant Jesus, as I do.  I wanted her to pray for me in a special way as my patron Saint and for her to help me in my journey to Heaven.  She is also a Carmelite, and I've known and loved them for a long time, so that is a wonderful bonus! ;)


I celebrated St. Therese's feast day on the 1st with a trip to California to sing at a Mass with the FSSP.LA schola! 

The night before, during dinner at family's house, I was given a rose by one of the sweet "little flowers" girls!  It was only the next day during the Mass that my friend realized we received rose buds on the eve of Therese's feast!!!

My special rose bud with the book I'm currently reading (not about Therese, but about a Carmelite and the life of Carmel in letter format.)

 It was an absolutely beautiful, Tridentine Mass at Our Savior Catholic Church at USC.



I was so excited to see an absolutely gorgeous stained glass window of St. Therese above the altar on her feast!!!  (She's the second one on the left in the above picture.)

Beautiful stained glass windows of the beatitudes.

Many people have read or heard of Therese's autobiography, The Story of a Soul, but I would like to share with you a few other books and movie about her which are so beautiful.

The first one is a book I was given by my parents for my 16th birthday.
The Plays of Saint Therese of Liseux
It's a wonderful book of all the plays St. Therese wrote and performed with her sisters in Carmel.  Each has a brief introduction and then is written in parts.  I would absolutely love to put on one of her plays someday!

I knew for a while she had written plays, especially the one about St. Joan of Arc, but what I didn't know until this summer was that she also wrote poems too!
The Poetry of Saint Therese of Liseux
I found this book in the Carmelite bookstore at the Sacred Heart Retreat House and had to get it!  I love her poems because they are sweet and short, yet so full of meaning and devotion.  I read To the sacred Heart of Jesus at the enthronement of a friend's house to the Sacred Heart.  These poems are great for meditating on in front of the Blessed Sacrament, to get to know Therese and her sisters better, or just for some fun pleasure reading!

Another great book not only about Therese, but her family, home, convent, and sisters as well, is Therese and Liseux.
Therese and Liseux
This coffee-table size book is filled with facts, stories, pictures, and illustrations of Therese, her family and friends.  It gives an in depth look into her life with lots of 'extras'!  I love how many images there are of her convent in it.  Another thing I really like about it is that it has images of holy cards Therese made for other sisters or received.  It also has a lot of her artwork.  I'm still in the process of reading this book, but you can easily sit down for a short time and flip through the book and read here and there!

Therese movie
I've watched this movie years ago, and we watched it last night (although I'm writing this post before seeing it ;) haha!)  I remember it being beautiful, and can't wait to watch it again for her feast!


I pray you have a beautiful feast day!!!  If you already celebrated on the 1st, you can celebrate again! :D  

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus guide you and may St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy face lead you to His most precious heart!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Discussing Modesty With Others




Hello Ladies and Gents,

And yes, I say gents too because this topic is for all of us!

I was talking with a friend about modesty and talking to others about it.  I know it's so easy to talk about it with friends and acquaintances who share our view, but how do we share our ideas and beliefs with others?  We pin on Pinterest, and post our outfits on social media, but what happens when it is brought up in conversation?

Let's consider a few situations.  When someone asks you about it...  When someone challenges you... Or when you feel the need to tell someone about modesty...




First of all, I believe honesty to be the best policy.  When asked, challenged, or compelled, we need to speak from the heart.  It shouldn't be severe or harsh, but if someone asks, we need to give them our honest answer.  

"He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity." ~Proverbs 2:7

I always love taking a moment or two to converse with someone about modesty when asked.  We must also however listen to their questions and concerns with an open mind.  They may not have had the experiences you've had.  We must use patience and prudence.   I used the word conversation because I'm not just the one talking, but I want the other person's questions and comments!

Express what you believe to be right.

 Modesty reveals a woman's inner beauty for the world to see, while preserving her body for her husband in the holy sacrament of Marriage. (~Pinterest)


Alrighty, now when we're challenged we again have to be honest.  Respect is also very important.  Tell them what modesty means to you calmly and respectfully.  We cannot change anyone's heart ourselves; all we can do is plant the seed and let God do the rest.  He can do amazing things when we leave the choice to Him.  Listening is still key in this one.  If we truly listen to their feedback, we can formulate our answers to maybe help them get a better picture.

We are all in this battle for our souls together, boys and girls!  It's not only the girls' job to dress modestly so as not to tempt guys, and it's not only the guys' job to guard their eyes and their hearts from immodest clothing and behavior.  It is the responsibility of both boys and girls to guard their eyes, hearts, and conscience, and to dress modestly and respectfully so we can help each other try to keep our thought pure. 

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences." ~Romans 13:14



Ok, so when do you need to tell someone about modesty?  Of course you're not going to walk up to some random person in the grocery store and say,"Your clothing is totally immodest!"  Telling someone can be acceptable, though, if you really know them or spend a lot of time with them.  We all need to help each other and keep each other accountable.  Just like when someone bothers you with what they say or do to you, we should make our feelings known when someone might be putting us and/or themselves in a near occasion of sin.  We should never, ever use harsh or condemning language.  Rather, if we feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to speak up, first, we should go to Jesus in prayer.  He knows all hearts and loves each person for who they are and can be in Him.  We must pray for the person so that their eyes and heart may be opened to God's grace in their life.  We should pray too, for what we are to say.  Then, it would be good to talk to an adult.  Go to your parents or spiritual director.  Every case and person is different so I can't really tell you what and how to say something, but pray to Jesus that He will show you His will in this.  If the person is leading you to serious sin it might be better to remove yourself from this situation.  I am not in any way saying to judge, shun, or ignore someone, but we must guard our souls and then pray for them.  Prayers are the most powerful thing.


And finally, modesty is not only how we dress, but how we speak and act as well.  We must be good examples in all we do, allowing the love of Christ to reach every aspect of our lives. 

"Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the faithful in word, in conversation, in charity, in faith, in chastity." ~ 1 Timothy 4:12

Know that we must let ourselves be changed before we can change others, and even still we will never change them, only God can.  We only have to be the example and pray.


May God bless you and keep you,

Sarah