Friday, October 13, 2017

His Voice is Sweet: Hard Spiritual Truths That Will Set Us Free


Hello friends!


As I may have mentioned to you before, I was thinking about creating a new blog that I can use to share the next chapter of my life, discernment.  I wanted to let you know that it is officially up and running and I posted my first post!  This post, though, may be beneficial to any Christian at any place in their spiritual journey.  I shared an article from Msgr. Pope about some very hard yet freeing truths about our lives.


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I would love if you would join me on this journey of spiritual growth over at His Voice Is Sweet!  I will still be posting here all about my life as I am still a proud homeschooler at heart.  Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It's clean and green and pretty...there's space and fresh air...



... Life has slowed down more than I ever thought it would.  This last week has been worrisome with decisions for the dentist, thinking about what I'm to do next, what God is calling me to in life, and other things, but now I've seemed to have calmed down.  I'm just enjoying today with it's cheery warm sunshine, blue blue sky, and gentle breeze.  Many blogs I read are now happily announcing the arrival of fall in their corner of the world, but here in the desert, fall takes it's time and likes to tease me as I anticipate it's arrival.  In fact, just in the matter of a month, it was blistering hot out at the beginning of September when we arrived home from MI, but then, the 4th weekend in September surprised us with highs in the mid 70's!  I can tell you, I was certainly ready to pull out my jean jacket , sweaters, and long brown skirts, but alas temperatures began to rise back up to 90 by the end of September.  Now, it's 78 degrees and absolutely lovely outside.  It's not fall yet, but these kind of days are the ones I remember most fondly and they remind me of beautiful days at the old house.  This kind of a day hasn't visited me in a long time.  That isn't to say we haven't had weather like this, but this kind of a day is characterized by more than just the temperature.  These days don't really have a name or belong to really any season in particular, but I remember them well.

 This is the kind of day when the sunshine is soft and bright streaming through the blinds in the family room and the curtains in your bedroom.  You have almost nothing to do, but you're not completely unproductive.  The day beckons for you to do some small task or enjoyment and it's not hard to do.  The weather outside on a rare day like this is absolutely gorgeous and I could live in this sort of climate forever.  On this sort of day, you don't even mind cleaning the house.  At the old house, this was quite a pleasant cleaning day when you were excited to dust or vacuum with a soft breeze blowing in the open window as you listened to the Christian radio play.  This day is  a dear friend who you don't see           often, but when you do, it certainly is a delightful day.

And do you know how a day like this comes to be?  All of this beauty could only come from one who is all beautiful, all knowing, and all loving.  God, who is all perfect, is the one who can create such things that speak to and please our hearts.  He loves us very much and wants us to take delight in Him and His creation.
     "Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures." ~James 1:17-18 
     "If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?"        ~Matthew 7:11
Each day in our lives is a gift from God.  Each day has blessings from God in it.  We may not always see them right away like this glorious day today, but we must look for the good in each day God gives us.  Even when we can't make anything good out, in the depths of our souls, God works all things for good.
"And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints." ~ Romans 8:28
Remember dear friends, even when we can't see what God is doing in our lives or the blessings He is giving us, we must trust Him because even though we can't see, know, or understand all, He can see, know, understand, and work all things for good.  Trust Him, one day at a time and He will take care of you today, tomorrow, and your future.  If He can provide such lovely days as these beautiful fall days, we can trust Him with every day, so He can make it lovely for us for eternity.

I want to leave you on this feast of my dearest friend in Heaven, St. Therese, with her words on trust in God.  I need to contemplate on these more...




I hope you are having a beautiful day!  Trust God, my friend!


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Let Fall Upon Earth A Shower of Roses


Hello friends,

Praised be Jesus Christ!  Today, as Emma @ Whiskers and Wildflowers reminded us, is the first day to begin the novena to St. Therese of Liseux who's feast day is on October 3rd in the 1962 missal calendar.

While she was on earth, St. Therese promised, "When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens, I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth."  As we pray this novena, let us ask St. Therese to send us a shower of roses by her prayers.  Look below at how St. Therese is given these roses by the sweet child Jesus.  This is why we ask St. Therese to pray for us!  We aren't praying to her, idolizing her, or worshiping her.  We know that she is in Heaven with our beloved Jesus and since she is there with Him, she can ask favors of Him for us! 


 So now we begin these nine days of prayer, asking St. Therese to interceded with Jesus on our behalf.  Please join me in praying to her for your own special intentions and she will present these prayers to Jesus.  Here is the link to the novena!  Novena to St. Therese of Liseux 

By the way, St. Therese is the patron Saint of florists, missionaries, France, and she is also one of my Confirmation Saints!

May God bless you and keep you!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sisterhood Award



Ok, this post has been sitting in my drafts for heaven only knows how looooong!!  ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
As you can see, I've been awarded the Sisterhood Award by the wonderful Miss Chloe Linn! Thank you so much my dear sister in Christ! 

Here are the rules: (Yeah, those look kind of important...)
  1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. 
  2.  Put the Award logo on your blog.
  3.  Answer the ten questions sent to you. 
  4.  Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. 
  5.  Nominate ten blogs (Ten? We'll see)
Here are my questions and answers!!!


#1 Do you like county fairs?

I haven't ever been to one, but I bet I would like it!



#2 Were you ever in some sort of club as a kid?

Yes, I was in a Catholic Girls group, Little Flowers, and Little Women Hospitality group.


#3 What's one of the first movies you remember seeing?

Barney's Great Adventure :)  Yep, it was VHS.




#4 Which would you rather do: hop in your old pickup truck and go for an unexpected adventure, or sit on the back porch with a good novel on a warm summer evening?

I think I would like both... but since I like the wind in my face better than reading, maybe the pick up truck.


#5 Do you enjoy live concerts?

Yes! As a kid I went to a Barney and Wiggles concerts, but now as a teenager, I enjoy live Christian music concerts.  I went to Winter Jam in 2012 and the Toby Mac Hits Deep tour in 2016.  Definitely a fun experience with friends and/or family.

 


#6 Which do you read more of: historical fiction or contemporary fiction?

Definitely historical fiction. Anne of Green Gables, Elsie Dinsmore, Jane Austin, ect...


#7 Do you like country music?

I don't listen to country music on the radio. When I was originally tagged with this, I never listened to  almost anything but Christian music.  But now I've branched out a bit to contemporary songs, Broadway soundtracks, and classical instrumental music.  As for country, I do enjoy well done country songs with a good message.  I just don't listen to it on a regular basis yet.  I'm looking for some great songs, so please suggest your favorite!

The Annie Moses Band also has some great American Rhapsody music and Bluegrass!


I also like Duck Dynasty's Christmas Country album.


#8 If you could play any role in a musical, who would you choose?

Take a guess, someone with red braids and freckles. Yep, you guessed it, ANNE!!!  I've already started singing the songs from the musical. :)


I would also looooove to play Anya in Anastasia the Musical.


#9 Do you ever put your feet up on the dashboard when riding in a car?

I would only really do it on a long car ride or road trip, and I'm normally in the back seat for those, so I don't have that opportunity. Plus our dashboard is really high up. So if I was going to put my feet up, I would be slumped over in my chair... yeah.. it would be weird.  So...no.


#10 Can you tell us a funny story of something that happened to you in the last week/month/ever?

I already told this story in short in another post here.


Thank you Chloe! That was fun!


Since this tag is so old, I won't tag people specifically, but you're all welcome to answer any or all of these questions on your own blog or even in the comments!  Now for the questions. Are you ready?


Do you have any other siblings? If so, how many?
What book that you've had to read for school did you really enjoy?
Would you rather swim in the pool or sit in the jacuzzi?
What motivated you to start your blog?
How did you pick your subject and theme?
If you could meet one famous person in your lifetime, who would it be?
Which do you read more of, historical fiction or contemporary fiction?
If you could play any role in a musical, who would you choose?
Have you had or do you have braces? ;)
What is one quality you most admire in a friend? You could name a few! ;)


God bless dear sisters in Christ!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why August Was One of My Favorite Months...


August was a challenging, but nevertheless, one of my favorite months.

August held a bit of struggle as I worked to complete my Total Consecration to Mary, but I did it and on Aug. 15th, the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, I made my consecration to Jesus through Mary.


August is a very special month for me.  It is my birthday month! 

The night before my birthday, I got to pick out my very own pair of Chaco sandals!  I've wanted a pair for over a year and received them as a birthday gift from my family!  ❤ I love them so much and now they are my new adventure buddy!

(Photo Credit: Francesca)

I celebrated a wonderful day with my family for my 18th birthday!! ๐Ÿ’• That day included a nice lunch out at Rachel's Kitchen with my mom, family dinner of ravioli casserole (YUM!!), and we ended the night with cheesecake!  (I'm such a foodie... ๐Ÿ˜œ)  One other very special event on my birthday, was going to the mailbox.  No, it wasn't exactly going to the mailbox that was extremely special... it was what was inside.  I received my MODG senior yearbook!  ๐Ÿ’  That was really wonderful and seemed almost like a final gift from my class and school.  I just can't believe I'm 18!!!  


Right after my birthday, we went on a weekend trip with some friends to their cabin in MN.  What a fun trip that was!  Of course, when you go through the airport security, the guard asks how old you are.  Now normally right after my birthday, I don't have to answer that question right away and it takes me a while to get used to my new age, but this time, I was fully prepared to state proudly, "I'm 18."  Meeting new people on this trip gave me many more opportunities to get used to the number 18 very quickly.


Minnesota (and our next trip to MI) gave me such a breather!  I've lived in a city my whole life and visited many busy cities on crazy busy trips all this summer.  But I finally got to go to a relaxing cabin "up north" and just chill.  It was so great to hang out with some amazing friends, meet new people, and unwind at a beautiful lakeshore cabin.


Now don't get me wrong, I have been to relaxing, small town places, but just not in a while, so these two trips back-to-back at the end of my busy summer seemed so refreshing.

I have bruises from bumping into the side of our metal canoe multiple times, mosquito bites on my feet from wearing sandals at night, and I "christened" my Chaco sandals when I was practically thrown from the canoe.  As the lookout, I didn't see the sunken log just under the surface of the water from the front of the canoe.  We hit it with quite a force and even though my aunt and cousin leaned the opposite direction to balance the water craft, I flew out and into the cold water.  My Chacos have now seen quite a bit of adventure. ๐Ÿ˜‰  All in all it was a wonderful trip and I was so happy to be able to spend such great time with family and friends.

So that was my August!  Thanks for reading!  How was the end of your summer?  Farewell to August.  You've given me so many wonderful adventures and memories. Welcome September!


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Shower of Roses: Back to School Giveaway :: Catholic Teen Books


Hello friends!  I just wanted to share this great giveaway from Shower of Roses!  She's giving away some awesome books for Catholic teens!!  Go check it out and enter to win!!




Shower of Roses: Back to School Giveaway :: Catholic Teen Books: To celebrate the upcoming school year, I'm hosting a giveaway each Friday for the rest of August featuring educational products and book...




God bless!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ups and Downs


Well, I'm sitting here on the couch with a cold, so I think I'll read some blogs on my Reading List.
Oh look!  I have quite a bit to catch up on!๐Ÿ˜ฒ

All the Answers @ Wonderland Creek
Combinations of things. @ Wonderland Creek
Our Past Matters. @ Yet Another Period Drama Blog
Cornwall with parents + an afternoon with Eritreans @ Ave Philomena!
Just dropping in on you... @ Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens
Of birthdays, injuries, and exciting finds @Whiskers and Wildflowers
Food for Thought @ Meanwhile in Rivendell...
Kindred Spirits @ Lavender Spring

Wow, thank you so much y'all for your beautiful posts.  Each and every one of them sure brought a smile to my face.

You know, that gives me an idea for a blog post since I have nothing else to do.  Why don't we name it "Ups and Downs".  I certainly have had plenty of those recently in my life!

Up- We got season 4 of When Calls the Heart on Amazon!!  It's so wonderful!

When Calls the Heart season 4

Down- I really don't want to see any spoilers, so I'll just have to wait to start pinning from this season until after we've finished it. (Anyone know when season 5 comes out?)

Up- I discovered the beautiful soundtrack of Anastasia the Musical on YouTube!!  (I should be listening to this while I write!  And you should too!!)

Down- Is there a down to this??

Up- Now that I am finished with school, I have plenty of time to accomplish some extra curricular things I'd like.

Down- Since I've practically lost my voice, I can't go audition for Oliver. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Up- I watched Mary Poppins last night.  It's been forever since I've seen it!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ  It's so sweet, cute, and perfect for when you need a cheerful, feel-good movie! ❤

Down- We tried to find our Pollyanna DVD last night, but to no avail.  Guess we just have to keep looking!  (St. Anthony!!)

Up- My birthday is 6 days away!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I can't believe I'll officially be an adult! ๐ŸŽ‰

Down- I'm not entirely sure what to do for my birthday... We talked about going to see Newsies at Tuacahn, but that's not going to happen. 

Up- I've been working on my first real story that I started a few years ago.  It's really quite fun.  I especially love my story board that I created on Pinterest.  Here, would you like a sneak peak? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Down- I'm not sure I describe details enough when I'm writing.  I feel like I'd bore readers to death!

Anywhoo... I suppose I should give my eyes a rest from this screen.  I wish I could go outside and enjoy the sunshine like Natalie told her readers to do, but soon enough I will. 

How've you been?  I'd love to read some comments!  God bless!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pinterest Problems??


HELP!!!

I was just wondering if anyone else is having problems with Pinterest??  Both my sister and I are seeing a TON of pins in our feeds that are totally irrelevant, and sometimes even inappropriate.

I've never pinned or searched Peter O'Toole (an actor apparently in Lorence of Arabia) yet my Pinterest feed is FILLED with pics of him and related people.

I've looked at a couple pins of Kili from The Hobbit, but now, I'm getting a bunch of foreign pins from boards called Kili (or some other close name) that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Kili!!!!!!!

My sister was seeing a bunch of graphic, inappropriate, disgusting pins on a board called "The Desolation of Smaug".  Let me tell you! It had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with The Hobbit, Smaug, or Tolkien!!!!!

Anyone else having this problem???  Please let me know if you have a way to fix this!!  We love Pinterest and it would be so terrible to have to get off, but if this continues, we'll have to.

Thanks!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Unique Boutique

"shopping baskets" in a Lavender store!
Hello there!

I hope your summer has been delightful and not too extremely HOT!!
I've been traveling and doing a little bit of window shopping!  ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

In the last few years or so, I have really discovered a love for boutique stores! ❤❤❤
These are some pictures of items in stores I've visited myself.  Most of these are brand new, but some of these are also from fancy thrift stores. ๐Ÿ˜‰


"Have courage and be kind"

Graduate doll




"Go now Run wild Barefoot and Free"



              


















Anyway...  I hope you enjoyed these pictures!  I love seeing all of the cute, pretty, colorful items these small stores have to offer!  There are always so many creative and unique products.

Do you have a favorite little store you go to, maybe even just to "window shop" without purchasing anything??

I'm sorry I haven't been doing many articles lately, but this summer has just been sooooo busy!  I will hopefully be getting more out to you soon!  Please let me know if there is anything you'd especially like to hear about on here!  ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

God bless!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

~Congratulations to the Class of 2017~

Hello dear friends!!  I wanted to share with you one of my most recent adventures.  My family and I traveled up to the Mother of Divine Grace School office and Thomas Aquinas College for the first ever MODG graduation ceremony!!!  
My family has been using Mother of Divine Grace for 9 years as our homeschool curriculum and this year was the first year MODG actually held an official graduation ceremony!  I was so excited to be able to participate in this monumental event!

I got my new Meant to be Modest Swimwear just in time for this trip!  It's so comfortable and fun. 
Before the festivities started, we were able to take a couple quick trips to the beach.  I loved spending time there with my family and just enjoy the peace and beauty.

"This way to Ojai, for the Class of 2017!!!" ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
My nerves were beginning to build and catch up with me as we drove through the small town of Santa Paula.  We accidentally took the long scenic drive though the switch-backs of the Los Padres National Forest.  I'm not quite sure whether it was nervous and excited butterflies in my stomach or car sickness from the very windy roads that made me feel qualmish.  ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜ฎThat's for me!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Our first stop was at the MODG office for a meet & greet and tour!!!  It was so great to finally meet the teachers and staff I've only known through online classes!  I also got to meet and mingle with fellow graduates!!!  I was sooo excited to meet some of my dearest friends and classmates.

Dominique, Paul, Paula, and myself at the office


The beautiful chapel and bell tower at TAC
Next stop was Thomas Aquinas College campus for a tour, soirรฉe, and dance!  It was my first time to the college that I've heard and read so much about.  I've always wanted to come visit and have thought very much about attending.  It was an absolutely amazing experience to finally be there!!!

Oh, look! Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace!!! ๐ŸŽ”๐Ÿ’•


Outside the Chapel with TAC staff and MODG celebrity (PR & Marketing Coordinator), Chris!
Ok, I don't mean to fan-girl here, but it was sooo exciting, amazing, and completely awesome to finally meet Mr. Chris Sebastian of MODG school!!!!  I've heard of him and known him for years starting with the school's online discussion forum, meeting twice a week for the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, and through the school's social media.  Finally meeting him in person was absolutely awesome!!!  Thanks Chris for all you do for MODG and us crazy students.

On with the tour!

One of the Residence Hall Commons
St. Bernardine of Sienna Library Stacks
The Commons from the walkway

Inside The Chapel


This was my favorite part of the tour.  As you walk out of the back doors of the Chapel, there is a stunning statue of Mary, holding the Christ child out to you with the inscription below, 

"Quodcumque Dixerit Vobis Facite" 
"Do Whatever He Tells You."

We'll come back to the significance of this quote in a little bit.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Moving on!!
We had a great social event with many of the students, their families, and MODG staff.  I couldn't believe I was finally among so many other friends and students who had done MODG.  It was truly a great night.  It was also my first time dancing.  Thank you to all my partners who put up with my stumbling around the dance floor.

Chatting outside St. Glady's Hall with new friends
Swing dancing is oh-so-much fun!!
Virginia Reel, anybody?!  I felt like it was strait out of Pride & Prejudice!
More swing dancing with great friends.
"My eyes and my heart will remain here forever." ~2 Chron. 7:16
The first day of friends and fun ended wonderfully with this view of the Chapel all lit up at night.

Next morning was the big day!!  I got all dressed and ready to go GRADUATE!!

Preparing with friends to finally graduate!!!

The anticipation was mounting as we waited to process in!


I officially graduated MODG class of 2017!!!!


Remember the quote above the back door of the Chapel?

"Do Whatever He Tells You."

Well, this seemed very special to me the moment that I saw it.  This quote comes from the story at the wedding feast in Canna.  Mary, Jesus' mother, pointed out that the wine had run out.  Jesus told His mother that it wasn't yet time for Him to manifest Himself and perform His first miracle, but still, He did because He cannot refuse His mother anything.  She interceded on behalf of the bride and groom to Him. She told the servants at the wedding feast at Canna to do whatever Jesus told them to.  And so, Jesus turned water into wine.

The reason that I found this quote so meaningful, most especially as I processed out after having graduated high school, was that I felt Mary telling each and every one of us to "Do whatever He tells you."  If we try to follow whatever Jesus tells us to do with Mary's help,  He will work great wonders in our lives and the lives of others.

We're done!!!  Love you girls!  ๐Ÿ’–
(Just for fun, I'd like to caption this one above with emojis!)


I cannot tell you how awesome it was to graduate from a real school with 50 other classmates.  We came from all over the country, and the world, to celebrate and graduate.  And not one of us was unsocialized.  It was so great to connect with other students and Catholics who've gone through the same program as you.  I was so blessed to be able to finally meet so many friends and make even more new friends!!

Congratulations to the Mother of Divine Grace Class of 2017!!!!!!