Thursday, December 23, 2010

2 more days!!

2 more days till Christmas! Presents are wrapped, decorations hung, and my new wooden nativity scene is up that Emma made for me.  The nativity is blocks with stamps of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, North Star, Angel, 3 Wise Men, sheep and a shepherd.  Very cute. I love it. I am looking forward to lighting our white candle in the middle of the Advent wreath, and going to mass Christmas morning.  The only thing that is missing are my parents.  This is my first year again without them. I moved away from them sometime ago, but they moved close to me for a few years, and now they moved to Oregon. So, I miss them.  Next year we are going to fly up and spend Christmas with them though. (HOPEFULLY)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Full of Grace Contest!!!

Cam has done it again with a beautiful chaplet of St. Therese the Little Flower. 

This section below is from Cam's contest!!  Make sure you go to her BLOG to enter in to the contest...GOOD LUCK!!!

“It is commonly believed that St. Therese grants the sign of a rose to those who practice this devotion during a period of nine to twenty four days, as proof that the petition is granted…

To pray this Rosary, bless yourself and say on the first bead:
St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, Patroness of Missions, pray for us!

On each of the remaining twenty-four beads say the Glory be to the Father in honor of the Blessed Trinity, in thanksgiving for giving the world the Little Saint who lived only twenty four years.

Prayer to Saint Therese:

Saint Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more.

The prayer above, plus five Our Fathers, five Hail Marys and five Glory be to the Fathers, must be said on five successive days before 11 a.m. On the fifth day, when the fifth set of prayers have been completed, offer one more set, five Our Father, five Hail Marys and five Glory be to the Fathers.”

From My Treasury of Chaplets

Now for the rules of the giveaway (they haven’t changed in a while!):

There's no limit to the number of times you can win (in other words, if you've won before you can enter again!)!

You can earn one entry simply for leaving your contract information in the comment section (only once though!).

You can earn one entry (each) if you tell me that you mentioned this giveaway on facebook or twitter!

You can earn three entries when you become a follower (or if you already are a follower!). Just mention it in the comment section (it can be in the same post).

Lastly you can earn five entries if you post the link to your blog post about this giveaway in the comment section!

Entries will be closed Sunday December 26th at noon and the winner will be announced sometime Monday morning!

And my international readers are welcome to enter! We ship internationally!

Good luck and God Bless!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Book of the week!!

I read Holding Heaven last night. It took me about an hour to read the book.  Not many pages, but the content is great. Absolutely beautiful book.  It is about Mary and Joseph, what happend before Jesus's birth, and a few months later according to Joseph.  One night Jesus was stirring and crying, Joseph stayed up late with him, telling him stories about before His birth.  30 years later Jesus is doing the same thing with Joseph when he is on his death bed.  Jesus stays up late with His earthly father.  Joseph asked Jesus what is to become of Him.  And Jesus tells him that He is here to carry out a mission.  And that mission is save the world from their sins, and He will do this knowing that he will be betrayed.

I cried reading this book!! It is a beautiful book, and I absolutely think that everyone should read it.  It gives you an aspect about Jesus and Joseph that I personally didn't know.  This book is based upon scripture, so I am going off of that.

I hope you all read this book, it is a must have.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

One more semester

Well, I have one more semester left then I will graduate with my associates degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician.  Next semester I start my clinicals. Pretty exciting, but scary all at the same time. I am looking forward to having a job that I worked hard for.  If that makes any sense.
My husband has 3 more semesters, then he will be finished as well getting the same degree.  I am so proud of him.  It has been hard with him being laid off due to the economy.  The company just recently got sold, so I believe things happen for a reason. He thought now is a good time to go back to school, and do something that is recession proof, like the medical field.  So I went with him. It has been hard work, but well worth it.  We are looking at apartments to move into in various places that I am submitting my resumes to in April. The places that we are looking at is Colorado, Alaska, Wyoming, maybe Montana, or Washington.  Somewhere like that.  I was raised in Alaska for 8 years, so my heart has always been there. I am hoping that we can start our careers up there.  The girls are excited about the possibility of living in Alaska. Which makes it more appealing. I am also looking at Catholic schools in those areas as well.  I really want them to have a better education, and I don't care what I have to do to send them to a Catholic school.  I am just sick of these public schools that are not doing my girls any justice.  They are in a public school now that is okay, but I am just not fond of some the stuff they are shoving down their throats.  These public schools have become so liberal and politically correct that it is just really sad.  For example, renaming Christmas break to "Winter break" so they don't offend anyone!!! REALLY??? Are you kidding me? I want the girls to be surrounded by their faith at school, and to not worry about if they are offending someone by saying their prayers before lunch, or crossing themselves, or learning about Jesus, Mary and all the saints.  Also, getting a wonderful education at the same time. Catholic schools are also stricter, they don't put up with nonsense children misbehaving.  SIGH!!! So looking forward to our new beginning!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blueberries and Shopping

Shopping for groceries, or anything during the holidays or on weekends is difficult with children.  It is soo draining on Rob and I when we have the girls with us.  We usually do our shopping during school hours during the day, but we didn't today.  Plus it was busy.  There were free samples of blueberries in the produce section and of course I told the girls that they can have a sample, and Reagan (who is not clumsy at all) dropped her little cup of blueberries, so I told her to go get another.  Low and behold, after putting a blueberry in her mouth, she dropped the cup AGAIN!!!! ARGGGHHH!!!! lol
Poor Reagan, all she wanted was her little cup of blueberries and she couldn't hold on to them for the life of her.

Contest Time with Full of Grace Creations!!!!!!

Okay I can't pass this contest up. This is for the The Chaplet of Immaculate Conception.  Cam makes beautiful rosaries, chaplets, and necklaces.  I have a few of her pieces and you can really see the great care that she puts into every link, bead, and cross.  Just go to her blog and enter. 

I think this is soo beautiful!!!! So enter and good luck!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Contest Time

Alright, there is another contest going on!!!!! Go to this blog and enter! I love contests, they are soo much fun to enter, even if I don’t win.  This one is from Sachiko for Tea Rose Home, and she is giving away handbags.  They are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! So enter!

Finals Done

Well I got finals done; just have to do a take home test that is due by Monday!!! UGH! Then on January 10th I start my clinicals!!! W00t!!