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It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week and that Advent starts the Sunday following! My goal for the last few months has been to spend more quiet time in prayer with God. That is not always easy to do with a house full of rambunctious kids but with some effort, I am able to find pocket of quiet to turn my mind to God.

As I mentioned before, being a part of the Blessed Is She ministry has really helped with my desire to spend more time reading scripture and listening to God. Now that Advent is almost here, I have mixed feelings about my goal. On the one hand, it is even more vital that I prepare my heart for the coming of the Christ Child. On the other hand, I know how crazy the Christmas season can be and it take a concerted effort to not get sucked into the chaos.

That is why I am excited about the tools I will be using to help me make a truly holy Advent. What’s more, I want to share these items with a lucky reader who wins the RoL Advent Gift Package! Here is what you can win.

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Blessed Is She Advent Journal

The first item is my Blessed Is She Advent Journal. Anyone that knows me also knows that I am a sucker for all things paper, especially journals. There is just something both soothing yet invigorating about putting pen to paper.

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 The BIS journal is perfect for daily prayer and scripture reading.

advent_journal_3Included are reflections for all four weeks of Advent as well as guided reflection questions for every day of the Advent season.

You can order your own copy of the Blessed Is She Advent Journal here. (All proceeds will help fund the running of Blessed Is She, such as the email list and website hosting. All writers and editors are lovingly volunteering time, prayer and hours to the making of Blessed Is She.) ;-)

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Icons & Candles

Anyone who knows me (and who has been to my house) also knows that Brian and I love icons! You’ll find them all over our house. I’ll admit that often when I pray in the morning it’ll be in front of the computer monitor, especially if I am reading my daily meditation online, but sometimes I need to just shut every thing else out and quiet myself without any distractions. So either early in the morning before the kids are up or late in the evening when they are in bed, I will take out an icon to put myself into a prayerful state of mind.

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I love the icons from Not of This World Icons.com, especially this mini icon (sized 2 1/2 x 3) of the Kazan Mother of God. Add to that my lavender scented tea light candle from PartyLite and my spirit is already feeling calm.

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This Little Light Rosary

Next in my Advent arsenal is my rosary. I always find Advent a perfect time to reflect on Mary’s humility, docility and openness to saying “Yes” to God without complaint. (All the things I struggle with!)

Although I have a number of fancy and sentimental rosaries, the ones I like to keep in my pocket and stash in my purse are the knotted rosaries.

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I especially like the ones made by Jenna at This Little Light Blog’s etsy shop. I first purchased a finger decade rosary from her and I love it. As you may recall from last Wednesday, when I was having a bad day, a decade of the rosary (or even just a Hail Mary) always helps me to calm down and regroup. Even when I can’t stop to pray sometimes just feeling it in my pocket is enough to get me to think before I explode at the boys’ antics.

bis_post_1I ordered this pretty blue one as my Advent rosary. I always try to support other Catholic moms who are running crafty businesses from their homes. Jenna is a sweetheart and I asked her a couple questions so you could get to know her better.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m 26 year old mom, wife, and school social worker living in Brandon, FL! I’m a cradle Catholic and an FSU alum, Go Noles! They have an awesome Catholic Student Union, that I was very involved in and met my husband through! I love chocolate and dancing around the bedroom with my 2 year old cutie of a son. My husband and I know more about Disney World than most people, fun facts and stuff, and can be seen there almost every other weekend! I like to have fun and meet new friends!

How did I get involved with rosary making? I learned to make them at summer camp when I was in middle school. I’ve always been crafty and it just came easy. In college, I worked for Catholic Prayer Cards (an online prayer card website) and made rosaries there too. Now that I’m a mom, I love making them to make a few extra bucks here and there.

What Is Your Favorite Advent Devotion? Not really sure what my favorite advent devotion is but I love journeying with Mary through pregnancy. I can’t imagine being 40 weeks pregnant riding so long on a donkey. And then to get to Bethlehem and no inns are available. I like to reflect on the journey that her and Joseph fought so hard to bring our perfect savior into this broken world.

Thanks, Jenna. :-) Visit her etsy shop at Etsy.com/shop/thislittlelightblog and check out the other rosaries she has available. (Like the basketball one for boys! I’m thinking it would make a nice St. Nick feast day gift.)

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There you have it! These four items – the Blessed Is She Advent Journal, the mini Mother of God icon, 4 lavender tea candles  and a beautiful knotted rosary (that Jenna generously donated for the give away) can be yours! The contest will run until Tuesday, November 25th, midnight. I will announce the winner on Wednesday the 26th.

Note: If you want to be assured you get a BIS Advent Journal by Advent, order one today! If you do happen to win the contest, just keep the other items and share the journal with your sister, mom or friend!

So join the fun and good luck!!

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Week in My Life 2014: Thursday through Sunday Recap

This is the final link-up day for Kathryn’s Week in My Life 2014. I’ll wrap up the last few days here and just touch on a couple highlights.

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As per usual on a school day, the morning is a flurry of waking kids up, getting them fed, dressed and with lunches in their hands by 7:40 am. I then have 45 minutes to get myself and Matthew ready for preschool.

I give Matthew 15 minutes to play with his toys while I sit down to pray my morning meditation from Blessed Is She. It was weird this day, however, because the devotion I wrote was scheduled that day.  I couldn’t help but wonder it anyone else got what I am trying to get across. Here’s a snippet:

Gospel: Luke 17:26-37

As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was in the days of Lot — they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all — so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left.” And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

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Keep Your Eyes on God

Today’s Gospel Reading is not the easiest one out there but sometimes a dose of reality is needed to help us keep proper perspective in our lives.

It reminds me of when we turn on the news or hear of someone we know that has died at an early age. We are shocked. It forces us to look at our own life and think—what if that were me? Suddenly, the things we were complaining about yesterday now seem insignificant in the face of death.

Jesus did not mince words when He warned the apostles, and us, that we need to be prepared for the end. There is a lot of talk these days about the rapture and being “left behind” but concentrating on the exact how’s and why’s of Jesus’ second coming can distract us from reality. Our end can come at any time. We need to be watchful and never neglect the most important thing in life—our eternal salvation. That’s scary stuff! But God in not calling us to live in an attitude of doom and gloom because we may die at any moment. Rather, He wants us to be wise and cautious with our eyes always on Him.

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Read the rest at Blessed Is She.net. :-)

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It was also another day of light rain that we desperately needed. The kids were ecstatic and wore their boots and rain coats for the drizzle. (California kids.) I didn’t wear a rain coat but the cooler weather got me out of shorts and bare feet and into yoga pants and wait for it… socks. I know!

© revolution of love blog - bw_oceanWI wanted to be able to post a gorgeous shot of the ocean blue but even on a cold grey day, there is beauty.

This week ends the last of the school fundraisers I’ve been working on so it is nice to have a little less pressure on my To Do list. There is still a lot of driving with picking up kids to and from activities.

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After getting the two older boys at their school we went to pick up Matthew at pre school. I have to admit I was trying to hurry them along but Matthew insisted that they stop by the church to see Jesus and their daddy. Brian stops by the adoration chapel on his lunch break, which was at the same time. They love to see their dad and then go talk to Jesus just like he does. I remind myself that it is not only sweet but even more important that I stop and rest before the Lord, even if only for a few moments. It calls to mind Mother Teresa’s words, “”If you’re too busy to pray…you’re too busy.” In other words, make time for what matters most! Well, lesson learned but onto the next pick up…

© revolution of love blog - wiml_thur_2014cBella is in the school play of Alice in Wonderland so there has been after school practice every day this week. It’s hard for me to believe that this sweet young lady was once small enough to fit into the palm of my hands. (She was just under 4 lbs when she was born.) I’ve been thinking about her early years a lot lately since I have been spending countless hours cleaning out closets and going through all the plastic containers of the kids’ outgrown clothes.

© revolution of love blog - wiml_dressesWGoing through Bella’s old clothes was the hardest because I really wanted to have another girl to wear all her cute dresses and outfits. However, I don’t think that is God’s plan for us. I kept a few favorites and decided to give away the rest. Some will go to my nieces, some to my friends’ kids and the rest will go to charity. When I wanted to hold onto an outfit I pictured a Hispanic mom (because I’m Hispanic) trying to make ends meet and doing her clothes shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store. She finds an adorable Baby Gap dress for her little daughter Anita with cute chubby cheeks. She  buys it, happy to have a new dress to give her daughter for Christmas. See, if you want me to do something is difficult for me, just tug at my heart strings. I gladly gave up the dress along with the matching shoes, stocking and hat. ;-) And if I knew the mom’s size, I would have bought her an outfit too.

© revolution of love blog - wiml_fri_2014bThis was only a quarter of the bags I filled up.

Well, the closet was cleaned out but now I had to get it all washed and sorted. (Some stuff had that gross dusty smell and my allergies were going crazy!)  Last year I read how a friend on Facebook had a Green Recycle Party. Everyone brought a box of the items they no longer used or wore and they all had the chance to go through the boxes of clothes and home items and find what they could use. I thought the idea was genius! Since I had the most stuff to give away I offered to host the party. It was a great idea until I realized the party was set for Saturday and I still had to finish  everything!

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I had my schedule for Friday all planned out. I was going to do the bulk of the work in the morning since I had three Parent – Teacher conferences scheduled for that afternoon. Well, nothing went as planned and as I sat down and waited at school in between conferences I posted this to my Instagram.

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A friend responded, ” LOL, you probably figured you will stress some about the party and then have to go to confession.”  (You know me too well, Teresa. ;-)) Needless to say the rest of the day and evening I was running around like crazy (I had 10,000 steps on my Fitbit to prove it!) but that is the story of my life so it wasn’t a big surprise. However, I promised Brian that at 9 PM I’d stop and devote the evening to him. We got cozy on the couch and watched two of his favorite creepy shows – Grimm and Constantine. (Add Sleepy Hollow and we have a hat trick!) It was nice to relax with a spooky story. ;-)

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© revolution of love blog - wiml_sat_2014aSaturday morning came and I was pleased to say that I was able to get everything washed, sorted and organized by gender and size. (If my way-more-organized-than-me sisters were here, they’d be so proud.) Now it was time to focus on the enchilada lunch. (I promise I’ll post the recipe soon!)

I didn’t take any more photos this day but the get together with my friends was lovely. I loved chatting and sharing and opening up to them about a number of things. More and more I am realizing just how much I NEED to connect with other Catholic females for fellowship and friendship, whether to cry on their shoulder or laugh until our sides ache.

Later that evening I got an email from one of my friends and she expressed how much she was touched by the words we spoke and that it was just what she needed to hear at that moment. She said, “You reminded me that we share the greatest vocation, and that one of the most beautiful aspects of our jobs as mothers is one another. Great colleagues are such a perk at any job!” That is so true! Even with these Week in the Life posts, it not only serves to record the little blessings and trials of our days but it also gives other moms a glimpse to see that we are all in this together. Some days we rock and some days we are barely dragging our butts across the finish line. ( Yeah, I’m looking at you, Wednesday.) But in the end we are all a sisterhood of women who love God and are trying to serve Him through loving our husband and children and those around us.

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© revolution of love blog - wiml_sun_2014aWell, the week was coming to an end and although I looked at next week’s calendar and saw that it was packed with school activities, that I’d have little time to pack for our road trip next weekend and that I should really start packing now, I just couldn’t bear it. My allergies had been really bad through out all the closet cleaning (MAJOR DUST) and my head was congested and I woke up with a hoarse voice. God knew what He was doing when He said we needed a day of rest!  No packing today. After Mass, Brian cooked his traditional Sunday morning breakfast and I did a little cleaning up while he relaxed to football.

rise_guard_In the afternoon the weather turned chilly and the couch and warm blankets were beckoning us so we all got cozy and watched one of my favorite family movies – Rise of the Guardians. A little family relaxing was just what we all needed. After dinner and baths and getting everyone to sleep in their own beds, Brian and I were able to have an at home date night. It was nice to just turn off the TV and spend time together. It was the perfect ending to a busy week.

I’m grateful I was able to capture and record a few moments of this week before it turned into one big blur. Thanks for the inspiration, Kathryn! :-)

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See other Week in My Life posts:

A Week in My Life 2014: Monday 

A Week in My Life 2014 – Tues & Wed: Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This

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A Week in My Life 2014 – Tues & Wed: Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This

Revolution of Love Blog - wiml_tues_201bI think this is pretty but if only bath time was as calm and sweet as this photo implied.

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Today I am linking up with…

Kathryn over at Team Whitaker for Week in My Life 2014. (See my Monday here.)

Cari over at Clan Donaldson for Theme Thursday: Lean. (Scroll down to the last photo.)

The lovely ladies over at Like Mother, Like Daughter for {pretty, happy, funny, real}.

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Revolution of Love Blog - wiml_tues_201adNo school + Target run = One happy boy.

Okay, I have to admit that Tuesday was uneventful. I am seriously sitting here thinking what in the world did I do that day? Well, there was only one moment that stands out in my mind. On Monday the three older kids had the day off to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Matthew’s pre school has done the same for years. Well, I did not check the pre school calendar to see that THIS year they get Tuesday off instead of Monday. So it was the usual morning routine of getting the older kids off to their school then getting Matthew off to pre school. However, when I arrived there were no cars and all the lights were off. A quick check to the online pre school calendar showed my mistake. Sigh. So much for my pre-planning. Oh well, that just meant that Matthew had to come with me on my morning shopping challenge where I hit four stores within two hours – Costco, Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. He loved it.

The rest of the day was a blur so let’s move on to…WITL4Revolution of Love Blog - wiml_wed_2014bYeah, it’s funny now but it wasn’t then! And the drawer was open just enough for the sauce to drip in and dirty the dish towels.

Okay, mama said there would be days like this. At first, it seemed like an ordinary day with me going about my business when some time in the late morning, there was a shift and everything started going wrong. Now, nothing major, mind you, but you know those crazy little things – spilled food, unrolled toilet paper, kid with a marker and a wall, broken dish, toys everywhere, brothers fighting, kids screaming, boys that can’t aim in the toilet, dirty behinds to wipe, and laundry and dishes that you swear your neighbors sneak into your house because there’s no way one family could make that much mess!

Maybe it was the fact that the kids had only a 1/2 day of school. Maybe because it was raining and they couldn’t go outside. Maybe because I have so little patience and I groan and rant when things are not going right. Whatever, it was no buneo. I somehow managed to get dinner on the table early, even though I had no time to eat myself because I had to get Bella to her youth group on time that night.

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After dropping Bella off, I pulled out my little finger rosary to say say a decade, asking God to help me calm down. I started thinking about Mary and told her, “You know, Blessed Mother, sometimes it drives me nuts that I am supposed to be all calm and humble like you. I’m not like you. I am not ‘let it be done unto me…’ I’m more, ‘What the @#$% is going on?!’ How am I supposed to relate to you when I am the opposite of you?”

Then I thought about my own kids and all the naughty moments they have throughout the day. Do I love them any less because they misbehave? No. Do I have the desire to jump off the bunk bed and land on my little brother? No, but just because I am not tempted to do that doesn’t mean I love my kiddo any less or that I’m incapable of helping him correct his behavior. The same thing with our heavenly Mother. She doesn’t have to experience the same temptations in order to love us and and help us.

Mary is my Mother and she is constantly lifting my head and looking at me in the eye and saying, “Why are you being so disobedient to your Father? Does he not love you unconditionally? Do you not want to return that love to him?” Sigh. Of course, I do.

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Like a loving and good mother that lets you lean on her, Mary hugs me and points me right back to where I should be – at the feet of Jesus. So I turned my heart back to God and asked for his forgiveness for being so self-centered and bratty. I asked for his mercy and shed a few tears of thanks for bringing peace to my heart once again.  God is good. All the time.

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A Week in My Life 2014: Monday

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Kathryn over at Team Whitaker is hosting Week in My Life 2014. The point is to record a week with all the joys and bumps along the road. She explains:

These sweet people in your life, those toddlers screaming at you, that pre-teen rolling his eyes, that husband winking from across the room – they love you. And you’re going to want to remember this time in your life. In its crazy, messy, un-Pinteresty pictures, you’ll want this snapshot.

I love the idea! I may not be be able to post each day but I’ll pop in when I can and remember the highlights of my days this week. :-)

WITL2The morning started with a nice treat since the kids had the day off and I was able to sleep in an extra 1/2 hour. It may have been longer if certain munchkins didn’t decide to dance in my bed with me in it.

After a quick shower and feeding the kids, I made myself some breakfast and headed to my desk. I try to do my daily mediation in the morning to get me in the right frame of mind. One day I may actually manage to wake up a half hour earlier and pray first thing in the morning but knowing me… it may be a while. For now, I say my prayers at my desk using the Blessed Is She daily meditations. I love that they are written by other Catholic women who are trying to find holiness in the nitty gritty of their daily lives.

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Mondays are my planning days and when I get my computer work done. After I finish my prayers, I go over my schedule and make my TO DO lists and catch up on emails, room mom stuff and the like.

The kids were home but they were playing and building train tracks. However, Matthew came to see what I was doing and, as usual, asked if he could sit on my lap.

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I just can’t resist those cute chubby cheeks! I savor these moments when he still loves to spend time with me.

But enough of the fun. There is laundry to be done. Always laundry. If I miss even one day or two the laundry baskets look like this.

Normally I wash then fold the clothes as I pull them out of the dryer and I have stacks of each person’s clothes on top of the dryer. More often than not, I never get around to putting the boys clothes into their drawers. They in turn just grab clean clothes from the top of the dryer. After a couple days the clothes are gone. I wash again and the cycle continues.

Today I actually cleared off the dryer and put away all the piles of clothes. Then this happened.

Me: Boys it’s time to get washed up and get dressed.

John-Paul: But Moooom! I don’t have any clean clothes!

Me: What are you talking about? I just did all the wash?

John-Paul: But look! (Pointing to the cleared off dryer.)

Me: I put the clothes away in your drawer.

John-Paul: (Looking puzzled.) Oh. (And he walks away.)

(JP was also the one who thought I got a new bed on the day I happened to make my bed.) Yeah, housekeeping is not my strong suit. ;-)

But every now and then the domestic bug hits me. I pulled out the slow cooker and tried a new recipe – Paleo Beef Stew. (Although I added potatoes and celery that I needed to use up.)

wiml_mon_3While that was cooking, I packed the kids’ lunch.

Revolution of Love Blog - wiml_mon_4Then we headed to speech therapy for Andrew and John-Paul.

Revolution of Love Blog - wiml_mon_5While the kids were eating their lunch in the car and watching a movie, I snapped this shot. I love her garden!

The rest of the day was pretty much the usual… we got home. More laundry. Dishes. Step on Legos. Swear under my breath. Make the kids clean up their mess. Walk outside while the kids ride their bikes. Laugh. Giggle. Get Brian’s text that he is on his way home. Run back into the kitchen to finish the dishes and get dinner on the table.

wiml_mon_7 I had high hopes for the stew but it came out too spicy. Luckily I had some beef broth left over so I was able to fix it up. Oh, well at least we had a treat of fresh bread.

When dinner was over I remembered that the Blessed Is She twitter chat was happening. So while the boys cleared the table and Bella unloaded the dishwasher. I was able to jump in for the last 15 minutes.

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The topic was prayer and there were a lot of great ideas and and shared experiences. Have I mentioned that I love BIS. ;-)

After 15 minutes of fun, I bathed the boys and got them ready for bed. Brian read them their stories and we said prayers and kissed them good night. I love my babies but I relish when 8 pm hits and the boys are asleep and Bella is reading and the night belongs to me and Brian. I take a little time to say my prayers and then we meet in the family room, talk alone and then watch something together before going to bed.

It’s been an enjoyable day. I’m grateful it wasn’t too hectic and I felt like I was able to catch up on some work. After some really busy weeks, I needed the breather. Blessed be God. :-)

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7 Quick Takes and the Link-up Palooza!

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Quick Takes

It has been a busy week and I have a writing deadline I should be working on but my brain is not cooperating so instead I’m going to have a little blogging fun. Since I have a bunch of posts half written in my draft folder, I am going to have a Link-up Palooza today and link up with as many of my favorite ladies (Jen, Cari, Gina, Nell, Jenna) as I can in this one post! The first link-up is with Jen for 7 Quick Takes. :-) I can’t wait to hear her on Lino’s show. I just may have to resubscribe to Sirius radio to get these great shows.

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Theme Thursday

I am linking up with Cari for this week’s Theme Thursday (on a Saturday.) The topic was brick. The first thing that came to mind is the brick fireplace in our house. I always dreamed of having a house with fire place and a mantel that I could decorate during the seasons and hang Christmas stocking during the holidays but when we moved into Brian’s grandma’s house, I found that there was no mantel. Instead it was just a wall of white jagged brick. (Hence, my most viewed post – How to baby proof the fireplace area.) However, there is one big blessing that came with the brick wall – this painting of the Blessed Mother, Baby Jesus and I am assuming John the Baptist.

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My mother-in-law grew up in Austria and was a young girl during WWII. This painting hung in their home and during the bombing and the subsequent loss of their possessions, this was one of the few items they were able to save and bring to the states later when they immigrated. She has since had it cleaned, restored and framed and gave it to us. I’ll gladly live with this brick wall as long as it houses this beloved family treasure!

 

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Embrace the Ordinary

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I am linking up with Gina for Embrace the Ordinary. Yesterday, I was in the kitchen with my “helper” Matthew and at one point he hugged me and said, “You are my best buddy, Mama!” Aw, that deserves a kiss. (I’ll try to remember that the next time he is driving me crazy. ;-)

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Week Eats

I’m linking up with Nell for Saturday’s Week Eats.

Sunday – Paleo Beef Stew

Monday – Slow cooker BBQ chicken with broccoli slaw

Tuesday – Turkey Meatloaf, brown rice and green beans

Wednesday – Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa (I’m not a fan of quinoa so I’ll probably use leftover brown rice from Tues.)

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Tuna melts & tomato soup

Saturday – Homemade pizza and Greek salad

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tl;rl: November

Last month I completed the October 31 Days Writing Challenge with my 31 Days of Gratitude. I posted (almost) every day of the month (that last week was a killer.) I am linking up with Jenna for tl;rl and sharing my  7 favorite posts of the month.

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October 1, 2014 – 31 Days of Gratitude (Day 1): Feast of St. Therese

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October 7, 2014 – Pinterest Party & Link-up (vol 31) and 31 Days of Gratitude: Love of Fall and Pumpkin Donuts

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October 9, 2014 – 31 Days of Gratitude (Day 9) & {pretty, happy, funny, real} (vol 89): A Day on the Farm

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October 12, 2014 – 31 Days of Gratitude (Day 12): Leaving the Bubble and Seeing God’s Beauty in Creation

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October 17, 2014 – 31 Days of Gratitude (Day 17): Decorating Our Home for Fall

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October 24 & 25, 2014 31 – Days of Gratitude (Day 24 & 25): The Grace of the Cross (An Update on Brian)

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October 28 & 29, 2014 – Weigh-in Wednesday: Sharing Health Goals: Review of Fitbit Flex & 31 Days of Gratitude (Day 28 & 29)

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Pinterest Party

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And since it’s been all about link-ups today, join me for the November Pinterest Party Link-up. Share your creative posts – a recipe, craft, project, parenting or marriage tips – anything we would want to pin to one of our Pinterest boards. It can be a new post or an older post that needs a little traffic. The Link-up is open through the end of November. Have fun!

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Wow, you made it all the way to #7. You rock. Join me next week when I’ll be telling you about the new Blessed Is She Advent Journal and hosting a give-away! In the meantime, have a blessed weekend!

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