Saturday, October 31, 2009


Paul & I spent our Halloween putting up Christmas decorations and listening to Christmas music, and it was a lot of fun.

We still have to get the tree up, but we got our fireplace decorated, Christmas Pillows on the couch, snowman canisters on the counter, and knick-knacks all over.

I know it may seem a bit early but we love having our Christmas stuff up & figure one month isn't long enough.

We do have candy ready to hand out to any trick-or-treaters that come our way, but we don't expect very many. We did have one little boy about 3 yrs old who started wandering into the house, but that's it so far. Of course it's still early.

How did you spend Halloween??

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mary, Ark of the New Covenant

“The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed; the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed.”

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Take a Minute

I just visited Gina's blog, and wanted to leave the link to her most recent post. It's titled "It is Time For A Real Sexual Counter-Revolution". It's worth reading.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wasabi Snack

During my shopping trip to Trader Joe's I came across "Wasabi Tempura Seaweed Snacks" and since I love every ingredient in the name I just had to try them, and I'm so glad I did. They're wonderful.

What is your favorite snack?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Movie Screening

I was discussing the movie Slumdog Millionaire with a friend a while back and since then I have been thinking about seeing it, but I had some concerns. I know the movie won or was nominated for all kinds of awards, which sad to say, made me sceptical of it's content. So today I asked Paul to do a search on the content of the film. Paul ended up finding a website he's never used before and I thought I would share it with all of you.

It's called Kids In Mind.

I often wonder how many ADULTS actually screen a movie's content for themselves & not just for the kids. I admit that sometimes I let the theme of the movie get me so interested I almost don't bother to look into it, but that is extremely rare nowadays.

Now I'm not saying it's always easy to make the choice of skipping a movie simply because it may show more than you'd want your child to see, especially in situations where you're around friends who couldn't care less about the inappropriateness of the film. I did not grow up in a "you can't watch that" household, but now as a grown woman I realize what damage is truly done to our minds and our souls from constant exposure to sexual content (even implied), extreme violence, etc...

If we are to remain pure of heart and childlike we must make a conscious effort to screen what we watch, listen to, and read at all times.

Please share your opinions/stories on this topic.
Added Later:
After making this post I starting thinking how over the last few years I have eliminated movies, books, and music that I thought were unsuitable. But now that I think about it, I realize there was one thing I hadn't given up: Grey's Anatomy. But from now on NO MORE Grey's. While I've grown attached to the characters, I have to admit that the storylines are a bit much.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Prayer of St. Ephraim

O Lord and Master of my life,

give me not the spirit of laziness,

despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of sobriety,

humility, patience and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King,

grant me to see my own transgressions

and not to judge my brother,

for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Photoshop is Amazing!

Paul took a picture of me that did not come out well at all, but he liked it. So I did the best I could to fix it for him.

I can't believe I'm showing you both pictures, but here you go.


& After

It's not perfect, but still an amazing difference, & even though I have no nose & half a mouth in the second photo, I like it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Fifteen Promises of the Rosary

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.

6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.

9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.

12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

14. All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Church the Way it Used to Be

I just read a post from Baby Catholic & I wanted to share it with you. I'm am only going to post the beginning, hoping that you will view the whole post on her blog.

I’ve been dying to write a post on this ever since I saw the sign outside of a large protestant church which sits to the right on my way to Mary, Queen. The message sign out front said, “Church the Way it Used to Be.” This cracked me up!...

Are You Kidding Me???

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autistic Basketball Player

Do you want to smile?? Watch this.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ode to Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o'er-brimmed their clammy cell.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?

Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find

Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;

Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,

Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook

Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;

And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep

Steady thy laden head across a brook;

Or by a cider-press, with patient look,

Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,--

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,

And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;

Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn

Among the river sallows, borne aloft

Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;

And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;

Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft

The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,

And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

~John Keats

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Road Trip!!

I'm sorry that I've been away from my blog (and from some of yours as well) for sooooo long. I will try not to let my postings be so far apart. I have missed my blog & all of you too.

At the begining of last month I went on a little road trip with my mom and brother. We went up to Northern California to visit family & on our way home went to the Big Basin Redwoods and headed home on Highway 1. We had a blast!

Here are some pictures.

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