Catholic Faith, Giveaways

I’m Back!

Wow I know it has been a long while since posting, things have been so busy this summer, Kevin is back to work, my hours have changed and I opened an etsy shop! I know there is way more but no time to cover it now…

Let us kick this off with a giveaway!  As many of you know I came home to the Catholic Church this past spring, well with that I learned to make Rosaries, well I joined up with a group of Catholic Bloggers for a giant giveaway! Included in the prizes is a hand-made Rosary that I created!

Make sure you take some time to check out the blog hosting this fantastic giveaway, Reconciled To You!
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My Favorite Catholic You Tube Videos

I just want to take a minute to share a couple of my favorite Catholic videos with y’all!

This first one is one I saw the first night of RCIA and I just love!

And  this second one is the Chaplet Of Divine Mercy put to music by Matt Gill and his Wife,  Matt is the director of rebellious education at out parish.  This is by far my favorite prayer to do with my rosary and David loves it too!  He asks to do it at night while laying with mom 🙂 .  The first time I prayed it was for one of or priests whose mother had just passed away.  It was the first time I held a rosary and felt like I was home!  So I hope y’all Enjoy!

And this last one really just makes you stop and think what do you want to see!

Ash Wednesday, Catholic Faith, Holidays, Lent

Taking Up… Instead of Giving Up

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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

This is my first Lenten Season since deciding  to become Catholic this past fall.  So today was my first ever Ash Wednesday!  It was nice that we were able to attend as a family, and this is the best that David has done yet!  Normally he goes to the nursery, except for Holy Days of Obligation such as today,  We sat in a pew in the church not the narthex and he did the usual flirt with the older woman behind you 😉 need to teach him to wink at them .

When I took him up to receive his ashes, he bowed his head like I am in trouble now, Father must have seen me messing around in the back!  And as you can guess he rubbed them off on daddy before mass was even over 🙂

So, with this being my first “true” Lent, I am deciding to enhance my spiritual life other than giving something up.  I will be working on my prayer life.  Growing up prayer was different in the Mormon Church, you started with Dear Heavenly Father, followed that with what you are thankful for, then asked for blessings such as over the meal for for those over seas and so on.  You ended with  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.   Well Catholic prayer is different, there are many “scripted prayers” and this is new and awkward for me so I am working hard to make it so it is natural!

My Rosary, Prayer Cards, Bible, Prayer Book and other spiritual books to help me on my Lenten goal.
My Rosary, Prayer Cards, Bible, Prayer Book and other spiritual books to help me on my Lenten goal.

I want to read daily from the meditations in “The WORD among us”,  I have the Lenten one and with that I am working on praying the rosary each day and “The Love Dare.”

We started preparing for this last week by sitting down at the dining room table for all meals as a family and blessing the food before the meals, David’s Favorite part is Amen!

I will update y’all on how I am doing as the Lenten Season progresses.

Let me just say this though, this journey for me entering the church and my husband returning home has been great!  We have grown as a couple, individuals, and parents!  I am looking forward so much to our Marriage Convalidation this spring and my Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation this Easter!  (And then quickly working to have David Baptized!)  I am so grateful that i get to take this journey with my sweet husband!

 

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Lent Dinners

lentbig-240829Ok this is the first year I am fully following Lent, so I just did our meal plan for Lent!  Some of these are repeated!  I also don’t each much fish other than shrimp, lobster, and crab so there are many things you may be able to do that are’t on my list.

  • Vegetable Lasagna
  • Noodle Soup with Grilled Cheese
  • Quesadillas with Guacamole, Beans & Rice
  • Spicy Shrimp Tacos (Recipe coming next week)
  • Fish Tacos ( I will pick a salad up on my way to work)
  • Cheese Tortellini & Salad
  • Lobster Ravioli &  Salad
  • Irish Potato Soup

For breakfast we have french toast and fruit,  lunches are tuna with crackers, creamy soups, peanut butter and jelly, sushi and other non meat items.