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A Prayer for My Fellow Bloggers

Faces and images flash through my mind.  Some are of people smiling, others are logos or pictures of different things, but they are all united.  Behind each of those pictures are the lives of individuals, families, God-fearing people all trying to live their lives in a way pleasing to God.  Many are wives and mothers trying to serve God by serving their families.  Others are single women also striving to please the Lord by trying to live their lives according to His will in the best way they know.

I believe in these people.

I care about each and every one of them, even though I have never met any of them.

They are bloggers.

They are the bloggers who I follow, and who follow my blog.

I think of these people often.  I care about them   It doesn’t really matter to me whether or not they “like” a post of mine.  It doesn’t really matter whether or not they comment or follow.  What matters most is the people behind the blogs and the “likes” – the people behind those smiling faces and logos.

For each and every one of you, whether you are reading this or not, I offer to you all something better than a “like” or a “follow”.

I offer you my prayers.

I pray for you all, that you will be happy, successful in all of your endeavors, and that you will continue to live your lives according to God’s holy will.  I pray for your families and your children.

You have all touched my life in so many ways, even without trying.

So now, here is the prayer which I offer for you all:

Thank You, Lord.  Thank you for bringing these wonderful people into my life.  Please bless them and their families.  Please help them in all of life’s daily struggles.  Help them to follow Your holy will for them in the best way they can. 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb; Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

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Life’s Puzzles

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“I can do it myself.” My two year old son proudly announced as he attempted to snap the giant, brightly colored, foam, jig-saw puzzle – shaped play-mat into place.  I watched as I saw him struggling to put the piece in the wrong place. I was about to go and do it for him, to show him that he had it in the wrong place, when my husband gently placed his hand on my arm. “He’s got this. Let him figure it out.” he whispered to me. I stopped and stood there next to my husband as we watched our son struggling with what must have seemed to him to be the biggest puzzle in the world. I watched as the puzzled, yet determined expression on the face of my son was transformed into a beaming smile as he realized the correct way to fit the puzzle together. “I did it myself! I did it myself!” my son said over and over as he celebrated this victory over the puzzle.

My son is now fourteen.   Since then, there have been many “puzzles” to solve in his life, and with each one, I still had that inside desire to solve it for him. Yet, I gratefully think back to my husband’s wise words that day so long ago. “He’s got this. Let him figure it out.”  My son doesn’t need a “helicopter mom” .   He doesn’t need someone to continuously do things for him, show him the answers, or tell him how it’s done. These things will only hinder him in the long-run. What he needs is room to grow; room to figure things out and learn and discover this big wide world and all of the many puzzles which he will come across in the future.  I’ll be there for him, to help him when he needs me, but I cannot – I must not “do it for him”, for he can “do it himself” !

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July Fourth Freebies!

Every July Fourth (Independence Day) our family celebrates by having a big family gathering at our house with lots of fun and food.  We usually pick up Popeyes chicken and sides for the lunch, and I always make my famous “Flag cake”.  This year we will be having some games as well, with prizes of course.   You know, the classic,  “Guess how many    M & M’s in a jar (or whatever candy I decide to use)  The winner of that one wins the jar of candy.   I am also planning on having a door prize.  I haven’t yet purchased the prize for that one.  I plan to simply have everyone write their names on the provided Flag cards which I’ve made, (link for that below) and then will have them put them in a bowl for a drawing.  I just love doing stuff like that!  I love to give and to bring happiness to others.  The best part of all is that no one has any idea that these things will take place!

The above video brings home the real reason why we celebrate on this day.  Games, fun, and prizes are all okay, as long as we remember why we are celebrating in the first place.  I will be showing this video at the party so that everyone there will remember why they have gathered together on that day .    People have given their lives so that we may be free.  How awesome is that!  I hope you all have a wonderful July Fourth, however you choose to spend it!

Now for the link to those flag cards:

July Fourth namecard

Printable Fourth of July party invitation:

Fourth of July Invitation

And to conclude, a printable word search puzzle :

Independence Day

 

Happy Independence Day!  Keep that Flag flying high, America!

acceptance · Catholic · family · kindness

Misunderstandings

Has it ever happened to you ?  Has anyone ever been misunderstood – misunderstood by the ones closest to you ?  I have. A lot.  It’s funny, really – how life works; how relationships work.  I have come to accept the fact that being misunderstood by those closest to me is just going to have to be one of the crosses I must bear in life.  It hurts.  But trying to explain often makes matters worse, so sometimes it’s just better to allow the other person to continue in their belief that my intentions were not good.

So, what is all of this babbling about ?

Why is this post not making much sense ?

Am I just someone who wants to complain ?

No.  I don’t want to complain, and I’ll tell you what this is all about.

I smiled.

It wasn’t a big smile – just a quick, little, flash of a smile.  I smiled because I had just told my husband that the smell he was commenting about was not his dinner burning, just a spill on the hot stove.  After I informed him of that, I flashed a quick smile to show him all was well.  Ooops.

Suddenly all was not well.  “I saw that. I saw that smug little smile.” he said to me.  I was surprised.  He had totally misunderstood my intentions.

“No.” I said.  “I wasn’t – I didn’t…”

“I know what I saw.  Don’t be like that.”

Well, I could have done one of two things.  I could have stood there and defended myself, and continue to insist upon my good intentions, which would only bring about an argument.  OR  I could just allow him to continue believing that I was being smug – after all, he knew what he saw.  Well, I chose the latter.

I chose to continue to be misunderstood, rather than to get into an argument with my husband – especially since all of this was taking place in front of my son.

I later practiced that little smile in front of the mirror. Oh boy.  It did appear smug.  Wow.  I will never use that expression again.  I really didn’t intend for it to come off like that.

So, I ended up apologizing to my husband – as always.

I guess being misunderstood is part of life.  After all, Christ was misunderstood more than anyone else ever was.  He didn’t defend Himself.  I should try to be more Christ-like, even if it hurts sometimes.

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How Word Search United Our Family

You read that right.  Word search puzzles have now become a daily event in our home.  It all began on Father’s day.  I didn’t have a card for my husband, so I printed out a Father’s Day themed word search puzzle.  I didn’t really know if he’d do it, as he’s not really the word search type. I was just having a little fun.   At first he just set it aside, but later he said, “I’ll do it if you will.  Hey, let’s all do it and see who finishes first.  We’ll make a contest out of it.”  So, extra copies were printed out, and we all sat down to do a word search puzzle.  Of course, I crushed them!  Well, this “loss” stirred up the competitive spirit in both my husband and son.  “I want a rematch!”  My husband said, a smile on his face.  So began our daily word search time.  I continued to print out more word search puzzles.  So far, I remain the champ, with a total of four wins out of six.  I don’t know how long this will last, but so far it has been a daily event in our home.  Amazing how a little competition can get a man (and boy) to want to do something that they don’t normally enjoy!

You can find these puzzles at  https://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/make-your-own/crossword/  Have fun!

acceptance · gratitude

A Life-Changing Book

I recently read a book that changed my life.  It changed the way I see myself, and the way I see others.  It is called, “Get Motivated!” by Tamara Lowe, and it’s awesome.  I highly suggest this book to everyone.

Through this book, people have learned how to advance in their careers, improve their relationships, and to achieve their goals.  This isn’t just another book.  This is a life changer.  In addition to the book, Tamara Lowe also hosts her Get Motivated! seminars.  Below is a link to a video of the author as she talks about her experiences and her book.

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