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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Faith-based Greetings + a Coupon Code

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Faith-based Greetings + a Coupon Code

Ever since I was a little girl, Valentine’s Day has been a special holiday to me. During my childhood, I remember making mailboxes in school to collect all of the red and pink heart-shaped cards from my classmates. As I grew into my tween and teen years, my family emphasized the importance of celebrating friendship and appreciating loved ones. Valentine’s Day, therefore, wasn’t just about romance. As a result, I never resented Valentine’s Day if I didn’t have a “sweetheart”…

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Meeting Jesus in the Quiet and Crazy of Advent

Meeting Jesus in the Quiet and Crazy of Advent

As I sat in front of my computer on Cyber Monday, browsing the websites of various retailers, irritability peeked its ugly head. Site after site, I wasn’t finding what I was looking for at all. I was running out of ideas, and panic filled my heart. I closed the browser and walked away with a big, heavy sigh. It wasn’t even December 1, and I was already feeling behind on all of my Christmas preparations. But why? Looking at the…

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Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

Well, today is my 40th birthday! I don’t have a profoundly deep post all planned out. Life lately has been a bit too zooming fast for me to think ahead, let alone ponder. I know that sounds like an excuse, but it also is reality. Lent has not been slow and reflective, not with a trip to Florida right in the middle of it! Which is why I am embracing these last three weeks as best as I can. What I…

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Day 31 :: 31 Days With Mary—Gratitude

Day 31 :: 31 Days With Mary—Gratitude

I can hardly believe I made it! Thirty-one straight days of writing about one of my favorite topics, the Blessed Mother, in one of my favorite months, October, the month of the Rosary. Today is Halloween, and it is busy! I talked about busyness yesterday, and I pondered how Mary would have handled it. We are gearing up for a fall birthday party with Greg’s side of the family, followed by trick-or-treating on this rainy Halloween. This morning, I am…

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Day 30 :: 31 Days With Mary—What Would Mary Do?

Day 30 :: 31 Days With Mary—What Would Mary Do?

As I ran errands this week, I noticed the inevitable: stores decorating and displaying Christmas items. The Halloween section was being consolidated, while the Christmas gift wrap was being set up in the very next aisle. Whenever I start to see Christmas coming too early, I get a bit panicky. Suddenly, I feel as if I am behind with the extra to-dos that this season brings. I have to remind myself that I still have an entire month before Advent…

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Day 29 :: 31 Days With Mary—Mondays With Mary (on a Thursday)

Day 29 :: 31 Days With Mary—Mondays With Mary (on a Thursday)

Perhaps I should have planned on sharing this book on a Monday, but sometimes our plans don’t work out the way we would like them to. So, I am coming to you on a Thursday with a wonderful book that will inspire your personal devotion to Our Blessed Mother and equip you with a myriad of ways to pray, honor, and celebrate her within your family. Mondays With Mary by Meredith Henning is my favorite go-to book for planning feast…

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Day 28 :: 31 Days With Mary—Slowing Down

Day 28 :: 31 Days With Mary—Slowing Down

I missed Day 27 (yesterday) of my 31 Days With Mary series, because it was my 14th wedding anniversary! I spent part of my day cleaning out my front closet, which I am still working on. And I spent the other part of my day celebrating with my husband and children. It was a great day! Today, Day 28, I am joining the Yarn Along link up to share what I am reading and what I am about to start…

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Day 26 :: 31 Days With Mary—Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Day 26 :: 31 Days With Mary—Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Originally posted July 16, 2015 My family’s relationship with Our Lady of Mount Carmel began five years ago when my oldest daughter was entering second grade. Days leading up to Our Lady’s feast day on July 16, she asked me if she would be enrolled in the [Confraternity of the] Brown Scapular, after she received her First Holy Communion. I was blown away by her question, because I didn’t know she knew what that meant! I barely knew what that meant! When I made…

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Day 25 :: 31 Days With Mary—Favorite Mystery of the Rosary

Day 25 :: 31 Days With Mary—Favorite Mystery of the Rosary

Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God’s heart. —Saint Maximilian Kolbe— Do you have a favorite mystery of the Rosary? One that causes more reflection and contemplation in your prayer life? One that makes you slow down during prayer and savor every moment? Recently, I was asked this same question, and I have to admit, I was a bit stumped. I had never thought about a favorite mystery. Quickly, I…

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Day 24 :: 31 Days With Mary—Renewing Devotion

Day 24 :: 31 Days With Mary—Renewing Devotion

When people love and recite the rosary they find it makes them better. —St. Anthony Mary Claret— Feast Day: Oct. 24 There is one week left in this 31-day writing challenge. It has not been easy, but I am so glad I am doing it. Thinking and writing about Our Blessed Mother has renewed my devotion to her. While I have not forgotten her significant role in our Church and my own life, I have felt as if I have received the…

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