Sharing the joys (and sorrows) of raising a large Catholic family
"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
(1 Jn 4:16)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Making a List and Checking it Twice

I've been making a list and checking it twice, and with nine children it hasn't been nice. Last year, I had all of the children's presents purchased before Advent, but that didn't happen this year. I had presents for the little ones by the time Advent started. Last week, I had presents for everyone except my oldest daughter. Thanks to Thirty-One, I now have a present for her too.

Thirty-One is having a flash sale and my friend, Trish, is a consultant. I am throwing a Thirty-One party too.*

Some of Thirty-One's City Weekenders, Timeless Beauty Bags, Zipper Pouches, and more are on sale for up to 80% off. I just purchased the three items mentioned and finished shopping for Christmas presents. 

The City Weekender (pictured below) is only $19.99. I had it personalized for an additional $7.00 and my oldest is going to find it under the Christmas tree after Midnight Mass.

*Please note, sale items cannot be purchased through my party link. If you visit Trish's website and click on "December Flash Sale" in the sidebar on the left, you can see all of the sale items. Other patterns and styles are on sale too.

If you would like to purchase non-December flash sale items, please do so through my party link.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Beauty of Advent Revisited

The manger is ready and waiting to be filled with soft hay each time one of
our children offers a good deed to God during Advent.
"Before Our Lady conceived Our Lord in the flesh,
she conceived Him in the interior silence of her soul."
~ Advent Recollection: Silence ~

Last week, as Advent approached, I listened to this Advent Recollection Series again. If we are quiet, it is because, once again this year, my family and I are focusing on the beauty of Advent and being Christkindls to each other. We are trying to prepare our hearts, minds, and souls for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

May God bless you with a peaceful, faith-filled, and fruitful Advent!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Violin Recital

On the Feast of St Cecilia, Bernadette and Theresa participated in their fall violin recital. Theresa just started violin lessons in September. She was accompanied by Bernadette as she played Marching Song, Norwegian Folk Song, and Lightly Row.

Bernadette enjoyed playing Meditation from Thai+s by Jules Massenet. She started playing when she was around Theresa's age. Her playing has come a long way.

Thank you to everyone who has placed orders through my Lilla Rose website, mystery hostess parties, review links, and home or online parties since May. You are helping make it possible for my children to continue with/take music lessons.

Lilla Rose is currently having their BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR. In addition to the mystery hostess party that I am hosting, Angela is hosting an online party, Jessica is hosting a review and giveaway, and Kim has an open party. Purchases made through any one of these parties are greatly appreciated.

It's Snowing

The boys don't need to pretend anymore. It really is snowing, and Kieran is very excited. He keeps telling me, "Mommy, it's snowing!" and "Mommy, snow is on the van. We need to clean it." He also commented, "Mommy, the snow is on the flowers." I love my little boy and his wonder and enthusiasm.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Arctic Fun

Snow is rare in our neck of the woods. However, my boys can pretend it is plentiful with their Arctic Snowmobile, Arctic Ice Crawler, Arctic Helicrane, and Arctic Outpost.

Hopefully, the Arctic Base Camp goes on sale because Patrick would really like it. One of the reviews of the base camp on the Lego site gave me a chuckle. The reviewer wrote, among other things, "I found the 'extreme weather conditions' difficult to assemble."

It is great to be a child with a big imagination.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lilla Rose's Biggest Sale of the Year and Mystery Hostess Party

Starting Friday, Lilla Rose is having their BIGGEST SALE of the year and I am throwing a mystery hostess party.
Shop from the comfort of your own home and get these black Friday savings.
One lucky person will receive all the hostess rewards from the mystery hostess party.
Make a purchase and receive 4 entries in the drawing to be the hostess. Share the party link and receive 3 entries.

As always, I am offering "buy 3 or more, get 1 free" (worth up to $16) to all new U.S. Lilla Rose customers. Please don't order the free item yourself. Simply email me after you place your order at prettynwrose at gmail dot com and I will send you instructions on how to get your free hair accessory.

Plus, everyone who places an order through the mystery hostess party link or my Lilla Rose website today through December 10 will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a flexi clip from my inventory.

Please leave a comment or contact me at prettynwrose at gmail dot com.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Saint that is Just Me

A friend shared this video and it brought tears streaming down my face. I want nothing more than to become a great saint and bring greater glory to God. However, I know that I have a long way to go. I also know that the only way that I will get there is by the grace of God and with the assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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