"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
(1 Jn 4:16)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

First Confession and First Holy Communion

"The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host."
~ Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen ~

"Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His Holy and venerable hands, and having lifted up His eyes to heaven, to Thee, God, His Almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, blessed it +, broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and eat ye all of this."

Last week, I heard a countdown each day. My little girl would announce each morning, "Mommy, there are only ___ more days until my First Confession, and ___ days until my First Holy Communion." On Saturday, May 16, our youngest daughter went to confession for the first time. The next day, Sunday, May 17, our little girl was so excited to receive Our Lord, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

Prior to the Mass, the First Communicants participated in our parish's May Crowning. After Mass, they knelt to pray with our pastor and their First Holy Communion teacher.

Elizabeth received her First Holy Communion from the holy priest who baptized her, Fr. Saguto, FSSP. 

"When Our Lord sees pure souls coming to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament He smiles on them. They come with the simplicity that pleases Him so much." 
~ St. John Vianney ~

My friend, Thea, designed and had this beautiful cake made for the First Holy Communion reception.

May God bless all of the First Communicants!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lilla Rose Sale, It's a Great Time to Become a Lilla Rose Consultant

Are you looking for a unique present for a teacher or coach?
My daughters' violin teacher really likes the "Music Lover" flexi clip that we gave her. She wears it to violin recitals, etc. Now is a great time to get that gift.

Please visit my website to see the wonderful selection of hair accessories

If you are a new Lilla Rose customer, I will send you a free flexi clip of your choice (retail value up to $16) when you buy 3 or more items. Please do not purchase the free clip yourself.

Lilla Rose is offering

This means that everyone who signs up to be a Lilla Rose consultant between now and May 15 can save between $9.80 and $21.95, depending on which consultant kit you purchase and whether you live on the East Coast or West Coast.

Why Become a Lilla Rose Consultant?

I have 7 good reasons why you might want to become a Lilla Rose consultant:
  1. Flexi clips and hair bands sell themselves! When someone sees a flexi clip or hair band in your hair, they often comment. When someone tries a flexi clip on, they usually like it and want to buy one! Once someone buys one, their friends will most likely want to buy one (or more) for themselves. As one of my friends shared, “Rebecca’s been wearing her flexi and getting lots of compliments!”
  2. Depending on how much time you have and what your goals are, you can be a casual, part-time, or full-time Lilla Rose consultant. You can sign up as a casual consultant to purchase hair accessories for yourself and as gifts for family and friends. You can be a part-time consultant, selling Lilla Rose products online or at parties. Or you can be a full-time consultant, build a team, and sell online, at parties and shows.
  3. Lilla Rose offers an affordable start. Becoming a consultant costs between $49.95 and $599.95, depending on what package you select. I am happy to explain the differences between the kits. Simply email me at prettynwrose at gmail dot com or leave a comment.
  4. There are no monthly fees and there is no inventory to store. The only yearly requirement is that consultants have $29 in sales for the entire year.
  5. Consultants can earn 30-45% commission on all sales, plus receive the same discounts on items they purchase!
  6. Being a Lilla Rose consultant provides a great way to make new friends! 
  7. I would be happy to have you on my team!

Please consider signing up to be a 
on my team today!

Please let me know if you have any questions about becoming a Lilla Rose consultant.

God bless you!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Prayers of a Child

Easter Vigil 2015
A couple of years ago, Elizabeth started praying for a family after our family Rosary each night. She prays for each member of this family by name. Recently, we learned that this family has started going to Mass again. Yesterday, we had confirmation of this, and I mentioned it to Elizabeth and some of her siblings. Upon hearing that this family is going to Mass, Elizabeth said, "Oh, Fr. S. told us that we might want to pray for someone on our First Communion day who isn't going to Mass! I will pray." God answers prayers, especially the prayers of a child!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Happy "Mary" Month of May

Bring flow'rs of the fairest,
Bring flow'rs of the rarest,
From garden and woodland
And hillside and vale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our Glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest
Rose of the vale.

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May,
O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lilla Rose Mystery Hostess Party, Sale, and May Flexi of the Month

Lilla Rose is having a sale, and I am throwing an online mystery hostess party. When you place an order through the mystery hostess party link you will automatically be entered twice in the drawing to win the hostess rewards. Receive an additional entry by letting your friends know about the mystery hostess party. Simply let me know where you shared the party link, – on your blog, via email, Facebook, etc. We will draw the winning name on April 27.

The lucky mystery hostess may earn up to $150 in free products,
up to 6 half-price items, and a special hostess gift!

Are you a new Lilla Rose Customer?
If you are a new Lilla Rose customer, buy 3 or more, get 1 free* when you order through the mystery hostess party link. Please do not add the free item (up to $16 retail value) to your cart. This offer is only good through the party link (please make sure it says Christine). After you place your order, please email me (prettynwrose at gmail dot com) and let me know what you would like for your free item.

Some of the 20% off items include:
Hawaiian Flower, Celtic Knot, Open Flower Gold, Crown of Hearts, Celtic Knot Brown, Prominent Dragonfly, Interlocking Vines, Hawaiian Flower (pink), Blossom Medley, Heart Bouquet, Elegant Ornate, Native Filigree Copper, Roman Stone, Daisy, Rich Multi-Cluster Copper, Brilliant Bluem, Calla Lily, Keltic Lore, and Compass Rose.

Please let me know if you have any questions: prettynwrose at gmail dot com.

Lilla Rose hair accessories and badge holders make lovely Mother's Day, First Holy Communion, graduation, and teacher appreciation gifts!

Shop the Mystery Hostess Party!

If you would like to be notified of sales, please register on my website

*The "buy 3 or more, get 1 free" offer is only available to customers in the USA and excludes FOTMs.

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to everyone who uses them. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wyoming Catholic College Distance Learning

Wyoming Catholic College has started offering distance learning learning courses. My oldest daughter and I are currently taking the first course, Religious Liberty in America, which began today. More information about these free distance learning classes can be found here.

Founding of Maryland
by Tompkins Harrison Matteson

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Day Daybook

Outside my window
We had a beautiful winter and spring has been lovely, so far, too. We've had a few rainy days here and there, but for the most part our afternoons have been clear and sunny. The children have been taking advantage of the weather, running outside to play as soon as they are finished with their lessons for the day.

I am wearing
a red shirt, a black skirt, and my Opal Maltese flexi clip. The clip is March's flexi of the month, and it is one of my favorites. The history behind the Maltese Cross can be found here and here.

In the kitchen
We will be making Kimberlee's delicious spinach lasagna again for dinner tonight. It is a favorite in our house. Last time, we added a few sliced carrots to the recipe. We might do the same today.

I am hearing
a shower running, children pouring breakfast, and more.

We are praying for
my dad. My youngest sister just returned from visiting him. He returned from the hospital with new/additional medicines to take a couple of days prior to her arrival. My sister called last night and shared that the medicines are definitely working. She said that the improvement from when she arrived to when she left was amazing. Please keep my dad in your prayers.

We are learning
The children are working hard on trying to finish their lessons each day, and the younger ones are motivated by being able to play outside when they are finished. Some subjects are close to being completed for the year.

Our two oldest girls are taking driver's ed at the local high school. They have been learning to drive in our jolly green giant (a.k.a. our big van). My husband and I have been busy trying to find something smaller for them to drive. In the process, we are learning how to avoid car-selling scams when looking for a used car. If you live locally and know of a reliable, inexpensive, used car, please let us know. 

I am reading
The School of Jesus Crucified: The Lessons of Calvary in Daily Catholic Life by Fr. Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist. The daily meditations are perfect for Lent.

We are listening to
various sermons on Romans 10:17 - Faith Comes by Hearing.

It's hard to believe
that our little boy is already 1.

As usual, I have been keeping my eyes open for birthday and Christmas presents for my children. Shopping for presents year round keeps gift giving stress free for me. I was happy to find this set for 20% off. Our youngest daughter enjoys playing with her Calico Critters and should be thrilled to get these. I know that her brothers and sisters think that it is really cute.

Plans for the weekend
My husband and I might be looking at a used car or two. Theresa will continue to make pysanky for her friends. The children are hoping to make Easter cookies to give to friends. I need to make sure that everyone has clean, pressed clothes to wear during Holy Week, for the Easter Vigil, and Easter morning Masses. Thankfully, our parish will have Solemn High Masses all week long.
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