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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Nature Girl

This daughter of mine has always been fascinated with bugs, sea creatures, and animals of all sorts. Last week, she collected a bunch of clams and we enjoyed clam chowder for dinner thanks to her. She wanted to catch a bunch of crabs, but I told her that we would wait for her Uncle Kevin and Aunt Lynda to give us some crabs from their crab pots. She was disappointed, but happy that I told her she could collect the clams. Surprisingly, she couldn't bring herself to eat a single clam. She ate clam chowder with all of the clams picked out of it.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Accepting God's Will

Not too long ago, I read a true story in a book. I don't remember if I read it in The School of Jesus Crucified, The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation, or another book. I don't even remember the story very well. I do remember the lesson that the story was imparting and I have been ruminating on it ever since.

The saintly author told the story of a man who prayed to get well. After his prayer was granted, he realized that being well may not have been God's will for him. So the man prayed that if it was God's will that he be sick, then he wanted to be sick again because he knew that whatever God's will was was better for his soul than what he wanted. The man became sick once more.

My pastor has said on more than one occasion that we are called to embrace our crosses, not fight them. St. Therese of Lisieux said, "For one pain endured with joy, we shall love the good God more forever." St. Teresa of Avila shared, "We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials." God allows us crosses in order to help us grow in holiness. Our response to the crosses that we are sent, whether the cross be an illness or something else, can either help or hinder our souls.

My Jesus, mercy.
Thy will be done in my life and in my death.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's a Great Time to Become a Lilla Rose Consultant!

Lilla Rose is offering
This means that everyone who signs up to be a Lilla Rose consultant between now and July 31 can save between $9.80 and $21.95, depending on which consultant kit you purchase and whether you live on East Coast or West Coast.

Why become a Lilla Rose consultant?

Well, aside from the obvious:

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 personally wish that I had signed up with the fast start kit (please see the video below). 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!
Bonus reason: When you sign up to be a consultant on my team, we will send you a flexi clip from our inventory and 50 Lilla Rose business cards or 25 Lilla Looks as a little thank you.

Please consider signing up to be a
*This video explains the benefits of signing up with the Fast Start kit. As I mentioned above, I wish that I had signed up with this kit.

*If you have any questions about becoming a Lilla Rose consultant, please email me at prettynwrose @ gmail dot com.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pretty as a Flower

Recently, Eva purchased some flexi clips from us and took advantage of our "buy 3 or more, get 1 free" offer for new Lilla Rose customers. Eva emailed me after Flora received her free clip, letting me know how much she liked it and included a couple of photos. I asked her if I could use the photos and Eva graciously offered to take more pictures.

I think that the Hawaiian Flower, the hibiscus, looks beautiful in Flora's hair. I am also in awe of all the daisies in the garden. They make me think of St. Therese's words in Story of a Soul, "The splendor of the rose and whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm." Anyway, I will be using the beautiful photos that Eva took for graphics like the one below. Thank you, Eva and Flora for sharing these photos. Flora is named appropriately. She is as pretty as a flower.

These are some of the pretty clips available on our website.

If you are a new Lilla Rose customer and would like to take advantage of our "buy 3 or more, get 1 free" offer, please visit Place your order for 3 or more items. Once you have completed your order, please email me the item number that you would like (up to a $16 value) and I'll order it for you.

If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tantum Ergo

Recently, I realized that my younger children do not know the Tantum Ergo by heart, so I made this printout in order to help them learn it. I am posting it here, just in case anyone else can benefit from having a printed copy.

Download Tantum Ergo

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Joys of Homeownership: Dishwasher Repair

When your dishes start coming out of the dishwasher looking worse than they did when you put them in, it is not necessarily time to call the repair man or purchase a new dishwasher. As I mentioned here, the Handy Guys have a podcast (embedded below) which explains how a person might be able to get their dishwasher working properly again. According to the handy guys, the basins of Kenmore, Kirkland Signature, and Whirlpool dishwashers usually need to be cleaned every two to three years. They are probably accurate, as we cleaned our basin two and a half years ago and again on the last Saturday of June.

Once again, thanks to the handy guys, our dishwasher is cleaning the dishes and we didn't need to spend a penny.

Dishwasher Repair Bonus: At one point, our dishwasher completely stopped working and the display showed an error. As luck would have it, this was right after the warranty was up. We looked up the error on Google and quickly found how to reset the dishwasher and get it running again. Over the years, we have learned that with a little research, we can often fix things around our house ourselves.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Chips for Breakfast

Our little boy has a habit of falling asleep when he eats. Usually, he does so during lunch or dinner. However, yesterday morning, he did so while eating his breakfast. I think that the Sun Chips must have had a soporific effect.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Please Pray

Please pray for my friend Kim. Kim will be having brain surgery tomorrow, July 7. Her surgery was originally scheduled for the 14th of this month; however, after an MRI, doctors decided that it would be best to move the surgery up a week.

Kim in 2008
Update via a mutual friend: Thank you to everyone who is praying for Kim. The good news is that the doctors removed necrotic tissue which relieved pressure on Kim's brain. Kim is coherent. Cancer cells were found on the membrane of her brain. Please continue to pray for Kim.

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