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)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lilla Rose 72-Hour Sale and Mystery Hostess Party

It's a Lilla Rose 72-Hour Sale!

Sale ends Saturday, August 23, at midnight

I am offering buy 3 or more, get 1 free* to all new Lilla Rose customers who order through the mystery hostess party link. Do not add the free item to your cart. 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 (up to $16 value). This offer is only good through the party link (please make sure it says Christine). 

When you place an order through the mystery hostess party link you will automatically be entered 4 times in the drawing to win the hostess rewards. We will draw the winning name on August 25.

The lucky mystery hostess may earn up to $150 in free products and up to 6 half-price items!
(Last time, the mystery hostess won $60 in free products and 3 half-price items.)

Receive 3 additional entries by letting your friends know about the mystery hostess party. Simply let me know how you shared the mystery hostess party link – on your blog, via email, Facebook, etc.

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

Please Note: Lilla Rose does not send emails verifying your order through party links, but I am happy to confirm your order if you email me (prettynwrose at gmail dot com) after placing it.

Shop the Mystery Hostess Party!

I hope everyone has a wonderful school year!

*The "buy 3 or more, get 1 free" is only available to customers in the USA.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why Go to High Mass?

We go to High Mass for three main reasons. 

photo copyright Emily Byrne
  1. We go to High Mass because the third commandment is "Remember to keep holy the Lord's day." Going to High Mass forces us to keep the Lord's day holy. High Mass at our parish is the later Mass. We live almost an hour away from our parish and High Mass lasts a little over an hour. Thus, Sunday in our house revolves around going to Mass.

  2. photo copyright Emily Byrne

  3. The High Mass is the highest form of worship that is available to us on a regular basis. The Pontifical Solemn High Mass is the highest form of worship, followed by the Solemn High Mass, then the High Mass, and finally the Low Mass. Unfortunately, the first two aren't offered every Sunday or holy day. Thankfully, the High Mass usually is offered on these days. We want to worship God in the highest way possible.

  4. photo copyright Emily Byrne

  5. Laura Berquist often talks about exposing our children to "the good, the true, and the beautiful". The Mass is good, true, and beautiful. The High Mass is "the most beautiful thing this side of heaven!" Low Mass has its place on weekdays and in the summer when the choir is, to quote my pastor, "taking a much needed break". However, when High Mass is offered on a Sunday, since we do not have any good reason to go to the Low Mass (age, health limitations, a job that requires us to work on Sunday, etc.), we go to the High Mass. Everything about the High Mass draws us to God. Exposing our children to the High Mass will help our children fall in love with God. I will always remember Agnes, at age nine, saying to me about the High Mass, "Mommy, each time that I go to Mass I feel like I am getting closer and closer to Heaven". The sacred music at the High Mass is beautiful. I know of at least one person who was drawn to the Catholic Church because of the sacred music at our parish. The High Mass helps us not only expose our children and ourselves to what is beautiful, it helps all of us to love what is beautiful and in loving what is beautiful, we will grow in our love for God. As our pastor wrote in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter's 25th anniversary publication, "...the Missa Solemnis or Missa Cantata should have a prominent and regular place in the liturgical schedule of the parish. The regularity of these more solemn forms of worship will make sacred music normative for the faithful, and whatever is normative becomes formative." (emphasis mine)

Monday, August 11, 2014

St. Philomena

picture from Catholic Tradition

On Friday, a young Catholic lady who is a member of my Lilla Rose team, emailed me, sharing, "Last night when I was praying my St. Philomena novena (my Confirmation saint & sisters) I saw the anchor with her image & was blown away that this month's flexi is a St. Philomena flexi! :)  St. Philomena, pray for us! St. Dominic, pray for us!"

Although a friend's daughter is named after this wonderful saint, I have other friends who are parishioners at a parish named after her, and a friend recently spoke to me at the beach about St. Philomena's cord, I didn't know much about St. Philomena. So, I started reading about her. St. Philomena is truly a beautiful saint!

May we always be anchored in Hope and anchored in God!

Saint Philomena Prayer
Hail, O innocent Philomena, who, for love of Jesus, preserved the lily of thy virginity in all its brightness. Hail, O illustrious Philomena, who shed thy blood so courageously for Jesus Christ.
I bless the Lord for all the graces He granted thee during thy lifetime, and most especially at the hour of thy death. I praise Him and glorify Him for the honor and power with which He has crowned thee, and I beseech thee to obtain for me from God the graces I request through thy intercession.
Saint Philomena, beloved daughter of Jesus and Mary,
pray for us who have recourse to thee!
taken from Catholic Tradition

Happy Feast of St. Philomena!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

From the Mouth of a Child and more

When my daughters returned from camp, they showed us the Immaculate Heart of Mary wall hangings that they made. Kieran was amazed by them and sat looking at the wall hangings and trying to touch them. All of a sudden, he surprised me by saying, "Mommy, the girls make Mary's heart. Jesus is happy."

As I sang, "Go to sleep my baby..." to Kieran the other night, he stopped me, saying, "Mommy, I am not your baby. My brother is your baby. I am your little boy."

When we go to the grocery store, my little boy insists on pushing the cart because he can do things by himself because he is "like Timmy". After a long shopping trip, during which Kieran pushed the cart, walking on tippy toes, I asked him, "Are you Mommy's big helper?" My little boy responded, "Mmmmm... I think so."

On Wednesday, Theresa, Kieran, Kilian, and I picked my husband up from work. Kieran insisted on pushing the elevator buttons and carrying his daddy's lunchbox for him. I wish that I had had my camera with me.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

7-Layer Bean Dip

On Pentecost Sunday, we tried this 7-layer bean dip recipe for the first time and it was delicious. We served it as an appetizer with tortilla chips and it was a hit with everyone. Kieran would have eaten it all if we had let him. I used regular re-fried beans and medium salsa, and it tasted great! This bean dip, along with a big bag of tortilla chips, would make for a good picnic potluck dish too.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Costco Grocery Shopping List

I always find summer a great time to get organized. After giving birth to our ninth child and being unable to go grocery shopping for quite some time, I realized that it is much easier to have master grocery lists, based on store layout, then it is to say, "We need this. We need that." I was finding that the latter grocery-list-making strategy, which has served us well for years, wasn't working well. I found myself saying, "Oh, I forgot to tell you that we needed...."

Two or three months ago, I finally typed up a master Costco grocery list. I am sharing it here just in case others can benefit from seeing it. I say seeing it, rather than using it, because I know that Costco stores have different layouts.

Download: Costco Master Grocery List

Friday, August 01, 2014

Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, I renew my consecration to you and to your Immaculate Heart. Please accept me, my dear Mother, and use me as you wish to accomplish your designs upon the world. I am all yours, my Mother, my Queen, and all that I have is yours.

Please remember that the FSSP has asked that we make today a day of prayer and penance for Christians in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, please intercede for them.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Anchors Aweigh

Here's one more reason to become a Lilla Rose consultant:

If you become a consultant today, July 31, then you can purchase the August Flexi of the Month today.

If you would like to become a consultant, please visit and click "become a Consultant".

Additional information about becoming a consultant is available here.

If you have any questions, please contact me at prettynwrose at gmail dot com. I would be happy to have you on my team!

For customers who would like to purchase the August Flexi of the Month, Anchors Aweigh, you may do so on my website starting at midnight. These flexi clips will be available through the end of August while supplies last.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer!
Anchors aweigh my friends!
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