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)

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Great Way to Earn Money from Home

Are you looking to earn a little extra income? Lilla Rose might be able to help you do so. Please visit and click "become a Consultant" to learn more or email me at prettynwrose at gmail dot com. If you have any questions, please contact me. I am happy to answer your questions and would be grateful to have more people on my growing team.

More information about being a Lilla Rose consultant is available here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

August 1, Day of Prayer for Christians persecuted in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is asking all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Please see their website for more information.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Rainy Day Summer Daybook

Outside my window
It is overcast and raining lightly. We have had a very sunny summer so far. A little bit of rain is necessary to water our trees and flowers. As my husband told our pastor, "There's nothing wrong with a little rain. I like my grass to be the same color as my weeds."

I am wearing
a khaki skirt and a red shirt.

In the kitchen

I am happy that this berry cream birthday pie from Costco was well received. I thought that a pie would be a nice change from a cake.

I am dreaming about freshly caught barbecued salmon for dinner on Friday night.

I am thankful for
my baby boy! 

He is very active and smiles a lot. 

He will often giggle when one of his siblings gives him to me. I am so thankful that God blessed us with another little boy. I absolutely love him!

I am hearing
Kilian's breathing as he nurses and an occasional clap of thunder.

I am praying for
the priests, nuns, seminarians, my daughters, all the other girls, organizers, and volunteers of the FSSP camp in which our girls are participating.

I am praying for Eva. She had surgery on Monday and I am hoping that everything went smoothly and that she recovers quickly.

I am also continuing to pray for Kim.

We are learning all the time
Brendan returned from Camp St. Joseph, a boys' camp, with lots to share. It was the second FSSP boys' camp that he attended this summer. I am thankful that he was able to go to both camps and for all that he learned from the priests and seminarians. A couple of nights ago, he was telling us that Fr. Nolan had shown all of them how to do push ups correctly. Let me just say, they are much more difficult than the push ups that we learned to do when we were little.

Theresa sewed two more skirts before leaving for the girls' camp. She made them based on the measurements of this skirt. She is about 5'3". We bought 2 yards of material. This allowed Theresa to cut 2 panels for each tier, giving her a nice seam down either side of the skirt. The top tier was 9" x 38" (she cut two 19" panels). The second tier was 7" x 50" (two 25" panels). The third tier was 7" x 64" (two 32" panels). The fourth tier was 7" x 80" (two 40" panels).  The fifth tier was 6" x 96" (two 48" panels). These shirts from Lands End go perfectly with the tiered skirt that we bought and the ones that she made.

Bernadette made a gored skirt, using an old pattern that we have. I think that she has been bitten by the sewing bug too.

I am missing my three oldest daughters and praying that they are growing in their love for God. Last night, I was happy to hear from my friend, Elena, that everyone was okay after a wind and thunderstorm. I can't wait for them to come home.

I am reading
The Glories Of Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori. This book is truly excellent! I am reading through it slowly and loving Our Blessed Mother more and more because of it. God is so good!

I am thinking about 
learning things by heart. In high school, I was blessed with an English teacher (a former college professor) who had us learn all sorts of things by heart. I still remember reciting from Chaucer in Old English:
Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour...
My children have also heard me quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner:
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
Anyway, this teacher recently shared that he used to receive snide comments from people, including fellow colleagues, because he would have us memorize poetry. What his colleagues didn't realize was that he was making a lasting impression on his students. "Doc", as my baby sister refers to him, was probably my favorite teacher because he had us not only read great literature, but learn to appreciate and like it. I will always be grateful that he taught us to enjoy learning things by heart and to love learning.

I am listening to
or rather replaying Fr. S.'s sermon from Sunday in my head. Fr. S. gave an excellent sermon (as usual) on Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the brown scapular. He shared that we should kiss our scapulars each night He mentioned that a soul is like a garden, and so much more. Finally, he told us that it is virtually impossible for anyone to get to Heaven without Our Lady's assistance. It was a beautiful sermon and I am hoping that Fr. S. eventually makes it available to all of his parishioners in booklet format.

Plans for this week
  • Go to daily Mass
  • Prepare for a Lilla Rose party that a couple of friends are hosting on Monday
  • Pick up a new fishing reel for my son who wants to go fishing
  • Spend some time gardening

A favorite prayer
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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

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