Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Anchor Yourself in Him

"Newspaper headlines tell us the future looks grim: Division in our country and our world are apparent. Sin freely abounds (Lord, have mercy on us all.). Being a Christian, let alone a faithful Catholic, is far from celebrated in the eyes of our modern society. It can be difficult to be a witness to our faith, and it is then that our weary hearts so desperately need to hear – really hear – the words in today’s first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.

'God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.' God doesn’t miss anything you do."

Click here to read the rest of my devotion over at Blessed is She today.

Blessings to you, my friends. Praying your hearts are full of hope this day.


P.S. In case you missed it, here is my last Blessed is She devotion, Flickers of Light and Dark, written for New Year's Eve. I pray it will bless you!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

the love of a father and our Father

The love of a father - a mother - a parent, has a whole new depth and meaning to me now that our son Peter is here. More than anything else I have a deeper understanding of the love God has for us as His beloved children. I have spent a lot of time reflecting on that lately. It's an amazing kind of love that fills your heart as a parent. What leaves me speechless is that I know His love is bigger and deeper and stronger and wider than I will ever be capable of in my humanness. It's a love I cannot even begin to fathom. What a gift that He loves us in such a way.

God has abundantly blessed me with a daddy who has shown me an endless amount of love and support my whole life long.

He has given me a father-in-law who welcomed me as if I were his own from the start.

And He has given me an amazing husband who is an absolutely incredible dad to our sweet boy. Truly.

Dads get the short end of the stick appreciation-wise, I think. People are constantly assuming Michael has it easy in comparison to me as Peter's mom, but it's just not true. He has played just as important a role in our son's life. I look forward to celebrating Michael and the gift he is to our family today. 

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. May God bless each of you and all those men who long to be dads, those who miss their dads, those who miss their children, and those who are our spiritual fathers. 

Praying we all might know the deep and everlasting love of our Father today and every day...


{From the archives: My all-time most-read post from last Father's Day.}

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


The number three seems to be showing up a lot of places in my life lately. The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity had me thinking about our triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In March (the third month) we became a family of three. Peter is three months old now (how did that happen?), and today Michael and I celebrate three years of marriage. Three years as husband and wife. Three years of God's grace poured upon us in this beautiful sacrament.
The Gospel reading at our wedding Mass was from John:

Jesus said to his disciples:
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
       just as I have kept my Father's commandments
       and remain in his love.

I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
       and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you."

{John 15:9-12}

The way He loves is the way we are called to love. And Jesus gives us this commandment that we may receive His joy - not the joy of this world, but an eternal joy. A joy like no other.

Michael, our joy became a little more complete in this third year as husband and wife. I pray we will continue to grow in joy for the rest of our lives together. Today I renew my commitment to always strive to love you as God loved His Son, and as Jesus loves us. Thank you for loving me even when I fail to do that, and for being so quick to forgive. I am forever grateful you chose me to be your bride.

Happy Anniversary. I love you more than I can say.

      P.S. Just for fun: our two year anniversary post // our love story

Friday, May 8, 2015

7 Quick Takes {no. 39}
On Moms & Motherhood...and a giveaway winner!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Moms, grandmas, great-grandmas, godmothers, spiritual mothers - there are many forms motherhood can take. While it is my first Mother's Day with our sweet Peter, my first Mother's Day was last year when my heart was aching for our Thomas Gianna. Know that whether your babies are in your arms or in heaven, whether you are blessed with many children or longing for them, you are in my thoughts and prayers this Mother's Day. May God bless each and every one of you. Sweet Momma Mary, pray for us.
{Madonna of the Streets}
Motherhood continues to be quite the adventure. These are sacred days, of that I am certain. Peter is smiling so much more lately, and there is just nothing else quite like it. I can't wait to hear his laugh! His sleep patterns still have us puzzled, but we just take each day (and night) as it comes. It's all very much worth it, of course. My heart has never known such a love. I am so thankful for the gift of being Peter's mom.
{11 days old}

My parents and my in-laws came to visit us just after Peter was born. It was a very special time for me. Words cannot express what it was like to see my own mother holding my son. What a beautiful gift from God. I am so, so grateful to have a mother who has shown me His love my whole life long.
Happy Mother's Day, Momma.

Last year I hosted a Marian linkup, and I wanted to share the link with you here. There are some great reads for this Mother's Day weekend, and in this month of May.

I have to share a couple of great motherhood posts I've read lately:

I so admire the writing of Laura at Mothering Spirit. She wrote a gorgeous piece on motherhood in the first year of a baby's life. It captures so many of my current experiences as a new mom. It's a wonderful read. Don't miss it.

If you're looking for some more momma sweetness, read this letter my friend Kathryn wrote to her one-year-old daughter, Gianna. It's just beautiful. And then you simply must check out Gianna's first birthday party, because it's one of the most fabulous I've ever seen. Kathryn knows how to celebrate!

If you're in need of a last minute Mother's Day gift, be sure to click on over to my etsy shop to check out my downloadable prints. One of them might make a lovely gift for someone you love. Just download, print, and frame (or don't!) for a perfect little piece that will bless and encourage.

Last but not least, the giveaway winner! Thanks so much to each of you lovely ladies who entered. The winner is...Vicki! Congratulations! Be sure to check your e-mail for your prize. 

Linking up my takes with Kelly - thanks for hosting us!

Wishing you a beautiful weekend...

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