I’d like to share with you today a few pictures and a few links….
My March birthday this year was sprinkled with friends, food and fun. How could you not have good times when you are surrounded by great people?
A couple of the friends who enjoy the family and are frequent visitors surprised me with two special gifts…an outside light and a little fountain! Our daughter, Rosie, schemed together the idea of putting the background to it. So she rustled up her helpers (her brother and brother-in-law) and made a lovely lawn landmark that we will all enjoy in years to come!
Visiting with a dear friend. Father Lillard, at Ordinations this year:
Father VanderPutten flew in from Nigeria for, what seemed to us, a short visit.
Our cute little grand-people “hanging out” watching their hero…..their dad. 🙂
Lovely Ladies, Lovely Flowers!
The following links are a smorgasbord of some interesting, fun or inspiring stuff that you may find valuable in your own life. It does not mean that I endorse the whole site, just the individual posts that I have linked to.
Often we talk about modesty for the ladies. This article, Modesty is for Boys, Too presents some practical guidelines for the guys, too.
I think we are all aware of the mind-blowing persecution going on in the Middle East. We have been offering our rosaries, our holy hours, and our masses for those suffering so much. This article, The Face of REAL Persecution will stop us dead in our tracks when we begin to complain about inconsequential things. We have SO MUCH to be grateful for!
Do you find yourself run ragged? Do you know your own limitations and how to say no? This article from the blog Life in the Shoe may help you to be more honest with yourself and others when it comes to setting practical and realistic expectations of your own boundaries. One of her opening lines is… “I would like to offer an observation that frequently we as women do tend to overdo what we do for others. We do and do and do, run ourselves into the ground, get worn out and then we can’t function anymore.”
Show this to your kids. Texting and Driving is rampant in the young and old alike. We all need the reminder. It’s not graphic but has good statistics and is just a potent reminder.
In this article, Michelle Duggar touches briefly on the topic of modesty with your girls and how important it is to have good communication with them so they understand the reasoning behind modesty. They can then make good choices. It is not all about just telling them “no”.
If you are always feeling like you have to provide for your children that special, thrilling childhood by regularly having “quality time” with them, think again. This article I’m Done Making My Kids Childhood Magical may relieve some of the stress load. We may not agree on all the points but the general gist of it is excellent.
GALLERY! (I told you this was a smorgasbord…..) 😀
This gallery includes my new necklace sets and some of my autumn items for sale at http://www.meadowsofgrace.com. Click on the first picture to view some pretties! 🙂
What a nice surprise to see Fr. Lillard in the photos! Our daughter Monica has gone on a few mission trips with the FSSP and found him to be such a fine Catholic example. At present, she is currently discerning a vocation, which is exciting news for any parent! We have not had the pleasure of meeting him yet, but God bless Fr. Lillard! By the way, your fountain is lovely! Kam
Hi Kam! Good to hear from you! Yes, Fr. Lillard is wonderful. Hopefully my son can go with him on one of those mission trips! 🙂 Wonderful about your daughter!
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Also I liked the Modesty for boys, it was a nice touch on the subject. I would also point out that not to long ago, it was a sign of dignity for a man/boy to keep his shirt tucked in. And if it had come out from working hard, when a lady approached, he would fix it and tuck it in. Even men who were more round, found ways to keep there appearance tucked in and neat. Why did we loose this as a culture? For smaller boys, suspenders help very well with keeping a shirt in and so do overalls for work and play. Also, in History of the T-shirt, that thing is still underwear and I really wish it would get back in that department for men and women. It is knitted to cling to curves, that is its nature. And it works great for underwear, but not so great for outerwear. There are different weights to knitted cotton material and price-wise it is cheaper than many things for bigger families. But I so wish, it could be worn with at least a jacket or vest. It is great for layering under lowcut blouses and dresses. And I am speaking of the plain colored t-shirt. The ones with writing just make people into living bill-boards as again the History of the T points out. It also allows a laxity in culture and in its own way cuts down the dignity of a culture. This might not be evident unless a little digging is done into history to see how it was promoted and how it was banned in schools, until of course the 60s and 70s hit. Some might not agree, but aren’t we trying to uplift society and when it is discovered that some things allow it to stay in its current rut, shouldn’t we try to form an even better example?
What a great comment! Thank you Mary!!
Thanks so much for the link back to my blog! 🙂 I’m planning to post more on those subjects as time goes on; I see a huge need for it. Please pray for me and my family.
You are welcome, Elizabeth! It was a great article! Prayers for you and yours. 🙂