Novena to Discern God's Holy Will

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s feast day is in 9 days, July 31. A mother from my parish’s homeschooling community has initiated the start of a Novena to St. Ignatius.

I thought it only fitting to accept the invite. I’ve just returned from a S
ilent Ignatius Retreat and can give testimony to St. Ignatius’ powerful intercession.

Please join me in prayer for the discernment of God’s Holy Will in all areas our lives, including homeschooling.

The Novena starts today (7.23). Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam


Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
O my God, teach me to be generous:to serve you as you deserve to be served;to give without counting the cost;to fight without fear of being wounded;to work without seeking rest;and to spend myself without expecting any reward,but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.


My DH had a week to play as I was gone for retreat. He did play but he mostly worked....for me. I came home to a sparkling clean house (far better than I left it) and many surprises. One of which was Rose had surgery. Others included; our backyard was prepared for future landscaping; the school room was cleared out for a makeover; my bathroom and laundry room were deep cleaned; and our above ground pool was removed. The best surprise was my garage.
My garage has been completely filled from our move about 2 years ago. I was unable to help at that time because I was on bed rest with Papi. My DH and family packed and moved for me. This relieved me but meant that many things that I would of purged were sent to our new home. It has been somewhat overwhelming. In addition, I wanted to move our indoor play gym out of the house but not outdoors. The garage was the solution. It is rather large and would be a great playroom. All of our previous plans to turn the garage into the playroom were foiled. Until.....most recently when my husband decided to plot behind my back.
He rallied his newly retired mom. She is a super organizer/cleaner and now has plenty of free time on her hands. His dad also joined the crew. Together they all pulled off the best surprise ever!
Below are the pictures of our garage. It is not complete but I'm thrilled that the kiddos have a place to play other than under the stairs (the old playroom).



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Is there a Doctor in the House?

Two of our GFG have undergone dental surgery within the past 6 days. Rose had a check up (last Wed.) for her wisdom teeth. It was decided that they needed to be removed ASAP since the roots were growing into her sinuses. She had her surgery on Friday. I was away at a silent retreat and had no idea what was going on. It was one of many surprises awaiting me when I got home.

The most recent surgery was today, for Sweetie. She needed major dental work and complete anesthesia. The surgery was a success and she is now home recovering. PBTG!

My Time in the Desert

I've been on a Silent Ignatius Retreat for the past week. Our Lord is doing a work in me! I don't even now where to begin. I'll probably have to share a little at a time. For now, I'll leave you with these thoughts:

“…the Spiritual Exercises are a most wise and universal code of laws for the direction of souls in the way of salvation and perfection”. - Pope Pius XI

Christ died for me. What have I ever done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ? - Saint Ignatius

“There are few persons who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely to His hands, and let themselves be formed by His grace.” - St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

Decoupaged Clipboards

My girls and I love to craft but we have been on hiatus. We are slowly getting back to the swing of things. We have started to become reacquainted with Mod Podge and the endless decoupage possibilities. We LOVE it! Our most recent project has been the decoupaged clipboard; clipboards for birthdays, going away presents, retreat crafts and more.

Here are some pictures of our latest creations.

Rose and I volunteered for our Parish's Rosa Mystica Girl's Society Retreat. The theme was Sunflower/Faith as prescribed by Father Lasance (Catholic Guide for Girls). We introduced girls ages 8-13 to decoupage and they created their own clipboards.

In the Arms of God

Why We Experience Our Misery
"The experience of your own misery is given to you precisely so that, without hesitation, you will throw yourself into the arms of your Blessed Mother. You should not doubt that She would receive you with great joy. Only then, when you are embraced and quieted as a child in the arms of God, can you and should you think about your misery."
Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock, pg. 93)

Family Night at the Pool

Last night was the girl's last swim meet. Sparkles had two heats and Rose had three heats. Her last heat was the Medley which was the very last heat of the night. It was a very loooong evening. We had a JOYous time and I think both the girls set their PR.

3 in a Row

Sparkles lost 3 teeth in 1 week, 2 in 1 day. Here's Sparkles showing her latest loss at her swim meet last night.
She had to call the tooth fairy (A.K.A. Papa) to be sure he was prepared.

Summer Days

We’ve been enjoying tree climbing, sunglass wearing, swimming, tortilla making, and loving kinda summer days!
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