Sacred Heart of Jesus Picture Frame

Sacred Heart of Jesus Picture Frame
Kimberly's creations were my inspiration.

  • picture frame 
  • wooden heart 
  • wooden cross
  • scissors
  • hot-glue gun
  • orange vellum or construction paper
  • gold paint pen
  • wood burning tool (optional)
  • red paint
  • paint brush


  1. use the wood burning tool to make the crown of thorns on the heart
  2. paint the heart - red. 
  3. color/paint the wooden cross - gold
  4. cut a flame from the orange vellum
  5. write, with the gold paint pen, the desired inscription on the frame 
  6. adhere the cross, flame, and heart to the frame, using a hot glue gun

You can insert a holy card or picture.  We decided to use our frames for prayer intentions.  We use a dry-erase pen to write our prayer intentions on the glass.


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Sweetie ready for her heat.

Rose guiding Sweetie in freestyle.

Papi enjoying his view from the deck.  He is much happier being mischievous exploring than swimming.

Sparkles sitting poolside at a swim meet.

Dad racing with the kids at their swim team prep rally.

Dragonfly determined to be the youngest member of the swim team.

Summer Camps

This is a first for us, Dad is gone for a week.  This is the longest that he has ever been gone from us.  We've been spoiled blessed to have him with us on a daily basis.  Dad will be missed greatly.

His absence is for a good cause. Dad signed up to be the nurse and guide for a boys camp.  He left for Camp Sacred Heart on Sunday Morning.  He's already created lasting memories and visited the hospital for a camper who needed stitches.    We've enjoyed his nightly phone calls to give us a re-cap on his daily blessings.
Here is Dad at Camp Sacred Heart.

I We couldn't stand the thought of Dad being the only one to enjoy a good time at camp so we made up our own camp, Camp Immaculate Heart.  Rose came up with the name.

Our camp site is our backyard.

Camp Immaculate Heart campers in bed ready for their outdoor movie.

Some activities are planned but most are improvised at the direction of the campers.  Our mission is to pray & play with an emphasis on serving as Our Blessed Mother served, with joy and humility.  We pray that we, united with Dad (at Camp Sacred Heart), will glorify God and grow in virtue.

All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.

Dad's Day

"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray." ~ Bl. Mother Teresa

Dad is always striving to glorify God and bring his family to eternal life.  I give thanks to the Good Lord for his humble and loving service to my family and all he encounters.
Dad is patient, Dad is kind: Dad envieth not, Dad dealeth not perversely; Dad is not puffed up;
Dad is not ambitious, Dad seeketh not his own, Dad is not provoked to anger, Dad thinketh no evil;
Dad rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth;
Dad beareth all things, Dad believeth all things, Dad hopeth all things, Dad endureth all things.

Dad is patient and kind; Dad is not jealous or boastful; Dad is not arrogant or rude. Dad does not insist on his own way; Dad is not irritable or resentful; Dad does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Dad bears all things, Dad believes all things, Dad hopes all things, Dad endures all things.

St. Joseph ~ ora pro nobis.
Bl. Mother Teresa ~ ora pro nobis.
St. Lawrence ~ ora pro nobis.

Dye for Jesus

Here's my inspiration, it only took me three years to give it a try.  
Lacey offers great directions.


Happy 60th Anniversary Papa

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on June 29, feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
In honor of his anniversary, the Vatican Congregation for Clergy suggested Catholic clergy and faithful be invited to participate in Eucharistic Adoration with the intention of praying for the sanctification of the clergy and for the gift of new and holy priestly vocations.
“This is an exceptional opportunity to give thanks for our Holy Father, to pray for all of our priests, and to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.


Pope Benedict XVI Ordination. The ordination took place in Freising, in the Concathedral of St. Mary and St. Corbinian of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in 1951. About 40 deacons were ordained on this day by the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, His Eminence Michael Cardinal von Faulhaber (already 82 at the time), among them, in addition to Fr Joseph Ratzinger, his brother Fr Georg Ratzinger.


A New Priest 1951 - Part I
A New Priest 1951 - Part II
Pope Benedict XVI Prayer Card 
Prayer for Priest Prayer Card in honor of Pope Benedict's 60th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for Priests. 

Activities for Kids:
God Bless Pope Benedict XVI Coloring Page
Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI Coloring Page
How to Recongize a Pope Quiz
Symbols of Papal Coat of Arms
Papal Coat of Arms Coloring Page
Meet Pope Benedict - Story, Printable Book, and Crossword Puzzle
What a Pope Does - Activities
Mitre Craft - Catholic Icing
Paper Bishop Miter or "Pope Hat" - Catholic Missionary Family
Additional Prayers and Activities


Lord Jesus we come into your Eucharistic 
presence to thank you for the life and 
priestly vocation of Pope Benedict XVI.  
Bless him and his ministry as your Vicar and 
the Successor of St. Peter.  Sanctify all your 
priests and configure them to your Sacred 
and Priestly Heart.  Give to your Church 
new and holy priests, who will imitate your 
divine love and shepherd your people with 
care. You live and reign with the Father and 
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Novena:  June 23 - July 1 (Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
offered on behalf of Sophia Institute Pres
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.

{pretty, happy, funny, real} Little Flowers Edition

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I just held my last Little Flowers Meeting for the 2010-2011 session.  It was a day retreat.  The girls and I had a JOYfilled time.  

These scripture bags are lightweight and medium sized, perfect for my Little Flowers.  They make me happy every time I see them.  I love wearing and sharing my faith. 

What says summer better than a Rosary made from pool noodles?  You can find the directions for this summer Rosary at Catholic Icing.  Thanks Lacey for all your faithfilled craft ideas.

Father M and two visiting seminarians joined the retreat.  They couldn't resist the homemade Gracefilled Bubbles.


Journey of Faith and Foot

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and my supplication: give ear to my tears. Be not silent: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers were. ~ Psalms 38:13


carmel mission bell tower

My family was invited to take a pilgrimage.  It was an answer to many prayers and a great consolation.  We have always desired to take a pilgrimage as a family. 

The word "pilgrim" comes from the Latin "peregrinus," meaning "foreigner" or "stranger," and in the deepest sense, that is what all Catholics are: a people whose home is not this world, but the Heavenly Jerusalem, toward which our lives move us. But in that journey to share in St. John's vision, we often make smaller journeys, or "pilgrimages" -- that is, journeys made to sacred places for the purpose of veneration, to ask help from or thank God and His Saints, to fulfill a vow, or to make penance. ~ Fisheaters

We had two-weeks notice for this journey.  We joyfully accepted the invitation and trusted that the Good Lord would work out the details.  Dad and I covered it all in prayer.  We chose to go with the bare essentials to practice detachment, ALL FOR.  The Littles were on board and ready for the faithfilled adventure. 

Our plans P6120390were foiled when the second date set for the pilgrimage was canceled.  The weather forecast was bleak and the coordinators wanted decent conditions since this was our first go at such a journey.  We did not lose peace but the rescheduling meant that Dad couldn’t make the adjustment at work.  I was not ready to brave the journey with all the Littles and no Dad.  Praise God, Dad insisted that Rose and I go on the pilgrimage.  Rose eagerly accepted Dad’s proposal.  It was not going to be an easy endeavor for her since she was still recovering from a dislocated knee cap but she was committed.  I had no worries about leaving Dad with all the Littles but I was a tad apprehensive since it meant that I would have to wean Dragonfly.  Needless to say, we moved forward to walk for Christ.

The rescheduling of the pilgrimage turned out to be another beautiful consolation.  We were on pilgrimage during the same time as the Chartres Pilgrimage and Pentecost Sunday - Decent of the Holy Ghost.

Chartres, is a traditional pilgrimage that we hope to (physically) make soon.  I had been spiritually preparing to be with the pilgrims at Chartres, since 2010. 

The Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage is a three-day walk from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartres, approximately 75 miles. Pilgrims are organized into groups of 20-65 people, that are referred to as “chapters”. The “walk” is through the streets of Paris, and then into the countryside. It can be muddy, rocky, and demanding-and the rewards of such a penitential exercise are eternal. Good sturdy shoes are a must. Each chapter is accompanied by at least one chaplain, who hears confession and gives spiritual direction to each pilgrim who avails himself of the priest’s presence. This pilgrimage originated in the 12th century, with interruptions for the various wars our European brethren seem to find themselves in from time to time. A plenary indulgence is granted, under the usual conditions. ~ FSSP

More on Chartres from a secular view.

I considered our pilgrimage, Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem, to be a mini-Chartres Pilgrimage.  The Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem was a three-day  walk from San Juan Bautista Mission to Carmel Mission, approximately 45 miles.

Our Lady of Bethlehem, is The Oldest Shrine of Our Lady on the West Coast of America.

oldest shrine of our lady on the west coast


The pilgrimage was made for the following intentions:

  • To make Our Lady of Bethlehem known and Loved
  • In reparation for the offenses committed against the sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • For Conversion of our own hearts, our families, Town, State, Country, the World
  • Personal reparation and private intentions of family, friends and bloggers (whom have asked for prayers) 

I hope to post a brief overview of our physical journey, in the following weeks.  As for my faith journey, I’m still unraveling the many blessings and fruits.


We might journey in a spirit of penance, fasting and giving alms along the way. We might do so joyously, in thanksgiving for blessings received, or in a spirit of supplication for blessings desired. Or we might do so simply to be blessed by being in the presence of holy relics or by walking on ground hallowed by Our Lord or the Saints. Whatever our more particular purposes, leaving behind what is comfortable to us and visiting a strange place is a way to get out of a "spiritual rut" and step outside our normal routines which can sometimes keep us distracted or focused on the wrong things -- or perhaps focused too much on otherwise good things. When made with the right attitude, pilgrimage is a way to "lose" our lives for His sake.


+++All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.+++

Faith in Action

I have joined  Walk for Their Lives.
Walk for their Lives is a 12 week walking challenge as we raise money for the unborn. Have someone sponsor your miles, for example a penny for each mile or a dime or even a flat rate such as $50 for each 1,000 miles. Keep track of your miles, post them weekly, win door prizes, get your feet moving for their lives!
June 12 to August 28 - 12 week
Check here for more info.
I have opted out of running races so that I can donate the entry fees.  All the money saved and collected from donations will be distributed among the following pro-life ministries.

Missionaries of Charity – Queen of Peace Shelter ~ The Queen of Peace Shelter provides temporary shelter and meals for single pregnant women and their minor children.

Culture of Life Family Services ~ Culture of Life Family Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the entire community through family medical care, natural family planning education, psychological counseling, and spiritual direction to women and families in crisis pregnancies.

Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home ~ The Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home is a home for women who are pregnant and in need of shelter, food, safety, comfort and support during their pregnancy and for a short time afterwards.  Their goal is to empower these women to become self-sufficient and independent in their return to the community with their babies or to facilitate adoption as an option if they so choose.

Stand True Christ Centered Pro Life Ministries - We are committed to establishing a culture of life, and bringing light to a generation covered by darkness. We believe that the only true way to end abortion is to turn hearts to Christ. Though it is important for the unjust laws to change, we must first turn the hearts of our nation. (the president, Bryan is a recent convert to the Catholic Church.)
Here is my log for the challenge, Walk for Their Lives:

Here is my log for 2011:
122 miles from June 12-Aug 28

I will post a log of my miles.  It will be located in my sidebar.

"Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.  By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord." ~ Mother Teresa

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liss and mom in front of mission carmel

This is Rose and I in front of the Carmel Mission after a 3-day pilgrimage, over 41 miles on foot.   Needles to say, we experienced it all – pretty, happy, funny, and real.

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st kateri tile  miraculous medal tile  st therese tile

these tile necklaces were created for a group of pretty & blessed First Communicants.


summer list JOY

my ever evolving summer list.  you can view my inspiration here and here.


dragonfly with his fav peanut butter

dragonfly loves himself some peanut butter.  he took this spoon-full of sticky yumminess when we weren’t looking.


marian art

the girls had a great time working on their Marian artwork for the ATC Swap.  sadly, i didn’t get them sent off.  this is my third failed attempt.  praise God that my girls were forgiving.


round button chicken

my Summer List

We’re ready for the summer!  We decided to adopt an already made summer list.  It fits us and it was too cute to pass up. 


Click here to see the complete list and print your own copy.

We’ll be making some activity swaps to fit in some special events.  We will try to post all of our fun!

Everything is YOURS

Here is a reflection I had on Phase I of my fitness journey.  It came after I found myself defeated and raw with emotions.  There were multiple factors at play.  I was post-partum and hormonal.  I was also tired of not seeing results in my fitness and weight-loss journey.  The most prevalent factor was spiritual warfare.  I was weakened by my flesh and Satan did not miss a beat.  He was right there, ready to bring me down.  I give thanks and praise to the Good Lord for teaching me early on, what to do at such time of trial -- call on Our Blessed Mother.  She always leads me directly back to her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.


  • I desire to be thin.
    • He calls me to be healthy.
      • That means moderate exercise and a healthy intake of food – not excessive daily exercise outside of my state of life and no starvation.
  • I desire to get out of this stage in my journey and move onto a maintenance stage.  A stage which I perceive to be an easier road.
    • He calls me to embrace where I’m at and find Him in all the struggles.
      • That means that i must seek to glorify Him in everything I do.  This includes my failures as well as my successes, they are all His.  He is pleased with my faithfulness to Him alone.
  • I desire to gain order and control of my life and family.
    • He calls me to surrender it all to Him.
      • That means that I must not seek a worldly standard of success but embrace my crosses.  I must be a joyful servant and be right ordered.  My every moment should revolve around Him.  I should seek his face in those around me.

My desires conformed to His will…

  • Forget about my desires and seek only His will for me. 
  • Be content were I am.
  • Find JOY (Him) in all that I’m surrounded with.
  • Live each moment as though it were my last so that I can make it HOME!


You have given it all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and grace. That is enough for me.  ~St. Ignatius of Loyola


We are blessed to be able to observe Rogation Day within our parish community.

In addition to the beautiful liturgical observation, we get to share a meal with friends and spend the day at the farm.


 papi and hs  papi on the haystack papi petting horse sparkles feeding horse papi feeding the horse papi with cows papi and gio

Deo gratias!

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