{pretty, happy, funny, real} Lenten Edition



My littles have become an assembly line for Empty Tomb Gardens every since they I introduced the craft for a Little Flowers meeting.  They’ve been creating gardens as gifts for family and neighbors.

I managed to veer them away from wheat grass long enough to help me with a different type of Easter Garden.  This garden was inspired by Ann @ A Holy Experience.

I love to turn off all the lights and let the candle light of this garden illuminate my living room.

It’s a beautiful reminder that through the suffering and crosses comes beauty – beauty that only He can provide.



Dragonfly initiated his move from closet crib to big boy bed in brother’s room.  He couldn’t be happier. 

He has slept for the past 13 days in his big boy without a fuss – dad and I couldn’t be happier.


3.12 papi praying at the clinic

I could classify this picture under all the categories but it gives me a chuckle every time I see it. 

We’ve been praying a hour at the local clinic every Monday for 40 Days for Life.  Papi hold’s a sign when he want’s to and prays from his stroller prime spot when he’s not walking the sidewalk in prayer. 

He used to hold a sign that read “I vote PROLIFE first.”  Papi refused to show the reverse of the sign that read, “I am the PROLIFE generation.” 

Here’s from a prolife voter who is only 4 years old, your baby loves you!


There is no picture to reflect the reality of my soul.  There is an emptiness that only His grace can fill.

I entered into Lent meditating on the following words of St. Chrysostom, "What folly to leave our goods where we cannot stay, instead of sending them before us where we are going — to heaven!”  This meditation has taken on a whole new meaning for me this Lent as I face the possibility that I have one more treasure going to heaving.  I pray that I accept His grace and truly surrender.  I desire to see Him and all my treasures.

I pray…

Hail Mary…

As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine, to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures, to suffer joyfully without human consolation, to die continually to myself without respite, and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death, as the humblest of thy servants.

The only grace I beg thee, for me, is that every moment of the day, and every moment of my life, I may say “Amen, so be it, to all that thou art doing in heaven. Amen, so be it, to all thou did do while on earth. Amen, so be it, to all thou art doing in my soul,” so that thou alone may fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.

~ Excerpt from St. Louis De Montfort’s Prayer to Mary


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  1. That garden is such a beautiful idea! Definitely something I'll have to make note of and remember for when my little one gets a little older.

  2. The picture of Papi holding his sign is too precious!
    God Bless you and your beautiful family!

  3. I love your post -- and your meditation. It's a beautiful gift to respond to God's grace in everything! A big hug from me!

  4. I am so sorry your saint is not with you here on earth.
    My first baby who we named Matthew Mary is with your baby now too.
    I am also your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    I love your pro life sign and sign holder!



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