Blessed Mother Teresa Novena


“In the silence of our hearts, God speaks of His love; with our silence, we allow Jesus to love us.” ~Mother Teresa

August 28-September 5

Blessed Mother Teresa Novena

Mother Teresa was called from this world on September 5, 1997.

Prayer for Life in honor of Mother Teresa Prayer CardFather of Life,
You always defend the poor and oppressed.
In Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, You raised up
a voice for the voiceless
And a friend to the poorest of the poor, the unborn child.
She brought women away from the
despair of abortion clinics
To the hope of a loving community
That cared for her and her child.
She spoke the truth to men and women of power,
Asking them how we could tell people
not to kill one another
While allowing a mother to kill her own child.
Father, as we honor this humble and faithful woman,
We ask you to give us the grace To follow her example.
May we be bold in word and generous in action
To love and serve the unborn
And to awaken our world to know, as Mother Teresa said,
That the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
Fill us with love, bring us peace, and let
us share your life forever.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.




Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Novena to Blessed Teresa with daily quotes/meditations from Mother Teresa

(Prayed each day of the Novena)

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.  Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).  Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.  Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.



I finally did it!  I went shampoo free a little over a month ago.  I went pretty basic to start with, baking soda and water.  I’ve been surprised with the results, good surprised.  Yet, I’m still trying to find the right combo for my thick hair.  It probably doesn’t help that I started during my pregnancy when my hormones are constantly changing. 

Rose seems to have it figured out.  The littles don’t seem to mind either way but they do miss the foaming suds.


I’ve been playing around a bit with castile soap in our hair solution mix.  If anything, it’s been great for our skin.

I hope to try a new hair solution this month.  Feel free to chime in with your advice for long super thick hair.

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

sisters dancing together at the Parish Pig Roast
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i’m back to blogging.   it helped that I upgraded my picasa storage.  blogger was blocking me from posting pics since I exceeded my storage capacity.  the other part to the story is really bittersweet since it means that I have been experiencing some down time.  I realize that down time isn’t a bad thing  it’s only when it comes from not being able to function outside of my bed.  offering it up!
indoor camp out with cousins
the boys working hard during clean-up time.
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the kids take a swim break at noon everyday.  I don’t know what’s funnier, dragonfly with his snorkel goggles or the fact that they’re dads and he wears them on a regular basis.
outdoor rosary with the littles 8.22.12
I crawled out of bed last night to join the family for rosary time.  this is where I found everyone.  dad coordinated an outdoor rosary on the trampoline.  ALL FOR!
{pretty, happy, funny, real}
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True to the Red*WHITE*BLUE


I’m just getting around to posting my Fourth of July pics. 


can you believe that we couldn’t find the girls flag-handprint t-shirts?  turns out that we left them at church.


I think this is dragonfly’s favorite celebration of the year


the day was enjoyed by the little kids and big kids – glow in the dark silly string


the cups turned hand protectors were one of the best creations that I’ve made from pinterest


all the kids enjoyed simple activities


uma was happy to be with the family but didn’t care for the fireworks.  sparkles and sweetie dressed her up for the celebrations.


sparkles couldn’t resist the sweet treats


my crafty aunt joined us with hands filled with her crafty creations

the pics above were taken by my talented sis.  shared with permission, I think.  Winking smile

Fourth of July & Misc

my sis and I tried to keep the menu clean – gluten-free, processed food free, and plenty of yummy meat.  ignore the candy. 

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the sparklers weren’t what they used to be.  the kids couldn’t even spell their names in the air.  good thing they didn’t seem to mind.


more simple fun


dad taking the kids dog for a walk



creating patriotic sidewalk art has become sparkles’ 4th of July tradition


May God Bless the RED*WHITE*BLUE!

Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Ora pro nobis


poster made by sparkles for her RMGS retreat

Snack, Meals, and Treats

basic homemad chicken soup

simple homemade chicken soup – my staple meal these days

Marian GD blueberry muffins

gluten free blueberry muffins – in celebration of the Assumption of BVM


gifted homemade bread made from unadulterated wheat & homemade jam– this bread was delish and enjoyed by all in a small quantity.  interestingly enough, it did not have any adverse effects on us.

egg salad avocado boats

egg salad avocado boats

late night cravings

my late night craving and dragonfly’s breakfast

At Home Hair Cuts


The girls were due for another hair donation.  The deal was that they could get their haircut after swim season.  I find that it’s easier to magically maneuver thick long hair into a swim cap than to expect the swim cap to hold thick short hair.  Anyway, the time had come but I kept putting off the haircuts because the budget was too tight to justify such an expense.

Cutting their hair did not seem to be an option since I have only found one hair dresser who can properly cut our thick hair.  Not wanting to disappoint, I sought an alternative.  I found the CreaClip.  It’s price was slightly under what one hair cut for the girls would cost me.  Dad approved. 


The CreaClip arrived shortly after I had ordered and it sat on the counter for about a week.  I said to the girls that I had to wait until I had my energy back but I think it was really more a matter of gaining courage to chop their hair on my own.  I watched online tutorials almost everyday to gain confidence. 

Finally, I found enough energy to pop out of bed.  We were all still in our PJs.  Rose helped prep the kids since Dad was away.  I started with Dragonfly.  We all favor his curls so I usually scissor cut his hair.  This wasn’t much of a deviation for him.  He’s a trooper as long as he gets his lollipop.

gio's haircut

Papi was next.  That was a BIG mistake.  He doesn’t have the patience to sit long enough for me to work my way through his massive head of thick hair.  He also has a real aversion to cut hair on his skin.  I’ve yet to find a covering that works for him.  I think I’ll stick to the trimmers when it comes to Papi and be certain to wait for reinforcement to be present.


By this time I was ready to hop back into bed.  The girls were not having it so I carried on.  Dad arrived home and was surprised that I started without cleaning up myself or the girls and had not taken one pic.  So he did what any blogger’s husband would do, grabbed his cell phone and started snapping away.  (Side note, most of pics these days come from either Dad or Sparkles.  Both are bloggers at heart.)

Sparkles wanted to be first.  I was hesitant since she is very meticulous about her hair.  I had to prep her about perfection on this earth.  She understood were I was going with my talk and consented to move forward with the much anticipated cut.  She opted for an a-line bob.

clare's haircut

Sparkles quickly filled the seat.  She chose to have a slightly longer cut since she had enough to yield the donation without going above the shoulders.  Her style of choice was a long straight bob cut. 

elle's haircut

Both girls were thrilled with their new cuts.  That’s the benefit of making them wait so long for a hair cut, it doesn’t take much to please them.

I was on a roll and found my next guinea pig willing participant, Rose.  I ended up only trimming and layering her hair.  She too, was happy with the results.  I later turned the scissors on myself.  I needed a could cleaning up.  Dad was the overseeing stylist, keeping me in check so that I didn’t get carried away.  (The hair cutting rule applies to me, too.)  I loved being able to trim up my own hair at home without an expense.

Overall the CreaClip did it’s job.  If anything, it provided me with the courage to attempt the girl’s hair cutting at home.  Patience and some skill is still required to get the desired look. 

Better before and after pics are on their way.

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