Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prayer Buddy Reveal!

I've been having a hard time getting on the computer, b/c my wonderful husband broke ours!! I have no idea what is wrong, but it doesn't work at all, so I am at my sisters using her's. Hopefully we will have a new one soon..

So this Lent I was blessed to pray for a wonderful woman, who's blog I had never read. M from A Maiden's Tale. I prayed a novena to St. Joseph for her. He has been there for me so much, I know he will be there to help M also. :) I will continue to pray for her and follow her blog.



Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surround-
ed with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and
protection.

Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you conferred on the adorable Infant.

I ask it by that painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt. I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country. I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days. I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the
company of the Child Jesus. I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary. I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.

I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God.

O good father! I beg you, byall your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask. (Here name your petitions or think of them.)

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH

" A blameless life, St. Joseph, may we lead, by your kind patronage from danger freed."

Friday, April 22, 2011

SHE SAID YES!!!!

Gabe's mom agreed to let him get the Sacraments!!! I am so excited!! Thank you all for your prayers. This is such an important part in his life, and I'm so blessed to be able to share this with him. :) :) :)

BTW this is post # 101!!!! WOOT WOOT!! :)

Have a Blessed Easter everyone! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

God's plan part II

So, thank you all for your support! I am super excited to get this group started! :)

Let me tell you.. God works in mysterious ways! (well, maybe not so mysterious ;)
During my talk with Father Tom, he mentioned that I should get together with the youth administrater at our Church and he thinks that I would be a great addition to the youth group. Well, I have always wanted to get involved with the youth group, I've just been too nurvouse, or just put it off so many times, that I just gave up thinking about doing it. I would love to be a part of the community helping out the young kids grow in their faith. I just think it's interesting that Father just came out and said that without me mentioning it at all!

Father Tom also made a comment about how he thinks that E and I would make a great couple to talk to the engaged couples about marriage. WHAAATT!?! First of all it was my first meeting with Father, and he hasn't even met E yet! Then I rememberd that E had at one time after some church funtion in Las Vegas, said that he thought that he wanted to be a speaker and help people. E only mentioned it once, and I never really thought about doing something like that, but after Father said something, I thought that it might be a neat idea. Maybe not right now, as I'm not sure what we would say or talk about! lol. Father said that we should think about it, and he will let the new priest who is taking over know to keep us in mind.

Now, I had one other thing to talk to Father about besides the support group. That is Gabe. Gabe goes to church with us, and we pray the rosary, and have really tried to inform him of the Catholic faith. But his mother is not Catholic, and I'm not sure if they claim any particular religion just christian. I'm not sure that they even go to church very often. But Gabe has really been asking alot of questions regarding the Catholic faith. I bought these CD's of stories of the saints. They are called Holy Hero's. These are the cutest way to teach children about the lives of the siants. They are just short stories that get to the heart of what happend in each life of the saint.

We got one on Blessed Imelda Lambertini. If you havn't heard of her, you should check her out. She was a child who went into the convent at a very early age. She was too young to recieve Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and prayed every day and asked the priests if she could recieve her First Communion early. She was always told no, she had to wait till she was 13 I think the age was at that time. But one day a miricle happend and the priest said that it was God's will that Imelda recieve her first communion early. After she recieved Jesus she was left in the chapel to pray and when the other nuns came back to get her, she was smiling but unresponsive to them. She had died of happiness! I know this is a short version of the story and doesn't nearly get the awsomeness of this, but this was such an amazingly powerful story of the Blessed Sacrament!

Gabe loved that story the best. He is so amazed that Jesus is really present and is there for us. He was almost in tears when he asked why he couldn't recieve communion.
It was heartbreaking for me to have to tell him that he couldn't recieve Jesus in that way. He understood, (which just shows you how mature he is in some ways) but he was still sad. Since Gabe doesn't live with us, it's almost impossible for us to put him in some kind of Religious Ed classes.

So I went to see Father Tom about this, and he said that he will talk to Gabe the next weekend we have him, and he will get Gabe into a speed program to get him his First Pennance and First Communion before he leaves our parish!! He said that if Gabe already has learned about the sacraments and believes then it is his call if the child is ready or not. The only thing that E and I need to do is to talk to Gabes mother and make sure it is ok with her. I can't imagine denying Gabe this wonderful gift any longer. We really need your prayers that his mom agrees to this!!!

Gave is such an amazing kid. He told my sister that he wants to paint churches, and he told me that he wants to be a messenger for God like the Angel Gabriel!! How many kids say these things!? I just thnk it is so important to bring Gabe up in the true Faith. He was baptised Catholic as a baby, but that is it. ANd untill E and I got together he never even went to Church! Please keep us in your prayers tonight as we talk to his mom about this! Thank you :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

God's plan

I am super excited as I write this post. (no not preggo so get that out of your heads silly girls! ;))

For about 2 months now I have been seriously thinking about starting an infertility support group. I have been hesitant about it because I am currently taking hormones to help me get pregnant, and I've been worried that if I get pregnant, than what would be the point of starting this group? But of course I haven't gotten pregnant, and as the months pass, I started thinking that I just have to do it. If I don't start it now, will it ever get done? How many people are out there struggling who have no idea what to do or where to go? I'm not an expert, but I think I have some knowledge that can be beneficial to other women.

One of the things I want to do is to bring the Truth of the Catholic Faith, and what She teaches about what is and isn't allowed for us to use as a means to get pregnant. There are so many Catholics who have no idea what the Church teaches or even why. I think that it's important for all Catholics to know the truth.

I also want to be a source of hope for other women. We need each other. We need to know there are others who are going threw the same emotions and frustrations. We need a shoulder and I want to be that for others. We need God in our lives and we need to call on Him during these tough times in our lives.

*******So on Sunday during Mass our priest told us that he was called to leave our parish and will be leaving at the end of June. This is horrible news. We LOVE our priest Father Tom. He is amazing. SO my first thought was that I wouldn't be able to start this IF group and I don't know how our new priest will be and how can I bring this up? Then after Mass I saw a girl A who I used to work with years and years ago. We started chatting, and for some crazy reason I told her about what I wanted to do.
She was so excited about it! She had recently been married and was having some troubles, and also her sister in law had just gone threw 2 failed I.V.F attempts. They are Catholic, but not always practicing. A's brother decided that he was mad at God about their IF and doesn't want to pray anymore. A told me that I need to tell Father Tom about this right away, and get this group started before he leaves.

I couldn't believe it! I hadn't told anyone except E that I wanted to do this before. I can only guess it was the Holy Spirit moving in me that made me talk to A about this. I've been on fire ever since!

SO today I had a meeting with Father Tom, and he is so very excited about me starting a support group! He said that both of his sisters have struggled with IF and he knows how hard it is for allot of women. He went on to tell me that it's so important to let Catholics know what the Church teaches and why. He really wants to get this started as soon as possible. We are setting up an appointment for next week to figure out all the details. :) I am so unbelievably excited right now.

There is so much more about this conversation with Father that I have to tell you, but it's really for another post.

Please pray that I can get this going, and really be there to help these other women in my area who need the support and Truth.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Cha cha cha changes!!!

That song reminds me of Shrek, lol. I love all those movies btw ;)
So some stuff has been going on in my mind lately and Ive been meaning to get on here, but I've been working hard and been busy with my family. It has taken me a while, but I have lost 6lbs!!! For me that is alot! It takes me FOREVER to lose anything, but I've been sticking it out and I've finally lost some weight.
I have this problem with giving up, b/c it is so hard for me to lose anything at all I get fed up and frusterated so I just quit. But I've pushed threw and kept working out and trying to eat as best I can, and it worked! :) I'm super excited about that! I get up every morning and work out before work, and I can't snack at work, so it's easier to not eat to much during the day.

But the main reason I have lost this weight is because I decided that I'm sick and tired of giving up and this is really important that I lose weight. I need to lose weight not only to be healthier, but it might just also help me to get pg at some point. They say just losing 5% of your body weight can up your chances of getting pg. So I'm sticking with it till I get to my goal weight!

Good news on my hormone therapy..... It's working!!!!! YAY something is going right with my body! :) Dr M called me to let me know how my blood test went and I am right where I need to be. He seemed pretty optimistic about it.

I want to be optimistic. I am trying to change my thoughts about this whole thing, but sometimes I find it really hard. There are sometimes while I'm praying that I just feel that God is telling me that I'm not going to get pg, and other times I feel that I am going to. I am just going to keep on praying and hoping. Our priest always says to be like a 5 year old when we pray... keep asking and asking for what you want, and never stop. Have faith. And that's where I am changing the most... my faith has been getting stronger and I am going to trust that whatever happens is for the best for me.