Sunday, March 27, 2011

Headcovering giveaway!

Head on over to Beloved and enter in Amy's giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to Sowers of Hope. This is a GREAT giveaway!! I love their Bethany veils and their Tichels!

What would you get??

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Patterns for a Cause

A couple of years ago, I joined an awesome online community of like-minded women. Now, I've joined a lot of online groups over the last 3 years, but this is by far my favorite group. I have laughed & cheered with them during triumphs, sobbed during their sorrows, oohed and aahed over their creative ingeniousness, and even been pea green with envy from time to time. :)

The leader of this rag-tag bunch of home-ec missfits, is an awesome woman named Berritt. Berritt is the kind of woman who says it like it is. If you compared her to a wild-west figure, you would say she "shoots from the hip." When she posts, you stand up and take notice.

Well, last week we all stood up and took notice. Berritt's awesome husband of 9 years was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia or CML. The good new is that it is in a treatable and manageable stage. The bad news is that they do not have prescription medicine insurance. This lifesaving treatment is going to cost the family $7500 a MONTH. Yes, a month.

So when the outpouring of love started to build, and ideas were being strung about for fundraisers, donations, and love offerings; Berritt politely declined. Instead she asked for prayers and for us to help promote her business. Berritt is one of those aforementioned goddesses that brings out the green-eyed monster. From her wicked photography skills, to her pattern creating genius, Berritt is who I want to be when I grow up.

Berritt has two online stores right now. Lille Skapet is a great little store for patterns for that little princess in your life. No princess in your life? Head over to Birdiful Stitches and check out her awesome patterns for cameras, DSLR and SLR lens cases, and even carriers and covers for your Nook/Kindle/E-reader. 

These are my favorites right now. How cool are my Nikon lenses going to be in these little bags all pretty in my Tamarac Expedition backpack? And I will have to sew some up for DH and his "new" lenses since I gave him my kit lenses when I upgraded my glass.

Can't sew or don't see anything that really gets your money burning a hole in your pocket? Say a prayer for this family and pass on the info to all your friends. Don't forget to add them to your prayer circles and prayer lists.


Monday, March 07, 2011

Doing More for Lent

Today is the feast day of Saints Perpetua & Felicity (martyrs).  Saint Perpetua not only had a nursing child, but was also pregnant when she was condemnd to death for her faith. She was martyred two days after giving birth to a baby girl. How scary it must have been, not only to face wild animals in the arena, but to leave your very young children in the hands of others to die for your faith. She is quoted to have said, "Neither can I call myself by any other name than what I am -- a Christian."

How powerful is that statement?

Can our friends and acquaintances say that about us? If you were to be condemned for being a Christian, is their enough evidence against you?

This Lent, I have decided to forgo our normal homeschooling curriculum for one devoted solely to Lent and deepening our faith as a family. The 4 main sources I am gleaning from

The Lent - Easter Book

The BIG Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions

Catholic Icing

The Catholic Toolbox

Plus several other sites. There is no lack of information, crafts, activities, etc.. out there for me to look for. I really have to try to not get so excited and look at everything. LOL

Lent is a special time for Catholics. It calls us to prayerful reflection, penance, fasting, and almsgiving. Joe and I want our children to live lives of faith. We are prayerfully hoping that by devoting our homeschooling time completely to Lent, we will help our boys turn their faith into action. Yes, our children are still very young, but instilling and growing faith while they are young will help them grow to the men of faith we pray they will become.

Matthew 19:14 but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Proverbs 22:6 "Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it."

(Quotes taken from the New American Bible)

For myself, I have been prayerfully considering what to do to deepen my faith more during Lent. For those that don't know me to terribly well, I will give a synopsis of the past few years. On Easter 2003, I converted to Catholicism. It was one of the biggest decisions of my adult life. I made the decision of my own free will, and basically against the wishes of my parents, friends, and coworkers. I was given no instruction on how to receive communion. We were told very quickly to just cup your hands, and then with one hand, remove Christ, and place on your tongue. In my heart, I knew that was wrong. I did a lot of research and learned how to properly receive on the tongue. I began doing that and you will never see me do anything else.

A year later, I heard an apologist speak and during his awesome talk, he mentioned women wearing headcoverings at Mass. This is due to 1 Corinthians Chapter 11, and Canon Law. Those that know me, know not to through down a gauntlet that you do not want thrown back at you with a massive amount of research done. I did the research, and did a lot of prayer. My heart had a revelation and I found myself confessing to my friend (my future husband), that I was being called to veil at Mass. How I received my first veil was also a calling. ALMOST identically to how God blessed me with my first rosary, he did the same for my veil. I was on lunch break, and was driving down Wade Hampton Blvd, when I was told to pull into an antiques store. I had never been there before, but did as my feeling told me to. I was lead immediately to a booth, and was lead to kneel down and find a box, and to dig through this box of scarves. There at the bottom, was a chapel veil (link is similar in style). I wore it on Good Friday. I went up to venerate the cross, and as I went back to my seat, I was OVERWHELMED by the scent of roses. Now everyone I have told that story to says "Oh! Saint Therese!!" I just smile and nod, but I know in my heart that it was our Blessed Mother giving me her nod of approval.

So that is why you will NEVER see me enter a Catholic church without a skirt/dress on and a headcovering on my head. I have many types of headcoverings. I have snoods, chapel veils, a titchel,  and a mennonite circular lace bun cover (image is similar, but mine is much smaller).

Here I am wearing a black, lace chapel veil at the baptism of our Joshua:

And here I am wearing a white, lace chapel veil at the baptism of our son, John-Michael. This veil is a veil I found in one of my mother's underbed drawers when we were dismantling the bed. She used it during the wedding of one of her cousins. It is currently my favorite veil (even if it is white - i.e. not traditional for married women).

When I was working at the Diocese of Charleston, I was called to veil at all times. Prehaps this was due to working so near to the Bishop, especially when I worked in his office. I was persecuted greatly for this act. It's amazing how when you do something so near to God's heart, satan will go to great lengths to stop you.

I did stop veiling full time when I left the Diocese. I was working for the Catholic Radio Association and was growing more and more pregnant by the day. There are very few covering women here in the Baptist Bible Belt. The only other women who are covered downtown are the Daughters of St. Paul. Since people were staring, I didn't want them to think I was a pregnant nun, so after some prayerful consideration, I stopped.

For lent this year, I am going to prayerfully take up headcovering full time again, instead of just part time. At Easter, Joe and I will reflect if this is something we will still continue. Along with covering full time, I will be praying the Liturgy of the Hours full time again as well. It is a practice that has gone by the wayside while raising two boys.

Please pray for my Lenten journey, and I shall pray for yours.
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