This week marks the 6-year anniversary since we made the decision to become debt-free. And here we are, 6 years later with absolutely no debt, including the house! 🎉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Looking back, if you had told that terrified pregnant mama that that mountain of debt she was looking at was going to be gone and she would outright own everything that she and her husband have, she probably would have just cried. That pregnant mama was so tired and so scared. She couldn't see the freedom that she wanted, but she knew she wanted it; maybe even needed it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And it all started with this list. This list, that helped her make a plan to say goodbye to this chaotic way of living. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Friends, if you've hit a stumbling block on the road to debt-freedom and if you're wondering if all this sacrificing and side hustling and meatless meals are worth it - the answer is yes. Yes, it is all worth it in the end and you will be so grateful that you kept going. 💚⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You will win this race. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1,406656 March, 2019
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Only God, in your courts lord, I want to be; thou, my treasure and portion, my delight lord; my strength, my life and my God and my all.
My soul does not seek anything more, for you just God and only God.
I find something in common with these still forms wrapped in fabric. I imagine myself hidden away, with my warm breath pushed up against my face. Waiting for someone to come and unwrap me and set me free. As we wait to enter into Holy Week tomorrow, I think we all can find something in common here.
I think of Lazarus.
A priest friends once reminded me, “don’t you think it was terrifying for Lazarus to come out of that tomb?”
“Don’t you think part of him wanted to stay right where he was, maybe to run back deeper into the cave? Rather than to walk out into the light, into the crowds, still wrapped in burial clothes, not knowing what awaited him?”
It’s a brave thing, to choose to live again.
But there’s one thing that’s a Constant. That Voice.
The One who is calling us.
This week, we get to go along the way, follow our beautiful Savior, through the hosannas and fronds, the bread turned flesh, the friends that turn away, the faithful mother weeping, the veil torn, and finally...
Our Savior’s shroud pulled away and left in the dust.
This changes everything, thanks be to God.
9064213 April, 2019
If you haven't joined us yet, every Friday through Lent at 9PM Eastern Time, we are praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, live on Instagram. Without a doubt this has become an incredibly humbling ministry effort. We are blown away with the response, excitement and encouragement around this community which comes together to pray for one another, in community. Woah. .
Here is another picture Carissa took of one of our many Divine Mercy cards next to a household staple: coffee. May we begin, and end, each of our days in contemplation and prayer of the unfathomable Divine Mercy offered to us by our God. Just amazing.
Mark your calendars for another Divine Mercy Chaplet to be prayed live at 9PM Eastern Time this Friday. If you can't make it at that time, don't worry, we make the story life for 24 hours following. We will also be releasing our Lenten Prayer (daily) schedule in the next day or so. Let's prepare our hearts and minds for this period of penance to prepare our souls more readily to be favorable to God. We can become Saints together and inspire others to do the same. Have a great evening!
My little Mass buddy.👩👧Vinnie is usually with me to help wrangle the toddler, but mama survived! Phew. ⠀
Anyway, if you’re headed to Mass, would you please offer it for a mama (we’ll call her “Mama J”) who is scheduled for an abortion this weekend? Mass is the greatest form of prayer, so if we all join together, God will work miracles. No matter what decision is made, I know God will use the outcome for good, even if it’s difficult to understand.❤️⠀
Thank you! You guys are the best.
1,388306 March, 2019
This is what my 3 year old calls a “little yo-sary.” Many nights he is the driving force behind us praying the rosary as a family. This is what we affectionately call his best bedtime stalling tactic. 🤣😂😆 Last night my husband was at church meeting with his CRHP team and I was exhausted from the day. It was approaching bedtime and I told Leo it was time for bed. This was the exchange that happened next.
Leo: We haffa pway da yo-sary mama.
Me: Ok bud. Tonight we are going to do a little rosary.
Leo: No a big yo-sary.
Me: A little one.
Leo: God says a big one.
Me: Ok. A big one 🤣😂🤣😂 Thank you Lord, for the reminder that exhaustion is not a reason for cutting prayer out of my life.
Head over to @somedaysaintsdesigns on IG to enter to win a free rosary and other items perfect for an Easter Basket. #catholic#rosary#praytherosary#mamamary#catholicmom#catholiclife#romancatholic#catholicwomeninbusiness # bissisterhood #philotheafound
640198 April, 2019
Third! Trimester! Today! Just eleven weeks to go until we meet Little Brother. 🤩💙🎉
1,2161458 April, 2019
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The Death of Jesus
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last
My midwife sent me an article from Motherhood.com this morning. I couldn't help but tear up as I sat in the sun and internalized its words. •
"It is a time of in between. Neither here nor there. Your old self and your new self, balanced on the edge of a pregnancy. One foot in your old world, one foot in a new world." •
What a reflection as we contemplate Good Friday and the mystery of this weekend. It has always felt like a time of in between. When Christ has died and is in the tomb, and we eagerly awake his Resurrection. •
The crowd thickens Pushing and shoving ensues I begin to wonder why I’m still here Here to witness the unforgivable Nails fly through the air Thrown from man to man One clutches a hammer The others hold Innocence down The hammer raises high in the air And with a trembling might meets the nail- Bashing, bashing, bashing The crowd cheers, one woman weeps Blood surfaces from His hands- Flowing, flowing, flowing
(Verse 3 of 5)
Moments like this makes it all better. No fighting no blaming no tattling no crying no angry looks no nonparticipation just a good old fashioned egg dying hour during Good Friday.
This day I always spend it thinking about Mary and what she went through watching her son carry his cross in pain and humiliation. The agony she must have felt. She had no idea what goodness was coming in three days. As we dip one egg into each color we talk about why Easter is so important. I am so grateful for the model Mary set as a mother and even though I fail sometimes I know she is here in these moments of motherhood bliss. #motherhood#mary#goodfriday#eastereggs#catholicmom
101 hour ago
This is one of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen, and it is a perfect representation of God’s promise to us. The storms may come, the earth may shake, but God will always be there to comfort his people and to remind them that Jesus is coming again. I am in awe of the beautiful cross and candles that remained untouched after this tragic fire. It is truly a good, Good Friday ♥️ 🎵 At the cross, at the cross
I surrender my life
I'm in awe of You
I'm in awe of You🎵
3741 hour ago
I can’t even be mad that he’s boycotting naptime and interrupting my work flow. 🥰
Today is a day I needed to make sure I was spiritually organized.
It is Good Friday and a definite time for me to be silent (took 3 hrs for this today)! I feel refreshed😀! My heart needing lifting as I got the news of my godfather passing yesterday!😢
1st thing in the morning prayer is the norm for me. Today, I felt called to step it up and pray harder & longer. I honestly wasn’t sure I could be silent for 3 hours!! It was easier than I thought!😉
The quiet meditation has quieted my restless soul . This keeps my thoughts orderly and Lord knows, it helps me stay organized physically!
There you have it, it’s a holistic approach to living organized!
What is your organizing system for your spiritual side?
Easter is upon us and I couldn’t be happier to finally have a few days of spring weather. As you can tell, the plants are also loving it!!
Today is Good Friday, and a day to leave things behind us so we can move forward into Easter Sunday.
I’m still trying to move forward with my health and life, and I’m hoping that tonight’s Mass will help me. I hope it helps to ground me again and remind me that no matter what I do, God is the one in control.
So here is to allowing my self judgements to pass and to be renewed in the light of God’s path for me. #catholicmom
1602 hours ago
This is a female post so don’t read if you don’t want to know.. On this Good Friday, I was reflecting on where I was a year ago. A year ago, this week, I was in the hospital getting ready to have a blood transfusion, after I had pleaded with my primary care doctor on several occasions to be referred to a civilian OBGYN. I was denied for a referral to be seen off base because I could be seen in the 29 day window period that tricare has deemed acceptable. However, in less than 29 days I was hemorrhaging and by day 29 I had to be hospitalized (blood transfusion) and then shortly after I had to under go a partial hysterectomy because they couldn’t get the bleeding to stop.
The grieving is beginning to lighten up but every once in a while, when the heaviness of it all sinks back in, I find myself overwhelmed with emotion. Today, was one of those days that I was completely caught off guard by all the pain I had gone through. Every time I was dismissed and not called back and not taken seriously by that doctor, it all creeps back in and settles in my bones.
But you know what? GOD IS GOOD. He was good on that day that Christ gave everything all those thousands of years ago and He was good last year when I was wondering if I would see another day. He was good when that doctor didn’t listen to me and He was good in the solemn hours that I wept before, in the dark hours during and in the hopeful hours that I wept after my surgery.
On this Good Friday, I am reminded that God isn’t just good when good things are happening to us or when we are surrounded by all things joyful but God is good always and sometimes I think He may be best in the hard and the lost and the lonely and the forsaken moments that we end up finding ourselves in. It is there that we can come to know a complete union with our precious Jesus crucified and a faithful reminder that the crucifixion isn’t the end, rather, just the beginning.
Grateful for this Good Friday and for our God who is always and eternally and infinitely good. ❤️ #godisgood#goodfriday#catholic#momlife#mom#catholicmom#health#wellness#love#grateful#thankful#blessed#christian
“Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.”
2213 hours ago
It is finished. .
Teaching my little 1st graders this year has made me more aware of the teachings of Jesus and hyper aware of Christmas & Easter and their true meanings. .
As I started this school year teaching my first graders, I was scared. I did not know how it was going to go. I felt I did not know enough. But it has been incredible. Both for my personal relationships with those at the church, learning more about my own faith, and bringing what I learn home to my own children. .
Today we recognize the crucifixion of our Lord. .
It is finished. .
1203 hours ago
We prayerfully reflect on Jesus as he carried his cross. He meets the weeping women of Jerusalem. “Lord, how often we weep for some things but not for others: for the small injury done to us or those we love, but not for the great injury suffered by those to whom we are indifferent; for the sad movie or novel, but not for the sad and lonely neighbor; for the sins which we find personally humiliating, but not for the sins which humiliate others, or for all sin, so grievous in God’s eyes. Keep us, O Lord, from false oversensitivity, from all superficiality, from missing the point.” -Monsignor Charles Fink, The Way of the Cross, Holy Week Magnificat 2019
I didn’t always know it, but I have struggled with understanding nutrition my entire life. My mom was an amazing cook that fed us super healthy food, but I honestly never cared. I got to college, ate whatever I wanted, & never gained any weight. (PS: I know that’s annoying, but I’m just being real 🤷🏼♀️)
While that sounds amazing, it set me up for quite the downward spiral after two babies & weight that would not come off. My clothes didn’t fit like they used to & I tried anything other than working out and proper nutrition. When I hit rock bottom, was completely miserable, and didn’t even recognize myself, I finally gave up & signed up for my first ‘challenge group.’
Here I am 3 years later, still going strong with zero intention of giving up! I can’t believe I am the Cook’s Corner feature this week in TBTK. A girl who had ZERO idea how to eat healthy, but has overcome this with the right tools, has been sent out to thousands of people today! This journey hasn’t come without challenges & it’s been so hard at times. But my ‘old life’ was harder & I would much rather pick this hard that will benefit myself & everyone around me! Want a FREE TBTK? Leave an emoji below & I’ll get it to you ASAP! 💜
And even if the sins of soul are as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of My Passion. - Jesus to Saint Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul, 378
I wrote a post for Blessed Is She’s blog, “Good Friday in Art.” In it I share artwork depicting Christ’s Good Friday along with some reflections and quotes. You can read it at blessedisshe.net
Know of our prayers for you today. And know that you are loved so deeply by Our Savior. His love is greater than our deepest wounds and sin. ❤️
18924 hours ago
I had lots of plans for celebrating the Easter Triduum as a family - but (as these things often go) my plans fell apart as we passed around a GI bug like teammates in a relay race. Holy Thursday was pretty much a total loss (besides the opportunity for redemptive suffering), and Good Friday is looking like a day of self-care and quiet activities in our domestic church. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit disappointed, but I also know this is exactly where Jesus intended for us to be.
. #lentwithkids #liturgicalliving #catholicmom #catholichomeschool #seemehomeschool #catholicblogger #sc_theme327 #cm_eastervibes
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)
1925 hours ago
"I thirst." It's been a challenging Holy Week here. I feel empty, spent, poured out. I feel dragged through the mud, tired, and cannot wait for the sunrise that will spell Easter hope.
I'm trying to remind myself that being poured out is good. Being made empty is good. Because it will make new room for Him. It will stretch my stubborn, selfish heart and make more space for Jesus in this world. Oh, but it's painful as hell.
Lord, please give us the grace to embrace the pain of growth and emptying and making space for You. Give us the grace to know that not all good things are beautiful, but that that doesn't diminish their goodness. Please, help me cling to You and use this weariness for Your will. Amen.
How's your Holy Week holding up? We're having a rough go in our house, but I'd really like to offer up our thousands of little toothpick crosses that feel like a mountain of bricks for you and your intentions. How can I pray for you, dear friends? ❤
1235 hours ago
Best thing you could probably do as a father? Is make sure you show them how much you love their mother......
Wow! How true is this?! As the kids get older, they tend to test the water & see how sassy they can get with you, & he says “hey- I don’t speak to your mom that way bc I love & respect her. You can be angry and you can disagree with her, But it will be with the same respect that we have for each other or you don’t have the right to share your opinion. Period.”
My children are soooo LUCKY have thee best role model & I am one blessed wifey to have such the love 💕 & respect of such a caring & compassionate husband! .
He’s my father crush Friday! Behind every strong woman may stand a strong man & im so glad I have found mine!! #fbfriday#bestdaddyever#mylove ❤️
I am definitely a #foodie I am so addicted to these avocado 🥑 toast 🍞 . Perfect for today! Toast your wheat bread, spread avocado, a slice o tomatoes 🍅 and you finish it with eggs 🍳. So delicious and it keeps you full for hours 🤤
415 hours ago
As the 3 o’clock hour approaches, may we ponder how that hour of victory belongs to God! Viva Cristo Rey! Long live Christ the King!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
Growing up I disliked Good Friday. I understood almost nothing about the significance or even why it different than any other day. I woke up to smells of bacalao (salted codfish) boiling and filling the house with very fishy smells. I knew we would not eat meat that day but didn’t know why. On the radio would be the retelling in Spanish. It was a day where my mom said I couldn’t make any loud noises and we went to church.
Today in our house we will also not eat meat, as we do every Friday of the year. My children know we do this to honor Our Lords sacrifice of hanging on a cross for us on a Friday. We will make our yearly soup with the beans from our Lenten Jar (look for that post explaining why and how we do this, just look for a picture of a jar with white beans in it). We will be together and watch Jesus of Nazareth throughout the day (this is gentle enough for little ones but still shows what happened to Jesus on this day).
From the hours of 12 to 3 we will hold silence, because those are the hours that Jesus hung on the cross and if we were at the foot of the cross next to him, we would have been in silence and mourning. It is what Catholics did all around the world on this day until the 60s. It is also a very simple way for us to feel a connection and something tangible my children can do today to unite themselves to Our Lord and what he did for us.
Today is a sad day but so beautiful. We know how it ends. We know that death has no power over us, only our bodies and we know that Jesus defeated it. He will rise in glory... a lot can happen in three days.
I love this picture... my little Livie’s hands. So sweet but bigger and bigger everyday.
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63306 hours ago
After a long night of questioning and cruel mistreatment, and even abandonment by His own disciples after His arrest, Jesus was scourged by Pontius Pilate's order. The Roman soldiers then placed a crown of thorns upon Our Lord's head, and they clothed Him in a purple cloak in order to mock Him saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" It was in this state that Pilate had Jesus brought out before the people and announced, "Behold the man." Unmoved by His pitiable state, the chief priests and guards demanded Our Lord's immediate execution by crucifixion. In His great humility and loving obedience to His Father, Jesus endured insults, blows and being spat upon. He bore the weight of the Cross and the sins of the world. He allowed nails to be driven into His hands and feet for the glorification of His Father and the redemption of the world.
St. Bridget of Sweden had ardently desired to know the number of blows Jesus suffered during His Passion. Our Lord appeared to her one day and told her, "I received 5,480 blows on My Body." It's hard to imagine how broken Mary's heart was on this day. 😭 Today we bind our hearts to the sorrowful and grieving heart of Mary.
16236 hours ago
🙏🏼Today is the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena. It begins Good Friday and lasts through next Saturday (the day before Divine Mercy Sunday). It is prayed on your Rosary beads. Please join me in this beautiful Novena. There are endless graces to be given, prayers to be answered, and mercy to be given to those who devoutly pray this. You will never regret it. Scroll through and read the prayers for each day. “For the sake of Hos sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Jesus, I trust in You!” ♥️
✝️What is Divine Mercy? ✝️
The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion:
♥️The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. ♥️The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:
A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. ♥️This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina and set forth in this web site and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior.
Good Friday is always such a hard day but remember that Christ died for you and me. He paid the price for our sins and for that we are forever grateful. 💜
1836 hours ago
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This day always brings me such an intense sadness.
I cannot imagine the fear, the heartache, the devastation or the tremendous sadness felt by Mary and the apostles.
How do you embrace the intense emotions of today? #GoodFriday#eastertriduum#catholicmoms
817 hours ago
Divine Mercy Novena Starts today! I highly recommend doing this novena it’s a very powerful!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Just a friendly reminder😁 #divinemercy#divinemercynovena