Friday, April 20, 2018

How About A Reality Check

Hello out there! A quick post before I turn in for the night. There has been some
more information about Planned Parenthood returning to San Angelo. I read several
of the comments and I am amazed at how misinformed people are.
I really feel like education and helpful information is vital in regard to this issue.
I do not want Planned Parenthood in our city or our diocese.
The following is my calm, prayerful and informative response:

Sharing some information: Sometimes you have to check around to find the help that
is available. I read many of the comments and decided to make some phone calls.
The Health Department at 2030 Pulliam Street, Suite 8 in San Angelo offers STD
testing for a very reasonable amount. The office visit and testing for HIV,
Chlamydia/Gonorrhea, and VD is $25.00 - Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. please call 657-4214
to make an appointment or stop by.
I was curious about how much Planned Parenthood would charge and I called
their office in San Antonio at the Babcock address. For the office visit and the tests
I listed above the full price would cost $300.00. If you have insurance they would
charge that amount.
I know that they have a sliding scale depending on your income but $25.00 (at the
health department) sounds pretty reasonable.
Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms, they do not have the equipment to
perform mammograms however they do perform breast exams and pap smears.
La Esperanza Clinics (3 locations in San Angelo) also perform pap smears
and breast exams plus so many more healthcare needs including some dental and
they also charge according to your income.
The Pregnancy Help Center in San Angelo offers free pregnancy testing and free
sonograms. They also provide services such as free parenting classes and they have
a wide selection of baby clothes that are given away and they have some maternity
clothes too.
If you are having trouble paying for your prescriptions please let your doctor know
and maybe they can prescribe something similar but more affordable - and ask for
samples - sometimes they have what you need and will give you the sample.
If you need a mammogram and cannot afford one let your doctor know because there
is a foundation here that will help with the cost.
 And last but definitely not least - if you are dealing with a crisis pregnancy -
adoption is a loving life option. I was adopted at birth and I have a lot of resource
information if you are interested.

And one more thing - It really is hypocritical and in poor taste that they show a picture of
a sweet newborn baby on the link about Planned Parenthood coming to town. Since
PP provides contraceptives so you won't get pregnant and then provides abortions if you
do get pregnant - I think they need to find a more appropriate picture advertising what
they actually do.

Please say a prayer for the precious unborn and children of all ages.

Friday, April 13, 2018

God is Great, God is Good, Let us Thank Him for our Food!

Hello out there, again! Another post - two in one day!

The St. Francis Sack Lunch Ministry is growing every day! We are now handing out
lunches to 40 - 63 people a day. I think we served 67 people on one of our busiest days.
This ministry is truly blessed by all of our volunteers, and everyone who drop supplies
off. And most of our volunteers bring supplies with them!
I am an old school type person and not very creative but I wanted to write a thank you and
please note. I knew it would be faster if I did it by hand - hence the following picture!

The sixth grade CCD class and their awesome teacher donated some really unique and
creative supplies. Big plastic cups with lids and straws full of goodies and baggies full of
hygiene items taped to the sides! Talk about a heart warmer! Another picture!

A really neat outreach and community service project! God is good! I love that our youth are
learning different ways to help one another.
                                                  Have a wonderful weekend full of blessings!
                                                                        Bye for now, Sharla

Information about the Safe Haven Law aka the Baby Moses Law

Hello out there! I have a lot of important information to share with y'all.
My office is a mess! There are newspaper articles stacked here and there,
pictures, prayers, prayer cards and actual business stuff that I'm behind on;
you know, bills, filing, etc. I am going to type the information from the articles
so that I can at least get the papers out in our recycling bin - that will help a little!

Last Thursday, not yesterday but the one that fell on April 5th, there was an article on
the front page of the newspaper and I want to share this information with y'all.
A newborn baby was the left at the fire station. I am going to type what was in the
fifth, sixth, and seventh paragraphs on the front page and the information on 4A.
(Standard-Times Part of the USA Today Network - Newspaper)
  The incident highlights a Texas law meant to protect society's youngest and most
vulnerable while shielding parents from legal prosecution.
  The Safe Haven Law, also known as the Baby Moses Law, gives parents who are
unable to care for their child the option to leave their infant with an employee at a
designated safe place - a hospital, fire station, free-standing emergency centers or
emergency medical services (EMS) station.
  "If you have a newborn that you're unable to care for, you can bring your baby to a
designated safe place with no questions asked," according to the Texas Department
of Family and Protective Services.
Please share this information - we must try to help those who feel overwhelmed and are
trying to do what they think is best for their baby.
On page 4A of the Standard-Times it lists the proper protocol for someone who feels
like they need to do this for their baby.
Information for parents
  If you're thinking about bringing your baby to a designated Safe Haven, read the
information below from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services:
Your baby must be 60 days old or younger and unharmed and safe.
You may take your baby to any hospital, fire station,
 or emergency medical services (EMS) station in Texas.
You need to give your baby to an employee who works at one of these safe
places and tell this person that you want to leave your baby at a Safe Haven.
You may be asked by an employee for family or medical history to make
sure that your baby receives the care they need.
If you leave your baby at a fire or EMS station, your baby may be taken
to a hospital to receive any medical attention they need.
Remember, if you leave your unharmed infant at a Safe Haven, 
you will not be prosecuted for abandonment or neglect.                           

For more information about Safe Have Laws and sites in Texas, visit the
Baby Moses Project online at:
or call the Texas Baby Moses Hotline at 1-877-904-SAVE (1-877-904-7283).

For national information on Safe Haven Laws,
visit Baby Safe Haven online at
or call 1-888-510-BABY (1-888-510-2229).

It is so important to share this type of information.
(For some reason my bold lettering is stuck so please understand
why I'm continuing to type in bold).

                                               Blessings to you and yours!
                                                            Bye for now, Sharla

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hello Out There

Hello out there - The weather out here has been up and down. The weather on
Easter Sunday was absolutely perfect! A beautiful, warm,  sunny day - a great day
to celebrate The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I walked around singing,
"He is Risen, is Risen Alleluia!" Our children and grandchildren came over and
we cooked out hamburgers and sausage. We usually have ham but everyone
wanted something a little different this year and that was fine with me! We set
up a table outside for the kids to color all the eggs I had boiled. They had a great
time. We had a big Easter Egg Hunt before everyone went home and that was
really fun. I am so thankful for my family and I love spending time with all of them.

The St. Francis Sack Lunch Ministry is really going well. We served chili dogs today!
They also received homemade brownies one of our volunteers baked and individually
wrapped. We put a package of chips, crackers, and a fresh orange (also donated)
in each bag too. We made a couple of pots of coffee (it is kind of chilly today) and
we took orders - some wanted it black, others wanted cream and sugar, etc. and we
were happy to fix it up for them just like they wanted it. This ministry just warms
your heart.

We have received some awful news this week. A person donated 9 million
dollars to Planned Parenthood so that they could open back up somewhere in
West Texas. Another person gave them 800,000 dollars to help with this venture.
I keep thinking about how 9 million could be used to help bring down the cost of
adoptions. Just think about this - You could give 5,000.00 towards adoption fees for
1,800 couples, or 10,000.00 per 900 couples, or so many other useful and needed
services for children and families. I will never understand how people can support
abortion. We found out last night that PP is planning on opening two facilities;
possibly right here in San Angelo and the other one might be in Midland, Lubbock,
or Abilene. That is all we know right now.
Please pray for the unborn all over our world - the weakest and most innocent among
us and their lives are ended because they are considered a choice. May God have
mercy on us all for allowing this. I have to go now - I wish this post wasn't ending
on a sad note but I needed to share this information because the babies really need
all of our prayers. Children of all ages need our prayers.

                                                                    Blessings to you and yours,
                                                                                Bye for now, Sharla

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Four Years of Stories from My Heart!

Good morning out there! It is the beginning of a beautiful, sunny day out here in
West Texas. The second day of Spring! The birds are singing and the wind is
blowing. I love listening to the different melodies my wind chimes make.
Today marks a special milestone for me -
I started my blog four years ago today - it is hard to believe I've been doing this
for so long. I've written 342 posts over the past four years (this one will make it
343). I never dreamed I would find so much to write about - I just knew when I
began that I had so much on my heart and that I had to speak up, to find a way to
be a voice for the precious unborn.
I've prayed for God to guide me as I've written these stories for my blog.
I'm going to re-share a poem and a prayer from previous years-a sentimental journey!

Thank you for reading my stories - I pray that in some way they've touched your hearts.

I wrote this poem on July 15, 2015

My heart is so full, I have so much to say,
it is gorgeous outside, the start of a beautiful new day.
This morning I woke with a pain in my heart,
knowing my mission, just not sure where to start!

God has opened my eyes and has touched my heart.
To save the unborn I must do my part.

What should I do, what do I say?
I ask the Lord as I pray.
He fills my head with words to say,
so I write and I write each and every day.

I cry out to Him to show me the way,
How do I make a difference today?
I just don't understand why it's so hard to see,
the horrible death that abortion brings.
What must I do, What must I say?
So I write and I write each and every day.

I send letters to the paper, I write posts for my blog.
I put pictures on face book, and pray for new laws.
I weep for the babies, their innocent lives lost.

What am I missing, am I not doing enough?
Please God help me, please show me the way.
How can I make a difference today?

Then my heart begins to ache,
I know I must speak up!
I know God is telling me, don't you dare give up!
Keep going, keep writing, don't you see?
What you do makes a difference, you are listening to Me!

It matters to God! It matters to Him!
I will write and I will post and I will write again.
I won't give up, I will be their voice!
I will fight for the unborn, because they are babies, not a choice! 

May 1, 2015

I pray that your day is full of blessings.
If you are sick, I pray that you will get well.
If you have lost a loved one, I pray that you will be comforted.
 If you are anxious,
I pray that a feeling of peace will wash over you.
 If you are lonely, I pray that someone
will reach out to you.
 I pray that you will know that even though I may not know you,
I really do care.
If you are struggling financially,
 I pray that God will send you what  you need.
 If you are struggling with addiction,
 I pray that God will give you strength
and courage to give up whatever is holding you hostage.
 If you are in a crisis pregnancy,
I pray that you will be directed to the path of life,
 and guided to all the help that is available for you and your baby.
 If you are a caregiver, I pray that you will get the rest you need,
 and know that it is ok to take time for yourself.
Dear God, I lift all the intentions I've listed above to you.
 I pray for anyone and everyone who might be suffering
or going through any of the things I've written  about.
 Please God, show us how to take care of each other,
to love one another
 and help us to be discerning in all that we do.
Thank you for today.
Please guide us and help us to live the way you want us to.
 Please keep us safe and help us to look to You,
 and not the world for direction and answers.
 In Jesus Holy Name I pray, Amen.

Blessings and Peace to you and yours!
Bye for now, Sharla


Monday, March 19, 2018

Just Some Information

Hello again - I know that this is third the post I've shared today! Sometimes it just
works out that way!
I shared a post on Saturday and some of it had to do with my book.
I've received some questions about how to get my book and so I'm going to share
the link for my book on Amazon.

That's all for now! Have a great evening!

Adoption - A Loving, Caring, Life Option

Hello out there - it is a sunny and windy day!
Promoting adoption for the human babies is pressing upon my heart -
What do I do, what do I say, I ask the Lord as I pray and pray!

I found this post I wrote a while back - as always, the words come from my heart.
I want to get the message out there that adoption is a life option. I would love to see
billboards and commercials and magazine covers about people who have been
adopted. I want to hear adoption stories because I know how special each story is!
I want people to know that babies are a gift. If you are in a crisis pregnancy and
this is not the right time for you to have a baby, please consider adoption for your
baby. I was blessed to have been adopted at birth and I want to share the message
that adoption is a life giving option! I see the commercials on television where the
movie stars are holding a puppy or a kitten and they are crying, begging people to
adopt these poor innocent animals. That is fine, but what about the poor, innocent
babies? What about the unborn, where are the tears? Where is the compassion?
Why are people so afraid to speak up for the human babies? If I had the money to
pay for advertising on billboards about adopting the human babies, I would. Maybe
I need to get more information about how much it costs and have a fund raiser.
Maybe that is why God has placed this so on my heart. I write these posts but I
must do more. Thanks for listening, just writing about this has helped me. It is
time for me to take the next step. If you have some ideas please share them with
me. I will keep you posted on the billboard idea. I wrote a post back in September
of 2014 and I am going to re-post it today because the words I wrote then are how I
feel again. God bless you all from wherever you are.
A post from September 2014: (I've tweaked it a little bit, just following
my heart!)
You know, things don't always go as we plan, dream or hope. Many times God is
reminding us that He is in charge of our lives, not us. Maybe it's a job loss, a transfer,
not getting the house you want, or maybe it's something like not having good enough
credit for an expensive vehicle or maybe just any kind of vehicle! An unplanned
pregnancy definitely changes everything, absolutely changes how you live your life,
but if you stop and think about it, this baby is a gift from God. Maybe you need a
new direction. This baby will change your life for the better, this baby is part of you.
To all the men out there, no matter what age you are, if your girlfriend or wife is
pregnant, be a real man. Take care of your family, take care of your responsibilities.
Love, protect and support them, be proud to be called dad. As far as that goes,
be proud to be a husband! Take pride in yourself and say "Hey, it's going to be ok,
we can do this." Your girlfriends, your wives, they need to hear you say,
"We're a family, yes this changes everything, but for the better!"
Children need their mothers and their fathers, babies are such a blessing,!
When did we get so off track. We need commercials and television shows that
support family instead of the stupid stuff that's on. We need magazine covers that
have positive messages about happy families and not the tabloid trash
that is on the rack right by the check out stand in the stores. 
Men, step up to the plate and be a loving and supportive dad. Be a great boyfriend,
better yet, be a great husband, make the commitment that says this is for real,
this is forever! I realize that the majority of men are wonderful husbands and dads
who take great care of their families. I personally know many men who are the ones
raising their children.  The single dads I know are amazing, and they do a great job
taking care of their children.
I am talking about the young men who drive their girlfriends to the abortion facilities
and/or those who push them into having an abortion. A baby is not a choice, a baby
is a gift, a unique individual and should be loved and cherished. Choosing adoption
for your baby if you are not able to raise them, is choosing life. I'm not saying that
adoption would be an easy decision but at least you would be choosing life, giving
your baby a chance, just like the chance I was given.
I keep seeing all the challenges on face book to raise money for good causes,
and there is nothing wrong with that. But here is a real challenge, take care of your
family. Be there for your family day in and day out. The world tells you that partying
is the way to go. Bar hopping gets old and what a sad, empty, lonely life.
Being part of a loving, caring family is the most amazing gift you can have, and
give back to others. Put God first, find a parish home, get involved, spend time with
your family. Pray with your family, attend Mass or church with your family.
 A good marriage is such a blessing and it is worth all the time and effort.
Communication and respect are really important in all relationships.
Ladies, motherhood is the most amazing gift, but be careful who you pick to date
and marry, make sure they want the same things in life that you do. The same goes
for men also! Men and women, please make sure that your children, no matter what
their age, are protected, loved and nurtured!
Spend time with them, turn off all the phones at meal time. When you are in the car
driving them here and there, talk to them, sing with them, laugh with them, pray with
them! Tune out the world and tune into family.
This ugliness in our world will not change unless we change. We need to get our
priorities straight, we need to put God first, family second, and everything else will
fall into place.  To sum this all up, I'll say it again, a baby is a gift from God.
Our lives are gifts from God, what we do with our life, how we treat others,
how we love others, is our gift back to God.
So get out there! Reach out and take care of each other, take care of your family.

                                                                                Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                                        Bye for now, Sharla