Friday, December 8, 2017

Just a Singing Kind of Day!

Hello out there! The sun is shining and it is beautiful outside - cold, but an awesome
day! Today is a special day -
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Patronal Feastday of the USA (Solemnity) - A joyful day!
Jim and I went to the Vigil Mass last night. What a blessing! It really warms my heart
when I see families together at Mass! Moms and Dads and their children were seated
all throughout the Sanctuary! Large families, small families, and the older siblings
were helping out. I was also blessed to be at the Noon Mass today. My heart was
warmed once more - the sanctuary was full of prayerful, faithful people!

I want to share the Responsorial Psalm with you:
Responsorial -
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm.
Responsorial -
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
The Lord has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has
revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
Responsorial -
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break into song; sing praise.
Responsorial -
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

I've carried that responsorial in my heart all day. And, I've been singing to the
Lord and thanking Him for my many blessings all day too!
I hope you all have a wonderfully, blessed weekend.
Hug your kids and hug your spouse! Be a light to others! Stop by and visit
someone who lives alone! Smile at everyone you see! Remember to tell
moms and dads how happy you are to see them and their children at Mass!
Thank your priests, preachers, deacons, etc. for all that they do!
AND - Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds!
                                                                         Bye for now, Sharla

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Quick and Yummy Recipe for This Special and Busy Time of Year!

Hello again! I'm already back and ready to write another post! Jim and I were out of
town for a week. I have so many really neat stories to share with y'all but that will have
to have wait until tomorrow! We had an awesome time but there really is,
"No Place Like Home!" I have been cooking all week (and doing laundry)!
I want to share a yummy and easy recipe! This time of year is so busy and this is
a quick way to make homemade cookies for your children's Christmas parties at
school and or to box up and give away as gifts! I made these cookies yesterday and
they are going fast! Jim loves them. This is the first time I've used this recipe.
Betty Crocker cake mixes have been on sale for $1.00 each. I bought a yellow cake
mix and a chocolate fudge cake mix. Yesterday I made a batch of cookies using
the chocolate fudge cake mix.

1 cake mix
1/3 cup of oil (I used Crisco)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
About 1/4 - 1/3 cup of sugar for sprinkling on top
(I added 3/4 cup of chopped pecans because if it's chocolate it has to have pecans in it!)
Mix all the ingredients except the sugar and put in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Take dough out of fridge and use a tablespoon to drop onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Sprinkle sugar all over the top of the cookies and then bake in a preheated 350 degree
oven for 12 minutes. Take pan out of oven and wait about 5 minutes and then put the
cookies on a cooling rack or on a platter.
They are moist and delicious! I'm going to make cookies with the yellow cake mix this
weekend. I'm not sure what I want to add (maybe M & M's or Bits of Brickle) I will
let y'all know how they turn out!

Don't get stressed out during this beautiful Season of Advent - Enjoy the season and
remember, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" - Blessings to you all!

And here is a picture of these yummy cookies!

A Season of Hope and Preparation!

Hello out there! It is cold and wet outside! I have so many things to share with y'all
that I think I'm going to write several different stories. I'm going to start with this one
because it won't take very long!
I was honored to be interviewed by Texas Right To Life during the month of November.
Since November is National Adoption Month, they contacted me about sharing my
adoption story and also letting people know about our pro-life mission! I was beyond
excited and I know that I talked a mile a minute! The young lady who interviewed me
was very patient and really did a great job on the article.
If you would like to read the article - the following is the link:

This is the First Week of Advent! Can you believe it? Christmas morning will be here
before we know it! Last night I was reading the daily scriptures from my daily
meditations, "the Word among us" and I want to share the reading from The Old
Testament. This scripture fills me with hope and always touches my heart.

Isaiah 11:1-10
On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots
a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,
and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.
Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide,
Be he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath
of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra's den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.

On that day,
The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

I will be closing now and begin another post soon!
May you all be blessed during this very special season - The Advent Season -
a time of preparation, of hope, of growing in faith, and of love.

                                                            Bye for now, Sharla

Monday, December 4, 2017

Advent Stories from Years' Past!

Good morning and hello out there! I haven't written a post in two weeks! I have so
much to tell y'all. But first, I have to go to the grocery store because we were out of
town all last week and we cleaned out the fridge and gave all the food to our kids
before we left town! I'm going to run all my errands and then I will sit down and tell
you all about our journey and a lot more! I'm going to post some links to my advent
stories from years past - before I head out the door! (I love these stories - I hope you
will too!)

A few of my favorite memories from this time of year! Grab a cup of coffee or hot
cocoa and settle in a comfortable spot - I hope these stories from the past will make
you smile, touch your hearts, and help you to remember some of your treasured
memories as well!

December 2016

December 2015
December 2014

Monday, November 20, 2017

I Love This Time of Year!

Hello out there! It's a beautiful morning and it's going to be a great day! I'm a typing
and a singing with joyful praise! I think Jim was really glad that he had a job to go
and do today. He told me as he was leaving - you are getting delirious! You need to
take a nap! I just laughed - we went to Adoration this morning and we woke up about
4:00 a.m. Spending an hour at the Adoration Chapel is the best way to start your day,
and for us, our whole week! I prayed my little heart out! I prayed for everybody and
Jim always enjoys the quiet time we spend in prayer.
Now for the rest of the story..............At home - In our kitchen - 6:30 a.m.
I was singing some crazy old country songs in the kitchen while Jim was reading the
newspaper. He looked over the newspaper at me and shook his head. He knows how
I am and since this is Thanksgiving week and all our children and grandchildren are
going to be with us - I have a really long to do list! I start the morning out like the
Energizer Bunny and go, go, go and by the end of the day I am wiped out!
But when I started singing, "I like makes me a jolly good fellow - I like beer..
it makes me feel mellow....." and I told Jim that I didn't know why that song popped
into my head and he said something like, "it is way too early for this" and I laughed
and sang some more!
I hope you all have a wonderful week! I hope that your home is full of laughter and
song! I pray that you have family surrounding you and that your pantry is stocked
full! If you are in need of help this time of year and really anytime at all - please
contact your parish or church - and if you aren't a member somewhere - that is
okay - you don't have to be a member to receive help - please reach out - let people
know what you need - we need to take of each other!
I am going to close with part of a post I wrote last year. God bless you all, near and
far, blessings to you, wherever you are!

Today is a new day and I give thanks to the  Lord!
Please pray for the homeless, the unborn, the children who are in foster homes, and
those who are waiting for someone to adopt them. Please pray for couples who are
praying to be blessed with a child of their own.  Please pray for couples who are on a
long waiting list trying to adopt a baby boy or a baby girl, a son or a daughter.
Hug your kids and hug your spouse. Call your mom and dad if you are still blessed
to have them. Call an aunt or uncle you haven't spoken to in a while. Reach out
to someone today! Little things mean so much! Write a note and put it in your
child's lunch box and if possible, go up to the school and eat with them, they grow
up so fast! Treat your spouse with respect and let them know that you love them!
Be a light that shines for all to see! Spread happiness and cheer to all you meet!
                                             God bless you all!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pumpkin Nut Muffins, A Road Trip, Books and Best Friends, Clouds, Comals, and Prayers!

Good morning out there! It's beginning to feel a lot like Thanksgiving!
1. Clean and organize pantry - done
2. Check expiration dates on spices, baking powder, baking soda, etc. - done
3. Cut coupons and write a grocery list - done (I've already been to the
store twice)!
4. Start baking early because Jim and I can't wait to taste my pumpkin nut muffins!
I made a batch of pumpkin nut muffins on Sunday afternoon. The aroma coming from
the oven was heavenly! Better than a candle - pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg!
They taste great too! They are so moist you don't even need to add any butter!
We took a gallon size Ziploc bag full of muffins to Mass with us (not inside the church -
we left them in the truck) to give to our son and his family! They have five children
and they were excited when we gave them the bag full of muffins after Mass.
Jim and I ate a couple of them and I decided to make another batch on Monday. Yes,
we still had some left but I knew that our daughter and her family would stop by on
Monday evening and I wanted to share with them also! I made another batch of
muffins and I made a big pot of homemade chicken and noodle (rotini pasta) soup!
Our son was working in the shop and I packaged up some more muffins for him to
take home and he grabbed a couple of warm ones that had I had just pulled out of
the oven! I called one of our neighbors who has three small children and I dashed over
to their home and left half a dozen for them! Our daughter and her family came over
and they ate muffins (this was their dessert - they had eaten at home) and then
I sent some more muffins home with them! Jim and I sat down and ate a big bowl
of chicken noodle soup! He looked at the plate where the muffins were and
exclaimed, "There's only four left!" I laughed and told him that we had eaten
plenty but reassured him that I would make more later on this week!

Guess what I did yesterday! I went on a road trip! I drove to Austin and had lunch
with one of my best friends! She and her husband own a flower shop in
San Antonio. The reason for my trip? I delivered a box of twenty of my books,
signed and ready for them to display and sell in their store -
Flowerama - 5404 Babcock Rd. San Antonio, TX 78240
I am really excited and hope that people in the San Antonio area will stop by and
pick up a copy and maybe some flowers too!
It was a beautiful day for a drive. I prayed and enjoyed some quiet time. The clouds
and colors of the sky with sun rays streaming through were magnificent!
Take a look at these pictures! I felt God's presence and thought I saw some angels
in the clouds!
I also delivered a gift to my (our) friend - Her hubby and my hubby have been best
friends since about ninth grade! Y'all know that Jim is a welder and he makes all
kinds of things. One of the things he has made for me and several other people is
a comal, like a flat, round griddle. You use it to heat up tortillas, and I make grilled
cheese sandwiches on mine plus a lot of other stuff. Jim cooks pancakes on it.
My comal stays on the back burner of my stove at all times! Jim made it for me
about twenty-six years ago! Anyway, Jim made one for her and I delivered it along
with the books!
The one in the picture is mine! The neat thing is that the handle doesn't heat up!
Well I better get busy since I was gone all day yesterday!
Have a great day! Hug your kids and hug your spouse!
Today is Thursday - The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary!

                                                          Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                         Bye for now, Sharla

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November is.............National Adoption Month!

Hello out there and good morning! I'm going to post summaries of things that have
happened over the past week and a half -

1. Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - I spoke about my adoption at the Pro-Life Ram's
meeting at Angelo State University. My friend, Candi went with me and we really
enjoyed visiting with these wonderful young adults. They are doing amazing things
and really trying to help single parents on campus! They have lots of energy and they
really know what they are talking about! Thank you, Pro-Life Rams for being a voice
for the voiceless and strong pro-life advocates!
They are selling t-shirts to make money for the scholarship they give out each year.
The front side of the t-shirt is the quote from Dr. Seuss, "A persons a person no matter
how small" and has a really cute picture on it.
This is what the back of the t-shirt looks like -

November is National Adoption Month!

If y'all have been reading my posts for very long - you have read my story. Here is
the press release from my book - Jim and I paid for the publication of my book to help
promote adoption as a loving life option.
Maybe someday we will sell enough books so that we can pay for adoption messages
on the big billboards! That's our goal - to try and share the message of adoption for
for the human babies! The following is the press release for my book!
Share your thoughts with me! If you have read my book - let me know what you think!
If you would like a book donated for a benefit auction or a church festival auction, etc.
please contact me - we donate a lot of books!

Jim just called me from the tire store! I have to go and pick him up - he needs new tires!
Nooooooooooooooooo! Just kidding - that is his work truck and it goes through a lot!
I will have to share everything else later.
Have a great weekend!

                                                      Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                 Bye for now, Sharla

Today is Saturday - Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary!

Hello again! I actually made it back to my keyboard today! Jim and I subscribe to a
Catholic newspaper called, "National Catholic Register" and in the
October 29 - November 11, 2017 issue there is an article by Stacy A. Trasancos and
it is called, The Pain Unborn Children Feel, a really well written article with
a series of ultrasound images of an unborn baby at 20 weeks. I am going to share
the images with you and the last paragraph of her article.
Abortions are legal in Texas on the unborn baby up to 20 weeks. Abortions are legal in
some other states on the unborn baby up to 36 weeks. When I look at the images of
the ultrasound I see a baby - you'd have to be blind not to! Please be a voice for
the voiceless - write to your congressmen or congresswomen, send letters to your
newspaper, to your state representatives, let your voice be heard -