Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fill Your Homes With Love and Laughter!

Good morning out there! We are being blessed with rain right now. I love to listen
to the sound of the rain pouring down. I always thank God for watering my plants
for me! I'm also thankful that Jim and our son have a job indoors today. When you
are self-employed you go where the work is and last week it was outside!
Last night, while Jim and I were eating dinner, we talked about how much we enjoyed
our time together on Sunday. We had biscuits and coffee for breakfast and read the
newspaper. We looked over some business paperwork and we took a nap! We both
go full steam ahead all during the week and by Sunday we are both ready to rest -
like God wants us to do. We decided that a hearty soup sounded great for dinner so
we got busy. Jim peeled and cut potatoes and onions while I cooked the meat and
added all the seasoning. We combined everything, put a lid on it, and turned the heat
down to low. We got ready for Mass, turned off the stove, and headed to church.
We arrived early and prayed the rosary with those who were there. Being at Mass
was wonderful. I wish you could have seen all the families, all the toddlers and the
babies. I love seeing families together at Mass - that just makes my heart happy!
After Mass, Jim and I came home to a wonderful aroma of hearty beef and
vegetable soup with lots of spices simmered in! While he went outside and fed the
animals, I cut the left over biscuits from breakfast in half and toasted them with a little
butter to go with our soup. It was great! We always give thanks to God before we eat.
Well, I have to go and pay some bills and balance the bank statement now.
But first I'm going to attach a picture of the outdoor frame that Jim and I made two
Sundays ago. We just used stuff we already had and it was easy. Jim hung it on our
back porch and we think it looks really good! (I need to relocate the white electrical
cord!) That old radio is the one we listen to on Saturday nights!
Everyday is a gift - Always hug and kiss your spouse before they leave for work.
Hug and kiss your children before they head off to school and pray for them and
pray with them! Put notes in their lunch boxes and listen to them when they come
home! Take care of each other and let love and laughter fill your homes!
God bless you all!
                                                                            Bye for now, Sharla








Saturday, August 12, 2017

Please Share These Helpful, Life Giving, and Loving Links!

Hello out there! I'm thankful to be home from my latest journey! My heart is full and I
have so much to share! There are so many kind and caring people and organizations
out there! I'm going to list the places I actually visited and saw for myself first -


I went to San Antonio on Wednesday and was given a tour of Seton Home -
www.setonhomesa.org
This place is amazing! They take in young pregnant mothers and give them a place
to live during their pregnancy and after. They provide daycare for their children while
the young mothers finish school. They provide shelter, food, daycare, parenting
classes, counseling, and so much more. This home is for young ladies who have not
turned eighteen. An exception would be if a young lady is taken in before she turns
eighteen and is still in need of finishing high school and other assistance with her
baby or young toddlers. Check out their website and share this information!
I was given information about the Guadalupe Home that is for young ladies who
seek help once they've turned eighteen or are older. I did not visit their location but
it sounds like another blessing for young mothers and their babies.
To find out more about the Guadalupe Home, look up Catholic Charities in San Antonio
and you will find the link for the Guadalupe Home for Unwed Mothers.


I went to visit the Gladney Center for Adoption in Austin on Friday. I met with a
Regional Adoption Caseworker and she gave me all types of brochures and handouts
to bring back to San Angelo. We talked for an hour and if you need any of these
brochures please let me know! Here is some contact information for y'all!
1-800-GLADNEY
hello@Gladney.org
www.pregnancyhotline.org
www.gladney.org


I also went to the John Paul II Life Center in Austin. More people who care and
help is available! Amazing!
www.jpiilifecenter.org


Back in June, I drove to Midland and went to visit my friends Faustino and Cora. He
is the General Manager for Guadalupe Radio Network in our area and his wife
works at The Life Center. She gave me a tour and introduced me to everyone. I love the
name - The Life Center - and I was so impressed with everything they provide for
these young parents!
Check out the website: www.midlandlifecenter.org  and they have programs for fathers -
https://midlandlifecenter.org/fatherhood-program/


In San Angelo we have our own wonderful Pregnancy Help Center of The Concho Valley -
All services are free; pregnancy tests, sonograms, parenting classes, etc. They help
with baby clothes, maternity clothes, etc. The volunteers and staff are friendly and
compassionate - they want to help the mothers and their babies - the fathers too!
www.pregnancyhelpcenter.net


Isn't this great news? Help is available! I've given you links to locations in the Austin,
San Antonio, Midland, and San Angelo areas. No matter where you live - help is close
by. When Jim and I were in Jefferson, Texas (East Tx)back in 2015 we saw this sign
outside of a Catholic Church -
PREGNANT AND NEED HELP?  
                             (Mujer Embarazada y Necesita Ayuda?)
                          The Catholic Church sees the birth of each baby as
                         God's unfailing love. We offer immediate & practical
                                 help to any woman faced with crisis pregnancy
                                                           888-300-5112



While I was driving through Llano, TX yesterday I saw a couple of these signs - the
800 numbers were different but the message is the same.
Please share these links - you never know who might need them!
If you know of more places please tell me all about them and share the websites.

I want to close with this statement that is on the back of one of the Gladney
brochures -
"The Gladney Center for Adoption is committed to providing loving homes for
children, a caring environment for birth parents, supportive services for Gladney
families and adoptees, and assistance to orphans and vulnerable children in
countries where we serve."
May God bless and guide all of these organizations, the people who work there,
and the people they help and serve.
I hope you all have a blessed weekend! Be a light to others and reach out to those in need!



  Hi! It's Monday morning and a good friend of mine sent some more adoption
 information so I'm going to add it to this post!
The Bair Foundation - http://www.bair.org
The Adoption Alliance (855)626-0305 http://adoption-alliance/unplanned
And I found some phone numbers on the brochure from The Life Center for
Odessa, TX - (432)617-8378    www.odessalifecenter.org
Andrews, TX - (432)523-2859     www.andrewslifecenter.org
Big Spring, TX - (432)254-5311       www.bigspringlifecenter.org
Please share this important information!
God bless you all!                                                  


                           
























Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Life Is A Journey - Each Day Is A Gift

Good morning out there! I am headed out of town for a few days - I am going to
San Antonio and Austin to try and promote adoption as a loving life option. I will
also be visiting some of the maternity homes while I am there.
I'm really praying that God will guide me to where I can be the most helpful. I'm
taking this trip on faith, truly feeling like the Holy Spirit is leading me to where the
abortions take place.
Since we don't have a Planned Parenthood or another abortion type facility in San Angelo,
I think we become complacent.
Thousands of abortions take place everyday and innocent babies are killed because of
someone's choice.
Please pray for me as I take this trip of faith - But most importantly,  please pray for
all the precious unborn babies and their mothers and fathers.
I want to get the message out there that help is available and that adoption is another
choice!
One of our dear friends passed away last Thursday. His funeral was yesterday and was a
beautiful celebration of his life. Every day is a gift and we don't know when or how
quickly our time might come. Hug your spouse, your children, grandchildren and
all of your loved ones. Tell them you love them. Forgive and be merciful. Be kind to one
another and spend time with your family. Be thankful and enjoy the sunrise, the sunsets,
the cool breeze, and look up at the clouds. Hum and sing uplifting songs as you go about
your day. And Smile! Smile at everyone you see - Rejoice and be glad - Thank our
loving God for everything! God bless you and your loved ones.


                                                                               Bye for now, Sharla




Jim's birthday was Sunday. We sat out on the back porch Saturday night and listened
to the good old country classics. We laughed and talked for hours. We talked about
our friend and his family and how close they all are. We also talked about their faith
in God and how they will lean on Him to help them through this difficult time in their
lives. Yes, everyday is a gift - Rejoice and be glad!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I'm Just A Happy Homemaker!

Good morning out there! I hope your week was full of blessings! You all know how
much I love to bake! Yesterday, with the help of my daughter and her oldest
daughter (grandchild #3), we made a Chocolate Coffee Cake from scratch. It is
delicious! The cake batter has two sticks of butter, (the real kind), six eggs, sugar,
flour, baking powder and two teaspoons of vanilla! The filling is one cup of melted
chocolate chips with more butter and two more teaspoons of vanilla, cinnamon,
nutmeg and another cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips! Spoon half the batter in a
greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Spread the melted filling over the batter and then sprinkle
the rest of the chocolate chips all over the top. Spoon the other half of the cake batter
over the filling. Then you sprinkle the yummy topping of brown sugar, butter, and flour
all over the top. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. While the cake
is baking you need to make a fresh pot of strong coffee (that is not in the recipe but
it's pretty much mandatory in our home!) The cake was barely out of the oven before
we cut a piece and dug in! It was so good. Jim was working in the shop out back and
our granddaughter took him a piece - he loved it!
Doesn't it look good?
I have to go now!
I just wanted to say hi and that I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I love being a homemaker! Come on over and I'll make a fresh pot of coffee or a pitcher
of iced tea! It's a beautiful day - I pray that you and your loved ones are blessed
beyond measure!
                                                             Bye for now, Sharla

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Prayer for Each One of You!

Good morning out there! I don't have much time to write today - my grandkids
from out of town are down for a visit! But I wanted to check in and say hello
to y'all and post a prayer that is at the end of my book. It is my prayer for each of
 you!


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 pray for peace all across the whole world. I pray for peace in every

country. I pray for those who seek refuge.
I pray for those who are hungry and thirsty. I pray for the homeless and the lonely.
I lift all the intentions I've listed above to You, God our Father.
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 Name I pray, Amen.
                                                                 Bye for now, Sharla

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unexpected Blessings Bring Joy to Your Heart!

Hello out there! I hope you are all having a great day. I've wanted to sit down and write
this post since this morning but I had so many other things to accomplish first. Now, I
can take the time to write this story that has been on my heart.
I sat down this morning with a cup of coffee and my Magnificat. I read the scriptures,
psalms and morning prayers. While I was praying, someone very special came to my
mind. His name is Jerry and I haven't seen him in a long time. He is probably in his
mid twenties and he used to hang around our parish, Sacred Heart Cathedral, quite a
bit. Sometimes he would come and get a lunch and other times he would ask for $2.00.
He would tell you that he needed the money to go and buy a soda. Jerry would go and
buy a large soda and sometimes he would bring it into the sanctuary. We would explain
to him that he couldn't bring the drink into the sanctuary. Sometimes it would even
be during Mass. What I remembered this morning was something that really touched
my heart. Many of us gave Jerry his soda money including the priests, especially
Father H. and Deacon Steve. This is what happened back in December of 2015 -
During Advent, there is a penance service held in the evening at different Catholic
Churches on different dates. Several priests are on hand at the penance services to make
sure that everyone is able to go to confession. There are always a lot of people standing
in line in the sanctuary. I was in line and there were only a couple more people in
front of me when Jerry walked in. He looked around and I could tell that he was
confused. He saw me, came over and stood next to me and asked what was going on.
I explained that people were in line for confession. He asked where Father H. was and
I pointed to the confessional and told him that he couldn't talk to him right now. I
asked him what he needed and he told me $2.00 so that he could go and buy a
soda. By this time, I was next in line. I told Jerry to sit down in the pew and wait for
me. Jerry sat down and I went to confession. When I was through with my confession
I walked over to the pew and sat down next to Jerry. I got some money out of my
purse and gave it to him. He immediately put his arms around me and gave me a
big hug. I smiled and told him to remember to say his prayers. I figured that he would
get up and leave so I knelt down to pray and complete my penance. All of sudden I
felt someone kneel right next to me. I turned my head and it was Jerry. I still get
teary eyed when I remember that sweet young man kneeling next to me. I reached
over and patted his hand and we both finished our prayers. I felt so humbled at that
moment and tears streamed down my face. This morning, as I remembered this
special story I also thought of another time that Jerry touched my heart, and Jim's
too, even though he probably won't admit it. Jim and I were at Mass and we were
sitting together, which is rare, because he is always an usher. Anyway, we were sitting
together and Mass had already begun when Jerry walked in the side door, started
walking down the aisle, spotted me, and scooted into the pew next to me. Jim
looked at me and shook his head. He does that a lot. I smiled at Jerry and patted his
hand. He asked me for money so that he could go and buy a soda. I whispered to him
that we were in Mass and that he needed to be quiet and wait for a little bit. He sat
still for a little while and then we stood up to recite the Prayer of the Faithful.
Jim said in a whisper, go ahead and give him some money now, that way if he leaves
it won't be as obvious since we are all standing. I gave Jerry the money, he gave me
a hug and scooted back out in front of Jim and left. A little while later on during Mass,
Jerry came back, with his soda and sat back down with Jim and I. He left when we
went up to receive Communion. Jerry touched all of our hearts and we would
always wonder where he was when we hadn't seen him in awhile. I prayed for him
this morning and maybe we'll see him again soon. My life has been so blessed by
the people that God sends my way.
"Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Help me to always see You."
I have to go now. I'm driving to Miles to watch four of my many blessings
 (grandchildren) perform during the final evening of Vacation Bible School!
                                      Blessings to you and yours! Bye for now, Sharla



Love One Another!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Faith, Hope, and Love

Good morning out there - I don't have much time to share this morning but I need
to re-post something I wrote on July 28, 2014. My life is so busy right now and I
have so much to say but I don't always have the time to sit and write. Some of you
have been reading my posts since I started this blog a little over three years ago.
Please understand when I re-post some stories if you've already read them. For
those of you who've just started reading my blog posts - I hope these stories from
the past will be an insight to my pro-life mission.
I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed, sunshine filled day! Live life with joy
in your heart!




July 28, 2014
The world we live in today believes that a woman's choice is more important
than a baby's life,  and that is a lie. The world we live in today believes
"live and let live," unless you are a baby in  your mother's womb. If  you are
pregnant, there are two lives to think about now, two lives to  take care of.
Please, choose life for your baby. I've talked to women and men who are still
devastated over an abortion that took place years ago. It has taken decades
for some women to finally heal after an  abortion. I've read articles, and heard
testimonials, I've cried with women as they have shared their stories with me.
I write this blog not only to save the baby, but to save the young woman from
the heartache, and guilt she feels after having an abortion. No one wants to talk
about this subject because it just isn't very comfortable, it is certainly not
politically correct unless you are pro-abortion, and people just don't want to
get involved. So, here I am, because I truly care, I truly want to make a difference.
I want to get the message out there, abortion is an ugly lie. I'm not saying that
choosing adoption for your baby will be easy, and I'm also not saying that raising
your baby will be easy. But I believe if you choose life for your baby, once you
hold your sweet baby boy or baby girl in your arms, you will make the right
decision for both of you.
One of the definitions of mother in the dictionary is:
To care for or protect as a mother does............That's just it! A mother does what
is best for her baby, she protects her baby!
A baby's heart start beating just 18 days after conception, listen to your heart,
place your hands over your stomach and think about the baby boy or baby girl
that is growing inside you, that tiny little life is a miracle, and needs you.
Listen to your heart, don't listen to the world. You are strong enough to take care
of your baby, and if you choose adoption, you are doing what you feel like is best
for your baby. Please choose life for your baby, there are people out there who
will help you.
     
So many people shared their grief over a past abortion that I posted websites for
Rachel's Vineyard Retreats - Please share these websites, you never know who
might need them.
  www.rachelsvineyard.org
www.hopeafterabortion.com
www.abortionrecovery.org





Friday, July 7, 2017

Following A Different Route - Same Destination - Just A Little Outside Of The Box!

Good morning out there! Happy Friday to all of you! I have a lot on my heart today -
Sometimes things just don't go your way. Even when you are trying really hard to do
what you think is right - it doesn't always work out the way you want it to.
But don't give up. I have a hard time with change. If something is working well, why
should we fix it or change it up? Well, for me, I had to make a decision. Either I find
another way - or I just give up. After a lot of prayer, our loving Lord, helped me find
another path. It wasn't even a path very far off from where I was already headed, just
a different route. I guess it is time for me to explain the situation.
I have truly been blessed to be part of the 40 Days for Life campaigns. We have held
five campaigns in our parish courtyard. If you've read my posts during the
campaigns you know what a blessing they have been. The faithful people who have
spent so many hours praying for the unborn, praying for families, praying for people
all over the world, have touched my heart and truly blessed my life in ways they will
never know. After the fall campaign in 2016, we decided that we needed to think of
a way to get more people involved. We did not officially participate in the spring
campaign. While the 40 days spring campaign was going on worldwide, we had a
faithful group of prayer warriors that met in the courtyard after the noon Mass on
Fridays. We prayed the "Rosary for the Unborn" and some more prayers together.
We would also talk about what we wanted to do this fall. We decided that we would
pray for the unborn during the month of October. We are going to call this month of
prayer, Rosary for Life. We haven't decided the exact hours but we do plan on
having people pray everyday throughout the month of October. We are also moving
to a new location for our month of prayers.



St. Mary's Catholic Church in San Angelo, TX has graciously and enthusiastically
said, yes, and will host this month long pro-life prayer campaign. Once I heard that
we were given the okay - the plans started spinning in my brain! As we began planning,
new and really creative ideas were thought up - not from me, but from other people
who are going to help us! I am very excited and thankful that God helped me to see
that change is okay and sometimes really needed! St. Mary's Catholic Church has a
beautiful grotto where we can pray in front of. Chairs and prayer books will be
provided or you can pray your own daily devotional prayers. There is also a playground
for the children close to the grotto. We will have sidewalk chalk! The kids and some
adults (me included) really enjoyed writing pro-life messages with the chalk!
We are going to have a kick-off rally but we're not sure what night. We still have a lot
of planning to do but the great thing is - we will be praying for the unborn and their
families this fall! I will keep you posted and I hope if you live in San Angelo or the
surrounding areas that you will come and join us!
Another thing that has been weighing very heavy on my heart is not having the
Sack Lunch Ministry. I'll just go ahead and tell y'all what we tried. My daughter and I
were talking about this last week. We thought up a plan and decided to do a trial run
this past Sunday morning. She and her family picked up half of the supplies and Jim
and I picked up the other half. They came over on Sunday morning and we set up
a sack lunch making station! Our five year old granddaughter was in charge of
filling snack size bags with two cookies each. Our eleven year old granddaughter and
I fixed the hot dogs (all beef) and wrapped them up. Our daughter put everything into
the sacks (hot dog, chips, cookies, cutie oranges). Jim, our son-in-law, and our
two year old granddaughter put ice and bottled waters in the ice chest and loaded
everything up for us. My daughter, oldest granddaughter, and I headed to the down-
town area. We gave one sack lunch to a man who was selling newspapers, another
lunch to a man who was walking along the store fronts, and then we gave another
lunch to a man who was riding his bike. All three of these men had been regulars at
our Sack Lunch Ministry and we were happy to see them. The man on the bike said
that everyone from the Sack Lunch Ministry would always have a special place in
his heart and of course that touched our hearts! We went down to the park and
unloaded a wagon and put the waters and lunches inside. We walked along the side
walk and gave out some more lunches. A couple of people just wanted a bottle of
water. We loaded everything back up and gave out a couple more lunches on the way
to the Salvation Army. We donated the lunches that were left to the Salvation Army
and headed back home. We felt like it was a good trial run. I'm not sure when we
are going to do it again. We may try a different day and we thought about making
breakfast burritos next time. Oh, I forgot to tell you - the man who was walking in
the front of the store fronts - he told my daughter that he appreciated us thinking
about them. All the people were very thankful.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that if you feel something really strong in your
heart - do it! Praying for the unborn. Being a voice for the voiceless is not an option
for me, it is truly what God has placed on my heart and my husbands also. I just had
to get out of my comfort zone - think outside of the box - take that other path - that
old saying, "Where there is a will, there is a way!" I had to decide how strong my will
was and then God helped me find a way!
Back to going out and feeding the poor where they are at. I don't know if it's the right
solution or the right path - but for right now, until we figure out something else - it's
a start.
There are days that I would like to go back and just be a devoted wife, mother,
mother-in-law, and grandmother of ten precious blessings. The good Lord knows
that my family and our family business keeps me busy enough. But for some reason
He has placed these two important missions on my heart and has let me know that
I need to do this also.
Four years ago I wrote a letter to the newspaper and they published it. That letter,
no, the reason for that letter - touched my heart and changed my life. I had to decide
that if I felt that strong about being a voice for voiceless I needed to move forward.
I prayed and Jim prayed and we took one step at time.
Four years ago I wasn't even on Facebook. I didn't have a Blog. I had a flip phone
and did not hardly text at all. I think back to the words I wrote in that letter -
The following is the last two paragraphs of the letter that was published in the
Standard Times Newspaper on July 4, 2013. -
Today I make a vow to you, the innocent babies in the womb, I will not be silent,
I will not give up.  I will continue to pray that your mothers and fathers see what a gift
from God you truly are. As a pro-life Catholic I have never voted for anyone who is
pro-choice, and I never will.
Sweet tiny babies in your mother's womb, I will fight for you, I will weep for you,

I will pray for you until I draw my last breath. I am woman hear me roar-
Wendy Davis does not speak for me!
If you want to read the whole letter here is that post - this the link:
https://adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com/2014/06/good-morning-out-there-we-have-been.html
 Be careful what you say - Since that letter was published, God has found a way and has
helped me keep my word to the innocent babies in the womb.
If you are sincere - God will find a way!
Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will! Amen.
Please know that you and your families are all in my prayers. I place my hand on the map
each day I look at my blog. My hand covers all the countries of where each of you are.
I lift you and your family up in prayer and I pray that somehow my simple posts, my
little short stories warm your heart and make you smile. God bless you all.
                                                         Bye for now, Sharla







Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blessings To You!

Hello out there! I hope that you are having a truly blessed day. We have been blessed
with rain and it is a cloudy, not too hot, nice summer day. We have also been blessed
by spending a lot of time with our family! Lots of happy memories are made at Nana
and Pa's home! Great food, we love to cook out! Yummy desserts, I need to go walk!
Water guns and plastic wading pools, a swing set that Jim fabricated for OUR kids
about thirty years ago (the swings and slide have been replaced!) Our trampoline
jumpy thing has a big tear and is not jumpable right now! Our daughter-in-law
ordered a replacement jumpy cover and it will be here soon! Today is our daughter-
in-law's birthday and the grandkids are going to hang out at Nana and Pa's this
evening so that they can go out and eat by themselves! When you have five children,
going out to eat without them = yay! You can actually eat without jumping up to
help the little ones and your food stays hot, or at least warm!
I hope you all had a wonderful and safe 4th of July and if you live in another country -
I hope you have had a wonderful and safe week also!
I have to go to the grocery store and run a few more errands. I just wanted to check in
and say hello!
                                                           Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                         Bye for now, Sharla


So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do it all for the glory of God.       1 Corinthians 10:31





 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Living Life With Joy In My Heart!

Good morning out there! It's a beautiful day! Jim and I began our day by going to
Eucharistic Adoration at St. Margaret's Catholic Church. That really is the best way
to start your day! We had a great weekend. Super busy but awesome! Our youngest
grandson turned seven on Saturday. Where does the time go? My precious little red-
headed boy is growing up! His birthday party was lots of fun - Star Wars was the
theme! Two baby lambs were born Saturday night and they are so cute. Spending
time with our family is always a blessing. Last night at Mass I looked behind me as
I was going up to receive the Eucharist and our youngest granddaughter/youngest
grandchild (she is 27 months old) was running to catch up with me. She had taken
her shoes off and she had a baggie full of Captain Crunch cereal in her chubby little
hands. I grabbed the baggy full of cereal before it came open and then swooped her
up and held her on my hip. Our daughter and her middle daughter were close behind.
Our life is full of excitement - even at Mass!
I just wanted to check in and say hello! I hope you all have wonderfully, blessed week!


One more thing - Today is Monday - The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary!
Are y'all ready? Let's get started!
The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.
Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Monday we will pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Joyful Mystery is The Annunciation -
And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Joyful Mystery is The Visitation -
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
(Luke 1:41-42)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Joyful Mystery is The Birth of Jesus -
She gave birth to her firstborn Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Joyful Mystery is The Presentation -
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law
of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, just
as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb
shall be consecrated to the Lord." (Luke 2:22-23)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Joyful Mystery is Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple -
After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.
I will post the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary tomorrow (Tuesday).
Everything else (the prayers and the order) will stay the same.
 The Joyful Mysteries are said on Mondays  and Saturdays;
 The Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesdays and Fridays;
The Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesdays and Sundays;
 and The  Luminous Mysteries are said on Thursdays.
 (I have been known to say the Joyful Mysteries on the Sorrowful Mysteries day
 and vice versa depending on what is happening in my life - the most important
 thing is to - Pray the Rosary on a daily basis!)
Pray with your family, Pray by yourself, Pray as a couple,
Pray with a group of friends!
God bless you all!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Singing and Baking - Seeing and Praying - Opening our Eyes

Hello out there! Oh my goodness, I have so much to tell y'all! First, I have been walking
around singing the words to this hymn for at least two weeks straight. The title of the
hymn is, "Open My Eyes" and these are the words that I have been singing and humming
for two weeks - "Open my eyes, Lord. I want to see your face (the words are supposed to
be "Help me to see your face" but I sing what I sing and that is what comes out!
Anyway, this is a beautiful hymn and these are the words that I have been singing
softly and sometimes right out loud. I mean from the tip of my toes out loud! Now, if
I had a pretty voice that would be okay, but............................God thinks I sound okay!


"Open my eyes, Lord. I want to see your face. Open my eyes, Lord. I want to see.
Open my ears, Lord. I want to hear your voice. Open my ears, Lord. I want to hear.
Open my heart, Lord. I want to love like you. Open my heart, Lord. I want to love."
That was my version!


The correct version is -
"Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face. Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see.
Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear your voice. Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear.
Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love like you. Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love."
(Could y'all hear me singing? I was singing from the very depths of my soul.)


To try and make a long story short and you all know that will be hard for me to do!
For those of you who read my posts on a regular basis you know that we had to
close the Sack Lunch Ministry because of situations beyond our control. It has been
three weeks since we served our last sack lunch. All of the volunteers have said how
much they miss the loving ministry of feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty,
welcoming the stranger, and so much more.
This morning Jim and I were leaving the YMCA at about 6:45 a.m. or so and one of
the men we used to serve walked across the parking lot toward the park area. Jim saw
me watch him as he was walking and asked, "Was he one of the people y'all served?" I
said, yes, he was and got into the truck. Jim started the truck and drove the opposite
direction of where we always turn. I knew he was driving the direction of where the
man went. When we saw him Jim tapped the horn lightly and I rolled down the
window. Jim handed me some money and I said, "Hi, it's me, Sharla, from the Sack
Lunch Ministry! He smiled at us and walked over to the truck. I told him that we
missed them all and handed him the money and told him to go and get some breakfast.
His eyes lit up and he said, "I'm going to go and get a cup of coffee first" and then he
thanked us. I told him good-bye and said, God bless you. I thanked Jim as we drove
home and we rode the rest of the way in silence.
Once we were home we both got busy and Jim headed out to do some welding repairs
and I did some house work. I kept singing that song, "Open my eyes, Lord. Open my
eyes." I put the leftover roast in the oven to heat up for lunch and started mixing up
the ingredients for banana bread. There is a saying in our home - "If life gives you
brown bananas......it's time to put on an apron and make some banana bread!" I had
enough brown bananas to make two loaves - one with pecans and one with dark
chocolate chips! Yum!


Back to my original story -
Jim came home for lunch and we sat down to eat the leftover roast. We began to thank
God for our food and I thanked God for letting us see that sweet man this morning.
I said, "I can still see his face." I immediately began to cry and told Jim that I now
realized why I kept on singing that song. God let us see His face, he helped us to see
His face in that humble, homeless man this morning. I told Jim that I had to go and
write a post about this. I started writing this after lunch but had to stop for a while
because my daughter and her three girls (three of my many blessings) came over.
We finished baking the banana bread and I told them what happened.
I guess that old saying about a door closing and a window opening can mean a lot of
different things. For me and my family we've about decided that it means to go out
and feed the hungry where they are. We don't have any definite plans yet - but the
wheels of determination are spinning in our brains!
I don't know if you have ever watched that kid's show that used to be on the Disney
Channel, "Phineas and Ferb." If you have you'll really get this. Phineas and Ferb are
brothers that come up with these elaborate schemes and at the beginning of each
show Phineas would look at Ferb and say,
 "Ferb, I know what we're going to do today!"
God blessed me with the best husband, he understands me so well and he's usually
on board when I say, "Jim, I know what we're going to do today!" (He is always so
busy but he makes the time for all of my elaborate plans!)
I want to post the rest of that hymn for you -
"And the first shall be last,
and our eyes are opened
and we'll hear like never before.
And we'll speak in new ways,
and we'll see God's face
in places we've never known.
Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see."
I pray that God will continue to help me see His face in everyone I meet.
I pray that you and your family will be blessed beyond measure!
Open our eyes, Lord. Help us to see Your face and to hear Your voice. Amen.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Hello out there - It is almost 10:00 p.m. but I wanted to take the time to share
the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary with all of you. I know that I posted
all the mysteries of the rosary for seven days in a row right after Easter but just
in case you missed that particular post - here we go again.
I love praying the rosary. Focusing on the mysteries of the day and reflecting on
what is going on in my own life and in the world really helps me meditate on what
I need to pray about and especially who all I need to pray for.
Here we go.............
Are y'all ready? Let's get started with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. I'm going
to post all the prayers again and then I will follow with the mysteries. After you have
been praying the rosary on a daily basis for a while, the different mysteries/scriptures
will remind you of different things you need to pray about or people you need to pray
for. At least that has been the case for me. Example: The First Sorrowful Mystery is
The Agony in the Garden and that brings to my mind people who might be going
through an extremely difficult time. Praying the rosary helps to keep my focus on
family members and friends that I need to pray for. Let's get started!

The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.

Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Tuesday we will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Sorrowful Mystery is The Agony in the Garden-
He was in such agony and He prayed so fervently that His sweat became like drops
of blood falling on the ground. When He rose from prayer and returned to His disciples,
He found them sleeping from grief. (Luke 22:44-45)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Sorrowful Mystery is The Scourging at the Pillar -
Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him scourged. (John 19:1)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Sorrowful Mystery is Crowning With Thorns -
They stripped off His clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about Him.
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on His head, and a reed
in His right hand. (Matthew 27:28-29)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery is Carrying of the Cross -
And carrying the cross Himself, He went out to what is called the
Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. (John 19:17)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery is The Crucifixion -
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit",
and when He had said this He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.

If you would like a rosary and don't have one, please contact me at
adopted.blessed@suddenlink.net  and give me your address.
 I will be happy to send you a rosary and a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary!
I hope you all have a peaceful, restful night.
                                         Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                  Bye for now, Sharla

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet - A Prayer for People All Over the World


Hello out there - The news at home and abroad and all across our world has been so
heartbreaking.  The violence is never ending and sometimes you feel really helpless.
People all over the world need our prayers. Things change yet they stay the same.
The following is a post I wrote last summer - I'm feeling today like I did then.



  
Because of all the fighting/wars and terrorist attacks that are going on, I worry about the
people in many of the countries I see come up on my blog stat section. I hope that they
are ok. I just want them to know that I am praying for them and for their families.
I don't know their names, I don't know what they look like, but for some reason, they
read my blog. I have seen a large increase in people from different countries reading my
posts.  I place my hand over the map each day I see their country listed and pray for
them and I place my hand over the map each day I don't see their country listed and I
pray for them. I pray for their safety and well being.
There  are so many wars going on in our world right now, so much violence, so much
evil - We need to turn back to God.



Dear God, please watch over all these countries where war has broken out.
Please God, protect the innocent people and their families. Please protect us
all from the terrorist's plots, attacks and threats.
Thank you, God, for our many blessings. Please be with all those who are in
need. Please God, show us and guide us to how we can best help others.
You created us all, please help us to love our neighbor,
care for one another, and to pray for those who seek a better life.
 In Jesus Name I pray Dear Lord, Amen.

As a Catholic, I pray The Divine Mercy Chaplet. This prayer is for the whole world.
It is really beautiful when we sing this Chaplet. (I'm singing this as I'm typing)
The refrain goes like this:
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
If you listen to the Catholic radio station 91.5 FM, they sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet
at 3:00 pm each day.
To pray The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy:
(It is easier to keep up with if you have a rosary, but if you don't,
 you can count on your fingers.)
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, Pray (1) Our Father, (1) Hail Mary
and The Apostles Creed.
2. Prayer - (Pray this 1 time) Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for ours sins and those of the whole world.   
3. Pray this refrain 10 times:
  For the sake of His sorrowful passion,
 have mercy on us and on the whole world.
You repeat steps (2) & (3) for a total of (5) times.
4. Conclude with (3 times)
  Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
 have mercy on us and on the whole world.
5. Make the sign of the cross and say Amen.
This is a beautiful, peaceful prayer. I find myself humming or singing it a lot.
I also pray it if I wake up during the night.
May God Bless you and keep you safe wherever you are, wherever you live.
May God help us to love and care for one another.
                                                 Bye for now, Sharla
                            

Friday, June 16, 2017

Promoting Adoption by Sharing My Stories

Hello out there! I found this press release about my book, "Adopted and Blessed:
Words from my heart" on the internet yesterday: It was so neat to read what other
people have said about my book.



http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/02/prweb14088007.htm
I was very excited - I hope you'll read it!


Yesterday morning Jim and I sat down and talked about how I need to go out and
really promote my book. I truly believe that my stories will not only help promote
adoption, but also encourage people with their faith and family life.
Jim reminded me why we worked so hard and spent the money to have the book
published. This book has never been about making money. We had been looking for
a way to promote adoption for the human babies. We checked the prices of advertising
on billboards, etc. Finally, we decided that the money we would spend on having my
short stories published would have a more lasting impact. We both believe in promoting
adoption as a loving life option and this book is our way of sharing the joy of adoption.
My book is also about so much more - it is also about our faith in God, promoting family
life and the love and respect we should have for our spouses. All the stories come from
my heart and my blog. Not all of the stories from my blog are published but most of them
are. The stories in my book are from when I first started my blog through
mid June of 2016.
If you think that this book would be a blessing to someone - let me know - I have given
many of my books away - we just want to help others. I am going to find someone to help
me set up a web site for my book. But until then, if you are interested in purchasing my
book, please go to Amazon Books. If you live in San Angelo or the surrounding area you
can find my book at Trudo's Religious Store and Eggemeyer's General Store.
Let me know if your church is having a benefit auction and I will be happy to donate a
book or two.


Please help Jim and I promote the beautiful life option - adoption!


The following is the short video trailer for my book:




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



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tears and Hugs, Stories and Laughter, Saying Goodbye and Letting Go

Hello out there - This has been an emotional roller coaster kind of week.
Yesterday was the last day of our wonderful Sack Lunch Ministry. We wanted to
do something a little special. We set up a canopy out on the sidewalk and placed
a long table underneath. We made up punch and had ice chests full of ice. We
brought out the big to go cups with lids and straws. Extra volunteers came because
we all wanted to serve one last time and say our goodbyes. We had volunteers
serving punch and handing out waters beneath the canopy. One volunteer brought
a box of toiletry items and those were placed on a chair for people to take what
they needed and another volunteer brought some clothes to be handed out.
Inside - several volunteers had a fast moving assembly line going - Oscar Mayer
all beef chili dogs were wrapped in foil and placed in a little container. The sack
lunches contained the chili dogs, chips, canned fruit, fresh fruit, and dessert.
Everyone quickly filled the sacks with all the food plus a napkin, fork, and spoon.
One group of devoted volunteers handed out the sack lunches and the other group
of devoted volunteers filled cups with ice and punch. Bottles of water were also
handed out.
A plate full of mustard, ketchup, and mayo packets were available for them to add
to their bag along with extra chips and fruit if they wanted them.
So many of our volunteers showed up to help for the last day. Many came early and
some stayed late. Some of our volunteers couldn't stay a long time but they dropped
by to pitch in while they could, and to visit, and say their goodbyes.
The people we serve were so thankful, not just for yesterday, but for everyday that
we have been there for them. It was hard and it was a blessing - hugs and tears,
laughter and stories, fellowship and sad goodbyes.
We left the door open after our usual closing time, just in case someone got there a
little late. All the volunteers that were left sat down together and shared the same
meal we had served. The fellowship was needed after such an emotional morning.
Janice and I are so thankful for all of the faithful and hard working volunteers.
We are thankful for all of you who dropped off supplies, cases of water, and
to everyone who donated money to keep this program going. You are all
truly angels and you will never know how much we appreciate all that you have
done.
We took the extra supplies to the Salvation Army. We didn't have much left -
some toiletries, two boxes of mayo packets and one box of mustard packets,
some winter caps and gloves. They will use everything we gave them for those
who stay at the shelter. I received a tour and was impressed and thankful for all
that they do!
This morning I prayed for all those we have served. We knew some of their names
and we knew some of their stories. Some would ask us to pray for them and share
what was going on. This morning I could see their faces as I prayed and lifted them
up in prayer.
Please God, take care of Dennis and his sister, please take care of Richard and Paul.
Please take care of Jimmy and Thomas, Timothy and his fiancé. Please take care
of Beth and her husband. Please take care of Meredith, she loved to visit with us all.
Please take care of Michael, who I haven't seen in a while. Please take care of
Joanie, she is so special to us all. Many times she would help us before she would
take a lunch of her own. The children, Lord, please take care of the children. Please
take care of Dustin, who seems to have such a soft heart. Please take care of James,
who is always really hungry! Please take of Alex, who always greeted us with joy
and a big smile. Please especially take care of those with families. Please God,
provide for the children. Please God, take care of them all. Amen.
Please take care of all those we served but never knew their names. Please help me
to remember their faces so that I will never forget. Thank you, God, for blessing
my life with all the amazing people I have met while helping with this ministry. Amen.
"Open the eyes of my heart, Lord - Open the eyes of my heart."

I pray for those who are hungry and those who have no home.
 I pray for those we served with families of their own.
 I pray for peace and understanding for those who live on the  streets.
I pray for Jesus to guide me, to be His hands and feet. Amen.




Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Podcast from My Interview on The Good Fight is Available!

Good morning out there, again! Guess what? The podcast for the radio program
I was on last Saturday is now available!


 http://listen.ewtn.com/-JW/-JW20170527.mp3


I have gone over the program in my head but I am anxious to listen to it.
Being on, The Good Fight, with Barbara McGuigan was such an amazing
experience. A true blessing!


I have to go now; laundry, dishes, etc. are on my agenda for the morning!


Blessings to you and yours! Sharla



Our Family Foundation - Our Faith

Good morning out there - Tomorrow is a very special day. Not only is it Pentecost
Sunday............but it is our anniversary. Jim and I will be married thirty-four years
tomorrow. I wrote a post three years ago about the many changes in our lives
throughout the years.
There has been one very special, very important thing that has stayed the same  -
our parish home. Since I wrote that post we have been blessed with two more
grandchildren, three of our grandchildren serve during Mass as altar servers and
many more memories have been made at Sacred Heart Cathedral. I want to re-share
that post today. But before I do, I want to think about the vows I made on a
Saturday afternoon many years ago.
I promised to love my husband for better or worse, for richer or poorer, through the
good days and bad days and until death do us part. I have been blessed with a good,
God fearing man. Jim is my knight in shining armor and always stands by my side.
 A wedding is just a day - but a marriage is a life time and it takes work. Like a
garden, you have to lovingly tend to it.
 Love, patience, kindness, forgiveness, and communication are a must -
but most important - you need to make sure that God is right in the center, right there
with you and then everything else will fall into place.


The following is the post I wrote when we were about to celebrate our
 thirty-first anniversary.


My husband and I will be married 31 years next week! I think about all the things
that have changed during our marriage, different jobs, different homes, all the different
stages of our children's lives, and now we have 8 amazing grandchildren, Gifts from God!
So many blessings, so much love, and I am so thankful!
The one thing that has stayed the same all of these years, is our Parish home,
Sacred Heart Cathedral. This is where we raised our children, this is where we grew
as a family. Many wonderful memories are from when we were at Mass. Not only did we
celebrate the joy of Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, and Weddings, we also
mourned the death of many loved ones at Funeral Masses.
We didn't, and don't just attend Mass, we were, and are involved. My children became
Altar Servers just as soon as they could. My husband has been an Usher for years, and I
have been honored to serve as a Lector, a Commentator and humbled to serve as a
Eucharistic Minister. Many times over the years I would be standing at the front of the
Cathedral Sanctuary, waiting to Lector, and Jim would be standing at the back where the
Ushers are, but I could always spot him in an instant. I remember one time he was in the
balcony, and I looked up and saw him, my heart stopped for just a second and I just
thought how blessed I was to be married to such a wonderful man. Even though we
rarely sit together, we are together, a wave across the church, a smile, a feeling, we are
always together.
We have seen many children grow up at Sacred Heart, from babies, to toddlers,
then teens, then young adults. We have always enjoyed the holidays when many return
home and attend Mass.
This past Sunday Evening in Mass, I was at the front, Jim was at the back, and young
married couples with small children, and babies on the way were everywhere. So much
new life! My heart was so full, so many of these couples I had known at least one of
them since they were a small child, and now they have families of their own. Our children
and grandchildren are at Mass with us most times, at Sacred Heart, our home.
Today I pray that each of you will be blessed with a home like ours, and that no matter
where you sit or stand, you will always be together.
Happy Anniversary Jim! I loved you then, I love you now, and I will love you forever!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Another Tearful Goodbye


Good morning out there - I wasn't going to write about this right now...but my heart
hurts so much that it won't let me post anything else until I get this off my chest.
For those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, you know how much I have
loved being part of the Sack Lunch Ministry. I've written stories about the people we
serve, our devoted volunteers, and the blessings that have been poured upon this
ministry to keep it going. We have been serving sack lunches to those in need for
almost four years.
Several things have happened since we opened back up in mid-January. Our down-
town area is not as safe as it once was. The following things have occurred at our
parish and in the surrounding areas. Things have been stolen, vehicles have been
broken into and we have noticed obvious signs of drug abuse. There have been some
verbal outbursts as well.
Even though I  understand why we have to shut down - it doesn't make it any easier.
We will hang up the signs today announcing that our last day to serve lunches will
be next Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
It will be hard to tell those we serve that we are closing down.
Some of them, we know their stories and we also know their names. Some have been
coming since the beginning and others have just started. Some are alone and others
have families. We have greeted them with warm hellos' and God's blessings as they
leave. This has been a wonderful ministry - a much needed ministry - and it will be
hard to say goodbye. I have cried many tears as I've written this short post. I feel like
I will be able to share our sad news with those we serve without breaking down but I
won't guarantee it. For the past four years we have fed the hungry, given drink to the
thirsty, welcomed the stranger, given clothes to the naked, and hope to the weary.
I know that God will help us find another way to reach out to those in need.
Please pray for the homeless. Please pray for all of those in need.









Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Lord is My Shepherd

Hello out there! I wanted to share some scriptures and quotes with y'all on
this beautiful evening.


......he has become man
to make it possible
for us to love
as he loved us.
He makes himself
the hungry one,
the naked one,
the homeless one,
the sick one,
the one in prison,
the lonely one,
the unwanted one,
and he says:
You did it to me.
St. Mother Teresa


As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, meekness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)


Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
Know that the Lord is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him;
bless his name for he is good:
the Lord, whose kindness
endures forever, and his
faithfulness, to all generations.
(Psalm 100:1-5)

Have a wonderful night - Blessings to you and yours!
Bye for now, Sharla





Monday, May 22, 2017

Everyone Has A Story To Tell

Hello out there! It is almost midnight, the wind is blowing and lightning is flashing
across the sky. It is raining hard right now. I fixed a cup of herbal, sleepy-time tea
and decided to try and catch y'all up to date on the events of the past ten days or so.
On Saturday, May 13th I was at Eggemeyer's General Store for about 4 hours for
a book signing. I really enjoyed visiting with people as they walked by. Eggemeyer's
is a really neat store; they have nic nacs, books, clothes, candles, home made fudge,
smoked hams, jams, jellies, toys, candy that you won't find at other stores and a whole
lot more! I didn't sell very many books that day but I did get to hear a bunch of heart-
warming stories. I enjoyed listening to each story and there were a couple of stories
that brought tears to my eyes. It was a wonderful reminder to me that many times I
need to listen more and talk less. Everyone has a story to tell and I'm so glad that I
was blessed to hear the stories they wanted to share.
Sunday, May 14th was Mother's Day. My sons, daughter, and grandchildren called to
wish me a Happy Mother's Day, and several of my nieces and nephews sent me a text.
Jim took me out to eat breakfast at our favorite little Mexican Restaurant and then we
went to buy some vegetable plants and a few flowers. We came home, changed clothes
and worked in our flower/vegetable garden. The weather was perfect and we had
such a nice time. I filled up our concrete bird bath (the one my youngest grandson
thought was a Holy Water Font when he was younger). This bird bath is right by our
statue of St. Francis. Further out in the yard, beneath the smaller oak tree we have a
round rubber tub that sits on the ground and we keep it filled with water also. I call
it the "Red Neck Bird Bath". The birds love it - I guess because it is a little bit deeper
and they can really splash around in that one. We watered our trees and pulled weeds
and moved some of our potted plants around. We went to Mass that evening and
picked up some hamburgers on the way home. It was a wonderful way to spend the
day. Last week was a busy one; helped out at the Sack Lunch Ministry, watched both
of our grandson's last baseball games of the season, laundry, book work, etc. Oh, and
we also had the Parish Family Picnic out at the park on Wednesday evening - a
fun family event!
Jim and I traveled out of town on Friday. We went to be with our granddaughter
as she made her First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 20th. She looked precious
and so pretty in her sweet, white dress. She and our other granddaughter stayed at
the hotel with us and we had a great time. This is the fourth year in a row we have
been blessed to celebrate First Holy Communions with our grandchildren.
Our third oldest grandchild will turn eleven tomorrow. In 2005 Jim and I were blessed
with the news that all three of our children were going to be parents. 2006 was just the
beginning of many busy months and years to come. Our first grandchild, our grandson
was born in January. Our second grandchild, our granddaughter was born in March.
And our third grandchild, another granddaughter was born in May of 2006. Just
imagine, three grandchildren born within four months of each other. We have been
blessed with seven more grandchildren since then.
Life - Our lives are full of life! Ten blessings from God - they are each a unique and
special gift to us. Some days we are tired - but we are always very thankful!
Thank you for reading the stories on my blog. I know that you have some awesome
stories too! When I look at my stat section I place my hand over the map where the
countries are colored in. This map tells me how many people read my blog and shows
me the countries where you are from. It doesn't list cities, just the countries. I say a
prayer for all of you as my hand covers the map. I pray that you and your families
are well. I pray that you are safe. I pray that my stories bring a smile to your lips and
maybe laughter and joy to your hearts. May God bless each and every one of you.
May God bless our whole world. When I see the map I thank God for all of you.
Take care of your families and reach out to one another. And remember - you are
never alone - God is always with you and He loves you very much!
                                                                  Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                                   Bye for now, Sharla