Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Flowers - Beautiful Flowers - All Kinds of Flowers - For Mama Mary

Hello out there! I hope y'all are having a terrific day! The weather has been so nice
this week - cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoons! The Rosary for Life
continues through Sunday, October 29, 2017 and it has been such a blessing for me!
Praying in front of the grotto early in the mornings has been so peaceful. Sometimes
I just sit there and sing my heart out! The birds usually chirp along with me!
I want to share some pictures we took from the celebration we had last Friday for the
100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. It seems like every other day there are
more flowers placed at the grotto.

Isn't this a beautiful picture? Connie and I decorated the grotto with lights Friday
afternoon before the celebration. The procession was so moving. Everyone really
took their time as they placed flowers in the vases. Tomas sang the Ave Maria
in English and then in Spanish during the procession - magnificent!


You can see the Our Lady of Fatima statue in this picture.
This picture was taken on Saturday. More flowers and a little re-arranging!
I took this picture at about 8:30 a.m. today. More beautiful flowers for Mama Mary!


This bouquet was left also - Yes, the tears were falling - really grabs my heart!

I have to go now - this is one of those days I could write so much more - but I have to
do some book work! Please pray for the babies, born and unborn, please pray for families
all over the world! May God bless you and your loved ones with everything you need.
                                                                                    Bye for now, Sharla


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Adoption Saves Generations! Be a Voice for the Unborn!

Hello out there! No weather report today just something I have to share, right now!


Are you ready for my commercial to promote adoption for the human babies!
No, it won't be on television because we don't have the money for that - but I
just saw another commercial about the Humane Society and all the tears for the
animals and I just decided that I have to do what I am able to do.
So let me start at the beginning - Adoption is a loving life option - and you know what?
Adoption doesn't just save one life - but generations of lives! The pictures you see are
of me as a baby, my cousin, who was also adopted, and I at Christmas time,
me as a young mother with my precious babies, Scant and Jessica. Flash forward
quite a few years and you see me, Scant and Jessi all grown up and then you see
three generations - eleven people - because I was blessed with life. Now look at the
picture of just the chairs - they are empty - because the grim reality is this is what you
would see without me. Emptiness!
I'm not saying that we shouldn't take care of our animals, but what I am saying is this....
if you support the Humane Society - do you also support the Pregnancy Help Center?
What type of messages do your t-shirts promote? Are there any messages about the gift
of life for the human babies? I pulled out my Merriam-Webster Dictionary and looked
up the word humane
1: marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for others
The last sentence said on the Humane Society commercial was,

"Become a humane hero and save them."
 I agree, but I'm talking about the unborn babies.
 Isn't it time we start asking the question - Why is it so hard to speak up for the
human babies? If you agree with me - pass this on - or try to think of a way that you can
become involved in speaking up for the unborn.
My name is Sharla Ynostrosa and I approve of this ad because this is my story!








Saturday, October 7, 2017

No Pop-Ups, No Commercials - Just Stories!

Good morning out there! It's a beautiful morning, thank you, Jesus! I just tried to read
a story that someone sent to me on face book. It sounded like a wonderful story and I
really wanted to read it! I wasn't able to read the story all the way through because of
all the pop-ups, commercials, etc. I finally just closed the link.
 I started my blog in March of 2014. In May of 2014 I started receiving information
about how I could make money with my blog by allowing pop-ups, commercials, etc.
 I said no then, and I still say no, now. My blog has never been about making  money.
The stories on my blog are meant to be informative and helpful. I am glad that when
 you read my stories you don't have to deal with commercial interruptions! I hope that
my stories bring a smile to your lips, a tug to your heart, and yes, maybe sometimes, a
tear to your eyes. I hope my stories are a blessing to you and for you! Commercial free,
no pop-ups, just me saying, "Let me tell you a story!"


"Once upon a time, in the world we live in today, there was a lady whose hair was
beginning to turn gray. She had a great big smile with dimples on each side.
Her love of life shone through, her smiling eyes. She felt so very blessed, 
so much love in her heart.
The gift that God had given her - to share stories from her heart.
The words would come to her as she sat down and prayed.
Typing on her keyboard day after day.
Sometimes she wondered, "Is this really what I'm to do?"
She would pray and she would listen and there would be a tug upon her heart.
A tug that softly says - the words will come - don't depart.
These stories you tell, are a message the world needs today.
She sat down at her desk and began to type once more.
Listening ever so intently to the calling of our Lord."


Today we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary -
Here is a sweet picture of the children and Our Lady of Fatima!






Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prayers and Peace

Hello out there! I hope y'all are doing well. The Rosary for Life began on Sunday,
October 1st at 7:00 a.m. Jim and I drove over to St. Mary's Catholic Church early on
Sunday morning. We were in separate trucks. He unloaded what I needed and then
he headed home. I went and sat down on a bench in front of the grotto. It was still
dark outside and very quiet. I sat there in the peaceful stillness as the sun began to
rise and a small kitten scampered out from behind the grotto and began to meow.
I wish you could feel the peace I felt as I sat there watching the sun rise above the
grotto. Tears streamed down my face as I thanked God for the beautiful, serene,
perfect place for our prayer vigil. The kitten climbed up onto the lower part of the
grotto and curled up in some vines and went to sleep. Families started arriving for
the 8:00 a.m. Mass. My daughter came and prayed the rosary with me and another
lady joined in. The morning was full of prayerful people. My friends and co-
coordinators, Candi and Connie, were there also. Connie and her family and members
of the St. Philomena Rosary group prayed before the Noon Mass. My heart was
so full - so many people praying in front of the beautiful grotto. Connie's sister and
her family brought fresh flowers for Mama Mary and added them to the colorful
array of plants that were already there. There was a huge smile on my face and
peace in my heart when I left to go back home.
Jim and I went to Mass on Sunday evening and then went home and got things
ready for the next morning. We went to bed early because we were going to
Adoration on Monday morning. We were filling in for our friend
who goes to Adoration from 4:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. and then we would stay for our
regular time from 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. (I call it double duty when we do that)!
He fills in for us when we are going to be gone (double duty)! We heard about the
shootings in Las Vegas right as we got to the Adoration Chapel. Why? Why is
their so much evil and hate in our world? We had plenty to pray about for the
two hours we were there.
We drove home and I grabbed a few things and another cup of coffee and headed
to the grotto at St. Mary's Catholic Church. This has been a wonderful way for
me to begin my day this week. People have been coming to pray! It has been a
huge blessing.
Last night I picked up my friend, Lupe, and we went to the Pregnancy Help Center
fundraising dinner. My daughter-in-law was the Table Host. I was able to spend
the evening with my daughter-in-law, my daughter, and two of my closest friends,
and some other very nice ladies that sat at our table. The speaker was really good
but her story is very emotional. She survived a saline abortion in 1977. A miracle,
her life and how she survived is truly by the grace of God.
I have to go and fix dinner now. But first, I'm going to attach a couple of pictures
I took this morning while I was praying at the grotto. Another beautiful sunrise
and birds flying in and out of the trees. Dear Lord, please have mercy on the whole
world and please bless us all with peace on earth. Amen.
                                                      Bye for now, Sharla

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Listening and Praying - Praying and Listening

Hello out there - The rain we have received has been such a blessing!
Today it has been cloudy and cooler. The rain seems to have subsided,
just a little mist every now and then.
Jim and I went to St. Mary's Catholic Church and hung up the pro-life banners!
I prayed the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary this morning while I was walking.
The scriptures really touch my heart. I am going to share part of a post I wrote a
couple of years ago that explain what I mean. (I tweaked it a little bit)


July 2015
Praying the Rosary of the Unborn has been a life altering experience for me.
I've always been  pro-life, but ever since I began praying the Rosary of the
Unborn, my heart has been touched in a way that made me realize just saying,
"I'm Pro-Life" isn't enough.
The scripture from the Wedding at Cana, where Mother Mary says to the
servants, "Do whatever He tells you." I now take that to heart, and I know in
my heart that He (Jesus) is telling  me to speak up for the unborn.
The scripture from the Transfiguration, God says "This is My Son,
 My chosen;  listen to Him!"
 After much prayer, I started my blog in March 2014. I wasn't even on Facebook
yet and not into social media at all.
This blog is my way of speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
I want to share the Pro-Life Luminous Mysteries with you.
I pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary on Thursdays.
Special intentions for the unborn and their mothers and fathers are
included in the pro-life rosary. I will write the prayers that follow
after the scripture and intention at the end.
Are you ready? Let's begin!

 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.

Say the "Our Father"
Say three "Hail Marys"
Say the "Glory Be To The Father"
Say the "O My Jesus" Prayer
(These prayers are at the bottom)

The First Luminous Mystery: Baptism of Jesus
And when Jesus was baptized,...the heavens were opened and He saw the
Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him, and lo,
 a voice from heaven, saying, "this is my beloved Son, with whom
I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17)
All are called to become adopted sons and daughters of God
through baptism. We pray that children in the womb may be protected,
so that they may be born and welcomed into the Christian community
by baptism.
Pray (1) Our Father, (10) Hail Mary's, (1) Glory Be, (1) O My Jesus,
and then pray, Jesus Protect and Save the Unborn (See prayers below)

The Second Luminous Mystery:
Wedding At Cana
His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever He tells you."...
Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water."
 And they filled them up to the brim. (John 2:5-7)
 Let us pray for strong marriages,
rooted in the Lord, and open to the gift of new life.
Pray (1) Our Father, (10) Hail Mary's, (1) Glory Be, (1) O My Jesus,
and then pray, Jesus Protect and Save the Unborn (See prayers below)

The Third Luminous Mystery:
Proclaiming The Kingdom
"And preach as you go, saying "The kingdom of heaven is at hand."
 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.
You received without pay, give without pay."
(Matthew 10:7-8)
Let us pray that these first words of Jesus' public ministry may be
heard by all. May they know that the Lord calls them to conversion,
and may they experience life-giving repentance.
Pray (1) Our Father, (10) Hail Mary's, (1) Glory Be, (1) O My Jesus,
and then pray, Jesus Protect and Save the Unborn (See prayers below)

The Fourth Luminous Mystery:
Transfiguration
And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance was altered
and His raiment became dazzling white. And a voice came out of the cloud
saying, "This is My Son, My chosen; listen to Him!" (Luke 9:29,35)
May the eyes of all people be transformed, that they may see each
and every human life  as a reflection of the glory of God Himself.
Pray (1) Our Father, (10) Hail Mary's, (1) Glory Be, (1) O My Jesus,
and then pray, Jesus Protect and Save the Unborn (See prayers below)

The Fifth Luminous Mystery:
Institution Of The Eucharist
And He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and
gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you.".......
And likewise the cup after supper, saying, "This cup which is poured
out for you is the new covenant in My blood."
(Luke 22:19-20)
Let us pray that parents who sacrifice the babies for the sake of
themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake
of their babies.
Pray (1) Our Father, (10) Hail Mary's, (1) Glory Be, (1) O My Jesus,
and then pray, Jesus Protect and Save the Unborn (See prayers below)

 These are the prayers we pray following each intention:
The 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.
The 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
death. Amen.
The Glory Be - All 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.
O My Jesus - O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell,
lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need of
Thy Mercy. 
Jesus, protect and save the unborn.

 I hope these beautiful scriptures, intentions and prayers bless your life the
way you need them to. God is always listening, keep praying!
                                                       Bye for now, Sharla

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This Warms My Heart and Makes Me Smile!

Hello again! I went out to the shop and helped Jim put the banners on the frames!
They look great!


Out in the shop we are busy as can be - hanging up the banners that will be for
all to see! Jim fabricated the frames and painted them white, and we grabbed the
zip ties and hung them up just right! We will take them to St. Mary's on Thursday
evening - out by the Grotto - for everyone to see!


Blessings to you and yours!
Bye for now, Sharla


Memories and Change - Not Giving Up - Just Another Path!

Good morning out there! It is 65 degrees right now and it is raining! Oh, how I love
the sound of the rain pouring down. Last night I made a pot of homemade chicken
soup. I placed frozen, boneless, skinless chicken tenders in my pan and covered the
chicken with water. I added a chicken bullion cube, sprinkled a little bit of pepper and
a lot of garlic powder on top, covered the pan with a lid and let it simmer. I made a
pitcher of iced tea and then I added about a cup of chopped onions to my soup and
covered it back up. It started raining last night and the sound of the rain falling and
the aroma of chicken soup made a wonderful calming combination! I put a pan of
biscuits in the oven and added some frozen spinach to the soup. I buy the fresh
spinach and pour it into a freezer safe Ziploc bag and then I just shake out the amount
I need when I am cooking - it is easy and tastes great in soups and casseroles. It
would also be good on pizza and for cheesy, spinach quesadillas! I bought a bag of
frozen chopped onions to try out when I don't have fresh onions on hand or when I
am in a hurry. The Pictsweet Farm brand is really good. The bag contains two cups
of chopped onions, no salt or anything else added, just onions, and it only cost
$1.28 for the bag. Things like this are great time savers for busy moms! Another
item I have used is the dried, chopped onions that are with the seasonings and in a
seasoning jar. I usually cook in large quantities so I add about two tablespoons of
the dried chopped onions if I don't have the frozen ones on hand. Fresh onions are
great, too! And when I have them on hand and the time to cut and chop them up,
I do!  The soup tasted great! I love the broth! I wasn't going to eat a biscuit but I
did and it was worth the calories! Jim and I will have leftover soup for lunch.
The banner for the Rosary for Life came in yesterday and it is so colorful and
looks great. Jim measured it, went out to the shop and fabricated a standing frame
for it. He also modified the larger frame for the other banners we already have.
He really helps me out and I am very thankful for him. I wrote a post a couple of
years ago, "As a Couple, Being Pro-Life is Our Way of Life" and it is so true!"
Here is the link if you want to read it:
http://adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com/2015/07/as-couple-being-pro-life-is-our-way-of.html


The 40 Days for Life starts today. I have to admit....my heart aches a little bit.
The 40 Days for Life campaigns we held in the courtyard were all so special.
I know that the Rosary for Life will be special too. I'm just ready for it to begin.
Jim and I are going to St. Mary's Catholic Church tomorrow and hang up the banners.
I know that will help how I am feeling.
I just kind of feel like I'm not doing enough. It's hard to explain - I have been calling
people this week to ask them to sign up to come and pray for one hour each week
during the month of October. The devoted prayer warriors who would come and
pray at the courtyard are signed up and ready to begin but it is really hard to get
other people involved. I know that I should just be thankful for the ones who are
happy to come but my heart hurts because so many others don't see the importance
of praying for an end to abortion. Anyway, enough whining! I need to think about
this song we sing at Mass; we all have different gifts, different talents, and it takes
all of our gifts and talents to do what needs to be done. Praying for the unborn and
for an end to abortion is what I know God has called me to do and I need to
understand and accept that he has called other people to do other things!
The following are the words to the hymn:
We Are Many Parts by Marty Haugen
(Refrain)
We are many parts, we are all one body, and the gifts we have we are
given to share. May the Spirit of love make us one indeed; one, the
love that we share, one, our hope in despair, one, the cross that we bear.
(1st verse)
God all, we look to you, we would be your servants true,
let us be your love to all the world.
(Refrain)
We are many parts, we are all one body, and the gifts we have we are
given to share. May the Spirit of love make us one indeed; one, the
love that we share, one, our hope in despair, one, the cross that we bear.
(2nd verse)
So my pain is pain for you, in your joy is my joy, too;
all is brought together in the Lord.
(Refrain)
We are many parts, we are all one body, and the gifts we have we are
given to share. May the Spirit of love make us one indeed; one, the
love that we share, one, our hope in despair, one, the cross that we bear.
(3rd verse)
All you seekers great and small, seek the greatest gift of all;
 if you love, then you will know the Lord.
(Refrain)
We are many parts, we are all one body, and the gifts we have we are
given to share. May the Spirit of love make us one indeed; one, the
love that we share, one, our hope in despair, one, the cross that we bear.
I love that hymn and the message is true. I will take a picture of the banners
once they are hung up on the frames so that you can see them.
Today, I will add a picture, or two from one of our 40 Days for Life Memories -
please remember to pray for the people who are praying in front of the abortion
facilities - they deal with a lot of negative and hateful comments as they stand
out there -
peacefully praying and trying to share the message that help is available and
that adoption is a loving, life option.
God bless you all - near and far - may God bless you and your families,
wherever you are, today and always.