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