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.




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Prayers for You and Yours!

Hello out there! Another beautiful, sunny, fall day - The weather forecast implies that
we may be blessed with rain on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday - I sure hope so!
How are all of y'all doing out there? Earlier this morning I went for a walk and prayed
the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary as I journeyed down the path. There is sure a lot to
pray for - so many people to pray for - so many things to pray about. Sometimes it can
almost be overwhelming and that's when I start praying The Divine Mercy Chaplet or
The Rosary. The mysteries/scriptures of the rosary help me focus and when praying the
Chaplet of Divine Mercy - you are praying for the whole world.
Last Friday, September 15, 2017 - One of the scriptures in my Magnificat really stayed
with me. I will share it with you today:
Cry out to the Lord; moan, tears flow like a torrent day and night;
Let there be no respite for you, no repose for your eyes.
Rise up, shrill in the night, at the beginning of every watch;
Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord;
Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your little ones.
                                                         Lamentations 2:18-19
I think it is important to pray for each other. That doesn't mean it has to be a long prayer.
There are times when someone I haven't seen in years will just come to my mind. I now
understand that I need to pray for them. I'll say something like, "Lord, (say their name)
has come to my mind and I don't know where they are or what is going on in their lives
but I lift them up to you, O Lord, to care for them in whatever they are going through.
Amen." And of course we all have family and friends who need our prayers and most
of the time we know their situation and are able to pray more in depth.
Here is another scripture - one of my favorites. It is in my Magnificat (daily devotional)
also.
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice
over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all
things, hopes all things, endures all things.
                                                                               1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Sometimes, I just sing - and this is one of my favorite hymns:
We Are Called - Written by David Haas
Come! Live in the light! Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom, to live in the freedom of the
city of God!
We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly,
we are called to serve one another; to walk humbly with God.
The refrain from the following song is my constant prayer:
Lead Me, Lord - Written by John D. Becker
Lead me, Lord, lead me, Lord, by the light of truth to seek and to find
the narrow way. Be my way; be my truth; be my life, my Lord,
and lead me, Lord, today.


I pray that all of you have a wonderful weekend and I pray that you and your
families are safe and well.
                                                                              Bye for now, Sharla


Today is Saturday and we pray The Joyful Mysteries of The Rosary today.
The First Joyful Mystery is The Annunciation.







Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sometimes............You Just Have To Take That Leap of Faith!

Hello out there! It is a beautiful, sunny, fluffy clouds fall day. The temperature is 91
degrees right now and the high is supposed to reach 97 degrees. I don't know that
the temperature reflects fall weather but hopefully the days will start cooling off soon!
I haven't written a post in ten days and I have a lot to share with y'all!
Last week I traveled to the Ft. Worth and Dallas, Texas area. I went to Catholic
Book Stores all over that area promoting my book. I was blessed to have a place to
stay. My mom's cousin and his wife live in Irving and they are the sweetest couple -
they always make me feel so at home. It's hard to believe but my mom has been
gone forty-one years now - I was twelve years old when she passed away. I really
enjoyed visiting and reminiscing with her cousin and his wife - they are more like
an uncle and aunt to me. Now, back to my book store traveling adventures!
My agenda:
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 -
I left San Angelo after I put a roast with lots of veggies in the oven and made
sure the fridge was stocked for Jim while I was gone!
I traveled a little over four hours and found my first destination -
Keepsakes Books and Gifts in Pantego, TX (suburb of Ft. Worth) and met
with the owner. He has a wonderful Catholic gift store and I am hoping that he
will carry my book. He seemed very interested! He was so nice and he gave me
a brochure that had the addresses and phone numbers to other Catholic book
stores in the area.
Then I traveled to Grapevine, TX and met with the owner of Holy Grounds. It is
a really nice gift shop and they sell specialty coffee already packaged and they give
out free small cups of coffee for you to sample! It smells wonderful in that store!
I left a book with him to review. (Say some prayers for me!)
I was really tired and decided to go on to my cousins house and arrived there
about 4:15 p.m.
On Thursday, September 14, 2017 -
I traveled back to Ft. Worth and went to St. Anthony's Book Store and Church
Supplies. I met the owners, a husband and wife, and had a nice visit with them. I
left one of my books and my contact information with them. (Please say a prayer!)
I stopped to fill up my gas tank and then I traveled to Coppell, Texas and met with
the owner of Little Angels Catholic Store. She looked through my book and we
talked for quite a while. She asked if I had any extra books with me and yes, I did!
She bought four books and asked if I would sign them. I happily wrote a
little note and signed each book. If my book sells, she will continue to order them
from the distributor (Ingram-Spring Arbor)! Yay - Thank you, Jesus! Then she
told me about two more book stores I should visit!
Everyone was so kind and helpful - I was tired but thankful and joyful!
I went back to my cousins home and shared my news.
On Friday, September 15, 2017 -
I packed everything up and said my goodbyes. I was really tired but I wanted to
go to the other stores. One store was thirty minutes away in the opposite direction
of the road I take home. I decided that I better go ahead and visit that store while
I was in the vicinity. I headed east and started praying. I made it to Sacred Heart
Book Store in Dallas, TX. I carried in one of my books and my contact information.
I visited with a couple of the ladies that were working there. My book was given to
the manager and she said that she would get back with me after she read my book.
I looked around and bought a few things for my grandchildren. Another couple
came in while I was checking out and overheard me talking about 40 Days for Life
and guess what? They are involved with 40 Days for Life and I met her when Jim
and I were at the Life Walk in Austin in January 2016! I said goodbye and went out
to my truck. I thought about it and decided that I would like to give her one of my
books. I waited for her to come out of the store and gave her a book. She and her
husband seemed very pleased and I hope they enjoy it. I told her to pass it on when
she finishes it! I was tired when I climbed back into my truck but I said another
prayer and headed west - to St. Francis Family Bookstore in Grand Prairie, Texas.
I walked into another wonderful Catholic bookstore and there was a precious baby
asleep in a play pen. His beautiful mom was behind the counter and we had a
wonderful visit.
I gave her a book and she looked through it while I picked up a few more things
for my grandchildren. She said that she couldn't wait to read my book and I really
think that maybe they will order it. (Please say a prayer!)
I got back into my truck and headed home. I drove into our driveway at about
8:00 p.m. on Friday night and I was so thankful to be home! Jim and I sat down
to talk about my trip and then our daughter dropped by to leave cookies she had
made and she stayed to listen also. We all agreed that it had been a good trip and
now we will wait and see what happens. I thought that getting my book published
was the hard part - but promoting it - trying to get stores to carry it - is going to take
a lot more work than I realized!
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of my book and you live in San Angelo -
I am very happy and thankful to announce that Trudo's Religious Store carries my
book. If you live some where else - my book is available on Amazon,
 just type in the title,
"Adopted and Blessed: Words from My Heart" and it will come up. It is available in
paperback, hardback, and can also be downloaded - the Kindle version.
I hope it will be in other stores soon. It is also available online at Barnes and Nobles.
By the way - I have donated several of my books for different auctions. I am happy
to donate my book to good causes! If you have a church festival coming up and
would like a book for the auction just let me know!
And now...............the rest of my busy days!
This week I have been busy getting ready for our upcoming "Rosary for Life"!


Here is the information -
We are very excited to share the news about the upcoming Rosary for Life, being
held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in San Angelo, TX.
This event will be very similar to the 40 Days for Life. We will begin our prayer vigil
on Sunday, October 1, 2017 (Respect Life Sunday!) and go through Sunday,
October 29, 2017. The hours will be from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. every day. We will
pray in front of the beautiful Grotto that is next to the church.
And for all of you moms out there – the playground is right next to the Grotto –
so you can pray and your little ones can play!
You are welcome to drop by anytime between the hours of 7 – 7 Monday through
Sunday, but we do need people to sign up for certain hours as well.
We would love for there to be someone praying every hour during the twelve hours
each day! Just sign up for one hour each week (or more)! This is just for one month
and that means you would only be committing to 4 hours for the month to pray for
the precious unborn and their parents!
Example: Pray each Monday of the week from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
 – it is as easy as that! Please sign up – we really need some committed prayer
warriors! Another awesome idea: Have your weekly rosary group come pray in front
of the Grotto!
Calling all Knights of Columbus – we really need y’all to take a stand and be a
big presence! We have so many groups out there – Youth Groups, Life Teen Groups,
Guadalupano’s, etc! so it should be easy for all of the hours to be covered!
And guess what else happens during this special month?
On  Saturday, October 7, 2017 we celebrate “Our Lady of the Rosary”!
Wouldn’t it be great if we had large groups praying the rosary all day on this very
special day? We need you to say yes to this time of prayer.
Our country needs prayers, our state needs prayers, our families need prayers,
and our world needs prayers!
The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima is Friday, October 13, 2017 and we are
planning a big celebration for that night! We will keep you posted!
Please share this news with people in your parish, your faith groups,
and your friends and family!
Well, now that I have shared everything that is going on here - I hope that wherever
you are - your day is blessed, your family is safe, and that you feel God's love
surround you!






Monday, September 11, 2017

Praying and Praying Some More

Hello out there - The sunset was absolutely incredible tonight. I keep thinking about
how many people are suffering right now. I'm safe in my home and I think about
everyone who is staying in shelters, with family or friends, those who decided to
ride out the storm, and worse, those on the streets.  My heart goes out to
all the people in Florida and the islands where Hurricane Irma tore through. I just
cannot imagine that amount of flooding and wind. The damage done to homes, churches,
and businesses. All I can do right now is to pray for all of them.
I just wanted to write a quick post and say that I hope you are safe wherever you are.
God bless you all - Pray for one another.
Here is a prayer for the whole world -


The Divine Mercy Chaplet:
(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 and then 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. End by making the sign of the cross and saying Amen.
It 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. I've posted this prayer before but I felt like I needed
to share it again.
 May God Bless you and keep you safe wherever you are, wherever you live.
                                                                 Bye for now, Sharla

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Homemade Bread, Mom's Mixing Bowl, And Praying The Rosary!

Good morning out there! How are y'all doing? Jim and I were up early this morning
and as we walked outside we noticed the moon, it was so big and bright - a full moon.
Now, the skies are blue, blue, blue and the sun is shining bright. There was a cool
breeze early this morning - that probably won't last long!
Y'all know how I love to bake and cook. On Tuesday I put a roast in the oven and I
made a loaf of beer bread. I haven't made any bread since last Christmas and it just
sounded really good! When I bake, I get out my mom's big yellow mixing bowl and
my small wooden spoon and gather all the ingredients. There is something about
baking that comforts me - I just feel really at peace. I  hum and I sing as I measure, pour
and stir. I will share the recipe with y'all - it is so easy. I've shared it before and if you
have my book, the recipe is on page 249. Here is a picture of the beer bread right out
of the oven!



And now for the recipe:
Easy peasy and only 4 ingredients!
3 1/2 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
stir together
add 1 can (12 oz.) of room temperature beer (I use Lone Star because that is what Jim
drinks and so I have it on hand).
Stir until well blended, batter will be kind of lumpy.
Spoon into a greased (I use the Crisco spray stuff) loaf / bread pan. My loaf pans
are glass but the aluminum / metal pans work just as well.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes. This bread smells so good when
it is baking!
Melt 1/2 stick of butter (the recipe calls for 1 stick, but 1/2 is a little less fattening!)
Melt the butter and pour it all over the top of the bread and then put the
bread back into the oven for another 10  minutes.
Wait as long as you can and then slice and enjoy! Add more butter if you want, but
it really doesn't need it. This bread is great with soups, stews, a big pot of red beans
and as toast! I haven't tried it as garlic bread but I bet that is would be great that way also!


Well I better go and get busy because I have a lot to do today! Just a reminder - today is
Wednesday and I prayed the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary this morning! I will
post them again in case you would like to pray the rosary too!


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 Glorious Mystery is The Resurrection -
"Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised;
He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him." (Mark 16:6)
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 Glorious Mystery is The Ascension -
So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and
took His seat at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)
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 Glorious Mystery is the Descent of the Holy Spirit -
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in
different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:4)
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 Glorious Mystery is The Assumption -
"You are the glory of Jerusalem!.......You are the great boast of our nation!.....
You have done good things for Israel, and God is pleased with them. May the
Almighty Lord bless you forever!" (Jud 15:9-10)
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 Glorious Mystery is The Coronation -
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelations 12:1)
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."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.
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.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Blessings to you and yours!
Bye for now, Sharla



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pro-Life Links - Compassion, Healing, Care, Classes, Free Assistance - Help is Available for You and Your Baby!

Good morning out there! I hope your day is going well. I just added some links
to my Pro-Life Resource Section of my blog. I'm not sure if everyone is able to
see that so I am going to copy them below: Please share these links!


Pro-Life Resources






It is so important to tell people about all the help that is available out there! If you contact
any of these locations and tell them where you are - they will direct you to the services
that are closest to you!
Remember this - These agencies want to help YOU AND YOUR BABY!
These agencies will help you at no cost - their services are free!
If you know someone who is pregnant, scared and needs help - please, please -
let them know that help is available!


I am going to close with a quote from Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa).
"A Life Not Lived For Others Is Not A Life"



I hope you all have a wonderful day! Go out and be a light to others!
                                       Blessings to you and yours!
                                                    Bye for now, Sharla











Monday, September 4, 2017

Lead Us, O Lord

Hello out there - It's a beautiful day - the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and there are
some small, cotton ball looking clouds here, there, and everywhere. It is only
78 degrees right now - a little after 12:00 noon. The high is supposed to be 94 but
I'm hoping it won't get quite that hot!
There is a lot going on in our world right now. The pictures from the devastation
of Hurricane Harvey have been heartbreaking. I can't imagine losing your home and
everything you own. It looks like it will take several months, maybe even years, for
families to be able to rebuild or find another home. The deaths from this horrific storm
and the aftermath are the worst part of all. People trying to keep their families together
and find food and shelter for a long period of time must be overwhelming. I'm thankful
for all the agencies and churches and individuals who are helping all those affected.
Our local YMCA collected donations of diapers, water, hygiene items, blankets, clothes,
etc. and then delivered the items this past Friday. There was a special collection at all the
Catholic Churches in our Diocese this past weekend (September 2nd and 3rd) and I am
sure at many other churches as well. This money will be sent to help those in need.
The Red Cross does a wonderful job and we have the National Guard and so many
more out there doing what they can. The pictures of people being carried out of the
water, of the people pushing vehicles out of the way, of the boats going down the streets
picking up families and their pets, of the helicopters hovering as someone drops down
to lift another person up to safety - neighbor helping neighbor and stranger helping
stranger, the young helping their elders, and the elders helping the young. When some-
thing like this happens you realize how the petty little things you complain about just
don't matter anymore. This type of disaster really helps you put things in perspective.
Reach out and help in a way that you are able to. You don't have to donate a lot of items
to help - just do what you can. If everyone does a little then that will add up to a whole
lot! Drop off a 24 count of water, or a package of diapers, maybe some toothpaste and
toothbrushes, these are just ideas, but sometimes when we see such an enormous need
we just don't know what to do - so we don't do anything. Think of somethings that
are necessary items and then purchase what fits in your budget. And pray, pray for all
of the people affected by this disaster and other tragedies that are happening in other
countries in our world right now.
Sometimes when I stand outside and look up at the unending sky I think about how
amazing it is that we all have the same sky, the same sun, the same moon, the same
stars! It may be raining here and sunny there, or blues skies and no clouds here and
dark stormy clouds there, but really and truly we are all together - some farther away
than others but we all have good days and bad days, sunny days and stormy days, so
let's forget about what separates us and let's think about what unites us and remember
that we are ALL God's children and He loves ALL of us so very much. He is with us
through the good and the bad and He wants us to love one another.
This morning, while Jim and I were at Adoration, I read the scriptures, prayers, and
Gospel for today that was in my daily devotional, the Magnificat. I read the prayer
intercessions and then I quietly whispered to Jim that I wanted him to listen as I read
them to him. And now I am going to quietly whisper them to you. Take a deep breath,
and be at peace -
Intercessions
Let us pray with confidence to the God who calls us to travel
toward the kingdom that is to come:
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
We are your people, who walk the desert road to the Promised Land:
- keep us faithful to the demands of the journey today.
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
We are your people, called to follow Jesus, the Lord:
- make us steadfast disciples, freed from all that would hold us back.
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
We are your people, destined for the heavenly Jerusalem:
- give us strength to go on when we grow weary of the journey.
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
Add your personal intentions and then pray 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.

I hope that wherever you are - your day is filled with blessings, with what you need, and
with the knowledge that God loves you so very much!
                                                  Blessings to you and yours,
                                                           Bye for now, Sharla







Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sun Rays and Hugs from God!

Hello out there! How are y'all doing? It is a little after 6:00 p.m. and 95 degrees outside!
The window in my home office faces the west and I love to glance outside when I'm
in here "talking" to y'all. There are a lot of fluffy clouds out there right now and the
sun rays are shining through. I love to see the sun rays coming through the clouds -
I feel like they're a warm hug from God! I will have to post a picture I took one morning
when I backed out of the driveway. The sun was peeking over the top of our home and
the sun rays were streaming down and through our big oak tree. I stopped the truck and
just looked in awe at the beauty of God's work. The picture I took really seems to
capture the moment so I will share it with all of you out there, some near and some far,
and I just want you to know how much it means to me that you take the time to read
my stories.
In my daily devotional,  the Magnificat, one of the scriptures for today is from
Luke 8:11, 15
The seed is the word of God. As for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it
with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.
I pray that I will always embrace God's word with a generous and good heart!
May God bless each and everyone of you today and always!
Have a wonderful and safe weekend. Remember to say your prayers - God is always
listening and He wants to hear from you!
Look at the bottom picture - you can see the sun's rays shining through the branches
of the oak tree! I see "Hugs from God" - next time you see the sun's rays I hope you
see that God is reaching out to you!
                                 Blessings to you and yours! Bye for now, Sharla


Friday, August 25, 2017

Our Home - A Place Where You Are Always Welcome!

Hello out there! The clock just struck midnight and if I don't hurry I might turn into
a very sleep deprived and cranky gal! I received a wonderful gift today. My sweet
Aunt Carolyn will be staying with us for two, three, or more days - depending on the
the hurricane. I am sorry that she and her family had to leave their homes but I am
thankful that she is safe with us. Her daughter, my youngest cousin, and her two
children are staying with my son and his family. We heard that they needed to evacuate
and we told them to head this way - we don't like the circumstances but we are all
so happy to be together. I haven't seen my precious aunt in about five years. We
keep in touch on face book, we text, and sometimes we talk on the phone for a really
long time - but it was sure nice to see her beautiful smile and give her a great big hug.
I put a roast with a bunch of veggies in the oven this morning and stocked the fridge
with some drinks. They arrived about 1:30 and we put their three dogs in the backyard,
they seem to be adjusting well. They did bark at the sheep at first (they are in the field
right next to the backyard). I think our dogs are getting used to them also! I'm not so
sure about our cats! I hope that everyone who evacuated found a safe place to stay and
a place for their pets also.
My aunt and I have a special bond - we are both blessed to have been adopted at birth!
I am thankful for our lives and for the generations that will continue because of our
lives. Adoption doesn't just save one life - Adoption saves generations!
I better get some sleep - tomorrow will be busy - family time, lots of talking, coffee
drinking, good food cooking and eating kind of day!


                                                    Blessings to you and yours!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Blessings To Those Near and Far - Peace Be With You Wherever You Are

Hello out there - I hope you are all doing well. It really warms my heart when I look at
the stat section on my blog and see that people from other countries read my stories.
It is so amazing that my stories, written in San Angelo, TX are read by people in so
many countries; Germany, Turkey, Russia, Albania, Brazil, Finland, Vietnam, Portugal,
Ukraine, Indonesia, Argentina,and Bangladesh. Thank you for reading my stories!
I never dreamed I would be able to reach so many people when I started my blog
back in March 2014.
I don't have much time to write tonight but I wanted to share The Luminous Mysteries
of the Rosary with y'all again. I love praying the rosary - the mysteries/scriptures
help me focus on things I need to pray about and people I need to pray for! I hope you
all have a peaceful evening, a restful night, and that your tomorrow is full of love and
blessings!


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 (This prayer is at the end of the rosary)
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.
Stained Glass - The Wedding at Cana


Let's get started!
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 Luminous Mystery is The Baptism of Jesus -
After Jesus was baptized, he came directly out of the water. Suddenly the sky
opened and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and hover over him.
With that, a voice from the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son.
My favor rests on him." (Matthew 3:16-17) 
 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 Luminous Mystery is The Wedding at Cana -
His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever He tells you."......
Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them
to the brim. (John 2:5-7)
 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."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Luminous Mystery is Proclaiming The Kingdom -
"As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without
cost you have received; without cost you are to give." (Matthew 10:7-8)
 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 Luminous Mystery is The Transfiguration -
While He was praying His face changed in appearance and His clothing
became dazzling white. Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is My chosen Son; listen to Him." (Luke 9:29, 35)
 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 Luminous Mystery is The Institution of The Eucharist -
Then, taking bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
"This is my body to be given for you. Do this as a remembrance of me."
He did the same with the cup after eating, saying as he did so: "This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you." (Luke 22:19-20)
 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 hope that you have been able to follow the steps and I really hope that you
have begun to pray the rosary! There is so much turmoil and hate in our world
right now. I truly believe in the power of prayer and I know that God will
answer us. May God bless you all wherever you are!

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