Monday, November 25, 2013

My Daybook :: November 25, 2013


Outside my window... 
It has been a beautiful day.  The sun will be setting soon and I probably should be making dinner, but since the baby toddler is still napping and the rest of the kids are outside playing I decided to pop in here instead!

I am thinking...        
about my babies in heaven.

I am thankful... 
for God's grace and the uncountable number of blessings He has sent my way.  God is Good, all the time!

Learning all the time... 
our thanksgiving break has arrived.  I'll be doing some Math lessons with the younger ones, since they fell a little behind during their trip to see their grandparents, but other than that we are all very excited to have the week off our "official" lessons.  Of course, that doesn't mean the learning stops... just that it is a lot more fun! ;)

Celebrating the liturgical year... 
today is the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria.  Since she is the patron for one of our daughters we also celebrate a name-day today!

Catherine of Alexandria from Lives and Legends of Saints

From the kitchen... 
a heart shaped cake.  It is perfect for today in so many different ways.

Spice Cake, Heart Shaped Pan, Dusted with Powdered Sugar

I am working on... 
cleaning and organizing our home...  Rose's Godparents and their six children (including our newest goddaughter!) will be spending Thanksgiving with us this year and they arrive tomorrow night!  We are all so excited!

I am creating... 
a meal plan for the next few days.

I am going... 
to run to the store tonight or tomorrow... I ordered some fudge from my friend Jacinta that I need to pick up and also forgot to by sweet potatoes!  (Note: Jacinta is offering 10% off through November with the code TISTHESEASON!  It's the perfect time to place an order for Christmas - it is amazing fudge!)

I am praying... 
the Act of Resignation to the Will of God from Mother Love   Such a beautiful prayer and there is a partial indulgence attached when united to performing your duties or bearing the trial of life.

May the most just, most high, and most amiable will of God be done in all things, be praised and magnified forever! 

I am reading... 
a new Advent and Christmas book that arrived in my mailbox today.   I was actually sent two copies - one to review and one to giveaway!  I hope you all aren't sick of the giveaways yet! ;)

Pondering these words...
from today's Quiet Moment in Catholic Digest:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths." 
Proverbs 3:5-6

Around the house... 
still so much to do to prepare for company and dinner will not make itself, so I had better get going... But I do have a review and giveaway to post first!

One of my favorite things...  
the surprises (I like to think of them as little gifts from heaven) that always arrive on November 24-25th!  Last year it was a St. Christopher picture book.  This year it was a stunning St. Therese Rosary from Gail Giron Designs!   I agreed to review one of her products and host a giveaway months ago and just love that it happened to arrive today, and is covered with roses!  Thank you Gail!


The pictures don't even do justice to this gorgeous St. Therese Rosary!   It is made with Rhodochrosite, Solid Bronze Medals and Roses, Faceted Crystals and all wire-wrapped for longevity.


My husband actually met Gail when he was on a fire assignment in Colorado last year and was admiring her rosaries after Mass!  Gail said this rosary she choose to send as a sample was very similar to the one he was looking at back then.  The quality and craftsmanship is simply outstanding!

Gail has a number of items available in her Etsy shop and also accepts custom orders.  In fact my mom, after seeing Gail's new ad in the sidebar, had me help her order three of the bracelets to give my sisters as Christmas gifts.  After they arrived, my mom mentioned that she wasn't sure she'd be able to part with all of them!  Since then she has placed a second order for a forth bracelet, and still hopes to order a couple more... I have a lot of sisters! ;)   Keep scrolling down to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a bracelet of your own! 

This week's plans...
  • Spend lots of time with friends and family! I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and Blessed First Sunday of Advent!  (Just in case I am not able to make it back to the computer this week... We'll see!) 

A Giveaway...

Gail Giron Design has generously offered to send a lovely Rose Bracelet to one of my visitors here at Shower of Roses!


Please visit Gail Giron Design's Blog, Etsy Shop and Facebook Page

You can enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter box below: 


72 comments:

  1. Ooo, the rosary is beautiful...I lost two babies. One was on November 27th...11 years ago and it was hard....still is!!

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  2. So beautiful...praying for you during this time.

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  3. That rosary is so beautiful... Thank you for hosting the bracelet giveaway!

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  4. Thanks for linking to your beautiful 2009 post.I'll be remembering you and your family at adoration this evening.

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  5. Beautiful post! Thank you!! I will also be keeping Gail's shop in mind for some of my own Christmas shopping!

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    1. That's a great idea- I was thinking of how nice it would be to buy for my Godmother.

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  6. beautiful, thank you for a chance to win. Christ's peace be with you!

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  7. Beautiful products! I will keep your family in my prayers. We lost two babies... one in November. I hope you have a happy, blessed Thanksgiving. Great news! My boys get to serve a Latin Mass once a week during Advent. Deo gratias. Hoping we can continue it after Advent as well.

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  8. How lovely Jessica! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family. May God bless you and your family.

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  9. That is such a pretty bracelet!! I love the rosary, too. Praying for you as you mourn the loss of your children. God bless!

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  10. Thank you, once again, for your innermost thoughts. It does touch many. I, too, lost a little one from a miscarriage and feel the sorrow. At the same time, the joy it is to have my three wonderful children whom I love so much. God bless you and your family during this Thanksgiving holiday. So very much to be thankful for.
    Laura.
    laura@gomezonline.com

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  11. Lovely bracelet! The best giveaways!

    marshgang11@yahoo.com

    Jacinta

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  12. What a beautiful bracelet! Prayers for you as you are missing your babies today.

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope you enjoy your company! Thank you for this give away chance- i really like the rosaries and bracelets and will have to take a look at her etsy store. I said an extra prayer for you today as you mourn the loss of your children... i, too, lost a daughter shortly after her birth to Anencephaly. She was baptized and is now our little saint in heaven. I thank God for giving our Anna Marie to us as it helped to strengthen our faith. We pray to her daily and am thankful to have an intercessor to help the rest of our family to get to heaven. God is good. You are a blessing to many and i am thankful to you for your blog and wonderful example that has truly helped my family live a more liturgical life. thank you for sharing with all of us! God bless you.
    Yours in Christ, through our lady, Dawn
    brizeka@optonline.net

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  14. Gorgeous rosary!
    I miss the pink rosary I had. Sadly, our dog thought it was mighty tasty.

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  15. How lovely! The rosary is just beautiful. I will have to go to her etsy site and look at what she has.

    You are in my prayers as you remember your children. May Our Lady lay a comforting hand on your shoulder.

    F. Thomas
    frankie2t@hotmail.com

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  16. A rose rosary! Isn't that perfect? A rose bracelet would be just as lovely.

    {Speaking of which, our Baby Rose was the first we lost. We include her in our family prayers every night, along with Baby Francis, Baby Lucy and Baby Thomas. Imagine the reunion in heaven, Jessica!}

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  17. You and yours are always in my prayers!

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway! (We like them;)) What a beautiful rosary! Prayers for you and your little ones!

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  19. Happy Thanksgiving, Jessica. We have six little ones in Heaven that my heart aches for, but I am comforted to know their sweet souls are with Our Lord and Our Lady. +JMJ+

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  20. So beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. Jessica,

    We have 7 on earth and 5 in heaven. God bless your beautiful family. I just love reading your blog!

    Barbara Ann
    mrsdarling61@hotmail.com

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  22. Thank you for all you do!!! You are such an inspiration to those of us who did not grow up celebrating these wonderful feasts.

    Patty V
    Deogratias4@live.com

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  23. What a stunning rosary! And the bracelet is lovely.

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  24. What a gorgeous rosary!

    My heart is with you in these difficult days. My heart is broken with yours but I like to think our babies are looking down on us from heaven comforting us with their prayers.

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! May you, your family and friends have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

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  26. Beautiful rosary! Gail's work is very nice.

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  27. Ooooh! I have been looking for good handmade rosary sites ever since I got a birth announcement from a niece yesterday!! She is the wife of my husband's blood nephew, and the only other member of his family that is Catholic (or, any kind of Christian at all), so I really want to send her a baby rosary. I am so glad to see a recommended site with such gorgeous work!

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  28. Happy Thanksgiving to your beautiful family!

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  29. Dear Jessica,
    As we have just lost our baby in the last couple of weeks I grieve with you.
    We lost our other precious darling over 21 years ago now and it still makes me sad.
    I would so love to win this as I feel we would benefit so much from it
    Blessings
    Gae

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous rosaries and bracelets! I think I'll be watching her etsy shop for another St. Therese one. Although I could place a special order... maybe I could nudge my hubby for Christmas...

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  31. That bracelet is beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  32. What a beautiful rosary and bracelet! Thank you for the giveaway and the inspiration you share with us. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  33. Lovely rosary and bracelet! I hope you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  34. Oh, how lovely! The rosary and bracelet are stunning!

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  35. What a beautiful rosary! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  36. Stunning rosaries! The bracelets are just lovely, too. What a wonderful giveaway!!!

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  37. So pretty! The rosary is especially beautiful!

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  38. Love it!! Thank you for the opportunity learn more about these beautiful products!

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  39. Praying for you at this time Jessica, I to remember the loose of our little one almost daily. A mothers love never ends, praying you have a wonderful Thanksgiving:)
    The rosary is so beautiful, thank you for the giveaway!

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  40. The loss of a little one is such a difficult thing. I am always at a loss for words. I will pray for you. I have suffered miscarriages and know that the hurt always remains and our beloved are never forgotten. Thank you for the giveaway. God bless.

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  41. This is a lovely giveaway, such a beautiful Rosary. I'm praying for you as you go through the memories and heartache.

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  42. Praying for you & your family at this time!
    megmcneely@yahoo.com

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  43. Such a beautiful giveaway! Do count me in. I will be praying for you and your family at this time, mixed with joy of the holidays and sorrow of loss. God bless you all.

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  44. A beautiful bracelet. Sending a prayer for you today
    ~Ruth Anne

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  45. What a beautiful rosary and bracelet! Praying for you and your family!

    Jennifer I.

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  46. Beautiful gifts! I'd love to win.

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  47. What a generous giveaway. I would give this bracelet to my son's godmother as a Christmas gift. I think she would appreciate it :)

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  48. Praying for you. No mattter how hard I try the pain is there. Your babies and ours are celebrating in heaven...it's all that gets me through sometimes.

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  49. You are such an inspiration, a strong woman in the face of sorrow! Thank you for sharing

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  50. I have a daughter Savanna Rose so this would be great for her if we win!

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  51. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing all that you do. You constantly amaze and inspire me. :)
    Donna Marie
    child of mary 2002 at yahoo {dot} com

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  52. Thank you for the chance, it is lovely!

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  53. Beautiful. My daughters were hovering over my shoulder picking their favorites!

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  54. The rosary looks great on the blog, so it must be gorgeous in person.

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  55. Such beautiful Rosaries!!!

    Thank you!
    Jennifer

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  56. Beautiful bracelet! Praying for you during these difficult days! :'(

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  57. So beautiful and would live a chance to win.
    Thanks and God bless!
    Elizabeth

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  58. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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  59. That rosary is so pretty. I love the colors of the beads.

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  60. Beautiful! I would love to win this for my older sister!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

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  61. This would be a beautiful Christmas gift. Thank you!

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