7 Things I’ve Tried to Boost Prayer

1. I actually had these Prayer Journal Stamps made after my post here: My Latest Prayer Gimmick. It was pretty easy, once I found the Rubber Stamp company that would ship to Canada! If you are motivated by To Do Lists and Checklists…this is a quick and easy way to transform a blank notebook from the dollar store into a personalized Prayer Journal!

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Hand-Me-Down Treasures

This is the time of year, I inevitably start to panic a little.  Our previous plans to avoid an extravagant Christmas are called into question as we marvel at the buying frenzy…and worry that we have enough for everyone…

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Advent Activity Gallery

Advent starts on Sunday! Are you ready?

I’ve been working on organizing a directory of Advent activities and crafts! This is what I have so far…but I will be adding to it!

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the Saints are calling

It is true… I am a fan of the Saints. I have eagerly read about a number of them over the years and I just keep getting blown away by their lives, their Faith and their examples of Holiness. In my passion for researching the saints, I have in the last year released a number of craft kits featuring my 15 year old daughter’s drawings of over 44 Saints!

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All Saints Coming Soon!

After my recent trip to Rome…I’m even more inspired by the Saints! All of them!

With the Feast of All Saints coming up…I thought I’d offer a sitemap of Saints activities and craft kits, along with All Saints resources I have collected online.

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7 Quick Things I learned in Italy

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I like to follow. Heading off for a pilgrimage with 27 people was a little daunting. I was wondering how that was going to work, touring busy Churches and sacred sites! I learned that I really like to follow the leader with the umbrella, totally free from testing my faulty navigational skills. I like having the saint relics, tombs and significant artwork pointed out to me…because I don’t want to miss a thing.

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7QT: A Playlist for a Pilgrimage

Only a couple more days before I jump on a plane to Rome! I know! I can’t believe it!

As hard as it is to believe I’m going to be walking around Rome NEXT WEEK…I’m also coming to grips with being away from my whole family for 12 days! I’ll be traveling with an extended-family-sized group of pilgrims, but I’m pretty sure that no one will be asking me to take them to the bathroom or cut their dinner into bite-sized pieces.

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7QT Back to School and Pre-Rome

Do I admit that I was thinking about altering my post about Packing for Rome…just to fit the 7 Quick Takes, so that I wouldn’t have to squeeze in a post before I go to bed? Well, I decided that there has been enough going on warranting a brand new 7 Quick Takes…but I’m hoping that I can write this pretty fast and catch some zzzzz’s. Here goes:

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The Identical, Vows, Tree, Party, Aquarium and a Pickle Bee

We’ve packed a lot into this second last week of the summer!

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We were happy to have the opportunity to view this new movie coming out: The Identical. Emily and I saw it and enjoyed the music, the wholesome family message and just the right amount of early Rock ‘n Roll rebellion.

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Feast Day Fun: Assumption!

August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption!

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Go to Mass today!

This is a Holy Day of Obligation…it’s the Feast Day commemorating the 4th Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. Mary’s body was taken up into Heaven.  Mary’s body was the First Tabernacle of Jesus…it makes sense that her body would remain in Heaven after her life on earth!

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