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A Culture of Life

I was five years old when the Supreme Court ruled on the issue of abortion – too young to understand until I reached my teen years.  Roe v. Wade. I listened to a broadcast today by Focus on the Family which includes audio of some of the actual court proceedings from 1973.  It is well worth 25 minutes of your time.  If you haven’t guessed by now by reading my blog, I am a Catholic/Christian and I believe that life begins at conception.  I recently learned about a program supported by Focus on the Family called Option Ultrasound.  This program helps women in crisis SEE, BELIEVE and CHOOSE LIFE for their precious preborn babies!  Remember how much more bonded you felt with your babies when you saw the first ultrasound?  This program has saved an estimated 230,000 lives over the last 10 years!

It saddens my heart that many young girls and women are convinced that the “easy” thing to do is terminate a pregnancy.  Many women are desperate for a solution to an unexpected pregnancy and so they must make a choice.  Why must the choice be between life and death?  I have been blessed to have cousins, nieces & nephews, in-laws and many friends who were adopted, and I am grateful that my life has been enriched because someone I will never know chose life for their unborn children. To learn more, I encourage you to read/share The Sanctity of Life – a great resource for all stages of life from the womb to the tomb.

Upon reflection today, I realize how blessed I have been to carry and give birth to three beautiful children – my twin sons and my daughter.  Parenting isn’t easy; it’s downright scary at times. But it also gives us beautiful moments and opportunities to grow and reflect God’s love back to our children. He gives us the grace to do the best job we can. There is no greater honor than witnessing God’s creative handiwork!

A dear friend of ours lost her 84 year-old mother this week.  This woman was truly a “voice for life,” and her legacy will live on through her 10 children, 65 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.  She was a beautiful, faith-filled woman who trusted God and loved her family.  Just to be around her made me feel closer to God.  Whenever I saw her she made me feel important and was interested in my family – an awesome trait that she has passed along to all her children.  She and her husband were a beautiful witness to the value and dignity of all human life.

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Books Help

Bookshelf  You may think you will never have time to read again, but I’m here to tell you, “Don’t give up!” When my boys started napping regularly (yes, it will eventually happen!), I would grab a book and try to read a little on most days – even if it was only 15 or 20 minutes! I might have even popped some popcorn for a “healthy” snack. Who am I kidding — nap time is chocolate time!  Sometimes it was a childcare book, but most often it was an entertaining or inspirational story – a little escape from reality and sometimes even more energizing than sleep.  Don’t be afraid to give yourself permission to curl up for a few minutes with a book or something else you like to do.  If you end up falling asleep, that’s ok — time for you to rest and relax is important, too!  Believe me, your babies will not notice if the dusting or vacuuming has been done.  My boys are almost 21 and they STILL don’t notice if the dusting or vacuuming has been done – just sayin’.

I believe continuous learning is a great thing!
Below are some of my favorites with links if you want to learn more:

Andy Andrews:
The Traveler’s Gift – Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
The Noticer – Thought provoking and inspirational!

Vicki & Tom Dau:
The Marriage Alphabet –  Click HERE for your free e-book! OR purchase a copy HERE as a gift for an engaged or married couple. Contains basic truths that we need to be reminded of often to be successful in marriage and all relationships. 
Out of the River (by Vicki Dau) – A Parable of Empowerment, Freedom and Truth

Matthew Kelly:
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic – Click HERE to get your free copy.
Let God take your spiritual life to the next level or help reinvigorate your parish

Jan Karon:
The Mitford Series
 – Sweet, heart-warming, real-life stories about an unlikely family

Joyce Meyer:
Trusting God Day by Day – Short reflections are a perfect way to start your day

Erica Bauermeister:
The School of Essential Ingredients – A delicious slice of life that you will enjoy from beginning to end

Paul Coutinho, SJ:
How Big Is Your God?
Just as You Are
Will challenge you to grow stronger and deeper in your faith and in your relationship with God—a God whose love knows no bounds.

Connie and Alan Higley:  
Reference Guide for Essential Oils – Packed full of valuable information, this guide includes individual sections for the following: Science & Application, Single Oils, Oil Blends, Personal Care Products, Supplements, and a Personal Guide which is alphabetized by health condition.  I use this book almost every day! Click HERE to learn more.

Richard Paul Evans:
The Walk (Part 1)
Miles to Go – The Walk (Part 2)
The Road to Grace – The Walk (Part 3)
A Step of Faith – The Walk (Part 4)
The Walk (Part 5 – Coming Soon)
An unforgettable series about hope, healing, and the meaning of life.
The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me (for Women) – worth reading at least once for the financial health of your family.

Janet Evanovich:
Stephanie Plum Series
 – May make you laugh out loud – I don’t advise reading these in bed while hubby is sleeping.

Earlene Fowler– Great mysteries with a touch of quilting and ranch life

Mary Lou Quinlan:
The God Box – a new way to give your concerns to God

Dorothea Benton Frank:
Shem Creek
Isle of Palms
Porch Lights
The Land of Mango Sunsets
Stories about women from all walks of life and how their experiences make them stronger

Sara Gruen:
Water for Elephants – My favorite ending to a story ever!

Lorna Landvik:
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons – Do you know of ANY housewives that actually eat bon bons?

Anita Diamant:
The Red Tent – a biblical, fictional story of traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood, told in the voice of Dinah, daughter of Jacob.

Dr. Kevin Leman:
Have a New Kid by Friday
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
A Chicken’s Guide to Talking Turkey with Your Kids About Sex
Adolescence Isn’t Terminal

Mike Linderman:
The Teen Whisperer (I know it’s hard to imagine, but, yes, your babies will be teenagers some day!)

Emilie Richards:
Wedding Ring
Endless Chain

J. K. Rowling:
Harry Potter series (I started reading these because my boys were and I was hooked – I would actually sneak their books while they were sleeping and of course I stayed up way too late!)

Kathryn Stockett:
The Help – I liked the movie, but the book was even better!

Ron Hall & Denver Moore w/Lynn Vincent:
Same Kind of Different As Me – An incredible and memorable story

Jeannette Walls:
The Glass Castle
Half-Broke Horses
The Silver Star
Inspirational stories about overcoming hardships and abuse and learning to thrive

Susan Wiggs:
Her women’s fiction is real and true – she captures stories of the heart.

Larry Winget:
Your Kids Are Your Own Fault – Parenting is a tough job, and it’s easy to get discouraged.  Be persistent and check out these guidelines to help you raise your children to become responsible, independent, successful, generous adults.

Jacqueline Winspear:
Maisie Dobbs, A Novel
If you like mysteries, check this series out!

Dr. James Dobson:
The Strong-Willed Child – Almost every family has at least one – hang in there!

“Accept”

I was noticing a very pregnant woman at church recently, and I had a flashback.  I was about 7 months pregnant and feeling very cumbersome – – it was difficult to get comfortable anywhere I went, especially if there were no pillows. (Pillows are a pregnant woman’s best friends!) I had actually made it through the mass without having to go to the bathroom, and we were standing for the final blessing.  Usually, the priest or deacon will say, “Bow your heads and receive God’s blessing.”  But for some reason on this particular Sunday the priest said, “Bow your heads and accept God’s blessing.”  When my head was bowed, I was looking at my very large belly and the word “ACCEPT” really resonated with me.  These babies were truly a blessing from God.  I had only planned on one child at a time, but God had other ideas for our family.  He certainly knew how to get my attention!  I was apprehensive about becoming a mother to two babies at once, and this was only the beginning of my journey of learning to trust God.  It’s something I’m still working on today and probably will be for the rest of my life.

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     This makes me wonder how many blessings God has given me that I have not accepted or even been aware of.   I’m the kind of person that tries to do things on my own first.  The tape that plays in my head says, “I can handle this!”  So asking for help does not come naturally to me (and I suspect it’s the same for many women and men, too).  But I have come to realize that asking God for help eases the burdens we moms sometimes carry.  Our blessings don’t always come neatly wrapped and are not always as obvious as a new baby (or two!).  In hindsight, I see many blessings in disguise throughout my life, and I am more watchful now than I used to be.  What are your blessings?