Friday, September 26, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Schooling updates, happy mail and rare footage


Thanks, Jen, for hosting!!


1.  I am clearly the mom who forgets to post first day of school pictures!

My boys started their new homeschool year almost a month ago and I have finally downloaded the photos from the camera onto the computer.





Although I would love to write a whole post on our new homeschool routine and why a tutorial has been a perfect fit for us, it will just have to be reduced to a quick take.  The transition to the tutorial has been good and hard.  Hard: carpools, packed lunches, lots of school work, and I miss my two oldest on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The good:  structure, structure, and more structure, lots of work, quality time with Andrew, and the boys really rising to the occasion.  My oldest will not totally admit it, but he likes it.  He really likes it.  He is really blossoming there and instead of it being a hit to his self-esteem (which I think he feared . . . . he was so afraid it would be really HARD for him), it has been a boost for him. He has become more confident in his own abilities and he has gotten better at working through the things that are more difficult for him.  We still spend A LOT of time on school, but it is more relaxed.  There is a lot less anxiety surrounding school work for both the boys and me.

2.  My girl


I finally figured out how to post this video to Youtube, so I could share.  I am not ashamed to admit that I watch this video between 5-10 times a day.  Cannot. Wait. To. Bring. Her. Home.

3. Adoption update

We are still waiting on travel approval.  But, we are fairly certain we know when we will travel.  Thank you all who prayed the Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, Novena with us!  While the dates are not what we hoped for and will interfere with my hubby's work a little, we have gotten confirmation that we can travel during that time without any issue for my hubby at work. Praise God!  I will let you all know when we officially know we will travel.

4. Happy Mail









This beautiful quilt came in the mail just two days ago. It was beautifully wrapped and it just made my day.  It will be packed and travelling to China with us, so Felicity can have it right away.  Thank you, Barbara for lending your time and talent to this perfect present!  We will treasure it and you!













4. Run for the Little Flowers 


The giveaway post is up! Go check it out, register and then get yourself extra entries into the giveaway by sharing about the run.  If you are local, we will have a fun meet-up  and send-the-Murphys-off-to-China party!!

Come, on you know you want to run and help orphans in China, all at the same time!

6. Holding on to this Truth





7. Little Flower Cuteness 


Happy weekend everyone!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Run for the Little Flowers Giveaway items!

I have been remiss in posting about the Run the Little Flowers Giveaway.  I have shared a few sneak peeks on our Facebook, page, but had not compiled the post.

Without further ado, here are this year's giveaway items:

1. Pale Blue Mountain Jade Stretch Bracelet made by Ike and Co Etsy Shop


2. Fuchsia dyed agate and crystal filigree stretch bracelet made by Ike and Co Esty Shop



3. $15 Gift Card to Starbucks


4. Happy Girls are the Prettiest tank from Transforming Beauty


5.  5 Pack Sampler of Shakeology Nutrition Shakes



6. So Loved Tee (size of winner's choice)



There IS more to come!!  
And if anyone wants to donate an item, please email me or leave a comment below.


Now, for the details of the giveaway . . . .

 All registrants are automatically entered to win.

You can earn extra entries by:

1. Getting a group together to run it in our area.  This can be your moms group, bible study or home school group, or just a few friends that decided to walk the block together.  Just let me know that you have done this and post a picture of your group on the run's facebook page after the run.

2. Take a picture of yourself before, during or after the run and post it to the run's facebook page.

3. Blog about your run and let me know you did so by commenting here.

4. Advertise about the run!  Share on your blog, facebook, instragram or twitter and let me know you did so by commenting below.  This can be done once a day!!

Let's get ready to run for the Little Flowers!!!









Saturday, September 20, 2014

Our Lady Undoer of Knots - Day 9

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots


Meditation for Day 9


Most Holy Mary, our Advocate, Undoer of Knots, I come today to thank you for undoing this knot in my life...You know very well the suffering it has caused me. Thank you for coming, Mother, with your long fingers of mercy to dry the tears in my eyes; you receive me in your arms and make it possible for me to receive once again the divine grace.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, dearest Mother, I thank you for undoing the knots in my life. Wrap me in your mantle of love, keep me under your protection, enlighten me with your peace! Amen.
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Friday, September 19, 2014

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 8

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots


Meditation for Day 8
Virgin Mother of God, overflowing with mercy, have mercy on your child and undo this knot...in my life. I need your visit to my life, like you visited Elizabeth. Bring me Jesus, bring me the Holy Spirit. Teach me to practice the virtues of courage, joyfulness, humility and faith, and, like Elizabeth, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Make me joyfully rest on your bosom, Mary. I consecrate you as my mother, Queen and friend. I give you my heart and everything I have (my home and family, my material and spiritual goods.) I am yours forever. Put your heart in me so that I can do everything Jesus tells me.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
Let us go, therefore, full of trust, to the throne of grace.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 7

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots



Meditation for Day 7


Mother Most Pure, I come to You today to beg you to undo this knot in my life...and free me from the snares of Evil. God has granted you great power over all the demons. I renounce all of them today, every connection I have had with them and I proclaim Jesus as my one and only Lord and Savior. Mary, Undoer of Knots, crush the evil one's head and destroy the traps he has set for me by this knot. Thank you, dearest Mother. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, free me!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of our people.



PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me