HAPPY SAINT Valentine's Day!

When Victor (another Catholic Blogger!) from Happy Saints graciously gave me permission to use his awesome saint pictures in a craft, I was so excited!  I just love this company and their adorable saint pictures!

These made an awesome matching game to help my 5 year old learn more about the saints…

…and she’s handing out her SAINT Valentine cards tomorrow…what a nice Catholic change from Barbie and Buzz Lightyear!

Check out the whole blog post for HAPPY SAINT Valentine’s
at Equipping Catholic Families.

Catholic Bloggers Network Share-A-Thon (Giveaway) $350 in Prizes Ends 2/27/12

Here it is! The first ever Catholic Bloggers Network  Colossal   Giveaway. Prizes total over $350 (with shipping) and up to 16 winners!

What are we giving away?

Thanks to all of the participating Blogs!

Miracoli Rosaries
Mountain of Grace
Wondering
Ladies Of Our Lady: Denver
Mountaineer Country
Hair Bows 4 Life Bowtique
A Slice of Smith Life
Happy Saints
From The Pews
Catholic Homeschool Support
Conservamom
Through My “I”s

Our Village is a Little Different
Blossoming Joy
My Life’s a Treasure

The Rosary Chick

Crafolic ~ Catholic Crafts and More!

Day by Day in Our World

A Catholic Life

Equipping Catholic Families (Arma Dei)

Homeschooling With Joy

Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints

How do you enter?  Please follow the Rafflecopter form below!  Each action is worth a certain number of entries….Best of luck!

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Welcome Jackie from My Catholic Family Circus

Hi my name is Jacqueline, everyone who is near and dear calls me by nickname: Jackie. I am a very blessed wife and mommy with many job hats that works for Free, but barters with hugs and kisses, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

I am a homeschooling stay at home mommy to 5 Lil’ Rascals for 10 years and schooling for 4 years. We also have a lil’ Baby Love angel up in Heaven above who sadly died of fetal demise in February 2008. Our extended pet family includes 2 cats Valentino and Tigger, and one cutie beagle Buster Brown. I have been married to my soul mate, best friend and husband Dennis for 11 years and blessed to know his beautiful soul for 14 years and counting.

Before my blessed mommy years I worked and aspired in a career in marketing. For 10 years I worked as a graphic and web designer and then as a project marketing consultant and analyst for several New Jersey and New York advertising agencies as well as newspapers in the tri-state area. I use my God-given talent and background in business to help me with my homeschool and mothering ministry. For a while, in my early mommy years I thought I was totally useless to the working world, but I slowly realized with help from many of my favorite Catholic authors and bloggers that this was not the case. God is awesome and He had a very definitive purpose for my life,whether in my career or as a mother. My background in business has helped me to organize and fulfill happiness in my domestic church (aka- my home) as well to properly organize my children in homeschooling and extracurricular activities. Because of the many online mommy blogs I read, I was able to learn about this beautiful and divine ministry of mothering and get out of my slump.

My personal goal with my family blog is to chronicle my Catholic family trying to live the word of God everyday through His grace and infinite wisdom. Life is supposed to be messy, and not perfect. I hope to chronicle the good times with the bad, and also to be able to payback forward and mentor those who are just walking into the divine and heavenly trenches of mommy hood, as it was done to me early in my mommy stages. It’s a beautiful ministry made from the hand of God. Our American culture is too quick in giving our mothering ministry a bad name. In time and with God’s grace, we as mother’s have to realize that we are not in control.

One day at a time, one thing at a time is my piece of advice to any mom in need of spiritual uplifting, and it may sound silly but always try to have God on your mind when you drink that glass of water.  It’s simple lil’ thing I do often during the day. I am always thankful to God, but the only time I have for prayer is when I drink a glass of water, and it’s for 1 minute, if that! =) As a mommy we will have our good and bad days. On those bad days with the kids frayed on your nerves and the house messy and husband getting at your last lil’ nerve, PRAY. It works and keeps you sane and happy. I truly believe it’s our divine vitamin from God.

It’s a hard walk at times to be a good mother and wife in this crazy world, but with Love and Faith and lots of Laughter, anything is possible with God! May the new bloggers joining this new network find comfort and mentoring in your words and life. May God bless you and find happiness in this new and beautiful Catholic Bloggers Network. Until next time…

Lovable, Capable, Valuable Plate

A special plate I made when our family was just beginning.

A friend shared the idea that although you could buy a “special” plate for birthdays this could be about more.

And so it marks life’s celebrations and even life’s disappointments with the reminder that in good times and in bad when this plate appears at your place in our family table….

You are loved….You are valued…You are capable.


Allison blogs at Totus Tuus & Catholic Homeschool


Our Lady of Lourdes ~ A Few Crafts and Activities

Our Lady of Lourdes Felt Doll/Statue ~ Craft
Here is another felt doll/statue! It’s Our Lady of Lourdes and she’s perfect to make and/or display on her feast day- Feb 11th. This doll/statue is a project that will require some assistance from older crafters who can use a hot glue gun to add the gold trim to Mary’s veil.  Or if you sew, you could sew it on, too!
For the instructions click here.
Our Lady of Lourdes Chocolate Grotto
I made this for my kids so we could celebrate
 Our Lady of Lourdes feast day (Feb 11).
It’s made with a paper picture of Our Lady of Lourdes

Weekly Round Up is Up and Running, Sorry!

The Weekly Round Up is up and running!
Sorry, last week’s Weekly Round Up may have been dated incorrectly: sorry for the confusion.
The Link-Ups are now open for an entire month in the 4 different categories:
 Scripture, Sunday Readings and Homilies,
Homeschooling and Liturgical Calendar,
Catechism & Apologetics
and Catholic Family Journal.
Post as often as you like…
let’s see how many posts we get for the month of February!
Come and Link Up and check back often!
Visit the other Catholic Bloggers and leave comments
and subscribe to their blogs to help build a strong
Network of Catholic Bloggers!
For previous posts, check out the Weekly Round Up Archives

Free Family Tree for Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time is a great time to launch some family traditions with
family culture-building crafts!
Here’s a simple way to get started making a family tree…and it’s a free printable!

It’s a new mini-Craft Kit, extracted from our Faith Journal
Hand in Hand with Jesus

There are two templates included with instructions. 

“My Roots” offers an opportunity for more info about each family member,
while “The Family Tree” offers a bigger picture of where all the relatives fit!

Download it at Equipping Catholic Families for free!

Host a Card Shower for a Priest!

Our parish priests put forth so much effort for us! They have a life of sacrifice, stress, and heartache with very little appreciation from we parishioners. We need to show these devout men that we are thankful for their sacrifice and living witness. 
How?
Host a Card Shower!

For those who don’t know what a card shower is….It’s when a large group of people join together to send cards to someone. Each individual should take a few minutes to send a store bought card or a hand-made card to the your parish rectory. Normally, the time frame for this would be over the course of a week or month. 
As the host you simply need to get the word out!!

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This is a perfect activity to do during February for Valentines day!!!
After all they don’t get a card from a wife!
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To learn more or for free printable fliers Click here

Lent Link-Up hosted by Equipping Catholic Families

Check out the Lent Link-Up hosted by Equipping Catholic Families,
as part of the Fiestas de Enlaces  (Festival of Links)! 
Link up your Lenten traditions, activities, practices, or sacrifices
that will be part of your family Lenten journey, 2012!
Let’s see how many of our Catholic Bloggers blog about LENT!
(Don’t worry…there are still 3 weeks left before Lent starts,
to decide what you’re going to do!)