Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week:

1. Daily meditation, bible reading and rosary. Get to mass at least 2x this week.

2. Continue memorizing Ephesians 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Play miniature golf as a family. (Something we’ve been wanting to do for a while.) [I took pictures but unfortunately they didn’t come out very good. We had a great time, though!]

4. Read Stanley and the Magic Lamp and Two Magic Treehouse books (Tonight on the Titanic & Buffalo Before Breakfast) as well as two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. [We also went to the library and he choose a set of Magic Treehouse audio books to listen to; so far 5 books listened too. 🙂 ]

5. Work on the Science Exploration kit with Andrew that he got for his birthday.

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

8. Keep up with the college chemistry course I am taking. It’s going to be a tough class. I’m only a few days in and my head is spinning. [It is so tough but I’m holding my own so far!]

Blogging goals

9. Continue reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco.

10. Continue writing project and updating website. [Little progress with this due to the chemistry class.]

And here are my goals for this coming week:

1. Daily meditation, bible reading and rosary. Get to mass at least 2x this week.

2. Continue memorizing 1 Peter 1:6-7 (“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Read two of The Boxcar Children Books (The Pet Shop Mystery and The Hurricane Mystery) and  books  as well as two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew.

4. Work with Andrew on his Karate. He is going for his yellow belt next week!

Personal Development

5. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

6. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

7. Keep up with the college chemistry course. Take quiz two and exam one. Read ahead for the Unit Two.

Blogging goals

8. Continue reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco. I’m hoping to get this finished and the review up the end of this week or early next week.

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How to Make a Spiritual Bouquet

In my Ten Ideas for Hostess Gifts post a while ago, I mentioned that a great gift would be to make a spiritual bouquet. A spiritual bouquet is very easy and fun to make. You can make a spiritual bouquet for lots of occasions besides hostess gifts, such as birthdays, get well, holidays, feast days or for no occasion at all. 🙂  The effort and thought that goes into creating a spiritual bouquet is always appreciated by the recipient!

What is a spiritual bouquet?

A spiritual bouquet is nothing more than a card with a list of prayers and/or spiritual devotions that were (or will be) offered for a particular person. You can – if pressed for time – buy a ready-made card and just list the prayers you will pray (or have prayed). But, usually, the card for a spiritual bouquet is hand-made. The card can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

To illustrate how to make a spiritual bouquet, here’s a simple one that Andrew (with a bit of help from mama) made recently for a friend’s mother who was in the hospital:

First you need supplies, such as stickers, glue, pens, crayons, straight edge, etc.

Spiritual bouquet supplies

You also need card stock (Andrew insisted on using orange!), heavy construction paper or even poster board.

Spiritual bouquet card stock

Decorate the front of the card as you see fit. Be creative! Andrew just wanted flowers on the front of this card:

Spiritual bouquet front sample

Decorate the inside of the card, write a message and include a list of the prayers, devotions or alms that will be (or have been) offered up.

Spiritual bouquet inside

You don’t have to decorate the back of the card unless you want to. Andrew insisted that I show off the prayer card he glued and the pictures he drew in the back. (That stack of circles is supposed to be a layer cake, NOT a bug – like I thought it was!)

Spiritual Bouquet back

If you don’t want to make a card, you can make a spiritual bouquet collage by cutting out or printing out pictures, holy cards or scripture verses and gluing them to poster board. With a little creativity, you can make a spiritual bouquet anyway you wish!

You can even get several people involved in making a spiritual bouquet for someone, as well. A while ago, an expecting mom from a mother’s group I used to belong to miscarried. One of the other moms collected promises of prayers from all of us and created a large spiritual bouquet to present to the grieving mom. It’s was a wonderful way of letting her know how much we cared and were praying for her.

That’s it! Easy peasy. 🙂 If you’ve made a spiritual bouquet or two. I’d love to see it! Post a link to the image of the bouquet in the comments. Thanks!

P.S. You can download the free ebook, How to Make A Spiritual Bouquet, which gives more detailed instructions and examples here, no opt-in required: How to Make a Spiritual Bouquet