Happy Thanksgiving 2019


I wish you a truly blessed and wonderful day. Thank you for reading this blog, connecting with me, and for just being you. You are truly a gift.



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Goals for 2016 Update

I can’t believe it is June. Really?It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. How did that happen? I don’t know about you, but this year isn’t exactly shaping up the way I thought it would. My father-in-law had a heart attack and my husband had two heath concerns. Well, life happens and it is important to be flexible – something I struggle with!

To help me refocus, and as a way to stay accountable, I am sharing an update on how I am making out with my goals so far. It hasn’t been perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I am doing pretty well for the most part. It really has helped me to print out the list and check off each item as it is done. Anyway, without further ado, here is the update:

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Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Marriage Goals

  • Have a date night with Michael at least once a month –So far, we have made every month!
  • Read one book on marriage per month – Except for May, I’ve read at least one marriage/family book per month.
  • Write Michael a love note at least once a month – on track here.

Motherhood Goals

  • Read at least one book to Andrew per month – I haven’t necessarily finished a book a month with him, but I have been continuing to read to him, at least a little bit, every day.
  • Write Andrew a love note at least once per month (hat tip to Crystal Paine for the idea) – on track here and it has been fun watching how much he enjoys the notes!

Personal Goals

  • Exercise/stretch at least 3 times per week – I had some severe leg pain that preventing me from exercising for a while but I have been doing my walking tape almost every day since the beginning of May.
  • Do one bible study a month – if you are following along, you know I am on track (except for the session 3 reflection) with this because I have been blogging through the book!

Business Goals

  • Officially launch my self-publishing company – I am planning on launching this month, God willing.
  • Create/Write one journal or book per month – This has fallen by the wayside. I have put together a lot of ideas, but I’ve only completed three journals so far this year. Hoping to get back on track this month.
  • Write 3 blog posts per week – Mostly on track with this, give or take a week or two.
  • Do daily “Mercy Moment” Periscope, Monday through Friday – If all goes as planned, I am hoping to begin this next week!

Financial Goals

  • Save at least $10 per month – Not going as well as I hoped. We ran into some unexpected expenses which derailed our plan; however, I am hoping to get back on track soon.
  • Create a monthly budget with Michael and stick with it! – This is an on again/off again thing still. With Michael on the road so much, we don’t always get a chance to sit down together to do this. However, i am supposed to be taking over the bills soon and I will do it on my own, if I have to. 🙂

The perfectionist in me wishes I was further along with some of my goals but it is what it is. The good news is that I’ve made some progress and I keep reminding myself that that is enough. I just have to remember that I am further along than I would have been if I hadn’t made any goals at all. 🙂

Now it is your turn. How are you doing with achieving your goals? Do let us know in the comments!


Tweetable: Goals for 2016 Update

Goals for 2016

Like many others, I have spend some time last week reflecting on how I did with my 2015 goals and planning for the new year. I didn’t do too bad with my goals last year; however, finishing up school sucked up most of my time and energy that most of the goals were put aside. Thankfully, I graduated in May (with high honors!) and took a much needed break.

One big thing that I was able to do was self-publish a prayer journal, Catholic Prayer Journal for Women. It was quite a learning experience and I plan to do more (see below).

Goals for 2016

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In any case, for 2016, I am streamlining my goal setting and keeping them (hopefully!) short and actionable. Here they are:

Marriage Goals

  • Have a date night with Michael at least once a month
  • Read one book on marriage per month
  • Write Michael a love note at least once a month

Motherhood Goals

  • Read at least one book to Andrew per month (Now that he is reading so well on his own, this is falling by the wayside and I don’t want to let that happen anymore.)
  • Write Andrew a love note at least once per month (hat tip to Crystal Paine for the idea)

Personal Goals

  • Exercise/stretch at least 3 times per week
  • Do one bible study a month

Business Goals

  • Officially launch my self-publishing company
  • Create/Write one journal or book per month
  • Write 3 blog posts per week
  • Do daily “Mercy Moment” Periscope, Monday through Friday (more on that soon)

Financial Goals

  • Save at least $10 per month
  • Create a monthly budget with Michael and stick with it!

That’s it. My biggest goal is to be consistent in following these goals! On Wednesday, I will share my three words for 2016. Now its your turn. What are your goals for 2016? I’d love to know so please do share in the comments!


Tweetable: Goals for 2016

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

I pretty much bombed in the goals department last week. Apart from meeting with my career counselor and keeping up with my course work, I didn’t get anything crossed off. But, I’m okay with that. I went to visit friends in Virginia for Independence Day weekend and had lots of pool time/fun time with Andrew, and just plain resting up. It was just what I needed! 🙂 Now, I am ready to get back on track so here are my goals for this coming week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Finish reading Five Children and It to Andrew. (I really want to get this done!)

3. Bring Andrew to my mom’s so she can take him to Vacation Bible School. (She is keeping for a few days, so I should get a lot done. Boohah!)

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00 and get to Mass 3x times this week.

5. Read a chapter each day of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

6. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

7. Continue reading ahead for my class and write next paper.

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write two blog posts.

9. Start writing the “free gift” for the other website. (More on that project coming soon.)

10. Create/upload one video for website.

Now it’s your turn. Come join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

Yummy Peas and Macaroni Recipe

(editor’s note: This is another favorite that I am re-posting. Andrew still doesn’t like peas anymore but I still make it once in a while.)

This is anopeas and macther hand-me-down recipe from my awesome mother-in-law and a favorite in my family. 🙂 We don’t eat meat on Wednesdays and Fridays year-round ( and not just during lent), and this makes a quick and easy meatless  meal.

It also makes a good recipe for the summer since you don’t have to deal with a hot oven. 🙂

Recipe: Peas and Macaroni


  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 box Ditalini pasta
  • olive oil salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Line bottom of heated 2 or 3 quart pot with olive oil.
  2. Add onion and sauté until golden.
  3. Add peas and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir and cover pot.
  5. Simmer 20-30, or until peas are cooked through.
  6. Meanwhile, cook Ditalini according to package directions.
  7. Drain and put in bowl.
  8. Add peas and mix together.

Quick Notes

  • You may want to add more olive oil and/or salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with a garden salad and/or Italian bread for a complete meal!

(Joined to Works for me Wednesday and Recipe Roundtable.)

Other recipes you might like:

Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

Corn Pone

Peanut Butter play-dough

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is one of my favorite feast days: the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We know that the heart represents love and so this feast is yet another reminder of God’s great love for us, of the love that Jesus has for all of us; a love which compelled Him to become man, to spend 33 years on earth, to suffer horribly and die for us and to rise for us!

So for this week’s 7 Quick Takes I’d like to share some links about the Sacred Heart for you to pray over and think about:

1. EWTN devotionals.

2. SacredHeart.com.

3. SacredHeartDevotion.com.

4. Women for Faith and Family. (Page about the Sacred Heart.)

5. New Advent. (Doctrinal explanation of the feast.)

6. About.com. (History of the feast.)

7. Wikipedia. (Not a terrible explanation of the feast. 🙂 )

A blessed Solemnity, everyone!



What do you know about the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Some links…

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

7QT: Devotion to the Sacred Heart


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Catholic Linkup Blitz

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week and how I did:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary. (on-going)

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Do last minute shopping and preparations for Andrew’s birthday party next Saturday. The party was a great success! Pictures and update to follow soon.

5. Read “Wake Me in Spring” and take Andrew to library to get more books.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work.

9. Re-knit Kindle Cover and start scarf I’m making for a friend. (I get bored knitting scarves, so it takes me a long time.)

Blogging goals

10. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of April.

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!) I was going to take this off, but decided to keep it up one more week. If I have it in front of me, I may actually get it done!

Since we have just entered into Holy Week, I am paring down my goals for this week:

1. Besides my daily mass, rosary and bible time, spend some extra time in prayer and reflection on the mysteries being celebrated this week.

2. Help Andrew write out and mail his thank you notes.

3. Keep up with college course work.

4. Plan out blog posts for the month of April.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Special Family Time

This weekend we went to visit my husband’s Auntie Ceil who is ill. It was quite a trip being six hours away, but so worth it! My in-laws (father-in-law is Auntie Ceil’s brother) drove down from NJ with my husband’s grandmother who is visiting  from Italy and Auntie Ceil’s other brother and his wife in their motor home; we drove up from GA.

We had such a wonderful, grace-filled time! Auntie Ceil may be frail, but she is as sharp as can be! Her faith is as strong as can be as well and I am so inspired by her.

Of course, my son was in his glory in getting the undivided attention of all the adults in the house. He even got to stay up until 10pm which is way, way past his bedtime. 🙂

We talked, shared stories and celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday. My husband and in-laws took Andrew to the club-house pool while the others rested or cooked; and I got to read an actual grown up book for a while!

On the way home yesterday, I was so filled with the goodness of the Lord for the gift of family. Living so far from all of our family (mine and my husband’s) is hard sometimes, and having time with them like like we did this weekend makes me realize just how precious they are to me.

I was also convicted. It is so easy to get caught up with daily life that I often don’t take the time I could to stay in touch with my family and friends. I should, and that needs to change. I’m not someone who likes to talk on the phone, but that’s no excuse. The deepened relationships that result from the time invested is so worth it!

Menu Madness: June 13-19, 2010

Well, the menu never got done last week. I was in the process of putting it together when I found out about my cousin; so, although I wrote up an outline, I never got the menu posted.  (She’s doing okay, btw.)

We are going to be spending some time with family over the coming weekend, so I won’t be planning for those days.

Without further ado, here’s my weekly menu for next week:


Sunday: N/A
Monday: N/A
Tuesday: Cereal, with milk and banana
Wednesday: Waffles with strawberries
Thursday: Fruit and yogurt platter
Friday: oatmeal with raisins
Saturday: Blueberry pancakes


Sunday: N/A
Monday: N/A
Tuesday: Ham and cheese sandwiches, grapes
Wednesday: Peanut Putter play dough (for Andrew; PB&J sandwich for me), apples
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Tuna fish with carrot sticks
Saturday: Usually have late breakfast on Saturdays and forgo lunch


Sunday: N/A
Monday: Steak Fajitas (found skirt steak on sale!) with peppers and onions, rice
Tuesday: Chicken cutlets, mashed potatoes, asparagus
Wednesday: Tuna pie, salad
Thursday: Meat loaf, noodles and gravy, green beans
Friday: Pizza and popcorn (It’s family movie night!)
Saturday: Grilled hamburgers (with lettuce and tomato), homemade potato fries

What will you be serving your family this week?

Prayer need for a family member with lung cancer

Yesterday, my cousin (technically my cousin’s wife) found out that she has stage three lung cancer. The doctors are giving her about two-three months. It is heartbreaking for the whole family. She is only 55. My heart is heavy and I am so sorry for her.

She’s a fighter though. She told my mom that she is going to enjoy this weekend with her family before starting chemo. She’s going to do all she can.

Please in your kindness, pray for Michelle, that God give her the peace and courage that she needs. That she be healed if it be His will and that she has acceptance, whatever the outcome. Also, please say a prayer for the family; especially her husband (my actual cousin) and her children.  Thanks.

Prayer to St. Peregrine

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying) – For Michelle and all those suffering with any form of cancer. –

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.


(hat-tip to EWTN)

Btw, Let me pray for you, too. If you have any prayer requests, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the prayer list in my journal. God bless.