My new handmade Rosaries Saturday, Jan 31 2009 


For the past 2 months I have been working on some handmade rosaries to sell at a reasonable price. I made rosaries for each of our children for Christmas and I enjoyed it so much, that I decided to make a few to sell. I made three of each color, but I gave a few away as gifts. I enjoy giving them away much more than selling them. We'll see how this little home business works out for us.

I purchased the gemstone beads, flexible wire and findings at Fire Mountain Gems. I used mostly 8mm Jade and Jasper beads. I'm getting the spacer beads form our local bead store because I'm not able to find any that I like at Fire Mountain. I ordered the medals and crucifixes from Lewis and Company. They have a great selection at very reasonable prices.

Here are a few of the Rosaries I have made so far. Comments are open for anyone who is interested in ordering some rosaries. Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii, ora pro nobis!

Brown with a variety of red spacer beads (not available)

Brown close     

Coral with clear glass beads $33.00 (2 available)


dark blue with czech crystal beads $33.00 (1 available)

Dk blue   

light blue with czech glass beads $33.00 Sold!

Light blue   

black with czech glass beads $33.00 (2 available)

Black copy

pink with czech glass beads $33.00 (2 available)

Pink close   

purple glass beads with a variety of purple spacer beads $33.00 (1 available)

Purple glass close   

purple with czech glass spacer beads $33.00 (2 available)


red with czech glass spacer beads $33.00 (2 available)


Green with czech glass spacer beads $33.00 Sold!

Green close 

Multicolor with red czech glass beads $33.00 (1 available)


And the best rosary display ever… not for sale 🙂



Feast of St. John Bosco, confessor Saturday, Jan 31 2009 

Please stop by Catholic Cuisine to get a few ideas for celebrating the feast of St. John Bosco.

Stuffed Peppers

Bachelor Buttons

Small Successes 2 Thursday, Jan 29 2009 


1. My husband's clothes are all hung up and put away. He is SUCH a patient man. God bless him 🙂

2. I went to Costco last week and stayed within budget for the second month in a row. Our pantry and extra refrigerator in the garage are well stocked. Thanking God for all the bleesings he has given us.

3. I'm making 2 loaves of bread for lunch today. They're not done, but does that count?

What are your successes this week? Share them at Faith and Family Live!

15! Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 


Hard to believe that our little girl is 15 years old today. You are so beautiful and so talented. You are so much like your daddy. I cannot imagine our lives without you. Thank you for all the joy you bring to us and all the wonderful meals you make for us :-)  May God continue to bless you and keep you in His loving care. Love, Mommy and Daddy.

Simple Woman’s Daybook- Jan. 26th Monday, Jan 26 2009 

Simple_womans_daybookStop by Peggy's to see this week's Simple Woman's Daybook posts.

Outside my window…I don't really know. I think it's time to clean the windows this week.

I am thinking…about how much I love my children's smile when they greet me in the mornings. It always cheers me up.

I am thankful for…all the prayers offered for me and my children.

From the schoolroom…"Westward Expansion." See sidebar for list of books. I've been trying to work on this since Thanksgiving, but with all the Advent and Christmas reading, not much got done, so we begin again.

From the kitchen…cereal for breakfast and lasagna, salad and bread for dinner.

I am creating…more handmade Rosaries. I just ordered supplies to make 8 more Rosaries.

I am going…to take Marygrace out on a date for her 15th birthday this week. She's going to get her hair trimmed and then we are going out for Chinese food.

I am wearing…a long denim skirt, a fluffy brown sweater and brown leather boots. I love brown and blue together.

I am readingDivine Intimacy. You should really get one. It's spiritual food for the mind.

I am hoping…to get a haircut sometime in the next two weeks. It's only been 4 weeks, but my hair is growing in way too fast.

I am hearing…nothing. Everyone is still in bed.

Around the house…lots and lots of laundry. I think I need my mom to come over this week to help me out. Last week was way too busy and now it's a little overwhelming.

One of my favorite things… sitting in front of the Most Blessed Sacrament while praying the Rosary.

A few plans for the rest of the week…celebrating Marygrace's 15th birthday. Time goes by way too fast. Cherish your children!

A picture thought I'm sharing…fun with our Wii. Angela won the boxing match 😉

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Now I know why my kids like to cook Saturday, Jan 24 2009 

126_0002 This afternoon my 6 year old Angela was helping me make dinner. We she made rice, Salmon and French Onion soup. I made the rice in our rice cooker, I got the easy job, and Angela made the soup and Salmon. Of course, I sliced the onions, but she put all the ingredients in the pot and stirred to make sure it didn't get lumpy. She also flipped the fish until it was completely cooked on both sides.

I started getting anxious about not being able to help her make dinner. It's the controling nature in me. She wouldn't let me do anything. She kept saying, "No, I'm making dinner tonight." Finally, I asked her one last time if I could finish making the soup and she said to me, "No, you can't do it. You always burn stuff." Maybe this is why my kids like to "help" with dinner 🙂

Pictures from the March For Life 2009 Friday, Jan 23 2009 

Warning! The last four pictures are very graphic 😦

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Simple Woman’s Daybook- Jan. 19th Monday, Jan 19 2009 

Simple_womans_daybook Stop by Peggy's to see this week's Simple Woman's Daybook posts.

Outside my window…The day is overcast, but not as cold as it has been the past 4 days. It should be about 35 degrees today. 

I am thinking…heavy thoughts and a sorrowful heart.

I am thankful for…my spiritual director. God bless him for all his patience and wonderful advice.

From the schoolroom…all about Martin Luther King Jr.

From the kitchen…A gigantic pot of chili and some homemade corn bread.

I am creating…handmade rosaries. I am hoping to make enough rosaries to start a small home business.

I am going…to get a full day of school today and put the baby down for a nap so I can make 2 more rosaries today.

I am wearing…my favorite Eyore flannel pajamas. I didn't make it to Mass this morning, so my pajamas will stay on until I get a chance to go back up to my room.

I am readingDivine Intimacy. It's back in print!!! 

I am hoping…that the weather will be warmer on Thursday. I heard it was going to go up into the 40s. What a blessing that would be!

I am hearing…our 6 year old Angela playing high five. The baby is imitating her. It's so cute!. She has the sweetest litle voice.

Around the house…laundry to be started, dishwasher to be emptied, floors to be mopped and trash to be taken to the dump.

One of my favorite things…drinking coffee while reading Divine Intimacy and Liturgy of the Hours.

A few plans for the rest of the week…going to the March For Life with our 7 precious miracles.

A picture thought I'm sharing…the two Rosaries I have made so far. What do you think?



Prayer for the unborn Monday, Jan 19 2009 

HT Maryan

God and Father of Life,
You have created every human person,
And have opened the way for each to have eternal life.

We live in the shadow of death.
Tens of millions of your children have been killed
Thanks to the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Father, have mercy on us.
Heal our land
And accept our offering of prayer and penance.
In your love for us,
Turn back the scourge of abortion.

May each of us exult in hearts full of hope
And hands full of mercy
And work together to build a culture of life.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen

22weeks Sunday, Jan 18 2009 

This is a true story of a woman who was kept from getting her baby medical treatment after the child was born alive after an abortion.  The trailer is RIVETING and I truly feel it will horrify and re-energize everyone to fight abortion.  IT SEEMS TO BE SUITABLE ONLY FOR OLDER TEENS OR ADULTS. 

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