I love pictures! Before the digital world I was not very good at being organized enough to get the camera clicking, get it to the store, develop them…..life was too busy back then, and pictures were not on the top of my priority list.

Then the digital world came…..digital cameras!!!!! I was STILL lousy at it. I always forgot the camera, never had the batteries charged and when I did get it together to take pictures, I couldn’t be bothered putting them on the computer.

THEN I got my phone. There have been so many times I have wanted to go back to the old flip-phone but the biggest thing that stops me is the constant access to a pretty darn good camera. And I love it! I have captured many moments that the kids will be able to look back on and remember…..

That being said here are PICTURES!! Click on the first one to visit the gallery.

And after you are done looking don’t forget the links at the bottom of the post!

LINKS, LINKS, LINKS…..

The following links are a smorgasbord of some interesting, inspiring, delicious or just fun stuff that you may find valuable in your own life. It does not mean that I endorse the whole site, just the individual posts that I have linked to.

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Visit The Catholic Gentleman for a couple of great articles!

“The once coveted iPaq was eventually disintegrated by a shotgun, but it taught me an important lesson that day: Don’t get too attached to the toys this world offers. For truly, all temporal things are more or less like that once shiny and dazzling iPaq. They are thrilling for a moment, but then quickly forgotten, to be used one day for target practice, or worse yet, to be left rotting in a landfill…”

Contentment: The Secret of Happiness

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“…..if you’re a man who wants to be pure, you’re going to be involved in a constant warfare against lust. Everything from toothpaste commercials toΒ weight lossΒ ads have some sort of sexual spin. After all, as they say, sex sells.”

Custody of the Eyes: What it is and How to Practice It

 

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Free Traditional Catholic Books

“Thanks to technology, and perhaps due to Christianity’s low status in our modern liberal age, there is a Β fantastic treasure trove of good, traditional Catholic books available for free or near-free. Below are links to valuable and timeless Catholic texts (including those written by great saints and Fathers and Doctors of the Church) that you can read and download for free. Take advantage of this – they have changed my life and will change yours, too. Tolle et lege!”

 

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You might be surprised when you read this list that you may be guilty of one or two of them.

10 ways you are being unfaithful to your spouse β€” and you don’t even know it

“Being alert to ways spouses can be unfaithful to their mates is vital. These 10 behaviors can lead to the ultimate unfaithfulness. Learn them and be on guard.”

 

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This lady ended this article by saying she married a hard-working man and she needs to thank his parents. I feel the same way. Maybe you will get a pointer out of this list that will inspire you make kids work up a little sweat!

15 Ways to Teach Kids How to Work Hard

“It was the first day of summer in 1984. He was 14 years old.

His dad woke him up before work and said there’s a load of sand in the driveway and shovel. He told him by the time he got home from work, he wanted the low spots in the backyard filled.

There were similar projects all summer long.

That’s how my husband was raised….”

 

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We love crochet over here, and we are into hats this fall, so the following are some cute free patterns:

Classy Crochet Striped Earflap Hat

Emery Beanie Hat

Crochet Cloche Hats….Darling!

 

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I’ve run across some neat sites for easy decorations to share with you for Christmas.

These festive ideas will fulfill all your Christmas decorating needs:

20 Magical Ways to Use Mason Jars This Christmas

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17 Lovely Pinecone Crafts for Holiday Decorating

Pinecones appear seemingly everywhere at our feet this time of year and yet we hardly notice them. Here are some creative and easy ways to bring nature home for the holidays.

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Here is a quick craft idea for some festive snowflake and ornament window decorations to add another crafty layer to your holiday decor. The inspiration came from this clever puffy paint doily tutorial from Doodle Craft.

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Here’s a couple of great Catholic Christmas gift ideas!!!

β€˜Sense of the Sacred’ Coloring Book

Catholic Trivia – Traditional Version

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The following are a couple of podcasts by Dr. Taylor Marshall you can listen to while crocheting or doing dishes!

6 Interesting Catholic Thanksgiving Facts You Need to Know

“When you’re sitting down for that wonderful feast on Thursday, here are 6 interesting Catholic Thanksgiving Facts you can share with your family. Print them out and read them aloud over some pumpkin (or pecan) pie!”

My Top 5 Advent Devotions

“My goal this week is to share my top 5 Advent devotions. In Western culture, the season of Advent is usually sunk under the weight of Christmas commercialism. In today’s podcast we’ll explore how to sanctify the season of Advent so that we can prepare a happy and holy Christmas.”

 

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Are you having a crowd for Thanksgiving dinner? Let Taste of Home help you here!

And here’s some fall baking ideas from Taste of Home

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Would you appreciate a 2 week meal plan that is budget and family-friendly? Here you go.

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I share this link, not because you haven’t seen it….I’m pretty sure you already have. But I was surprised to see how many Saint movies youtube has available for free! Just look on the side bar!

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Beautiful Video of God’s Handiwork:

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This is why kids need to put down the devices:

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We haven’t watched all of this yet but it looks good and is a beautiful testimony of God’s handiwork once again.

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Wow! The Daughters of Mary Sing “The Magnificat”:

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Don’t forget to get yourself one of these Maglets for the Christmas Season.

Save on shipping and buy it from Meadows of Grace.

Or at Amazon.

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