It’s not too late to win!

It’s not too late to win!

Birthday Giveaway final hours

FINAL HOURS of the First Annual ‪#‎LifeisBeautiful‬ ‪#‎birthday‬ ‪#‎giveaway‬ – you know, THIS ONE … head on over to www.instagram.com/RealCatholicMom before midnight PST tonight. All the winners will be announced on the Church’s birthday tomorrow, the Feast of Pentecost.

Another sincere thank you to Elizabeth, Jen, Rebecca, Kendra, Rakhi, Jenna, Cristina, Heather, Shannon, Annie, Theresa, Adrianna, Ruth, Meg, Sue, Maria, SharonKatrina, and Lorissa for your kindness and support of this giveaway!

God bless y’all! … and good luck!

heather

 

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Life is Beautiful! RCM Birthday Giveaway Extravaganza

Life is Beautiful! RCM Birthday Giveaway Extravaganza

Once upon a time, lo these many moons ago, a young college student and her boyfriend conceived a tiny little life one unusually warm summer eve.

Despite swirling emotions, harsh judgements, and unfulfilled expectations, the young woman resolved to carry her child to term, flying in the face of advice to the contrary and the law of the land which allowed termination through the ninth month of pregnancy.

On a Wednesday morning in the month of May, the young woman delivered her first-born child, a healthy baby girl with dark hair and lungs the size of Texas.

Mere hours later, knowing her painstaking choice was one made with greatly sacrificial love, the young woman gave her little girl away to her new forever family.

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Every year, on this day, I reflect on the amazing collection of “yeses” that culminated in the precious gift of my life. I am keenly aware that, without each one of these assents, my life would be much, much different – or not at all.

It is with great thanksgiving and praise to God that I commemorate the life He’s given me, and I want to celebrate with YOU by having a little giveaway.

I must say – the response to my call to the Catholic community for a 40th birthday giveaway has been pretty epic – over 20 spectacular items to give away means there will be 20 individual winners – and there’s also a free ebook available to anyone who wants it. Everybody wins!!

My friend, you are not an accident, and neither am I. We have been wonderfully and fearfully made by a God Who knew us and wanted us for Himself before the beginning of time. I glorify God for the gift of your life and the gift of mine.

Without further ado, let’s get this party started! Head on over to Instagram to enter the giveaway, and be sure to tell your friends!

Thank you so very much to Elizabeth, Jen, Rebecca, Kendra, Rakhi, Jenna, Cristina, Heather, Shannon, Annie, Theresa, Adrianna, Ruth, Meg, Sue, Maria, Sharon, Katrina, and Lorissa May God richly bless you for your generosity and the great gift of your “yes.” Y’all are amazing, and I couldn’t pull this off without you!!

Peace and all good,
heather
P.S. – Happy birthday blessings to Jon, Fr. Pat, Christine, Kathy, Elizabeth, and anyone else who made their debut on planet Earth on May 6th. You are loved!!

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31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Winners (Day 15)

31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Winners (Day 15)

Hello, Friends! Happy Thursday, and Happy Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, who said:

“To reach something good, it is useful to have gone astray.” -St. Teresa of Avila

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Amen, St. Teresa, Amen.

She also gave us this classic quote:

“From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.” -St. Teresa of Avila

Now that’s my kind of saint.

Some of you loyal readers may recall that I posted about beauty last week, and featured these amazing Saints for All Occasions notecards. At the time, I said that one blessed entrants would win her own set of notecards, but, as is often the case, I was wrong. Dead wrong. After the post published, the amazingly talented Sandy DiPasqua, who cannot be outdone in generosity, said,

“Heather, what a fun post! How about we allow for not one, but ten notecard winners?” -Sandra DiPasqua

Are you kidding me?! Now, that’s my kind of giveaway!

So, if the winners* would pretty-please email their shipping addresses to: RealCatholicMom @ gmail {dot} com, and we’ll be sure your notecards get to you post haste! Please use “31Days giveaway winner” in your subject link. And I thank you.

Also, also, for EVERYONE who entered, if you have an iPhone and would like to receive the Novena app for free, please let me know, and I will pass this information on to sweet Sandy DiPasqua as well.

Claim your prizes, ladies!

Thank you, thank you for reading, for entering, and thank you so very much again to Sandra DiPasqua. You are one kind and giving human being, and I can almost guarantee that my readers will remember you in their prayers today. Right? Right. 

Until tomorrow, God bless y’all!

heather

*Winners (selected completely randomly) are: Kathy, Jeannine, Elisabeth, Lauren, Sarah, Katherine, Courtney, Alyson, Laurel, & Sterling. Hooray! -H

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31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Beauty (Day 8)

31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Beauty (Day 8)

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

-John Keats

Keats may have coined the phrase, but I first heard it from Mary Poppins. Anyone else??

My relationship with beauty is somewhat, um, complex. I don’t think I ever truly appreciated beauty it in all its various and sundry iterations until recently. The topic is probably best saved for an more in-depth post on another day. That being said, I do have a great appreciation for beautiful art, especially sacred art, which has had a profound impact on me and my ministry.

Fast-forward to today, and I am blessed to share something beautiful with you, dear readers, and offer you something unexpected – an opportunity to partake in the beauty shared! What joy!

Saints for all Occasions notecards are based on a collection of vintage holy cards belonging to Fr. Eugene Carella and meticulously curated by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua of novena.com.

One of the great things about these notecards, other than their striking beauty, is that there are an assortment of saints suitable to send for various occasions. Is your daughter going off to college? Give her St. Joan of Arc, patroness of bravery.

St Joan of Arc

Or send St. Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers to your Mom as a pick-me-up. Or you could send (Feast Day alert) St. Teresa of Ávila (invoked for healing), St. Thomas Aquinas (Patron of Students), St. Vitus (Patron of Laughter – who knew?), St. Julian (Patron of Hospitality),

St. Julian

and many more. Each of the 20 cards features a different saint and comes with envelopes in a gorgeous foil-stamped box.

Saints for All Occasions

Can’t wait to get your hands on them, can you? Well, please be sure to follow this blog if you don’t already and comment below for your chance to win your own box of notecards! The first 50 commenters* on this post, will also receive the novena app (for iPhone) for free, through the kindness of Sandra diPasqua, who is probably one of the most generous people I’ve never met in real life! Thank you so very, very much, Sandy!
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I’ll announce the notecard winner on October 15th, in honor of St. Teresa of Avila’s Feast Day. Purchase now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Until tomorrow, God bless y’all!

heather

*One entry per individual, please.

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SQT – The Visitation Project Loves Catholic Radio GIVEAWAY!!

SQT – The Visitation Project Loves Catholic Radio GIVEAWAY!!

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You guys. I cannot even tell you how awesome it has been to be part of The Visitation Project, and we haven’t even really hit the airwaves yet (May 3 at 7:30 p.m. PST, by the way). One of the truly amazing things has been to be part of the local Catholic radio station, whose board believed in our vision to provide fun, lively, engaging programming that reaches out to real Catholic women wherever they are. Well, my friends, it is time to give back. You may have seen #80Kin1day over on Twitter or IG, because it’s true – Catholic Broadcasting NW needs to raise $80k today to be funded for the next several months. No KBVM = No TVP. It’s that simple. So … we are asking you to give … by then we are going to give away some ridiculously fun things!

Instead of hammering away at a redundant post, I am going to send you on over to read all about the contest, sponsored by A Knotted Life, as beautifully written by my good friend, Bonnie Engstrom. You will notice that there are SEVEN THINGS in the giveaway (I couldn’t have planned it better myself … thanks, Holy Spirit!):

1) a free blog consultation from Bonnie Engstrom
2) a free copy of Rebecca Frech’s best-selling book, Teaching in Your Tiara.
3) a free copy of Matt Maher’s new album, Sinners and Saints
4) a free copy of All Things Girl: Truth and Teens, featuring Heather Renshaw
5) a batch of homemade, from scratch chocolate chip cookies, baked with love by me
6) a guest post slot on Shoved to Them, Rebecca Frech’s blog with over 40,000 hits a month.
7) a free ticket to the Catholic Women Rejoice conference, featuring keynote speaker Jennifer Fulwiler. (lodging and travel not included)

So, what are you waiting for? Go see Bonnie!Tell her I sent you.

UPDATE: The giveaway has been EXTENDED for online donations ONLY through the end of the weekend, so go over to www.aknottedlife.com to check it out! And thank you SO much to those who have already given. We are truly humbled and grateful. <3

Until next time,

Peace.

heather

Linking up with the ultra-rad Kelly Mantoan at This Ain’t the Lyceum.

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