Life is Beautiful Giveaway Winners!

Life is Beautiful Giveaway Winners!

Giveaway winners (2)

Happy birthday, Catholic Church! It’s Pentecost, y’all, and you probably know by now that I loooove extending a good celebration. So, let’s find out who receives the wonderful and amazing items from the First Annual Life is Beautiful Birthday Giveaway Extravaganza, shall we? Yes – we shall! Squeeeeeeeeee!! Here we gooooo!!!

Be A Heart print

@gracefulmom wins Ecce Fiat Magnificat watercolor from Be a Heart

 

Organic Mamas Shop bracelet

@katiesciba wins $25 shop credit from Organic Mama’s Shop

 

Happy Nest TeetherHappy Mama Bag

@mrs.amanda.c wins Teether + $15 credit from Happy Nest Home Goods

Call Her Happy Custom Rosette Necklace

@mrscandance wins Custom rosette necklace from Call Her Happy

 

Rakstar Designs Digital Downloads

@kristenfussner wins Downloadable print from RakStar Designs

My Little Felt Friends guardian angels

@stanzibecht wins Customizable Guardian Angels from My Little Felt Friends

rosary

@sylbass wins Handcrafted Rosary from Lore To Rosaries

How-to-Make-a-Miracles-of-Jesus-Felt-Activities-Bible-Quiet-Book-with-Pattern-and-Instructions-Cover

@teamshalom14 wins Miracles of Jesus activity book from Faith and Fabric

lovey

@rooney.sara wins handcrafted Cotton Lovey front Baby My Love

Printable Prayers Fruit of the Spirit

@leymariew wins Fruits of the Spirit from Printable Prayers

Printable Prayers Stella Maris

@beetakingfotos wins Stella Maris from Printable Prayers

Printable Prayers Adopted Too Fictional Friends

@jkwagner09 wins Adoption cards from Printable Prayers

 

Stephen Sylvester headshot

@becca_rightwhereiam wins Brand spanking new EP from The Sylvester Band

Annerys Homemade chain bracelet

@melody_lyons wins Chainmail-style bracelet from Annery’s Handmade

Punch and Peg St. Ann and babyPunch and Peg St. Ann and baby 3Punch and Peg St. Ann and baby 2

@gracekellysmom1 wins St. Ann + baby Mary from Punch and Judy Pegs

Happy Catholic Box confetti

@rosiehill425 wins June edition of the Happy Catholic box from The Happy Catholic box

Honeychild Forest print

@_lizetharenas wins Lovely print from Honeychild Forest

 

Handmade Embroidery necklace

@maryelizabethsh wins Cup of Love embroidered necklace from Handmaid Embroidery

In The Loft Mary holding Jesus

@kmgillio wins $5 credit from from In The Loft

Audrey Assad-Inheritance Cover

@sammyfamy wins Inheritance CD from Audrey Assad

love is my vocation

@anistonruss wins Two 8 x 10 prints from Hatch Prints

CWR grid

@daintycate wins One ticket to Catholic Women Rejoice from CWR

Catholic Threads

@radler1972 wins Joan of Arc t-shirt, thermos, and multi-colored bracelet from Catholic Threads

Hail Mary

@stivisoa wins Hail Mary poster from Meg Florkowski Creative

If you are one of the blessed winners, please send me an email with “Birthday Giveaway Winner” in the subject line and we’ll get your birthday gift to you as soon as possible. Many blessings to you and congratulations yet again!

God bless y’all,

heather

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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

Life is Beautiful

Ella Fitz

Written in honor of May the 6th both this and every year, past and present …

Today I celebrate and thank God again for the miracle of life. Today I am glad that I did not become a statistic. You see, today, more than any other, I am grateful for a young woman’s supernaturally courageous “yes,” – her fiat – to choose life in the face of adversity.

Having now experienced the joys and struggles of five pregnancies, I cannot begin to imagine the agony, the pain, and the sacrificial courage it took to give a baby away – to never snuggle her neck, never kiss her toes, never breathe in her baby smell – all because this young woman knew she could not be the best steward of the gift of life God had given her. Make no mistake – at any time, she could have said, “This is too hard. I can’t do it,” “This is my body, and I want it back,” “This is just a blob of tissue,” or, “I feel alone and unloved,” … but she didn’t. I believe she was able to persevere because she wasn’t alone in her courage. She had others – people who encouraged her, who supported her materially and spiritually, who prayed with and for her – so that she could, slowly but surely, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, month by month – CHOOSE LIFE for the baby growing inside her.

That growing baby, if you haven’t guessed yet, was me. My birth mother could have aborted me at any time. My time in the womb was post-1973, after Roe v. Wade, after thousands – if not millions – of babies had already died.

I honestly don’t spend a whole lot of time dwelling on “what ifs;” that’s too much energy that needs to be expended elsewhere (did I mention that I have five children??). Yet, on this day, I still like to reflect on my circumstances and encourage others to consider their own lives.

Do you know that YOUR LIFE is a gift, a miracle? It is!! Do you thank God for *your* life and the lives of those around you? Take time today to do so!! Do you – really and truly – foster a culture of life in your words *and* deeds? Please pray about this. Your affirming comment – your loving touch – could make all the difference in the world to someone today. So go forth today, dear friends, being salt and light to those you meet, and CHOOSE LIFE!!

And … enjoy my birthday. Because of a courageous young woman’s “fiat,” I know I will.

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