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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Inspiring things for now + later {Link-up with #5Faves}

Inspiring things for now + later {Link-up with #5Faves}

Linking up today for the first time EVAH with #5Faves, hosted by sweet Jenna!

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And awaaaay we gooo! From left to right:

1) Three words come to mind when I look at the crazy-awesome logos created for my under-construction site and this here blog by my amazingly talented new friend Erica at Be A Heart: Beautiful. Incredible. Mine. It’s enough to make a girl cry from joy.  Shhh … don’t tell anyone!

2) My pal Fr. J. recently traveled for a vacation + pilgrimage to Hawaii. Man. Some dudes have all the luck. Well, between the two of us, DH and I are celebrating some special stuff in 2016. So … I am hoping … and praying … and wishing … we can return to the place of our honeymoon next year. It is nice to reminisce …. and ponder the possibilities. #DreamBig

3) There are so many reasons I’m inspired by the #BISsisterhood right now – the daily devotions, the instagram photo challenges, the blog link-up – it truly is alllll good. If you’re in need of an authentic female Catholic community online, I invite you to check it out.

4) It takes courage, sometimes, just to live life – laundry, tantrums, misunderstandings, lack of motivation, soup on the floor and poop in the pants, having tough conversations, illness, feeling unappreciated/unloved/unseen, going to Adoration when I’m tempted to just go to sleep, staying off Facebook and skipping the chocolate. St. Teresa’s words inspire me to have courage for all the things (big and small) that come my way.

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Annnnnd ….

5) Who wouldn’t be inspired by these happy smiling faces? A fun moment where everyone was contently slurping their smoothie at the mall last weekend. #BirthdayBonanza

Until next time.

heather

 

 

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