Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
We had just moved to South Carolina from Turkey; no family, just started to make some new friends, our furniture had not even been delivered from over-seas. Seeing your child fighting a life threatening illness is something that I wouldn't wish on anyone.
As the saying goes "God doesn't give you anything that you can't handle." We were able to come through this ordeal, we thank God for the abundance of graces he poured upon us.
We are very grateful for all our family and friends who prayed for her, and the wonderful care of the nurses and doctors at Medical University of South Carolina.
Monday, September 19, 2011
I am joining over 2900 Catholics to pray the St. Therese Novena!
I’m pretty excited to pray this with so many faithful Catholics around the world and I thought you’d like to join too!
There are thousands of people praying through this novena website and there will be millions praying around the world.
+ Sign up for handy email reminders to get the the novena prayers here: St. Therese Novena
+ If you have a website, post about it there!
+ Email your friends and family and get them praying too!
Let’s get all the Catholics we know to pray this novena together to St. Therese!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
We meet an incredible servant of God when we traveled to Mary's house in Ephesus. His name was Fr. Tarcy Mathias, and the first time I talked to him I felt I was in the presence of a Saint. His joy for our Lord and Mother Mary was contagious. The life he was leading was one of pure sacrifice. We had the opportunity to meet him twice, and we kept in touch for the past ten years. He was one of the first people I called to ask for prayers when Mystical Rose was diagnosed with cancer.
Back in January of this year we received the card below, with a note that Fr. Tarcy is no longer with us. I got the chills, when I read the date of his death, September 14, 2010. The 1st anniversary of his death would be my due date with baby #5. Within a few days we found out I miscarried, so we decided to name the baby Tarcy. I pray I live to see the day Fr. Tarcy is canonized.
I did a Google search for his name and it turns out there is a website dedicated to his life, and many articles about him.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Jesus, you made Blessed Teresa an inspiring example of firm faith and burning charity, an extraordinary witness to the way of spiritual childhood, and a great and esteemed teacher of the value and dignity of every human life. Grant that she may be venerated and imitated as one of the Church's canonized saints.
Hear the requests of all those who seek her intercession, especially the petition I now implore... (mention here the favour you wish to pray for).
May we follow her example in heeding Your cry of thirst from the Cross and joyfully loving You in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor, especially those most unloved and unwanted.
We ask this in Your name and through the intercession of Mary, Your Mother and the Mother of us all.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
We are really proud of them for earning / saving the money for this trip on their own. We are also so thankful for family and friends who helped them with generous donations. Please keep them in prayer.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Although I am missing my hubby ( on a trip for work) and "U" it's turning out to be a wonderful birthday.
Thank you mom & dad for being open to life, bringing me into this world and all the sacrifices you've made for me.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I want to share with you about an incredible experience. In the middle of January we found out we were expecting baby number five, and we were all very excited. Shortly after, I got an email about an Ignation retreat for women. I felt a real desire to go but was hesitant because I had never left GMAC overnight. Since I was pregnant I knew that unless I went now, I wouldn’t go on a retreat for at least 3-4 years. I tent to get really attached to our babies.
Fast-forward a few weeks we find out through an ultrasound the baby didn’t have a heartbeat. The baby should have been 8 ½ weeks but measured at 5 ½ weeks. It was not a total shock, as this was my fifth pregnancy and I tend to know my body pretty well. I just didn’t have any of the symptoms I usually had when I was pregnant. I was really tired at first, but a few weeks before I had stopped being so exhausted. Although it wasn’t a shock, the sorrow was still deep. It was bittersweet; this child was a gift from God, His child for us to bring up. My mom always said as a parent your job is to get your children to heaven. I found peace in having an intercessor in heaven.
The thought of going on the retreat was on the back burner at this point. I didn’t want to have a D & C; I didn’t want to deal with an invasive procedure unless I really had to; I wanted things to happen naturally. I was told by the medical professionals that since I was so early in the pregnancy, it would be like having a heavy period. As I patiently…well impatiently waited for the miscarriage to take place the thoughts of going to the retreat re-merged. Crucian Dad was very supportive so I finally decided to go on the retreat the day before it started. At the same time symptoms of the miscarriage had begun, I was a bit nervous about going away during this time, but the retreat center was only 30 minutes away.
I had never seen the women at the retreat before, I casually knew a couple of the nuns serving on the retreat, and I also meet one of the priests. He is a priest from the Minor Seminary that “U” is at and he had been told by “U” about our pregnancy and miscarriage. We meet him a year ago but he didn’t recognize me. When I told him that I was U’s mom, he immediately hugged me and said, “I am so sorry about the baby. “ Saturday evening, I was resting on a sofa waiting for the next talk when Father saw me and asked if I was doing okay. I said that I was fine but a bit tired. He placed his hand on my head and gave me a quick blessing. I was very pleased to receive it and thought to myself that was nice of him.
When I got up the next morning, I received a “gift”, the baby’s body came out intact, within the yolk sack, not as just shredded tissue. I was overjoyed yet so overwhelmed. It was 6:30 in the morning; I am at a silent retreat, among strangers. I placed the baby’s body in a Ziploc bag that I had in my purse. I didn’t know what else to do; I couldn’t bear the thought of flushing our baby down the toilet. I went to the Chapel, prayed for a couple of minutes. I was so overwhelmed; I walked out and wailed for some time, it was tears of sorrow and joy. I wasn’t sure what to do; I thought of asking Father if he would bless the baby’s body and maybe I would dig a hole somewhere…. Not sure of what to do, I asked God to figure it out for me. About an hour later I see Father outside the Chapel so I went to speak with him. He asked me “Did you sleep well?” I said “as well as could be expected.” Then he asked “Did anything exciting happen?” as if he knew. I told him what happened, he said he would bless the baby and we would bury the baby, and we were on holy grounds. I was so happy, God had it all planned.
Father made all the arrangements, the Lady who ran the retreat center (Dianne) found an amazing spot for the baby. During a period of rest Father came and got me and asked if one of the sisters and Dianne could join us. I was fine with that. Dianne picked the most amazing spot, in front of a huge statue of St. Mary with her arms open wide in front of a little lake. Father blessed the body with holy water, prayed, read from the Gospel. I was able to place the baby’s body into the ground. Dianne had a rose plant ready to be planted on top, so we would have it as a marker. Although it would have been wonderful to share this with the family, it might have been too much for GMAC. I was able to mourn in peace, and experience the joy of God’s love. What a blessing, what perfect timing, He had a plan, I just had to trust.
We want to thank all the family and friends for your prayers. The graces from the prayers is what is getting us through this so peacefully. Thank you for all the support and kindness you have shown to us.
*I just want to mention that I am not against having a D & C; this is just what I personally felt called to do
Thursday, January 27, 2011
- Your Love for God
- Your yearning to learn Theology
- Your love for family
- Your loyalty to friends
- Your wonderful laugh
- Your big smile
- Your ability to relate to kids of all ages
- Your sense of humor
- Your dedication to go to daily Mass
- Your some one we can count on
- Your determination
- Your desire to volunteer
- Your a good babysitter
- Your commitment to your team
- Your relationship with your siblings
- Your cool because you don't worry about being "cool"
- When you are around I never have to read any instruction manuals..You know how to put stuff together ... especially when dad is traveling that's real helpful :)
Mom & Dad
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I know you are wondering “what?”
Chukkumkurumalagum translates to dried ginger & black pepper; it’s a tea my mom used to make for us when we had a cold/ flu.
I didn’t like it so much when I was a kid, but my kids actually ask for it when they are sick. Rose wanted know how to make it so I am writing down the recipe. This stuff really clears you up.
2 cups Water
2 decaffeinated tea bags (you can use regular tea if you like)
1 tsp dried ginger powder
3pinches ground black pepper (you may adjust to your taste)
Place all ingredients in to a sauce pan and boil.
I usually sweeten it with honey, and serve.
Makes 2 cups
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between."
Friday, January 21, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The order he will (God willing) be ordained in has a unique tradition.
Every Friday night they make and eat Pizza! This Friday we decided to partake in this tradition
the order was founded in Argentina where they put chopped up boiled eggs on their pizza (its really good)