Welcome! This little blog is an artist's ramblings on striving to live out a faithful Roman Catholic life as a mother and wife. Plus awesome FREE Catholic coloring pages! Christ's Peace be with you. -Aleesa

Monday, March 6, 2017

5 Minute Meditation on the Stations of the Cross & Free Profile Pictures

I love the Stations of the Cross and one of my favorite things is making the Stations of the Cross and singing the Sabat Mater. It is perhaps one of the most moving things for my soul! I look forward with great anticipation each Lent for this. I sing it by myself through out the year often, but there is something special about making the stations and singing with others inside the church.

"At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping,
close to Jesus at the last,
Through her soul, of joy bereavèd,
bowed with anguish, deeply grievèd,
now at length the sword hath passed."
The English Hymnal, 1906.

I have made a series of Stations of the Cross profile pictures that you can use for facebook. Just save the image, then you can upload it as your profile picture. These have a traditional image with an overlay of purple and the words Pray, Fast, & Give Alms. They are also numbered with the Station in Roman Numerals. Which station moves you most?

For a quick 5 minute mediation on the Stations, play the beautiful music above while going through the stations listed below. Ask our Blessed Mother to walk you through them and try to imagine each station as if you were there walking to Calvary along side them.

First Station
Jesus is condemned to death

Second Station
Jesus carries His cross

Third Station
Jesus falls the first time

Fourth Station
Jesus meets his mother

Fifth Station
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross

Sixth Station
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Seventh Station
Jesus falls the second time

Eight Station
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Ninth Station
Jesus falls a third time

Tenth Station
Jesus’ clothes are taken away

Eleventh Station
Jesus is nailed to the cross

Twelfth Station
Jesus dies on the cross

Thirteenth Station
The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross

Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the tomb

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Paddy and the Wolves: Encouraging Little Ones to Pray and Praise the Lord (A Book Review & Giveaway)

I would love to share with all of you this great new children's book about St. Patrick titled Paddy and the Wolves written by Steve Nagel and illustrated by Jen Norton. I have been given a copy of this book and it's companion coloring book to by Gracewatch Media to review. I hope you get as excited about it as we are!

I never thought I would scour the world over for St. Patrick's Day celebration ideas before I married into a very Irish family. The McCarthy's take feasting on this day to a whole new level, one which was completely foreign to me. And it all circled around the food: corned beef & cabbage and loaves upon loaves of great Nanna's Irish soda bread. Now my little ones look forward to celebrating St. Patrick's feast day with great delight.

I am so thrilled to have been introduced to Paddy and the Wolves. It is a delightful children's book with gorgeous illustrations and will be a treasure for our collection for years to come. The best part of this book is that it encourages little ones to praise the Lord in a special way. If you want to breath new life into how you celebrate St. Patrick's day this year pick up a copy of this great book and it's coloring companion. There is also a great FREE printable board game that we will being playing after we read the book as a family. The kids had so much fun putting the board game together!

This book and coloring companion have just about everything you need to put on a great St. Patrick's Day celebration because in the back of the book there are activity suggestions, more information about the life of St. Patrick, and prayers!

What are some ways you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

And now for that cool St. Patrick Rosary Giveaway: A beautiful green stone rosary with Celtic crucifix and a St. Patrick center! The giveaway opens today 3/5/17 and will end next Sunday 3/12/17 Open to residents of the US and Canada.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Northwest Catholic Women's Conference


I am so excited to share with you an amazing Catholic Women's conference coming up this summer. Registration opens March 6th and the conference is June 23-24th in beautiful Central Oregon!

The theme of the conference is 'Abundant Life in Christ" An opportunity to gather with other Catholic Women from across the beautiful northwest to experience God's grace and true fellowship.

The conference is $50 (includes meals) and lodging is just $15 per night. I don't know about you but that s an amazing price. Although the conference is ending Sat you have the option to purchase an extra night lodging and more meals if you want to stay and soak up the peaceful serenity of Powell Butte Retreat Center.

There are some amazing speakers lined up: Heather Renshaw, Kelly Wahlquist, Most Rev Liam Cary, Bishop of Baker and Sr. Maria Gemma from the Dominican Sister of Mary Mother of the Eucharist! There will be Mass & Adoration in the lovely chapel and opportunities for confession. Also on site will be a vendor hall where you can pick up copies of all the speakers books and some sweet Catholic swag!

The lodging at the retreat center is bunk style in glamping cabins that sleep 8 with private bath! You have to bring your own bedding and towel but it is pretty lux for retreat accomodations in my opinion. There is also right next door Brasada Ranch a beautiful luxury resort and cabins if you want to step it up a notch.

Take a little look around the retreat center with photos courtesy of Marc Salvatore from AV Create

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Love More this Lent and FREE Printables

Well these past couple months have been a little rough between sickness, house issues, and tragedy I feel like I have had a jump start on prepping for Lent. Anything I give up or do more of seems like it will just be a piece of cake compared to what I have been through since Christmas!

So I have decided to just LOVE more this Lent. I am going to try and love Jesus a little more by  doing the following things:

1. Love my maker more by spending a little extra time in prayer & spiritual reading.
2. Love my hubby more by doing the little things that make his life easier.
3. Love my children more by listening intently to them as they talk and giving more time to them.
4. Love my home more by joyfully cleaning & decluttering.

Here is a printable you can use to write out your own list of ways you can love more this Lent too!

I thought it would be nice to layout all the days during Lent in an artistic calendar. While this may not be practical at all it is supper pretty and at a glance you can see if there is a particular saint being celebrated on a given day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FREE St. Brigid Coloring Page

I have more to say here and some resources for St. Brigid that I will come back and share later. In the mean time here is a FREE coloring page for her!

Great links for St Brigid:
From Training Happy Hearts
From Shower of Roses
From the Kennedy Adventures

Thursday, January 26, 2017

3 Things to Encourage a Loving Heart. FREE Printable & Valentine Giveaway

You can enter the Giveaway at the end of the post!

It is that time of year and the mush and gush of Valentine's Day is nearly upon us. I'd like to take a little different approach to it by pondering what Jesus says about LOVE in the verses below.

34 I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. 35 This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35 

I think this verse is simply beautiful and exactly what I want my little ones to be focused on every day and not just on a day like Valentine's Day. What better day to hit this message home than on Valentine's Day. Love begins at home says St. Teresa of Calcutta and Jesus wants us to be that shinning example of love for our children. So what kind of things do you do to encourage this selfless love in your children's hearts?

We live in an age and world that focuses so much on me, myself, and I. It can be hard to shape a selfless heart and truly love others as Jesus did. So I am offering three simple things you could do with your kids to encourage a loving heart in them.

1.A great little thing you could do is simply ask your kids how they think Jesus would want them to love others. You can read the 8 beatitudes to them for a little extra encouragement and then they can hear straight from the horse's mouth on the subject! And you can find them in the Sermon on the Mount, in the Gospel of St. Matthew (5:3-10)

2.Make a little game out of it by writing down these suggestions and then handing them out as little tasks or Mercy Missions to perform. I don't know what it is about the word mission or spies and secret agent talk, but my kids love it and I think using language that speaks to them helps to make life fun and AWESOME!

3. Read stories about saints that showed great love and compassion for others to your children. Kids love to be read to and there are some amazing saints that really loved as Jesus did. Some that I think would be great are: St. Teresa of Calcutta. St. JPII, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Elizabeth, Bl Pier Giorgio, St. Gianna Molla, and so many more!

And I did say FREE printable up there in the title, so here is a cute Sacred Heart Valentine printable for your little ones to color, cut out, and give away! Tip: if you save the image first, it will be easy to print out.

Last but I am sure not least in your mind is this awesome Valentine Party Pack Printable. I am going to give 5 sets away. They are a great little PDF that includes 6 pages. The giveaway is open to EVERYONE, starts today 1/26/2017 and will end on 2/8/2017. 

Although the raffle copter giveaway has ended, not many people entered so if you leave a comment about how you encourage your little ones to love others, I will select a an additional winner on Sunday the 12th! 

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The party pack and other printable Valentines are available in our one stop Catholic shop so check it out!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Coffee & Crayons: FREE Jesus I Trust in You Coloring Page

Today seems like a fitting time to post this FREE coloring page. Jesus I trust in you! Aside from a great way to start the New Year, that has got to be my motto for this month because we've had freezing pipes, clogged drains, and a leaking roof. So what do you do with all of that other than just trust in Jesus that He has and plan.
I am giving you two coloring pages one with all dark out lines and one with the flowers very faint so you could water color over them if you wanted to instead of coloring. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and get to coloring this pretty print out. I suggest if you want to paint this that you print it on card stock or water color paper.

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