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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sts. Joachim & Anne Pray for Families Desiring Children

The journey of infertility and secondary infertility is a long and hard one. When my husband and I were married we really wanted to start a family right away and it was so discouraging that we could not get pregnant or stay pregnant. Finally, a couple years into our marriage we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl! Then ensued 3 years of secondary infertility. I am not sure which was worse the first round or the second round! So many mixed feeling about why did it happen before and it's not happening now, what's wrong with my body, why can't I do this! The stretch of infertility grew this third time around reaching nearly 4 years, but we are due in October with our first baby boy! We get the comments from people: wow you spaced that out great or perfectly. But no! That wasn't our choice! This ultimately reminds me that God is definitely in control and not us. When I was little about 12-13 years old,  I used to just pour over the old testament especially Proverbs and the Psalms and here is a verse that pops out so perfect for this and any other situation where we have all these ideas about how stuff is going to work out. “Many are the plans of the human heart,
but it is the decision of the LORD that endures.” -Proverbs 19:21
A perfect couple to turn to are the holy parents of our Blessed Mother Mary, Sts. Joachim and Anne! They were good God fearing people who deeply loved our Lord and prayed fervently for His will to be done. Back in their day it was shameful not to be able to have children and people even looked upon you like it was completely your fault and some side effect of personal sin if you were barren. What an awful trial to endure with such love and devotion to our Lord and people still scorned you just because of something not in your control! I can't even imagine.
Little is known or revealed about their lives, but they were finally granted in their very old age the blessing of a beautiful child, St. Mary who would become the Mother of God! One of my favorite books is titled the Mystical City of God by venerable Mary of Agreda a 17th century Spanish nun who this work was revealed to by Our Lady. It gives a wee bit of insight into the lives of these two great saints. You can find part of it in Audio and e-book for FREE at Mystical City of Volume one (the Conception of Mary) contains quite a bit of information on the life of Sts. Anne & Joachim. Mostly how they lived in love for God and each other. It is a beautiful example that any married couple can follow and not just those suffering from infertility.
One of my favorite books and this was my grandmother's copy that she gave to me...
Sts. Joachim and Anne, lift up to our Lord the petitions of families desiring the blessing of children. You waited so patiently and long for an answer to your prayers, please ask for others suffering like you for the Grace to endure and accept God's decision in their lives. Amen

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Way of St. James Game

Tomorrow, Monday July 25th, is the Feast of St. James. Here is something a little different than the usual coloring page...a cute saint game for your kiddos to play.
There are lots of great things to talk about with St. James. Did you know he was one of the few disciples of Jesus honored to be present at the Transfiguration? 
Below are some great links for other activities and resources about St. James

You can find all of our FREE coloring pages and activities here.
All of these awesome coloring & activity pages are brought to you completely for FREE, but it does take up quite a bit of my time, so if you are ever in need of a great Catholic gift please consider shopping for it in our little Etsy Shop SaongJai...

Looking Forward to Advent

Every year I have put together a FREE advent calendar and activity package usually filled with coloring pages for the saints during advent and other activities. Even though Advent is still quite a few months away, I am getting a jump start on it now because our new baby will be here in October and I think after that I won't have time to work on it. I'd love to know what my readers would like to see. New this year will be some of the cute saints as coloring pages, but please tell me something you would like to see in this awesome free advent pack.

This was last year's Advent Calendar /Activity Pack and you can find all of the other ones here or by clicking on the picture.

All of these awesome coloring pages and this yearly Advent Calendar is brought to you completely for FREE, but it does take up quite a bit of my time, so if you are ever in need of a great Catholic gift please consider shopping for it in our little Etsy Shop SaongJai... I don't let Google spam you with adds while you read here, or post affiliate links, or have advertisers/'s just me!

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Struggle is Real, but Rejoice in the Lord!

I doubt whether there are many perfect model mammas out there in the world. I certainly am not one of them, but if you are I am really happy for you and would hope maybe you could share some words of wisdom for the rest of us completely human ones! I strive and try my best to be that super mommy, but at the end of the day I still have laundry to do and maybe dishes too. I also have more than likely lost my cool a few times and get discouraged that after a great job cleaning my beautiful children have undone what took me a good while to accomplish in just minutes. At the end of the day we say our family prayers and I sink into bed asking Jesus to help me do a better job tomorrow!

All this week I wanted to get to daily Mass and it just didn't happen. I have one night owl todler that just wont sleep resulting in a real challenge to wake come morning, another older challenging one, and a baby on the way that is making getting things accomplished even more difficult. I am reminded by an old testament verse to rejoice because I serve a good and loving God! That wonderful God gave me my little blessings and when I look and see the simple joy in their smiling faces all the struggling and imperfection in my vocation melts away.
         "Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD is your strength!”– Nehemiah 8:10

So if you feel the struggle is REAL too just remember that rejoicing in the Lord is our strength. A smile is contagious and so is a cheerful heart and even thru our struggles we can choose to be cheerful. Jesus came to show us the way and that way was paved with struggles. Don't beat yourself up if you are not the perfect super mom, because our Lord loves you and will carry you through your struggling imperfect day and even give you the all Grace you need to try and do better tomorrow!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Printable Cute Saint Holy Cards Giveaway

I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway for these printable cute saint holy cards! There are 72 little saints all together. Five winners will be selected on Wednesday July 27th 2016 to receive a digital download set of these cute saint holy cards.

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You can find many other cute saint items in our Etsy shop SaongJai like patron saint kids rosaries, extra large holy cards, backpack clips or zipper pulls, coloring page sets, and all of the cute saint holy card printables!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cute Saint Alphabet Flashcards

Looking for some Catholic themed large alphabet flash cards you can print out and put up on your schoolroom walls? Well, look no further! I have just finished this adorable set of alphabet flash cards with cute saints in print, manuscript, and cursive. They print out on a full sheet of paper. I have printed them out and laminated them so we can use them playing games on the ground or in the yard and just to help them hold up so I don't have to keep printing them out.  You can purchase the PDF in our Etsy Shop.
Help your little ones learn the alphabet along with valuable lessons from the lives of the saints.

"Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit."- Saint Lucy 
"Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity."
-Saint Therese of Lisieux
"Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God."
- Saint Catherine of Siena

You can find a growing list of FREE Catholic coloring pages here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

FREE coloring page for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel & Scapular Giveaway

So just posting this coloring page again if any of you missed it last month. I was making some children's scaplulars and so posted this coloring page along with that. You can find the growing list of free coloring pages here.

We have a sweet children's Scapular giveaway going on if you want to check it out on our SaongJai facebook page!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

FREE St. Kateri Coloring Page

Today is the feast of St. Kateri Tekawitha. I managed to get a coloring page for her finished just for you. I hope you enjoy and especially your little ones too.

You can find the growing collection of all our FREE coloring pages here.

There are some great resources and ideas about how to celebrate St. Kateri in the links below:
St. Kateri from Shower of Roses Blog
More ideas on how to celebrate St. Kateri from Catholic Mommy Blogs

While these great coloring pages are made FREE for you, it does take a lot of time and energy to do so. If you are ever in need of a Catholic gift or awesome Catholic children's items, we would appreciate your consideration of shopping at our Etsy store SaongJai.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Catholic Preschool Printables SALE

So with summer well under way and fall around the corner, what plans do you have for the little learners in your life this coming school year? If you don't have something yet you may want to take a look at this adorable completely Catholic Preschool Printables PDF currently on sale. Even if you have plans already, I bet they don't include letter practice with cute little saints!

I really wanted something fun, colorful, and Catholic for my little ones all in once place I could easily print out. And here it is, 75 pages of letter practice with the saints, numbers, shapes, colors, and Catholic coloring pages. The neat thing too is that it's on SALE through the end of July. Just click on the picture or follow this link to our Etsy shop Saongjai Even at the regular listed price this printable is an awesome deal for what you get and it gives you the ability to use it at home for years to come. But $6 is just a spectacular steal for all that is included in the PDF.

Here is a peak at my little one enjoying the D is for St. Damien work page.