Such a great Advent wreath idea and extension into Lent found at Joywares.

 

Enjoy the coming holiday,

Many Blessings,
Sharired

Just for funsies….enjoy.

 

Oh and his name is Pickles.

Check out the article on The Best Cat page.

Shariprpl

 

 

 

 

MotherDayIn an attempt to slow down, decompress and stress less this past few weeks I realized that I had these coloring books (thanks to Harper) and a pack of colored pencils.

Just on the cusp of a lot of news casts and articles about coloring as a benefit to you. Yes, you, adults – a simple way to decompress and regain focus and concentration – coloring. With all the “to do” lists and never ending projects it can seem overwhelming and daunting. Regaining appreciation for something as simple as coloring can re-balance, refocus and re-frame your thinking and outlook.

Eleri Fowler, artist from Wales, has created beautiful coloring books – her two spring themed books Joyous Blooms to Color and My Mother, My Heart. A Beautiful mix of poetry and beautiful, truly a hidden treasure and example about simple joy in such a crazy hectic life.
LittleWay

Not to mention – I love books. A bookstore, book nook or book swap can suck me in. With all the “to dos” coming up and the stressful thoughts plaguing my peace and joy – challenging myself to dive in and just be is hard. So finding a unique book at the local library book sale was just what I needed to make my day. It wasn’t a coincidence; I had been wanting to pick up a book about St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the Little Way – I was pleased to find just the book – Let Us Be What We Are: The Joys and Challenges of Living the Little Way. Wondering if I had just made another dust collecting purchase, I came across a quote in the doctor’s office:

BE

Take time to breathe, take time to color, take time to enjoy the simple joys and sacrifices in life – in the spirit of One Thousand Gifts, be simple, be ordinary, be grateful, just Be…

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment below and tell me what special thing you love about your family. It’s as simple as that. You’ll be entered to win one of the coloring books Joyous Blooms to Color & My Mother, My HeartThis is perfect for a birthday, Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation or end of the year gifts. Please spread the word and retweet this link:

Enter Shari’s Sentiments Spring Coloring GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/pOGoC-tF

The Winner will be notified via email so make sure you add that to your comment form (it will not be shared). Only those who comment will be entered to win.

The Giveaway will end Saturday, May 14th 11:59 EST.

Remember to BE…blessed, loved and joyful,
Shariprpl

Canticle of the Sun
Saint Francis of Assisi

Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.

AMEN

 

The very stones will cry out!

Have a very Blessed Sunday,

Shari 001

San Clamente

 

Many people, even people in my own life, have said this very same thing…”I would never wear a cross, its an instrument of death.”  This same quote came up as I attended Good Friday service this year.  As the homily started, my ears perked up…reading an article from Crossroads Initiative by Dr. Italy – I soon found myself understanding with “why” we remember our Lord’s Passion – Good Friday – Victory of the Cross.

He read on and brought to mind an earlier post featuring an episode from the Catholicism series on The Church – it featured the mosaic [above] from the Church of San Clemente in Rome – it shows how the cross’s purpose and how it is not just victorious but yes indeed, fruitful – a tree of life, we are grafted onto the vine. It is a wonderful visual of how the cross is connected to the resurrection and LIFE everlasting.

Even Pope John Paul II said,  “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

 Have a blessed Easter!

Shari 001

So we all know that the best parts about Christmastime is family, food, gifts and FUN! Yes fun – nostalgic things like cookies, cocoa, movies and pie are some of the fun that makes the season enjoyable. This year one  of the fun gifts that came my way was —not a Ginger bread but a Ningabread cookie decorating kit — hysterical right. Yes.

Almost like the famed Gingy from Shrek.

Almost like the famed Gingy from Shrek.

 

Getting creative.

Getting creative.

 

Finished Ninjabread cookie.

Finished Ninjabread cookie.

Our Ninjabread ended up looking like Colonel Sanders with spiked gumdrop hair🙂. So that was the hysterical part and then a curious and yet strangely disturbing twist— you be the judge….

Do you want to eat a snowman?

Do you want to eat a snowman?

Merry Fun Christmas!
Shariorng