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I am befuddled, perplexed, and lost for words and ways to help my husband, so we will be together again.  How can a person be helped if they repeat mistakes and are unwilling to look at and learn from the past?  It breaks my heart but I it is inexplicable to me how he thinks and acts, plus his inability to listen to advice and to try that advice to change for the better.

Right now I know the main thing I can do is to pray for my husband.  I pray that our marriage, a holy covenant, doesn’t fall apart but…

My heart aches…

God is in control. I know this. Even though things with my husband seem so discombobulated.

God Bless.

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I am honored and so very blessed to be given the Most Influential Blogger Award by The Mother of Nine9.  Thanks so much Melanie.

The rules: rules

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you

3. Answer 7 questions

.4. Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.


1. If you could create your own planet what would it look like?  There would be canyons, all sorts of flowers, a tram system for transportation, and the temperature wouldn’t go below 65 degrees. 

2. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?  I have to pick two.  I want to visit both New Zealand and Australia.  

3. Have you ever taken a long distance train trip?  Nope.  My only and first train trip was short and from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD.  It was much better than taking a bus. 

4. What is something you would collectively change about humanity?  People listen to their consciences. Humanity would embrace the sanctity of human life, the unborn to the elderly.  

5. What is your favorite song? Oh boy, there are so many I like. I enjoy listening to contemporary Christian music.  Eagle’s Wings is one of my favorite church hymns. 

6. If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet? Pope Francis 

7. If you could choose one symbol to represent you, what would that symbol be and why?  The Cross and the St. Michael the Archangel prayer.   I chose the combination because we need to stand firm against evil and be an example for what is good, true, and just in this world. The fact that Jesus died on the Cross to save all of humanity and conquered evil is why I picked the Cross.  St. Michael’s prayer goes hand-in-hand with the Cross in fighting against evil. 

Here are my nominations: 

Catholic Glasses 

Give Me Liberty 

Citizen Tom 


Catholic Cravings  

Random Ramblins 

Garner Goings On 

Being Faithful to Grace 

Maggie’s Notebook 

Sentry Journal 

Conservative Hideout 2.o 

Domine Canes 

The Camp of the Saints 

The Peanut Gallery 

Where Are You… Where Are You Going? 


Your seven questions will include 1,2, 5, 6 from above plus…  Who is your favorite saint?  What is your favorite animal?  Name a book that you have read (other than the bible) which has influenced your life and describe how it influenced you. 

I am feeling a bit under the weather so I’m going to relax tonight and notify the bloggers of their awards tomorrow. God Bless. 


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Today has been tough for me, kind of emotional. I had a doctor’s appointment with my PCP and she was extremely kind and comforted me.  After I left the doc’s office I stopped by a Catholic book store and bought a few meditation booklets. One of the books is called Little Francis Love Notes and helped brighten my day.  Here is one of the notes:


It has been a very, very long time since I have written a links,bits, and pieces post.  I am going to plan to do one of these per week from hence forward.

The Vatican website has a really awesome tribute in honor of Pope Benedict XVI. I found this via Apostasy Of The Apostasy.  I highly recommend you take a look at the papal tribute.

Here are some links to some great posts:

SR from Being Faithful To Grace has a post called The Teachings They Leave Out, About the Prosperity God

Catholic Glasses has posted about Adopt a Cardinal – Pray For Him.  I have adopted one. His name is Willem Cardinal Jacobus Eijk of the Netherlands. Please do adopt a Cardinal and pray for him as they gather for conclave to choose a new Pope.

Deacon Paul from Fra Angelico has a post called Beauty – “The Great Legacy” of Pope Benedict XVI. Here is bit of that post:

Beauty in liturgy the ‘great legacy’ of Benedict XVI

By Carl Bunderson

VATICAN CITY, March 1, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News) .  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be remembered in Church history for his work to recover the beauty of traditional liturgy, according to Bishop James D. Conley.

The head of the Lincoln, Neb. Diocese, who has been reading Benedict’s writings on liturgy for decades, said these works “will remain a great contribution to liturgical theology for years to come.”

“His great legacy,” Bishop Conley told CNA Feb. 27, “will be the re-discovery of the beauty of the traditional liturgy.”

Benedict awakened a “new way” of looking at the ordinary form of the Mass – the liturgy which came after the 1960s Second Vatican Council – “with a greater attempt to be more attentive to the rubrics.”

In the former pontiff’s view, Mass should be celebrated with beauty, dignity, and in continuity with the tradition of the Church, Bishop Conley noted. Continued Here

The Rainey View has posted The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had 

From CNA: Cardinals Set Date for Meetings About Next Pope 

On the first day that the Church is without a Pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the first general congregation of cardinals will take place next Monday morning.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, made the date public in an official letter sent to the world’s cardinal on March 1.

The cardinals will meet from 9:30 to 12:30 on the morning of March 4 in the Synod of Bishops hall on the second floor of the Paul VI audience hall. They will convene again from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the same place.

Prior to entering into the Conclave where they vote for the next Pope, the cardinals of the Church will meet for a series of meetings to take care of business and to discuss who they think will be a good candidate to succeed Pope Benedict.

The cardinals could announce when the conclave will begin after their first meeting, but there is no guarantee of the timing.

Dr. Taylor Marshall of Canterbury Tales has posted 12 Interesting facts about Benedict’s retired status

Simcha Fisher from National Catholic Register has posted Strange Goings-On in the Secular Media

I may end up doing another one of these posts real soon and have the links be on politics related stuff.

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Thank you very much Biltrix, The Rainey View, 1CatholicSalmonJade Jarvis , and 8 Kids and a Business  for giving me The Blog of the Year Award.  That means I have five stars! Awesome! I am so humbled, honored, and blessed to have been given this award by these thoughtful, insightful, and faithful bloggers.

Blog of the Year Award 5 star jpeg

Here are the rules for the award.

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required — and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award — http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group — click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting STARS!!!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award — and every time you are given the award by another blog — you can add another star!

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Congratulations to the following bloggers on being nominated for ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award (the blogs that already have six stars I gave honorable mentions):

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Last Tuesday I woke up feeling really jittery ( the more I do the more jittery I get), hard for me to think, feeling like I’m in a fog me just knowing something isn’t right with how I feel.  After talking with a couple people I think this is happening because I haven’t been put on hormone replacement therapy since my surgery.  I taught 4th grade CCD for the first time last night. With the Lord’s help I made it through teaching alright last night. My doctor will be back from vacation soon so hopefully I can get whatever is going on with me figured out. I have been given The Blog Of The Year Award by three very kind people. I thank them very much for the award and will get to posting on it very soon.  In the meantime here is some music from MercyMe.




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Before I left to visit my parents over for Thanksgiving I started having GI problems. They became a bit worse while I was away visiting family.  When I got back I started having more pain in my abdomen and pelvic region so I made an appointment with my doctor.  He examined me and said that I have an infection. It might be a result from the surgery. Not sure about that though. Plus I think I’m catching my mom’s cold. My doc told me to rest over the weekend. I have been following my doctor’s orders and taking the medicine but I honestly am not sure whether the medicine is helping or not because I still feel just as bad as I did on Friday.  I have two other doctor appointments, actually prescheduled from a month ago, but I hope that between the three of them they can figure this thing out and help me to feel better again soon.   I plan on watching the Steelers game today while I rest. Here are some links that I recommend you visit.

Loopyloo’s Blog – Refiner’s Fire and “This Baby”: Steven Curtis Chapman

The Blogging Thing – Freedom – But Still Bound? 

Catholic Bandita – Video: Advent in 2 Minutes – But Don’t Forget The Repentance 

Biltrix – We Proclaim Your Death, Oh Lord, And Profess Your Resurrection Until You Come Again!   and

Happy New Year!

Gracie’s Quest – Truth About Government…  

Bunkerville – Tribute To The Heroes of Benghazi – “High on a Mountaintop” 

Peanut Gallery – Christmas Carols: Angels We Have Heard On High 

Always Catholic – Let’s Do Ember Days … Why Not? 

Citizen Tom – What Does The Bible Say About Abortion? – Part 2 

8 Kids And A Business – The Duty Of The Moment 

Here are a few songs:








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I have been tagged by Biltrix.  The gentlemen over at Biltrix are so thoughtful. I thank them so much for them for tagging me.

If I tagged you that means You’re It.

Welcome to the Super-Blog-A-Thon!

Here are the rules:

1.  Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2.  They must also answer the 11 questions the “tagger” has set for them.
3.  They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4.  They must then choose 11 bloggers and tag them in their post.
5.  These “lucky” bloggers must then be told.
6.  No tag backs.

The disclaimer is so cool and awesome that I just had to swipe it from Biltrix. Do not feel obliged in any way to participate in this award. To that effect, the Sweats included the following disclaimer in their post to promulgate the award:

“The rules, which are not obligatory, by any stretch of the imagination… (in other words, please don’t feel obligated to do this if you have been tagged here),” that is followed soon enough by, “…should they choose to participate;  I will in no way be offended or disappointed should they choose not to…  Flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz will, however, swoop down on them when they least expect it.”

Here are the questions for me to answer: 

  1. Have you ever read a dialogue by Plato?  No. Not a word. 
  2. Do you know any foreign languages?  Si. Yo hablo espanol un poco.
  3. How good are you at math?  Pretty good. In middle school I took a high school test and did better than the kids in my next door neighbor’s class. 
  4. Are you a convert? Nope. I’m a cradle Catholic. 
  5. Would you like to renew your baptismal promises? Yes! 
  6. Do you reject Satan? Yes! 
  7. And all his works?  Yes!
  8. And all his empty promises?  Yes! 
  9. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? Yes!
  10. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?  Yes! 
  11. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?  Yes! 

If you got tagged here are the questions for you to answer. Those tagged are mentioned below the questions.

1. What’s your favorite, cats or dogs?

2. Have you traveled outside of the U.S.?

3. If the answer to #2 is yes name one place that you’ve visited outside of U.S.  If your answer is no then name one country that you would like to visit.

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

5. Who is your favorite music group or singer?

6. What do you think is the most boring to watch on T.V., golf, basketball or Nascar racing?

7. Which politician do you think needs our prayers for conversion the most?

8. Have you read any books by G.K. Chesterton?

9. Who is your favorite Disney character?

10. Who is your favorite actor/actress?

11. What is one of your favorite foods that you like to eat at Thanksgiving Dinner?

Drumroll…….. Here are the names I have tagged.

1. The Rainey View 

2. Mustard Seed Budget 

3. Lyn Leahz 

4. The Camp Of The Saints 

5. NoOneOfAnyImport 

6. Freedom By The Way 

7. Bunkerville 

8. Western Hero 

9. My Daily Trek 

10. Public Catholic 

11. Citizen Tom 

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