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Recaping 2016

Hey guys!

I decided to write a post about how this year has been for me.

I feel 2016 has been a big year for me but also I can't wait to start 2017 and see what it holds.

2016 is the year I started to transgress from child to young adult. I am 17 but I feel like I didn't
start to really feel it til this year.

2016 also had its ups and downs too.... At the beginning of the year, my mom broke her ankle. For the next three months, my life changed a lot. I had to take on a lot of the responsibility around the house, taking care of my little brothers, and making dinner. And at the same time keep up with my
schoolwork as well. Thankfully, my tutor was very understanding so she gave me some freebies :)

I started my junior year of high school in 2016 and. I have started to look at collages and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and my future.

In November, my mom and sisters took me to see Phantom of the Opera on stage. It was the best thing ever and I am so blesse…

Quotes #2

Hey Guys!

Another round of quotes curtesy of Pinterest.



If you want 2017 to be your year:

Don't sit on the couch and wait for it.
Go out. Make a change. Smile more.
Be excited. Do new things. Throw away
what you've been cluttering. Unfollow
negative people on social media. Go to
bed early. Wake up early. Be fierce.
Don't gossip. Show more gratitude.
Do things that challenge you.
Be brave.




You are not the number
of A's you get in school,
nor the numbers of 0's in
your bank account after you
finished school.

Instead,
You are the number of ticks
you checked off your bucket list
and the number of smiled
you impacted on others
while doing the things you like.



Always be yourself. Don't ever let
anybody ever tell you you're not good
enough because God made you who you are
for a reason.


Who are you,
really?


you are not a name
or a height, or a weight
or a gender
you are not an age
and you are not where you
are from


you are your favorite books
and the songs stu…

Music of the Week #3

Hey guys!

I know I missed a week with this but it was the week before Christmas so I was a little stressed.

This week has a theme....

Here we go

Musicals!!!!!!!!!


I love musicals so much. Anyone who knows me knows that if they say a word that comes from a musical I will automatically start singing the song.


Onward!!!



Les Miserables- One Day More.
Okay so it was really hard to pick a favorite song from this musical cause I have so many favorites.
But this one holds a special place in my heart. It starts out with each individual parts and then close to the end everyone sings their parts together and I just sdkjlaksdhfjs




Phantom of the Opera- Music of the Night
I first listened to the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack when I was four years old. The 2004 movie had just come out and my sisters had become obsessed with it. So I got to listen to it too. Soon enough four year old me was going around the house singing 'Angel of Music'. I didn't fully like this song until I was 12…

Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas guys!

I know I haven't blogged in a week......and a half :(

I was baking cookies and cleaning my house. It was just really chaotic and I didn't even have time to think about blogging. So I'm sorry but here I am now.

My family knows me too well so I got a lot of books for Christmas. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
(book nerd alert)


The week of practices for the Epiphany play start next week so I'm excited about that.
I managed to memorize all my lines and my lyrics for my solos.

I'm really self-conscious about who hears me sing so I won't sing in front of people until I've known them for awhile so this is a big step for me.

I'm honestly not as nervous as I thought I would be but I guess that's just me growing up.

I will try to blog every night next week so I can tell you guys how practice is going.


Anyway, I hope everyone had a good Christmas.


Love,
-Lia

Music of the Week #2

Hey guys!!




Here's the second edition of my five songs for you guys.





Owl City- Fireflies
This song is very nostalgic. I feel happy listening to this song. I don't really know how to describe that so, here listen for yourself







Josh Groban- You Are Loved
This song has helped me a lot when I am feeling down and stressed out. The overall message is you are loved even if you feel everyone you know hates you, someone out there cares for you and that matters.




Peter Hollens- The Rains of Castamore
This song is amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I love his voice and the song is beautiful and I just can't.
Here listen...




Taylor Swift- Sweeter than Fiction
I'm probably going to need this song a lot for the next few weeks. This song is about being proud of someone for doing what they love. I love the message of this song and I hope it helps you too.







Christina Perri- A Thousand Years.
No words..... just no words. Listen to the song instead.






That's all for this week guys!!!
So sorry I was late…

The Epiphany Play

Hi guys!!!!! *waves*




Every year my church does an Epiphany play. This is a retelling of the conceiving of Jesus all the
way to the visit of the wise men.

This year I have been cast as Mary. (cue screaming)

This is a great honor and I can't tell you how excited and nervous and I am freaking out all over again.

It will be the first time I will sing in public by myself so yeah.........

I'm planning on blogging about the whole thing and will keep you guys posted on practices, and how the play goes

The play isn't til January but we need to practice now so all the little kids know their parts.

I am very excited for it and it will be a fun month and a half.


Love,
-Lia

Music of the Week #1

Hey y'all!!!  :)



I am a big music person. Most of the day, I have earbuds in. Music is my life and I don't know what I would do without it. Music has gotten me through some tough times so I will always be grateful there is music in the world.

Ok, Lia get to the point now!

Anyway I am posting five songs per week that I like. This will be any genre, though rap and screamo and other weird music I will not be posting.

-
Here goes!



Raelynn- Diamonds.
This song is Just. So. Amazing!!! (how many of these will begin with that phrase???)
Raelynn has an awesome voice and this song is so beautiful and I could go on but I don't want to spoil anything.







Diamond Rio- One More Day
This song actually made me cry the first time I heard it.
It's so beautiful. I just can't even find words perfect enough to describe it.




Hunter Hayes- Wanted
Those who know me know that I am obsessed with Hunter Hayes. This was the first song I ever heard from him and I have loved him ever since. This …

Quotes #1

I am finding a lot of quotes on Pinterest so I will post some of them periodically. I am a really big quote fan so expect a lot of these posts.

Also I am not sure who the author is on some of these so I you want to know just ask and I'll try to find out for you. :)



Fog on her glasses
From the still steaming tea
A book in her hand
As she casually reads.
A catch in her breath
As the climax grows near
She's deaf to the world:
The book's all she can hear
She's completely lost now,
Or perhaps she is found
In this strange paper world
That's far from the ground.




I love you just the way you are
but you don't see you like I do.
You shouldn't try so hard to be perfect.
Trust me, perfect should try to be you.




I will not be another flower,
picked for my beauty
and left to die.
I will be wild,
difficult to find,
and impossible to forget.



Roses aren't always red
& violets aren't exactly blue,
the society that we live in
never seems to speak the truth.

Sm…

St. Cecilia Patroness of Musicians

Hey y'all!!


Today is the feast day of St. Cecilia. She is one of my patron saints so I thought I would make a post about her.



St. Cecilia lived in the early days of the church. On her wedding night, she was praying to her guardian angel and her husband, Valerian, came into the room and saw her angel.

He wanted to know who the angel was so Cecilia told him to go see the pope. Valerian and his brother were received into the Church and were martyred shortly after.

Cecilia was ordered to give up her faith and she refused.

She was imprisoned in her bathhouse which was heated to a very high temperature.

Cecilia was left in the bathhouse for three days. She remained unhurt.

The judge ordered her to be beheaded. The executioner struck her three times and her head was partially severed from her body. She lay on ground for three days and expired on the third day.

St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians. Its great that I'm named after her cause I sing a lot. I mean a LOT.

My …

Just Wanted To Share This With You Guys.

I found this poem on Pinterest and I like it so much I thought I would share it.



Don't cry because he told you,
That his love has slipped away,
Because I once knew a boy,
Who watched the sun rise every day,
One morning I sat with him,
Wrapped entirely in my awe,
But he said he'd viewed so many,
Six a.m. was all he saw,
And you're a brilliant sunrise,
With your darkness-breaking light,
But I know he's forgotten,
Life without you is just night,
He cannot see your beauty,
Since he's taken it for granted,
But that doesn't mean it's failed,
To leave the rest of us enchanted,
You deserve the love of someone,
Who'll watch you rise over again,
And may they never come to see you,
As another six a.m.

-e.h.


-Lia

All Saints Day

Hey guys!


Sorry I haven't posted anything for a while. I've been a bit busy(aka homework, joy)

Anyway I had some free time on my hands and decided to make a post.



November 1st was All Saints Day. It is a holy day of obligation. A holy day of obligation means you are required to go to church that day. It's like a Sunday during the week.

Our church had its All Saints Day party on November 6th. All of the kids in the parish dress up as a saint and our priest and the adults have to guess who they are.

Basically, all the kids in our parish look through saint books and try to find the most obscure saints no one has ever heard of. It worked too. Our priest had the hardest time trying to guess. It was really funny!


Me, I didn't dress up. I stopped dressing up when I turned 13. It just wasn't as fun as it used to be.

After the guessing is finished, the teenagers in our parish set up games for all the kids to come back and play. I was in charge of the St. Peter's Fis…

Pray For Our Troops

Today is Veteran's day. The day dedicated to all American Troops, those who have served, those who are serving and those who have fallen in service of their country. 
One of my favorite quotes about the fallen is 
Remember: Someone sacrificed their tomorrow so you could have your today. 
So, Please please pray for our troops, especially those overseas and their families. 
(Saint Adrian is the patron saint of soldiers, by the way)

Feast Days in November

November is just a few days away! November's theme will be All Saints.

Nov. 1-All Saints

Nov. 2 - All Souls

Nov. 3- Martin De Porres 

Nov. 5- St. Elizabeth, cousin of Mary and mother of St. John the Baptist.

Nov. 13 - St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

Nov. 22- St. Cecilia

Nov. 28- St. Katherine Laboure

Nov. 30- St. Andrew

There is a novena that goes from St. Andrew's feast day until Christmas. It's very beautiful. You can look it up yourself, but hopefully, I will post it one here soon


-Kat

North and South

Last week my mom and I watched BBC's North and South for the first time. I can honestly say it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. It was so good! I decided to write a review to express how much I loved it.

WARNING: if you have never seen North and South leave now to avoid spoilers!




But if you decide to continue reading anyway, enjoy the spoilers I know you will read.












North and South is an amazing period drama set in 1800's England (who doesn't love a good British
drama??) I fell in love with the costumes, the scenery, and the actors who brought the characters to life.


I have never read the book so this is a review on just the mini-series. You can be sure I will buy the book as soon as possible.





Daniela Denby-Ashe did a wonderful job of bringing Margaret Hale to life. Just through her facial expressions you can tell exactly what Margaret is feeling. To me that is the mark of a truly great actress.



Richard Armitage, well where to I begin with him? He di…

Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries:
Annunciation ( Angel Gabriel visiting Mary)  Visitation: ( Mary visiting Elizabeth) Nativity: (Christmas) Presentation in the Temple Finding in the Temple
Sorrowful Mysteries:

Agony in the garden scourging at the pillar Crowing of ThornsCarrying of the CrossCrucifixion Glorious Mysteries:

ResurrectionAscension Pentecost Assumption Coronation ( Of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth) 
-Kat

Feast Days in October

This most likely would have been more helpful earlier in the month...sorry.

Oct 1 - St. Theresa of Lisieux (the Little Flower)
Oct 4 - St. Francis of Assisi
Oct 5 - St. Faustina Kowalska
Oct 7 - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary 
Oct  15 - St. Theresa of Avila
Oct  17 - St. Margret Mary Alacoque
Oct  18 - St. Luke, the Apsotle
Oct 22 - St. Pope John Paul II


Of course there is a feast day ( more then one) per day, I just listed "the big ones" that more people are likely to know.

-Kat

Promises of the Rosary

I've been sick of late. I apologize, I meant to blog more this month. Since October is the month of the rosary I've decided to post on Our Lady's promises of the Rosary. (There are 15 promises)

 Oh, and here is a picture of Our Lady of the Rosary. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is October 7. 


1. To all those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces.

2.  Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary shall receive some signal grace.

3.  The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy.

4.   The Rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies; it will substitute in hearts love of God for love of the world, and will lift them to the desire of heavenly and eternal things. How many souls shall sanctify themselves by this means!

5.   Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary, shall n…

A Little Update.

I'm sorry we have not been posting lately. :( Kat's been under the weather and I have been busy with homework.

I promise we will post something soon. I have a post in the works right now. It will be out soon.



Thanks for your patience!

-Lia

My Crazy, Dysfunctional, Wonderful Family

"Get out of my room!!"

"Don't touch that!"

"Who made this mess??"


These are phrases that are very common in my house.

As a teenage girl with two younger brothers, I wonder how I manage to survive day
after day.

I'm still trying to figure that out but I've come up with some tips for surviving younger
siblings.

Playing your music as loud as you can get it without damaging your ears works very well.

Spend as much time alone in your room without becoming a total recluse works too.

Thankfully my mom is very understanding so she understands that sometimes I need to be
alone.

My siblings may annoy me but I wouldn't trade them for the world. (just don't let them know that)


-Lia

She Stole My Line

I was seriously just logging on here to talk about Fall.
Which is officially here now, since the 22nd.

I LOVE Fall!
The crisp air, the fashion boots, the tea, the decor of  nature and our homes, hoodies, caramel apples,
not to mention the harvest! The drive from your home is so different after they've combined the corn and bean fields.

And my all time favorite: All the bugs die!

oh, and did I mention tea?

-Kat



Fall!

Ahhhhhh! Fall is here!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and it's here.

All of our windows are open and I'm freezing to death but I have no problem with that.


To get a great fall experience make sure to have your fall starter pack:

Warm, cozy sweaters
Hot drink of your choice
Fall decorations
fall scented candles


The candles are to make sure you get the full fall experience inside and out.

Have a great fall!

-Lia

Quick September Devotion

So we were originally not going to post a devotion for September but my Mom suggested a quick,

short prayer to add.

September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

So here is the Sorrowful Hail Mary:


"Hail Mary, full of sorrows, the Crucified is with thee; thou are pitiable amongst women, and
pitiable is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of the Crucified, implore for us,
the crucifiers of thy Son, tears of contrition, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."


This prayer is short and easy to say anywhere and at anytime.



-Lia

Patron Saints

Everyday on the calendar has a saint. It is that saint's feast day!
A lot of people complain ( especially during lent) as to how much Catholics HAVE to fast.
That's just because they are ONLY doing what they have to.
Do they celebrate the feast days of their favorite saints? Do they celebrate their baptismal anniversaries (Commonly referred to as "Name days") with parties as big as their birthdays?

Everyone has patron saints. The saints your named after perhaps? Or maybe the patron saint of your occupation or hobby? Or just a saint you like.

Here are some common patron saints:
Saint Adrian the Patron of soldiersSaint Anne the Patron of Grandmothers, Mothers, Women in labor Saint Isidore the Patron of Ranchers and farmers  Saint Joseph, patron of workers, fathers, Saint Cecilia, patron of musicians and musicSaint Christopher, patron of travelers  (also, Archangel Raphael) Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, patron saint of guns, handguns, and gun ownersThere are a …

Welcome!

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

It's me, Kat

This blog is going to be run by me and my friend, 'Lia.

We will be blogging about Catholic girl stuff.
(Although sometimes we will blog about overall girl stuff and sometimes overall catholic stuff.)

Hope you enjoy! 


 -Kat