Sooooooooo! How’ve you been? It’s been a while! things have been good here! I’ve been doing a lot of art, bracelet making and learning new things. These are the 5 things that have been going on here lately:
- BELT BRACELET MAKING! I love it! I took a class from Christy Tomlinson and have been very busy making and selling these beauties – take a look at some of my work below! If you like what you see, I’d love to make you one (or several. Christmas is coming soon! Hint Hint!) I’m having a hug sale for Christmas. All bracelets, no matter what style etc. are $25 shipped! Email me! You can also “LIKE” TeaBags And Gardenias on Facebook to see more.
- WHOLEHEARTED! I went to Charlotte, North Carolina recently for an amazing art-filled, new artsy friend making, photography, creative, yummy food and company weekend at Donna Downey’s Studio. I am still thinking about it and wishing I were back there. It was so impactful to me! Something that was on my bucket list that I got to check off. The artist that taught us was Junelle Jacobsen. The weekend was called “WholeHearted.” I learned so much! Thank you Junelle, Donna and Bill for your passion, compassion and hospitality! I will be back in May for Danielle Donaldson! Woot!
- NEW LOVE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY! I have always liked taking pictures. I use my camera on my phone constantly. I like to say I live my life in pictures and Instagram is one of my most favorite things ever! (teabagsandgardenias is my Instagram account name – Follow me!) Lately I’ve been using my DSLR camera though and learning to take good photos. Its a blast and I’ve been so pleased with the shots I’ve taken so far. You can see some of my shots below. Junelle took us out to a plant nursery while we were in North Carolina. She is a photographer and shared some very good tips and tricks!
- SKETCHING & WATERCOLOR! I have been so busy with the bracelet making that I had not picked up a pencil in ages. During that weekend away at WholeHearted I got to renew my love for watercolor. I’m not great at it by any means but I’m practicing my sketching skills and water color skills again and I love it! I missed it so much! There is not enough time in my day to do all the things I want to do and sometimes things I love fall along the wayside. I’m trying my best to do at least one sketch a day. Anything. Little, big, simple, complex….anything. Practice is so important. I’ve come so far in a year.
- PRAYER!!!!!!! Constant prayer! I have so many people on my prayer list. SO.MANY. My list keeps getting bigger and bigger. ISIS, EBOLA, friends battling cancer, unemployment, addiction, abortion, assisted suicide (Brittany Maynard in particular), other major health issues family and friends are battling, upheaval in Ferguson, MO, Enterovirus D68, I could go on and on. It all seems so overwhelming but with prayer and the Lord, we are GOOD! Please pray with me! Have a great weekend y’all! Love and blessings, till next time, Michelle
Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents. Who are the “Holy Innocents?” Taken from UCatholic:
Herod “the Great,” king of Judea, was unpopular with his people because of his connections with the Romans and his religious indifference. Hence he was insecure and fearful of any threat to his throne. He was a master politician and a tyrant capable of extreme brutality. He killed his wife, his brother and his sister’s two husbands, to name only a few.Matthew 2:1-18 tells this story: Herod was “greatly troubled” when astrologers from the east came asking the whereabouts of “the newborn king of the Jews,” whose star they had seen. They were told that the Jewish Scriptures named Bethlehem as the place where the Messiah would be born. Herod cunningly told them to report back to him so that he could also “do him homage.” They found Jesus, offered him their gifts and, warned by an angel, avoided Herod on their way home. Jesus escaped to Egypt.
Herod became furious and “ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under.” The horror of the massacre and the devastation of the mothers and fathers led Matthew to quote Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah,/sobbing and loud lamentation;/Rachel weeping for her children…” (Matthew 2:18). Rachel was the wife of Jacob/Israel. She is pictured as weeping at the place where the Israelites were herded together by the conquering Assyrians for their march into captivity.
The Holy Innocents are few, in comparison to the genocide and abortion of our day. But even if there had been only one, we recognize the greatest treasure God put on the earth—a human person, destined for eternity and graced by Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Let us remember all the unborn, the children who’ve died, the HOLY INNOCENTS. Holy Innocents, pray for us!
August 11, 2009
From The Catholic League
Catholic League president Bill Donohue questions why abortion is still included in the health care bills before Congress:
Two weeks into the Obama administration, a Gallup poll reported that the president received high marks from the public on most issues. The one glaring exception was abortion: only 35 percent agreed with him on allowing funding of abortions overseas. It was then revealed in another survey that a majority of Americans now consider themselves pro-life. Given this reality, why hasn’t the president asked his party members in Congress to exclude abortion from the health care bills?
The answer, of course, is that this is the most radical pro-abortion administration in American history. The number of former employees of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and Emily’s List is astounding. So extreme is the president and his staff on this issue that they are apparently willing to sink health care reform before ever excluding abortion from the final bill.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which has long been an advocate of universal health care, is so troubled by the prospect of a health care bill that funds abortion that it has pulled its support. On July 17, Bishop William Murphy said it was objectionable to make Americans “pay for the destruction of human life.” On July 29, Justin Cardinal Rigali also urged lawmakers to scratch abortion from these bills. Moreover, the USCCB has a link on its website to an Action Alert written by the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment titled, “Support Health Care Reform That Respects Life.”
The White House now has a “Reality Check” section on its website that seeks to debunk what it says are myths about the health care bills. Videos on the following subjects are available: rationing, euthanasia, veterans’ care, small business, Medicare and private insurance plans. Noticeably absent is any attempt to say that abortion is not included in these bills. There’s a reason for that—every time an amendment has been introduced to formally exclude abortion, it has been defeated.
Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10123