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Friday 5


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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7 Quick Takes Friday (Volume 2)


I can’t believe it’s Friday again, this week really went by fast for me!  Happy weekend everyone!  Enjoy it and have a great Superbowl Sunday…Go…???  Steelers?  Packers?  I am picking the Pittsburgh Steelers! Update, not rooting for the Steelers.  My dad says you can not be a true Cleveland Browns fan and root for Pittsburgh.  Guess that settles that.  Don’t want to be kicked out of the family!  And as always, thanks for reading my blog!  -Michelle


The other night I was getting something for my mom out of her nightstand and saw her stack of holy cards.  I pulled them out and saw one I’d never seen before.  On the front was a picture of Jesus, His hands raised so you could see his wounds. His Sacred Heart was exposed.  On the back was this beautiful prayer and thought I’d share it with you.  It has now become part of my nightly prayer routine.

Healing Prayer at Bedtime: “Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go back into my memory as I sleep.  Every hurt that has ever been done to me, heal that hurt.  Every hurt that I have ever caused another person, heal that hurt.  All the relationships that have been damaged in my whole life that I am not aware of, heal those relationships.  But, Lord, if there is anything that I need to do, if I need to go to a person because he or she is still suffering from my hand, bring to my awareness that person.  I choose to forgive, and I ask to be forgiven.  Remove whatever bitterness may be in my heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with your love.  AMEN!


When my mom was so very sick almost 2 years ago Easter time, she was in the hospital for 15 days.  During that trying and scary time a very special man came to visit her several times to give her Communion.  He prayed with us, comforted us and just listened.  On Saturday, he is being ordained to the Deaconate!  We are so excited for both Deacon Bill and Meg!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you and hear you preach your first sermon!   Bill, you are a man after God’s heart!

“Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.”  John 6:68.


I had pretty much put the Obama speech at the memorial service in Tucson to bed.  I really hadn’t thought about it recently – Prior to the speech I decided that I was going to have a spirit of open mindedness about him and not automatically dislike what he says or does based on how I feel about him and the wall I have up with regards to him.  I put on my Facebook status that night that I thought he did a good job on that speech.  The discussion on my status update was interesting and people had plenty to say…most thought that the speech was decent but the atmosphere was more of a pep rally.  People disliked the clapping and hooting and chanting.  It was not suitable for a memorial service.  I agreed.  It is no secret that I’m not an Obama fan.  I think he’s the most liberal president we’ve ever had.  I know you can tell by my blog that I am definitely not liberal.  I found myself being very closed minded about him and I wanted to change that.  Give him a chance…but something didn’t sit right with me about the speech, I was left feeling empty even though the words he said were great.  When you say things that really don’t match up to your character, it really confuses people.  They don’t know whether or not to believe you or just chalk it up to “saying what people want to hear.”  I read my daily email from Catholic News Agency last night and one of the articles was entitled:  “THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH; WHY I WASN’T IMPRESSED” by Bishop Tobin.  I’m linking you to it here. It explains my feelings exactly.


I am a huge fan of Mother Angelica. I believe that she will be a great Saint one day.  I listen to her “Live with Mother Angelica” podcasts a lot and just love her wit, insight and honesty.  These podcasts are classics, she doesn’t have her show any longer but it’s so awesome we can listen to them from years ago!  I have never been to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament before and now that I have a best friend living in Alabama I’m going to go and drag her to Hanceville with me!  Deva, be prepared for a road trip to the convent and shrine soon!  Check out their blog entitled Image and Likeness!  NUN BLOG


I’ve always been a lover of funny “NUN” pictures…like the one with the shotguns I used for this blog entry.  I’m not sure where this one came from but it is in my “gallery of pictures.”  Hope it makes you chuckle and brightens your day!  Absolutely cracks me up!  *This is a joke people.  Please don’t comment that I’m being disrespectful or sacrilegious.  🙂  Gotta have some fun don’t you?


My Pastor Rocks.  He REALLY does.  He’s the most awesome homily preacher I know.  Some people give him a bad wrap because he’s so passionate and his homilies don’t last the “acceptable” 10 minutes for our Catholic “old school” brethren.  He knows he preaches a long time but he just can’t help himself and he pretty much doesn’t care.  He has a lot to say and he lets the Holy Spirit speak through him.  I love that he knows he does this, but he doesn’t change what he’s doing.  That sounds strange but we need more than just a 10 minute “quickie.”  So many churches have boring homilies.  People complain about it all the time.  Some even leave the church because of it.  Ours are never boring.  They’re vibrant, emotional, there’s some yelling, some tears and I swear I’ve even seen Father close to levitating!  He delivers the goods every single Sunday.  Check him out HERE. Last Sunday after he was done, someone stood up and yelled “Thank you for preaching the truth Father Jack!”  Then the whole congregation erupted in applause.  That does not happen at my church.  Unfortunately that sermon has not been uploaded yet to the site.  But, be on the look out for Fr. Jack’s homily for Sunday January 30, 2011.  I’m sure it will be available soon!


GO FISH FRIDAY: Why do Catholics go to Confession?  Here is a 2 minute apologetics by John Martignoni, president of the Bible Christian Society. www.biblechristiansociety.com

“Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena Starts Today!


Today we will begin our Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes. (9 Days of petitioning prayer) Mom and I have great devotion to her and to St. Bernadette. My friend Lynn sent me some holy water from Lourdes that we use every night to bless ourselves with.  The intentions for this novena are for continued healing and good health for my mom, dad, brothers and some special friends I’ve met online at  The Road Back message boards.  I invite you to join us!

Our Lady of Lourdes is the name used to refer to the Marian apparition that appeared before various individuals in separate occasions around Lourdes, France. The apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes began on 11 February 1858, when Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl from Lourdes admitted, when questioned by her mother, that she had seen a “lady” in the cave of Massabielle, about a mile from the town, while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Similar appearances of the “lady” took place on seventeen further occasions that year. Bernadette Soubirous was canonized as a saint, and many Christians believe her apparitions to have been of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Pius IX authorized the local bishop to permit the veneration of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes in 1862.

Here is some information on Lourdes, St. Bernadette and Our Lady.

Our Lady of Lourdes
Novena Dates February 2-10, Feast Day February 11

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfort to the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.

I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests.

Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.)

Let it settle into your bones…


Saw this today and wanted to share it with you.

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
And pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones
And allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.