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Friday Favorites & Link-up (Vol 7)

Happy Friday, friends! Welcome to Friday Favorites (a link-up posting every 1st and 3rd Friday.) I’m glad you could join us. 🙂 Here are this week’s favorites…

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This Week’s Fave Catholic Item

Blessed Is She’s Encouraging Bible Verse Cards

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Since getting involved in Blessed Is She (not just as a writer but as a reader of the daily devotionals) I have spent more time in God’s word and have been wanting to memorize more of my favorite verses. I got these beautifully hand lettered Encouraging Bible Verse Cards and pick one each week to pray about and memorize.They can also be used as card to friends.

Then I chose three of my favorites – “I will be with you,” (Joshua 1:5) and “Arm yourself and be brave,” (1 Maccabees3:58) and “You are God’s field.” (1 Cor 3:9) I added them in a frame and every morning I read the three verses and it sets the tone for my day. 🙂

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This Week’s Fave Movie

The Quiet Place

The other night I went to go see the movie The Quiet PlaceI had heard a lot of good things about it both from the entertainment world and the Catholic world so my hopes were high. I was not disappointed. The movie thoroughly freaked me out, especially watching it in mama bear mode. It is not one of those bloody slasher movies but one of those psychological terrors, which to me is much more scary. Add to it positive elements of family, married love (the tender scene with the dance and the earbuds had me in tears,) prayer, the value of new life and sacrificial love. There is plenty to ponder. Excellent work.

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This Week’s Fave Snack

Sabor Mexicano Homemade Corn Chips

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Whenever I happen to go to Whole Foods to stock up on certain items, I always have to get a bag or two of Sabor Mexicano Homemade Corn Chips. They are so good! They taste like they came straight from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Warning: Serve a small amount then close the bag and put it away. Otherwise, you may not be able to stop eating them. Ask me how I know. 😉

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This Week’s Fave Hand Cream

Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

Winter is over, at least theoretically speaking, but my hands are still rough and dry from the cold weather and (still) having the heater on at night. I bought this Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream when I was shopping at Trader Joe and it is lovely! It works so well to smooth my dry hands. It is thick but not too greasy. It blends into the skin well and smells great! Plus, I was surprised to see that they actually sell it on Amazon. 🙂

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This Week’s Fave Flowers on My Deck

Hydrangeas

For Easter I got this gorgeous potted hydrangea plant from Costco and now all the little buds are opening and blooming. It makes the deck really look like spring! I love it.

 

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This Week’s Fave Road Trip

Pixar Fest at Disneyland

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Bella and I made an impromptu trip to Disneyland (we are there today!) to catch the new Pixar Fest. It is running until September but every weekend in May and June in the calendar is booked. July is sketchy and August starts school again so this was literally our only free weekend when all the stars aligned.

So we played hooky and are enjoying a girls’ weekend. 😉

Here is a little peak at the limited run (4/13/18 – 9/3/18) Pixar Fireworks Show. 🙂

 

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This Week’s Fave Order Placed

Blessed Is She Planner

I know I already posted about the new Blessed Is She Planner earlier this week but I just want to remind you that this weekend (Sun 4/22) is the last day to get the pre-order sale price. The planners will ship out in May and with my busy schedule, I will be filling it in quickly. 🙂

Those are my favorites of the week! What have you been enjoying?

I’m also linking up with Kelly for this week’s 7 Quick Takes.

Have a great weekend!

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Blessed is She Liturgical Academic Year Planner 2018-2019

Also photos in this post courtesy of Blessed Is She.net.

Hey guys! Have the days been as busy for you as they have been for me? Usually things get really crazy in May but this year the crazy started early in April with so many school functions, family events and life happenings. The only thing keeping me from losing my head is making sure I keep track of everything and write it down in my planner. I’ve tried using electronic versions on my phone and computer but I can’t help it, I’m a paper and pen girl. I like the feel of the paper, the scratch of the pen and if it’s color coded, well, bonus!

Since I have four kiddos in school my life revolves around the school year schedule. So come January, I’m not looking for a new planner. But come spring, I am! As you may know, I am a big fan of the Blessed Is She Liturgical Planner! I love it! Although to be completely honest, the one thing I complained about it was its larger size. It wouldn’t be a problem if the planner stayed in my home but I need to bring it with me to appointments and school meetings and I just wished they had a smaller version.

Guess what? My wish came true! There are now two options for the new 2018-2019 planner.

The original (8 x 10) size and the mini sized (6.25 x 8.25) version!! (Insert your favorite happy dance gif)

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So here is a sneak peek at the new Blessed Is She Liturgical Academic Year Planner for 2018-2019. It covers August 2018 – July 2019.

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** Also note that the planner is at a reduced pre-order sale price of $48 (instead of $58) for the regular size and $38 (instead of $48) for the mini size. This sale will only last until the weekend (April 22, 2018.) So get those orders in!

BIS Academic Planner Regular Size Features:

The monthly layout.

The 8×10 Blessed is She Liturgical Academic Year Planner runs August 2018 – July 2019. It features:

+ Full color throughout entire book, with Liturgical colors used
+ Finished with high quality gold foil
+ Double sided pocket
+ Soft-touch lamination on a hardcover
+ 80 lb white paper stock

Weekly Layout View 1

You will find a place for

  • Groceries (the list is situated so you can cut it out and take it with you to the store.)
  • Meal planning
  • TO DO list
  • Notes
  • Prayer intentions
  • Goals and more

Weekly layout View 2

You’ll also find…

  • An hourly layout for every single day
  • Reminder to start specific novenas
  • Liturgical colors for the entire year
  • Handlettered bible verses for inspiration / memorization
  • Saints of the day and month
  • Helpful prayer reminders

Isn’t it awesome?! Place your pre-order here.

BIS Academic Planner Mini Size Features:

Mini monthly view

The MINI Blessed is She Liturgical Academic Year Planner (6.25 x 8.25) runs August 2018 – July 2019. It features:

+ Full color throughout entire book, with Liturgical colors used
+ Finished with high quality gold foil
+ Double sided pocket
+ Soft-touch lamination on a hardcover
+ 80 lb white paper stock

Mini Monthly View 2

On the goals page you’ll find:

  • Space for your monthly goals in regards to your faith, personal, family, work and fun. (Being a big goals person, I love this!)
  • Monthly To Do list
  • Monthly Intentions

 Mini Weekly Layout

You’ll also find…

  • Daily To Do lists
  • Notes
  • Reminder to start specific novenas
  • Liturgical colors for the entire year
  • Saints of the day
  • Helpful prayer reminders and more.

As soon as I finish posting this, I’ll be pre-ordering my mini-planner. I love to use if for my day to day calendar and To Do lists. I pair my BIS planner with my bullet journal that keeps my year long lists and trackers.

Which planner are you going to chose?

Happy planning!

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Friday Favorites & Link-up (Vol 6): A Collection of Catholic Graphic Novels Reviewed

Happy Friday! Today we have a special edition of Friday Favorites. It’s about Catholic graphic novels. As a kid, I remember reading comic books about Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Maximilian Kolbe. (I just found a copy of that one! I added a link below.)

I remember how fascinated I was by these remarkable people and their stories stayed with me in my heart. Now that I have children of my own, I wanted them to experience that same thrill of reading about the saints in a  fun, visually engaging way. I started collecting Catholic graphic novels to build out home saint library. Here is what is in our collection so far. If you have other suggestions for Catholic graphic novels, I’d love to hear about it!

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From Pauline Kids (Sized 6 x 8)

(The smaller 6 x 8 sized graphic novels from Pauline Kids are written in more traditional Japanese style comics such as Shoujo, Shounen and Manga. See book descriptions for specific styles.)

Saint Clare of Assisi: Runaway Rich Girl

  • Author: Kim Hee-Ju
  • Age range: 9-12 years
  • Grade Level: 4-7
  • Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016) Originally published in October 2015.

Amazon Summary:

Saint Clare had everything a young girl could want: wealth, a loving family, and her faith. Her father desired the best for her and planned that she would marry according to the family’s position in society. Not only was the suitor her father chose for her handsome, he was also of noble birth. Clare wanted to please her family; but she had heard St. Francis speak of the love of Jesus. Her heart longed to share in the poverty of Christ, live among the poor and serve them in her daily life just like Francis, but she could not do that as the wife of a nobleman. In this book you’ll discover how Clare ran away from the only life she knew to start a radical new adventure in holiness for women, following Francis in his love of the poor Christ. The Order she founded is known today as the Poor Clares. Vibrantly illustrated Shoujo-Manga style graphic novel tells this amazing story for children ages 9 to 12.

My Thoughts:

This graphic novel is beautiful illustrated in vibrant colors with a Shoujo-Manga style (notice the big eyes.) This book tells the story of St. Clare but it also interweaves the story of St. Francis of Assisi since he was an integral part of her vocation story. The story is well written and easy to understand. The graphics of Clare’s beauty with her wide eyes and long, flowing golden hair makes her similar to a Disney princess and will attract female readers. Her courage to follow God and renounce what the world expects of her drives home the draw of her vocation and what can be accomplished by the grace of God. Although this is about a female saint, the presence of St. Francis’ story and the scenes of the soldiers attacking the convent towards the end, kept my three boys interested. This was one of my favorites of the graphic novels I reviewed.

Sample Pages:

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Saint Teresa of Avila: God’s Troublemaker

  • Author: Song-I Yun
  • Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books and Media (October 1, 2014)

Amazon Summary:

The Shoujo-Manga style graphic novel opens with a young Teresa running away from her home in Spain to convert the Moors and be a martyr for God. As she gets older, Teresa continues to be a troublemaker for her family, this time placing social life and status before her relationship with God. Her father and older sister send her to study with the Carmelite nuns in the hope that she will learn obedience and discipline. When Teresa comes home from the convent, they realize that they have received more than they had bargained for: Teresa had heard Jesus’ call to follow him. She was ready to leave home so that she could do his work as a Carmelite sister. Teresa causes trouble now in Spain, but in the name of Jesus’ mission. She creates a reformed Carmelite Order that spreads all over the country. Young readers will be captivated by St. Teresa’s conversion to the heart of Jesus and her bravery in the face of great adversity.

My Thoughts:

This book is similar in style to the St. Clare graphic novel. Beautifully illustrated and an intriguing story. I’ve gotten so used to thinking of St. Teresa as an amazing mystic saint and doctor of the Church that I forgot her background story and how she had to overcome her love of the world, parties and having fun. Again we have a beautiful princess type girl turning her life over completely to God. Towards the end of the story, we are also introduced to St. John of the Cross since their stories are also intertwined. This was a beautifully written story that also glimpsed at St. Teresa’s spunk and determination. Note that there is a scene where Teresa helps a young priest remain faithful to his vocation and encourages him not to be tempted by a lay woman. There is nothing explicit but be aware that your kids may ask about the priest being tempted. There is also the scene when the Saracens attack Clare’s convent and the soldier exclaims, “Drag everyone out and kill them all!” It may be scary for the younger or sensitive child.

Sample Pages:

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The Legend of St. Christopher: Quest for a King

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  • Author: Lee Hyoun-Ju
  • Age range: 9-12 years
  • Grade Level: 4-7
  • Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Kids (March 15, 2017)

Amazon Summary:

This action-packed Shounen-style graphic novel tells the legendary story of St. Christopher for children ages 9 to 12. Known as the patron saint of travelers, St. Christopher had a burning desire to serve only the greatest king. A giant among his peers, he left his home to begin his quest. His journeys led him down many wrong paths to false leaders. Yet once he found what he was searching for he became a model of true Christian strength for us all.

My Thoughts:

This was a fun book, especially for my boys. The illustrations are edgier than the cuter St. Clare and St. Teresa novels. My boys also appreciated the touches of humor. It’s a fun read but my biggest concern is how much of the story is actually true since some of the “legends” of St. Christopher have been questioned. I made sure my boys knew that while many saints have verified miracles or amazing things that happened in their lives, with St. Christopher we think these things happened but we won’t know for sure until we (hopefully) meet him in heaven. Regardless, it is still a great story about searching for God, finding Him, serving our neighbors and being faithful to God, even to the point of death. Thumbs up from my boys.

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Philip Neri, the Laughing Saint

  • Author: Hyon-Ju Yi
  • Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (April 1, 2015)

Amazon Summary:

The story of St. Philip Neri, patron of joy and of laughter, is told in a full-color, graphic novel biography for children ages 9-12. The Shounen-Manga style graphic novel highlights the humorous spirit of Philip Neri, a son of nobility. When he goes to live with his uncle to learn business skills, he experiences a religious conversion. Full of enthusiasm, Philip moves to Rome to study under the Augustinian rule, dedicating his time, money, and energy to helping the poor. It was then that he co-founded the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity, which helped millions of the poor in Rome. Prayerful as well as active, Philip popularized the 40-hour devotion of the Blessed Sacrament. After being ordained a priest, he became a beloved confessor for many, and he founded the Congregation of the Oratory for diocesan clergy. This loveable saint comes alive for young readers as they are introduced to the challenges he lived as he served Christ and the poor in the streets of Rome. His story is a fun and engaging way to give young readers a view of the priesthood. Saint Philip’s self-sacrifice and his unique use of proverbs will inspire all readers to live out Christ’s call in their own lives.

My Thoughts:

After reading this book, I thought to myself that my boys would really enjoy it. It had a what I call boy humor – stuff that makes me roll my eyes while they roll around in laughter. However, having their boy humor coupled to the teaching of a saint was just fine with me. The graphics were vibrant, colorful and Shounen-Manga style, unlike the wide-eye doe looks of the female saint books.  The story displays virtue and the Gospel teaching but adds humor and exaggerated graphics to keep the story light and funny with St. Philip’s antics. (Although there was one scene were the teasing seemed mean.) After I was done with the book my 10 year old eagerly took it from me to read it next. There were moments when he literally laughed out loud. Another time he asked me something about God and the faith. Afterwards I asked him what he would rate the book on a scale of 1 to 10. He exclaimed, “A ten! I loved it.” So there you go.

Sample Pages:

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From Pauline Kids (Sized 8 x 10.5)

(The larger 8 x 10.5 sized graphic novels from Pauline Kids are written in the American comic style.)

Saint Bernadette: The Miracle of Lourdes

  • Author: Brunor & Dominique Bar
  • Age range: 8-12 years
  • Grade Level: 3-7
  • Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (July 1, 2010)

Amazon Summary:

What on earth was going on in the small town of Lourdes, France, in February 1858? In a small, rocky grotto near the Gave River, a fourteen-year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous had seen a beautiful young woman surrounded by light. Bernadette promised the lady to return each day for fifteen days. Mobs of people were gathering near the river, praying and waiting. The authorities were furious, the priests disbelieving. “I am the Immaculate Conception,” the lady told the simple peasant girl. What could it mean? Using historical records and beautiful artwork, this graphic novel tells the exciting story of Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

My Thoughts:

This graphic is beautifully illustrated and more realistic looking than the Japanese style novels. The book is also packed with historical information and “What Happened to Them?” section at the end. This is a wonderful introduction to the story of St. Bernadette. Did my boys like it? I was looking for the book this morning and couldn’t find it only to see that one of them was reading it as he was eating his breakfast. He gave it two thumbs up.

Sample Pages:

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Mother Teresa of Kolkata : Saint Among the Poor

  • Author: Didier Chardez (Author), Mary Leonora Wilson (Translator)
  • Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (September 1, 2016)

Amazon Summary:

This full-color graphic novel of Mother Teresa’s life and ministry includes entertaining and inspiring stories from a priest who traveled with her for seven years. It begins with her early life learning true works of mercy from her parents and her first call to religious life. After her heartfelt yes to Jesus as a Sister of Loreto, she serves in India as a Catholic educator. This eventually leads her to start her own congregation to work with the poorest of the poor on the streets of Kolkata.

My Thoughts:

Mother Teresa’s story is familiar to me but I was still fascinated to read this book. Colorful, realistic graphics added beauty to the story and gave you a touching glimpse into the life of Mother Teresa. Fr. Leo Maasburg, a companion who travels with Mother for seven years, worked with the authors of the book. I loved the little anecdotes that I had not heard before reading this. Besides conveying Mother’s deep prayer life, charity and generosity it also showed her power house determination and sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading it together with my boys. The only parental caution is the mention of abortion, and Mother speaking against it, if your children are not already familiar with the word and its meaning.

Sample Pages:

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Saint Joan of Arc: Quest for Peace

  • Author: Brunor & Dominique Bar
  • Age range: 8-12 years
  • Grade Level: 3-7
  • Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (August 1, 2010)

Amazon Summary:

“Originally published in French under the title Jehanne d’Arc: gagner la paix, by EDIFA-MAME … Paris, c2008”–T.p. verso.

My Thoughts:

This book of St. Joan of Arc is similar in style to the St. Bernadette since they share the same author and illustrator. The book is lovely to look at but better suited for a little older children since there is a lot of historical information and characters to keep straight. The faith, courage and humility of Joan are well portrayed but reading her story always upsets me. The treachery of the “men of God” makes my blood boil. However, it is still a story worth reading, particularly in this format.

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Saint Francis of Assisi: Messenger of Peace

  • Author: Toni Matas
  • Age range: 8-12 years
  • Grade Level: 3-7
  • Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Kids (August 1, 2013)

Amazon Summary:

Using historical records and beautiful artwork, this full-color graphic novel for children ages 8-10 tells the exciting life story of Saint Francis of Assisi:

My Thoughts:

After reading the novel about St. Clare, we read this one next to get more background on the life of Francis. The book is beautifully illustrated, informative and engaging. My boys really enjoyed it and asked many questions about St. Francis, the faith, the stigmata and religious life. Well done.

Sample Pages:

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From Deo Gratias (Sized 9×12, Hard covered)

 

Our Lady Of Fatima: The Graphic Novel

  • Author: The Deo Gratias Company
  • Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: The Deo Gratias Company; 1st edition (2017)

Amazon Summary:

In this 100th-Year Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, we are honored to release the Graphic Novel based on the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima Our Lady of Fatima Graphic Novel is packed with attractive full color pages of the miraculous events. The reader will take a trip back in time with Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia to re-discover the events that took place when Our Lady appeared to them in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. This commemorative, hardbound book helps the reader to not only visualize the heavenly apparitions, but challenges them to apply the messages of Our Lady in this day in age. Let us take to heart the call of Our Lady to repentance and reparation, for we know that the message of Fatima is “relevant now more than ever” (Pope St. John Paul II, May 13, 1982). Our lady Of Fatima: The Graphic Novel is an essential edition to every Catholic home library

My Thoughts:

This was one of my favorites of the graphic novels I reviewed, especially since the graphics will appeal to the younger ones but the content of the Fatima messages is sure to touch the hearts of all ages. The book’s narrator is Sr. Lucia, who is telling the story of Fatima to a young student waiting for his catechism class. The book does a fantastic job of relaying the story and touching on Catholic teaching such as the seven deadly sins and about Reconciliation. This would be a great gift for someone making their First Reconciliation or First Communion.

(Note: If you purchase this book from DeoGratias directly, the book costs $20 but comes with a free Our Lady of Fatima coloring book. Also, the company is doing a Kickstarter fundraiser to publish an Our Lady of Guadalupe Graphic Novel.)

Sample Pages:

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From Ignatius Press (Sized 8 x 5.5)

The Shadow of His Wings: A Graphic Biography

  • Author: Max Temesou
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; Ill edition (May 25, 2016)

Amazon Summary:

Here is the astonishing true story of the harrowing experiences of a young German seminarian drafted into Hitler’s dreaded SS at the onset of World War II. Without betraying his Christian ideals, against all odds, and in the face of Evil, Gereon Goldmann was able to complete his priestly training, be ordained, and secretly minister to German Catholic soldiers and innocent civilian victims caught up in the horrors of war. How it all came to pass will astound you. Father Goldmann tells of his own incredible experiences of the trials of war, his many escapes from almost certain death, and the diabolical persecution that he and his fellow Catholic soldiers encountered on account of their faith. What emerges is an extraordinary witness to the workings of Divine Providence and the undying power of love, prayer, faith, and sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

I was particularly interested in reading this book since a few years back I enjoyed the original biography The Shadow of His Wings. The first part of the book is a condensed illustrated narration of Fr. Goldmann’s story. The second part is the text about his life after WWII. My oldest son especially enjoyed this book since he is currently intrigued with WWII. Because of the violence/war scenes in the story, I think this book is best for tween and up.

Sample Pages:

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From Ignatius Press (Sized 8.6 x 11)

The Adventures of Loupio, Volume 1: The Encounter and other Stories

  • Author: Jean-Francois Kieffer
  • Age range: 6-7 years
  • Grade Level: 1-2
  • Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; New edition edition (November 30, 2010)

Amazon Summary:

In the days of knights and castles lived an adventurous young troubadour named Loupio.

Orphaned and on his own in 13th century Italy, plucky Loupio meets Brother Francis of Assisi and his friend Brother Wolf, and so begins a new life of joyfully trying to do good, while still getting by in a dangerous world.

The youthful and colorful comic- book style presents to young readers the exciting challenges of growing up in the Middle Ages, which often look very like the challenges of growing up in any age. Like the Tin Tin and Asterix comics, this series, never before available in English, is sure to entertain young readers. But more than that, the seeds of faith, hope and charity taking root in Loupio, might grow in their hearts too.

My Thoughts:

My younger boys have been fans of the Loupio comics that appear in the Magnificat’s kids’ missal – Magnifikid. They were eager for me to get them the Loupio book set. They bring them to church and read them as they wait for Mass to start.  The collection of stories in each book are sweet and teach about virtue and living your life for God in a simple way that the younger set can understand. Although this book is listed with an 6-7 age range, my 8 and 10 year old have been enjoying them too. (When I was looking for a missing volume, I found it under one of their pillows.)

Sample Pages:

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After reading Volume 1, you are going to want to buy the next ones in the series. They are just as good. The other volumes include:

The Adventures of Loupio, Volume 2: The Hunters and Other Stories

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The Adventures of Loupio, Volume 3: The Tournament

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The Adventures of Loupio, Volume 4: The Inn and Other Stories

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From Magna Hero (sizes vary)

Paul: Tarsus to Redemption

  • Author: Matthew Salisbury, Gabrielle Gniewek and Sean Lam (Illustrator)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Manga Hero; 2 edition (January 1, 2017)
  • Size: 6.6 x 0.9 x 10 inches

Amazon Summary:

Paul is a young Jewish firebrand who kills or captures anyone who follows the new sect of Christianity. His closest friend, Septus, is a renegade Roman officer who helps Paul dominate the countryside. Paul gains a mentor, but loses his friends when he finally embraces truth. He faces death at the hands of his closest companion, betrayal, and constant danger. Then, after spending years in solitude in the desert, he is finally ready to begin his epic mission to Rome. The missionary finds new allies in Stephanus, a zealous young Christian, and Phoebe, a spunky, street-smart firebrand. Paul scratches out a foundation for the underground community of believers. Along the way, he fights to protect his young followers and his Church from constant danger at the hands of thieving merchants and murderous mobs. When on his way to his trial in Rome, Pauls prison ship gets lost in a storm at sea and the whole crew, including the disbelieving centurion, Julius, is shipwrecked on the island of Malta. Meanwhile, Stephanus and Phoebe follow after Paul, hoping to free him before the new Caesar, Nero, launches his persecution against all Christians. Little do they know, it might already be too late. Testifying his faith at his trial might be Pauls last and final Act as an Apostle of God. This manga style story is based on the actual happenings of Paul the Apostle

My Thoughts:

This book was the first that I read from MagnaHero.com. The graphics are excellent in black an white and really have the look of a magna novel. I only wish there had been a bit more text or background info. If you didn’t already the story of Paul and his life, it could be a little confusing. For my sons, it was a great beginning point and then I filled in the greater details. The Mangahero Rating for this book is Tween. I agree. You’ll want to preview some of the more violent content to make sure it’s suitable for your younger kids. (I had no problem with my 10 year old reading it but my 8 year old is more sensitive to violence.)

Sample Pages:

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Judith: Captive to Conqueror

  • Author: Gabrielle Gniewek (Author), Sean Lam (Author, Illustrator), Regina Doman (Editor)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Manga Hero; Second edition edition (February 15, 2013)
  • Size: 6.6 x 0.8 x 10 inches

Amazon Summary:

The Jews have returned to Israel after the Babylonian captivity, but now a new threat looms on the horizon. Holofernes, the wicked and conniving general of the Assyrian army, is sent to conquer all the world’s temples, and now heads toward the Promised Land. But in Bethulia, the one city that stands between the Assyrians and Jerusalem, is Judith, the only woman with enough faith and courage to defend the Temple with her life. With her people dying of thirst, and the Assyrians stationed outside Bethulia’s gates, Judith leaves the safety of the city and infiltrates the enemy camp to find and kill the sinister Holofernes. But the scheming lieutenant has his own plans for dealing with her and the Israelites – even if it means disobeying the Assyrian king. Only five days remain before Bethulia surrenders and Israel falls – within that time Judith must find the strength to overcome her past if she is to ever outwit Holofernes. A battle of wills is about to take place that will shape Israel’s future forever. Rated tween. Be sure to read Manga Hero’s other graphic novels including Habemus Papam! Pope Benedict XVI by Regina Doman and Sean Lam, Paul: Tarsus to Redemption by Matthew Salisbury, Gabrielle Gniewek, and Sean Lam, and edited by Regina Doman, and Many Are Called, also by Gabrielle Gniewek and Sean

My Thoughts:

I went into this book with only a vague notion of Judith’s story. At first I was confused – are these flashbacks she’s having? Is her husband dead? What is this Holofernes guy up to? But as I moved along, I couldn’t put the book down until I found out how the story ended. It was especially illuminating once I finished the novel and then read the book of Judith in the Bible. I also had to laugh when a couple of days later my Blessed Is She Lenten Journal talked about Judith. Now I know her story! I really enjoyed the graphic novel but again, the book is rated “Tween” due to the content and violence so I wouldn’t chose this for the young ones. Lastly, I am not sure how many of these books are still available but the version I bought on Amazon was written in the traditional Manga style, meaning that you read it from back to front and the pages from left to right but it wasn’t hard to get used to.

Sample Pages:

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Many Are Called

  • Author: Gabrielle Gniewek (Author), Sean Lam (Illustrator), Regina Doman (Editor)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Manga Hero; Second edition (August 1, 2012)

Amazon Summary:

The palace is astir, preparing for the long-awaited wedding of its beloved Prince, who leaves the safety of the kingdom borders to fetch his bride, now missing in exile for 7 years. But the Prince is not the only one searching for the lost princess. Lord Richter, and his army of Raiders, scour the countryside for her, turning the noblemen of the land against their King in the process. With old and new enemies before him, and disorder among his own ranks behind him, the Prince must overcome all obstacles to find his betrothed before Richter does, and bring her safely back home. Though whether the bride wants to return to the very place she fled from is an entirely different story. A past will be revealed, a score will be settled, and a future will be formed, all before the night is over… This graphic novel, written by Gabrielle Gniewek and illustrated by Sean Lam, weaves several Gospel parables into an adventure story set in a steampunk world. Rated tween.

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting read and not what I expected! It is a modern retelling of the parables of Jesus set in a “steampubk world.” Okay, so I actually had to google what the heck that meant! LOL. Basically it’s a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. The graphics were excellent but I think it needed a bit more backstory as to the history between the Prince and Princess, why Princess Tatienne left and what was motivating Lord Richter, the antagonist? It was hard to connect with the characters’ stories and I had to rely on the visual’s appeal. However, I still think it is worth a read for Tweens and up.

Sample Pages:

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Pope Francis: I Believe in Mercy

  • Author: Regina Domain (Author); Sean Lam (Illustrator)
  • Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Manga Hero; 2 edition (January 1, 2017)
  • Size: 7.2 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches

Amazon Summary:

Told in the wildly popular manga style, Pope Francis: I Believe in Mercy tells the story of Jorge Bergoglio and the journey that led him to become Pope Francis. This Christian graphic novel – full of engaging illustrations and fascinating content – is perfect for the whole family and is a great gift for First Communion, birthdays, or any special occasion! It explores his extraordinary life and the many times he experienced Gods mercy.

My Thoughts:

This is a brief but informative look at the life of Pope Francis with engaging graphics. There were a number of stories and facts that I did not know about him and I enjoyed reading it. Included were selections of the Holy Father’s writings and homilies. However, I would recommend this book only for teens and up due to some of the content. The story mentions topics suitable for older ones (tortured priests, raped nuns, abortion, prostitution, etc.) There is nothing graphic and it reflects the country and times, however, it is not what you want your younger ones reading until they are mature enough to understand.

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Other titles I haven’t read yet, but have added to my Reading List.

Habemus Papam-Pope Benedict XVI from MangaHero

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Soldier of God from Marytown Press

(I haven’t read this book since I was a kid but found copies of it available again.)

The Life of Pope John Paul II

(I just found a used copy of the book and want to read it next.)

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Do you know of any other Catholic graphic novels I should read?

Which of these do you want to read yourself (or already love)?

Lastly, I’m linking up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

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Friday Favorites & Link-up (Vol 5)

Happy Friday, friends! Welcome to Friday Favorites (a link-up posting every 1st and 3rd Friday.) I’m glad you could join us. 🙂 Here are this week’s favorites…

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This Week’s Fave Evening Activity with my Boys

Read Aloud

For years, I have been hearing about Sarah MacKenzie’s Read Aloud Revival. I’d see numerous photos on Instagram with little ones all nestled on the couch with their mama reading childhood classics together. I have to admit that I’d roll my eyes and was slightly jealous of their perfect little kids listening intently. My boys would read picture books with me when they were little but now they are too independent and rambunctious to sit and listen to me read. Then a strange thing happened. During Lent I wanted each of my boys to read a saint book. One of my sons chose Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz but there were some words he didn’t know and he didn’t understand the meaning of the paragraph. I told him to sit down next to me on the couch and we’d read the paragraph together. I explained what it meant and read some more. His two brothers saw us and they sat on the couch next to us. As I sat there reading aloud to them it hit me, wow, my boys are the kind of kids who would sit and listen to me while I read them a story. I had to stifle a tear.

The following day after our evening family prayer, I picked up the book about Maximilian Kolbe again and asked the boys if they’d like me to continue reading. They all ran to the couch and sat down. The next day and we did the same as well as the day after that. So started our entrance into the world of the Read Aloud Revival. And I love it. (With that in mind, any suggestions for our next book? My boys are 6, 8, & 10)

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This Week’s Fave Homework Assignment

I Dream of Being A Priest

When my six year old had a school assignment to write about something he’d like to dream, I thought for sure he’d write about being a football player. I was happily surprised when he chose a priest instead. Although, his little mind still struggles between the two. I overheard this conversation the other day.

Matthew: “I don’t know if I should be a priest or a football player.”

His brother: Can’t you be both?

Matthew: “But the games are usually played on Sunday and I’ll need to say Mass. That’s a problem.” (LOL. Love that.)

His brother: “Just pay football first then when you turn 30 and are too old, join the seminary.” (My little planner has it all worked out for him.) 🙂

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This Week’s Fave Drink

Orange Spice Herbal Tea

We have been having the strangest weather here on the Central Coast of California. Normally we would be well into spring with an occasional shower but instead we’ve had countless cold, gloomy and/or rainy days. (It’s pouring as I type this.) I don’t remember ever having the heater on in mid-March. (I know, I’m a California wuss that thinks 50 degrees is cold but that’s besides the point.) As such, it makes me crave a hot drink but I don’t like coffee or tea. I’ve been trying to break that pattern by getting myself used to the taste of tea. Recently I tried Simply Balanced Orange Spice Herbal Tea from Target. It smells so good (actually, it reminds me more of autumn) but the taste is pleasing and warms me up on cold mornings. They just may make a tea drinker out of me yet!

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This Week’s Fave Outdoor Activity

Deck Gardening

With the aforementioned rain, when a gorgeous sunny day arrives, I seize the opportunity to work on our deck garden. For years I suffered from a “black thumb.” I would plants flowers and herbs and inevitably forget to water them and end up with a collection of dead plants. Over the years I have gotten better (not to mention making my boys go out to water) and now I love working on our deck, planting flowers, herbs and a few small vegetables. I haven’t reached the point of having a “real” garden but for now, this is good. Just looking out my window and seeing all the colorful blooms fills my heart with love for God, Our Creator. I love it!

I also saw that Lara Casey has a series about gardening (for newbies and pros.) I’ll be reading along and using some of her advice. Lara is also running an awesome gardening give-away. Check it out here.

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This Week’s Fave Easter Basket Ideas

Sports Rosaries

Photo credit – SpunSuggr

The Catholic Sistas posted their 2018 Easter Basket Ideas with Coupon Codes on their blog. There were a lot of great Easter basket suggestions for boys and girls. With a house of boys (and one teen girl), I especially loved the Lego rosary and this sports rosary from SpunSugrr. Matthew has already requested it for his Easter basket. 🙂

 

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This Week’s Fave Magazine Cover

Captain America

Photo Credit – EW.com

I enjoy reading Entertainment Weekly to get all my movie, TV and entertainment news and the latest issue features 15 different covers – all Marvel characters from the upcoming Infinity War movie. (woohoo!) As I opened up the mailbox I felt like a Lotto player waiting to see if her numbers were chosen. I really wanted to get the cover with my favorite super hero. I may have yelled a little cheer when I pulled out Captain America. (My apologies to the grandma next to me that I startled.) When I brought the magazine home, the kids noticed the cover (but they aren’t allowed to read it) and they all decided that Cap looks better with a beard because now he looks like Daddy. I agree! #teambeardedmen 😉

 

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This Week’s Fave Reading Material

Catholic Graphic Novels

Speaking of comic book heroes, I’ve been collecting Catholic graphic novels featuring various saints. I remember back in the 80’s reading comic books about Mother Teresa. Pope John Paul II and Maximilian Kolbe. I loved reading them and was excited to find new graphic novels available for my kids to read. In an upcoming post (hopefully next week) I will review the novels and share links where you can buy them. 🙂

Those are my favorites of the week! What have you been enjoying?

Have a great weekend!

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Online Daybook/ Currently/ 7QT: February 2018 Recap, Fave Music, Links and Movie Reviews

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I can’t believe it is already mid-March. The days are just getting away from me! This Daybook is late but better late than never. 😉

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od_logo_quiet2Grateful for…

  • Green hills and flowers growing after the recent rains.
  • Blue skies and spring weather after the recent cold days.
  • My feeling better after being sick.
  • Family time.
  • Good health reports.
  • All the little things I take for granted like a warm bed, running water and food on the table.

Praying for..

  • Many special intentions from family and friends, especially those carrying heavy crosses.
  • Those fighting cancer, illness and mental health issues.
  • For victims of violence and abuse.
  • All pregnant moms (especially family members), those trying to get pregnant, those who have lost their babies and for moms contemplating an abortion.
  • The souls in purgatory, especially family, friends and those most forgotten.

Pondering…

From yesterday’s Instagram:

It’s been a long time since I’ve let the “comparison poison” creep into my head and make me feel like a loser compared to others but this morning it was trying to take hold.

Then I read today’s first reading, especially these lines: “Thus says the LORD: Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create…”

There is happiness in what God creates. That includes me. It brought to mind yesterday’s Scripture reading that said, “We are his handiwork.”

We are God’s creation and He takes pleasure in us. Let’s not forget that. And when the evil one starts to whisper negativity that makes us fell “less than” cast it aside and rejoice that God created each of us unique with our own talents and gifts so there’s no need to worry that someone else’s gift is not our own. Be your beautiful, unique self and God will work wonders.

 

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Around the House…

The purging and spring cleaning continues. I’ve got huge piles of stuff to take to St. Vincent de Paul. Now just to get it in my car and over there. 😉

 

Family Chit Chat…

February Memories – Highlights of the month include – Worked with the boys on their school fundraiser for Children of Compassion.org, celebrated St. Valentine’s Day, enjoyed some Room Mom time at school, revived my love for snail mail, celebrated Ash Wednesday, went on a road trip with my “baby” girl, happy danced at one of my favorite places and made it an awesome girls’ weekend with my daughter, sister and mom! (And counting the days until I can go back.)

 

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In the Kitchen…

Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette from  Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I’ve been looking for a lemon salad dressing and found this one that I have been really enjoying. So good!

 

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Reading…

Finished…

A Man Called Ove

Currently…

A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Book 3)

 

Frankenstein

(For Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge category – A Classic I Haven’t read Yet.)

 

Watching…

(MOVIES)

The Greatest Showman I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this movie since it got mediocre reviews but all over Twitter and IG people were saying how much they loved the soundtrack and they wanted to see the movie again. So finally in February I went to watch it before it left the theaters. Oh man, was I wrong to wait because I loved it. No, let me clarify, I looooooved it. In a nutshell, Hugh Jackman plays P.T. Barnum, who began as a penniless orphan, and Michelle Williams is his wife Charity, his rich childhood friend. Together they overcome obstacles, marry, raise a family and start what would become P.T. Bartum’s Circus. Along the way Barnum recruits the local “misfits” who don’t fit into polite society and creates a show of music and wonder. This provides a new family of love for the circus performers who come to love themselves for who they are and shine despite the hate of cruel people. Unfortunately, in Barnum’s quest for ever greater accolades and acceptance into the right kind of society, he loses sight of his family and friends and loses everything in the process. However, redemption wins the day and the movie ends on a happy note. (The final scene of Barnum singing the lines “it’s everything you ever want…” had me bawling.)

The themes of the dignity of all people, learning to love and accept yourself (can I hear an Amen for “This Is Me”?) and the power of family life and love (whether by blood or chosen as friends) are strong. Granted, this movie won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it and will be downloading it March 20 when it is available online. (The DVD/Blu-ray will be released April 10.) I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars. The movie is rated PG. (Parental note: Surprisingly, the movie is relatively clean cut. There is a bit of language such as “damn” and a racial slur. There is some violence from the protestors/ bullies. There are a couple of “skimpier” outfits from the circus performers, depending on how strict you are about those things. If you listen to the soundtrack, the song “The Other Side” does have the phrase “oh, damn” in the chorus. That’s a problem when you have little kids who like to walk around singing the songs they hear. 😉 )

Black Panther – It’s a joy when I see two movies in a row that touch me so much! I’ve seen all the Marvel movies and Black Panther is definitely one of my favorites, especially because of its amazing cast. Although I am not African-American and cannot comment of the significance this movie would have in that aspect, as a mom to three boys I loved seeing a strong male character who valued family, honor, perseverance, and doing the right thing. T’Challa goes above and beyond just seeing a larger problem but figures out how he can be a part of a lasting solution. And as a mom of a teen girl, I love that there were numerous strong female characters and unlike other movies (as much as I love you, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I am looking at you) they had both strong male and female characters who were a credit to their gender without putting down the other gender.

Secondly, I like a movie that has a “villain” with multiple facets. You get to learn why they act the way they do and what made them the “bad guy.” In this case, Killmonger had a tragic back story and you can’t help but root against him while still rooting for his redemption. Overall, the themes of overcoming obstacles, finding healing, and working together as a larger brotherhood of humans (despite race or gender) truly moved me. The fact that movie itself was visually stunned, well written and suburbly acted just made it all the better. I rate it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. This movie is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. (Parental note: The  language is tame for a PG-13 with a a couple of sh*ts, a*s and a middle finger gesture. However the soundtrack does have explicit lyrics. There is a lot of violence for the younger set. For a more detailed parent review, check out Common Sense Media’s review here.)

The Shape of Water – I saw this movie the day after it won the Academy Award for Best Picture and afterwards, I thought two things: I should have read the parental review of why it was rated R and are you sure that was voted the best movie of the year? In a nutshell, the movie takes place in the early 60’s. Elisa is a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a part man/part fish creature. The man-fish is tortured by the sadistic Strickland character.  Eventfully the creature is scheduled to be killed and dissected so Elisa, with the help of her sassy co-worker and gay best friend, plot to rescue him and bring him to safety.  As weird as that may all sound,  I didn’t hate the move. It was actually sort of a sweet “woman and creature from the Black Lagoon” love story. It was a thriller as they tried to escape the villain and it had its comedic moments. However, I barely would have watched it a second time, let alone voted it as the best movie of 2017. Plus, I did not realize how “adult” some of the content would be. There was full frontal nudity as the main character got into the bath and the camera panned away as she pleasured herself. And there was more nudity in a second scene (with a married couple) and a rather absurd scene where Elisa flooded her bathroom so she can enjoy some amore with her man-fish. I felt the adult content was over the top for this kind of movie. I just appreciate a movie that can tell a story with strategically placed cameras and not have to resort to full body shots, especially when it was unnecessary to further the story. For some, it may not be an issue but I found it disappointing because the movie was visually beautiful and  had a touch of old school movie nostalgia. I rate the movie 2 out of 5 stars. It would have been a 3 had it been PG-13 level content. (Parental note: It’s not for kids.)

Darkest Hour – This movie is more along the lines of what I would consider Academy Award material. Although set during WWII, there is very little action or war scenes in the movie. Instead it a slower paced political movie about Winston Churchill and the early days of the Nazi invasion of Europe, particularly at Dunkirk. I felt as if it was a little “old news” having recently watched two other TV movies/series about Winston Church. However, Gary Oldman’s portray of him was amazing. You could hardly recognize the actor as he became Churchill. I would recommend watching this movie first them watching the other Academy nominated movie Dunkirk. While this movie was all talk and not much action the other movie was all action with very little dialogue. Together they tell an incredible story of Dunkirk and the behind the scenes drama surrounding it. I rate this movie 4 out of 5 starts. Rated PG-13 for some thematic material. (Parental note: The movie was relatively mild in all areas of concern. For a more detailed parent review, check out Common Sense Media’s review here.)

Get Out – This was another one of those movies that was on my list to watch because I heard so many good reviews but I was afraid it was a slasher movie and those don’t entertain me at all. However, while in the horror genre, it was strong in the thriller category, which I love. I prefer psychological terror over mindless blood and guts torture. And psychologically, this had me freaking out! In a nutshell,  Chris is a young African American man who is going to meet his white girlfriend’s family for the first time. The meeting goes from awkward, to disturbing to horribly wrong. The movie has dark comedy, social commentary, and tension up the wazoo. My heart was pounding as I was inwardly screaming, “GET OUT!” I loved it.

Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references (Parental note: There is violence and blood – although not as graphic as some movies –  and a lot of language, especially a lot of mother*.  For a more detailed parent review, check out Common Sense Media’s review here.)

Lady Bird – Since I have been trying to watch all the Best Picture Academy Award nominees, this was next on my list. I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about this one. I heard a lot of good things about it from Catholics I respect (like this review from Bishop Barren) but I feel like I need to watch the movie again because I wasn’t as touched as others were. In a nutshell, this is a coming-of-age story of Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a high school senior who longs to leave her small town and go to school on the East Coast. Her dad has issues but is loving and supportive of Lady Bird. Her mom is tough and sometimes demeaning to Lady Bird but she loves her daughter in her own broken way. While Lady Bird is not Catholic, she attends a Catholic school and surprisingly, the main priest and nun at the school are shown in a positive light. There are a couple of sweet moments, some touching moments, lots of teen angst and a positive ending as Lady Bird comes full circle. I enjoyed the film somewhat but would categorize it as a once-only movie. Some believe the Catholic faith was portrayed positively but it just made me sad to think of all the kids like those in the movie (myself included) who just went through the religious motions but lived a life contrary to the faith. I rate this movie 3 out of 5. Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying. (Parental note: There is a lot of language, disrespectful attitudes/ dialogue, smoking, drinking and the main character has sex although there’s nothing graphic. The “brief graphic scene” was a brief shot from a magazine. For a more detailed parent review, check out Common Sense Media’s review here.)

 

Listening to …

I gave up my favorite playlists and radio stations for Lent (except for Sundays) so I have been listening to my Lent playlist instead.

On Sunday, I added these songs to my playlist.

Wake Up by Loud Forest

Handyman by Awolnation

Saturday Sun by Vance Joy

Apocolypse by Cigarettes after Sex (When I first heard this song I thought it was a husky sounding girl. LOL. But it reminded me of years past when I loved a great shoe gazer song. And if you are offended by the band’s name, just picture it as a happily married faithful couple experiencing the joys of Phase 3. 😉 )

 

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Added to the boys’ playlist (and I’m loving it too) …

Changed by Jordan Feliz

 

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Recent Posts:

It’s funny that I blogged very little last year and was thinking about quitting all together but then something happened in the new year and the posts started flowing. These were posted in January.

Artist Spotlight: Welcome Bee (& A Giveaway)

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Lenten Family Activities and House Decor

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Friday Favorites & Link-up Vol 3: Lent Edition & #7QT

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Friday Favorites & Link-up (Vol 4) & #7QT

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In the Kitchen: Trader Joe’s Wonton Soup

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From the Archives

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Unbound and Our Sponsored Child

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Coming Soon

  • Friday Favorites
  • A Review of Various Catholic Graphic Novels about the Saints

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Pinned…

I’d like to try this Greek Pasta Salad by Pastafits.org

 

Around the blogosphere…

Here are some posts I’ve been reading…

 

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From my Blessed Is She Lent journal.


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So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. What about you? What’s currently happening in your life? Any book, movie or TV show recommendations? Do share.

I’m linking up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

Have a great week!

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