17. April 2013 · Comments Off on The Bible Mentions Several “Old Women” Having Babies, Right? · Categories: Prayers, Trying to Conceive

This morning my husband and I had our first appointment with a fertility specialist about having another baby.  We were blessed 3 1/2 years ago with our son, naturally, but also a month after we saw another fertility specialist.

This morning’s appointment didn’t result in great news.  The doctor feels we have a stacked deck against us having any additional children.  That’s not the end of the story though and he’s willing to help, but he was cautious.

I’m 40 and my husband is 44.  Apparently, getting pregnant after 40 has a 10% success rate and by 41 it falls to 5% chance.  I don’t know if that is a “per cycle” percentage or not, but those percentages don’t look very good.

When the doctor was telling us everything we’ve got against us, I wanted to cry.  Then later I started beating myself up for anything I could for making getting pregnant difficult.  But my lovely husband sent me an email that perked me up and reminded me that this is in God’s hand.  And then I remembered all those women of the Bible that had babies in their older years.  There is always hope!!!

 

May God bless us with the additional children we so strongly desire.  May we bring them up with praise for you, Lord, wisdom and strength.  Amen.

17. April 2013 · Comments Off on A Prayer for Boston · Categories: Prayers

Dear Heavenly Father, please help the healing begin; for those physically injured and those emotional scarred by the events in Boston on Monday.  Abundantly bless those who came to the aid of the victims.  Amen.

12. April 2013 · Comments Off on Our New Banana Bread Recipe · Categories: Recipes

I totally invented my own pretty healthy banana bread recipe yesterday.  And the results are amazing, my husband said so.  🙂

2 cups all-purpose flour (eventually, I want to try some whole wheat flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon of salt (I used kosher)

3/4 cup maple sugar (use combo of brown and white cane sugar here and increase to a cup)

1 and 1/4 sticks of butter

2 large eggs

3 mashed ripe bananas

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt (or use plain yogurt and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract)

1/4 cup ground flax seed (can omit)

3/4 cup chopped walnuts (can omit)

Preheat the oven to 350degrees

Cream butter and sugar together in mixer, add eggs and mix.  Add the bananas and yogurt, mix until blended.  This is unconventional, but I add the salt, baking soda, and flax, mix until blended.  Then I add the flour and just mix it until incorporated.  Lightly mix in walnuts.

Use a greased loaf pan.  Bake at least an hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean.

A note here, my oven is crazy so it took an hour and twenty minutes to cook this, the toothpick never came out perfectly clean.  Yet after letting the loaf sit under foil for about an hour, this bread was amazing and done!

 

11. April 2013 · Comments Off on 2013 Coloring Contest from Illuminated Ink · Categories: Catholic Business, Easter

Check out Illuminated Ink 2013 coloring contest.

The picture to color is beautiful and they even have details regarding the symbolism behind objects in the picture.

Good Luck!

03. April 2013 · Comments Off on Patron Saint of Simple Catholic · Categories: Saints, St. Anne

We have chosen St. Anne (Blessed Virgin Mary’s mother) as our blog’s patron.  My husband has a special devotion to St. Anne from his childhood.  And what better saint than the Patron Saint of Homemakers for me.  I love the picture above because it depicts St. Anne carefully instructing her daughter; yeah for homeschooling!

Saints Joachim and Anne’s feast day is July 26.  What a great day to honor grandparents…you know, because they were the grandparents of Jesus.

St. Anne, pray for us!