It’s my Birthday and I have a present for you!

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It's January! Time for a fresh start, a new devotional. Just a few minutes a day to Think. Pray. and set an intention to Act accordingly. 

Here's today's entry:

Think

"It is above all in the home that, before ever a word is spoken, children should experience God's love in the love which surrounds them." ~ Blessed John Paul II

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Pray

Dear sweet Lord, before I open my mouth to speak, help me to relax my shoulders and smile. Then, let whatever comes out of my mouth be an expression of your love.

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Act

How do your children experience God's love in your home? When we smile, our faces relflect the joy we have in knowing we are loved unconditionally by our benevolent Father.

Smile at your family today–often.

 

I have five copies of Small Steps for Catholic Moms to give to you today. I'd like to autograph them for you or for a special mom in your life. Would you give something to me? If you want a copy of the book, please leave a comment with your favorite inspirational quote– a favorite Bible verse, a quote from a saint, something really great from C. S. Lewis. Tell me what speaks to your heart. 

Five winners will be announced on Monday:-).

Comments

  1. Melissa says

    Happy Birthday to you! Many blessings this year and beyond. I so enjoy reading your blog; thank you for sharing yourself and your family with us. I bought this book for my best girlfriend last fall (when it was re-released) and she loves it! I am not a wife or a mom (hopeful someday), but I was happy to have an opportunity able to share your writing with a dear friend.

  2. says

    Always a favorite, and so fitting that it’s the first one to memorize with you and Ann…”In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

  3. Sasha says

    What a sweet birthday gift! I would be delighted with an autographed copy, thank you! Have a *lovely* day.
    My touch point, always, framed in my kitchen. I’ll spend the rest of my life plumbing the depths of these three verses:
    Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
    -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  4. Kimberly says

    “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

  5. Caitlin says

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! I would so enjoy a copy of the book. :) My favorite quote is by Fra Giovanni, “There is glory and beauty in the darkness, could we but see! And to see, we have only to look.”

  6. Lindsay K says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! May you have a blessed day! :) As a busy mother with young children, I have always found this quote very comforting:
    “A married woman must often leave God at the altar to find him in her housework.” ~St. Frances of Rome

  7. Kiera says

    “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Mother Teresa

  8. says

    Happy Birthday! Ironically, I tried to buy this book last year because I have loved the excerpts you post. I couldn’t find the book (duh – I didn’t even know it was your book) and somehow got it confused with Consoling the Heart of Jesus. What a treasure that was! I kept wondering when it was going to tell me how to “think, pray, act” and quickly realized I had the wrong, or perhaps the right, book. :)
    That book brought Jesus so much closer to my heart, and I liked Fr. Gaitley’s writing style so much, that I also just bought The One Thing Is Three. I’m still in the beginning of the book, and he is stressing the relational quality of the Trinity.
    Near the front of his book he cites John 17:24-26:
    “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
    I have written these verses at the front of my 2014 date book/journal as a great hope when I think of and pray for my family. My husband is not a believer, to put it kindly, and our five kids are on the ambiguous-atheist spectrum. What great consolation it is for me to think that Jesus wants them so badly to be with his Father!

  9. Lori says

    Happy Birthday! I would love a copy for my sweet daughter in law. I work with Alzheimer and my favorite quote is “Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud today”- Maya Angelou

  10. says

    Happiest of birthdays dear Elizabeth!! I have two to share. My quote is silly – i read it in Reader’s Digest year ago but it has always stuck with me and I don’t know who said it: “Through perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
    The other is from the Moral Compass: “Long ago in ancient Greece an aged sculptor was laboring over a block of stone. He carved with utmost care, probing the rock with his chisel, chipping away a fragment at a time, gauging the marks with sinewy hands before making the next cut. When it was finished, the piece would be hoisted high into the air and set on top of a towering shaft, and so would become the capital, or uppermost part, of a column. And the column would help support the roof of a lofty temple.” ‘Why spend so much time and effort on that section?’asked a government official who passed by. ‘It will sit fifty feet high. No human eye will be able to see those details.’”The old artist put down his hammer and chisel, gazed steadily at his questioner, and replied:
    ‘But God will see it!’”

  11. says

    A very happy birthday! Your book would be wonderful for my 2 oldest daughters whose 5 children I keep 4 days a week. My favorite verse has been for a very long time, Luke 1: 46 – 54… The Magificat.

  12. sarah says

    there are lots of nice quotes and verses that I like and TRY to remember. but i’m not good at the remembering part. the one that i do remember is simply, “be not afraid”…listed so many times in scripture that it’s silly to even try and pick just one.
    happy birthday!

  13. Sarah says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth!!!! Thank you for all you do for us here :)
    “To walk out of God’s will is to step into nowhere.” — C.S. Lewis

  14. Karen Webb says

    A friend of mine received news this am that her soon to be adopted daughter was born. She would love a copy like it love mine.
    Mother Teresa. Do all things with love.

  15. Cas says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth!
    My favorite saying is:
    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” Philo of Alexandria ( I have seen this attributed to others, no matter)
    When you really think about this, it is so true! I cannot count the times that I have failed and become unpleasant, at best, because I thought that I was the only one with troubles. Then you find out that someone you thought must have a perfect life with no troubles or worries has far greater ones than you. Just think what this one small practice would do to our world!

  16. Patty says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! My favorite verse is Revelation 3:16 “Because you are neither hot nor cold but lukewarm I shall spew you from my mouth.” It is a great remind that you can’t be a half-hearted Christian.

  17. says

    Happy Birthday!
    My favorite is “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. I find myself accenting different words in that quote to emphasize a different aspect of it.

  18. Cynthia says

    I would like a copy. Thanks. The quote that I’m currently meditating on, is from St. Teresa of Avila. “The lukewarm do not embrace the cross; they merely drag it along”.

  19. Clarissa Webster says

    Love, to be real, it must cost – it must hurt – it must empty us of self. – Mother Teresa
    Happy birthday!!!

  20. juliea says

    Happy Birthday! I know lots of moms who would love to share a copy of your beautiful book! Thank you so much. Phillipians4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,noble,whatever is right, whatever is pure,whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.

  21. says

    I would love this book…for jumpstarting my spiritual life in 2014 and for reviewing for Moms on EquippingCatholicfamilies.com and CatholicBloggersNetwork.com
    St Therese defined sanctity as ‘a disposition of the heart which makes us humble and small in the arms of God, conscious of our weakness, and confident to the point of audacity in the goodness of the Father.” quote from I Believe in Love by Fr d’Elbee

  22. Cassie says

    Be joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus. Thessalonians 5: 16-18
    Perhaps not my favorite, but definitely the one I find myself reciting several times a day.
    Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

  23. says

    Blessed Birthday, Elizabeth. My favorite Scripture verse is “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” Proverbs 3:5, and my favorite literary verse is “It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.” from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. They remind me that I can do anything the Lord wishes me to do and it doesn’t matter if I understand it or not.

  24. Helen says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth. I want to say thank you for a beautiful blog that is surely a reflection of you, your struggles, triumphs, talents, faith ~ your blog is a place I go to reconnect with the side of life that I am not experiencing much at this time (former homeschooling mother of 3, all grown up ~ I am out working in the world and haven’t as much time to be at home, to do all the home front things I ‘d like to do..). I have quotes all over the place, from the bible, saints, poetry, writing, people :o) here is one, “The way to happiness – keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much.” ~anonymous (from a Mary Englebright calendar). No need to enter me into the drawing though, there are lots of mom’s with littles who will benefit from your book more, it’s something I would have loved when I was just starting out.

  25. Sheri says

    Happy Birthday!!! I am not sure if mine is a quote. I just know I say it everyday all the time. “Let go and let God.” My other favorite is on the Divine Mercy image. “Jesus, I trust in you.” I repeat these all the time to get through the “tough” parts of my day. Blessings to you.

  26. Kim F. says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! I’ve been thinking about the idea of choosing a word for the year, as so many people are doing. I’ve never done that before. When thinking about all the words out there I could choose (peace, patience, surrender, forgive, etc.) I just couldn’t decide. Then I realized how much I struggle with love. Something that should come so easy. I need to love more…my kids, my husband, God, myself. And then this morning I received an email for a retreat I will be attending and this quote, from Fr. Jacques Philippe’s book Interior Freedom, was in the email: “Very often we feel restricted in our situations, our families, or our surroundings. But maybe the real problem lies elsewhere: in our hearts. There we are restricted, and that is the root of our lack of freedom. If we loved more, love would give our lives infinite dimensions, and we would no longer feel hemmed in.”

  27. Stacy says

    Let us work. Let us work a lot and work well, without forgetting that prayer is our best weapon. That is why I will never tire of repeating that we have to be contemplative souls in the midst of the world, who try to convert their work into prayer. (Furrow, 497) ~ St. Josemaria Escriva

  28. Kristi says

    Happy birthday!
    One of my favorite verses for homeschooling / mothering is from Is. 54:13 (I think) “All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”

  29. says

    Happy birthday, Elizabeth! Blessings, peace, and good health be to you today and this year of life.
    “It is our part to offer what we can, His to finish what we cannot.” St. Jerome
    Praying for the discipline and obedience to be able to offer every last crumb of my five loaves and last bite of my two fish this year. Then let it be, St. Jerome style.

  30. Heidi says

    “Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days!” Psalm 90:14 Happy Birthday!!!

  31. Hope says

    5
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
    on your own intelligence do not rely;
    6
    In all your ways be mindful of him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
    From Proverbs 3:5-6
    That verse has given me hope in hard times!
    Happy birthday!

  32. Angela says

    Would love a copy! It would be a birthday present for me:) My 35th is next Tuesday.
    My favorite verse, since I was a girl, is from Matthew 11: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
    Birthday blessings to you!

  33. Nikki says

    “You may dazzle the mind with a thousand brilliant discoveries of natural science; you may open new worlds of knowledge which were never dreamed of before; yet, if you have not developed in the soul of the pupil strong habits of virtue which will sustain her in the struggle of life, you have not educated her, but only put in her hand a powerful instrument of self-destruction.”
    St. Rose Phillipine Duschene

  34. Mary says

    Psalm 118:24
    This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
    It’s my reminder to be grateful, no matter what kind if day it is.

  35. Helen says

    I like that Kim :) and we’ve talked a lot about choosing a word or phrase on our elist/fb pages.. such s nice thing to contemplate. What you wrote especially speaks to my heart. Thank you.

  36. Jacki P says

    Happy Birthday!
    Thanks for your blog.
    I’ve always loved this quote from Mother Teresa:
    “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
    When I think what I’m doing in the home every day doesn’t matter, I just remember Mother Teresa’s words and realize that it matters even more than I realize.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

  37. says

    My favorite quote is something my mom said to me once… “You deserve to be the person you feel you are inside” it means that no matter how hard the struggles I (all of us) are the people we are meant to be, we just have to break through the shell of insecurity, weakness, fear, and become that person. Moms are the best.

  38. Shawna Aubin says

    Happy Birthday Blessings!
    I believe someone already mentioned this above, but the verse I love to meditate on and that always brings me comfort is John 1:1- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
    Profound simplicity.

  39. Ann says

    Happy Birthday!!
    Do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.
    - St. Francis de Sales

  40. Judi Knight says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth, and I echo all the other comments when I say thank you for putting yourself out there for the world to see.
    My quote came from a link on the Alzheimers Association and I don’t know who originally said it. But as I deal with my husband’s younger onset Alzheimers (diagnosed at age 57) I say this many times during the day.
    Remember the three C’s:
    I didn’t cause it
    I can’t change it
    I can’t control it
    Then remember the three P’s:
    Pause
    Pray
    Proceed
    I would love to have your “Mom” book even though my children are grown because you never stop being a mom.
    Thank you.

  41. says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! May God continue to fill your life with blessings and may you feel His JOY and DELIGHT in you today and every day. Here is one of my favorite quotes from Blessed Pope John Paul II: ” “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son…”

  42. Donna says

    This spoke to me at Mass last July (Gospel Acclamation):
    Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance. Luke 8:15
    Happy Birthday, and God bless you!

  43. Meredith says

    “God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”
    ― Mother Teresa
    I still remember the day she died, I think I was in 5th grade! Thank you for all you do for us moms out here just trying to be faithful.

  44. Stuart says

    Happy Birthday to you! What a generous way to celebrate your birthday. My favorite verse is Romans 8:28 – We know that all things work for good for those who love God,* who are called according to his purpose.

  45. Laura says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! I read your blog on a regular basis and love all of your quotes. Isaiah 9:5 is a favorite of mine: For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father Forever, Prince of Peace. This verse brings me so much comfort – I hope it does for you and others as well!

  46. says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth!
    One of my favorites is one that I’m especially praying lately as we’re only a few weeks away from welcoming our fourth baby:
    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
    It’s so short that I can always remember it, even in the midst of chaos.
    Best,
    Sarah

  47. Elizabeth S. says

    A most blessed birthday, Elizabeth. :)
    It is so easy for the evil one to get us down each day…I turn to the saint who (physically and spiritually) battled and defeated him on a regular basis: St. Padre Pio: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry”
    Now…to truly LIVE it :)
    Would LOVE to read your book for daily inspiration.
    God bless!

  48. Katy in Virginia says

    I love this quote from Immaculee Illibigiza:
    “If you have to choose between being right and being kind, always choose to be kind.”
    It’s a struggle for me but I keep trying.
    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! Thank you for blessing us with your writing.

  49. Eve says

    I’ll play. :) I copied this from one of Anne’s recent blog posts.
    “When Jesus is merely useful to me, I want him to move my world. When Jesus is ultimately beautiful to me, its my heart that is moved–and this begins to change the world.” ~Anne Voskamp
    Happy Birthday, friend. You are loved.

  50. kelli says

    I LOVE your Small Steps book! It has been such a treasure in my life. I would really enjoy passing along to a dear friend. As for my favorite saying, the saying that sits deep in my heart when my demons are screaming, is from Ruth 1:16-17
    But Ruth said, “Do not press me to go back and abandon you! Wherever you go I will go,wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people
    and your God, my God. Where you die I will die, and there be buried.
    May the LORD do thus to me, and more, if even death separates me from you!”
    Naomi then ceased to urge her, for she saw she was determined to go with her.
    Happy Birthday Elizabeth, and please know that you are a true gift to my world.

  51. Lavaida says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! May your day be filled with many good surprises from God. The verse that I am meditating on right now is Isaiah 7:9, If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.
    And, I would love a copy of your book. Very fortunate are the readers who receive one.
    blessings,
    LavaidaVandelia

  52. Anne in MT says

    “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller
    Happy Birthday. Wishing you many blessings in the year to come. I bought your book several years ago. It caught my eye as I had just had my 3rd baby and I would now be staying at home. I went into this newly opened Catholic bookstore with my Mom and found you. She passed away in June 2011 and is deeply missed. However, I believe she lead me to you, to be my guide as I’ve turned to you nearly every day to hear how a genuine Mom lives her life and chooses to celebrate it with grace and without negativity. Today is also her birthday; a wonderful day to celebrate two beautiful ladies dedicated to God and family. God Bless you!

  53. vaflemming@verizon.net says

    “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  54. says

    I would love your book – the quotes and thoughts every week on this blog have been such an encouragement to me since I found you about 6 months ago.
    One of my favorite proverbs is, “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” Prov. 14:1
    And a favorite from Winston Churchill: “Success is moving from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm”.

  55. Kristen_jerome@comcast.net says

    “To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.”

  56. says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! I still love my old edition of Small Steps, but would sure love a signed copy of the new! Here is a quote I love from C.S. Lewis: “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” :-)

  57. Kathy C. says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!
    Your book looks wonderful; thank you for this very generous giveaway!
    A quote that I love: “…How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s function is laborious; but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.” – G.K. Chesterton

  58. Annie says

    Happy Birthday! Mine is a Quaker query on marriage: Do you make your home a place of friendliness, refreshment and peace, where God becomes more real to those who dwell therein and to all who visit there? I have quotes from your blog printed all over the house and it is funny how they pop up when I need them. Also Real Learning is still my go to book when I need support and ideas even after 14 plus years of homeschooling. Thank you!!!!

  59. Jamie says

    Our little guy, Owen (almost 15mo), has been having some sort of a facial tic or seizures and shows early signs of Autism. Referrals for a hearing test, EEG, and Developmental Pediatrician. Ugh, ugh, double ugh. Thank you for your prayers.

  60. KO says

    As someone prone to worry, I have this quote from St. Teresa of Avila hanging in my kitchen:
    Let nothing disturb you,
    Let nothing frighten you,
    All things are passing away:
    God never changes.
    Patience obtains all things
    Whoever has God lacks nothing;
    God alone suffices.

  61. Bethany says

    My favorite Chesterton quote, which really encompasses all of mothering: “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” Happy Happy Birthday!

  62. Emily B says

    Happy birthday!!! My favorite quote as a runner would be from Isaiah chapter 40:
    “”Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.”

  63. says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!!! I hope you are having a lovely birthday.
    Please do not enter me into the contest as I having been reading my copy for years and LOVE it!!! If I had to chose one favorite {and that is SO hard} it would be
    “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
    Hebrews 11:1

  64. Elizabeth KP says

    “The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling.” –Thoreau. This quote reminds me that I need to treat my family members with gentleness and use care in my words in order that each of us can be our best self. Congratulations on the book!

  65. Kelsey says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! You are a blessing to so many. An inspirational quote I especially like is, “There is one and only one possible road to joy: selfless love.” -Peter Kreeft

  66. Colleen R says

    Jeremiah 9:11 For I know the plans I have for you, says The Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

  67. Mary says

    Happiest of birthdays, Elizabeth! “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be yours as well.” Matthew 6:33

  68. Carol says

    They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on eagle’s wings. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Isaiah 40:31

  69. KellyJ says

    A most blessed and joy-filled birthday to you, Elizabeth!
    A scripture passage that has long been meaningful to me is Philippians 4:6-7:
    Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
    May God give you this peace now and always.

  70. Mary says

    From R.L. Smith’s biography of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More: “In these black days when many countries are the scene of a determined attempt to destroy the works of God; in these days when all the interests and needs of man, religious, cultural, economic, are threatened on every side; in these black days John Fisher and Thomas More return to earth, bidding us to be of good cheer. God is still the master of the centuries and His paths still lead onward to the light. Secondly, the Martyrs have returned to encourage us in the daily martyrdom of life…. [T]hrough constant faithfulness to his duty of the moment . . . each built up . . . a character capable of answering the supreme call when that call came.”
    Because it touches on both the big and small, and honestly, the big gesture needs to be fortified by the daily, small ones.
    Happy Birthday!

  71. Annie says

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday. And thanks for sharing to strangers like me through your blog. I love reading it!
    Here’s something thought-provoking that I just read this morning from the Diary of Elisabeth Leseur:
    “I want to love with a special love those whose birth or religion or ideas separate them from me; it is those especially whom I must try to understand and who need me to give them a little of what God has placed within me.”

  72. Kim D. says

    My mantra for this year is a quote attributed to St. Joan of Arc: “I am not afraid, for I was born to do this.”

  73. LisaR says

    Happy birthday dear friend. Extra prayers of thanksgiving for you today.
    This is one of my favorite quotes. (and another big Hurrah! for the book it’s quoted from). I have given away many of your books, and have my own copy, but would love to share with my sister. She is married with young children and lives far from me – I miss her!
    “God teaches the soul by pains and obstacles, not by ideas.”
    ― Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence

  74. says

    I have been posting about this on my facebook and everyone keeps asking where to get a copy.
    Would love to share it with a special lady!!! Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing your wisdom with us!!!
    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!

  75. Christine Scarlett says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth. I hope you are having a beautiful day with your in-town family members. I already have the first edition of your book, so you don’t need to enter me in the drawing, but one of my favorite Scripture verses is Philippians 4:8.

  76. says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! I’m so blessed to have discovered your blog and gain daily inspiration from you! Wishing you a year ahead filled with health, happiness, and continued joy in the Lord!
    One of my favorite passages from Scripture (I’ve even had it linked on my blog in the past) is from 1 Thessalonians
    “MAKE IT YOUR AMBITION TO LEAD A QUIET LIFE, TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND TO WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, JUST AS WE TOLD YOU, SO THAT YOUR DAILY LIFE MAY WIN THE RESPECT OF OUTSIDERS AND SO THAT YOU WILL NOT BE DEPENDENT ON ANYBODY.”
    1 THESSALONIANS 4: 11 & 12
    And to go with this…I heard from Mark Hart (my Women’s Group is doing his Bible Study on the Book of Matthew)…
    “Live your life so that your actions are your RSVP to God for his invitation to Heaven.” *sigh*
    Small steps…for moms! :)

  77. eko says

    I really have always had stuck in my head a quote our BB coach had in the gym – “Engage brain before mouth.” — I wish I could say I have always done that… :-( And – “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
    ― St. Catherine of Siena
    God bless you – Happy Birthday. Thank you for sharing the gift of your writing with us!

  78. says

    Luke 2:1 “And it came to pass…” :D
    A thousand good wishes for a happy birthday, Elizabeth! I love your writing–on this blog and in your books.

  79. bridget says

    “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
    -St. Catherine of Siena
    &
    The Joy of the Lord is my strength.
    Nehemiah 8:10
    I could really use this right now! I gave my copy to a dear friend who was becoming Catholic.
    Happy Happy Birthday to you!!! May God grant you many years! I pray you are having a beautiful & blessed day!

  80. Melanie says

    “Jesus did not come to explain away suffering or to remove it. He came to fill it with his presence.”
    — Paul Claudel
    Happy Birthday! Would love to win the book.

  81. Kristina says

    I read your blog regularly and more often than not feel “less than” afterwards. I’m guessing the reason for this is because it makes me feel guilty for not being the great wife/mother that you seem to be. I already have your book. I like to try and improve where I can but seem to fall short so often. Which is why I loved your book. On the very first page it told me I was not a failure if I put it down. After I read your post on a word to inspire your year, I gave it some thought and realized that nothing clicked with me and therefore I would not pursue it. And then yesterday, I picked up your book. And the quote by St. Katherine Drexel clicked with me. Not a life changing moment, but a beginning. “It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.” Pretty powerful words when they apply to your own life. So my word is serve. I think when you’re not in service to your family and others, then you can’t expect to be in service to God. For what it’s worth, thank you for sharing your time and talents. Here’s to finding joy throughout the year in service to others.

  82. Rosemary says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth…you are such an inspiration to me. I have been reading your blog since I got your “Real Learning” book eight years ago. I LOVE your “Small Steps” book and have been reading it daily for 3 years. I would love to
    give a copy to a good friend of mine who is expecting her 8th child and is homeschooling for the first time this year…you have gotten so many responses. I am not sure if you will get to mine. Being a mother of eight, holding a newborn in my arms right now, I cannot think of a good quote…except : “Every good gift is from above” and from the Nicene Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord, the giver of Life.” God bless you and your beautiful family Elizabeth. A blessed and happy birthday to you!

  83. Kathie says

    Happy Birthday!! I hope it is an amazing one for you :-). My favorite scripture is this and it first spoke to me while going through a tremendous trial in my life:
    “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land;” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12)

  84. says

    Happy, blessed birthday, Elizabeth! :) I doubt that you can send your book to the Philippines but I wanted to greet you anyway, and leave you with one of my favorite verses:
    “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
    God bless you more and more! It is my dream to write a book like you (and Danielle) — please pray for me. :)

  85. Janelle S says

    As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the world in which we live. -Pope JPII
    It’s written across the top of my white board in our schoolroom. Happy Birthday!

  86. says

    Happy Birthday, fellow Jan. 10 baby!! I hope that your day has been blessed, and that, unlike mine, no one at your house is throwing up! :)
    John 17 is one of my all time favorite passage in the Bible, especially verses 20-24:
    20 I pray not only for these but also for those who through their teaching will come to believe in me.
    21 May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.
    22 I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one.
    23 With me in them and you in me, may they be so perfected in unity that the world will recognise that it was you who sent me and that you have loved them as you have loved me.
    24 Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see my glory which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

  87. Demi says

    Happy Birthday! Psalm 23 is my go to verse. It instantly calms me and focuses my eyes on God and not what detracts me.

  88. Tracy McKenna says

    “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” St. Francis de Sales
    I love this message for two reasons….the message of everyday being fresh and the ability to begin anew each day…and also that we have patience with ourselves…as woman I think we tend to have petience with those we love but ourselves…not so much.
    Tracy

  89. Kathleen L. says

    Happy Birthday! Elizabeth!
    St Teresa of Avila “Let nothing disturb you; let nothing frighten you. All things pass away. God does not change. Patience achieves all. Whoever has God lacks nothing. Only God suffices”
    My life motto that I have in size 24 font on the front of my refrig:))

  90. Kristin Gomez says

    I have so many saint and bible quotes that I love and have posted on my kitchen cabinets. But for some reason, the one that if foremost in my mind these days is from a parenting book and is not as much spiritual as one that evokes a “Ahhh! That is so true – that refocuses me completely!”
    It is by author Jim Stenson and he writes, “Your children will grow up not when they can take care of themselves, but rather when they can take care of others – and want to.”
    The most emphatic part for me being those last three words. Hence , for me this means I homeschool. And pray. Peace,Krisitin G,

  91. Mariarosa Perez says

    Servite Domino in laetitia!- I will serve God cheerfully. With a cheerfulness that is a consequence of my Faith, of my Hope anf of my Love-and that will last for ever. For , as the Apostle assure us, Dominus prope est!…- the Lord follows me closely. I shall walk with Him, therefore, quite confidently, for the Lord is my Father, and with his help I shall fulfill his most lovable Will, even if I find it hard.
    Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer

  92. Bridget says

    Padre Pio — ‘Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.’

  93. Nicole N. says

    Happy birthday! I am so grateful for your tireless work on this blog. Your words constantly inspire me to grow stronger in my Catholic faith, to be a better wife and a better mother. I am also so grateful for all of these quotes and comments, as they remind me of just how much work there is to be done on oneself. Thank you!!
    “O Lord…it is You who have accomplished all we have done.” Isaiah 26:12

  94. Sabrina says

    “You formed my inmost being, you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are you works!” So hard to remember this in dark times, but sure resonates in my heart to pull me, by God’s grace, from those dark times of self doubt. Happy Birthday!!!

  95. Kelly says

    Happy birthday! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us ! My favorite bible verse that gets me thru tough times is Phillipians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  96. Teresa says

    Happiest of birthdays, dear Elizabeth!
    Thank you for your daily dose of love and encouragement, and for modeling a life which is so artfully crafted with prayer and work, thanksgiving and joy!
    “Love conquers all!”(I want that to be my epitaph!) From Virgil, but 1Pet.4:8 is pretty close. :)
    Teresa in Wenatchee, WA

  97. says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!
    One of my very favorite verses from scripture:
    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
    Phillipians 4:8

  98. Theresa Korte says

    Happy Birthday Blessings to you!
    I heard this on the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it spoke to my mother heart and I keep coming back to it:
    Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.*
    You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:7-8

  99. Amy says

    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” Julian of Norwich
    Happy birthday and God bless.

  100. Una says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth!!
    Here’s a verse that always speaks to me: For I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.”
    Is 41:13

  101. Lorna says

    Happy Birthday!
    I enjoy your writing more as the years go by – I would love a copy of your book.
    The verse I keep coming back to is:
    “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
    Also:
    “My grace is sufficient for you.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

  102. says

    Happy Birthday!
    “Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God never changes. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.” -St. Teresa of Avila

  103. Jeanne says

    Elizabeth, Happy Birthday! I met you back in 2000 at a homeschooling conference in Manassas. It is fun to drop in and see how you and your family are doing!
    My favorite quotes, NOT in order of importance are:
    “To love another human is to see the face of God.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
    Isaiah 30:15, By waiting and by calm you shall be saved. In quiet and trust in your strength.
    A Happy Family is but an earlier Heaven…..John Bowring
    Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee…

  104. says

    Happy Birthday dearest friend! If I win your book, which I love, I will give it to my daughter-in-love Kelly who share her birthday with yours.
    My quote is a bit long, it is from Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity to whom I pray everyday for a miraculous healing for Elizabeth D.
    “Abandonment is what allows us to surrender to God. I am quite young, but it seems to me that I have really suffered at times. Oh, then, when everything was dark, when the present was so painful and the future seemed even more gloomy to me, I used to close my eyes and abandon myself like a child in the arms of this Father who is in Heaven. These are the words that the Master addressed to Saint Catherine of Siena: ”Think of me, and I will think of you.” We look at ourselves too much, we want to see and understand, we do not have enough confidence in Him who envelops us in His Charity. We must not stop before the Cross and regard it in itself, but, recollecting ourselves in the light of faith, we must rise higher and recognize that it is in the instrument that is obeying Divine Love. ”One thing alone is necessary: Mary has chosen the better part, which shall not be taken from her.” This better part, which seems to be my privilege in my beloved solitude of Carmel, is offered by God to every baptized soul. He offers it to you, in the midst of your cares and concerns. Believe that His whole desire is to lead you ever deeper into Himself. Surrender yourself and all your preoccupations to Him.”

  105. says

    Happy birthday!!
    My favorite quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder: “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.”

  106. Kim says

    Happy Birthday! “Know that God wishes nothing else of you save what He sends at the moment, and do not be on the lookout for other things.” I have this on my desk and it is either St Francis de Sales or St Clare I think.

  107. Diana says

    Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for all you share. Your honesty and the beauty you write with have been such a gift to me. I decided to choose a word for the year (actually 2 words since I’m indecisive) relationships (and peace). These verses are some of the ones I am going to ponder as I work on my relationships this year.
    . 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
    6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
    7 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
    8 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
    even death on a cross!
    Philippians 2:3-8 (NIV)
    A lot to ponder…
    I have been reading a copy of your book since mid Nov. and it has been such a blessing and a boost. I would love to share a copy.

  108. Mary Jo says

    “God’s Grace is always greater than the prayer which sought it.” ~Pope Francis~
    Happy Birthday – May God Bless you!

  109. Lisa Elizarraras says

    “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
    -Mother Teresa
    Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!

  110. Maria says

    Happy Birthday!
    “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”- Mother Teresa

  111. says

    These are the shrinking years-the making of smaller moments to create wider spaces. I hold not to the creeds of men, but the conversation of God. ~ from An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
    The older I get, the louder the world gets, and daily, I feel called to pursue His presence. I feel the tug to lead a life marked by inner stillness which requires intentionality. I’m embracing the truth that in order to live and love well, I must know and be known by God. I want to live in the true awareness that He was my first love, and wooed me, when I did not yet know Him.

  112. Tracy says

    Happy Birthday.
    St. Therese once said “the good God never gives desires that He cannot fulfill.” This is a quote that has given me peace in many periods of my life.

  113. elizabeth f says

    Remind me each morning of your constant love, for I put my trust in you. My prayers go up to you; show me the way I should go.
    Psalm 143:8 GNT
    I found this translation in highschool and always love to hear of that constant love.
    Happy birthday!

  114. Kelly A. says

    Pray, hope and don’t worry. Although I find it much more difficult to put into practice, I know St. Pio is simply correct. Happy birthday! :)

  115. Annamaria says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth, Love & prayers from South Australia!!
    Thank you so much for your offer. I have had the delight to give your book to the young, and not so young mothers who attended my Homeschooling meetings…by the time I wanted a copy of my own, it went out of print!!! What a delight to know it has come back!! my quote comes from The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur:
    “In barren times, when duty seems difficult and the daily task has no charm, when all spiritual consolation is refused us, and the beautiful light that gilds life is veiled, then humble prayer alone can uphold us and give us hour by hour and day by day the will to act “against our will.”
    Thank you once again Elizabeth and God Bless

  116. Laura S says

    I have had this as the signature on my email for years…
    “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.
    I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” ~Mother Teresa
    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! Thank you for walking (often leading) this journey of motherhood with so many of us!

  117. Kimberly says

    I just love this verse from the hymn, ‘You Are Mine’:
    Do not be afraid, I am with you
    I have called you each by name
    Come and follow Me
    I will bring you home
    I love you and you are mine

  118. Cristina says

    Happy Birthday!
    I would love a new copy because mine got wet and is all bumpy!
    On my refrigerator these days:
    “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”
    Pope Benedict

  119. Mimi says

    Happy Birthday! A special day for me too..the birth of my first-born :) “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.”
    –Peggy O’Hara
    How true, I try to always remember that…

  120. Wendy says

    Happy birthday,Elizabeth! Through your book, and then through blog, I’ve learned so much about myself, and what kind of wife and mother I’d like to be. Thank you for this gift to my family.
    From Fr. Lesance:
    “Afflictions, more than anything else, come straight from the hand of God; therefore, beware of finding fault with His providence. What would you say if your little sister, who as yet knows nothing about needlework, were to find fault with some elaborate piece of embroidery on which you happen to be employed? Should you not answer: “Hold your tongue, you silly child. What do you understand about embroidery?” We are like foolish children if we venture to judge the things of God. We cannot know or understand what is for our happiness or good. You perhaps think: “How nice it would be if I were rich!” But God may know that the possession of riches would prove a misfortune to you, and might even lead to your eternal perdition. Is it then not right that He should withhold them from you?

  121. Shirley says

    Romans 8:28 All things work together for,good for those who love Christ.
    This is my go-to verse when I hear of some terrible tragedy, a looming scary situation and even when I’ve been given great blessings. It reminds me of God’s great Providence and of the Communion of Saints. What’s been given to any of us is for the good of all of us.
    Happy birthday Elizabeth!

  122. Beth says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!
    A couple of favorites:
    “The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.”–G. K. Chesterton
    “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only–and that is to support the ultimate career.”–C. S. Lewis
    God’s blessings on you and your family this year!

  123. Michelle says

    Happiest of birthdays, Elizabeth!!
    I love any quote that has to do with Divine Providence. I picked this one: St. Augustine says, “All that happens to us in this world against our will (whether to due to men or to other causes) happens to us only by the will of God, by the disposal of Providence, by His orders and under His guidance; and if from the frailty of our understanding we cannot grasp the reason for some event, let us attribute it to divine Providence, show Him respect by accepting it from His hand, believe firmly that He does send it [to] us without cause.”

  124. Cecilia says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Here is a favorite of mine, as I can really spend so much time pondering it! May you have a wonderful day and a blessed year!
    “Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender.”
    St. Therese

  125. Elizabeth says

    “If any of you lacks Wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given him.” from the Book of James
    I have to ask for Wisdom daily to get through my mothering and homeschooling journey. What a promise God gives in this verse!
    Happy Birthday to you!

  126. Meadow says

    Happy Birthday!
    Two of my favorite quotes come from Blessed Mother Teresa
    “Saying there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers.”
    and
    “We can not do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

  127. Elizabeth says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Your blog is such a source of support and encouragement for me as a Catholic homeschooling mom of 4 boys. It is an LLL meeting online that I tap into whenever I am able or need it, and God always speaks to me through your words and willingness to open your “real” life to all of us. It gives me permission to be “real” too and to admit that I’m broken, always in need of Jesus and my Mama Mary, and challenges me to be honest with myself. My favorite quote to live by is posted on my kitchen cupboards for a constant daily reminder: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” – G.K. Chesterton. It was given to me by a wise woman, my spiritual director, and fellow homeschooling mom, as a prayer for my perfectionist weaknesses in life and homeschooling. May God be praised and He is praised in and through you!!! Thank you for your ministry Elizabeth, you HAVE and CONTINUE to deeply touch and enrich my life!

  128. Kristin says

    Happy birthday! How sweet of you to be giving the gigs instead of the other way around. I hope you spend the day with your beautiful family and truly enjoy every minute.
    My favorite everse would have to be:
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God’s, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4: 6-7

  129. Gretchen says

    Happy Birthday, dear Elizabeth!!!
    Lately, my go-to quote has been Padre Pio’s, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry…trust in the infinite goodness of Almighty God.”

  130. Amanda says

    Happy Birthday dear Elizabeth! My favorite quote right now is a prayer from Thomas Merton. I read it everyday.
    MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.

  131. Chelle says

    Happy Birthday to you! I look forward to reading your book. I know it will be a blessing.
    The verse that keeps coming to me this week is Psalm 37:4
    Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (I’ve been realizing that one of the biggest ways this happens is when He changes those desires into His dreams for you).

  132. Alicia says

    One of my favorites is this one by Mother Teresa: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
    Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
    Be kind anyway.
    If you are honest, people may cheat you.
    Be honest anyway.
    If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
    Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
    Give your best anyway.”

  133. Sheila says

    Happy Birthday ~
    “We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.”
    T.S. Eliot

  134. Jamie grogan says

    Happy birthday to you! Xoxox
    “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.”
    This one by C.S. Lewis makes me smile :)

  135. Maruska says

    Dear Elizabeth,
    Happy Birthday! May the Lord bless you abundantly for all you do! I would love a copy of your book, what a generous gift! One of my favorite quotes this Advent/ Christmas season was “How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is given…” ( from Little Town of Bethlehem)- it reminded me that the most important things in life are often experienced in silence…

  136. Karen says

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!! And thank you for sharing your book, and for prompting these wonderful inspirations from so many; how encouraging to read all of these quotes.
    Adding one of my favorites to the list:
    The goal of all our undertakings should be not so much a task perfectly complete as the accomplishment of the will of God.
    ~St. Therese of Lisieux
    God’s grace and blessings to you!

  137. Amy Lumley says

    The days are long but the years are short–that particular saying has really touched me as I have watched my children grow. My other favorite is every saint has a past, every sinner a future….

  138. Ana says

    My vocation responsabilities as wife AND mother of eight Children is very hard for me.it is sometimes like endless drive in Darkness.but when im feeling stuck AND breathless,He gives me His Words.Im blind without His sight.im thankful for my Church community,AND for YOU AND your courage to OPEN AND share thoughts,ideas,experiences with me.i can live my vocation as blessing.thats a wonder.happy Birthday!p.s.sorry for mistakes,english is not my first language. From bible”what do YOU want me to do for YOU?lord,i want to see”He replied.jesus Said to him”received your sight,your Faith has healed YOU”luke 18,41-41

  139. says

    Many blessings for your birthday, belated :) Here is a wonderful quote:
    “The greatest grace God can give someone is to send him a trial he cannot bear with his own powers, and then sustain him with His grace so he may endure to the end and be saved. ” ~ St. Justin Martyr
    OK, two, I can’t decide :)
    “Things were in God’s plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that – from God’s point of view – there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God’s divine providence and makes complete and perfect sense in God’s all-seeing eyes.” ~St. Edith Stein

  140. Lisa says

    “Do not let temptations frighten you; they are the trials of the soul whom God wants to test when He knows that he is strong enough to sustain the battle and weave his garland of glory with his own hands.”
    Padre Pio

  141. Bonnie H says

    “God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.” (C.S. Lewis)
    I just heard this quote yesterday, and so needed it. Just as I needed to hear your message above! A reminder to rest in his love.
    Thank you Elizabeth and Happy Birthday!!

  142. Karen8 says

    Happy Day, Elizabeth! A faithful Friend is a sturdy shelter, he that has found one has found a treasure. Sirach 6:14.
    I pray for a true friend for you on this day.

  143. says

    My favourite quote is from Prince Caspian ““You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.” One day I am going to hang that in our schoolroom!
    Happy birthday. My birthday is also at the start of the year, a few days before yours, and I think it makes it even better for new year’s resolutions; not that I have done much chop at sticking to mine:)

  144. Jaime says

    Happy Birthday! :)
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is my patron saint.
    “I think the greatest happiness of this life is to be released from the cares and formalities of what is called the world. My world is my family and all the change to me will be that I can devote myself to my treasure.”
    I got the first edition of this book for myself and love it. I would love to share a copy with my sister-in-law who is struggling with being a stay at home mama.

  145. Andrea C says

    Happy birthday, Elizabeth! I so enjoy reading your blog. If I were to receive a copy of the book, I’d give it to my sister who is a new mom in a new town. Before I went away to college, my grandmother gave me a coffee mug that quoted Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…” That verse has always served as a reminder that I am loved by Him.

  146. Heidi says

    Happy Birthday!
    Philippians 4:8
    Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  147. Cassi says

    Happy Belated Birthday! Meant to post this yesterday but things happened! Wanted share a good new quote from our pope! “Health, food, education, housing, and work…guaranteed for all. Time to flip the tortilla.” That Pope Francis! Here’s to your best year yet!

  148. says

    Thank you for all you do and say to inspire! I love the following quote…but I love too many to choose a favorite. Following one’s bliss is just so important though, especially as mamas whose bliss often feels buried in weariness or self-doubt. :)
    Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
    Joseph Campbell

  149. Eva says

    “Therefore it is only by constant crosses, and by a long succession of all kinds of mortifications, trials, and deprivations, that pure love becomes established in the soul.”
    from Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

  150. says

    It has taken me awhile to read through all of these and I’m just now seeing yours. Words escape me. Thank you, Anne, for your kindness. I’m so sorry for your loss and so honored to be a part of your beautiful memories.

  151. Marcia says

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! I’ve loved pondering this reflection from a book I’ve been reading and listening to this week, “Having a Mary Spirit” by Joanna Weaver. She talks about how God rejoices over our every little step. I know God loves us and all but I guess I’ve never really thought of him being so proud of our accomplishments both big and small. Quote from a passage in the book……”He accepts us individually and works with us where we are. Yet He constantly challenges us to go beyond what we are. And He throws a great big party whenever we reach a milestone or make a spiritual breakthrough. Why? Because we belong to Him. We belong to Him. “Woohoo!” That’s My girl!” He says. “Did you see that?” He asks, turning to the angels and pointing to earth. Pointing to you and to me. “That’s My girl.”
    Pretty cool hey!

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