Friday, December 16, 2011

Haiku My Heart ~ Friday

Today I was reminded of the many times I would receive a text message or phone call from one of my family members.  Being a rosary artisan, beads and "bows" are everywhere in my home.  Sometimes I just can't explain how they appear where they do.  One day my son texted me from school to say he found a bead in his backpack.  I guess that's just Mother Mary, reminding him to pray his rosary?

 My beads are everywhere
In my sons' back packs at school
and on ev'ry rooms' floor

Visit Rebecca's site:   recuerda mi corazón .   
Join in on her Friday event Haiku my Heart.  

~Totus Tuus~ 
Peace be with you!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mornings With Mary ~ Because I Just Can't Let Go

Even though the Virgin A Day project is over, this morning I awoke wondering what other beautiful image of the Virgin Mary could I find.  

I shuffled through my files and came across a photo of a beautiful sunrise from my bedroom window earlier this month.  Of course, I found an image of The Blessed Virgin Mary to put with it.....


And because today is the Feast Day of Saint Lucy, a photo of my own Lucy.  

Contessa Lucia Conchita Lolita de la Corazon.... Gomez.  
You have to pause before saying Gomez, or she gets upset with you.  She loves her bling, her current choice is a black beaded necklace with tiny Saint medals all about.  This one matched the color scheme better.....

Blessings to you all!

Peace be with you,

Monday, December 12, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 12 ~

Today has been a very crazy day for me, I apologize for being tardy...

Being the final day of Virgin A Day I wanted to share with you the remainder of the Virgin images throughout my home and life.

I am sure many others have done the same, but we seem to have a lot in common ~ this "tribe" of Rebecca's corazon.

I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this meme. Each and every day I looked forward with such anticipation to visiting everyone's blogs, and each day it was a gift of beauty to behold. In words, in images, in so many art forms, the Virgin made her presence made known to each of us. I believe she has also been a matchmaker of sorts, leading us into new friendships and camaraderie.

Thank you Rebecca, for hosting this event. You have brought me great joy!

Peace be with you, my Peace I give you, 

~ Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 11

These are my hands.  The hands of a rosary maker.  In the beginning, I felt Mary place her hands over mine and ever so gently show me "this way, this is how it is done".

Rosary making came very easy to me.  Others said how wonderful they thought my "bows" were, and marveled that they were so "perfect".  I told them always, "it is not me, it is Mary."  Yes, we are on a first name basis, she whispers my name all the time.  I recite a litany of "Hail Marys" whenever I am in need.   We are very close, we two.

Mary nudged me to have my rosary pliers blessed, which I did, way back in 2000?  Father Fryar (who later became Monsignor Thomas Fryar) looked at me sideways, shrugged, and blessed my tools. Tools which were held in my hands.  These hands.  Blessed by Father, blessed by Mother, and blessed by God himself, I'm sure.  My tools have never needed sharpening, nor replaced.  A fellow rosary maker told me he replaced his pliers every couple of years.

These hands have made thousands of rosaries over the years, rosaries that have gone far and wide to those who will pray to Mary for her intervention in their lives and sorrows, and in thanksgiving for their joys and happiness.

When I look at these hands with these pliers, I see Mary. Can you see her too?

Peace be with you!


This image is borrowed from Rebecca of recuerda mi corazon.  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 10

Joseph Stella's rendition of The Blessed Virgin really speaks to me.  I love the vibrant colors, the flowers, the fruits, the birds....Especially the vines painted....growing on her hands.

Isn't she just lovely?

Rebecca's meme, A Virgin A Day ends on the 12th of December.
Follow the link below to see more of the lovely offerings from her "tribe".  

"remember my heart"

Peace be with you,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 9

I wasn't prepared for the emotions that set in after yesterday's post.  My husband Brian passed in 2005, the last year we had the Mary statue in our home.  It was a fishing/boating accident, he was here and then he was gone, taking us all quite by surprise.

Today I have been keeping myself busy with preparations of the coming of our Lord.  Without the Virgin Mary's "Yes", none of us would be where we are now.

Without the Virgin's help, I would not be here.  Period.

I share with you today my lovely nativity scene Mary, who is but a foot from me now as I type, telling me "All is well".  Imagine how she felt, once her child was safely within her arms reach?


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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 7

Can you just imagine what this little one is saying?  How wonderful that in her innocence, she knew right where to go for quality conversation.  

Hail Mary, Full of Grace
the Lord is with Thee,
Blessed art Thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us now 
and at the hour of our death.

recuerda mi corazón
Virgin A Day continues until December 12, join in!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Virgin a Day ~ Day 6

I saw this painting in another post this weekend.  You can read the whole article here, as it is in a Catholic publication, and I realize not everyone is interested in that.  Although the story of how the painting came to be is quite interesting. 

Morgan Weistling "Kissing the Face of God"

There are plenty more Virgins to be seen at  recuerda mi corazon, where the rest of the gang is posting their images of Mary.  Stop in, you will be happy you did. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Virgin a Day ~ Day 5

This amazing statue is 40 feet tall.  She stands beside the highway in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.  Before my dad, and then my aunt passed away, we would see Her every time we went home to visit.  We don't travel that way much anymore, bittersweet memories still linger.  

I imagine the site has changed since then.  This particular photo was taken in 2004.  You can read about the shrine here.

Don't forget to visit recuerda mi corazon to see today's other posts.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 4

Queen of Peace

I love how her hand beckons to me, "come my child".  I would follow her anywhere.....


The Virgin a Day virtual pilgrimage continues today and daily until December 12, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Visit Rebecca's site recuerda mi corazon for even more beautiful images of Our Blessed Mother.  This has truly been an inspiring endeavor so far! 

Peace be with you, 

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Virgin a Day ~ Day 2

Our Lady of Fatima
Another of my personal statues.  This one stood at the foot of our staircase for a long time.  One of the boys knocked her over when they were very young, and pieces scattered everywhere.  Poor Mary is missing a piece, but this statue is my favorite and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Here is the original invitation to A Virgin a Day, join in with us if you'd like!

calling all virgins...
enchanting, traditional, contemporary, 
exotic, edgy, campy, irreverent, irresistible,
unusual, joyful, rapturous, lovely,
glorious, ordinary, astounding,
 bring her on!

i hope you will join me in a pilgrimage of marys.
feel free to re-post this invitation on your blog,
and link back to
recuerda mi corazon.
as december grows busier we will
quietly greet the new day one mary at a time.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Virgin a Day, Mornings with Mary

Rebecca over at recuerda mi corazon has invited others to join in on her Virgin a Day, Mornings with Mary project, twelve days of sharing Virgin Mary images leading up to her feast day on December 12.  
This is my offering for today, since I am The Rosary Lady, it only seems fitting. 

Our Lady of the Rosary
This is a beautiful statue I have in my office.  I love how Mary and Jesus are both holding onto the rosary.  I love the peaceful expression on their faces, too.  

Be sure to visit Rebecca's page, so you can view the virtual pilgrimage of Marys .  They are truly lovely!  

Ave Maria!