The Best Day of Our Lives

On December 8, 2018, I married Paul Campbell. If you want to read about how we met, you can read it here. If you want to see our engagement photos you can see them here and you can read a little reflection from me the week of our wedding here!

We asked our friends, Anthony and Marcellino, the owners of Sherwood Fellows, if they would film our wedding for us. We just wanted to have something that on our anniversaries, we could pull it out and remember the “overwhelming grace” that we had been given in our lives. We wanted the video to celebrate all that has happened in our lives to get to this joyous moment.

I hope in watching it that it gives you hope, gives you joy and gives you a reminder to strive to be the person that God created you to be. Enjoy!

Lent Preparation: Liturgy of the Hours

With a little over a month until Lent starts, I’ve begun thinking about what I am going to do to further my spiritual connection in that time with God. How many years past have I arrived at Ash Wednesday without a plan, thus setting myself up for a less fruitful 40 days. I am finding this with cooking for my new husband - if I don’t prep a meal plan for the week and go to the grocery store over the weekend, we arrive to Monday without anything in the fridge to cook and end up hungry (which is usually accompanied on my part with crankiness). Far too often we resort to scrounging through the pantry and eat granola and yogurt for dinner or spend money going out to eat when we hadn’t planned to. We need a plan.

I know that almost always, without a plan, I let time waste away or don’t take care of myself. As Catholics, we practice the 40 days of Lent (a lot of times I call it desert) with three aspects: Praying, Fasting. and Almsgiving. Each one of us must take this to prayer to see where God leads our hearts, where He is asking us to spend more time in direct connection with Him, where we can give something up to be closer to Him and how we can serve others with our alms.

This year, I had the idea to return to the beautiful prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. When I lived with the Heart’s Home community in both Brazil and Brooklyn, we prayed Morning, Evening and Night Prayers. I have such a fond memory of starting and ending my days in prayerful communion with the whole Church. I took comfort in knowing monks across the world from me were praying the same words each day. I personally have been struggling to quiet my mind in prayer, always worried about the 1,000 things I need to do and need something rhythmic to enter into relationship with God.

Over the years, I have had a lot of people reach out to me asking how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Without having lived in community life, I never would have known myself. It can be slightly confusing and I’ve never taken the time to do videos to teach others. But I thought that this Lent was the perfect time to provide resources on how to use this beautiful resource that we have been given.

If you’re interested in joining me, whether you know how to pray or not, sign up with your email address below and over the next month, I’ll begin to layout the plan so that we don’t end up at Ash Wednesday hungry and cranky with no energy to put in.

You can purchase the Liturgy of the Hours book here on Amazon and I just released a set of 13 prayer cards of common prayers used in the Liturgy if you want something extra beautiful to accompany you!

Invite your friends and spread the word!

Christmas Place Cards

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I watercolored the three Kings discovering the star to lead them to baby Jesus for our place cards this year! Print the PDF on cardstock, cut on the lines and then use your best penmanship to letter all your guests names!

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Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

12/12! Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

This year Mary has beckoned me to make beautiful art for her. I fell in love with her in high school after my whole, big family traveled to Mexico City to visit a home that my dad lived in as a child to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. I had never seen anything like her Basilica and was fascinated by the Miracle of her tilma.

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I included her in my Marian print of different Marian apparitions that have a special place in my heart and life.

Then one night sitting on my couch, I was inspired to draw her in a little black and white image. That image turned into an enamel pin and then I wanted to make an Our Lady of Guadalupe bandana. I wanted it to be black and white for versatile clothing and had an idea to carve it by hand. I have the great fortune that my design assistant is a master print maker. Chelsea carved the image I drew by hand into linoleum and printed her in ink on paper. We then added cacti and roses to represent the story of Mary appearing to Juan Diego in the desert or Mexico.

We loved it so much that I then had the idea to turn the design into a swaddle blanket!! After waiting ages for them to be made, they are miraculously arriving TODAY. I can’t help but laugh over Mary’s surprise guidance in this.

Then I realized that I don’t even have a baby to be able to use the swaddle blanket, but I do love journals. So the design turned into journals! And they are amazing.

You can now get so many goodies in a new BUNDLE!

The last thing we made is a large 16x20 gold leaf Our Lady of Guadalupe print for the home. The way it shimmers in the light is divine.

Hand printed by Chelsea Foss

Hand printed by Chelsea Foss

As a celebration, take 12% off today for all orders and every order placed today (12/12/18) will be entered for a chance to win 1 Our Lady of Guadalupe hand printed linen banner. There were only 8 of these made and have been sold at in person events. No code necessary.

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Today, my new husband (!!!) and I are going to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City on our honeymoon. Leave your special intentions and prayer requests in the comments and we will take them with us!