Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ten Posts I Love!

I am not only a blogger but a blog reader as well. Every day I come across posts from other bloggers that stand out for me - they make me laugh, cry (or both), or they touch my heart in an extra special way. I don't always have time to comment on every post I read so I thought I'd show my appreciation by linking to some of the posts I've loved in the past couple of weeks (in no particular order).

Melanie's post Hanging By My Fingernails at Joy of Nine - I could relate, Melanie!! As a reformed control freak I could relate! (Of course, I didn't know I was a control freak at the

Nancy's post My Bells at The Cloistered Heart - Because my heart hungers for the "insistent rhythm of their voices" as well. This was beautifully written.

 Colleen's post Love Your Enemies at Thoughts on Grace - Because we all need these reminders of God's great love for us, even when we are not at our most lovable. Which is often the case for me lately it seems. (Begone Winter!!)

Heather's posts at Mama Knows, Honeychild - Every single post makes me laugh! I found this blog through the Sheenazing Blogger Awards and have been reading it ever since. This is what my daily life usually resembles!

Sue's post Letting Go of Another of Thomas' Places at Sue Elvis Writes - Her soul-searing honesty when she writes always gets to me. She is not only a very good writer, she is also the most versatile writer I've seen.

Bonnie's post What I didn't know I had lost from PPD at A Knotted Life - My heart hurt reading this post. I always felt like I "missed out" on the newborn stage of my daughter's life because of PPD, no sleep and higher than normal pain levels with the Myasthenia Gravis at the time. I needed help badly, more than any other time in my life, and was too proud to ask for it. So I rocked my beautiful baby girl and cried for three months. After struggling with infertility for so long I thought the joy of finally having a child would offset any PPD but those first few months were the: Hardest. Of. My. Life

Mallory's post Twenty Easy Ways to Become a Saint at His UnEnding Love - Because you all know how I LOVE lists! And I especially love lists on how to become a saint! I read the list and thought, "perfect".
Except for the fasting...which brings me to the next post on my list:

Connie's post Pizza and disordered attachments at Contemplative Homeschool - Well I don't even have to tell my readers why this one struck a nerve, do I? Didn't think so. Connie has the remarkable gift of making things seem: Not. So. Overwhelming. It's the way she writes - I've always been drawn to a straightforward manner of writing. Especially when it comes to my spiritual life. I mean, I like fluffy stuff too but not when it comes to my spiritual life. I'm really looking forward to reading her book, Trusting God with St. Therese when it comes out in a few months.

Victor's post No Peace... at Time For Reflections- Amen. Amen. Amen. This is what it is all about:  " We also use every remembrance to pray for the one who hurt us. We hand that person over to God as well as the hurt itself."  Beautifully said, Victor. We turn our pain into an opportunity to love.

Oh, and I really enjoyed your "History Lessons" as well, Victor! They cracked me up. (Sorry about the Roman potty habits link I put in your comment section! Mea culpa! Mea Culpa!)

Patricia's post The truly unbearable Agony of Jesus... at I Want to See God (I love the name of this blog) - This post takes my breath away. No one writes about the Passion of Our Lord like Patricia does. No one.

Okay, so maybe I lost count here. But I really enjoyed writing this post and I think I might do it regularly because there were quite a few more links I wanted to put up!


  1. Thank you Mary 10 times 10.

    Not just for the 10+ posts you linked, but also for all the good posts you write yourself here. Why did you not link to one of them?

    Thanx also for mentioning my posts - serious and humourous ones.

    And also for taking the time to visit other Blogs and leaving comments there.

    I'm now off to read all the posts you mention.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Victor :) This post was a pleasure to write. I enjoyed it so much that I'm going to do it regularly. There were more links I wanted to place on this post but I'll have to wait until next time.

      God bless you too!

  2. Mary,

    You have made my day, and now I might even finish a post I've been working on. I've been low on enthusiasm recently but today I am smiling. Thank you so much!

    I wonder if you would mind me stealing your fantastic idea. I also do a lot of reading but don't always have time to stop and comment. A favourite post post is a wonderful way to show some appreciation as you said.

    I shall enjoy reading your favourite posts! God bless you.

  3. Hi Sue,
    I'm glad I made you smile! I sure hope you DO finish the post you mentioned - I look forward to reading it.

    Of course you can steal my fantastic :) (Oh, and I forgot to tell you: Michaela loved "Frozen"!)

  4. Yes to Heather's blog. I go there when I need a funny to lighten me up. And I didn't know you had PPD. Where is that post? I, too missed out on a few months of my oldest.

  5. Hi Anabelle,
    Heather's blog is hilarious! As for the PPD, I didn't write about it on my blog. I wouldn't even know where to begin, to be honest with you. Those months were a blur. I'm sorry that you were affected by PPD too. It's tough on mothers. The lack of good sleep only compounds the problem.

    On the other hand, think of how happy the souls in Purgatory must have been ;) Nothing is ever wasted with

  6. Hi Mary! How nice of you to feature other bloggers here! I will try to visit a few, I love to meet new writers. You really 'get around' the blogging world, don't you? And we get the benefits.

    I am so sorry that you had to deal with PPD. I think sometimes people don't even realize they have it. Only looking back do they see that something was wrong. How wonderful of you to share your story, and to share your MG too. I hope that is not flaring up for you?

    You are a very supportive person Mary. We all benefit from your friendship and generosity.
    Blessings to you,

    1. Hi Ceil,
      I guess I do visit a lot of blogs :) There has been quite a bit of reading going on this winter because we have been stuck in the house a lot. This was our first week without much new snow but that's about to!

      Well, I knew I had PPD but it was very hard for me to differentiate what stemmed from exhaustion, the MG, and the PPD. I guess I was overwhelmed. Things did get better, thankfully.

      Thank you for your kind words, Ceil!

  7. What a wonderful variety! I love the idea, loved the links, and loved finding a couple of new-to-me bloggers. And thanks so much for your kind words :) !

  8. Yup, a good mixture! I liked these posts so much and thought others might as well! Some were funny, some serious - just the way I like it!

  9. Thanks, Mary! I'm glad you liked the post!

    1. Thank YOU, Mallory! I loved your post :)

  10. Thank you for mentioning my post. You are so kind and generous. What are you doing for Lent? Got any plans?
    God bless!

  11. Hi Colleen,
    Your post lined up perfectly for me because it was exactly what I needed to read at that time. Lol...I love when that happens!

  12. Oops, I forgot to answer the Lent question, Colleen! I can tell you what I'm NOT doing for Lent - making myself a long list of my own ideas and then failing each I'm hoping the Holy Spirit will lead me in how to make this Lent a fruitful one. I DO know that we will be focusing on virtues here. My daughter and I have been discussing them a lot and I thought studying and practicing the virtues in a greater way would be helpful for us.

  13. These were great - thanks for sharing! It can be my new little Catholic Blog RSS feed ;)

  14. Mary, thank you again so very much for including one of my posts on your list. When I first started blogging, you linked to one of my posts...unknown to me, and suddenly I had readers! :) I had to come over here to find out what was going Anyway, many of them are still regulars to my blog. I know you do that kind of thing all the time. I wish I could give you a special award, maybe for being the kindest, most thoughtful and generous blogger in the whole blogosphere! Bet no one would disagree with that! Love you, dear Mary!

  15. Patricia,
    Proof that I have always loved your writing, even when I didn't know you :) Love you too, my friend! Thank you for your kind words!