Monday, June 2, 2014

Send Me Your Requests! Plus a Fantastic Father's Day Giveaway!!


Happy Monday, Friends! As the days creep along closer to Friday - the 40 week mark - you can only imagine how much excitement there is in this house for the new little one's arrival!  Every day Charlie demands to know, "When's that baby gonna come outta dare?" Oh, how I wish I knew the answer to that!

Now that the bags are packed, the freezer is stocked full of meals, and the house is relatively clean, I feel ready to go.  There's just one last detail to take care of, and it's perhaps the most important. My sweet friend, Kathryn, who blogs at Team Whitaker just gave birth to her sixth(!) beautiful blessing, Gianna.  One of the things that helped her focus through the pain of labor/delivery was to meditate on list of prayer requests she took with her, requests from friends, family and from her readers.

I feel so inspired by the generosity of her heart, the offering of her pain for others, that I, too, would like to share in her idea.  I would be honored to take your prayer intentions with me to the hospital!  If you'd like to share your intention(s) in the comments below, please feel free to, if you would like to send me a private message, please write to: solesearchingmamma@gmail.com.  Be as specific or as general as you like, just don't hesitate to share! I truly believe in the power of prayer, especially when it is united to a particular sacrifice or suffering!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!! Father's day is right around the corner, and my inspiration for this giveaway came from a blog that my husband and I have really been inspired by over the past couple of months called The Catholic Gentleman. I frequently check out their Facebook page for inspiring quotes to share with our sons.  Here are just a couple of our favorites (there's many more!):
My husband wants to have a bunch of these quotes made into black and white prints to hang in his dream basement (probably somewhere between the bar and the poker table).  Sweet idea, eh?

On The C.G. blog, I discovered a link to a company called Cord Bands that creates truly rugged and masculine rosaries. The traditional sparkly jeweled rosaries are definitely beautiful, but not so practical, especially in a house full of boys. Does anyone else have a jar full of broken beads that need to be fixed, or is it just me??
These rosaries are perfect for guys.  The military inspiration gives them a cool, rugged look that is truly masculine. Besides offering specific rosaries for firefighters, law enforcement officers and soldiers, they also take requests for custom orders!  I love the rosary ring lanyards pictured above that can clip to a back-pack or belt loop - perfect for travel, for students or to keep in the car!
Any one of the beautiful medals pictured above can be added to any rosary as well.
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In honor of Father's Day, I'm giving away one of the three rosaries pictured above to one lucky reader! (1. Rattlesnake, 2. Multicam or 3. St. Benedict)  The giveaway begins today and ends on Friday.  Happy Father's Day to all you awesome dads out there!!

THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!!

61 comments:

  1. My husband would love a rosary like that!

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  2. These are so great! Also, thanks for the tip on the website, I am going to share it with my husband!

    I prayed through my last labor, also. It was helpful to me to focus on others. If you could remember Ian, that would be great! Thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you, Gina, I will be sure to pray for Ian!

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  3. Fantastic ideas for Fathers! My husband makes the para-chord bracelets and keychains, and has been looking a way do something Catholic with it! Score!! So excited, he is online ordering materials as we speak. I also pinned all the great images you have here!! p.s. Prayers for you new little one, and all those blessed moms also birthing and waiting to birth :)

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  4. Aah! I'm on baby watch with THREE blogging ladies. The wait is painful. For me. ;)

    I would appreciate it if you kept good friends of ours in your prayers. Their youngest is our goddaughter. Their marriage is on the brink of divorce, and I'm worried about all of them. Thank you!

    I'll be praying for you, too!

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    1. Thank you, Christine, for your prayers!! I will remember your friends in mine as well!

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  5. As a Texan, I think I have to go with the rattlesnake :)

    Prayer intention: a dear friend who is 23 weeks pregnant and experiencing contractions and bleeding, that she may continue cooking for a full-term pregnancy

    Oh, and G was my sixth baby! I'm officially stalking your feed for baby news.

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    1. Oh, Nelly, Kathryn! That is my pregnancy brain for ya! I fixed my typo right away....thanks for the heads up!! :)

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  6. My husband would love the rattlesnake rosary.

    Thank you for offering up your prayers. Please keep my siblings, Alex & Celena, in your prayers, that they may have a conversion in their hearts.

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    1. Katrina - Be assured of my prayers for your family!

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  7. My husband is as manly as they come, and my brothers served in Afghanistan. I'd love to win one for them!

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    1. Kimberly - Please be sure to thank your brother from all of us for his service in Afghanistan!! We love and support our military!!

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  8. So awesome! These are right up my husband's alley!

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  9. Love the Rattlesnake! Praying for you!

    Please keep my family in your prayers. My 92 yr old Father-in-law is coming to live with us ( 4 kids, 6 & under ) please pray for a smooth transition. Also for my healing from a recent miscarriage. Thank you for your generosity. God bless you and your birth!

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    1. Thank you, Maggie, for sharing your intentions with me. I am happy to pray for your FIL and for your entire family. I offer my sorrows for the loss of your baby, and will pray specifically for your healing and for your husband's as well!

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  10. Those are handsomely gorgeous!! What a find! I'm a big fan of the paracord ones.

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  11. Prayer intention: My sweet friend, 29 years old, just lost her husband of 4 years. His leukemia was in remission when they married. A year into marriage, it came back with a vengeance. They went across the country for bone marrow transplant - twice! He was the nicest, most faith-filled guy, lived a life serving others. It is such a loss. He was only 33. Please pray for his gorgeous bride, who has handled her cross with such grace and humility and never wavering faith, as she adjusts to life without him!

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    1. Oh, Caitlyn, I am so touched by your story. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. I am honored to pray for your friend!

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  12. Such a great idea! Please pray for my friend's baby who is being tested for a rare genetic disorder that, if she has it, is fatal within the first two years of life. Her little girl is only 8 months old, and she is due for number two in the fall. Thank you!

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    1. I love #3. I'll be praying for a safe delivery for you!

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    2. Natasha - Thank you for sharing your friend's very special cross with me. I will carry her and her precious baby with me in prayer!!

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  13. In case you go into labor before I do (and let's be honest, at this rate that's looking like a distinct possibility!) will you pray for my peace and patience as I wait for this little boy to come and join us on the outside? Love you!

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    1. Dwija - I have been praying for you throughout your pregnancy, and will continue to pray at the hospital! We can make it, girl, hang in there!!

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  14. Great Rosaries...I will probably get my boys some of these for stocking stuffers at Christmas!!!

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  15. My favorite is the one decade ones. Love them - and so would my hubby! Here's my prayer request: Please lift up a dear friend of mine who is suffering persecution within the church. Thank you Susan - we will be praying for you and your little one - for a safe arrival!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for sharing your intention with me - be assured of my prayers for your friend!!

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  16. What a great idea, on both of those topics.
    My prayer request is a Special intention.
    Thanks and good luck (also God Speed!).
    Anna

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    1. I will add your special intention to my list, Anna!

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  17. You'll be in our prayers as the due date nears! We are so excited for you! :)

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  18. These rosaries are awesome, Susan - thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  19. I like the St. Benedict rosary the best!

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  20. Love these rosaries!

    Please pray for my niece (will be god daughter) who will be baptized this Sunday. Also for her parents (my brother and sister-in-law) to start going back to church and fall in love with the faith and so that their daughter can be raised in the faith. Thank you! Praying for you as well!

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    1. Thank you, Mia, for your prayers, and for sharing your intentions with me!!

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  21. Please pray for my daughter and son-in-law as they struggle with infertility. I am praying for you as well! It would be great if you had your baby tomorrow, my 50th birthday!! Hugs and Blessings to you and your family from one Catholic mama to another!

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    1. Please be assured of my prayers for your daughter and her husband. Infertility is a terribly heavy cross. I will ask the Lord to increase their faith and trust in Him! Happy Birthday, as well!! :)

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  22. #1 is my favorite, and I would ask for safe travels for my husband and for the health of my niece. Thank you!!

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    1. Caitlin - I will absolutely pray for your niece and for your husband as well!!

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  23. I love the wooden bead rosary!

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  24. The rattlesnake is my favorite and I would appreciate prayers for health and wellness for my family. We've struggle with a number of health issues over the past year. For me in particular, I am undergoing some medical testing tomorrow and am praying for a good outcome. I would appreciate additional prayers!

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    1. Amy - Thank you for sharing your intentions with me, be assured of my prayers!!

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  25. Beautiful rosaries. My husband would love any one of them. Thanks!

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  26. This would be perfect for my husband! Thanks!

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  27. Love number 2! Please pray for the healing and conversion of my 27 year old daughter. Thank you and know that you are added to our family rosary intentions.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers, Lisa! I will add your daughter, Lisa, to my list of intentions!

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  28. I've never seen such manly rosaries!

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  29. Many Blessings on your delivery - St. Gerard is the patron saint of pregnancy/labor & Delivery - I will say a special prayer asking him to intercede for you!
    Also - for my prayer intention I am asking for the grace to be a better, selfless, more organized wife.

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    1. Yes, be assured of my prayers for you!

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  30. These remind me of a rosary my mom carries--it was her uncle's from his time in WWII.

    Prayers for a safe and happy delivery!

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  32. I hope I can get this, this would be a lovely gift for my dad.

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  33. This is really a cool giveaway. I will be praying for you!

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  34. You, your newest little one, and the rest off your sweet family are in my prayers! :)

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  35. So exciting! Prayers for you and baby!!
    -Alli

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  37. Great Rosaries! Will have to get some for our Godchildren when they are a bit older. Will be praying for a smooth delivery for you!

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  38. Love the rosaries Susan! I am praying for you and baby husband #6. We are all excited to hear the news of his or her arrival. Please pray for my husband to see the Catholic Church with new eyes, to open his heart to become Catholic and pray the rosary. Big prayers needed.

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  39. Love the rosaries Susan! I am praying for you and baby husband #6. We are all excited to hear the news of his or her arrival. Please pray for my husband to see the Catholic Church with new eyes, to open his heart to become Catholic and pray the rosary. Big prayers needed.

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  40. Oh my goodness. My favorite is the top rosary. So manly. Love.

    Prayer requests: for the health of this little bambino/a, for my 3 brothers who are currently looking for work. Thank you! Can't wait to "meet" baby!

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  41. I like the number one, with the crown of thorns.
    I am praying for you. Thank you for offering to pray for me. I am travelling this weekend by myself and would like safety.
    Cheers to you and babe in advance!

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  42. Im in most need of prayers, specially given my fathers situation, a conversion of heart will be the greatest gift I could pray for.

    thank you Sole Searching Mama, God bless you and little one.

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