I Saw God Today…In the Woods

Just a few of the many pics I took while talking to God and exploring nature – Following the pictures are some scripture verses that came to my mind as well as a link to my new video about Fear of the Lord and Keeping Holy His Day. Enjoy:)

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” MATTHEW 18:1-5

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” PROVERBS 9:10

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” HEBREWS 4:13

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” ROMANS 8:19

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Decorating for Advent/Christmas in our New Home & Local Christmas Road Trip

Something much more lighthearted than my last post – I just wanted to share some picks of us choosing our tree this year. We felt like newlyweds again as none of our kids were free to go with us – sad but fun at the same time!

I sewed some new purple velvet swags for advent (see pics).

Also, we took a drive the other night to get in the Christmas mood – it’s been so grey around here lately. I’ll share a few of those pics as well. Have a blessed, holy advent and a very Merry Christmas, ya’ll!

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Links that go with my YouTube Video December 6, 2020


I’m sorry some of these links are repeated. I can’t figure out how to remove them. I highly recommend the video from the Remnant below. The first link is a long video (55 min.) and the guy has a thick accent, but PLEASE don’t let that stop you from listening. It’s really important in regard to the vaccine.

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Two Things:)

I haven’t written in awhile, because I have been focusing on my YouTube channel.  Today, I recorded a video on my thoughts about the death and legacy of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  I hope that you will check it out at the following link, as well as browse through my other videos.  Please consider sharing, “liking” and subscribing if you enjoy the content or think that others could benefit from it.


Secondly, I have been watching Fr. James Altman, Fr. Mark Goring and Dr. Taylor Marshall on You Tube myself.  I love their content.  Unfortunately, Fr. Altman was recently banned by his archbishop from filming and posting his homilies in the future.  I so hope that he can find another way to share his messages, because I believe that he courageously speaks the truth that so many of us need to hear.  He gives me hope!!

Here is a link to his channel:


May God bless you all abundantly!

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Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

This morning, I came out onto the back porch before anyone else was up.  I sat in my rocker just talking to God enjoying the peace and quiet.  Something came to my mind while I was praying.  I asked the Lord if He wanted me to share it with you – and if He did, would He send me a cardinal to land in my tree?  At that very moment one perched in my crab apple tree filled with pink blossoms and another landed on my birdfeeder to eat.  I took that as a “go ahead.”  Even now, five hours after that prayer, I’ve returned to the rocker on the porch to compose, and have been greeted by another beautiful cardinal.


I’ve always been a bit of an open book, perhaps sometimes sharing too much of myself.  My hope has always been (in sharing so much) that my struggles and the miracles God has wrought in my life might inspire others to a deeper faith and trust in Him.   So here goes…

First, I want to speak of that thing that came to my mind this morning before I forget.  During this quarantine/shut down due to the C. virus (and perhaps other reasons as well), it has been so wonderful to see families out walking together, riding bikes, playing, etc.  Many fathers and mothers are home getting to spend time with their children that they wouldn’t normally have had.  What a blessing/silver lining!  However, if we stop there, we are missing the other, even more important opportunity that God wants to bless us with during this time of isolation.  What we need to do most right now is draw closer to the Lord with our families.

Now is the perfect time to go to that daily mass you always wished you could attend.  It’s on television and on Youtube – not the same, but a start!  Since we cannot receive Jesus in the Eucharist, you can make a spiritual communion.  Do your children know what that is?  Teach them.  Perhaps you could say the Angelus at noon before lunch and a rosary in the evening or Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m., the hour of mercy.  Read from your bibles together, or read the daily mass readings.


We may not be able to attend Mass and to receive Holy Communion right now.  Your Archbishop (like mine) may have given all parishioners a dispensation from mass for a time, in an effort to keep this virus from spreading further. We have not, however, received a dispensation from daily prayer, instructing our children in the faith and keeping Holy the Lord’s Day.  Taking a break from God during this time would be foolish, indeed.

It’s funny.  I’ve been restless for the last couple of years, yearning for a more simple life – a deep desire to live how I believe God intended families to live – working together, praying together, supporting and helping each other and neighbors – eating more simply…  One morning about 6 months ago, I was on my way to work praying out loud.  At the end of my prayer, I said to God, “I believe you are calling us to live more simply.  Am I hearing you correctly?”  No answer – so after a pause of a few seconds, I made the sign of the cross and turned on the radio.  A country artist immediately bellowed, “ S-I-M-P-L-E.  It’s as simple as can be…”  There was my answer.

I began daydreaming about moving out the country – into a little barren cottage, living mostly off of the land and spending my day in manual work and prayer.  Clearly, that has not come to pass yet, however, we all find ourselves forced to live much more simply right now.  It’s funny, I believe that God often gives me inspirations, so to speak, but they rarely play out the way that I envision.  I believe that He has given us the gift of simple living right now, and we need to pray that we use it wisely, and learn from it what we must.

I’ll share one more word of wisdom I received several months ago.  I was having a moment of self-pity/jealousy as I scrolled through Facebook at many of my friends on fabulous vacations.  (I don’t begrudge them, by any means.)  I asked the Lord why we could not take a vacation, even if a frugal one. (how I miss the Smoky Mountains!)  These words came to me. “It’s not time for vacation but for reparation.”  Wow.  That put me in my place quickly.

There is indeed a tremendous amount of evil that we are living in the midst of in our world today.  (But remember that wherever evil/sin abound, grace abounds all the more!) Many don’t want to know about it.  Many make excuses for it.  Many simple can’t think about it because it is too disturbing.  I get it!  As evil advances, we must fight through much prayer, fasting and sacrifices! We must care about the souls of our brothers and sisters in the world who are (seemingly) joyfully jumping head first into the fiery pit!  Hell is forever, ya’ll!  We need to pray for them and make reparation for them if they will not do it for themselves.  We need to make reparation for our own sins.  (Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate your mind to learn what sins you may not be aware of that offend God the most.) For my protestant friends, I know that Jesus died for our sins in a once and for all sacrifice.  I believe that when I am repentant that my sins are forgiven, but that there are still consequences/motives for my actions that need to be purified.


To recap, this is what I believe God is asking of us now:

*to remain faithful and steadfast

*to draw closer to Him through scripture and prayer – especially

the rosary (if you are Catholic)

*to live more simply

*to support each other

*to make reparation for our own sins & the grave sins of the


*to surrender and to trust Him completely to provide for us and

to protect us


Speaking of surrender, my family is going through a big test of trust right now – just like many of you are, I’m sure.  We are physically fine – no worries.  Perhaps, I can share more about this is the months to come.  Suffice it to say for now, that as long as I stay close to the Lord in His Word and in prayer, and cling to Mother Mary (with my rosary in hand), I have total peace – and so should you!

It is my prayer that this time of testing and trial produce much good fruit in all our families, in our country and in our whole world!


Sincerely, Dana


P.S.  I heard someone say something to me that made sense.  It is suggested that we pray especially each day for those who die of the virus alone.  Those who are succumbing to this are often dying in a room without family of friends, because it is highly contagious.  May the angels and the Holy Family comfort them at the hour of death and lead their souls to eternal peace.




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Just What I Needed

I spent my Christmas Eve morning walking in the woods.  I have so longed for the peace that comes from being quiet and (nearly) alone in the forest.  The weekends have either been packed with activity or showered with rain.  Finally, the shopping is done and the sun has come out!!!

I haven’t done a picture post in a long time – felt like sharing today – Merry Christmas everyone!

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A Burning Desire



Over the past few years, I’ve developed a burning, burning desire to live more simply, more quietly – surrounded by nature.  I want to work and to pray – to pray and to work, much like the Benedictines – only I’m not a Benedictine.  I’m a wife and a mom with a job.  That makes it tough.


Could the Lord have placed this burning desire within my heart?  It is a dream and a desire that I simply cannot let go of, though I still see no way to make it happen of my own accord.  I’m guessing that it is only He who can fulfill this dream, just as it is only He who can fill me.


I feel closest to God when in an empty, beautiful church, sitting in the adoration chapel or outdoors , beneath the trees or beside a stream.  With all of the noise and confusion and chaos in the world today, I sometimes succumb to despair and feeling just plain overwhelmed.  I want to retreat.  I long to simplify my days so that I can spend more time connected to the Lord in work and in prayer.  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy teaching, but I just feel change on the horizon.


I want natural surroundings – like wood.  I want more land and less house.  I want to wash dishes and maybe hang clothes on a line with clothespins.  I wouldn’t mind if I lived where there was terrible cable or internet.  Somehow, I think we’d all be better off without so much stimulation and information.  I’m not sure my family members would feel the same:)


I want to return to a life I’ve never really lived.  Does that make sense? I want to go back to the way that I’m sure God intended families to live.  I wonder if it’s possible…

“For nothing is impossible with God. ”  Luke 1:37



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A Soliloquy

I am so thankful for my church – a little haven in the midst of this messed up world.   One of the ways my husband and I have chosen to deal with the ongoing confusion in the Catholic Church is to return to tradition.   We have rediscovered the Latin Mass.   I know that there have been periods of corruption in the church when the mass was then said in Latin.  The Latin language itself does not necessarily repel corruption (though it is interesting to note that exorcism prayers are most often said in Latin.  Hmm.)


What I like about Latin is that it is a dead language, and so the script cannot change.  We pray the same exact prayers every week.  If you’ve never looked at the modern prayers of the mass and compared them to the traditional version, you might notice some changed or omitted words.  Here is an example:


The Confetior

I confess to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary ever Virgin, to Blessed Michael the Archangel, to Blessed John the Baptist, to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the angels and saints, and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, deed. (He strikes his breast three times saying) through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault, and I ask Blessed Mary ever Virgin, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Angels and Saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.


With the new form of the prayer, we leave out asking for the intercession of Michael the Archangel, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul…  I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the help I can get!


Another prayer said by the priest after communion:

P: May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk cleave to mine inmost parts: and do Thou grant that no stain of sin remain in me, whom pure and holy mysteries have refreshed: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.


Just Beautiful!


For me, it’s not about the Latin so much – though it does sound absolutely angelic when sung – as the reverence and the fullness and beauty of the old prayers.  All of the hymns are traditional hymns focused upon praising God – not of peace and love and what we can do for the world.  I believe those songs have their place, but not in the Holy Mass.


I love being able to receive Jesus on my knees, as it feels appropriate to the magnitude of the gift.   I also love that we receive on the tongue with an altar boy holding a gold paten – 2 ways to try to keep the Eucharist from accidentally falling to the floor.  It seems prudent to me.  I mean, this is Jesus’ body, and it deserves to be treated with extreme reverence.  I also think of receiving on the tongue like a baby bird being fed by the momma/daddy bird.  I (the baby bird) am starving (spiritually) and helpless to do anything about it of my own accord.  Then momma bird swoops in and fills the emptiness.  (I hope you are not offended by my analogy.)


For an hour, I feel as though I’ve experienced just a hint of what heaven must be like.  The hour passes so quickly.



I particularly love the part right after the offertory when the altar boy incenses Father, then the other altar servers, then the congregation.  What awesome symbolism!  Another thing I love is that at the beginning of each mass, the whole congregation is sprinkled with Holy Water – just like what happens at Easter – only every week!  So in two (additional) ways, we beg pardon and are prepared to receive Jesus at Holy Communion.  (BTW -The Kyrie Eleison/Christe Eleison is sung 6 times instead of 3.)


Speaking of being prepared, confessions are held before each mass, just like in the old days!  I don’t know about you, but I didn’t go for a long time, because the longer you lapse, the harder it is to make yourself go to confession.  I once told a priest that going to confession was like going to the OB/GYN.  No matter how many times you go and how many babies you have, it never gets easier!  He told me to remember that it was Jesus that I was going to see – not him – and that Jesus already knows me inside and out. Anyway, having confession available weekly (super convenient) has made me feel so much more comfortable.  It has become easier and I feel so much better about receiving Jesus knowing that I’ve been washed clean just before!


Some people think that the Latin Mass goers are a “self -righteous” group who look down upon “outsiders.”   I have not found that to be the case at all.  I have found most very friendly and welcoming.   Most women do veil at the Latin Mass.  Rest assured, there are no “veil police” there shaming those who choose not to do so.  There are many women who attend without veils/hats.  Modesty is super important (at any mass) however.


I think that veiling has to be a personal decision.  I have to be honest and say that I struggled with the decision to veil for many years.  Currently, I do so in my private worship life.   I hope to have the courage to do so anytime that I enter a church soon – praying!


There were a couple of things stopping me for years, as I prayed about it.  There was the fear of being equated with Muslim women and how they are seen as less than their husbands in dignity.  There was the fear of what others would think of me – “Oh, who does she think she is?  She thinks she is so holy…”You’d have to know me to know that this is surely not the case.  I almost never feel holy, but I keep praying for holiness.


In the end, I have to say that it just feels right to me – veiling.  I received a veil that belonged to someone that passed away whose dedication to and love for God I really respected.  I decided to give it a try.  It did feel weird at first.  I felt self-conscious.  At the same time, when I would place that veil on my head just before walking into the Church, I felt that I was dressing like a bride for Jesus who I was going to be with in an intimate way at Holy Communion.   I think that the veil is a silent but powerful witness to our belief that it is truly Jesus in that tabernacle – not just bread.


In the old days (and still today), men removed their hats (helmets) as a sign of reverence and peace – kind of like laying down a weapon showing you are not going to fight.   Women, veiled their heads to cover their vanity – their beauty – their hair- to show respect.  It’s supposed to keep the focus on Jesus alone.


My hair is definitely not my vanity or beauty – it’s rather fine and straggly.  No, I don’t wear a veil to cover my sad hair. I wear the veil as a silent testimony to my belief in the REAL Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and to show that I believe in the spousal relationship between Christ and His Church.  I am not bothered that some people think that this shows submission to my husband.  I am fine enough with myself to allow him to be the spiritual head of our family as God intended him to be.   We are equal in dignity, but our roles are different.  I am o.k. with that.


Call me crazy, but I don’t think we have advanced so much in the last 100 years.  The way that families are living now is not the way that God intended and created us to live.  And guess what??  We are suffering!  Oh how we are suffering!


I want to get back to the basics – to live more simply and more remotely – away from this crazy traffic that has taken over our once peaceful town.  I want to grow my own food and actually wash dishes by hand (with help drying of course!)  I want to use less and give more.


All I know in this confusion is that this is not a time to be apathetic, or lukewarm, or hopeless.  This is certainly not time to jump ship!  This is not the time to be quiet.  Returning to tradition has helped my family hold onto our faith and our hope!  I pray for you and your families that God will shower you with grace & strength for these times and that you may be wholly open to it!

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Amazonian Synod Has Begun – Something worth watching

I watched this from LifeSite News this morning.  It is really something worth watching in regard to the Amazonian Synod which is just getting started.  It is 30 minutes long – You should watch it from beginning to the end.

May God Bless you and your families.




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What I’m Reading, Watching and Listening to… How about You?

Besides obsessing over things best left in the capable hands of God,  I’ve become a Youtube geek!  Honestly, I have spent a lot of time taking things in, instead of putting things out there myself.  It’s time to get back to work!

So I’d like to share what I’ve been, reading, watching and listening to:


I’ve just finished Infiltration by Dr. Taylor Marshall.  It kind of puts the puzzle pieces together for those who are wondering what has happened to our beloved Church.  I have to say that it is meticulously referenced.  As a reader, I really appreciate those citations.  The best part to me was the ending, when Taylor gave ( I think) 5 options for how to deal with what has happened and what is still happening.  I agree wholeheartedly with him that it is not time to “jump ship.”  It is time to stay and to fight!


Along that same line, I am reading Bishop Barron’s Letter to a Suffering Church.    I’m about half way through it.  It seems sincere and genuine.  I’ll let you know what I think when I’m finished.


A priest gave me the book, In Sinu Jesu, to read.  It is about a Benedictine monk whom God allegedly began speaking to in 2007 during his time in Eucharistic adoration.  These are inner locutions that he has written down that speak of the renewal of the Catholic priesthood.  I’m reading the book as a prayer aid – one or two entries at a time.  It does give me great hope for the future Church!  Hope is good, and it is necessary!



Confessions time!   I told you I’ve become a Youtube junkie.   My husband and I love to watch the latest posts by IPOT (In Pursuit of Truth), and And We Know (Q Anon/anti- main stream media related news).

I also love watching “TNT” – the Dr. Taylor Marshall and Tim Gordon Show (“Glad Trads”) as well as survival and homesteading videos.  I hope to live out in the country someday – away from the ever growing traffic in our highly populated (and still growing) area.   I crave quiet, alone time and especially love spending that time out in nature, admiring Almighty God’s handiwork.



Well, my son is taking a music appreciation course, so I’m ever so glad to have some Beethoven and Bach back in the house!   When I’m cleaning or doing paperwork, I love to listen to uplifting Christian music.  Two current releases really speak to me.  I love to sing them like a anthem when no one is around to hear!  They are Symphony by Switch and Rescue by Lauren Daigle.   (As a side note, I think that Symphony is a great stand alone song and did not need the rap solo, but I get who they are trying to appeal to.)  When I’m in a more reverent or prayerful mood, I LOVE Kitty Cleveland –  particularly her Sacred Arias and Sublime Chant. 

Sometimes, I feel I am imprudent in sharing too much of myself with others.   I’m almost an “open book.”   I thought at least here, it may do some good??

I’ve turned off comments on my wordpress site, because I simply do not have the time to read and respond properly to them all.  I’d love it if my Facebook friends would share something edifying that they are watching, listening to or reading in the comments.  (No Big Brother or Kardashians, o.k:)



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