Leibster award 

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Grace from Graciela a loooong time ago so let’s do it!!!

The Liebster Award is presented to bloggers with less than 200 followers as a way to welcome them into the blogging community and to help their blog get known.

 Here are the rules:

 1. Link back to the blogger that nominated you- (Graciela)

 2. Answer the 11 new questions

 3. Nominate other bloggers (however many or few as you’d like)

 4. Create 11 new questions

 5. Notify the new nominees of their award

Here are my answers!

1. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Ice cream is my weakness! But I’m kinda boring because I normally just go for vanilla, cake batter, or mint chocolate chip!

2. Who is your favorite style icon?

Ahh Kate Middleton, Sarah Vickers, Jackie Kennedy to name a few!

3. Three qualities you look for in a future spouse?

Catholic, good with kids, self-less

4. Who is your favorite YouTuber? 

Sarah Belle 

5. If you could only shop in one store for the rest of your life what would it be?

I’m guessing you can still shop for food and stuff haha but hands down J. CREW!

6. Would you rather live near the mountains or the ocean?

This is hard because I live near the mountains but I’ve always wanted to live by the ocean but I also don’t want to leave so I don’t know!! Probably the mountains!

7. Biggest online pet-peeve?

People who constantly put F4F on all of my Instagram posts!! I will follow you if I enjoy what you post 🙂

8. What Disney movie would you like to be in?

People don’t like Cinderella because she’s the most basic Disney princess but heck yes that’s why I love her!! So Cinderella!!

9. What is your favorite go-to summer accessory? 

Baseball hats!!

10. Favorite music album? 

The songs from “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett are my jam right now and I get to see him in concert with Luke Bryan and FGL this summer!!!

11. If you could drop everything and travel to three specific places where would you go?

I have travelled a lot but I haven’t been around Europe much and I would love to go to Spain, visit my family in Sicily, Italy, and go back to Israel because I went there four years ago and it was amazing!!

I’m going to tag my roomie The Preppy Queen Bee but I don’t know many bloggers so anyone who sees this go ahead and do it on your blog but please please tag me so I can see your answers to the following questions!

1. What is one place in the world where you wish you could live?

2. What’s your all-time favorite movie?

3. What’s your worst habit?

4. What fictional character do you have a crush on?

5. What’s your favorite item of clothing that you own?

6. What article of clothing do you wish you had?

7. Beach vacation or European vacation?

8. In your opinion, what is the best compliment someone could give to you?

9. What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?

10. What are your top five fashion staples?

11. Favorite quote or Bible verse (or both)?

Have fun!! XOXO Emily

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Mother Dearest

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Alright it is time to talk about my Mama and by that I don’t mean my sweet mama that still makes my lunch every day, today I want to talk about the Mother of God, Mary. Mama and I have had a good relationship forever but it has become something more over the last year and today is something special because I get to start on another journey with my wonderful Mama in Heaven!

About a year ago my youth minister started talking to all of us about doing a Marian Consecration which sounded really cool but I didn’t know much about it and we weren’t really told much about it in the beginning. I kept saying I was too busy to do it but right before they started the prayers before the consecration, I felt a crazy strong calling to do it so I decided I would try it. To be completely honest I was SO BAD at doing all the prayers. About three weeks into the process I realized my youth minister had been sending us the daily prayers all along and I had no idea so I hadn’t been doing anything.

I sat down with my youth minister and told her how I hadn’t been keeping up with the prayers and since I was so busy I just told her I would do it the following year. She encouraged me to keep doing what I could and that going to the actual consecration mass and making the promise was the most important part. I went to the mass, said the prayers, made the promise, but felt nothing different. I would always pray to Mary to follow in her example for purity and love for her Son, but nothing changed in my eyes.

It wasn’t until I was reflecting over the last few years when I was doing my Senior Capstone project that I realized my mama has been following me everywhere I go. First off, she has lately been helping me turn some things I have been struggling with around and it’s been so beautiful to see her hand in that. Then, I helped start the Pro-Life club at my high school and the only classroom that was available to us on the date we wanted to meet has the most beautiful painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe in it which is also the only classroom with that painting of Mary in it!

And finally…college. Wow she has shown me where to go. The theme for this year for the school I chose was “You are the one I have chosen” which were the words Our Lady said when she appeared to Juan Diego. Then I had a meeting with the president of my college and he told me he prays a Hail Mary over every acceptance letter he signs and prays that Mary either chooses that person to go to his school, or shows them a better place. Plus there’s a beautiful grotto to Mary on campus AND they consecrated the whole campus to Mary a few years ago!! I don’t know about you but I think it’s all pretty incredible and I couldn’t not go there after seeing how present she was on campus!

I’m sure by now some of you are wondering what a consecration to Mary is so I’ll give you the spark notes version and my not-so-great understanding of it. Basically a consecration is a series of prayers that you do over about a month where you pray for a heart like Mary’s so that you can love Christ and get closer to Him. There are tons of different books and methods out there but we are doing one from Saint Louis De Montfort! Once you do the consecration, it is like you offer your prayers to Mary so that she brings them directly to Christ. All of it is a way to get closer to Christ through His mother! And what better way to get to know someone than to get close to their mom!

Like I said my understanding is even not so great but all I know is she has been with me even more so now that I made that promise to her last year. That being said, I hope to learn more about it as I prepare to re-consecrate my like to Jesus through Mary in hopes of getting even closer to her Son. I start the 33 days of prayer today which will end on the Feast of the Visitation and I ask for prayers that I may take this consecration more seriously than the last! My youth group gave us a daily prayer book this year for the consecration so it should be easier for me to follow!!

I am so excited to start this new consecration and even more excited that we didn’t have school today so I could go to Mass and Adoration! I’m hoping to post every Sunday about how the consecration is going but keep me in your prayers and I will keep you in mine!!

XOXO Emily

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us!

Saint Juan Diego, Pray for us!

Saint Louis De Montfort, Pray for us!

Catch up!

Wow so as the days leading to the end of high school wind down, I have been so incredibly busy and it’s been driving me crazy not to blog about all the craziness around me!! So I thought I’d do a little catch up post and since I don’t have school tomorrow I thought I could catch up on blogging so I can put things up all this week!!

Lets see…so spring break was super fun and I bought a ton of preppy stuff since I was in the south and they actually sell it all down there (blog on that will be up soon) and that being said I was in HEAVEN!

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The Lilly Store I went to!!

But you have to go back to reality after a week 😦 which was fine because my senior prom was the weekend after spring break (fresh tan yess!!) OK my DRESS. I have never been so in love with an article of clothing before. I am a Debutante this year and I had to pick a formal dress for a fashion show we were doing with all the Debs. When I went into the store there was this dress that immediately caught my attention and so I had to try it on. Let me tell you when I tried this dress on I was absolutely IN LOVE. I have never felt so good in a dress before and I had to get it. Unfortunately it was a little out of our price range for a prom dress so I had to say goodbye until my parents surprised me and bought it for me!!! SO I got to wear it to my prom and then in the fashion show THE NEXT DAY. It was soo wonderful and a blog post will also be coming up about that prom but not until next week because I have my boyfriend’s prom this Friday and I want to do them together!!

Sneak peak of my prom dress!!

Sneak peak of my prom dress!!

Alright so prom was fun and then…(*looks in Lilly planner to see what I’ve been up to*) Oh right!! At my high school we have to do a Capstone project where we reflect on our four years and then present to a panel of teachers and I passed!! So I can officially graduate now haha but I still have loads of papers, finals, and AP tests to get through first, hence the reason I have not been blogging.

AHHH THEN LILLY FOR TARGET! There’ll be a post about my experience haha 🙂

GORGEOUSNESS

GORGEOUSNESS

The other reason why (and the most exciting reason why) is because my weekends are busier now that I GOT A JOB AT THE J.CREW FACTORY OUTLETS BY MY HOUSE!!!! I’m literally so pumped and even though I’ve only worked two shifts it’s going to be so fun to go to J. Crew every day this summer!! Plus 30% discounts and a dress code that requires you to wear J. Crewish clothes every day aren’t too bad either.

I guess that’s all I have for now! The Lord has been so wonderful to me these last few weeks of high school. I have seen his graces in all of my final parties with different groups. We had a banquet last night for all the seniors in our youth group which was a tear-jerker, and then today at lunch we had a party for the last Pro-Life club meeting for the seniors which was really hard since we started the club! But it all has just made me think about how amazing the Lord has been to me over these last four years and I cannot wait to see what’s to come in the next four! I’m already signed up for college classes and have a roommate (The Preppy Queen Bee). Life just won’t slow down!! But it’s a constant reminder to live in the moment and enjoy every last second I have. So, that’s what’s been going on! Look for more blog posts coming soon and I can’t wait to share this journey to college and beyond with everyone!!

XOXO Emily

In-Flight Meditation/Thoughts

After all the flying I’ve done in my life, I still get a little nervous whenever the plane is taking off, landing, or hitting turbulence. One time when I was flying to Belize for a mission trip, I was sitting next to a Christian pastor and his wife. We hit some turbulence and I was noticeably shaken up. He turned to me and said that flying is just like life. We have absolutely no control. It struck me because the reason I am always so nervous on airplanes is because I have no control and I am aware of it. If you think about it truly we are never in control, it’s just easier to think you are when you are walking with your own two feel on solid ground. So I’m sitting in row 1 of a plane right now that’s flying over the Gulf of Mexico and I have no control, but what I do have is faith. I have faith that everything will be okay; on this flight, for the rest of my day, and for the rest of my life. I’m not saying it’s easy because it’s definitely not. I still get nervous. I still start and end each flight with a Rosary and listen to my “Praise and Worship” or “Jesus Party” playlists whenever we hit turbulence, but I use those things as reminders that HE is greater than my fears (seriously hitting a patch of turbulence as I type this :)). 

As we approached the Gulf earlier in the flight, I thought it would be a perfect time to listen to “Oceans” by Hillsong UNITED, which led to more praise and worship songs. It got me thinking about how great our God is, and how small and vulnerable we truly are. We often think we are so mighty and powerful, but that is so untrue. Tomorrow we celebrate the greatest gift the Lord has given us. He died so that we didn’t have to yesterday, and tomorrow He brings us new life. This new life isn’t for us to abuse or fill with worry, but instead He gives us life so that we recognize our vulnerability so that we can rely on Him always and turn our eyes to Him when we need comfort.

“Oh death where is your sting, oh hell where is your victory…the Glory of God has defeated the night…our God is not dead, He’s ALIVE.” -Matt Maher 

Hope everyone has a beautiful Easter!  

XOXO, Emily