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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday... almost

I wanted to write a 7 Quick takes and it will have to wait till later...

On my heart most importantly is a request for prayers.  First for little Dominic Pio (read updates by clicking on his name) who is in desperate need of prayers.  His aunt wrote a beautiful post on him HERE.  This little boy and his family have been SO much on my mind for the past few days that I found myself crying to sleep last night thinking of him and his family.  It took the reassurance of my husband to say "They asked for your prayers and that's what your doing... that's all you can do" to help me finally go to sleep.

Then also for a little girl named Meagan who is across the hall from him and was up till now a healthy young girl and now is battleing a life threatening illness.

Lastly but not leastly for a friend of a friend who goes by the name "Coolman" and is undergoing surgery after a traumatic brain injury.

These are the most important things I could post on and though my heart breaks for these families let us continue to pray, fast and hope on this FIRST Friday that all the graces through Jesus' Sacred Heart will pour on them into Mary's Solemnity tomorrow and beyond!


  1. Oh, Marijanna--(how do you pronounce your name?) You and I both seem to have that same mother's heart, so sensitive. I couldn't sleep, I can't seem to do anything, constantly wanting to check updates.....praying, offering up things, it's all we can do. it is enough.

    I know if we do ever meet, we will be crying tears of joy and sharing the pains we've shared through the years....

    1. Jamie, of course you know as much as I'm thinking of them, I'm thinking of you. I cannot tell you how much this has affected me. I read your posts and know you "get it". I cannot think of anything else. ...and funny enough, so many mother's I'm friends with have privately messaged me the same. They can't stop thinking about Dominic and his family. I think this situation has pulled so many into it in prayer, we will never know how many lives have been touched and stopped in their tracks out of love for this child. This beautiful child that so many in our world would consider "disposable" has taught so many to pray and love an hope and grow in compassion.

      My poor husband didn't know how to console me except to remind me that my prayers WERE doing something. I have felt so helpless, I cannot imagine how his own family must feel.

      I really wish my bum ankle were not keeping me from driving to Boston and praying with this family. They are only an hour away! ...and my husband, Shaun? He's working right outside Dominic's hospital every day! It keeps them particularly close in mind.

      I hope we do meet some day. I think of you so often. I am on the verge of tears even now as I write this. Many blessings to you this Advent, my friend.

      And "Marijanna" when you say it, pretend there is no "j" or it's pronounced like a "y"'s Croatian

      P.S. I must say, though that today I feel more hope and peace as I pray for him that the graces from this First Friday and tomorrow's great Solemnity will truly bring healing and miracles.

  2. Thanks so much for your prayers--it made all the difference!

    -Dominic's Aunt (or at least one of them!)

    1. Becky, thank you so much for stopping by. Today I went to a prayer day and SO many people stopped to ask how he was doing. Many that I was unaware had even heard of his situation. He is blessed to have you in his life.


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