Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday!
1. FREE On Kindle: In Name Only (O’Donovan Family)
Free until Sunday on Kindle is my second book and the first in the O’Donovan Family series, In Name Only.
2. Bookgoodies Interview
I was recently interviewed by Bookgoodies.
3. Autumn Leaves
4. Win a FREE Kindle Copy of A Subtle Grace (leave comment below to be entered)
I’m giving away one free Kindle edition of A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family #2). Leave a comment below before Friday, October 31st to be entered to win!
5. Win a FREE Kindle Copy of A World Such as Heaven Intended
I’m also giving away one free Kindle edition of A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer, the new FQP book! It will be available in print next week. Leave a comment below before Friday to be entered to win.
7. Be Fruitful and Multiply Cartoon
Here are the links:
Philadelphia, 1876: Caroline Martin foresees a joyous future when she meets a wealthy, moral man. But unexpected tragedy topples her illusions, opening the way to a profound understanding of God — a moving tale with over 220 five and four star reviews on Amazon. In Name Only won the Gold medal in Religious Fiction in the 2010 IPPY Awards and has been an Amazon Kindle Top Ten bestseller since February 2012.
“If you love romance but hate smut, pick up this beautiful story and let it carry you away. The characters are believable, layered, human and humorous even in the midst of tragedy. The reader never loses hope and is rewarded on every page with little gems of character behavior, dialogue, plot twists and romantic intrigue. I was so very sorry when it ended!”
Lisa Mladinich, author, founder Amazing Catechists
” …conveys the beautiful Catholic teachings on conjugal love, and shares both a pro-life story and a conversion story.”
Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire
Today marks our 30 year anniversary of teaching Natural Family Planning with the Couple to Couple League! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been teaching NFP longer than we’ve been parents!
Here’s a few photos and links to celebrate!
If you’re interested in learning Natural Family Planning, here is the link to the first class of our upcoming course which begins on the evening of November 12. (Note: Class size is limited!)
Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.
1. A World Such as Heaven Intended
Have you checked out the new FQP novel by Amanda Lauer? It’s now available on Kindle! Print book coming soon!
2. Stealing Jenny #1 Fifth Week!
Stealing Jenny is now in its fifth week of being #1 in Religious Drama.
3. Seven Saints for Seven Virtues Book Review
Check out my review of this wonderful new book by Jean Heimann.
4. FQP Books at St. Patrick’s Gift and Book Store!
This is a repeat from last week…but very exciting news for my local readers. All Full Quiver Publishing books are now available for purchase at St. Patrick’s Gift and Book Store in Ottawa.
5. Autumn Beauty
6. Reading/Review Shelf
Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini
7. Dust Bunnies Cartoon
Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach
Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.
I have lost four babies through miscarriage and three babies through ectopic pregnancy. My novel, Emily’s Hope, is the fictionalized true stories of myself and my great-grandmother, and the story of loss and triumph. This excerpt describes Emily’s loss of baby “Seth.”
“I need to push.” She wanted so desperately not to push, to allow her baby to stay inside of her, and for her to continue to nourish and nurture her child, but her body wouldn’t allow that. She pushed only twice and her small child was born. Emily heard a sound like a kitten crying, then realized that her baby had let out a small, soft, weak cry.
As soon as the umbilical cord was cut, the nurse immediately carried the baby across the room as the pediatric staff attempted to work on their child. Emily and Jason sat quietly, their hearts heavy with emotion. A few minutes later, she felt another contraction and her placenta was delivered. She could hear a nurse referring to “him,” and realized that their child was another boy. After a few minutes, the doctor brought him back, his small form still hidden in the blue hospital blanket. He spoke in a hushed, almost apologetic voice, “There is nothing we can do for him.”
He handed the tiny one-pound baby boy to his mother. Jason held on to Emily’s shoulder and watched as she cradled the smallest baby they had ever seen. He was so perfect and looked identical to their oldest son, Jake. His small body was covered with minute white hairs. He was perfect as he struggled to breathe. He was perfect as he opened his mouth to cry. Emily held her new son as gently as she could. Jason reached over and poured a few drops of water on him and said, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Emily could feel the vibration of his tiny heart beating so fast.
The nurse came in with a Polaroid camera and asked if they wanted her to take a photo of their child. Emily nodded as the nurse took a photo of her and Jason and their tiny son. She gazed in awe at this miniature human being and marveled at the fact that even though he was tiny, he was so perfect. His little hands looked like a doll’s hands. She removed the baby blanket and laid his small, warm body on her chest. She could feel his heart beating rapidly. After several minutes, she wrapped him again in the small blue blanket.
Then, in an instant, he was still. She could feel that his heart had stopped and he wasn’t breathing, but he continued to feel warm and soft. He looked like a sleeping angel.
If you have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or infant death, please click on the link above “Baby Loss” for resources and helpful links.
In memory of our seven little souls in heaven: Baby H Twins (June 1986), Baby H (February 1990), Baby H (June 1990), Mary Elizabeth (June 1993), Seth (March 1998), Lucy (March 2006).
Copyright 2005 Ellen Gable (Emily’s Hope)