Friday, August 30, 2013

My daughter is getting married!

Only one week until I leave to travel out-of-state with my family to my beautiful daughter's wedding!

A few weeks ago I was able to pull off a surprise Bridal shower for her.

Remembered to get this quick photo after the festivities
and before she needed to get back on the road to go home

Did you know I have been growing lemon verbena and lavender for her bridal bouquet? My daughter asked me to and will add some sprigs of each to her bouquet which will be comprised of gorgeous flowers she is growing on her farm.

These lavender and lemon verbena plants are much larger now

One of the flower types for the bouquet

Another flower to be added to the bouquet

Trust me, there will be many more gorgeous flowers adorning my daughter's bouquet as well as on all of the tables at the reception.

Well, the Mother of the Bride finally got her dress! I have been wondering when I would have a chance to finally get one and it all worked out. I found a pretty dress after returning from my recent trips. Now I have to figure out the shoes since the reception will be held at a beautiful farm in a rustic barn. Heels won't work well walking around on the soft ground nearby the barn. I think I'll bring a pair of flats to change into, as well as some casual clothes for the festivities afterward.

God bless and hugs,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wonderful radio show: Check it out!

Wendy Weise is an amazing radio host. I'd love for you to get a chance to listen to my recent chat with Wendy Weise on Relevant Radio. We chatted about the Miraculous Medal and my new book "The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions." 

I hope you enjoy it. There are also wonderful "call ins" with amazing stories.

God bless you!

Everyday Blessings in the Domestic Church

I just did a radio show today with the wonderful team of Jennifer and Leo at Real Life Radio:

I'm calling the show, "Everyday Blessings in the Domestic Church." Today we chatted about Back to School dynamics in the domestic church and how we can carve out time for prayer into our busy days. I will try to get a link to an archive so you can listen to it hear if you didn't already hear it.

I'll be doing this show every month and will try to bring you the archive link. UPDATED NOW WITH THE LINK:

Meanwhile, how are things going in your domestic church? Have your children started school either at home or out at the school building? I'd love to hear how you are keeping mindful of praying each morning, even for just a moment to get the day started off on the right foot.

Take good care and God bless you!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Holy Whirlwind: Pittsburgh and Birmingham!

Just after my jam-packed week at the Catholic Marketing Network or CMN (more on that later) which was quite a holy whirlwind, by the way...

With Doug Keck, EWTN Host of Bookmark TV show

 I flew to Pittsburgh to give a key note to hundreds of women there. Immediately after, I headed for the airport and took two flights to get to EWTN where I would participate all week end at the Family Celebration (on a Live TV show as well as meet and greets and book signings). 

Getting ready to address the women

Some of the faith-filled women at the Magnificat Breakfast in Pittsburgh

As soon as I arrived at my Birmingham hotel, I had literally five minutes to quickly change and get to the stage (wherever that was!). I had to run to the elevator and make a call so I could meet up with the gentleman in charge at EWTN who would had me driven in a golf cart across the street to the venue. I called him as I was dashing to the lobby. Within a couple of minutes the golf cart pulled up to the door.

The breeze was blowing and there was a light mist in the air. As my hair was blowing all around (and God only knows what it would look like when I arrived on stage!), I was thinking (and actually expressed it out loud to the folks I was riding with) that God always keeps me at the edge of my seat, of not having the benefit of planning ahead (with the other women who arrived the day before to chat about the show), and after traveling, being left with almost zero time for changing and "hair and make up" (which is not a practice at EWTN, by the way). I surmised that, as always, God wants me to trust Him with everything--completely. 

I arrived at the back stage after trucking down the long hallways and was excited to see all of my Catholic girlfriends sitting on the sofa on the stage. As soon as my microphone was in place, the curtains opened--SHOW TIME!

Talk about a holy whirlwind!

I think I was deep in thought. :)

EWTN Family Celebration Airs This Weekend!

Here's the scoop:

"Women of Grace Special:" WOMEN, THIS COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE! What's so special about being a woman? What does God specifically call women to do? Be inspired by the women of EWTN. They include your host, Johnnette Benkovic, as well as Teresa Tomeo and Janet Morana (Co-hosts of "The Catholic View for Women" and more), EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis, Barbara McGuigan ("The Good Fight"), Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle ("Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms), Joanna Bogle ("Feast & Seasons" and more), and "Women of Grace" Journalists Mary Jo Anderson and Kathy Mathieson. Airs 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 24 and 6:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug.31.

I hope you can tape or watch the show which re-airs today!

Here are other photos from the Live show:


On the show with the Women of EWTN!

God bless you and yours!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lucy and Ethel -- I mean, Teresa Tomeo and me! :)

Photo snapped at the CMN trade show in NJ
I recently chatted with my dear friend and radio personality, Teresa Tomeo on Catholic Connection (Ave Maria Radio). Here's a link to our conversation which we did LIVE from the Catholic Marketing Network.

God bless you and yours!

EWTN's Family Celebration

I have been extremely busy with releasing my new book The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions, and have been presenting and doing book signings this past week at the Catholic Marketing Network. I will post about that as soon as I can. For now, I'd like to let you know my schedule for EWTN's Family Celebration. I'll be there and hope to see you!

EWTN’s Family Celebration

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama
Donna-Marie will be a guest on LIVE TV show Sat., Aug 17th, 6:00 PM Central time
She will be at: Family Corner booth: Saturday 7:30 to 8:30 PM
and on Sunday: 3:15 to 4:30 PM
She will be at: Meet the Author booth: Sunday 12:15 to 1:00 PM
The weekend of events will be taped and aired the following
Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25.

Check: for more info

God bless you and keep you!