When I was a single mother…

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 When I was a single mother…

By Rita Davidson

Well that headline likely threw some of you for a loop eh?

It’s funny how our minds get the divisions of “right and wrong”.

It becomes so black and white in our mind once we are settled into our faith.

We become complacent and comfortable with our newfound knowledge of what is right and wrong. Our minds become fuzzy about all we DID to get this far. All those sins against the 10 Commandments that sure seemed pretty grey way back then. (No, not Fifty Shades of Grey!)

Yes, I was a single mother at 17 years old. The day after my 18th birthday I gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. I was with my then-to-be-husband (who now bakes fabulous glutenfree/dairy free cakes for us! See my Instagram page) The news came as quite a shock to both of us at the time. I grew up in a complicated, nominally Catholic household, that didn’t carry over into my life – YET. (You see God was working on me). J

After the test result I remember Mark asking, ‘did I think about abortion’?

You know those times in your life, moments that stand out so vividly from your life? I often think this is what it will be in heaven, where all of our life suddenly glitters in all those important spots that before were just once dull, ragged, crosses.

I distinctly remember answering, “NO”.

Not with emotion, not with zeal, just with matter of fact-ness. “NO”.
Believe me I didn’t know any better here – YET. And thank God that WAS the end of that story. Mark never brought it up again, and we instead humiliatingly bent down and picked up that ragged, old cross that was about to get much heavier and dusty.

That year was the year I/WE “grew up”, literally. Finding out I was expecting was a shock, as I was still in school at the time. But no one could have prepared me for the months that followed that would become some of the most difficult, in my then, young life.

Where did you come from? Yes, YOU- READING THIS!!?

Often we judge people based on their life or things they say – like my headline here.

Our minds RACE to the next obvious conclusion:

“Oh I know what SHE’S been up too.”

“Oh that is no surprise since…”

Are you guilty of this too? Sure you are!!! We are human aren’t we?

We find ourselves in much pain judging our own children’s lives with this black and white-ness of our “comfortable” faith. The dangers they are getting into, the Commandments they are breaking, the disrespect the, sin, ohHHHH the SIN.

But WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?

Did you not have SOME kind of a past? Did you not have to bend down and pick up that Cross, at some point, and leave your SINS behind?

Didn’t God send you that GRACE so you could LAY DOWN your sins?

Didn’t those sins make you love that faith, with your whole heart, mind and soul once you left them behind?

You and me both He did.

And we need to REST in that SAME GRACE that let us leave our sins behind and let GOD do the work of redemption in the souls we love. If He did as much for us, He surely is doing as much for our children.

Now go rest in That peace…

And JOIN Me HERE in my, Organizing your Soul Class where we are discussing this topic for next week!

With love,

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Why are we so afraid of Crosses?

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Why are we so afraid of Crosses?

By Rita Davidson

Our Lord said, “Whoever taketh not up his cross and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me.” Matt. 10:38

Is it any wonder why we often shrink, recoil or hide from our crosses?

When I created “Organize Your Soul” online class, I was hoping I would find some fervent souls, so ready to embrace what is needed to refocus on our Lord, reach higher for heaven and find true peace. But the silence was….deafening.

This didn’t come easy, creating this class is a huge leap of faith for me! After all we have been through, losing so much from our fire, and our family crisis a few years back, my health has taken a toll. Taking good care of myself has been a key to getting back on my feet. But reaching out and creating a program to lead others was something I wasn’t ready for. “What if they don’t like it? What if it doesn’t help them?” And a million other thoughts threaten to scare me away from this. My new cross? J

I’ve been praying since our fire, for God to restore us and to guide me how to best serve the souls that have so patiently followed me over the years. It would have been much easier to just walk away.

But it’s readers like, Diane, who encourage me to do more,

“Dear Rita,
Once again your words are so moving
so helpful. It’s as if I am in a classroom,
you are the teacher and the class is
How to survive the difficulties of life.
So many times I open my e-mail and there
are your powerful teachings”

The last time I got an answer from God like this was when I wrote, my bestselling book “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue”Lent 1999, in just 40 days! It was just like God gave me a download and I obeyed and that book went on to inspire thousands, I am still in awe.

As I heard what people are telling me, and pray about what is needed this program came to me like a thunderbolt, another instant download from God! I am again awed by anything I can do to help souls love God more.

What is so needed now is for souls to return to the beginning, to carry their crosses and lift them up not just begrudgingly but higher! Fear comes from our lack of trust in God. TRUST in God is what is needed to take the sting out of our crosses.

This is not about me, this is about you, your soul. I am only the broken vessel God is using to bring a truth that He knows is needed. I am no one special, but God has blessed me with knowledge not for myself but to bless others. Another reader asks, “How long is each session?”

I have made this class as easy as possible.

  • With just one video per week, of less than 15 minutes each.
  • An accompanying audio so you can listen to it as you drive, or do dishes.
  • A weekly worksheet resource to help keep you on track.
  • Includes your own copy of all video, audio recordings, so you can review them after as many times as you need.

Time waits for no one, and our time on this earth will soon end. My clock is ticking and all I wish is to share what I can to help save souls before my time is up. If this class helps only ONE person it will all be worthwhile. Find the time now so we can both spend heaven together one day! Don’t be afraid to take that first step!

Register here- Class starts TOMORROW!

With love

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

The difficulty when others do not understand your Crosses

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The difficulty when others do not understand your Crosses

By Rita Davidson

 

Crosses will come, come what may. It’s a hard fact of life. Often it is a friend or loved one, who will have the most comforting word to ease our pain, even if they cant remove it.

But human nature being what it is, God knows we live in darkness from our blind side. Oh Lord, that we may see! What we have not suffered ourselves we often assume, with the log in our eye, ( yes me too) as being the easiest cross to bear.

Take our fire, such a sudden and dramatic loss of material possessions was a shock to our system, if not our faith. We have seen every kind of comment made after our fire, (yes some not so nice too.)

Recently I was asked about some past crosses we have had with our estranged older children. Wanting to know how our loss of material things in our fire could be as bad as losing our children from the faith.

My husband, Mark put it plainly today when he said, ‘the pain from our girls leaving hurt so much, he had to just forget about it.” This comes from a man; who doesn’t talk much about his own pain. Even after our fire, we cried together, but his pain was his own, and what pained him the most was how close to death we all came.

It was like when I had one of my first miscarriages. The pain you feel is overwhelming, intense, leaves you bare and inevitably everyone around you says those most comforting, yet painful things,

“Oh you’ll have another”,

“It was only small” ,

“at least you have other children”.

WE are all alone in our crosses, it’s just you and God there.

A friend of mine had a daughter go off to the convent. What a blessed grace for a family! But it pains her terribly and while I can feel her pain, leaves me unable to even lend a useful word, since I can only guess at her pain of loss in such a blessing. She is ALONE in her pain.

I could go on and on about similar situations. What is most difficult for us to understand is to see someone suffering with something that seems so pointless – TO US.

Why all that worry? Why all those tears? Huh?” We just can’t see “past that log” that keeps us blinded to their pain.

That is the secret of the crosses that God sends. Two people could carry the same cross, but will suffer with it differently. Mark suffered with knowing how close we all came to death. I suffered with the loss of material possessions and memories I can never get back, it was like God wiped clean every memory of our older girls in our fire. A unique ‘knife twist’ to this cross.

Unfortunately, we are human, and our responses to the crosses that God sends are often feeble at best. The weight of this hunk of a body that keeps us from really seeing as God sees. We plod through life with blinders on hoping, hoping we are moving forward, but feeling the downward pull of the world on every side.

Oh Lord that I may see! God knows what crosses He should send to each and every one. He knows just what our heart is attached too, that He wants to break. Yes, BREAK. They are custom made crosses just for us, and no one near us can imagine our pain, because this is soul work, between you and God. That is just the way God wants it. We are ALONE in our cross.

Ultimately, that is all we will have on that last day, it will be just our naked soul and Him. And let us pray all our crosses we carry in our life, IS the ladder to get us to HIM in the end.

Starting next Tuesday, armed with what I’ve learned from my crosses (which are many), I will share my pain and lead a group through a 4 week online class, to analyze your crosses and help build habits to help you carry them better as they get heavier. I hope you’ll join me there?

With love,

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

When the Sadness is too much

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When the Sadness is too much

By Rita Davidson

I can remember the day so vividly, rushing clumsily through our sleepiness to get from our smoke filled rooms to the fresh air outside. We didn’t realize we would never enter there again. We were dumbfounded where all this smoke was coming from in our sleep? So thankful to be outside in the fresh air we tried to blink the sleep from our eyes. It was only as we stepped back away from the house that we saw the incredible menace. Looking at our home, as it choked on the thick, swirling, black smoke.

As we pulled back even more we see that same thick, black smoke forcefully, billowing out from two upper windows. It was only 5 minutes later when windows started to burst. By this time we were sitting on the hard gravel side of the road across the street. Neighbors had started arriving and the first of the fire trucks were starting to attack this beast. But it had a life of it’s own that day when the wind cooperated and gave it new life and the water ran out.

The gravel was stiff under me, with only a petticoat and t-shirt on me from my sleep, I felt naked in more ways than just clothes. I looked at our sons, who just minutes before, left the house with us and looked back at the door we came out – it was covered in flame. I hugged them all the closer, taking in the smell of Liam’s hair, my sons, my life; THANK YOU.

My heart reached out for God at that moment, but with no words, it was then I realized our house didn’t have a chance. In an instant, our life, our entire memories shattered. WHO I was now felt naked. Everything I ever associated with who I was got stripped from me that day. I was lost, like a blank slate now. I didn’t have much to say to God my mind was still grasping at the enormity of the flames that were climbing higher into the sky and the trees that were burning.

Through my pain, I formed words, I cried, “Father, Oh God, what will we do now?”

The sky turned black on this once bright sunny day and we had no idea what effort it would take, the next 18 months to recover. All we could think of was that moment, that day. There was no looking at tomorrow then.

How do you go back to your life after such a tragedy? Where do you pick up the pieces and how do you know which ones to leave at rest? How do we avoid blaming God for such a loss?

Oftentimes it is fighting for “our will” that causes us so much pain. Instead of being the spectator in our life and letting God show us the way.

Just the other day God sent me another piece to our puzzle. Yes, I’m still collecting those, “Breadcrumbs from God”. Sometimes he almost tries to rub it in. Remind us of that pain again. As we sat at August’s birthday party I put on the song “I See Fire” for him, from the second Hobbit movie.

Having listened to this song a few times before; it now suddenly held me riveted with new meaning. Tears threatened to start streaming as I listened to the words. Looking up the words and date online, this song was released only a few months after our fire. It could have been written as a soundtrack to that day of July 19, 2013. Just a few words changed here or there, it describes so well the emotion and the tragedy we felt that day. (You can see it below).

Why God waited until now to reveal yet another piece to our story? Perhaps 18 months later I can see how this fits in more with God’s will for us that day. That,

if we should die tonight
We should all die together
Raise a glass of wine for the last time
Calling out father oh”

God could have let us all perish together that day. The important thing is HE didn’t. He had a reason to save us and all that matters is that HIS WILL is done. How many of us know if we will even see another Christmas?

I hear so many people who can’t understand why God would do this to them? So many people don’t understand why God sends them suffering.

All those New Years resolutions you started and abandoned. The New year is not lost yet. YOU are not lost yet! What will save your soul in an emergency, if you can’t get through the crosses He sends each day?

I have listened to so many of you, carrying such heavy crosses. And I am so excited to share with you a new program I have been working on behind the scenes. It was the only way I could share with you the lessons I have learned how to build habits NOW that will carry you through the hardest crosses LATER. Whether you have a brand new cross or just need some gentle reminders, I hope you will be able to join me, as I share with what has helped me so much when God sends us too much sadness.

JOIN ME HERE!

 

“I SEE FIRE” from The Hobbit

Oh, misty eye of the mountain below
Keep careful watch of my brother’s souls
And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke
Keep watching over Durin’s sons

If this is to end in fire
Then we should all burn together
Watch the flames climb high into the night
Calling out father oh stand by and we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on
The mountain side high

And if we should die tonight
We should all die together
Raise a glass of wine for the last time
Calling out father oh
Prepare as we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on
The mountain side

Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire
Inside the mountain
I see fire
Burning the trees
And I see fire
Hollowing souls
I see fire
Blood in the breeze
And i hope that you’ll remember me

Oh, should my people fall then
Surely I’ll do the same
Confined in mountain halls
We got too close to the flame
Calling out father oh
Hold fast and we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on
The mountain side

Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire
Inside the mountains
I see fire
Burning the trees
And I see fire
Hollowing souls
I see fire
Blood in the breeze
And I hope that you’ll remember me

And if the night is burning
I will cover my eyes
For if the dark returns then
My brothers will die
And as the sky is falling down
It crashed into this lonely town
And with that shadow upon the ground
I hear my people screaming out

And I see fire
Inside the mountains
I see fire
Burning the trees
I see fire
Hollowing souls
I see fire
Blood in the breeze

I see fire (fire)
Oh, you know I saw a city burning out
And I see fire (fire)
Feel the heat upon my skin
And I see fire (fire)
Uhhhhhhhhh
And I see fire
Burn auburn on the mountain side

 Songwriters
SHEERAN, EDWARD CHRISTOPHER

 Published by
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics from http://www.metrolyrics.com/i-see-fire-lyrics-ed-sheeran.html

 

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Have you considered your most important New Years Resolution?

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Have you considered your most important New Years Resolution?

By Rita Davidson

Another year is past, a new year is here 2015. Have you made some resolutions? What were they?
Did you plan to reorganize? What about losing some weight ? That is always the number #1 goal of the year.
It’s now half way through January. We are over the mistake of writing “2014” on our checks now. Right? Maybe? LOL :)
A full 15 days into 2015 today and what happened to all those resolutions you made?
Are you at the point where you no longer “MAKE” ANY resolutions?
All that glitter and fun it used to be to “start” a New Year. The promise of starting our fresh, leaving the old behind. Remember?  Is it gone and you KNOW you will never accomplish any goal past the end of January anyhow, so what’ s the point?
Today I want to hear from YOU!

What was your New Year’s Goals this year?

Have you considered your most important resolution?
Do you even make ANY New Year’s Resolutions?

Have you given up on them?

SHARE with me today, its YOUR TURN to talk!

NOW GO! :)

 
With Love,
 Rita Xo :)
IMG_0905 Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Wishing you all A Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year!

By Rita Davidson

 

We can’t say “Merry Christmas” is late, since as Catholics we celebrate this season until February! So I COULD have waited until February, (LOL) but figured I better not or I’ll really be feeding my procrastination habit. :)

If you haven’t kept up with us on my Facebook page, you have missed a TON of news…well just enough news that I couldn’t post about it fast enough here. Whew I need a breathe!

So this is Highlights to our exciting news:

November 1 – 30th, 2014: We started moving our first load Nov 1st, Feast of all Saints, and by Nov. 2nd, Feast of All Souls, we had moved our beds so were “officially” sleeping at the new house. Yay! Isn’t God so great? But this was just the START of moving!

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We were moving with only mini-vans and a trailer. Our friends didn’t want to see us wait A DAY longer. (awww so thankful for caring friends!) so we moved WITHOUT moving our phone, or mail or anything. It took the entire month of November to move since it was a 45 minute drive One-way. We could only move one load a day, on weekends, when our friends were not working.

In between moves, we set up beds, went back to clean our trailer, sorted our donation trailer, celebrated a birthday for Mark, set up our dining room and realized we couldn’t unpack books or clothes without bookcases or dressers that we didn’t have. *sigh – we are still trying to collect what we are missing.

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Back up to Oct 16th,2014 when we heard a “rumor” that someone might be “giving” us a van!! Now in November, plans were made to get this done. This included much more than we guessed! So during November we had to make a few trips into town. For a PHOTO SHOOT with our family, and to FILM A COMMERCIAL with our family accepting the van. This was pretty exciting! So we had an un-packed house, while having to make trips for a photo shoot and filming. FUN Distraction! LOL :)

Nov. 24th, 2014 was a special day that was 70F and sunny, (A miracle in Canada!) I used it to plant the heirloom rose (St Therese’s Rosebush) and the family lilac tree that we fought to get out of the ground at our property. Those were the last ties with our home of over 10 years and God gave me this day to plant them. I felt such peace.

Now that the filming was done, the last week of November was spent frantically trying to unpack our guest room We had company arriving early December! Even with the filming done, we weren’t allowed to speak ANYTHING of the commercial since it was a secret! Ohh that was HARD! :)  But they delivered our NEW 2010 Grand Caravan to us on December 28th! So exciting!

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JonathanBoddenSensSo thankful to Jonathan Bodden, Director of Sens Foundation and Brad Weir delivering our van!

LookinginVanPriceless, they couldn’t help to look inside! LOL

Dec. 2014 arrived starting with Andrew’s birthday, his favorite. :)

The first week of December was taken up with company and some stomach bugs in the house. We were thankful for our essential oils to keep our company from catching anything from us.

December 11th, 2014 was our BIG UNVEIL DAY!!! Ohhh we had waited SO long for this day! We were treated to our FIRST Hockey game! Thanks to the Ottawa Senators who in partnership with the Max Keeping Foundation and CarStar all worked together to get us this van!!

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It started out with the boys getting Ottawa Senators Jerseys, then a private entrance for them to the noisy arena. Very thankful for our boys with autism.We had another photo shoot up in a private booth, (we are waiting to get our pictures to share with you!) and then were escorted down to the “best-seats-in-the-house” for popcorn, ear plugs and drinks!

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THEN to see the boys excitement to see THEMSELVES on the BIG JUMBOTRON, our “Commercial” was unveiled at the HOCKEY GAME in front of 18,000 people!!!!

LINK TO VIDEO

liamjumbotronAww now he is CUTE!

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Wow, I was never so huge! LOL

After this excitement wore off, just a week before Christmas we started our bathroom renovation. We needed a bathroom so my mother could visit for Christmas! What could have been so easy; was complicated by very difficult plumbing. But we were thankful to get our toilet in just on time for Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Eve, we picked up my mother who hasn’t been able to visit or stay with us since our fire, nearly 18 months ago now! She has really suffered the most since our fire. We ended up having to return her home early since we had no shower for her. :(

Christmas day was quiet and tried to make it happy. A new home that we were grateful for, enough toys for them to make it seem like Christmas. Joseph cried most of the day, saying “Joseph have a bath, Joseph house burned down” over and over, most of the day. It was a somber reminder of all we’ve been through and how this time last Christmas we didn’t even have a home. #thankful

Please continue to support us to help us rebuild LFFA for you in 2015 – www.davidsonfamilytrust.com

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Onward 2015: Now is the time to be grateful. As much as sadness rears it’s ugly head in our lives, I am reminded we have HOPE knowing how far God has gotten us. There is never a tragedy that God can’t fix. Some families suffered loss this year, some deaths, another family was burned out of their home. There is never an end to the crosses that God sends, but there is NEVER an end to the blessings and strength He sends either. Just LOOK at our AMAZING DINING ROOM?? Bleached Oak, handmade set, hasn’t God given us His BEST?

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So whatever your suffering this year, rest assured there is HOPE for another day. We are PROOF of that if anything. God sees your pain. Remember, All things work out for good for those that LOVE HIM.

Resolve this NEW YEAR, to LOVE HIM MORE.

Merry Christmas and HAPPY New Year!

With love,

Rita xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

So thankful for your support on this journey

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So thankful for your support on this journey

By Rita Davidson

 

Well, we made it! Truly YOUR donations have gotten us where here! These last few weeks have been CRAZY, JUST CRAZY!

After 16 months of waiting…we needed TWO mortgages for this house (so DOUBLE the costs). (Many have forgotten that we also lost our business in this fire, and so this was a real act of faith for us!) Thankfully friends moved our loads; which was quite interesting as we hadn’t accumulated much after our fire, living in 600 square feet for the last 10 months. But we had a donation trailer full of furniture that had been waiting for our new home to go through. Try pick unfamiliar furniture to fit into a house where nothing is familiar is well, FUN, but also tricky!

No sooner did we get our last load moved here, we had out of town company to stay with us; so at least we got the guest room fixed on time.  :)

Then my website crashed and my favorite Assistant, Jean, is fixing this for me. Whew!

Now comes the unpacking! :) But oh Christmas is right around the corner, and trying to decorate and get this place set up is proving to be more difficult than I first thought! And I’ve been wanting to SHARE our home with you; if only to show you what GOD can do, even for us! But, it will have to wait until my website is “feeling better” now. *sigh If you really want to see what we’ve been up to drop by my Facebook page !

Finally trying to set up this house now we see our gaps:

  1. Missing furniture (bookcases, dressers, office furniture, a ladder (that was stolen after our fire) and tools.)
  2. We need updates to flooring (we have to take out old rugs and install new flooring because of the boys allergies.)
  3. We need an extra bathroom on the main floor (only one bathroom tucked upstairs in a back corner. My elderly mother cannot visit for Christmas, until we put this in!).
  4. Next comes our Restoration Phase: We still need restoration done on our main hard drive that has the rest of our family photos 2007-2013 (all our pre-digital are gone.) and all our business files to rebuild Little Flowers Family including; your favorite book files, mailing lists, customer orders and files.
  5. Then is the large task of recovering the 300 odd salvaged family photo’s we pulled from the ashes. (if we can, we’ve been told we need professional help for this.) And the numerous reference papers and business papers that have been sitting in bins since our fire; waiting for a proper place to process them. Our work isn’t over yet.

I didn’t want to leave this another day, (I am a recovering procrastinator you know) LOL so I hope you enjoy this update and can’t wait to share with you our big surprise next!

We are so thankful for your support on this journey.


God bless you in all your needs! :)

With love,

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

We have a home! Part TWO

We have a home! Part TWO

By Rita Davidson

By now you’ve heard our remarkable story of losing our home, business and our journey for the last 15 months struggling to stay afloat without falling through the cracks.

Living from place to place with no sign of what our future held was a difficult cross to carry. I remember this time last year, how the cold winter slowly descended upon us. We always thought a home was right around the corner! We spent most of our days driving as, there was always a new reason to drive. We went out daily to find a WIFI signal so we could connect to the internet. Straddling first my donated Iphone, then my donated Laptop in the van, while the boys snuggled in the back with the DVD player. (not always so quiet!) We anxiously waited for important answers from builders, carpenters, and benefactors who would give us a glimpse to what our future would hold. Our future was now a blank slate.

As we would pass by house after house in the dark, the warm glow from house windows would enchant us. An overwhelming feeling would overtake us making us realize we were “outsiders”.  We belonged NOWHERE now. No matter how we tried to convince ourselves otherwise, it was as if God’s grace had left us.

We had no warm glow to go back to. No place to call our own. We felt exposed and vulnerable to the elements. It was all we could do but rely on God and His promises, while longing for a warm, glowing window that seemed to contain our promises of family, faith, togetherness, and hope.

Fast forward to today and we are blessed to have come through those dark days. Our hope in God’s protection didn’t let us down. Our faithfulness to His promises have paid us back twofold.

On our Lady’s Birthday September 8th, we found what would become our long lost, warm glow home. Fittingly, it is BLUE just like Our Lady’s gift to us on HER Birthday! Fittingly it is THE “LITTLE BLUE HOUSE” like our popular book series from our talented author, Colleen Drippe! Doesn’t God have a sense of humor?

We didn’t know at the time it would be the house we would end up with. We had no idea the obstacles it would take to get us there either! From offers to counter-offers, to lawyers and amendments, financing and no financing, and short of finances and closing dates and delays. So many it makes my eyes blurry just thinking of it. If your on my Facebook page you shared some of our ups and downs, including our amazing St Therese week we wrote about here.

Even today we still DO NOT have the keys. God is still writing this story so more struggles and obstacles to overcome. But God is good and faithful and we struggle through each day with the hope He will make it all work out, for HIS Glory.

As you can imagine our lives have been overtaken with this immense job of finding, getting and moving to our new house!

Enjoy this amazing pic of our boys on the day we signed the offer and this new pic of our new neighbors…THE COWS. And thank God for us for this one step forward in our journey!

I am so thankful for all of you that have supported us with your prayers, donations and comforting words! You can still donate to us here: www.gofundme.com/davidsonfamilytrust

God has done amazing things for us and I pray our story gives you hope in YOUR struggles!

Watch for more news from us as God restores our home and our LFFA business. I can’t wait to share with you my upcoming, 3rd Edition, Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue and more! God’s will be done!

Love

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

 

 

 

All I can say today

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All I can say today

by Rita Davidson

I’ve been pondering what this blog post should be about. Praying what I could possibly say that would help you today. With everything that is going on with our house purchase, homeschooling, taking care of my elderly mother and just regular “LIFE” happening, nothing was coming to me.

Sure I have tons of things saved for my upcoming launch of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” and more I have planned for you based on what you have asked me for. So exciting! :)

But then today I realized there is one thing I haven’t said, that needs to be said.

“I’m sorry.”

I’m sorry for all those late orders ‘some’ of you got. I’m sorry for some of those orders you never got, because of our fire, or just because of something you don’t even know.

I had orders packed at our door the night of the fire…Ready to ship, and then when fire ripped through our home and business I felt such a helplessness about it all.

Some of you are new to us so just settling in to enjoy who we are and what we offer. Some of you have known us for 10 or 15 years.

I am no one special. I am much like you, I get discouraged and I get tired. I get weepy and I get angry. I look at the hundreds of names I recognize and the thousands that we’ve contacted in all these years. Amazing…I have no special training to have accomplished what I have in 18 years. Those souls I have touched. The people I have been blessed to help. I am so humbled by the many lives I have touched all these 18 years. I am blessed by the souls I have come to know and now call friend. You know who you are… :)

Truly God has done great things in me. This was not just ME!

I don’t know why God asked me to do this work. I don’t know why He placed me with this responsibility. But, I am honored to be here for you all each week. And that is why “Sorry” needs to be said. For all I have failed to do through the years for you. I am truly sorry.

I pray God will help me rebuild LFFA for HIS glory and to serve you better. But for today, know how thankful I am for you, and all I can say today, is I’m sorry and how thankful I am for YOU! Thank you for putting up with me all these years.

God bless you,

With love,

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

We have a HOME – Praised be God!

We have a HOME

We have a HOME – Praised be God!

By Rita Davidson

BIG thanks go to St. Michael, and St. Therese the Little Flower, who you will see were big helpers in getting this for us!

For all those that have been following our story, you know how many long months we have been waiting to find a home after our fire.

After losing everything in July 2013, and living homeless for 6 months, we lived with no running water, no indoor toilets, no indoor showers, no internet and moved six times in six months!

This was no easy feat with 4 boys, and three of them with autism. Just keeping their needs under control was a huge challenge.

Those six months we were homeless moving around, we thought coming home to our land, was the answer. So, we finally found a trailer to put on our land in December, but delays kept us out of it until after Christmas in January. But by spring, we realized this was not going to work.

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It was a hard decision, after living here for 10 years, but after being refused to borrow for rebuilding, we realized we were left with no choice. If we were to get in a REAL home, we had to move, as we could not find financing from anyone who would help us rebuild.

So the long journey of finding a home began.

The first house we found, was our favorite, but it was gone before we could even blink. But it stayed in our mind for everything we seen after.

A month later, the next house we found, was in a different town, and was everything we thought we needed. A beautiful old place, on 8 acres and huge house. But after two offers on it, we lost it by being outbid. Our boys were really devastated now.

We took a break from looking as the summer closed; as our hearts could only take so much. We couldn’t stress our boys any more either. All the while pleading for God to show us His will.

After a little break, we visited 10 more houses in 2 days. Exhausting! None of them matched anything we needed, we were stumped.

Then going over OLD listings, we found a place still sitting there…. Hmmm. We decided to investigate.  Well it looks good, has all we seem to need. Maybe? So, next a visit, a tour.

We put an offer in, and waited. We countered it, waited again….Oh the agony of waiting. We finally got an offer accepted! Yes!

Then the details: First, it was to try to get the financing. (remember we lost our business in the fire too!) The one bank that would work with us, took so long to decide since they were backlogged we didn’t wait one week but nearly two weeks. With only 10 days to decide, we had to ask for an extension too! More waiting! The waiting was simply agony.

More details and I really thought we were going to lose this house. Then our St. Therese week started. It started with roses popping up in my Twitter feed. (Thanks John!) :)2014-10-02 14.33.09

Then a St. Therese Novena at my mothers house she handed me.

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Then an old drawing of St Therese found tucked away in my moms back room.

2014-10-02 14.05.54Then postage stamps covered in roses. Napkins covered in roses.

An old catalogue with our St. Therese Relic Cover.

2014-10-01 19.35.34It really started becoming too much. When the appraiser showed up and her name was Therese, I really started to wonder. I mean St. Therese feast day was coming but this was ridiculous I thought. LOL

So, when our extension was extended until Friday, St. Therese Feast Day, I thought, something is brewing here. So, I asked St. Therese for one final sign.

Surely enough all our waiting started paying off. The day before her feast day, the financing came through! But not without some struggles, we need some special government ID, we are STILL WAITING ON, and had to push our closing into November. :(  But as we were waiting to sign the purchase on her Feast day, I found a Rose Bush, a beautiful climbing rose bush, hidden behind a bush, there at the house! That truly was the last sign I needed.

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So it’s a done deal, Praise God, and not a day too early! Our boys have been stretched to their limits living here.

Feast day of the Guardian Angels was Oct 2nd.  I found an old Medal from our fire, so corroded I couldn’t tell what it was. We were so busy, we didn’t think of it, then Sunday I remembered and asked Mark what he did with it. It took him over an hour to shine it up and when he brought it to me, I nearly squealed, sure enough it was of St. Michael and Guardian Angels!

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We still need to raise $3900 before the closing date, (which we still don’t know the date!) so please KEEP PRAYING and DONATE if you can –>HERE

 

Thank you for all you have done for us! Our boys thank you! This has been an amazing journey! St. Therese, pray for us! St. Michael, pray for us!

With love,

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!