What’s your excuse?

What’s your Excuse?

by Rita Davidson

I have this inner urge to help Catholic women understand that they can wear skirts for EVERYTHING. I don’t know why God put that urge in my gut, but when I see Catholic women making excuses why they can’t wear pants, it makes me want to prove it, so she realizes how narrow her thinking is. Then I found this:

 

These Cholita’s do everything in their Traditional Skirt which is a dress. Very colorful too! From Bolivia, they were once considered the ‘underdog’ in that country and are now being accepted. These Cholita women have taken it upon themselves to climb 8 MOUNTAINS. Yes, IN A DRESS, (skirt to be exact). I’ve heard they wrestle in a skirt too.

Of all the things that need to be done in our lives, mountain climbing has got to be the most grueling to do with or without a skirt. I often see women saying, “I can’t wear a skirt I am _____________” (fill in the blank).  But really they are just hiding behind that excuse, not realizing when you really put your MIND to something you will FIND A WAY to do it.

I hope this will give you that last push you need to pack up your pants? I’m here to show you what Real Catholic modesty is. It doesn’t have to be flouncy skirts and pastel dresses for dainty women. Whatever you wrongly “THINK” it is that is keeping you from it I’m here to show you different. It can be vibrant and beautiful clothing too for women that live hard!

Post below your thoughts, and your excuses, and if you haven’t grabbed a copy of my book, “Immodesty, Satans Virtue”, grab it HERE at the sale price, before it starts shipping!

With love,

Rita 🙂

 

12717618_955329111214575_1556987311828504946_nRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!
©Copyright 2016  Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

  

 

A #RealCatholicModesty Monday Post #3

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A #RealCatholicModesty Monday Post #3

The Skirt Outlet review

by Rita Davidson

Welcome to RealCatholic Modesty Monday Post #3!

Once your heart is overtaken by modesty, it brings us to many interesting places. But finding the RIGHT clothing is the first obstacle to overcome. Having the RIGHT skirt sure makes the job easier to have a modest wardrobe.

I am always searching for new Modesty resources. So couldn’t wait to share this one with you!

I have found the best way to find most things are the local thrift shop as you can find some real gems there others have discarded often from across the country! But there are times it’s kind of hit and miss and when you really need to have a well fitted skirt it’s great to find online places that fit the bill.

When I found The Skirt Outlet, I was very interested in their offers. So ordered two skirts and waited for them to arrive. Now being in Canada I have the added irritation of ordering most things from the USA which increases our costs tenfold. Shipping to Canada can be as much as one skirt these days. ugh

But the package arrived quickly. But I was disappointed when they didn’t fit quite right. But that’s when The Skirt Outlet really shone. Not only were they concerned that they didn’t fit. They wanted to know how they didn’t fit? What my measurements were? Where they didn’t fit, and took many emails to finally help me figure out what would possibly fit me.

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I was very impressed by their quick replies, and their heartfelt compassion to help me find something that would work. So, when I decided on this skirt I was anxious to see how it would fit.

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Now, I am not the easiest to fit. Being plus sized (yes, T-tapp is helping but not quite there) I have some unique issues from the waist DOWN. 🙂

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Being plus sized makes finding REAL denim skirts hard. Plus size Companies have a really STRANGE idea of what works for plus size. Black, black and more BLACK. This is a lightweight, A-Line stretch-denim (my new LOVE) and has LOTS of movement! If you want to be able to climb, sit, work, run, or whatever your day gives you movement in a skirt is a MUST!

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Today was another day at home, so this was a comfy set to get regular chores and writing done. I apologize for the lighting in these pictures aren’t so good  (I’m working better lighting ), but it gives you an idea of the nice movement in this skirt, and it has NO SLITS! (don’t get me started on those!)

This one is a KEEPER and today you can get $10 to $25OFF too! OOPs just a few hours left!

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Just go to www.theskirtoutlet.com and use that coupon code. Be sure to them know I sent you! 🙂 I hope you find some lovely skirts to start your modesty journey out right!

Now go BE BEAUTIFUL for HIM!

What I Wore

Stretch Denim Skirt – The Skirt Outlet

Shirt – GT Boutique

Leather Shoes –  Winston and Murphy (thrift store find)

Socks – Sock Dreams

Necklace – none today

Make up – Sephora

 Nail polish – Yves Rocher

With LOVE,

Rita 🙂

12717618_955329111214575_1556987311828504946_nRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!
©Copyright 2016  Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

  

Pious Recommendation to Our Lady

Pious Recommendation to Our Lady

It is ALWAYS recommended to go to Our Lady. How many of us forget how helpful and caring she is to those of her children, us? I have so much to thank Our Lady for. As I finish up working on my book I am reminded how she has held my hand so many times in the past.

I know so many of you are suffering, carrying heavy crosses and I just wanted to remind you that Our Lady is near.

I posted this beautiful prayer on my Facebook page, and just HAD to share with you. I pray it brings you some comfort and peace to you today!

FBFeb27Place yourself in Our Lady’s hands, and pray, hope and don’t worry! 🙂

May Our Lady bless and comfort you today and always.

With love,

Rita Xo 🙂

12717618_955329111214575_1556987311828504946_nRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!
©Copyright 2016  Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

  

Essential Oils, the Occult, Facts and your Family

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Essential Oils, the Occult, Facts and your Family

By Rita Davidson

 

I read a post from Women of Grace with interest last week, but it wasn’t until I was asked to comment that I decided to write this.

Women of Grace wrote about the possible connection between Essential oils and the occult and what she found was ”indeed disturbing”. You can read that post HERE.

Yes, we use Young Living oils. I have also used herbs, homeopathy and other ‘natural things’ for many years. I studied for my natural health degree (from a now closed institute) and ran a natural health baby supply catalogue in my early twenties, so I’m pretty well versed in the language and outlook on many of these places.

But when poor research has the ability to place doubt and fear in a lot of people, that really makes me upset.

CREDIBILITY

The blog referred to – The Last Hiker – that Women of Grace sourced for ‘information’ has some issues of their own. The Last Hiker blogger is herself, against many, many other things she calls sinful, or witchcraft etc. It is always a little suspect when someone finds “sin” in every corner.

After a little more poking around I found The Last Hiker considers the Rosary a “sin”. She writes,

“In the book Edwards encourages readers to “pray the rosary” a practice of holding a Catholic Crucifix necklace and uttering repetitive chants in prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus in the Bible. This practice is sinful for several reasons. As shown above, Christians are not to communicate with the dead. Whether it is a relative, someone from the Bible or a celebrity, any attempts to speak with the dead is necromancy. Secondly, Mary was just a normal person. We are not to pray to her, hail her or seek anything from God through Mary. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” It is Jesus Christ who is our advocate with God The Father. He is our High Priest who we take our” (1)

Ouch, this person does NOT understand what it means to be Catholic I guess. One has to wonder how credible someone can be like this who has herself an ‘occult’ background, sees ‘sin’ in every corner and has an anonymous blog. That’s my second hesitation to her credibility.

This writer uses poor research. At one point she says oils “do work”, then in another breath says, “they are not approved by the FDA”? Contradiction perhaps?

Finally, to support her opinion she dredges up some bad press about Gary Young. Yes, Gary Young has a “colorful” past. Regardless of the personal life story of Gary Young, it should not be used to imply the oils themselves are somehow evil.

WHAT ESSENTIAL OILS SHOULD BE

Essential Oils are simply collected from herbs and plants that we all use everyday. Lemon oil is simply from Lemon, Pepper oil is from Pepper, etc. Many oils can be used in the kitchen to replace of the same herbs or spices, which is handy if you run out of them.

Essential oils are available from a wide range of companies today. You can even get some at dollar stores! When you hear about an oil that didn’t work you can be sure it was a cheaper knock off oil. But only Young Living has the “seed to seal” process that guarantees purity from seed to final product. See www.seedtoseal.com

This guarantees we are not getting fake oil, or chemical oil made to ‘smell’ like an oil, or a diluted oil, as many others are. It is important if you are going to use Essential oils that they are true distillations and not just happy “smells”.

ESSENTIAL OILS and the BIBLE

Essential oils of Myrrh and Frankincense were given to the baby Jesus along with Gold, by the Three Kings, I’m quite sure they didn’t dare bring him something that was wicked for his birth?

In the Garden of Eden when God created the Earth and put Adam and Eve in the garden he said,

“And God said: Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have in themselves seed of their own kind, to be your meat”

God blessed us with many plants and herbs that have been for our meat, our fuel and our healing. Essential oils are derived from nature just as God planned. Different oils have been known for centuries for certain uses like skin health or internal health. Modern day blends simply take those uses and combine them for a stronger use for an ailment. I think there is still much to be discovered about natural health that science is only beginning to uncover.

When Jesus was buried they used Essential oils to prepare the body for his burial. Most likely the same Myrrh and Frankincense that Our Lady saved since his birth, along with others.

MODERN ESSENTIAL OILS

Tea tree oil is widely acceptable oil, known to be very good for skin infections. Oregano oil is another commonly available oil that has become very popular for it’s anti-viral properties. These are just a two that have gained a lot of ground today because; the medical community could not ignore their fantastic healings.

More and more essential oils being studied with medical studies. There are 16,893 entries on term “essential oil” on the National Library of Medicine PUBMED. Here is a recent entry for Bergamot oil:

Rational Basis for the Use of Bergamot Essential Oil in Complementary Medicine to Treat Chronic Pain.

“In complementary medicine, aromatherapy uses essential oils to improve agitation and aggression observed in dementia, mood, depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Preclinical research studies have reported that the essential oil obtained from bergamot (BEO) fruit (Citrus bergamia, Risso) modifies normal and pathological synaptic plasticity implicated, for instance, in nociceptive and neuropathic pain.” (2)

ESSENTIAL OILS and the DARK AGES

Its true should ALWAYS be cautious NOT to jump into the first thing we see. Letting our True Faith guide us is always a good idea. But the claims from the Last Hiker against Gary Young are full of emotion rather than fact. There has been a witch-hunt out for Gary Young and Young Living from various corners, because of his great success with oils. This is partly why the FDA stepped in and Young Living has been feverishly getting more studies to back up their oils.

As faithful families used herbs and essential oils throughout the ages they were just as much used by witches and sorcerers for dark uses. But let’s look at this more closely. For example read this:

APPLE (Domestic)
Another sacred tree to the Druids. It is said that you may cut an apple into three pieces, then rub the cut side on warts, saying: “Out warts, into apple.” Then bury the pieces and as the apple decays, the warts will disappear. Use apple cider in any old spells calling for blood or wine. Apple indicates choice, and is useful for love and healing magic.” (3)

This is was from a witches website to prove a point about something we use everyday as well. Apples. Does this mean we will all should stop eating apples?

New age users and witches have been using oils and herbs since time began, but just like a gun can kill, it doesn’t make a gun intrinsically “evil”.

We must “be wise as serpents and as gentle as doves” today. There is much we should be wary of it is true. But believing false information only keeps us in a box it doesn’t always keep us safe. As herbs and essential oils come from the dark ages, they must now live up to the scrutiny of the medical community. Until then we will hear many opposing views about them. Many of us have used them from years regardless of what the medical community has said because they work for us.

Troubled people like the Last Hiker that see “sin and evil” everywhere are unbalanced. To say, “Young Livings ‘oil blends’ are blatant potions.” Is laughable. That is like saying a certain blend of FLOUR is a POTION and not a CAKE? Since when has ‘blending’ become sure proof of witchcraft? She doesn’t even provide proof of this. We blend recipes for every matter of food to create meals. We blend herbs to create an herb blend, why are ‘essential oil blends’ suddenly POTIONS?

Women of Grace says several cautious priests have said these oils are ‘blessed at the point of manufacture’? What proof do we have of this? Young Living manufacturing is open to the public. Their fields are opened for public visits as well as their plants. How many other companies can we say come from evil owners with evil intentions? The bigger the company the bigger the suspicions, but again are we just seeing, ‘evil in every corner”?

I would say these concerns come from lack of knowledge about something. God says, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.” ERV

If we want to live in this world, we must have a certain TRUST of this world. None of us are prepared to start living in caves again. Nor should we have too.

Women of Grace asks, “So what’s the difference between what witches have been doing for centuries – and what many of these essential oil producers are doing now? “

INTENTION

A witch can cook up a brew of chocolate muffins with a ‘spell’ on them, just as a Catholic mother can make up healthy a batch for her children. It is the INTENTION that counts. Just as a priest on the altar needs to have the INTENTION to Consecrate otherwise Jesus DOES NOT come DOWN into the host, if we don’t have the INTENTION to do evil we DO NOT do evil.

Granted some Young Living blends can be vague, but why would I buy oil with a description like,

Abundance™ is created to enhance the frequency of the harmonic magnetic energy field that surrounds us. This higher frequency creates what is called ‘the law of attraction,’ which refers to the things we attract to ourselves. Abundance opens us to a wealth of possibilities.”

What is my ‘intention’ if I buy that oil? You see how important INTENTION is, in all we do. If we do not wish to do evil, we will always choose good. We know Essential oils aren’t miracles in little bottles so we don’t expect them to act that way. We know they are simply a tool like anything else, that God has blessed us with to use for the therapeutic needs of our bodies. If you have the right intention you are not going to buy oil for for spiritual uses. Or at least you shouldn’t be. In all the years I’ve used Essential oils, I’ve never bought oils that don’t have a direct use for our bodies or mind. God will take care of my soul.

There is much more I could say on this topic but I’ve kept you long enough. I hope this answers your main concerns for now.

If you have any questions or concerns about Essential Oils, please be sure to post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you!

With love,

Rita 🙂

  1. The Last Hiker – Rosary is a sin https://thelasthiker.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/the-son-of-god-movie-is-not-what-we-think-do-you-know-the-voice-of-your-master/
  2. Rational Basis for the Use of Bergamot Essential Oil in Complementary Medicine to Treat Chronic Pain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26996621
  3. Sacred Celtic Trees and Woods Introduction by Ed Collins https://wicca.com/celtic/celtic/sactrees.htm
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Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!
©Copyright 2016  Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

  

Rita’s Movie Review – Miracles from Heaven

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Rita’s Movie Review – Miracles from Heaven

By Rita Davidson

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though NOTHING is a miracle.

The other is as though EVERYTHING is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein

After all our family has suffered over the years and especially after our devastating house fire it was our amazing miracles that held us together. I hold this quote near and dear to my heart.

When I seen the trailer for Miracles from Heaven I was EXCITED to be getting a pre-screening but NOT prepared for how GOOD it was.

The movie opens with the family getting ready for Church. The mother prodding them to hurry up, with a little light-hearted discussion about miracles, Disney and going to hell.

At Church the Pastor makes “fun” while explaining the faith, (a painful reminder what we find in some of our own Catholic Churches). He finishes by saying, how ‘faith is the only true shelter’. This remark we learn is almost prophetic before the story really starts.

The young girl Annabelle “Anna” (played by Kylie Rogers; who played an amazing part!) starts throwing up after the Church gathering.

Mom, Christi Beam (played by Jennifer Garner) worries and fusses over Anna while the dad (played VERY well by Martin Henderson) cleans up the mess.

Fast-forward to a doctor visit; which we learn is weeks later and the 3rd appointment. I felt like this was a poor transition, but I soon caught up with the faster pace of the film.

The first diagnosis is lactose intolerance, then acid reflux. For families with complicated health issues you can really sympathize with the worry and sleepless nights. Finally with the mothers insistence they get some answers.

It reminds me how God is so patient and kind with us, slowly bringing us into a new cross, a bit at a time…If we seen the whole picture, we might faint with fear. While the lactose intolerance was a worry, it shows the family uniting to join Anna in giving up pizza. They have no idea how much worse it will be.

As the movie progresses we painfully watch about medical bills, stress, lack of sleep, Church members who are less than charitable, extreme worry and fear. The father, Kevin’s more laidback attitude shows he is relying on God to work things out, while Christi is doing all the details and losing her faith in the process. I call this the “Martha syndrome”.

They eventually diagnose Anna with Intestinal Motility Disorder where the intestines literally stop working. She nearly dies from a 100% abdominal obstruction by this time and is saved by surgery.

The first surgery is only the beginning. Anna with a painfully, increasinly bloated belly, the mother settles into a routine of flying every six weeks with her for treatments, the dad works overtime to try keep up with the bills.

When the stress finally becomes too much and they are separated for too long, Kevin tries to bring the family to see them but the credit card is declined at the airport. When the sisters are overheard to say “what if we don’t make it before she dies” suddenly, miraculously, the last credit card is approved and let’s them through.

It reminds me how God is so patient and kind with us, slowly bringing us into a new cross, a bit at a time…If we seen the whole picture, we might faint with fear. While the lactose intolerance was a worry, it shows the family uniting to join Anna in giving up pizza. They have no idea how much worse it will be.

As the movie progresses we painfully watch about medical bills, stress, lack of sleep, Church members who are less than charitable, extreme worry and fear. The father, Kevin’s more laidback attitude shows he is relying on God to work things out, while Christi is doing all the details and losing her faith in the process. I call this the “Martha syndrome”.

They eventually diagnose Anna with Intestinal Motility Disorder where the intestines literally stop working. She nearly dies from a 100% abdominal obstruction by this time and is saved by surgery.

The first surgery is only the beginning. Anna with a painfully, increasinly bloated belly, the mother settles into a routine of flying every six weeks with her for treatments, the dad works overtime to try keep up with the bills.

When the stress finally becomes too much and they are separated for too long, Kevin tries to bring the family to see them but the credit card is declined at the airport. When the sisters are overheard to say “what if we don’t make it before she dies” suddenly, miraculously, the last credit card is approved and let’s them through.

By now you better have your tissue box out as Anna’s pain has reaches a peak. She is weary from the constant pain and no relief. When Anna tells her mother through her tears and pain, ‘I want to die, I want to go to heaven where there is no pain, I want this to be all over”. You feel the mothers pain acutely.

Her mother is horrified as any mother would be to hear this from their children. But as any mother who has watched their own children suffer, when does their will to die become selfish and our will to keep them NOT be selfish?

This story brings out some terribly important details about FAITH, LIFE and FAMILY that need to be told. So many of us are willing to ask God for LITTLE things, but do we ask God about the BIG things we need? Do we REALLY BELIEVE what He can do?

Christi, the mother has her own test of faith though all this. During an argument with Kevin, (I can only imagine they had quite a few) she finally admits she no longer has faith. You can see how this pains her husband. Christi, I imagine, is like the ever busy “Martha”, too wrapped up in DOING to PRAY and her faith gets left behind.

When they finally leave the hospital this time, there is little hope, as the doctor hugs little Anna knowing he may not see her again.

“Families are the best medicine” one of my favorite quotes from this movie.

Anna now depressed, has become tired from her constant pain and angry. Her sister pulls her outside to play with them and they climb an old tree. When she falls INSIDE the tree, it takes hours to get her out.

It climaxes when the emergency trucks, news people, noise, lights, confusion all collide for Christi into a final, desperate prayer at the foot of the tree. It is so moving, (TISSUE ALERT) you can FEEL her pain, her prayer, her fear, and desperation as she reaches out to God through prayer over and over again. (I watched this part THREE times it was so MOVING!)

Her husband joins her and then others gather with her. All that time during Anna’s illness she struggled with her faith now at the end of all things, she has nothing left but God. It is a painful spot to be…when God reduces us to nothing so we can find HIM who is EVERYTHING.

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One of my FAVORITE images from the film and FAVORITE moments too. Christi is praying at the tree as a last ditch hope for her daughter who is inside it.

The ending soundtrack was so beautiful I hope they keep it in the final version. It’s worth the wait the entire movie…I won’t ruin the WHOLE movie for you, but this is a MUST SEE movie for families.

  • It is a MUST SEE movie for mothers. Mothers who carry the tears of the world in our hearts. For mothers who have lost, and mothers who have lost hope and feel alone.
  • This movie is for fathers, for those who work so hard for their families, are so worn out from fighting against the world to keep their families safe, for fathers worn out from the struggle.
  • Lastly, this movie is for those with weak faith and for those that need to learn to SEE God’s miracles EVERYWHERE. What MIRACLES do you NEED in your life right now?

This story transcends space and time …this is a riveting, heart wrenching story how a family survives a tragedy with a miracle ONLY with Gods grace. I URGE you to see it,

in THEATRES March 16th, 2016  #MiraclesfromHeaven

See the movie trailer

 

 

PLEASE Bring it to CANADIAN VIEWERS! 🙂

Catholic notes;

  • O my God – said twice in the film
  • Protestant
  • Girls and women in pants, sleeveless, mini skirts, otherwise clean and decent film

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It had so many other sweet and poignant scenes, I didn’t want to ruin the story for you. Come back here and give me your thoughts on it!

With love,

Rita Xo 🙂

12717618_955329111214575_1556987311828504946_nRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!
©Copyright 2016  Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.