Veiling in 2018 pt. 1


What is veiling? Well, its the practice of wearing a white lace or other colored lace veil or mantilla, that are draped over a woman’s head when attending Mass, or in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament  I have started noticing that veiling has become common practice for alot of women. There seem to be woman from all walks of life, ages, and even location. I would like to share with you the information I gathered from those who do and do not wear a veil.  Their veiling experiences and thoughts varied. Please take the time to read some of the ladies responses to my questions below. A huge thank you to all the wonderful woman who took the time to be apart of this Converts curiosity. Also make sure to check out next weeks post Veiling in 2018 pt. 2  (picture by CheeMusic)


Don’t veil

1.where did you first learn about veiling?

2.what made you decide not to veil?

3.Do you have family or friends who veil? Do they support your decision not to wear a veil?

4.Do you think little girls should veil? why or why not?

5.If you had more information about veiling would you reconsider?


 I don’t veil.

I first learned about it when I saw a couple of women wearing one at our chapel back at Hanscom AFB.

I never really decided not to wear one, I just never felt a call or strong conviction to wear one.

I have several friends who wear them. No family members wear them that I know of. No one has ever pressured me or asked why I don’t wear one. I guess most of my friends consider it a deeply personal decision.

If a little girl or even one of my own daughters wished to wear a veil, I would support that decision.

I’ve done a lot of reading and made plenty of personal observations about veiling and at this point I’m not certain I would make a change in my decision to not veil.

I will add that I think veiling is a beautiful form of devotion and way to enhance ones worship/mass experience and I support anyone who feels God’s call to wear one.

I would wear one if I were to ever visit a parish or attended a mass that would require one.





Don’t veil

where did you first learn about veiling? RCIA what made you decide not to veil? It’s always something I consider, but there are a few reasons I haven’t yet. I feel vain, my kid is so extra that I’m usually a mess, and I feel like it would distract me even more in church. Do you have family or friends who veil? yes Do they support your decision not to wear a veil? I suppose they do. It’s never come up. Do you think little girls should veil? why or why not ? I think it should be a choice for each person. If you had more information about veiling would you reconsider? I feel fairly well informed on it. My reasons so far have been situational and personal.

-Kay H



Don’t veil- Learned about it from a friend I have never felt called to veil At first, I thought veiling was so “old school” but now I see it as a very reverent thing Yes I have friends who veil and I’ve never asked them how they feel about me not veiling I feel like little girls should make the decision about veiling when they are older. I have the information and yet I do not veil nor would I like to be told to do so.




I don’t veil per se; I cover my head, often with a scarf, but sometimes with a hat.

I first learned about veiling from the Scripture when I was a practicing Baptist. This issue caused division in either my congregation or another, to the point that it created a schism that created another congregation where the women observed the veiling custom.

I decided to first start covering my head because I didn’t see why the Scripture was obsolete. The fact that other women had stopped doing it didn’t seem enough of a reason for me.

I resumed wearing a head cover in recent months. I saw a young woman new to our parish wear one. This seemed to trigger a trend. Not many women have taken up covering their heads but it has prompted several to do so and prompted me to resume doing so because, again, I didn’t see why I shouldn’t. I don’t remember why I had stopped wearing a head cover for the last several years.

I buy my scarves wherever they are sold. I look for one that will go with my outfit but that I can slip on easily over my head and that will stay in place without me having to fuss alot with it. I have considered wearing a chapel veil simply because it’s easy to keep in my purse or car and may eventually still purchase one.

I have been covering my head, off and on, since about 2006, so off and on for about 12 years.

While I do forget to bring a head covering at times, I wear a head covering to every Mass. I covered my head at a recent wedding in a Baptist church. It’s where I first read about it, and I don’t think it’s different just because it wasn’t at a Mass. We cover our heads during prayer. Prayer is prayer, no matter whether it’s in a Protestant church or in a Catholic one.

I encouraged my daughters to veil when they were younger, so yes, I think girls should be encouraged to do so.

I don’t have any resources regarding veiling.

My daughters don’t cover their heads any more but they seem supportive of my doing so. Amongst my friends, one veils; those that don’t are definitely supportive that I am doing so. Two have veiled on and off in recent time.







Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament , AL

From The Ave Maria Grotto we drove to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We arrived to the Shrine just in time to take part in a tour of the JPII Eucharistic Center. The center is a place where you can learn about and have a new understanding of the Eucharist. You are lead by one of the brothers whom gives a little history or explanation of each scene. Then we would watch a video clip. The center is amazingly well done. Also included in the St. John Paul II Eucharistic Center are some booths where you can learn more about the Eucharist and those who have commuted and given their lives to serving and protecting it.

Once we walked back outside the kids got really excited when the saw a horse drawn wagon. When it was our turn to take a ride the parents went off to explore what else the Shrine had to offer.

The wagon ride was very educational. The driver of our horse drawn wagon was also our tour guide. The gentlemen gave us the history of the Shrine as well as some information about the sisters and Mother Angelica whom he had known personally. This was a special experience that only happens during certain times of the year. We went before Christmas and I’m glad we were able to share this experience.

After the wagon ride we went into the store to look around and buy a few things. The shop is huge and has a variety of all things Catholic. The Grandparents, George and the older 4 kiddos ventured off to see the other buildings on the Shrines property.

I was happy to walk around and explore with Pooh and Kermit. First I let them run around a bit in hopes they would tire out enough to be able to go into a few of the buildings to look around. We quietly went into the church and the boys sat mostly quiet and looked around. I tried to pray and hope the boys would stay quiet.  Our favorite building was the chapel with the beautiful Nativity scene inside. The boys oohed and aahed. They also questions and pointed out Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. We sat for a bit and looked at every aspect of the beautiful chapel scene. I allowed the boys to help me light candles in prayer for people to have a safe Christmas.

The sun began to set and the Shrine was set to close so we started our long journey back to Montgomery. I hope we can visit again soon. It was a very Blessed and educational day learning more about Our Faith and love of God.



Graves Disease Awareness pt 2

Again it comes down to me writing something about the disease that has taken over my life. It doesn’t matter how good or bad I feel my Graves Disease is in-charge. It seems the longer and more aware I am of the effects of this thyroid disease the more I seem to want to fight it and win.

In the fall of 2015, I began my first round of Methimazole. Methimzole is a medication used to treat hyperthyroidism. I started out taking 10mg which had some adverse affects on me. Then switched to 5mg and then finally 2.5mg before resulting in remission. Here are a few examples of emails I sent to my endocrinologists my first year of treatment. These are examples of some the the side effects of Methimazole as well as symptoms of Graves Disease.

Good Morning Mrs. P,

We arrived back from our trip Sat afternoon. The trip went well.
I wanted to let you know about the side effects I have noticed. I have continued to have a hard time sleeping along with weird dreams. I started itching in different spots 2-3 days ago.
Do the meds work better if I take them at the same time or does it matter? If not, I have had some emotional highs and lows.
I started taking my meds August 29th. Should I go ahead and get my labs done this week or next?

Mrs. P,
I still am not feeling too good. The anxiety is still pretty high. I have also been having headaches and yellow diarrhea. I had the same problem with the diarrhea a couple of weeks ago. It seems to be worse around the time I would normally take my meds. I’m also having trouble getting to sleep. It’s like I get a jolt of energy right before bed. Is it possible some of these are withdrawal symptoms? 

Good Morning Mrs. P,
I have been feeling depressed and anxious a lot lately. The feeling is exactly like before I was diagnosed. Can this still be related to my thyroid?

Thank you

Mrs. P,
I was curious what my labs from a couple of weeks ago show. Good? I ask because I have been having the hot flashes like before as well as Im extremely emotional. Im hopeful these are linked to something else and my labs were good.
Thank you


Here is the last email I received from my first Endocrinologist the first time I went into remission:

Your lab results are still normal, the TSH is slightly lower than it was in
Sept. TSH was 1.2, now 0.8. As it gets lower, it becomes hyperthyroidism.
But normal is as low as 0.2.
Remember, about 50% of people who take methimazole do not have complete
remission and the Grave’s disease returns. Hopefully, you will have full
remission. Make sure you have your new PCM do labs every 2-3 months for the
next 6-12 months, to monitor it.

Happy trails, safe travels, etc. It was a pleasure working with you!

Joanne P, NP


This was right before our move to Alabama a year or so ago. These months after going into remission were some of the best. My mind was clear. I wasn’t sick all of the time. I was able to get everything that needed to be done, done quick and without much thought. I felt normal. Even if it was for  only 4-5 months. Be make sure to stay tuned for the next part of the story of my battle with Graves Disease.

If you have been feeling out of sorts, had hot flashes before time for menopause, felt your heart racing, not been able to focus, you feel really low lows and really high highs, not had the energy to do the things you love enjoy or even just to take care of yourself; please make an appt with your doctor and ask them to test your thyroid hormones. Be your own advocate and fight for your health.  For more information check out Thyroid Hug

Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival 2018

We were very happy to attend ALMFF again this year. This time Bubbles and I will be sharing everyone’s favorite parts of this years festival. I want to give a quick shout out to all the amazing people who make the festival such a fun and educational event, You guys are the reason my family will attend every year until we move again. Thanks!


Baby Kermit: I liked the red Jousting guy. His horse and  sword were really cool. I liked the popcorn they sold. It was so yummy. Salty and sugary. I liked the pirate swords. I really like swords because  Jake and the Neverland Pirates is one of my favorite shows. I was a pirate for Halloween.


Pooh:I liked yellow Joust guy.  His armor was cool. I also liked the popcorn, cause it was really good and warm. I also liked the pirates. They pretended to try to take of our toes off. I also got a black pearl from one of them. They were very funny and made us all laugh.


Bubbles: My favorite part was the Fairy Tea Party with the Queen. We got the tickets for free.  At the tea party we met the Fairy Queen. I saw a friend of mine from AHG (American Heritage Girls). We all chose a seat at the table. We talked about manners while we waited for the Queen. The queen arrived and we greeted her. We all bowed.  I said to her “It is an honor to be in your presence.” We drank tea and talked. Then we said Goodbye because the festival was ending. I enjoyed it a lot!  I hope we will go there again next year.


Duke:The jousting was a bunch of fighting. They were riding around on horses and then they were trying to break lances. The yellow dude he hit the red dude in the head with a shield. The first time they fought they had swords. They were trying to kill each other. Every time the yellow guy hit the read guy in the head with a shield. The popcorn was delicious. Some kind of fresh sweet popcorn. I wanna go again, I really like the jousting.


Jem: I had the most fun dancing with the queen. I don’t know how to dance at all. We learned 2 different dances. We held hands and danced around in a circle doing different moves. It was alot of fun learning some Medieval dances.We were all tired afterwards. I wanted to take a nap and eat lunch. (It wasn’t lunch time yet 😦 )



Yardsaling or Treasure hunting for adults

So I woke up that Saturday morning needing a break from being sick and medical talk. I needed at least a couple of hours without worrying about the things that have kept me so stressed the last few months. I said a prayer and knew that I needed to get out of the house and try to enjoy life instead of wanting to cry. I thought yardsaling was a great reason to get out of the house and to force me to do some socializing.

I got up pretty early that morning and once I decided we were going I just needed to have a plan before springing it on George. He’s more likely to go along with things if I have a plan. I started out by searching for yard sales in our area using multiple websites and wrote down as many as I could find.Then I took my idea to George. He said ok. and I ran back to the computer to narrow down the yard sales we would visit by location.

I chose some of the more community wide yard sales as there tend to be several in one area and that means more time shopping and less time driving around. The kids quickly got ready and we headed out on our adventure.

Yard sale day haul:

Baby Kermit: a kindergarten workbook and a beanie baby kitty. He has named it Fudge and decided its his kitty Butterscotch’s baby

Pooh: a beanie baby cat and a Domo plushie ( I still want to call them stuffed things)

Duke: a beanie baby cat, a Batman multi-tool, and a plaid comforter

Bubbles: an orange scarf, a beanie baby Pegasus, a lamp, a used sticker book, and some Shopkin’s stickers

Jem: a cap with a mustache on it, a weird Japanese inventions book, Wicked the book, a Lisa Frank kittens folder and some clothes

Pippi: sandals, a beanie baby cat, jewelry making stuff, 2 belts, a Lisa Frank kitten folder, 3 frames and some clothes

George: an exercise ball, some books, and he bought the kids more DVDs

Kim: a pocket watch necklace

The poker chips, mini heart pans, cat fabric, Zodiac fabric, and barnyard animals drawstring bag were all bought for board gaming purposes. The poker chips are for extra games pieces in case some get lost or we prefer bigger pieces. The heart pans I’m hoping will work out as dice trays. The fabric is to make some tile bags for better storage for some of our games. The barnyard animal bag is to use to store game pieces or traveling.

In total we spent about $45 dollars. That may seem like a lot but we got alot free. It rained at one point so things that had gotten wet were free. The other thing that happened was that we met some kind older people who gave us stuff. It was a good time out with my family. I hope one day the kids look back and say it wasn’t all that bad that Mom woke us up early on a Saturday.

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