The Big Purse Dump

by | Feb 26, 2014 | What's In My Bag | 21 comments

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For today’s 7 posts in 7 days blog entry I thought it might be fun to participate in Kendra’s Big Purse Dump link-up.  My husband bought me a new purse for Christmas (Apparently it is called The Kendra Tote!) and I’ve been pretty good at cleaning it out on a regular basis… It doesn’t contain anything nearly as interesting as Kelly’s, but I’m going to share anyways.
I have my little Finders Key Purse Fleur Di Lis attached to my keys and hooked over the side of my purse.  Love, love, love that little hook! 
This purse has a large center section with an additional pocket on each side.  
On one side I have a couple of my black veils for Mass.  
Right now my purse also has one of the older girls’ white veils and Rose’s pink veil as well.  
(The girls received these pretty veils in last year’s Easter Baskets.) 
In one of the inside pockets I keep some kleenex and Zyrtec.  I usually try to have travel packs of Zyrtec, but ran out recently and just put in the whole container.  I’ve had some pretty bad allergic reactions this year (due to my angio-edema) and my husband has started making sure I’ve got Zyrtec in my purse at all times or he’ll turn the car around and go back home to pick it up… Thankfully the Zyrtec has been enough to keep the reactions under control. 
I’ve been using Rose’s rosary case (for my St. Therese Rosary) and need to order another.  
In the center section, underneath my wallet, was all the random items that had sunk to the bottom: a couple fruit leathers, my camera lens cover, Baby Shower favor, loose change, a notebook/pen, Pocket Posh Logic, a couple hair ties, pens, tide stain remover, the Bible Candy Valentine Snuggles gave me, and a packet of TAZO zen tea, the (now expired) Costco coupon booklet, and the brand new Lent at Ephesus CD
In one of the end pockets I have a little Hand Sanitizer from Bath & Body Works.  
In the other side pocket I have a few books, including my Catholic Daily Planner, The Context of Holiness, and a copy of a little pamphlet my husband put together of Frequently Asked Questions About the Latin Mass to hand out at our next bi-monthly Extraordinary Form Mass. 
-It’s my favorite thing in here: So many favorites… I love my Key Hook, but I also love my Catholic Daily Planner.  The Context of Holiness is quickly becoming another favorite. 
-Wow, I really have a lot of these: Pens.  Three loose in the bottom of my purse, one attached to the notebook, and two more inside my wallet, and yet I never can seem to find one when it’s needed. 
-I’ve been looking for those: My camera lens cover!  I am constantly misplacing that thing and this time it ended up being in the bottom of my purse. 
-Huh. THAT shouldn’t be in here: Nothing really too out of place at the moment, though the camera lens cover is back on the camera, the Costco coupons are in the recycle bin, and the girls veils are headed back to the Mass Bag in the van. I also have a diaper bag that stays packed in the van as well. 
And since there is “no cheating” allowed, I couldn’t slip the two copies of Kendra’s brand new book back into my purse, but they were in there last Wednesday after arriving in the mail.  A Little Book about Confession for Children is an excellent book!  A copy will definitely be going into our 6 year old’s Easter basket this year and I’ll be offering the other as a giveaway here sometime soon.  
(Speaking of giveaways, there is still time to enter the Sew Many Booties giveaway!)  
Congratulations on your new book, Kendra, and thanks for hosting the link-up!


  1. Jennifer

    That was fun! I was wondering if you could maybe write about when you began to wear the veil. I think they are so beautiful, but I've never see anyone wear them.

    2014-02-26 05:03:35

  2. Carla

    That looks like a great book…the context of holiness. I remember reading a huge tome on st. Therese recommended by our former archbishop, cardinal Burke, and it went into the psychological dimensions of st. Therese's life. Wish I could remember the name. I got It through library — funny enough. For me, it helped tremendously in my reception of her. I had seen too much of a saccharine treatment of her. So I may pick this up as a Lenten read. are you enjoying it? Sorry for my typos. I don't do well on phone typing.

    2014-02-26 06:14:00

  3. catholicallyear

    Aww, thanks Jessica! And how funny that your purse and I share a name.

    2014-02-26 06:16:44

  4. Kristi

    Thanks for sharing. I am currently going through RCIA and am interested in the extraordinary form mass. I was wondering if you and your husband would be willing to share his pamphlet. We have the mass offered in our area. Many thanks to you for always being so open with your homeschool journey and your faith.

    2014-02-26 07:00:25

  5. scmom4

    I wish I had seen this post yesterday before buying another purse. That is one thing I don't really like buying online because you just can't really see it! I bought another last night at Kohl's, which was dumb because I already bought one there since autumn and it was falling apart. And it wasn't inexpensive! I did just order one of the key fobs, however, because I am so tired of digging for keys! Thanks for the tip.

    2014-02-26 12:43:59

  6. Gail Giron

    I love that new Ephesus cd!

    2014-02-26 13:26:31

  7. Bernadette

    Even your purse dump looks organized! LOL Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    2014-02-26 18:22:24

  8. Beth

    We too would love to see your husband's book on questions regarding the Extraordinary Form Mass. Our parish has a monthly Latin Mass and we are often confused as to what is happening. Thank you for your blog it has been a blessing to our family!

    2014-02-26 18:22:28

  9. Megan @ The Ipps

    I was wondering the same thing 🙂

    2014-02-26 18:38:41

  10. Patty

    I LOVE that purse! I was just telling my husband (for the past year 😉 that I want a good leather purse, one that with stands the test of fashion and time. Yours is so pretty!

    2014-02-26 18:51:06

  11. Jessica Gordon

    I actually started wearing a veil as a Lenten Sacrifice back in 2004! You are not the first who has asked me to write about when I began wearing them… Maybe I can work on that this afternoon, after we finish our school work for the day!

    2014-02-26 21:25:26

  12. Jessica Gordon

    I've only read the first few chapters, but I'm really loving it so far and it is definitely not a saccharine treatment of St. Therese so far. I think you might really like it!

    2014-02-26 21:27:41

  13. Jessica Gordon

    It is actually 20 pages (5 double sides pages folded into a booklet) and I'm not exactly sure how we'd share it, but I will ask him about it tonight. I was really impressed with the results! He quotes a number of sources including:

    The New Roman Missal
    The Latin Mass Explained
    Know Your Mass
    The Story of the Mass
    The Heart of the Mass
    My Imitation of Christ
    For the Visitor at Mass
    My Catholic Faith

    2014-02-26 21:39:07

  14. Jessica Gordon

    My last post was from Kohl's too, and it was only a few weeks before it started falling apart… I wasn't sure how I was going to like this one (I'm so boring when it comes to clothes and accessories for myself and all my past purses have been black) but so far I love it!

    2014-02-26 21:41:29

  15. Jessica Gordon

    We haven't listened to it yet, but we love all the other Ephesus CDs. I'm sure we will love this one too!

    2014-02-26 21:42:47

  16. Jessica Gordon

    Maybe I should have actually just dumped it all out into one pile and then taken a picture! lol

    2014-02-26 21:44:06

  17. Cynthia

    When I saw the Zyrtec I just had to tell you – the Kirkland Brand at Costco is just as effective and much less expensive. Its called Aller-tec. I never travel without someone, since one daughter and I have allergies to pollen, some animals and some other random things. The bottle is a years supply – 365 pills. Hope you don't need it that often though 🙂

    2014-02-26 21:57:19

  18. Cynthia

    I always love your blog but I would really appreciate a post on the veil. I have been thinking of it for some time but feel a little uncomfortable because no one in my parish seems to wear one. I don't care if people think I am a wacko, just don't want to seem attention seeking when what I really am trying to achieve is greater humility.

    2014-02-26 22:01:22

  19. Amy Caroline

    Is that hand sanitizer for mass? 😉 Gorgeous purse!!

    2014-02-28 01:28:43

  20. Jennifer

    Thank you!! 🌹

    2014-03-02 00:55:31


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