Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Never become discouraged

We had our housewarming party, all the while going through a family crisis which luckily no one noticed we were stressed about. And even though it went really well, I think I'm somewhat cured of my party-throwing fever.

Sometimes it feels like evil/pain/human failure gets the upper hand. Especially in the wake of the Paris tragedy and Pope Francis's repeated calls to prayer for the atrocities in the Middle East. But it's simply not true. (have to keep reminding myself) 

“I plead with you! Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” (source)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sunday walk

This is the place we live. It really has a lot of natural beauty. It's a shame people are so dirty and pollute everything with garbage and overall dirtiness. And a pity people have such communist tendencies. Otherwise, it's an alright place to live.

This was our Sunday walk, in which we didn't do any of the million things we have to do or get together with people we have left hanging for months. It's always hard for me to let go.

I'm glad it's November and we have our housewarming party, plus other fun parties coming up. I loved this post on showerofroses. I also look at her blog and feel inadequate. However, as she says, she has built up traditions for years. I really think it takes forever to get habits/routines/traditions in place. That's what I'm working on and I'm trying to take it easy.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Work and play

This is a german chocolate pie I made (from the barefootinthekitchen blog) for our dinner with friends yesterday. We are really excited about these friends (they're from the homeschooling group). It feels like some things are finally clicking in our life that we have been dreaming about/talking about for a while: feeling more connected/community, spiritual family belonging, playgroups/friends for Adelaide, figuring out what we like as a family, etc.

It still feels like an uphill climb though. I feel like homemaking is a huge mountain I can never quite control: like I spend most of my time cleaning, cooking, organizing, planning, feeding/bathing/caring for Adelaide and rarely get to the fun part of the rewards of my work. But when I do it's worth it. So I try to repeat to myself over and over about my plans and dreams and work with Adelaide "I am gestational by nature. I am gestational by nature". That's Auntie Leila's advice and I'm sticking to it.

I'm still trying to get more play into my day. I saw this quote today and printed it out to stick up on the wall:

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.” -Little Women

Monday, November 02, 2015

Don't buy beds from Ikea

We are in love with our new bed. Technically, you shouldn't love things, but I really, really like it. (I heard in a homily once you should like things, love people, adore God.) We had to get a new one, since our Ikea bed broke (our house is all Ikea... but DON'T BUY THEIR BEDS!). After searching extensively on Pinterest on how to make a comfy bed and spending a bit of money on new sheets, etc.  (and feeling kind of bad about it)... our bedroom finally feels like a sanctuary.

This was the last step I was waiting for before scheduling our housewarming party... which I was planning on doing one month after moving in and it took four months... oh well, I guess that's how plans go.

Here was our broken bed before. Oh, and our light fixtures still to hang up. Because I guess you're never done.