"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Room for improvement

Becoming a mother has definitely made me realize I'm not as great a person as I thought I was. There is a whole lot of room for improvement.
It really is no small feat God did when he gave me this adorable little being to take care of. Sometimes I think about that as I watch her play and baby talk in the living room.

Playing peek-a-boo. She also dances. She's becoming funnier each day.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

New year, new leaf

I have been pretty quiet around here lately, it's true. I went to an "advisory interview" in December and was urged to reflect on WHY I do things... if it's from the inside out or if it's for this anxiety for status I seem to have. So of course that causes me to wonder, why am I blogging? Is it really from the inside out? A form of expression? A service to others? Or is it just a show off/popularity thing? I will continue this reflection, and continue blogging as of now.
Meanwhile, I would really appreciate it if you told me:
What would you like to see on this blog?
Please comment or send me an email... it will be super useful.
Pictures from our New Year's "date" and reflection.


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Article at CatholicStand

I write about homeschooling (a topic that I think about a lot, due to blogs I read... but wouldn't work for me personally) here...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Woodland Baby Shower

I organized a woodland-themed baby shower at my sister's house for my nephew who will be born soon. I wasn't able to do everything I wanted to do (as usual), but I was so happy when it still turned out wonderful. It was a relaxed afternoon with a few of her friends.

Some party quizzes and a wild baby animals DVD.
Nuts, berries, an apple cake and chocolate cupcakes (that wer supposed to have mushroom-like frosting.. but that didn't happen. On top of the table cloth there is some woodland wrapping paper I found.
 A fox print for guests to sign with uplifting motherhood messages, which will go in the nursery.
Owl bookmark favors.
Some books as gifts.
Of course some baby shower games, like timed and blindfolded diaper changing and guess that baby food.  
Sisters and nephew...
 And finally, kids and husbands came later on and, naturally, Addie was the center of attention! 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Our Lady of Guadalupe Day!

Mary the dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the gate, Christ the Heavenly Way!
Mary the root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!
Mary the wheat sheaf, Christ the living Bread;
Mary the rose tree, Christ the Rose blood-red!
Mary the font, Christ the Cleansing Flood’
Mary the chalice, Christ the Saving Blood!
Mary the temple, Christ the temple’s Lord;
Mary the shrine, Christ the God adored!
Mary the beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!
Mary the mother, Christ the mother’s Son.
Both ever blest while endless ages run.

“Mary the Dawn” Words: anonymous poet; The poem now exists in its edited form by the Dominican Sisters of Summit (1972).Mary the Dawn by Kathleen Lundquiest is available from Amazon.com

This is a hymn from this morning's lauds, I heard at divineoffice.org. Isn't it pretty? I've been trying to be consistent about praying the morning prayer with this site while drinking tea ever since I read The Little Oratory (great btw!) and a wise priest suggested I try to pray first thing in the morning, even if Addie distracts me or stops me halfway.

I haven't abandoned this blog... I promise! I have trying to make a home, cook, take care of a small child, work outsider the home (!), organize a youth group and have a life generally speaking. It's been hard... the social aspect has been the first to suffer. But morning lauds is really organizing me and helping me have peace.

Here we are this morning with our lauds.

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