Little Bit O’ Lagniappe** [vol 1]

**In Cajun French, “lagniappe” (pronounced ‘lan-yap’)  is a term that means “a little something extra,” or a happy surprise. From time to time, I will write a post that has a bunch of little thoughts all captured in once place; a veritable “snapshot” of my life in the moment. Hopefully, something in the mix catches your eye and you can take a little “lagniappe” with you to brighten your day!
Natural Beauty
I visited London in May, and I keep thinking of the way the sun hit Big Ben just right when I stepped above ground after coming from the Tube. About how it glistened with a brilliant golden, the crisp wind as it smacked my face after emerging from the humid tunnel, and the absolute beauty of seeing God’s glorious sunlight illuminating the clock tower and making it resplendent as it reflected the glow. wpid-20140511_103230.jpg

This is how God illuminates us, yes? He takes our actions, our love, and He emblazons it for the world to behold, that “they will know we are Christians by our love.” Breathtaking.

Soundtack of my life
Silence. My word for 2014, selected in the bleakness of January after the chaos of the holidays, is “quiet.” I am soaking in this quiet while Superman works on Trigonometry homework and the kids go to sleep for the night.

Book Nook
Inspired by my trip to the Globe Theatre in London, I checked out this book from the library for the kids. It’s a great intro to The Bard for young readers, and even mentions he was [likely] Catholic!

Sittin’ and Thinkin’
About my insights, new friendships, and the love of God I experienced at Edel.

My Rush Hour Commute

…has been spent praying the Rosary. I particularly enjoy St. Luke Productions’ “Year of Faith” Rosary recording, available in the Laudate app on my phone. Though my commute isn’t nearly as long as some of my fellow Houstonians’, I find that I am usually able to get through two decades each way. I LOVE using this new bracelet from Organic Mama’s Shop (and no, I’m not being paid to say that!) It’s unique because the little crucifix and miraculous medal are detachable by means of a clasp, so you can move it along and clip it wherever you leave off while praying the Rosary. This is insanely helpful for me, as I am often interrupted in the middle of my prayer time.

Pursuing Physicality
This week starts Week Two of Couch to 5k, though I haven’t run since last week. I may have to add an extra day this week to catch up. Today was weigh-in day, and I officially lost another pound. I am 17 pounds in to my 100 pound goal!

Handcrafting, Cooking, or Creating
We have two little ones who are potty trained, but they still have accidents overnight. Our budget is extremely tight, so that rules out disposable bed covers or Pull-Ups. Superman was about to go nuts washing bed linens every day, so I went to the thrift store tonight to buy some absorbent towels, a shower curtain, and some sheets. I want to make some waterproof mattress pads that we can put over the bedsheets…stay tuned to see how this turns out.

Around the Water Cooler
This week I have shared some of the joy of the Edel gathering with my coworkers, since everyone knew I was headed to a “Catholic women’s conference with wine.” I’ve been driving home the themes of God’s love made manifest in sisterhood, the necessity of connecting with others on a spiritual level, and the beauty of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Austin. It’s subtle this week, but I’m going with it.

Caught in the Web
I’ve been enjoying clicking around and reading everyone’s Edel recap posts. You can check out Jen’s linkup and read everyone’s reflections here.

Prayer Journal
Praying for the repose of the soul of Sarah Harkins, mother of five, who died this week after a brain aneurysm triggered by wasp stings. She lost her sweet baby in the womb as well. Please pray for her husband, children, family, and friends as they cope with their loss. Praying for my sister, on a mission trip with FOCUS. Praying with my entire parish for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, as we approach the feast of St. John Vianney on August 4th.

Grateful to God
For safe travels to and from Austin; for the opportunity to serve on my first ACTS Team this fall; for an hour-long phone call with my mom; for this space on the web; for new friendships; for the health of myself, my family, and friends.

Our Little Domestic Church
We are gearing up for our parish patron’s feast day on the 4th – St. John Vianney. Since he was a French saint, we may make French Onion Soup!


What’s going on in your world?  Give me a lil lagniappe!

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