Do you realize how absolutely spoiled we are? Our Creator loves us so much! Don’t believe me? Sit outside tonight and just WATCH the sunset. Or turn over a rock and play with a roly-poly – wonder at the flexibility of the exoskeleton and the way the little legs tickle your palm. Or watch your kids play in a sweet little garden that honors Our Lady and the memory of unborn children who never has a chance to see their birthday. No, really. Put down your phone, walk outside, take a deep breath and a good, long look. Drink it in. Know that you are loved.
Soundtack of my life
I’m a little all over the map with my tunes these days. I’ve been spending some time with my old friends – James Taylor, Carly Simon, early (like, pre-Lion King) Elton John, Jackson Browne, and John Denver. I love storytellers, and these guys are storytelling royalty. I’m still digging Audrey Assad though, so there’s that. I find myself listening to Texas country more these days, too. It reminds me of my college days, which until recently I didn’t think was that long ago. Then I realized that I fell in love with Pat Green’s “Dancehall Dreamer” when I was 17 – and I realize just how long it’s been. Though I can say this about every phase of my life, I kinda feel like those peeps on The Office. “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” Oh – and have you seen this?? Elvis singing about the Rosary?! Mind. Blown.
I am finally reading The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort, which has been on my “Must Read” list for a while. I found a paperback copy for 40 cents at my neighborhood used bookstore a few weeks ago. I love finds like this 🙂 My dear friend Shannon (Organic Mama’s Shop!) recommends this book to everybody. I think I am going to join her in that habit! I always resist praying the Rosary, until I get in the habit of praying it again. Right now, our family is facing some heady spiritual warfare, so I needed a good reminder of why the Rosary rocks so much. I love the book – it has super short chapters, so it’s perfect for someone who is interrupted frequently (hello, motherhood…hello, break time at work!) I’m also still making my way through Consoling the Heart of Jesus during my Sunday night Holy Hours. This book makes me cry EVERY SINGLE TIME I read a passage. Such good stuff! Fr. Michael Gaitley explores how we can best comfort Our Lord as he suffers on the Cross (God is outside of time, so our consolations “retroactively” help Jesus – how cool is that?!) The book is in the form of an Ignatian retreat, so you can use it on a silent retreat or even a weekend retreat at home. Get your hands on a copy and then tell me how you like it!
Sittin’ and Thinkin’
I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on Elizabeth’s First Holy Communion, which is just a week away. I cannot believe she is 8 already. Last week at Mass, she tugged my sleeve and said, “Mommy, just ONE more Sunday and I will never have to go without Jesus AGAIN!” I had to choke back tears. My girl is so ready.
My Rush Hour Commute
I have been borrowing my brother’s truck and enjoying mooching off of his Sirius XM Radio subscription. Loving the Catholic Channel! I’ve also gotten back in the habit of praying as much of the Rosary as I can on the way to work. It’s amazing how much calmer I am through the workday when I start my day asking Mary’s intercession for the prayer intentions and anxieties closest to my heart.
I’ve been in a plateau for 8 weeks. I’m stuck at 209 and the scale isn’t budging. Unfortunately, I have used this as an excuse to become lax in my running program and exercising in general, so that’s not cool. This week, I resumed Couch 2 5k, and I’ve gotten back on track with my eating. I’m determined to keep going after this setback. Thankfully, I’m way further along the path than I was a year ago when I started this journey. Fifty-four pounds further. So that’s something.
Handcrafting, Cooking, or Creating
Not much in this department, which is a shame. I crave moments where I can be creative, even if it’s just getting wild in the kitchen with some veggies, lemon, and garlic. Always garlic. And butter. Thanks to a full sports schedule with the kids and Superman’s crazy class schedule this semester, I haven’t had time to do anything but survive lately. Thankfully, Superman’s finals are this week and after that, things will simmer down a bit. My sewing machine is forlornly beckoning me to reconnect, and this little blogging space needs some TLC, too. Most of all, I need to create!
Around the Water Cooler
One of our guys’ wife just had a sweet new bebe, and one of my good friends/coworkers is expecting in July, so it’s baby season! Affirming life in every stage is such an important witness for us as Catholics, and I love this part of living the Faith. Last week, there was a lunchtime seminar about marriage that I attended with some coworkers, with great tips on communication and helping your mate feel loved and appreciated. Then on Thursday May 7th, a handful of us prayed together around the flagpole on the National Day of Prayer. Our intentions were heartfelt and earnest, praying for the leadership of our company, our state, and our country.
Caught in the Web
Please pray for Superman, and all students, as they prepare and take their final exams for the semester. And – this is a big one – please pray for Superman as he begins the job application process. Our family has struggled for so long, and we will continue to do so under crushing student loans, so a job for him means a chance to dig out of this hole we’re in. Please pray for wisdom, guidance, and God’s holy will for our family. Please and thank you.
Grateful to God
For the gift of being a wife, mom, daughter, and friend. Thank you, Lord.
Our Little Domestic Church
As mentioned before, next week is Elizabeth’s First Holy Communion, so we (understandably) have a bit of tunnel-vision as we approach this beautiful sacrament. Keep her in your prayers as well? Thanks, peeps. Love you!
What are you up to lately – reading, creating, cleaning, cooking? Leave me a Little Lagniappe below 🙂