Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

Here is a post from this day 2009.  That's five years ago according to my fingers, and yes, I counted on my fingers.  I can't believe it's been five years.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


We had a great Easter.  HE IS RISEN!  I love the Triduum.  I wanted to try daily Mass for Holy Week, but I didn't get it done having just come back from Canada.  Since I couldn't go that Monday I got back, trying for Tuesday and Wednesday was pointless.  I tend to be an all or nothing person.  Although it would've been nice to go to Mass on my birthday, but at least I got Adoration.

We took the kids to Mass on Holy Thursday.  It was their first time going.  I feel bad about that, but my kids do not do well with no sleep.  I decided I didn't care this year, and we all went.  Holy Thursday plays my favorite song.  When we take the Blessed Sacrament to the back of the church for Adoration, everyone sings, "Stay with me.  Remain here with me.  Watch and pray.  Watch and pray."  It's haunting, moving, chilling.  I told the kids it's what Jesus told His Apostles in the garden before He was arrested.  I'm so glad they got to experience it.

Good Friday brought the Veneration of the Cross.  We all made it to this since Kaelyn didn't have to work until 430p.  She ended up being 10 minutes late and that was leaving right after the Eucharist.  We ended up being the first people in line for the cross.  It was unnerving.  Normally they wipe after every kiss, but this year they wiped down the cross after every 20 or so.  I'm glad I didn't kiss it.  I kissed my hand and touched it instead.  

We normally try to go to the Vigil Saturday night, but we didn't make it this year.  It starts at 8p, and I wanted to take the kids, but we decided with not getting home until 930p Holy Thursday, and the kids not very good that Friday, that we weren't going to try it.

Sunday morning we went to 730a Mass.  Everyone looked lovely.  We went straight to my parents for Easter lunch.  After resting there a bit and hanging out with my other sister's family, we headed to KJ's parents for dinner.  It was exhausting but good. 

Happy Easter!

I don't know what Marley is doing here.
Do you notice anything about this picture?  Yep, my bow is off center.  It's driving me crazy and KJ just rolls his eyes at me.  Doesn't it bother you too?  I know!

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Birthday

So I decided that I'm too old to do 37 random acts of kindness for my birthday.  We had Adoration that evening, and a dentist appt for Logan.  We did accomplish bringing Starbucks to a friend, paying for the person behind us, leaving a big tip, filling machines with quarters at the laundromat, giving money to a homeless person on the street, and buying four Chick-Fil-A gift cards and handing them out at the drive thru.  It wasn't nearly how much I wanted to do, but it still gives my family the tradition for my birthday.  

Bringing the whole family to Adoration that evening was my biggest accomplishment of the day.  I don't think Kaelyn has been to Adoration since before her Confirmation.  That was four years ago, and even though she read her Kindle the whole time she was there, I still like to think she got something from it but is too cool to say so.  

It was a nice family day, and that's all I really wanted.  
Chick-Fil-A is gluten free if you get grilled nuggets...just in case you were wondering.  ;)
The End.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!


Monday, April 14, 2014

O Canada!

I'm back!  Did you know I went?  In honor of holy week, I won't be blogging.  Sorry for the short notice.  It's my birthday Wednesday too, so you'll have to wait to see what we did.  Happy late birthday to my seester!  I was there for it which was magnificent!  I was sick on my trip and I'm going to rest up and celebrate Jesus this week.  I'll see you after Easter.  Happy Easter!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Daybook

Outside my window...
It's cold and raining.  Boo!

Thankful for...
Easter break, a trip to my seester's house, Kevin, family, random acts of kindness from strangers, little smiles, growing faith, sick snuggles, and that's just a few.

I am thinking about...
New phases of life starting.  I've got some things in the works.  Pray for me, will you?

In the schoolroom...
Lots of activity.  Our co-op is wrapping up this week and there's a push to get all the projects in.  Here's some pics of what we've done.


From the kitchen...
Virus Killing Soup, Sweet Potato Hash, Hamburger Omelet, Cube Steak and Veggies, Gumbo, and eggs and bacon...lots of eggs and bacon.  

I am creating...
A routine through Lent.  We've turned Saturdays into a mini cleaning spree of the house in preparation for our Sunday (Lord's Day) rest.  On Sundays there are no electronics and we just hang out.  This past Sunday was a little busy, so the Lord's Day was kind of stressful, which is the exact opposite of the Lord's Day goal.  Anyway, we've been at it every week this Lent, and I think it's a change we'll keep (within reason).

I am working on...
A new volunteer opportunity at our church.  I've signed on as the new coordinator for The Gabriel Network.  It's an outreach program to women facing crisis pregnancies.  We find them diaper, wipes, car seats, cribs, whatever they need that we can get.  This is done through the generosity of our parish.  I haven't officially started yet.  We're still in the process of handing over the reins.  

I do NOT expect baby blankets for all the babies!  I promise!

I am praying...
For safe trips, healthy family, and Holy week festivities.

I am struggling...
with Paleo.  I'm bored and not branching out.  I need to expand my recipes.  I tend to stick with things I like.  No good.

I am hearing...
Parenthood.  I love this show!

Around the house...
I already told you about my cleaning Saturdays.  I am realizing AGAIN that we have too much stuff.  I'm pretty sick of the clutter everywhere.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Co-op and Canada!