Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Life's motto saved me today!

"None of us can do anything great on our own, but we can all do a small thing with great love."
-Mother Theresa

The day was filled with the very mundane.  I was not up for it. I was up for staying put. I could of rationalized and made a whole litany of excuses to do just that. But then, that phrase that I have deemed my whole life's motto, saved me.  I literally thought it in my head and it helped me push in to high gear.  (except in this case it wasn't "a" small thing, it was 8,000 small things) We all know the world would not of noticed if I ignored my responsibilities, but my family would of.  So I did all the mundane tasks that lay ahead for me for the day. I even did it with a cheerful heart certainly not because of me, but because I really can do small things with great love.  I just need a reminder every now and again!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mass Journal: Week 1

A few weeks ago when I went to the Dynamic Catholic event, Matthew Kelly encouraged us to "take notes" at mass.  He is so sure this is a spiritual game changer that a mass journal was included in the price of the ticket.  This week was the first week I went to mass armed with my journal. 

I was unsure if I was going to be writing anything or not. I prayed and listened and guess what?  The holy spirit whispered.  You know how I knew it was what I was supposed to write down?  Cause I didn't like it! I wanted something more concrete.  An answer to some worries.  I got something I needed more.  Darn, maybe there will be something to this mass journal thing!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mother tip (1)!

When you notice a missing sippy cup....go and FIND it.  Why? Because it is most likely under the couch, under a seat in the car, under a bed, behind a bookcase, or in the basement somewhere.  Let me share, you will eventually find it, but it sure won't look pretty nor will it smell pretty.  Yuk! No need to post a picture now, is there?

Your welcome for the most helpful tips!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It HAS to Happen.

What is IT?  Well, I'm going to jump on the whole foods eating thing.  I'm not really trying the whole30, but kind of.  Make sense? 

I got so sick in the month of January.  3 illnesses right in a row.  I started feeling anxiety and some serious blues.  I didn't feel good.  I felt tired and irritable and cranky.  I was very stressed.  I have to do something and this is what I am trying.  Paleo eating.  Meat and veggies some fruit, nuts and seeds.  It is hard and I do ok, but I am not totally rocking it like I should.  I'm pushing forward though because it has to happen.  I have to feel better. So I am reading a lot.  This time it is on whole foods diet.  I have mostly taken grains and dairy out of my diet, but will probably put them back in after 30 days.  I'm working on trying to get healthy.  I'm working.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Parenting Woes

Lets not rehash how hard of a time I am having with disciplining a very hard temperament.  Lets not get in to all the reasons I did not think this would be my issue in parenting because I've invested so much time and energy into "learning" all the tricks and advice any expert has ready to offer. Nah, lets skip over all that and talk about a bit of encouragement from today from:

Saint John Bosco

He insisted that hard to handle kids (he was a teacher among the hardest to teach) learned from encouragement.  That motherhood teaching is a joyous self-sacrifice and it is inevitably part of our profession.  Yes, it is.  Let me attest to that!

We will sacrifice in many areas...they include unrelenting high standards. Huh, I need to let things go?  He advised to listen carefully, be unhurried and very attentive. Huh, I need to focus on my primary job? This is hard for me. Do I need to hear this. Yes. My kiddo needs an incredible amount of attention.

He agreed that we as mothers (teachers) would need to expend a great deal of energy. It is necessary, (even when we are tired).  BUT there is a reason for all of our sacrifice. Tell me...tell me.

 It is the very reason we birthed these little people in the first place.  The salvation of these little souls.  So yes...our work comes with great sacrifice AND possibility for miracles.

St. John Bosco, Pray for us!

Friday, February 8, 2013

7 Quick Takes (V1)

So many, many things swirling in my brain, that yes, a quick takes is exactly what is in order:

1.) Parenting- I'm struggling so so so much with our 4 year old. Everything is a battle!! I am defeated and worn and need help! Any words of wisdom for a rough patch of parenting?

2.) Physical- I've been needing to get healthy for a while. It is about health and resetting hormones and trying to curb these food addictions and unhealthy habits. It is such a big challenge for me. I heard about the whole30 plan and need some encouragement and help with a plan to actually get this going. I need to do it!

3.) Finances - Have been a worry and stress for me (surprise, surprise) I have been racking my brain for ways to come up with ways that I can bring in some income. I have done ebay, craigslist, and another yard sale online site. I have a few other things to try, taskrabbit and amazon store. Here is the dilemma. This all creates extra "things" to do and distracts me from life. Need to pray and work this out.

4.) Busy bags- I really want to create some busy bags for our 15 month old! I should link up to Ana's v-day linky :)

5.) Party Planning - My sister Erin is really the party planner, but I'm helping her a bit. We are throwing 2 parties next month. A 60th b-day party and a baby shower for our sister in law. So much to do!

6.) Prayer - I miss my daily rosary and weekly adoration. When I miss something, its a good sign I need to make time for it.

7.) She is such a ray of sunshine in my day! I love 15 month olds!!
Join Jen and the others for some more quick takes!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Passion and Purpose Event

This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the Matthew Kelly, Passion and Purpose event. I have heard Mathew Kelly before so much of it I had already heard. Here are some of the things that really stuck with me. The quote for CS Lewis screwtape letters: I couldn't find it but it referred to all the "noise". This was a comment before his time remember. Today we have TV's, radios, ipods, Cds, computers, ipads, smartphones and regular noise of people. It illustrated and reminded me of how bad I NEED adoration. It is important to my sould to quiet me heart and mind and sit in the presence of our Lord and discuss. It helps with my worries, fears and can solely make or break my week! Next, our culture has gotten really good at taking what is important and making it trivial and the opposite taking something trivial and making it important. I can think of 12 billion examples of this. Enough of this very accurate point. Also, Matthew challenged us to tell our story. We all have a story and mine is probably very similar to many of yours. Another challenge was to pick 1 of the 3 things that will help us develop into better christians. Read the gospels, attend regular confession or create and keep a mass journal for a year. The one that makes me most uncomfortable is the mass journal so yep, that is the discipline I've chosen to work on. Especially since I've got some big stuff (trying to ask myself if I'm making something trivial into important with that statment) on my heart. I'd love to be able to see how God is working, moving and shaping me.

One more thought from the Passion and Purpose event...

One of the reasons why I love being Catholic: The musician that was opening for the Mathew Kelly, Passion and Purpose event was Eliot Morris. During one of his performances he mentioned a bit about himself, his journey and his family. Eliot said "I have 5 kids" and the crowd broke out into applause. Only at a Catholic event would that happen, lol!! Celebrate life. The human dignity of each individual from conception to natural death. Its beautiful and true.