Friday, December 28, 2012

Sneak Peek Saturday

This weeks Gospel reading is Luke 2:41-52 for Sneak Peek Saturday.

Many things jumped out at me in this Gospel. I'm not exactly sure how to format this blog post, how to capture what I'm thinking. In time I'm sure I'll find a rhythm.
In the past reading this and reflecting on it in the rosary, I thought of the joy and relief Mary must have felt finding Jesus after three days. Three days. I can't even imagine.
One of the things that struck me today....
Jesus left his Father at the altar in obedience to them. In obedience to them he was also obedient to his Father through the fourth commandment.
He lived in Nazareth for eighteen more years in silence, doing nothing miraclous, he learned from his mother Mary & Joseph, he lived in a family.
May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be. May it show us the family's holy and enduring character and exemplifying its basic function in society: a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings; in sum the perfect setting for rearing children - and for this there is no substitute. ~ Pope Paul VI, from Liturugy of the Hours
What struck me the most about this passage today was the last verse:
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. ~ Luke 2:52
He left his Father at the altar to find Him in the home. He increased is his favor with God and man in the every day duties in his home. He grew in wisdom through silent prayer, and through his parents in his home. This makes me think of the job we have as parents right here in our own homes. I often get caught up in what I can do outside of the home to impact those around me while my main concern needs to be with what happens in my home, with my own children. To model Mary would be to teach my children, just as she taught Jesus, in the home.

As I think of New Year's resolutions, I will be mindful of my ordinary duties as wife and mother and the graces that will come from these things. In addition:
The silence of Nazareth should teach us how to meditate in peace and quiet, to relfect on the deeply spiritual and to be open to the voice of God's inner wisdom and the counsel of his true teachers. Nazareth can teach us the value of study and preparation, of mediation, of a well-ordered personal spiritual life and of silent prayer that is known only to God. ~ Pope Paul VI - from Liturgy of the Hours


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

May you enjoy time with loved ones and be grateful for all you have while celebrating the birth of Our Savior!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

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Matthew Kelly's Building Better Families

I have been afforded the luxury of extra time to read lately, because of this I just finished Matthew Kelly's book Building Better Families A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children. I've listened to a few of his talks on CD and DVD and loved them, I was sure the book wouldn't disappoint and I was right.
He delivers a practical common sense approach on parenting in the twenty-first century. He encourages the reader to have a vision for their families, to know what you are up against, to lead by being a great example, to persevere and inspire.
What are your children listening to? They hear stories through music, books, video games, magazines, the Internet, television -- and they are becoming the stories they listen to.
Is there any question of this truth? I started the book a few months ago and finished it days after the horrific events in Newtown, CT. I couldn't help but look at all the things I underlined in the book and see a connection to what we as Americans are teaching, or letting be taught, to our children and how that is impacting current events.
Matthew Kelly encourages parents to help children understand the value of making mistakes, to find the answer when they don't know it and for us to set forth good examples and mentors.
Celebrate who and what you want your children to grow to be and become. We become what we celebrate.
I couldn't agree more. Comments like these made me stop and think about what my husband and I celebrate and how that will affect our children and their behaviors.
Teach and encourage them to develop and nurture their spiritual side. Most people are very uncomfortable in the silence and solitude. For this reason, they have to be around people all the time and have noise on all the time. Until we are comfortable in our own company we are at the mercy of our peer group and wherever they may lead us.
In addition to my desire to teach this to my children, I liked this for myself. Until people are comfortable speaking the truth, we will be at the mercy of those who are against the truth. Yes or yes?
I picked up a number of tips that we will incorporate into our lives as goals for 2013. One goal suggest in the book that we will do is to add value to society in the form of some type of service or charity work. We will hold fast on keeping violent television and/or games away from our children. We will also add another form of prayer together as a family.
Additional suggestions of the book we will keep at the fore front are to ask the right questions, balance work and rest, spend more time with our kids and remind them constantly how much we love them.
I highly recommend this book regardless of the stage of raising children you are in. First time parents will glean tremendous pearls of wisdom and it's a great refresher for any parent.  Matthew Kellly is a devout Catholic however the book doesn't teach any Catholicism, just smart parenting!  Enjoy!

I wrote this review of Building Better Families for the free Catholic Book review program, created by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods. Aquinas and More is the largest on-line Catholic bookstore. I receive free product samples as compensation for writing reviews for Tiber River.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sneak Peek Saturday

One of my goals for 2013 is to get in the habit of reading the Sunday Gospel earlier in the week and journal using Lectio Divina for said Gospel.  You can find out where we are in the Gospel readings at USCCB.
I will post my thoughts on Saturday and I would love it you would join me for a Sneak Peek of the Sunday Gospel Reading sometime over the weekend.  At some point I could see moving this to a Thursday posting.

I hope you'll join!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday's Quick Takes

Meet one of my new friends, Shower Chair:
After a couple of days pre chair / post injury I quickly learned that just stepping into the shower was daunting, and even less desirable is standing on one leg for any length of time.  Truly, a life saver!

Meet another new friend, Shower Bag:
She arrived on the scene the day after the cast.  Her timing is impeccable as I was not all that interested in her cousin garbage bag with duct tape.

Here's another new gal pal, Foam Pillow:
I didn't think I needed any more friends as her cousin Regular Pillow was pretty nice.  But Regular Pillow had to move along after frequent repositioning and aching.  Foam Pillow (made for people in my situation) has proved much more friendly and kind of a life saver!

Please meet, ever so faithful, Crutches aka "Crunches":
They are twins and they go with me everywhere, to get me anywhere.  I have a love / hate relationship with them.  I love that they take me where I need to go but hate that they hurt.  I'm so upper body weak to pick up their slack.

These new friends came to my by way of my friend, Cheryl.  I can't thank her enough for bringing these items over.  She was in a cast or boot for almost a year, which included two surgeries.  I pray she had a good report on Monday and has moved onto wearing two shoes!  Thanks again for your kindness Cheryl!
I'm on the first day of the second week out of eight weeks.  Thankful for Christmas and New Year's and that they are during the week.  This means more time for my husband home.  Less couch parenting and less TV.  More family time and more love all the way around!
I'm also very thankful for meals that people have brought for us.  It's been so wonderful to just put items in the oven and have dinner done for when my husband gets home.  I am very very thankful and will make sure to pay this forward.  This has been the biggest life saver for our whole family!

I'm also very thankful that my parents came during those first days.  We weren't at all prepared in any way to handle this.  Laundry, rides to school for the kids, doctor appointments for our son, doctor appointment for me, preparing food and helping with the kids.  I spent this time getting transportation arranged for the kids to get to and from school and activities.  I also drive two other kids and they had to make arrangements as well.  It has all worked out and I'm so thankful for how understanding everybody has been.


Joining Jennifer at Conversion Diary.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm Broken.....

....I'm sure in more ways than what I really mean here.

Ten days ago after leaving Mass, I fell.  [Actual, I fell on our driveway before Mass too.] 

One of our kids was sick and we had a terrible snow storm going on it was really coming down.  I do not drive in anything but cleared down to the pavement roads, unless I absolutely have to.  I'd have to be caught somewhere and have to get home.  But to go out in a snow storm?  No.  So the decision was made that I would go to Mass alone [this can be so nice, but I've come to feel so guilty not bringing my kids, we rarely ever do it].

I made it to two block away church [versus our 15 minute away school church], where I enjoyed hearing the visiting priest and visited with neighbors on the way out.  This is the point where it went very wrong.  I had my camera with me and decided to take pictures of the beautiful snow capped trees, streets, houses, etc.  I was going to walk home instead of calling my husband to come and get me as I was asked.

I almost fell ten steps from the door.  This is where I said be careful, be careful.  I got down the first steps and fell.  This time I fell forward on my knee and my hands as I turned to watch my right leg land sideways on the concrete, ankle side up.

I sat as is for a few minutes, cried, then had to figure out what I was going to do.  I knew it was sprained pretty bad.  I reached in my jacket to call MacGyver to come and get me.  I hobbled to the corner, which was really dumb, like falling again was beneath me at this point?  Then my neighbor drove past about 50 ft when her husband put it in reverse.  She's the grandmother to a boy a year older than my six year old.  Looking at my soaked knees she asked if I wanted a fell and did I want a ride home?  More tears again and I said my husband was coming to get me.

I spent the rest of the day on the couch, thinking it was a sprain.  I had a little voice telling me to go to the doctor just in case.  My sister and I were planning a marathon in May and I didn't want to take chance of walking on a broken bone.  Even though I thought it was pretty silly, it would just be sprained.

The next day I knew I couldn't drive so McGuyver brought the kids to school and then after pre-school pick up we all went to the doctor.  We were there way too long.  Finally the doctor came in to show me this:

The doctor said it was broke in two places.  I would need a cast in three days for four weeks.  Four more weeks in boot.  On the upside?  There is an upside, there always is.  The bone did not move into the spaces between the bones.  That would require surgery.  So I am thankful it isn't worse and hopefully won't be.

We decided to go to an orthopedic on Thursday.  I was x-rayed again and then casted.  All still looked good.  [I was pretty nervous and very careful not to put any weight on my leg, even with going to my kid's Christmas program.]  I do not want surgery.  This doctor said two weeks cast, then re-x-ray, re-cast, non weight bearing.  Repeat in another two weeks.  Then boot for two weeks, non weight bearing.  Then last two week in the boot walking.  Hopefully this all goes as smooth as this.
The break is actually called a candy cane [I had already picked out the cast] fracture of the right fibula.  Or a spiral fracture as it wraps around the bone unlike being broken in two places.

Right now, I'm just excited to get the new cast next Thursday [swelling has gone down and this has gotten clunky and hurts].

For now, we'll enjoy looking at this, for the season:

My friend Kris sent me this poem when she saw my cast:

Christmas Candy Cane Poem about Jesus

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
... And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Looking For a Good Movie? How About a 500 Mile Walk?

My husband and I searched for the movie, The Way, while on a date when it was first out in the theaters October 2011. Sadly, too many Christian movies aren't in as many theaters as we'd like. That being said, I was happy to watch this on DVD on my comfy couch.

Here's a little re-cap: Daniel (Emilio Estevez) decides to quit grad school to see the world sans cell phone against his father's (Martin Sheen) wishes. Early into the movie, Tom receives a phone call that Daniel has died while on his first leg walking the Camino de Santiago.
Tom, portrayed as a lapsed Catholic, flies over to Spain to identify his son's body and has him cremated. He then decides to take Daniel's backpack along with the remains to finish the pilgrimage himself.
Along the way Tom meets three characters who all make the trek for different reasons. They become friends and share the journey, for the good, bad and funny! Throughout the Camino Tom has visions how the journey would have looked through his son's eyes. After these visions Tom sprinkles Daniel's ashes leaving a part of his son along the Camino. It was during these times that I got a little choked up, but a gentle reminder that this is not correct Catholic teaching on how to bury the dead.
The movie made me think about what I treasure in the here and now. I can only assume that is a part of the journey for every walker on the Camino.
Emilio Estevez, director, filmed the movie in sequence and got the whole crew to do a novena prayer to become the first film crew to film inside the Cathedral de Sanitiago. Of all the scenery in the movie, the filming in the Cathedral  was by far my favorite scene. I was so moved by what happens at the end, inside the Cathedral. I don't want to spoil it for you, you will just have to see for yourself!
I liked the movie, loved the fact that it was a movie about an ancient Catholic pilgrimage, and it sparked my own interest in walking The Camino de Santiago.
Have you walked it? I would love to hear your experience.
I highly recommend watching this movie if you have any interest in The Way of St James, or if you just like a good story with great scenery. The Way would make a great stocking stuffer and you can purchase the movie at Aquinas & More. I wrote this review as a part of the Tiber River Blogger Review Program. Gaudete in Domino!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality ~ Giveaway

Hello Dear Friends,

I have two extra copies of The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality CD by Matthew Kelly that I would like to give to you. 

Just drop your e-mail address in the comments section and I'll contact you for your snail mail address. 

Matthew Kelly never dissapoints. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spiritual Direction

I've been writing about my re-version to lay down the foundation of how easy thing are when we say "Yes" to God.  To remind myself how busy God was (still is) in my life when I'd just get out of the way.  There are many times when I ask myself, really, me, surely not me and why me? 
So I had my big confession, met a really great friend and I felt enlighten by how many bad decisions I had made in my life and that I didn't want to make more big mistakes.  I needed to change my way of thinking.  I kept hearing whispers of, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Director. 
Really?  Where am I going to get one of these?
I searched the web, read other devout Catholic blogs searched the word Spiritual Director in  Jennifer Fulwiler's blog and found a great article about getting oneKristen had one, I guess I'm not totally crazy.  Well, I'm sure some people would debate that, after all,  I'm pretty sure some close to me probably call me a crazy Bible Thumper and that's pure crazy.
About this same time, Fall 2009, our oldest son started pre-school at a Catholic school.  My husband, McGuyver, and I were starting to think about joining the school church.  This school is where we hope that our kids will attend school until they graduate, so attending the parish seemed like the right thing. 
It was hard to leave our friends at the old parish, my Bible study groups, all our kids were baptized there, McGuyver made all his childhood sacraments there, his Mom's funeral was there and his Dad was still there.  But in the end we decided to make the change for our kids as the school parish would be the place they would grow up in and make their sacraments.
The parish we were to join had a wonderful, devout young priest that we knew everybody loved.  With my husband's permission, I called him to ask him if he could recommend somebody for Spiritual Direction.  (This was so crazy, what in the world was I, this once Harley riding, party chick, etc. woman doing?).  The priest said he could.  Wow.  Here we go.  He asked if I was looking for spiritual direction over a least a six month period of time or did I need council over something specific.  I indicated that I was looking for something more long term to learn how to make better decisions, no specific issue, except uh, me
That's how spiritual direction started.  One nervous phone call.  Another yes.
I've been seeing Fr Tony for spiritual direction for two years.  I have no doubt that God works through, him for me and for my family.

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will council you with my eye upon you. ~ Psalm 32:8

Monday, November 19, 2012

Catholic Woman's Almanac {CWA} - Volume 2

Moments of Gratitude
::  Roof completed
:: Outside Ready for Winter
:: Warm Weather
:: Good Health (I say this with the flu looming over my head)
:: Rules
:: Hearing just the right thing at just the right time.
:: My Church

Beauty in the Ordinary
Just an ordinary drive to school with two sick kids (one who is staying home, one who just stays home), my Kindergartner and his sweet  friend.  They are used to me finding a gravel road to pull over to capture Beauty in the Ordinary drive.  It's nice to point out the ordinary.

From the Kitchen
Everything works so much smoother when things are planned.  There are leftovers.  There are lunches for him the next day.  Meals are better, groceries are bought.  The whole house runs smoother with a two week meal plan, even if I don't follow it to a "t".

Last week's ham carried us well.  This week is short and no turkey left overs.

I'm praying for a family I do not know, their son is going through cancer treatments.  While the husband was taking the son to / from treatments in the city, the wife was in a car accident and lost her life.  Her funeral will be tomorrow.  Please, say a prayer for them? 

What is means to be a pious person, what that can look like and feel like for those who aren't.  I don't consider myself a pious person, just so you know.

Also, what Advent is going to look like for our family.  I have some fun things and some sacrifices so as not to miss Him {like I kind of did last year}.

Raising Amazing Families ~ Matthew Kelly
Catechism of the Catholic Church ~ A lot of people
The  Bible ~ Jesus & The Holy Spirit

I'm terrible at this...did I say that, like, last week? 
After Meal Prayer with the kids.

The Week Ahead
We have two sick girls with the flu.  If they return to normal health and the rest of us remain healthy we'll be heading north for Thanksgiving.  When we return home we'll be joining another family for an outing.  Very much looking forward to that!

Joining the beautiful women at Suscipio.

Gaudete in Domino!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cirlce of Friends

A short time after I made the biggest longest confession of my entire life (literally of my entire life), I met one of my neighbors at a town festival.  I was pretty certain this pregnant woman was at stay at home Mom (toys in the yard, during the day), and Catholic (number of kids & Miraculous Medal) and I was pretty sure I was to meet her.  
We were packed wall to wall in a small city office room with delighted kids who were about to receive a prize from the parade they were just in.  My husband and I help her get her five kids their prizes and we small talked. 
Shortly after that meeting we became friends on facebook (facebook, you are good for some things) and schedule a play date.  The kids and I went to her house for the first of many play dates.  It was a beautiful summer day and we talked about being mom's and a little bit about faith & Jesus & His Blessed Mother.  Nothing heavy.  But one thing I remember is bringing up was a book I had read a few months before called, A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot.  I read the book and wondered if by odd chance she had ever read it.  SHE HAD!  I couldn't believe it.  That was the point to which I knew she had things to show me.
Since that day we've spent many afternoons together, rides to Mother's Groups, a mini-retreat to Our Lady of Good Help, dinners, lunches, and coffee talking about our love of Jesus, His Blessed Mother, Saints, books, our families, our parenting, our church and just how wonderful life is.  She's helped me sort through my journey and has taught me many wonderful things.
I truly think God placed Kristen in my life at exactly the time I needed a friend and example of a faithful, devout, Catholic, Christian woman.  Hindsight tells me that God was continuing His work from my "Yes" or my "Deal".  Thanks be to God!

 I took this photo at Our Lady of Good Help

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”  ~ C.S. Lewis
I also like this quote but instead of fire I think I'd say with a cup of coffee.

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” ~ C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Name & The Picture

I'm still working on how things look.  I find that getting things they way I'd like them takes a lot of time.  Time isn't abundant, so please bear with the work in progress of this blog.
I thought I'd share the how I came up with the name Gaudete in Domino.  I started with a website that translated Latin phrases into English, which was very helpful.  There are so many great phrases to chose from.  But guess what?  A lot of universities think there are great Latin verses as well.  It also means a lot of graduates like those verses too.  My goal was to find something that the e-mail address and blog name could be the same, or at least similar, and had some meaning to me.  My pickings became very slim. 
It was between In Ordinary Things or Gaudete in Domino.  I was heavily leaning towards the former because of all things, a somewhat local priest had  I was worried that I would be infringing on his title and after all he's a priest.  Then a good friend mentioned to me that he would, most likely, be flattered that somebody else would like this phrase as much as he did. 
Gaudete in Domino or Rejoice in the Lord, I liked it because it reminds me to be happy in the Lord, trust, be not afraid and to give thanks.  The times I feel closest to the Lord are when I am giving thanks and am joyful.  Thank you, Ann for showing me thanksgiving!
The photo.  My goal was to use a photo that I captured.  Obviously this is the SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) and needed a lot of help.  I fiddled and fiddled but couldn't get it to look linear.  I have a terrible habit of taking pictures with a slant, it's my own poor vision or posture, perhaps both.  I finally figured it out and got the image to be cropped and the lines correct.  At least the best I could.  Reminder to self:  Make sure to take a picture like this straight on

The picture was taken at Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin.  I went there with my good friend Kristen and her sweet, then six month old, son P.  I don't remember but I think it might be the door to the confessional?   It's against the wall of the church and I think there were people standing to my left in the main aisle that I didn't want to disturb.  So I snapped from where I was.   
There you have it, The Name and The Photo.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
~ 1 Chronicles 16:10

Monday, November 12, 2012

Catholic Woman's Almanac {CWA} ~ 1

Moments of Gratitude

:: Mother's Group
:: Saturday morning coffee with a dear dear friend
:: Catching up with the Flocknote group reading The Catechism of the Catholic Church
:: Rosary with Mother's Group
:: Raking leaves with my husband
:: Children doing chores ~ Joyfully
:: Husband who so willingly allows the time for Mother's Group
:: Having wonderful friends who inspire me
:: Son who is sweet and loving
:: Daughters who are just as sweet and loving
:: Council of Catholic Women
:: Reading a book with my husband
:: Safe travels for my family who recently visited
:: I've said it in cyberspace before but it's what I'm most grateful for this week.  My three year old was chokin on a polished pink rock.  Panic struck.  I'm grateful her grade four tonsil weren't in the way of this rock coming back up.  Thankful that in a split second while wondering what I was going to do, I scooped her up, arm around her belly running for the phone I heard the rock hit the tile floor.  I think the pressure on her belly helped, without intent. 

Beauty in the Ordinary
As I folded laundry today I looked at his little clothes, really looked.  While they are still little, they have grown over the last six years.  I sat remembering a time when I was very pregnant with my first baby, folding white onesie after white onesie.  I had such excitement, peace, and joy.  Sitting on the edge of bed, my pile of white growing next to me, smelling sweet baby laundry smells, waiting for the baby with sheer happiness.  It was such a nice memory today.
From the Kitchen
I've been semi-following a two week meal plan.  Mostly trying to hit dinners.  Some days are better and some days are filled in with the usual stand-ins, spaghetti, tacos, etc.  We did have a delicious ham yesterday and the big people are excited for a casserole with pineapple and ham on Wednesday.  Tonight and tomorrow the Rule calls for menu preparation and grocery lists to be completed for upcoming shopping.
Yesterday, I prayed specifically for the souls in purgatory.  I'd like to share more about where we went yesterday and why later this week.  This week I am praying for Christian marriages and Archbishop John Nienstedt.
Self Discipline, in addition to God's will for me and my family.
Bible RSV-CE
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Raising Amazing Families ~ Matthew Kelly
Serving in Clarity ~ Ann the Lay Apostle
Absolutley terrible at this.  There are a number of things I could pick.


Joining the beautiful women at Suscipio.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Moment of Grace

Even though there doesn't seem to be a lot of Grace happening in our country this week, it's all around me.  He's all around me. 
I hear Him asking me if I'm the best mother, wife, and friend I can be.  Am I the best daughter in Christ, the best servant? 
The elections our country didn't turn out the way I had asked in my prayers.  I asked, like many, for this cup to pass us and just like His, it didn't.  Now, we will align our suffering with Jesus on the cross. 
We move forward as Easter people. 
I've read many things post election.  In the end my heart tells me that the key starts from within, then branches out to those in our homes, our extended families, our friends,  schools, communities and even our churches.  We need to teach and live our faith to our children until until the day they return safely to Jesus.  We can't wait for somebody else to do it, there isn't anybody else.  We owe it to them to teach and live our faith.  Always.
Where was my Grace this week?  It was in realizing I can do more, be more, teach more and live more for the Glory of God through the obedient, faithful servants that surround me, and lift me up.  Thank you Ladies! 

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.             ~ Proverbs 22:6

Joining the beautiful women at Suscipio.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Healing & Forgiveness

Sad but true, I had only been to the Sacrament of Reconciliation once prior to my promise
{You might wonder how I had the Sacrament of Confirmation?  Me too.  Way back when, did First Reconciliation happened before First Holy Communion?  I could be wrong on all accounts I could have had a Reconciliation twice prior, but I don't think so.  I can remember being a high school student deathly afraid of confessing and huge relief that I didn't have to. }
I poured over a small booklet that broke down anything and everything I could have done to offend God and his commands.  I so needed this booklet and a large piece of paper. 
We were going to church in the neighboring town at the time, it was the church my husband grew up in, I was way to scared to have our priest hear the pages of my sins so I called the local priest for an appointment.  He was very nice and said to come in after Mass on Thursday night.  At the time I couldn't believe I was going to have my life long confession heard by Fr C.  From the couple of times we'd been to the local church I thought of him as a little intimidating.  He was just so smart and devout, you could just tell and that frightened me.  In the end I think I figured if he could get past all my sins then there would be a chance God would too.  That sounds silly, I know.  
It was saddening how offensive I was or am.  I stopped to think of this list, in my heart of hearts I knew I could do better but wasn't.  I wasn't a very faithful servant.  We attended church about 50% of the time.  Rarely met Holy Day Obligations and praying was non-existent unless I needed something.  On the other hand, I still felt a need to belong to church, help in an organization there and I did attend Bible Studies {some Catholic, some not}.  I thought of us as Catholics but not really the best Catholics we could be, after all how could we be if we didn't even go half the time?
List in hand, I drove over to church, waited my turn and went to the confessional.  It wasn't at all like you see on tv.  A small wooden partition was pulled out to make an "L" shape alongside the wall of the sanctuary.  Not a private room, but I think there was music playing softly.  That would muffle my sins.  {I can't believe I'm doing this, remember to speak quietly.} 
I shook and I cried my way through my laundry list of sin.
Fr C was very kind.  Looking back I can say, loving, just like Our Father.  He said a lot to me but I honestly don't remember what exactly he said, except that I didn't feel he judged.  I only remember really feeling forgiven, not by Fr C but by Jesus.   
Jesus worked through him. 
I was glad to have my Sacrament over and vowed never to have another one like it.  Today, I think it was one of the most beautiful things.  That was the start of my life living as a Catholic, not calling myself a Catholic. 
It was only the start.  It took more Reconciliation and spiritual direction to come to fully understand ancient teachings.  I'm work in progress.  Sadly, I'm still a sinner.

October 2011
The Sacrament of Reconciliation has been a place of healing and forgiveness.  I didn't know there would be healing.   I went to the right place.  God is good....

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.  ~ James 5:16

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

I Asked & The Door Opened

I was struggling.  I didn't know if I would finish well, if I'd have to start walking, if my body would hold up until the end.  It was after all seven years and three babies since my last feat of this caliber. 
Your mind wanders, you think of all kinds of random.  Most of all you don't think of your body, if you can.  If you can't, you'll overwhelm yourself.
I was thinking of my body and being able to finish.  Then I starting thinking about God.  I wondered what I could do for Him, if he would help me finish this race.  What would please Him?
I know, if you allow me to finish this race, I promise, I'll go to confession.
Yes, I really did say that.
Two and a half years ago in June I finished the half marathon, with my family all waiting for me down by Lake Superior, all thanks to God.   
It took another month or so to finish my part of the promise.  That's when the ball really started rolling or should I say running?

June 2010

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.                                                                                                ~ Matthew 7:7

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All Good Things Come to an End

I've been thinking of closing this blog for awhile now and the time has finally come.  There reasons are many, things are broken, some things should be changed, sometimes I feel narrowed in by the name, even though my Fishers are Priceless, I've grown and need a new space to share that which encompassed all I feel moved by.  This will include my Priceless but won't be limited to as I've sometimes felt. 
I don't know the reasons people read here.  Although I do know one, that of my little girl and her hair condition.  Those posts have been popular and helpful (maybe?), but they are going to close.  Whatever your reason, I hope you'll like the new place, even though it won't be what some are interested in.  That's okay, I'm moving in a direction I feel I'm called to capture, for me, and you are welcomed to come.  (It's a lot more fun if you do!)
Some thing will look different and some things are just me and what I like. 
Thank you for your support over the last three years here.  I've enjoyed reading your comments, sharing my family with you and reading your blogs too!
I'm not sure exactly when this blog will officially close, only soon.  I might have a few things left to wrap up.

My new blog is

In Our Lord & Lady,


A New Start

Words and photos were added to my space of old over the course of three years.  There were many things that weren't shared, joys that I only put to words with a few friends.  These friends showed me a clear path to Light.  My hope for this new blog will be to capture the joy and delight in all that our good Lord has given to me.

Do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.
                                                                                               ~ 2 Timothy 1:8 NAB

Welcome!  I hope you enjoy your stay at my new place. 
Gaudete in Domino ~ Rejoice in the Lord!

Friday, October 19, 2012

more testing

I'm trying to figure out why I don't have thumbnails in dashboard reader......

anybody know??

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sophie's First Dentist Appointment

Over the years I've heard little kids cry, thrash and scream just prior to getting their teeth cleaned.  I can even remember my own sister doing this for her first teeth cleaning.  This has made me always a little nervous when bringing one of my children to the dentist.  The last of the firsts for this happened a little over a week ago. 

We don't go to a children's dental place but we have this wonderful woman who is so sweet it and gentle there hasn't ever been a need to go anywhere else.  I schedule myself in the mix of appointments so the children can watch me get my teeth cleaned.  By the way, I love getting my teeth cleaned.

Every single one has been on my lap for the cleaning and they have all done very very well.  No tears, no crying, no refusal of any kind.  I think the prizes, toothbrushes (have I ever mentioned how much my kids love toothbrushes and toothpaste?) and toothpaste are the ticket to a successful visit for my kids.

Here's my little Sophie after her first cleaning.  She really is much happier about this than would appear.

These are her teeth.  Do you see them?
Oh, here they are.
And finally, here's how it's done with Mom on board.

Joining Emily.

Make it a great day!

Daybook 10.15.12

Around the Avenue things are starting to look brown.  We have moved past pretty colors of fall and are mostly seeing crispy and crunchy.  The light leaves us somewhere between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. since the light is fading time for projects after work is as well.  Another sad fact is that it's getting colder, as in colder where I've had to scrape the frost on my car windows in the morning.  My dear husband has been working for a long time on our roof.  It seems endless and when a person uncovers new project, one after another, within the first project, then it actually is a long time.
As I type this everybody is in bed, including the dog.  I listen to only the hum of the computer fan and an occasional train and the heat.  The heat that I finally turned on only days into October, as I could bare the 66 degree or less, high temperatures inside the house.  Such peace that calls for slumber.
The books I grab for these days are Walking Toward Eternity Making Choices for Today by Jeff & Emily Cavins which a companion to The Bible.  I'm on day four of 365 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Building Better Families by Matthew Kelly is about half way marked and I'm super excited to start another journey with The Catholic Child's Teaching Bible by Jenny H at Suscipio.
The menu has been non existent for the last two weeks and I can't see that it will get any better the rest of this week. 
It's a crazy busy week of non routine learning.  We're in the middle of entertaining grandparents for grandparents day at school.  Today Karley brought Grandpa John & Grandma Sally to school for a mini marathon and root beer floats.  The came yesterday and I can tell you that my they were all very excited to see them.  My four year old was over the moon to have such a special day.  Without a doubt when asked at supper tonight her favorite part of the day Grandparent's Day and all it contained were the best part of the day.  Tomorrow Gram will come to escort our almost six year old to his first Grandparent's Day.  And Karley will have yet another fun day going to the pumpkin patch with her class and me as a chaperon.  More fun is in store for Henry on his Marathon Day later in the week followed by two days off from school.  Like I said, it's a fun, non-traditional school week! 
The only projects around here are that of the housing kind.  As in da roof.  It's about half way shingled, which is over half way done considering all the add on projects my McGyver husband found.  Knowledge of how to do something the way it's supposed to be done and how it is done, can be a good or bad thing.  I guess it just depends on how you look at things, how long the project becomes and whether or not the outcome is going to have awesome results.  Oh, and the cost, ya the cost, the cost of extra projects. 

All in all we are most grateful to be able to do the projects.  It would cost way too much to have to hire it out.  We'd never get near as much done as we would like.  Also, McGyver really does like being handy and I am glad he is as well.  A few other items of gratitude.....
::Being able to go to my cousins going away party before he left for the Air Force
::Finding new resources to help my family learn His words
::Having a nice visit with my Dad & Sally
::The upcoming weekend
::Talking to my Goddaughter on her birthday
::Our Blessed Mother
::Her Son
The week ahead is busy and fun.  MyGyver and I are looking forward to some time together towards the end of the week. 
God Bless you and your week.
Joining Suscipio.