What a difference a week makes. Last Monday below freezing and a fire going. Today, 70′s! I’m not complaining. I hope to open the house up once the sun comes up.
Happy Feast Day of Saint Dominic Savio. He is a great Saint. One of the youngest Saints, I marvel at him. Please read his story. He was different and he followed the Lord. Brave & noble-hearted.
Today I’m Linking Up With…
- Jenny @ Plain Grace for Moments of Grace
- Elizabeth @ Yes They Are All Ours for Marriage Monday
- Kendra @ A Proverbs 31 Wife for her Living Proverbs 31 Link-up
- Jenna @ The Mama Collective’s Currently A Link-up
- And with Pam @ Project Snapshot
A Little School News…
Third quarter is under way. We got a little distracted when dad came home. Still working on finishing the book from last quarter and the never-ending saga of the book report. Sigh… This week is Spring Break in the area public schools. But we are taking a couple days off next week when my nephews are here.
A Little Wifing News…
Today’s Marriage Monday is about being a grateful wife. Sigh. Marriage is not perfect. It’s not easy to navigate life’s ups and downs. We Christian families are so blessed to have our Faith to guide us. We have to most of all be grateful for that.
I am so very grateful to Marque for all he’s done. Sure there are things… but this post is about what I am grateful for. It’s no secret that being a wife and mom is not always easy or glamorous. I can be insecure. I can be quick-to-temper. I am not perfect. But I am grateful and I know my husband KNOWS this.
Here are a few things I’m grateful for:
- For his turnaround where the Catholic Church is concerned. This is such a blessing to our family.
- For working so hard – every day. For being such a great provider.
- For being a fantastic dad.
- For thinking I’m beautiful even when I know I’m not.
- For loving me unconditionally.
From My Kitchen…
It’s been so nice to have Marque home. He’s only home a week. Sigh. But we grill a lot when he is home. After living a couple of weeks off light fair (salads, soups, etc…) it’s nice to have real meals like :
- Grilled Boudain (cajun sausage with rice in it), asparagus and salad.
- Chicken Fried Steak, Brussel Sprouts, spinach
- Pork Chops, Rice & Veggies
And I finally used some extra Granny Smith & Gala apples to make some Apple Pie Jam. This is one of our favorites. It has so many uses. You can put a spoonful in a croissant and make an apple turnover. You can top toast with it, toss into vanilla yogurt… all kinds of things.
I just wanted to share two great sources of Lenten Meals. I love looking at recipes and embellishing them to suit my family. I am blessed to have fantastic recipe/cookbooks. But – we are all ten times more blessed to have such great Internet resources.
A Snapshot I Love…
Ok Ok – I know, no one LOVES laundry. But the mountain, I lovingly call Mount Washmore was this big because my husband came home with two weeks of dirty laundry. I’d been waiting for him. So that is why this is one of my favorites from last week. I was looking over it, on the floor spraying stains and sorting.
AND we went to a new grocery store locally called Winco. They sell soda made in Mexico. It’s really good.
Yes, it does taste differential. No I do not know why. I’m not a big soda drinker. Instead I took a sip of each and the boys drank the rest.
I have two today. In the Seton Moms Group I belong to, one of the ladies posted this link to share great Internet Info she found on Catechism. When I looked at it, I had to smile. I went to this church in the 1980′s/early 90′s. Back in the day Father Henry was there. But now, it is Father Tobin. Check out their Adult Faith Formation page. I think it’s pretty good.
My second find is this. I receive a lot of faith-based emails. I am also a member of Catholic Bloggers Network. It’s been hard not being on FaceBook (in some ways), but the CBN is also on Google+. I received this in my inbox the other day… Why Latin Mass Onlyists Are Destroying the Latin Mass. I concur with this writer’s thoughts.
Let me be clear, I have never been to Latin Mass. I don’t think I’d care for it, given I don’t speak Latin. It may be as beautiful as folks say it is. I’m happy that our Mass is translated into so many languages so that people can really experience and renew their thoughts during the homily. It’s a beautiful thing.
Thoughts I Have…
… which brings me to my thoughts. The Lenten Reflection from the Magnificat yesterday was about Christianity being solitary. Yes, we love to get together with other like-minded people, but in the end, our relationship with Christ and Mother Church is OURS not anyone else’s. We have to rely solely on God, not ourselves and not others to be in charge of our lives (that’s the gist). She goes on to talk about judging and also about people who build themselves up publicly… She said,
“That kind of behavior never authentically converts anyone. What converts, Christ learned in the desert, is a heart that has been purified by inner silence, solitude, and a long, slow crucifixion. As the writer Madeleine L’Engle observes, “We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling him how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
Isn’t that the truth!?! Which brings me to the Onlyists. There are onlyists everywhere. Always someone to say “you’re doing this or that wrong”, when in reality you are doing it the way it works for you (or your family). In any given thing – parenting, Christianity, etc… there is way more that one right way to do things. I grew up in a family full of people who say “my way is the only right way”. It is still hard sometimes to be in a room full of them. Which, I am sure, is why I need to go to confession after thinking about all this because it is hard for me to like people who behave this way – and that is also not very Christian.
- My husband being home.
- My beautiful son.
- Warmer days.
- Strong Faith.
- Our home.
- Friends feeling better.
- Our world. Our Country.
- The souls of people who die in disasters and the people left behind.
- Rain. We desperately need rain in North Texas.
- Dysfunctional Families. That parents would put their own selfishness aside and do what is best for their children.
- Young people. Two teens murdered a classmate. It’s the 2nd story like this in the last week or so in our National News. This one is local. Parents need to do better.
- Our Pope. Our Church.
- And You!
Ladies, have a great week.