Oh So Happy {A Daybook}

Outside my window

Spring has arrived in South Dakota! I am so excited! Today was gorgeous. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and birds were singing! It was just delightful. I mean, I actually feel  giddy about how beautiful it was today. I am so happy that its spring.

I am thankful for

Our new Holy Father! I really experienced a sense of mourning since Pope Benedict’s resignation, and now I feel such joy. I’m really looking forward to learning more from Pope Francis! Its just so exciting!

I am thinking about

The retreat we are on this weekend. Alex will be the emcee, and I will lead music. Actually, I’m thinking more about all the stuff we have to do before we can be ready to leave … you know, dishes, packing, laundry… The house is seriously crazy right now, even by my standards. I have miles to go before I sleep…

From the kitchen

I made barbeque chicken sandwiches for dinner tonight, using this peach barbeque sauce. I have been meaning to try it since the recipe was posted last summer, but I just never got around to it. I froze some peaches I was gifted at the end of last season with the intentions of making this sauce. I finally got around to making it yesterday, and it is YUM-MY. The only thing I did differently was to use honey instead of the brown sugar. And I decided not to can it this go round, since I was just trying the recipe for the first time. Both Allie and Joshua gobbled it up and Allie told me that  could “definitely make it again.” Alex agreed. Score! :)

I am praying for

My sister Isabel to have her baby already! She’s 41 weeks and some days… I’m hopeful he decides to make his debut tonight.

Also, of course, for everyone who will be on retreat this weekend. I think there will be around 50 people – students and missionaries.

I am listening to

Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty :) Allie is playing ballerina, so I made a ballet station for her on Pandora. Now, “I know you- I walked with you once upon a dream” is dancing through my head!

A few plans for the rest of the week

For one thing, I need to figure out why the pictures from my phone aren’t loading onto Picasa… Hmm. I thought I uploaded them so I could post pictures of my cute kids, but I guess that didn’t quite work out…

Next week is crunch time for my thesis. I’m trying to get it finished before Holy Thursday. I need to get it done by the first few days of April, but I’d just like to be able to celebrate Easter without having work on my brain. Then I can get ready to graduate! Woo-hoo!

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Mike

Back on campus shortly after Christmas break, I (Alex) ran into Harrison, one of men in my grad student Bible Study.  While catching up with him, he introduced me to his friend Mike.  A few days later, Mike accepted Harrison’s invitation to join him for Mass.  I was overjoyed that he later agreed to attend Bible Study.  Mike came to Bible Study that week and asked some good questions.  We then decided to meet for coffee to talk more.

Some of the Bible Study guysFrom left to right: Mike, Alex, Harrison, Nick

Some of the Bible Study guys
From left to right: Mike, Alex, Harrison, Nick

We had an amazing conversation. It was obvious as we talked that God’s loving hand had brought us together.  I shared how, after college, I had been through the bad breakup of a really bad relationship, and for a long time I turned to alcohol to forget my problems. But the Lord plucked me out of my sin, and turned my life around.  This story resonated with Mike and he shared that he had just gotten out of relationship and had been hiding his drinking problem for years.  He came back to the Newman Center with me and allowed me to teach him how to pray! A few days later, feeling the weight of his own sin, Mike asked me what he should do.  I told him about confession and he met with Father Scott!  God is really working in Mike’s heart. By God’s grace, he has now learned how to pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy, is visiting Jesus in the chapel frequently, attending my Bible Study, and praying 20 to 30 minutes a day.  He has entered RCIA and is meeting with me regularly to learn more about the Catholic faith.

My First Daybook

Okay friends. I really want this blog to be a good place to keep in touch and catch up with me and my little crew.  Sometimes there is so much to say that I find myself not being able to say anything at all! I think this daybook idea (which is inspired by Sara and Jenny)  will be a great way for me to share what’s going on with me more often. This is me giving it a try! :)

 

Outside my window…

It’s my favorite part of the day. The sun starts to come down and shines in my window and makes me feel all warm and happy. Usually I would be in the kitchen making the kids a snack when I look up through the kitchen window and catch that glimpse. It makes me be still every time.

I am thankful for…

Spring Break! Alex has a relaxed schedule since all of the students are gone. Today, he took care of Allie and Joshua and let me sleep late.

I am working on…

My thesis! I’m about halfway done. We’ve been praying for God to really bless my work on it, and  I’ve been working really diligently. I’m starting to get excited about graduating!!!

I am reading…

The Case for Marriage by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher (it’s a source for my thesis)

The Hobbit (for fun of course)

The Little Bear Treasury (for Miss Allie)

I am praying for…

Our placement next year. Our upcoming retreat. My thesis. My husband. My kids.

My sister Isabel  who is having a baby ANY day now!

I am listening to…

The baby monitor, in anticipation of John Paul waking up

In my kitchen…

I’m going to blend up a strawberry banana smoothie for the kids afternoon snack. Allie was rooting for banana bread, but there’s only one banana left. And that would be because Allie and Joshua ate the whole bunch as soon as the fruit came home from the grocery store. I hadn’t even unloaded any other groceries yet!

A few plans for the rest of the week…

Practicing music for the retreat.

Sending Allie and Alex off on a daddy/daughter date. We went on a mommy/daughter date on Saturday and it was so fun!