Just Remember

If your daughter says that she wants to go to Mass because she wants to receive Communion again, and your heart swells up with gladness, take her to Mass.  When you take her to Mass but the other kids have an extremely hard time behaving well, remember that Jesus said to let the children come to Him and that it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.

If you hear a voice in your head saying,  “Your kids can’t behave in Church so you shouldn’t have come” or “You knew the kids were tired. This was not a good idea today” … that is not Jesus. Jesus doesn’t say things like that. Jesus says “Come.”

The enemy wants nothing more than to keep you from Jesus. He is the one that whispers lies that make you doubt yourself and the goodness of God. Do not listen to him. Do not despair. Jesus wants you to be with Him, crying babies and all.

 

 

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Think about These Things

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phillipians 4:8 NRSV)

It has been an emotional roller coaster this week so I really want to focus on some moments that made me happy… Life is so much better when I think about these things.

1. We went to the Newman Center Spring Formal! The evening began with Mass followed by dinner and dancing. The dance took place outside in the courtyard under the stars and twinkle lights. It was a lovely night that reminded me just how fun it can be to twirl.

2. The kiddos are each keeping track of a baseball team this year. They really enjoy this simple activity plus it is great for handwriting and math. #easyhomeschoolingforthewin

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3. The kids and I tried out a local chicken and waffles restaurant. We loved it! The kiddos ate every last maple syrup covered bite. It also turned out that it was “Kids Eat Free After 4” day and they generously gave me the deal even though it was lunch time. Of course, they won my heart and my business forever. Well played, waffle place.

4. That reminds me! People have been so generous to us. One day last week, I was desperate for a coffee while taking Allie to ballet. The car in front of us paid for my drink! Then, a friend came to visit and gifted us with Chick-fil-A. I feel a little spoiled.

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5. The Read Aloud Revival hosted a live stream event with beloved author/illustrator Tomie dePaola! We were thrilled to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have always loved Tomie’s books and Allie is so inspired by his artwork. It was delightful to watch her “meet” him onscreen and learn more about his work.

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6.  I absolutely adore watching these two together. Allie is the best big sister ever and I don’t think a day goes by where she doesn’t let us all know how much she loves our baby. I hope they always have a special bond. Speaking of adorable babies…

7. It has been 7 months with sweetness and we are all in love. She is starting to crawl and get into things (i.e. markers someone didn’t think she could reach) so things are about to get even more crazy around here. Wish us luck! :)

 

Thanks to Kelly for the 7 Quick Takes link up. Head there for more fun!

Last Day

It’s Easter and spring time- our favorite time of year! We have been loving life over here… 

Except for one thing.

Some of our best friends are moving.

I have been in denial about it up until now. But, today, the moving van is being loaded and the kids are here for one last playdate. I can’t deny it anymore. They are really moving and that has me feeling pretty sad in the midst of the Easter joy.

Will you say some prayers for us and our sweet kids? They have such dear friendships with each other and we are really going to miss them.

Poems and Tea

wp-1491541501647.jpg1. We had our first Poetry Teatime! It was just as delightful as Julie said it would be.

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2. My little bakers made these chocolate chip cookies. They were delicious, but then again, I have never met a homemade chocolate chip cookie that wasn’t good.

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3. Allie asked me what we could do to make the table beautiful. When I said that I wasn’t sure, her eyes lit up and she assured me that she had an idea. She made these paper flowers while the cookies were in the oven. I can’t even tell you how happy I am that she delights in such little things.

4. We read from A.A. Milne’s Now We are Six. One poem that we read, entitled “Binker” is about an imaginary friend. I didn’t think that my children quite understood it at the time but suddenly there have been several invisible playmates in our house this week.

5. Another poem that we read I selected because it reminds me of our 4 year old. It sums him up pretty well.

 

Busy

I think I am a Muffin Man. I haven’t got a bell,
I haven’t got the muffin things that muffin people sell.

Perhaps I am a Postman. No, I think I am a Tram.
I’m feeling rather funny and I don’t know what I am —

BUT

Round about
And round about
And round about I go —
All round the table,
The table in the nursery —

Round about
And round about
And round about I go

I think I am a Traveller escaping from a Bear;

I think I am an Elephant,
Behind another Elephant,
Behind another Elephant who isn’t really there. . . .

SO

Round about
And round about
And round about and round about
And round about
And round about

I go.

I think I am a Ticket Man who’s selling tickets-please,

I think I am a Doctor who is visiting a Sneeze;

Perhaps I’m just a Nanny who is walking with a pram

I’m feeling rather funny and I don’t know what I am —

BUT

Round about
And round about
And round about I go —
All round the table,
The table in the nursery —
And round about
And round about I go.

I think I am a Puppy, so I’m hanging out my tongue;

I think I am a Camel who
Is looking for a Camel who
Is looking for a Camel who is looking for its Young. . . .

SO

Round about
And round about
And round about and round about
And round about
And round about

I go.

6. Funny enough, my child thought it was silly that the boy in the poem did not know what he was.  (My son is usually a lion. Unless he is a cheetah. Or a firefighter or a football player or…)

7.  I am linking up today with the Poetry Friday Round Up and Seven Quick Takes. Head over to check out more!

Updated 4/8 to Add: I can’t seem to add my post to the blog link-ups! I will try to get it working soon but head over there to check out other people’s posts anyway! :)

Updated 4/9 to Add: I got the link up fixed!

St. John Paul II Oratory 

The first Newman Center to serve our community opened this fall to residents and students. The dormitory and gathering spaces have been a huge blessing to the students and campus ministry. While we have been so grateful for the space the Newman Center offers, we were also eagerly awaiting the completion of the chapel which we originally expected to be ready last fall as well. In God’s perfect timing, the St. John Paul II Oratory was dedicated on the 12th anniversary of our beloved pope’s passing into eternal life. It was such a special day and we feel so blessed to be a part of this community. Join us in praying for all those who will encounter our Lord Jesus Christ at the St. John Paul II Oratory and Newman Center. ❤

Late Night Baking

We are heading to the park tomorrow to picnic and play with friends after our morning lessons. I don’t actually have enough bread in the house to make sandwiches, the kids are in bed and Alex isn’t here, so I decided to bake something. This recipe is what I came up with and I sure hope it tastes as good as it smells baking.

I should probably wait until I have pictures and results to post this but then I will probably forget and never post. So here goes! Try this and we can decide together what needs to be changed. :)

Maple Banana Almond Bread

3 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup of applesauce

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of 100% maple syrup

vanilla (to be honest, I didn’t measure it. I just splashed some in)

2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, spooned into the measuring cup

1/2 cup almond meal/flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp (plus a pinch) of salt

 Yields 2 loaves 

I just did this all in one bowl because I hate dishes. Combine bananas, eggs, sugar, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla first. I just used a fork but, of course, a mixer would be handy here. Then sprinkle the dry ingredients over the top and mix just enough to be sure all the of the ingredients are combined well. I baked in 2 loaf pans at 350 for about 40 minutes. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

 NB: The bread was really good but a little sweet for my taste. I would definitely reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup  next time.

But God

I know it is common these days for people to lament how “adulting is hard”, “motherhood is hard”, “life is so hard” and so forth. I think it is good for people to share their experiences and feelings freely, and I too have shared this same frustration many times. Yet, I often think that God can’t possibly just want to leave us there with that feeling. Surely He wants to lift us up.

Elizabeth Foss shared a great list of encouragement from Scripture on Facebook today. She says that in her house, they  call these “but Gods.” As in, “Life is hard, but God’s grace is sufficient.” I have been thinking about this all day. This is the Truth. This is the Word of God to each one of His people. He wants us to receive it and allow Him to comfort us in our hardships, to encourage us in our struggles. If we don’t want to hear it (and I know that is sometimes the case for us all), perhaps we need more of His Grace to even desire to hear the Truth. Perhaps if we ask Him, He will soften our hearts to receive more of what He is in mind for us. Then, when we hear His Word, we can receive it and allow it to shine light into our darkness. He wants to be a consolation to us. I think we just need to let Him.

Here’s the list:

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
Genesis 31:42

If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.
Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
1 Samuel 23:14

David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
1 Kings 5:4

But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.
Nehemiah 9:17

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.
Psalm 49:15

But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.
Jonah 2:6

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God.
Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
John 1:18

No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
Acts 2:24

But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Acts 3:15

You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
Acts 5:39

But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.
Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:9

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.
1 Corinthians 1:27

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
2 Timothy 2:9