Hiding my Light

“No one who after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” (Matthew 5:15 NRSV)

Have I been hiding my light under a bushel basket?

I think so.

Of course, there have been times when I have not had the time to share and others when it has been prudent to remain quiet.

But I think there have also been times when I have been afraid to say what is on my mind and heart… afraid to share the Gospel. Afraid of what others might say. Afraid to hurt someone’s feelings. Afraid to be a fool.  Have you ever felt that way?

That is not from Jesus.

“God did not give us a spirit of timidity [some translations say “spirit of cowardice.”] but of power and love and self-control. Do not be ashamed, then, of testifying to our Lord… who saved us and called us with a holy calling not in virtue of our works but in virtue of  his own purpose and the grace which He gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago.” (2 Tim. 1:7-9 RSV)

God did not give us a spirit of timidity, of cowardice. I should not be ashamed… When I hear those words, I feel my heart burning with encouragement to share with others. I just want to share what God has done in my life and what He can do in others.

I think the thing is to be in God’s grace, and in every circumstance, to listen for His voice to know when to speak and when to be quiet. We have to be still in order to hear Him. That can be challenging, but it is essential. We have to learn what His voice sounds like and listen only to Him.


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.



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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 —


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. . . .


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 —


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. . . .


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!

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.