Monday, April 14, 2014

It's the last week of Lent...and I'm thankful.

It's either hormones or Holy Week or both, but the tears have been flowing fast and furious. I cried throughout most of the Palm Sunday Mass yesterday: streams of tears that left lines in my makeup and caused my husband to squeeze my arm consolingly.

“Smile!” he whispered, and I feebly tried...though I can't say I was successful. I started to think about all the sin in this world. I thought about anger & fighting & divorce. I thought about drinking & drugs & pornography. I thought about losing my kids to other religions or--even worse--losing them to complete indifference.

Not surprisingly, I ended up plenty sad.

There is so much for which Our Savior died.

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You know I'm a sanguine/melancholic, right? Prone to fits of giddiness and/or depression, depending on which side of the bed I wake up!

(There's never a dull moment in my mind, which would be why I don't watch reality TV.)

(Are you kidding me? I'm living it.)

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That would also be why I'm clinging to hope this week--hope and love and heck, let's throw in a whole lot of faith for good measure.  I'm also counting my blessings right alongside Jamie, because I promised her I'd link up if she linked up over her. 

I begged her to link up, basically, and being the sweetie she is...

She did

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First, I'm thankful for the 70-degree weather we had last week! We went from this: 

70 Degrees I this:

70 Degrees V

All in the space of a single day.

It feels great to get outside with the kids again!  It feels great to get out and not need my boots.

70 Degrees IV

Also? For the {visual} record, this is what 10 extra pounds look like on my five-foot frame.  Most of it is around my middle--an unhealthy location, to be sure--though my backside, too, is also "blessed."

And THAT'S why I'm trying to lose 10 pounds.

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Should I be doing it publicly, though? Help me out, please, by taking this quick quiz. 

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I'm thankful for being blessed with so much that our kitchen counter usually looks like this:

Counter Clutter

(I titled this picture "Counter Clutter," which is not be confused with "Counter Culture.")

(Though certainly I hope that we've got that, too.)

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 I am thankful, too, for great library finds! 

Library Finds

Note: I just took a picture of all the educational stuff. What I'm not showing is Angela's tottering stack of Garfield books.

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And finally..."finally" for this post anyway...I am thankful for this kid.

This Kid

This kid. This kid. Let's just say if he's not sitting on the table then he's pointing (and screaming) at the door to go out, and if he's not pointing (and screaming) at the door to go out, he's banging on my chest to "request" that I nurse him.

Nurse; take him outside; scoop him off of the table; repeat.

This is my day, my very real day.

If I'm hormonal, blame the nursing toddler. : )

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday

Vol. III

"Some nights it's hard to be alone. I want some sort of kinship. But the finish line, it drives me on."

Bethany Dillon, Revolutionaries

Yesterday at the library, I approached a random librarian and had the following exchange:

Me: "Hi, I'm a writer and I'm doing a series on health and wellness."

Librarian: "Okay..."

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The reason I decided to make this series a link-up (at this point, a very humbling link-up!) is that I don't want these posts to be all about me. Yes, it's my feet and my scale and my weight loss (or gain)...but it's about so much than vanity.

It's about giving and receiving hope. It's an "I can do this and so can you!" 

With that said, I'm going to keep adding the link-up at the bottom; I'm going to swallow my pride (instead of swallowing Cheetos) and hope I'll encourage you along the way.

This is assuming you want encouragement.  ; )

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The conversation with the librarian continued...

Me: "Well, without wanting to be TOO personal, I just wanted to ask what your tips for living healthfully are. Because, you know, you strike me as someone who's fit and trim and health conscious."

She flushed. "Oh! Well, my husband's a chiropractor and I do have a degree in fitness and nutrition."

I laughed. "I know how to pick 'em, don't I? This is a wonderful coincidence. Do you have any tips, then, for keeping one's weight down? What's your number one advice for someone who's trying to eat more healthfully?"

Her eyes shone and I could tell she had some strong convictions. "I try to really limit my carbs," she said, "And avoid high fructose corn syrup."

"What about artificial sweeteners?" I asked.

"You know, I'm not a fan. I think in the end that they cause you to eat more."

"I agree!" I told her. "I would rather have a small amount of the good stuff."

"Me, too," she laughed. "So, you know, have one or two cookies instead of twelve."

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You know what I like about losing weight?

Weigh-In Wed III

It's free, basically. It's a free, feel-good activity.

What would happen, I wondered last week, if I ate a bit less and exercised a bit more? What would happen if I drank a lot more water?

Um...I'd pee a lot more, was the result. That and (hooray!) I shed some weight. I feel better today than I did last Wednesday--I feel like a weight's being lifted, both literally and figuratively, and I feel like it's possible (please, God? it's possible?) for this over-eater to regain control.

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Inviting you (as always) to link up at the bottom. Here's some "food for thought" in writing your post: What is one habit you could change or add that would make you feel better about yourself? For me, this past week, it was adding exercise & drinking more water.

Now to keep adding exercise and keep drinking water.

Now to stay the course and not give up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Our Second Confirmand

Subtitled: Two Down, Five to Go! 

(The goal being a big ol' reunion in heaven.)

Son Number Two was confirmed on Saturday. Yes, there was snow on the ground on this sunny April morning, but there wasn't pouring rain and high winds like last time, so we'll take it.

I love sacramental Masses. I despise getting everyone out the door, but I truly love these sacramental Masses.

Confirmation 2014 VI Jem and his grandparents, Cathy & Doug

Hey, everyone, I'd like you to meet Son Number Two!

Otherwise known as a Soldier of Christ.

Otherwise known as Pio.

Confirmation 2014 IX With his godfather, Mr. Lacina

Isn't he handsome?

(My son, not my friend Ruth Ann's husband. That would be inappropriate.)

Confirmation 2014 VIII
With his godmother, Auntie Marie 
(Also, can I brag a little here? Her brother is Bishop Lee Piché! 
Making our Jem his god-nephew.;)

 Having spilled the beans that Bishop Piché's "in the family," (not really, but I like to pretend), can I share with you a very sweet story? On our way to our reserved family pew, Jem and I crossed paths with the Bishop. I re-introduced ourselves and mentioned (naturally) (you know me) the fact that Jem's godmother was the Bishop's sister.

"Oh!" he responded, then, "Is she here?"

He said this with such earnest simplicity that I was reminded, truly, of Saints Benedict and Scholastica. I don't imagine that they see each other that often--not nearly enough, anyway, but when they do? What joy.

His sermon was, as always, true to form: simple, funny, anecdotal, profound. He has a way of speaking to his audience that reminds me of Our Lord and His parables. In this case, the Bishop spoke to the teens of technology--of iPods and iPhones and his own (the Bishop's) hilarious exchange with a technician.

The Bishop's iTunes wouldn't synch with his computer. He called "some guy in Sri Lanka" who advised,"You need to delete your account and re-install it." The Bishop didn't want to delete all his songs, understandably, but the technician assured him, "Trust me."

Can you see where this is going? One of the readings was from Ezekiel:
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove your heart of stone  and give you a heart of flesh.
Do we trust Our Lord enough to give Him our heart and all its longings? Do we trust Him enough to give Him the good and the gunk?

Moving on...

The group from our parish was ENORMOUS. Here's a shot of the kids on the left:

Confirmation 2014 IV

And here's a shot of the kids on the right:

Confirmation 2014 III

You'll note that I've conveniently labeled my son.

So now we're done with new sacraments for another couple years, which means One) a great big sigh of relief and Two) a need to make the most of where we're at in the meantime.

Confirmation 2014 V
 Yes, this photo's the best one we got. Do you like my nice closed eyes?

In our case, "where we're at" is crazy.

Praise God and pass the sunshine.

Do you have any kids that were confirmed this year? Who were the saints that became their new patrons? 


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