Gratituesday- 6/8/2010

This week, I’m grateful for a couple things.

First, that I had a cancelled meeting.  I normally love going to board meetings and wasn’t too upset about the one scheduled for last night, but there was a coupon class that I really really wanted to go to at the same time.  So I think God had a plan and liked me a bit extra yesterday and got the meeting cancelled so I could go to the class!

And the class itself was quite fun!  It’s always nice to be around like-minded women.  And the fact that I ran to Walmart after and got three packs of pampers wipes for 26 cents (total) doesn’t hurt either!

I’m also EXTREMELY EXCITED and grateful beyond WORDS that my dearest husband will be coming with me to the Michigan Home school conference later this month.  I’ve been many times as I grew up and I love the conference, but despite his willingness to home school our kid(s) he’s never really been “involved” in the culture.  I’m so glad that that is going to change!  Plus, we’ll get to spend the night in a hotel room (granted, with Grace, but that’s ok) and I am going to make sure there is a swimming pool!

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Gratituesday-3-16-2010

It’s been one of those weeks.  There are a few days out of the year in everyone’s lives that have Meaning. When you are little, usually it’s just your birthday.  It’s a Momentous day.  The Day you were Born.  As you get older, you add these Days.  Anniversaries of events like First Dates, First Kiss, Proposals, Weddings.  And Funerals.  They are all there, the days that you know are coming that you look forward to and dread all at the same time.  Sometimes they sneak up on you.  Just ask any husband about that time he “almost” forgot his wedding anniversary.  Everyday life can make you forget these moments are coming.  Other days are there, constantly there, in the back of your mind.

Sunday was a Day.

March 14th, “Pi Day” for the math nerds, is my sister Celeste Marie’s birthday.  This year, she would have been five.  Five is a pretty big deal.  You are officially a “Kid”.  You probably aren’t taking naps, you are hopefully potty trained (although we won’t ask you about the nights) and you can most likely tie your shoes.  You have fashion sense (of a kind) and you make your own decisions.  You are halfway to double digits (even if you don’t know it) and a fifth of the way to 25.  Five is a big deal.

But Celeste didn’t get to celebrate five with us.  She didn’t even get to celebrate five months with us.  Instead she gets to celebrate with Jesus (yeah, probably a better deal).

With Celeste, I have two Days.  March 14th is the first.  The other is her feast day, her day of Celebration, July 23 the day after my birthday.  March can be easy, it sneaks up on me and catches me off guard with promises of sunshine, warmth and remembrance.  July is harder.  I’ve looked forward to July all the time, thanks to a deep love of getting shower with gifts. Now my birthdays are a bit bittersweet, because I know what’s coming in the morning.

This year, we celebrated five.  Five years of growth, sorrow, grief, joy.  Our family has changed dramatically.  My youngest brother, Luke, doesn’t remember Celeste (he was only 3).  My Grace and her cousin Zeke (and all future cousins) will never meet their aunt until they join her in Heaven.  And that’s what we all have to look forward to.

This week, I’m thankful for my welcoming committee  that’s waiting for me.  My sister, Celeste.  My uncle Greg who passed this past December.  My grandpa Norman, who I never met.  My “Busia”, Great-Grandma Anna.  My unknown sibling, the baby my mom miscarried.  Great-Aunt Nancy, who had spectacular parties with Easter Egg hunts on Palm Sunday and the coolest house.  My various great aunts and uncles who I never knew, but who are up there waiting.  It’s a big group, but we all have one.  Who is in your welcoming committee?


Gratituesday- 3-9-2010

I’ve kind of been out of it lately.  Maybe the days are just blurring together because I’m so busy.  Most days I can hardly remember what I had done in the last week.

The last few days have been different though.

I managed to get to mass Friday, Saturday (for my Sunday obligation), Monday and today!  Four out of the last five days I’ve recevied my Lord in the Eucharist.  HOLY SMOKES!

Can I just say, His prescnese in my life each and every day is making a HUGE difference in me. I’m more peaceful.  I’m feeling calmer.   I’ve been fighting a cold, but now that I have my BFF in me, it doesn’t seem so bad.

I kinda wish all this peace and happiness and joy in my (house)work would rub off on others (like my husband, hint hint dear).  But that’s besides the point!

This Tuesday, I’m SO GRATEFUL for the chance to be able to go to daily mass.  And I’m going to start trying to make it more of a habit!

Gratituesday- 1/26/2010

This week, I’m incredibly grateful for my husband.  He’s been focused so much on his schoolwork and I’m so proud of the time and effort he’s putting in (both school work and extracurricular portfolio/education work).  He’s doing this to be a great provider and I love that.

I’m also so grateful that he is providing for some of my dreams.  I have a lot of things I want and can’t have, but if something is at all possible, he goes for it, no questions asked (or maybe only a few!).  The Wilton class is a great example of this.  I don’t “need” to take the class, I could probably teach myself the techniques.  But I know myself and I know I’d buy all the stuff and never take the time to make cakes and practice the techniques.  So he has sacrificed some things (like saving up that money for a new tv or something!) so that I can do something I want to do.

There’s a bunch of other stuff that’s been going on this week where I’ve really felt his support as well.  And I’m so so grateful for it.

I love you Chris!  (And I hope you read this!)

Gratituesday- 1/12 edition

For this weeks edition of Gratituesday, I would like to share my facebook status from the other day:

why is it that people think that waiting to have kids until you are perfectly set is the way to go about things? Sorry, but I might not be rich, but I wouldn’t trade my Grace for ANYTHING.

This post garnered 35 comments!  I think that might be a record.

Why am I thankful for this?  Because out of these comments I received so much support.  It also opened up the conversation in other areas of my life (or flowed from them).  As a Catholic, I am called to be a witness to the truth.  And honestly, many Catholics don’t want to hear the truth about sex and having babies (aka, no contraception you!).  This conversation isn’t one that you will often hear from the pulpit on Sundays (although I applaud every priest who does preach about it!).  This conversation isn’t one you normally have with your mom, although I do and I loved her comments best of all.   This conversation though is important.  And I”m grateful that for a couple days I got a bunch of people to think about it and take part!

Take courage, Catholics who practice NFP (or don’t and have a bunch of kids!).  Your decision is between you, your spouse and God.  Don’t include your mom, your best friend, your kids principal or your accountant.

And hey, I’m also thankful for a good looking husband who makes it easy to be open to life!`

Gratituesday! 1/5/2010 Edition

This past week has been a great start to the new year.  I have lots of concrete goals and lots of tools to assist me (my planner, my timer, and a cute baby who daily reminds me to vacuum!).

It’s also just been nice to get into a “normal” schedule.   There was a theatre board meeting last night and it’s incredible how it can be sooo draining.  I love theatre and I love being a part of the board, but man… I’m also glad that my responsibilities have dropped down since It’s a Wonderful Life has finished.

So this week I’m grateful for normalcy. It’s nice to not have anything too pressing to do!