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The Importance of Hobbies

The Importance of Hobbies

I can remember fond memories of my father who would say, “Go find something to do,” when I would say that I was bored. That was the perfect opportunity to go and find something that I actually liked to do.  As I got older though, it was harder and harder to pull away from the responsibilities of life and find a hobby that I was passionate about. When my daughter was born, the first really hobby of adulthood (and parenthood) was blogging.  It was awesome to connect with different moms and to talk with them.  Best of all, it was a reminder that I wasn’t alone in this job and that there were others just like me.  However, I as I started to have more children, there had to be something more that connected me to a person other than they were a  mom like me. Dabbling in hobbies For the longest, I struggled to find out what that was. Where was my group?  Where did I belong?  What am I really passionate about?  At first I took up photography.  I really like to take pictures, but with children constantly around you (and you having to keep an eye on them) what I thought I wanted to take pictures of, I actually didn’t get any pleasure out of.  Turned out I needed to accept what I liked to take pictures of. After I lost the desire to write for a while (talk about being overwhelmed), and to take pictures, I really felt like I had no creative outlet for myself.  That was when things got to much, and eventually I had a...
First Cardigan Completed

First Cardigan Completed

In January I’ve decided to knit a cardigan for my daughter. I’ve calculated the amount of yarn I was going to need (size 10/12 girls), and picked out the “perfect” yarn. It was a straightforward pattern with a stitch pattern from the Japanese Stitch Bible. I’ve bought this book with the sole intention to knit intricate cables and lace. But since I’ve only been knitting for 2 years, I’ve decided to pick something “easy.” There were many things that set me back from this project. The first and major one (although very happy one), is that I had just found out I was expecting my fourth (due September). For the longest, I couldn’t even look at the project because of the concentration that it required. Between pregnancy, homeschooling two kids and taking care of a toddler, my brain was fried! I was so so thankful when the second trimester started cause that is where the energy picked up and I finished the project.   This has to be my most complicated pattern to date, but I won’t lie and say it was easy! Just a simple conversation would throw me off, and I would have to undo the row that I just worked. So, this wasn’t a mindless knit at all–at least not for a pregnant mama. Another issue that I encountered, because of my bright idea of yarn choice, was to use Ombré self dyed yarn for this project. After I finished this panel, it then occurred to me that I have to make the front as similar as possible and the sleeves too. Again, because it was...
Happy Easter…Easter Worshipers?

Happy Easter…Easter Worshipers?

  First, I wish everyone a Happy Easter.  He is Risen!  He is truly Risen!  Let us all rejoice and be glad.  Easter has always been a time to celebrate with the entire Church worldwide, and there are times when Easter (Holy Week and Easter Week) was to commit horrible crimes against Christians. Before I continue with this post, please offer a Hail Mary, and Glory Be to all those who lost their lives just going to Church and celebrating.  While they are martyrs for the Church–there are plenty that still need our prayers. Middle of the Night News I have a horrible habit that I need to break.  When I wake up in the middle of the night, and cannot go back to sleep, I check Catholic Twitter to see who I can pray for, and to check some of the news.  Again, this is a horrible habit, but this is how I found out about the Sri Lanka attacks. I think what surprised me the most about the attacks, was the reports about the attacks.   From what we know, Churches and hotels were the target.  Specifically, two Catholic Churches were attacked during the organized attack–so one would come to the conclusion that they were at Mass for the Easter Mass. Where did Easter Worshipers come from? Looking at the news reports, I kept seeing Easter Worshipers. I’m not going to lie, the first thing that came to mind was Easter Island.   I just kept thinking about people bowing own and worshiping these heads from Easter Island.  Why would the media use “Easter Worshipers” when they could have...
Book Review: Hostile Witness

Book Review: Hostile Witness

    This review has been a long time coming.  I’ve started reading Hostile Witness by Gary Mitchuta a while ago.  I actually had to read it twice–once on my Kindle and finally I gave up bought a paperback.  This is why I have multiple copies of the same book. This book was a treasure for me, because I love history.  I love learning about our faith through the eyes of history and seeing how events that surrounds the Bible helps the time period (and culture) make sense.  Learning about our history makes the lives of those who lived during the time of the Bible and after, come alive. Gary Mitchuta starts this book by taking us all the way back to the New Testament times, and uses historical witnesses to prove Christianity.  Instead of using testimony from people who agreed with Christianity, he pulled testimony from people who dismissed the faith, or who were against (hostile) against it. This was the part that made this book so interesting.  He starts with King Herod the Great, and takes us through history up until WWII and the National Socialist Party (Nazis).  He gives just enough information to whet your appetite about that time period, while leaving you wanting to know more about it.   Dispelling the Lies    In our day and age, we have so many people who use information incorrectly, or just choose to be willfully ignorant about history.  Mitchuta takes the common arguments such as: Jesus doesn’t exist, Crusades and Christianity evils, and of course WWII and how the Pope was on the Nazis side–and dispels them. Not only...
Updates and Random Things…

Updates and Random Things…

Despite that I haven’t written on my blog in months, (I hope) is not a sign to what readers I have left that I have abandoned it.  Actually, me writing down  my thoughts on different things has been in the front of my mind for the longest.   Family Life Unfortunately, I don’t have the emotional capacity to get my thoughts together after days (months) of long trying days.  I won’t say that life is too difficult, I’ll just say that the emotional needs in my home has grown to the point that it’s a lot of mental power being used up during the day light hours.  Looking forward to the days when things are quiet again. But what I will say is that I have excited news to share…but more on that at a later post! Aside from that, if I do manage to “steal away” for a short amount of time, some one is knocking on my bedroom door (aka the hide out room), asking to come in.  I’m not very strong to resist the knockings and questions of my two-year old. So, that’s life at the moment, and I haven’t abandoned my blog.  Actually, I have a lot of things to say, just not enough time (and mental capacity) to get it all out of my head.  These are the days that I feel sorry for Mr. C since my conversation topics are usually way out there.  I can just imagine how he feels after a long day of work to come home to a theological conversation that’s full of questions than answers.  Pray for us....
Reviewing The Bullet Journal Method Book

Reviewing The Bullet Journal Method Book

When I found out that The Bullet Journal Method book has been released by Ryder Carroll, I knew it was a book that I had to read.  It’s been all over the web.  Bullet Journaling has been a thing for a while now, and I don’t think it’s every going to slow down.  Tons of people have jumped onto the bandwagon, and perhaps even found a system that worked for them.  I too Bullet Journal, but it wasn’t a straight thing for me. Why I started a Bullet Journal   I think it right after my heath scare issue.  I needed something to help with the mounting doubt, confusion, and worry that I was going through.  Actually, back in 2015 I have gone through so much.  Not just health wise but emotionally as well. Let me back up.  The years of 2011 to 2013 was the most fun I ever had blogging. It was entertaining and I truly enjoyed the connections that I was making. During this time I was an avid reader (but pulled back), and I found that I couldn’t unwind with my books due to the anxiety, and honestly, worry about what the next thing people are going to say to me. 2015 is when we moved (yet again) to another location, and I had just 2 weeks to pack.  Granted that I was moving across the street from my previous location, but I did all the packing myself, on top of a 2 year old who still needed a long nap time. To say that I was stressed, and an emotional wreck was an understatement!...
Getting Away From False Positivity

Getting Away From False Positivity

  There is something I feel deep down I have to address, and its the pitfalls of the positivity trap.  Now in my last post I talked about surrounding yourself with positive people.  Some may interpret that with a chipper and upbeat kind of temperament.   Positivity Does Not Mean: Make Yourself Feel Happy All The Time   First of all, I’m human.  I have moods that goes up and down and I have feelings.  I would be crazy to tell you that you must be happy all the time.  That’s just not going to happen. Too much of this positivity business has been about making yourself feel happy, even though you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. That’s okay. Focusing on the good things in your life can change your mood.  Not going to say it works all the time, but it does help.  I think we have gotten away from the idea that we will feel what we will feel every given day, and that has to be okay.  You’re going to have an off day / week.  That’s life. But you’re not a failure if you have an off moment in life.  It’s about the ups and downs.  Now with that being said, let’s focus on some ways we can focus on some positive things.   Gratitude   I constantly remind myself, how would I feel if I woke up with only the things I was grateful for yesterday.  It is a great blessing to wake up in the morning, and honestly, that’s it–wake up in the morning! To be thankful from the minute you wake up, and...
Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

For the past several weeks, I’ve had something on my needles.  I’ve even had the occasion to have several things going on at once (even though that is not my knitting style).  Recently, the weather in my area dropped, and my middle son was caught without having gloves!   There were several prerequisite that was needed to make these gloves a success.  These requirements were that it had to be warm, and it had to fit my middle son’s hands.  He’s a very active boy so asking him to sit still for measurements can be an adventure all by itself.  Eventually I settled on Lions Brand Wool Ease (because they had a sale on wool yarn), and this color way because he just adores green.   There were so many cast on’s that I could have tried with this, but I stuck with the long tail cast on.  Next time I’m thinking about doing the cable cast on (or whichever cast on that is for ribbing).   Something very interesting about these gloves–I was using a pattern (then decided to do my own thing) and ended up making these gloves two different ways.  One glove I knitted flat (my favorite way to knit), and the second glove I knitted on double pointed needles.   So, if you look closely, the top glove has a green string running up the outside of the mitten.  I couldn’t help that, since that was the way the yarn went.  But that glove was the one that I knitted flat, and learned how to sew it up without having a ridge on the inside.  I’m...
Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Last night while preparing dinner, I was listening to podcast. It’s the best time to drown out the noise of the kids playing in the background. It’s when they are quiet I’m worried. Anyway, I was listening to Pints with Aquinas (totally geeking out) and the episode on curiosity piqued my interest. I was curious on what Aquinas has to say about curiosity. Oh the irony! To be curious is to want to gain knowledge, which is not a bad thing. It only becomes bad for these two reasons: 1. It is an inordinate desire for learning. That is—to learn something that (Pardon my French) we have no business learning about. 2. The knowledge gain will with lead to sin or teach us how to sin.   Curiosity Killed The Cat?   I always though about the phrase, “Curiosity killed the cat,” but I never fully understand why. What do we gain from learning about the different gods that the ancient Egyptians worshiped? For a person who doesn’t study world religion and history, outside the Old Testament—the knowege is only to understand why the plagues were done as the were. However, we don’t need to know the rituals they performed while they sacrificed things to their gods. That is information we really don’t need to know. The second point was that the knowledge will teach us how to sin. So let’s talk about a popular topic (it’s really not popular), chastity. A person who was looking to avoid getting in the near occasion wouldn’t even skirt with the idea. However, a person who is curious about it, would try...
Sunday Prayer: Hope

Sunday Prayer: Hope

Dear Lord, Thank You for hope. Not just for things that are to come, but for the expectation that something–anything is coming our way. Sometimes, we take advantage of what we have around us, and we become complacent. It’s not until we take a good look at our surroundings that we see so much possibilities and that alone gives us hope. My hope is that today will be better than yesterday, and, it always is. Its better because You have given the knowledge that only we can make it better or worse. We also know that it can always be worse, so thank You for opening our eyes to that. Thank You for allowing me to see that sometimes we could be our bubble popper; we don’t need anyone to put us down if we’re doing it ourselves. With that being said Lord, we really don’t have a reason to put ourselves down. My hopes for tomorrow is that we continue to grow with our families, and continue to be open to Your words. With Your guidance and help, please help us to keep our hope alive. Amen. Originally published on...
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