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Remembering The Little Way

We all have a  favorite Saint.  Some we connect with more with than another, and there are Saints that just touches our hearts.  While I have a favorite Saint, I’ve noticed that my daughter has gravitated towards to Saint Terese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.” Now I have to admit that I know of her story but I have not read deep into it.  However, my daughter’s interest in her, and Father Robert’s Barron mention of her in his Catholicism series has me really interested.    While I’m sort of behind on my spiritual reading, I have yet to read her story, The Story of a Soul her story touches me and I can really see why my little girl adores her.    Sacrifice to Self   Saint Terese life teaches us so much. She loved God with all her heart and really wanted to become a saint. But she knew she couldn’t do it in a huge way. Finding inspiration through scripture she received her answer.  Remain little.  It was not through huge leaps and bounds that was going to carry her to heaven, it was remaining little. Everyday she performed little sacrifices that was between he and God. She didn’t complain.  Sacrifice of self.  One of the biggest sacrifices she made that went unnoticed was her agreeing to stay a  novice. That means that she would always have to ask permission to do anything. Her sisters were in the same order as her, so the other nuns feared that the Martin family would take over.  Offering up suffering.   Even though she had dry spells through prayer and suffered greatly do to her...

Year End Reflection 2014

First of all, I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!  Not only do I hope you got everything you needed, but I hope you were able to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season with your family and loved ones. As 2014 comes in to a close, I have plenty of time to think and reflect about where I am headed, what my plans were for this year, and how well did I meet them. In the beginning of this year, I had some very bold plans, not just for online, but for offline as well.  I hoped to have more exposure, and do far more things online as well as off.  What I didn’t expect was the direction that being “bold” was going to take me.  Instead of boldly going where no one has gone before (I had to borrow that from Star Trek), I found myself Boldly going in a direction that I have not foreseen, yet I would never change the direction of my course. I want to say that I wanted to draw more into the world.  That I wanted to do far more things, and partake on may different experiences, but instead I found myself retreating and stepping back.  Not retreating because of being overwhelmed, but retreating to regain my sense of purpose.  It didn’t take that long for me to feel like this.   I’ve mentioned this before in a earlier blog post, that you read enough blogs, and enough opinions that after a while you find yourself losing yourself.  You find that your message becomes the same as everyone else’s.  You start marching to the...

Where Are You?

Let’s think about this situation for a moment…. Your child is playing with another child at the playground. Both children seem to disagree over something, and you SEE your child push the other child down. Or how about this…. You are cooking dinner and tell your children that there will be no cookies until after dinner. You know that there were 12 cookies, and when your children thought you weren’t looking, they take one. Question for you: would you go to your children and tell them what they did? Or would you ask them: Where did the cookies go? Knowing myself I would ask first, even though I saw and know.   I used to dread going to confession. To have to kneel (or sit) in front of the priest and explain and tell them everything that I did wrong (or been distracted from God) is a very humbling experience. Seriously, who likes to admit when they do anything wrong? Isn’t that why we have no fault insurance? Isn’t that why we are in a no fault culture? I didn’t understand before the beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation but looking at it from a simpler position I completely appreciate it. When our children do something that is against what we teach them (assuming we are teaching them right from wrong), we usually ask them: What happened? What did they do? We do this even if we saw what happened, and already know what happened. But we are looking for them to confess And be honest with us. In this case we are looking for them to accept what they...

The “S” Word

I wanted to start this post with talking about submission, but I found myself having difficulty in trying to explain it in detail.  I then realized that I cannot talk about submission unless I talk about love. The word submission is considered to be a nasty word in our society.  Just thinking about the word usually sends most of us running for the hills!  We don’t like authority in our society, and to be honest, when it comes to marriage we don’t like the idea that someone is over us telling us what to do. But if I was to say that we have the idea of submission wrong? What if the idea of submission does not mean what we think it mean? In our society, we think submission means: The husband should make all important financial and other decisions for the relationship. The husband and wife should work together on all important decisions, but the husband has the final say. The husband should go out to earn the family’s daily bread, and the woman should stay home to bake it. The husband is the president, and the wife is the executive vice-president. The husband should control the tv remote (actually, I’ve never heard preachers say that; I just threw that in)    (Source) If anyone has the idea that submission means that the man is the “boss” and the woman just has to take the orders with a smile is sadly mistaken.  Wives are not inferior, or a subject of their husbands, she is his partner, his “help mate” who helps forms is sanctity and helps him along his road...

DIY – Bubble Soap Recipe

Let me know if this happens to you or your children: It’s warm out, and all your kids want to do is blow bubbles, but you know every time you buy bubbles the following happen: After one day, the bubbles are gone, leaving you with an empty container. Soon after you buy the bubbles, more than half spills on the floor. Well fellow mommies of children who love bubbles, fret no more!  (Wow this is starting to sound like a commercial…) Introducing DIY Bubble Soap Recipe! We’ve been blessed to have a few sunny days here in NYC and my daughter wanted nothing more than to blow bubbles, but we didn’t have any on hand.  We only had empty bubble containers (full of old bubble soap). So instead of throwing away the containers, I promised myself that I was going to find out the perfect formula for making bubble soap for blowing bubbles. I know, you’ve been wondering…. How can my kids enjoy bubble blowing without breaking the bank account on all those small bottles of bubbles? This recipe is so purse friendly, that you can use any detergent you have on hand for the soap!  We had old baby shampoo, so instead of throwing them away (waste of money there) we can finish it up by using it for something else! Once you make this, you will NEVER want to buy bubbles from the store again (unless you need a new container)! Pin and Enjoy!   [yumprint-recipe...
Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I want to share with you a recipe that I am truly thankful for–cornbread. It’s simple, straight to the point, and very easy to make.  Time to put the corn muffin mix away. Once you try this recipe, you will not only see how easy it is to make cornbread from scratch, but you’ll be amazed at how wonderful it taste (without all that chalkiness that the box gives). I love-making cornbread, and this my go-to recipe for it.  I can make this in my sleep. When this goes on the table, I have to do everything in my power to make sure that I have backup. Since my family don’t usually cook with regular milk, this recipe tastes just as good with soy milk, or if you’re into it, rice milk as well. And nothing can be said about the ingredients–since it’s simple and straight to the point!  I love knowing what I’m eating. Maybe this can grace your table this Thanksgiving on top of all the yumminess you plan on having on it. Sweet Cornbread Recipe Recipe Type: Bread Cuisine: American Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 2/3 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until...
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