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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...
Toy Photography:  The Battle

Toy Photography: The Battle

Well it’s been some time, and I wanted to get back into what I liked.  Also, let’s be honest–the kids found it a blast as well.  So this week, we’ve decided to set up a battle scene.  I liked it a lot, and the kids had fun setting things up for me. It’s been a while since I picked up my camera.  What I enjoyed the most was toy photography–its what I have around, and plenty of.  But since my subject lost his head…sadly (poor Linus), I’ve shelved the idea, and life just went on. Okay, so here are just the battle scenes from our epic (non-moving fight).     “You’re never going to get away with it,” Simba said as he corned off the enemy.  “We are going to stop you, even if it means we fight you!”   “If it is a fight you want, then it’s a fight you’ll get.” Shadow said.  Snarling his teeth at his foe.  Simba and his brother crouched down, preparing to fight.       As the crowed looked on, the tension in the air grew thicker.  The noise around them died down, to silence.  They couldn’t hear anything around them–just the fight that loomed before their eyes.       Simba smirked to himself, as he saw the weakness in his foe and figured out how to use it to his advantage.  Shadow, just imaged pure power that was going to win this battle.   Who….will….win….? *** Overall, I think this was okay for a rusty person, and I love the fact that I’m learning from what I shot. The...
Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

One can wonder, how can I write mainly about faith and yet stay silent the crisis that’s going on in the Church—that’s it, I’m not ignoring it. There is just too much going on with the crisis in the Church that one can either lose yourself or become disheartened by what’s going on.  There is a huge scandal going on where many people are losing their faith. Since the summer, news and scandals and bad behaving Churchman have come out. It’s been one story after another. The whole end of summer turned somewhat depressing.  What was even more depressing was the silence from the Church leaders who decided to not say anything about the abuses.  They decided to “say not one word” officially, but yet use their office to call people accusers and slanders. The truth is, abuses has been covered up.  People who have done really bad things has been moved around to different parishes, and sadly, some have been promoted.  There is a link between the abuses and sexual deviance (which I will not name here).  But there is no “consensual encounters going on when you’re a priest. It just shouldn’t be happening–period. There is no consensual encounters going on when you have authority over another person and what you say will either have them progress or removed from moving forward.  I don’t like how these men tried to paint a picture that is consensual.  It’s breaking of a vow–a vow of celibacy and no matter which way you put it, it’s a break.   As married person, we take a vow as well–to forsake all others.  There is...
First Snow of the Year

First Snow of the Year

What an early surprise for us! For the first time that I can remember (that is since I really started paying attention to the weather) we had snow in early this year. It was a huge surprise to see this much snow so early in the fall. Usually snow comes to us in maybe late December. Usually some in January and the worst of it in February. But it seems that this year is different–hopefully for the better!  When I looked at the forecast on Tuesday last week, and saw snow forecasted for Thursday, I just figured that it will be rain instead. I mean come’on…snow so early in the year? Still, I notified my husband before he went to work about the snow so that he could expect it. All the while doubting that anything would come of it.  Cause snow in November was just not heard of. When my youngest went down for a nap, the sky was grey but nothing was happening. Then it started to snow…then snow…then really snow!  I couldn’t believe it!  It started out as a light dusting, then huge chunks started to fall, then it looked like this: It’s so weird how the weather in the country is.  We have plenty of snow, meanwhile, across the US in California there are people who are suffering and losing their homes because of the wildfires.  Just the change in place means so much difference in the weather. Since it was very cold for us (again, too early for this), I made sure to make something that will fill Mr. C’s belly and thaw him...
Fall Is Here! Pumpkin Spice Knit Shawl

Fall Is Here! Pumpkin Spice Knit Shawl

Hey ya’ll!  Its been fall for some time now, but here in where I am really feels like fall.  I don’t even think we managed to get through the light jacket phase long enough.  I just remember it being humid one day, and the next we needed  hat and scarf!  Tall about changing weather really quickly! As I have mentioned in a previous post that I have a wonderful new hobby that I’ve been doing for about a year now.  Just some background story on that here.  So I had this beautiful Caron Cake Yarn that I bought a year ago.  Sadly it just sat in my stash looking so tasty and beautiful.  I loved the colors and was trying to figure out what to do with it.   Knowing that the season would soon be upon us for Pumpkin Spice, in July,  I decided to knit a shawl for the upcoming cooler weather  I’m now ready to share it with you!     When I first picked out the pattern, I thought that I wouldn’t like it much, but who can go wrong with the pretty colors of this yarn.  For those of you who are not into knitting, the colors in the picture above barely does it justice!  Anyway, I managed to pick out a pattern and in the hot July weather I was knitting away. This project taught me so many humbling lessons:  It’s okay if it’s just garter stitch. Garter stitch is very cozy! This is a long project with a very simple stitch.  Wondering if this would look well in other colors . I love the colors...
Changing Directions for a Blog

Changing Directions for a Blog

I’ve debated for a while if I should still write on my blog. I’ve wrestled with the idea of quitting, or just changing directions.   Funny, I’m still at the same place (nursing-or breastfeeding) nine years later, but mentally, I’m in a whole different space.  When I look around me, it seems like I’m standing still, while everyone else is moving forward, but I know that’s not the case. I’m not in the same space as when I started this blog.  My oldest is going to be 10 soon, and my youngest is going to be 2.  I’ve been through the baby phase, and still in it.  And…to be perfectly honest-I feel I’m not done yet. What makes me get so hung up on my blog is that I taken this space to be what I want it to be about.  However, I’ve noticed that I lost sight of what it is that I wanted.  I wanted things that I didn’t even like. Chasing an idea that doesn’t even fit with me.  I’m happy to say that I don’t have everything together.  There are just some days when I’m overwhelmed, and other days that I feel like I can do this all over again 😍. I think, I’ve taken this blog down so many directions, that it totally doesn’t bother me what I do with it now, as long as I’m having fun and just using my space the way that I want to. With that being said, I’ve noticed that I’ve stopped sharing a lot of my interests and hobbies on this blog.  I still love my faith,...
Sunday Week 19: Having Faith in the Lord

Sunday Week 19: Having Faith in the Lord

Tied, cranky, hungry, and exhausted—I am no stranger to these feelings. In the first reading of today’s gospel we see a prophet at the end of his rope, and just about to give up. While having faith in the Lord, he simply recognizes how weak he is in his circumstance. The weakness of man During the first reading, we’re given an image of the profit who is just exhausted. He’s walking—while hungry—and he sun is just bearing down on him. Not saying that we have physically walked through a desert, but there are times emotionally when we’ve been there. He just about had it and is just about to give up and decided to go to sleep in hope of not waking up again. This is what I know I can relate to. Sometimes the burden is just too much handle, and all seems it is for nothing. What touched me so much with this part of the reading is that it’s so human, and so vulnerable. Yet–it was a simple prayer of someone who had enough and felt that they could not do it anymore. The Strength of the Lord When the angle woke him up and told him to eat so that he can regain his strength, he did so–but then went back to sleep. An angle woke him up and was told to eat because the journey is too much for him. ,He ate everything, and that sustained him for forty days. I love this! Alone, we can do absolutely nothing. We are weak, and frail and always close to our breaking point. But when we dine on Divine food,...
4 Spiritual Reading Mistakes

4 Spiritual Reading Mistakes

  I’ve done my kind of spiritual reading mistakes. I love reading and I love reading for growth, but I’ve relied too much on my memory and honestly–after I finish the book, I tend to forget what has helped me reflect as I was reading it. Now, I’ve always been a reader, and a lover of books. It wasn’t until a few years ago that something switched within me, and I’ve been primarily focused on books for growth. I think this is awesome and a bit problematic. Let me explain. I’ve love collecting the amount of books that I’ve read. I love plowing through them and checking them off my list. However, spiritual reading is a bit different. There is no plowing, there is no speeding through. It’s only you, the words, your reflections, and God. And trust me, there is no time limit for this. These are some mistakes that I have made, and what I learned from it. Not writing everything down I need to get into this practice more, but a common place book is a great way to keep track of what you’re reading, and to keep notes. I’m a dabbler, so I’m not sure if I want to do it with paper and pen or all electronic. Eventually, I’ll be writing it down in a notebook, but when it’s digitally, it’s just easier to cross things out and move things around. Before, I would just highlight my book. But, that’s not note taking. I still highlight–a digital book, but I tend to write my notes for a physical book down separately. Occasionally, I’ll put...
Sunday Reflection: Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Sunday Reflection: Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Sunday Readings Reading EX 16:2-4, 12-15 Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 Reading Eph 4:17, 20-24 Jn 6:24-35 When the readings of the day start with Exodus and the bread of life conversation, I can’t help but just pick up and listen more. I’ve always loved this time of the year, because we are reminded that Jesus is the bread of life, but we are able to see this throughout the Gospel for the reading. There are three main things that I took away from these readings. We are not satisfied until we have the bread of life. In the first meeting we have the Israelites in the desert who were complaining to Moses about not having everything they had in Egypt. They complained of not having their fill of food, and how much better the lived when then were in Egypt. What the Israelites seem to forget was that they were slaves. In so many ways, this is so us. We may complain that our lives are boring compared to others. How so much more fun would be if I was able to do (and you fill in the blank). The only difference is, that we are no longer slaves to our passions, and we tend to romanticize the actions of those who we think are “living it up.” In life we’re always going to search for the next best thing. We’re always going to look for something that satisfies us. We will never be satisfied until we are full with Christ. Jesus always leads the way. “When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves...
Sunday Reflection: Walk Worthily in You Vocation

Sunday Reflection: Walk Worthily in You Vocation

I am currently reading this book called Sanctifying Your Daily Life.   It is a book about work, and how we can find holiness in our daily lives.  Even though it was written before my time (1946), there are so many things to take a way from it.  With the Second Reading of Sunday’s Mass, my thoughts naturally fell on vocation and what calling we have.  I think this book was perfect timing with the Mass.     Work these days has been something that we just had to do.  We know that some of us has to work outside of the houses and others work inside.  What I have noticed is that in our society, only one kind of work hold value.  When I was a working for pay kind of woman, my value was depended on how much I could bring in.  I was valuable to the company based on how much I was earring. The goal was to always increase my earnings, because (like everyone) my value and worth was wrapped in how much I was making.  Then I stopped working in 2009 to be a full-time stay at home mom, and oh boy did the mental games begin!  I felt that I didn’t have value to my family because I wasn’t bring in income.  That my role of watching and taking care of a baby (at the time) was nothing, compared to working outside of the home and generating money. Society didn’t tell me different either.  When I would come across people who found out I was a mother full-time, the question would always be, “So when are you...
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