22 August 2017

Build Something Useful

Hellooooooo blog!

One of the things on my #30b430 list is to build something useful. Initially I wanted it to be vague to keep my options open. Over the last year or so, I've really been thinking that I'd like to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house (very useful for someone who needs a home.)

I kept checking the volunteer schedule and things just weren't working out, mostly because it seems like they have more help than they need! (Great problem to have!)

I still want to volunteer with them, and I hope I will get the chance soon, but in the mean time, it was back to the literal drawing board to figure out how to fulfill this bucket list item.


Soooooooo...... I want to show you what I was up to this weekend:










Now, I don't know how useful a headboard actually is. BUT I did build this for $90 and it would have cost at least $200 if I'd bought it from a store, and saving money is v v useful if you ask me.

I feel super accomplished, and I think it looks great. And of course now I want to build a lot more things. (Can anyone say farmhouse table?) Hopefully I marry someone with some tools and some skills.

Anyways, what do you think? Is this a cop out? Do you think it's useful? What would you have done?

St. Anne, pray for us!
Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us! 

09 August 2017

Avoiding Studying

I'm procrastinating as usual when I have something "school" related that I should be doing.

Next Wednesday, I take my final exam to become a Chartered Life Underwriter. The course is basically insurance for business owners and it is so freaking boring I can barely keep my eyes open when I read it. I've read 6 out of 13 chapters and I'm pretty sure I'm just going to do the study guides and wing it. Fingers crossed that it works... I'm not even sure what score I need to pass.

This past week I went to Raleigh for my first and best boss (Katie O)'s wedding. It was beautiful, and so great to be with some favorites.

In the past 20 months, every single one of my teammates from Auburn has gotten married, one has also had a baby, and another has a baby on the way. Life is crazy.

I've been spending a lot of my time developing curriculum and planning for the upcoming school year. I am officially the new Coordinator of Discipleship Group Ministry at my Parish and I want to do it right. I am working specifically with the core team of adult women who are discipling our high school women. As of now, we have one discipleship group of women per grade from 8th to 12th, each led by two adults. I am trying to model for the leaders what their weekly/biweekly discipleship groups ought to look like, and I feel both completely inadequate and in awe that God would want to use me in this way.

The first place I started was with goals/objectives. By the time our teens leave discipleship to go off to college, I want them to be able to:
-Preach the Kerygma
-Give a testimony
-Pray with Scripture
-Articulate why it's important to attend Mass on Sunday
-Discuss the path of discipleship (encounter, grow, serve/win, build, send)
-Understand the habits of a healthy Christian community (fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry, mission)
-Discern appropriately (especially when it comes to Vocations)
-Invest in their peers in a strategic/intentional way

Obviously, this list does not include things like learning apologetics, Theology of the Body, Salvation History, etc., but these things happen in a broader context in our parish, so there are opportunities for them to get that knowledge-- my main focus is on turning the vision outward and making world changers.

What do you think? What would you add or subtract?

Saint Edith Stein, pray for us!

12 June 2017

Getting Stuff Done

Happy Monday!!!

This weekend I checked TWO things off of my #30b430 list!


Allie and Michael came in town for a wedding, so we booked it up to Oklahoma to swim in a waterfall! We met Joel and Mary Jo and went to Turner Falls. We had a picnic and explored the area, swimming in the spring fed creek downstream from the waterfall. It was great!


Then this morning Allie and I had a spa day. We got facials and massages and WHY ON EARTH have I waited 27 years to get a massage?! This place had the slippers and the robes and the mimosas and the dimmed lights and it was the height of relaxation. I cannot wait to go back. 


On Saturday morning I made Huevos Rancheros... my signature breakfast for my friends of the gluten intolerant variety, haha. They are pretty.



Check out the yield from my garden!!
I'm going to make some homemade pesto this week!


I hope you had a great weekend!

Elisabeth and Felix, pray for us!





31 May 2017

Thankful

I love the Feast of the Visitation.

I have so often, in tears of joy and consolation, echoed to Jesus the words of Elizabeth, "how could it be that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?"

And I've prayed many times for the grace to be like Mary when Elizabeth tells her, "Blessed is she, who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled."
(I'm not there yet. (Not even close.))

Today was an even better Visitation that usual because my sweet friends Aaron and Lauren had their son baptized.
Welcome to the Family of God, the Church, Conrad Joseph!! You are SO LOVED!

Our crew at church has two little girls due this summer and two baby boys due this fall, so this is the first of many for this year, praise be to God!!!

Both of our baby boys due in the Fall will be welcomed by their beautiful big sisters and parents who I sat behind in Mass today. The girls were so cute during Mass, telling each other when to be quiet and reading through the hymnals. It was hysterical.

Week after week, I know all of my sweet friends are distracted during Mass by their squirmy little ones, but I can't help but be SO thankful that God has blessed our community with the gifts of their children, and the sacrifices they make to raise them in the Faith.


Jesus, help us to be the men and women who believe that the words you've spoken to us would be fulfilled!

Maria, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us!
Saint Elizabeth, pray for us!

23 May 2017

Boring

My blog is boring.

And I don't have anything to say.

So here's a song to listen to:


Come today, there's no reason to wait!

Maria, pray for us!

14 May 2017

Christ Is Risen!

Happy Easter! Resurrexit sicut dixit!!

I was a pretty big failure during Lent as usual, just proving even further that I need Jesus, especially in the little things.

To end a crappy Lent, I was blessed with an AMAZING Easter in Colorado with my sweets, Allie and Michael and KG. Allie is my home making inspiration, check out some of these meals we had:






They are just the best! 


Also, I finally finished my herb garden! (Thanks for the tips, Ross!)

Here are a few pics of the process:







I found this wire rack in my mom's garage! 


Wouldn't be complete without the garden markers.


The finished product!

So far, I've made rosemary focaccia and garlic chive butter with my herbs, which turned out excellent! I think next up will be homemade pesto. 

I've been baking a ton this Spring, it's just so fun! I made homemade pretzels and a honey challah bread with cinnamon sugar butter.




St. Isidore, pray for us!

Saints Francisco and Jacinta, pray for us!

21 March 2017

Do As You Did At First

This song has been coming up again and again in prayer lately.

I think a lot of us can relate to those first few weeks or months after we met Jesus. It's (a little tiny bit) like when the shy girl in school finally realizes that the hot shot football player is pursuing her. Jesus comes to meet us so much quicker than we are willing to turn to Him, and those first few months of consolation are so sweet.

Have a listen!

St. Joseph, pray for us!