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


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


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!

05 March 2017

The Feast Before the Fast

Happy Lent!

Before we get into all that is Lent, here's a little recap of how I celebrated Mardi Gras, just in case you missed my snapchat story.

Obviously, pretending that snapchat is my very own cooking show is my specialty. Steps 5 and 6 are missing because they're videos and I'm technologically challenged.

When I delivered a King Cake to one of my friends, she asked if there was a baby in it. I said "of course!" And she pointed to her belly and said, "there is a baby in here too!!" It was such an awesome surprise!! 4 of my friends from my parish are pregnant! God is so good!

St. Monica, pray for us!

22 February 2017

Learning to Live in the Moment

I have failed in a lot of my February Resolutions. But I am resolved to do better in March... because, Lent.

The only hit up the gym 6 times so far this month (not going to make it to 12...) and I have been eating well above the recommended daily dose of chicken nuggets.

BUT! I did reconnect with more than 3 people. So, winning. I went to dinner with a new friend twice, called an old friend to catch up, and hung out with some of the college bests this past weekend.

I loved adding the "reconnect" piece to my resolutions for this month. There are many things that I can do on any given day, and for as much as I crave community, it's silly how rarely I reach out. I want to get better!

A few months ago, my spiritual director told me that I needed to learn to live in the moment. I'm sure at some point I prayed for the grace to be able to do that, and I'm sure he's probably been praying for that for me too, because good grief, did God show up in a big way. It's had a bit of a different impact than I expected. My whole life I've been looking forward to the next thing. When I run out of next things to look forward to, I freak out about my vocation or some other equally uncontrollable variable.

Over the past few months, I've felt life slow way down before my eyes. In general, I'm focusing on myself: my laundry gets done, my sheets get washed every two weeks, my ceiling fan gets dusted, I grocery shop and cook, I read, I go to the gym! I pray and I go to Mass a couple times per week. I'm making new friends. I'm doing well at work and keeping on top of things. Things are calm and peaceful. In addition to all of this, I don't feel busy at all. I haven't stopped being busy since I started middle school. It's all so weird.

When I was talking to my spiritual director about this quiet time I'm in the middle of right now, he said it sounded like God was inviting me to work on myself like a project and to become more self aware. I don't even know how to go about tackling the mess that is my soul, except for to start with the things exteriorly that I can control. Well.. I consider the controllables controlled. Now it's time to trudge onward into the depths, I suppose! Pray for me!

Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us!

02 February 2017

O Gloriosa Virginum

Today is the Feast of the Purification of Mary, when Simeon told her that her own heart would be pierced by a sword.

O glorious Virgin, ever blest, sublime among the stars above,
Who gavest nurture from Thy breast to God, with pure maternal love.
What man hath lost through sinful Eve, the Blossom sprung from thee restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath hast opened Heaven's eternal doors.
O Gate, through which hath passed the King, O Hall, whence Light shone through the gloom!
The ransomed nations praise and sing the Offspring of Thy Virgin womb.
All honor, laud, and glory be, O Jesus, Virgin-born, to Thee:
All glory, as is ever meet, to Father and to Paraclete.

Here's a great choral version:

Happy Feast Day! 

31 January 2017

Just in the Nick of Time

Update on January Goals:

Go running ten times. Check. Just went for the tenth time about two hours ago.
Spend 8 hours in Adoration. FAIL. Majorly. I only spent about 3 hours in Adoration all month. But I went to Mass 12 times. I want to do better.
Write in this blog two more times. Check, check.
Drink one gallon of water per day and eat clean for 20 days. Check. I took before and after pictures to see if I could tell a difference in my skin after drinking a gallon of water per day for 20 days, and I can't. But I know it's good for me, so I want to keep going.
Do something that makes me uncomfortable. Check, times two. I both accepted and extended lunch invitations that made me uncomfortable. Also I had some friends over for dinner, which didn't make me uncomfortable except that I made them a questionable recipe for Whole30 Chili which they said they liked. Note to self: don't make your friends be your recipe guinea pigs.
Pray a novena. Check. I'm on day 7 of a novena which ends on the Feast of the Purification of Mary.

Update on me:

Nothing huge has been happening in prayer or otherwise.

The most exciting thing in my life is that my mom got two new puppies and I.AM.OBSESSED.

They're the cutest.

Here are some pictures:

Cricket is the black one, she's super outgoing and rambunctious and TROUBLE.
Trixie is the brown one and she's shy and sweet as can be. And a chicken.

I love them.

And because you're all dying to know:

February Goals
Gym x 12
Finish 3 books
Reconnect with 3 friends
Prepare for Lent

Mary, Pure of Heart, pray for us!