Sunday, July 27, 2014

Passing the Time and Answer Me This

It is Sunday, and I am finally updating this space. I last time I blogged was Monday when I wrote about how I was inspired by Brene Brown to change the comment policy. I meant to write more this week, but then I didn't. Oh well, I am sure my regular readers will forgive me! ;) 

I have been very busy enjoying the summer with my family. 

So what have I been doing lately? I have been working on my cross stitch. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Own it! {New Commenting Policy}

I am almost finished reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. It is about vulnerability and how to transform ourselves by overcoming our fears to live a more wholehearted, connected life. 

This year is my year to let go of fear and to gain confidence, so this book is the perfect companion for my journey. 

In chapter 4, which is sixty pages long, Brene Brown writes about the different shields people use to protect themselves and ways to put the armor away, change the game, and build a supportive and engaging community. When discussing how to put down the shield of cynicism, criticism, cool, and cruelty, Brene Brown writes on page 170, 

"The fear of being vulnerable can unleash cruelty, criticism, and cynicism in all of us. Making sure we take responsibility for what we say is one way that we can check our intentions. Dare greatly and put your name on your posted comments online. If you don't feel comfortable owning it, then don't say it. And if you're reading this and you have control over online sites that allow comments, then you should dare greatly and make users sign in and use real names, and hold the community responsible for creating a respectful environment." 

After thinking about her suggestion, I have decided no longer to allow anonymous comments. Thankfully, I haven't had to deal with any cruel comments, but there have been many comments that I felt were inappropriate or not supportive of the atmosphere that I want here.  

It is not difficult to create a profile. In a few minutes, you can make a profile here

As always, I appreciate your comments and look forward to hearing from you. You don't have to agree with me. All I ask is that you are kind and honestly you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For the Love of God, Be Friendly to Your Neighbor!

I pray a prayer after my Morning Offering. It is called An Act of Love. I found it one day when I was flipping through my Catholic Book of Prayers. First I came across An Act of Faith and then An Act of Hope. They are both good prayers, but when I read An Act of Love, I knew it was the one that I needed to pray regularly

I pray it because it is true

I pray it because I need a daily reminder to act with love

To be loving towards my family is easy for me. 

But what about my neighbor and the stranger at the grocery store? Do I love them?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Reading Update {one}

I wrote about my summer reading list way back in May. I have made some progress, but not as much as I would have thought that I would make. 

I knew that I would not have much time to read until after the school year ended. What I did not expect was that I would not be very motivated to read. 

Truth be told, picking up a book is the last thing I do these days. Recently, I have preferred spending my free time knitting while watching a show on Netflix. Add in the 30 to 60 minutes of exercise that I am trying to fit in a day, and that leaves very little time for reading. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Friend St. Gerard Majella {Guest Post}

In May, Sarah at Cherishing Everyday Beauty contacted me about contributing to her Saints series, Our Friends, the Saints. Of course, I told her that I would love to write about St. Gerard. You can read my full story at Sarah's blog. Below is the beginning of my and St. Gerard's story.

My friendship with St. Gerard started after I left the Catholic Church and while I was a member of a non-denominational church. I found myself pregnant after years of trying to conceive and a devastating miscarriage at twelve weeks along. 

Around eight weeks pregnant with my son Thomas, I started spotting. Finding bright red blood was like a dagger being shoved into my gut. My husband was working late, and I felt sure that I was miscarrying again. I called my husband and my mother-in-law to ask for prayers. Then I went to bed with a heavy heart. The next morning I called my doctor, and she had me come in for a quick ultrasound. She said that everything looked all right, but we would need to wait and see. 

Please read the rest at Cherishing Everyday Beauty

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Yarn Along {twelve}

Knitting: Easy Lace Scarf

I completed quite a bit of knitting over the last week and a half. The pattern is very easy to knit while watching a show, and that is exactly what I have been doing in my free time. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Buses, Cousins, and Cats {Answer Me This}

This week I am joining Kendra at Catholic All Year for Answer Me This again. It may or may not be true, but it has been called the internet's favorite virtual cocktail party. It certainly is a fun way to get to know other bloggers and a few blog readers better. 

1. How often do you ride public transportation? 

I have lived in the same city my entire life, and it did not have public transportation when I was growing up. I wish it had because that I would have used it the summer I spent walking home from my summer gym class (ah, summer gym was the only way to avoid the locker room. I dislike locker rooms very much!). There is an active bus system now, but I never use it. My mother started working as a bus driver a couple years ago. I have been thinking about showing up with the boys one day and surprising her by riding with her around town. The boys get excited when we pass her bus on the road. And she looks pretty in her bus uniform, but she hates it. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saints, Beauty, and Food {Five Favorites}

I have five fun favorites this week, so I am linking up with Heather at Mama Knows, Honey Child for Five Favorites. 

1. Tiny Saints - I went the IHM National Conference, which could easily be another favorite, this weekend. I had a wonderful time! Monica from Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families was in the vendor area. I introduced myself, and we had a lovely chat, and then I bought these adorable Tiny Saints from her. The boys and I plan to make a craft with them this week. And a small tidbit that has nothing to do with Tiny Saints, I was also able to meet Rosie from A Blog For My Mom.