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Monday, June 16, 2014

Daybook 2014

I am thankful for: 
~ my husband
~ my boys
~ the time I spent with my family this weekend
~ the warm weather
~ sleep



I am listening to:
~ the coffee maker gurgle
~ birds outside my window





I am praying for: 
~ guidance for our family  
~ friends in crisis 
~ my son Holden, my sister-in-law Abby, and her friend Angela and their outing this weekend



I am pondering
My sister-in-law Emily was confirmed on Saturday. I was her sponsor. During our Bishops homily, he encouraged the youth to talk about their faith with their friends , to talk about Jesus openly. He reminded them that they should meet Jesus at Mass at least once a week for the rest of their life. He told them to go out in the world and do three things: pray, serve, and smile. 

It was an excellent homily. I have been thinking about how I can incorporate more prayer, service, and smiles in our day to day life. 





I am reading: *

~   Brideshead Revisited   My Kindle tells me I have finished 34%.

~   The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home  I am starting chapter two. 

~   Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead  I am finishing up chapter three.




In the schoolroom
We have finished school, but we will keep up with reading aloud and with quiet reading time. I have almost finished planning next year's curriculum, but I will wait until after I attend the upcoming homeschool conference and talk with a couple moms from my homeschool group about starting a small co-op before making a final decision. 



In the craft room
I have been stitching away on my bird's nest cross stitch. I have done very little knitting, although I plan on starting a new lightweight scarf today. I had been knitting baby dresses, but I need a break from baby items to work on something for me to get back the joy of knitting, I think. 



Around the house
We moved around the furniture in several rooms last week. Now I am focusing on getting rid of clutter and general cleaning.  





Around the internet

~ If healthy pregnancies were treated like special needs pregnancies   

~ If It's Good Enough For Dorthy Day, It's Good Enough For Me 

~ How can Catholic moms balance work and family?  



Linking up with Jenny at The Littlest Way for Daybook


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10 comments:

  1. pray, serve, and smile...I love that. That will be my mantra as I go about my daily chores and routine. Thank you for sharing your Bishop's wise words.

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  2. The coffee maker gurgling has got to be one my favourite sounds. And the smell of freshly brewed coffee that goes with it...yum!!

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    1. Yes! The smell of freshly brewed coffee is wonderful!

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  3. I definitely need to put more effort into prayer. I go through phases. I get a burst of energy and keep to a strict prayer routine for a week or two and then I get lazy and fall back into barely praying at all until I get another burst of energy. Sometimes prayer seems overwhelming. I have so much to pray for and I feel guilty when I forget to
    Pray for something that I intended to pray for. I need to realize that prayer is about just being with God. I realized I need to do a lot more listening in prayer instead of so much talking.

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    1. I totally understand what you are saying. Is there something that you have to do every day that could set aside as prayer time? Like I pray a decade or two of the rosary when I water my garden. And I leave my prayer book by my computer to help me remember to pick it up and say a prayer before I start clicking around the web. I have heard several women talk of having a kitchen Madonna to remember to pray while they cook and do the dishes. :)

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  4. I read Daring Greatly earlier this year. It's not my typical sort of read, but I am glad I picked it up. It gave me some things to think about!

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    1. I am glad that I am reading it. It is making me think about myself and being vulnerable.

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  5. I just got The Little Oratory in the mail and can't wait to start it! Love the pic of strawberries! Do you grow them?

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    1. Yes, those strawberries came out of my garden. We do not have as many strawberries this year because my patch is too crowded, and I haven't had a lot of time to spend out there this year.

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