Showing posts with label 1000Gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1000Gifts. Show all posts

Monday, January 28, 2013

Daybook ~ January 28, 2013

Capturing a few of the memories of our weeks in....

...Moments of Gratitude

30.  A bright Sky, even in the subzero temperatures
31.  Hot Water beating down on a cold day
32.  Plans to make a summer Memory
33.  My Wrinkled, and washed laundry by the mister
34.  Smoothed feel of my children's faces
35.  Unfolded laundry to keep me busy
36.  In Christ, Mercy
37.  In Christ, Guidance
38.  In Christ, Joy
39.  The Blue of our Blessed Mother
40.  The departure of my Blue attitude
41.  The baby bundled in Blue we brought home six years ago.
42.  A glass of wine In The Kitchen w/ my parents & husband
43.  Delicious Sunday meal prepared In the Kitchen
44.  Lunch with school families prepared In the School Kitchen
45.  School Friends celebrating Catholic Schools Week
46.  Friends showing me patience, went I don't have any
47.  Friends sharing their graces


Hands down, I'm praying for patience.


Crockpot Chicken, Mashed Pototoes & Corn
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Cheeseburger Mac (I have yet to make this Jenny)
Bowtie Pasta
Beef Stroganoff


We were going to do little acts of kindness during Advent.  I got them all ready and then we scrapped that because it was really hard to distribute them via my couch.

So, I found a few things on Pinterest we can do for Valentine's Day.  I am excited to be able to get to the store and make something.

Then I hope to get some Lenten crafts going. 


Honestly, I haven't read a page in a book in a week.  My same books are on the list.
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic ~ Matthew Kelly

...Liturgical Living

Firming up Lenten plans.  Need to put it to paper to capture the ideas and make them real.

...Looking Ahead

I'm looking forward to Thursday's doctor appointment, so much so that I was almost ready to take all three kids with me to a 4:00 appointment today.  Sounds simple enough but lately, it's not simple. at. all.  My better judgement (husband) said just wait.  So, I'm working on finishing tabbing my Bible, reading that book, and I should catch up on the Catechism with the flocknote group.  Just a few more days.

I'm also looking forward to my Holy Hour this week.  It's been eight weeks since I've been.  This will be the first place I get to go all. by. myself.

...Listening To

Children playing in the background
Drew on Relevant Radio in the foreground


Our Old Yeller waiting to be fed during my Snapshot Sunday Hour 6-7 AM.  Shot in

f. 4.2, ISO 1600, 26mm, 1/3
I like to shoot in A mode. 
I have yet to take wb auto off. 
I have much to learn.
Joining Ann, Cari, Sarah & Suscipio.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Daybook ~ Volume 3

Moments of Gratitude:

Some moments are big while others small.  Yet, they are what I am halting time, rejoice in God for.  These are the gifts, the joydare which I am grateful for:

12. new domino friends to play with

13. little girl giggles held in my arms
14. sitting with my Mom
15. to have passed by 12 days not leaving my house and not going mad
16. sour words overheard, still seeing love shines
17. better than just right, a lunch with my Mom and girls in a restaurant
18. hearing these sweet words, "start physical therapy"
19. sharing the laughter of parenting with my husband

23. that I did a lot of things that I wanted to do before I got married & had kids. (1/3 things I'm grateful about me)
24. early morning snow falling from above
25. my husband beside me
26. startling grace of trusting in Him that my past was still in His plan
27. startling grace of confession
28. startling grace of forgiveness
29. the feeling of home in church



This week is the last of the meals friends or family have given us.  God's timing is really good.  I think I'm about ready to handle some easy meals.  Tonight I have Kristen's chicken pasta bake.  Tomorrow we are going out for birthday dinner.  We'll probably have leftovers in Wednesday.  That will leave my first meal on Thursday, Tacos.  I can sit while making most of that.  I can honestly say, I've been very thankful for our small L-Shaped kitchen.  This design allows for me to back & forth with my left leg sans crutches and now I can balance with partial weight on my right foot.   Friday cheese pizza received, frozen from Papa Murphy's and salad.  MacGyver has Saturday and Sunday covered. 

I did manage a cake today for Henry's baptism anniversary. 


I'm marking the year by with a photo of myself, funny thing is that I think I wore the same thing last year.  Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple.


I'm still working on photo books and a calendar.  I really have to get this going.  My couch time is coming to an end and I should have something to show for my computer time.  I did pick out a few ideas courtesy of pinterest for Valentine's.  We'll tackle that in a few weeks.


Nothing really new here, still reading the following:

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic ~ Matthew Kelly

The Better Part ~ Fr John Bartunek

Catechism of the Catholic Church ~ a few days behind the flocknote group

Liturgical Living

Thinking ahead to what Lent will look like.  I will do the 40 bags in 40 days.  What size are these bags supposed to be?  Still need to think of things age appropriate for our kids (3, soon to be 5 and 6).
Ideas welcome.

Looking ahead

I think in trial, there comes a time when you are done.  I'm done with this broken leg, done with these four walls, done looking out these windows.  I've followed doctors orders keeping my leg elevated as much as possible.  Frankly, there hasn't been too much of a choice, I couldn't drive and keeping my leg down for any length of time hurt, being on crutches hurt.  But I'm done.  My swelling is low, even after the physical therapy exercises, I'm going to start driving.  I still need crutches but I can have my leg down for a longer period of time now.

Reminds me of when I'm sick there are the days when  you just can't do a thing and then soon enough your so sick of being sick you are going to make yourself better.  Makes sense right?

I'm looking ahead to tomorrow, I'm driving to a drive thru for a vanilla latte, not so hot.  I'm getting dressed, hair make-up.  I might even see if I can get a hair cut.  I'm going out to dinner with my family.  I'm celebrating my birthday doing something other than what I've been doing the last five weeks.

I'm also looking forward to a date with my wonderful husband, a glass of wine and delicious steak or perhaps a nice walleye fillet.

It's so nice to have some of my regular life back, I'm looking forward to it.  Rejoice.

Listening To

Little girls playing store and house, thinking back to my own days like these with my sister.  A humidifier pumping cool moist air into our non-stop furnace running house (today's high is 9, the low was 1 when I awoke).  Wiggles and giggles.
Grateful to have these gifts and this opportunity to Rejoice in the Lord,

Monday, January 7, 2013

Woman's Almanac {CWA} ~ 3

Here's a peek at what's happening around  here.  The real stuff.

Moments of Gratitude
I have many things to be grateful for but haven't exactly been able to pen them all.  My journals are scattered and for the most part I require help getting things.  I ask much, so I tend to let things that aren't absolutely necessary wait, then the days go by.  I could use some organization. 
The short of my long list:

1. Homecooked meals ready to heat
2. My husband who takes care of broken legged me, our children, our home all the while being busy at work.
3. My husband going to work late to bring our kids plus one to school.
4. Thankful for catnaps after sleepless nights
5. Chocolate stocking treats.
6. Father and son learning video games together
7. Big Girl's Godparents over for a visit

~ Marriage
~ Prayer

I could just as well left this off as I haven't really cooked in a month, with one partial exception.  God is so good in our time of need with regards to food.  We've had wonderful friends bring meals that I can put in the oven to be ready when MacGyver comes home.  He then rallies the troops to set the table and I "crunch" down for dinner.  I manage easy easy breakfast and lunch.  Yesterday, I chopped veggies and we threw together chicken noodle soup.  Felt good to make something or at least have a part in making it.  It's a start.

This category is the same as above.  The real truth is that I quite often shower later in the day and then put clean pajamas back on for the remainder of the day.  Or I wear my favorite velour warm up type outfit.  My sad reality is that during the week after getting kids out the door for school, I need to put my leg up and I'm exhausted (my running days such a distant memory).  Then it's time for lunch, rest, then shower.  I rarely see anybody besides the four other people that live here and we all love pajamas!


I'm far behind but I really do hope to get my photos together to make books for each child by the time of Big Girl's birthday in February.  I need to get focused in order to get this done because come leg recovery, I doubt computer time will be in abundance.


Catechism of the Catholic Church with Flocknote

Litugical Living
Starting to think about what Lent will look like.  Thinking about 40 bags in 40 days (google if you need to, many people have done this in the past).  On one had I wonder what is left after our huge purge late summer, on the other, I look around and see way too much.    Room by room, each day.  I'm in, no question now.  I'll ponder on other ideas.

Looking Ahead
My Mom is coming to stay with us on Wednesday until Friday.  I'm so thankful.  She'll catch us up, cook, run errands in addition to running kids and me.  On Thursday I go to the doctor for my four week check up.  I'm pretty sure the bone has now healed.  It just feels different, more like it doesn't feel.  I think since I don't feel where it was broken, it's not?  The last visit the doctor indicated if everything looks good, I'll start putting some weight, while on crutches, to my leg.

For Fun
MacGyver and I have joined the Downton Abbey craze.  We were getting season one via Netflix DVD to the home.  Then we reazlied we can stream it on his iPad free via amazon.  Woot Woot!  We don't even mind watching it on the small screen as it's a way better picture than the old tube tv, not to mention instant, no waiting for the mail.  Last night was the premiere of season three, I wonder if we can catch up?
My prayers are great in number, here are a few:
My sponsored boy Ryan and his family in the Philippines
Healing for a friend after an emergency emergency c-section
Healing for mothers who are unable to run their families due to illness, recovery, etc.
For marriages on the brink to come to fullness in God's will (not a personal prayer).

From last summer, I have yet to get outside for some current winter pictures.  This is from a collection I discovered on an old sd card, hiding in my camera bag. 

North Shore, Minnesota

Joining the Suscipio and Ann.

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