My Sunday Best {6}

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Ootd…

Blue top

Brown skirt

Fake pearl necklace with coordinating fake pearl earrings

… And sweat… And a newly turned 5-month old (not pictured)…

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Ok, so I know this wasn’t the Gospel reading today, but maybe it was from a few weeks (months?) back? I dunno. Anyways,¬†I’m thinking of the Mary and Martha passage (Luke 10) and to be honest, I’ve never really “gotten” it. I’ve always felt Martha got the snub end of the deal because there really ARE things that need to be done in life, and I’ve never really been able to reconcile the things that NEED to be done vs. sitting and BEING with Jesus.

The other way I’ve never really felt I’ve “gotten” it, is, say I actually do get a chance to just sit and be with Jesus. What am I supposed to do? Especially if my chance to sit and be still comes while I’m at home? I mean, if I sit down on the couch and close my eyes and just BE with him, I fall asleep. (Hey, just being honest).

But, I was outside with the two little boys a few weeks back, Z was traipsing all over the yard and I was holding Nicholas. Z was happy, N was happy, I was thinking “Oh, I need my phone so I can take a picture”. I almost got up and got it, but didn’t want to disturb N’s contented looking around.

Well, I guess I don’t NEED to document every single happy moment of them playing outside… I guess I could just BE outside with them…

It hit me then. My kids are a big part of my vocation; they’re a big part, if not the main way, I am serving God right now, in my day to day, moment to moment life. I got a taste, probably a very small little teeny tiny taste, of what it means to be a “Mary”, of what it means to just sit and be… to just sit and listen.

And…

It was so peaceful…

No, I won’t have a photograph to document the climbing in and out of the little tykes car or the baby staring intently at the brick walkway, but I did feel God showing me HIS truth just a little bit more.

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Linking with Rosie for Sunday Best

A WIWS post

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Many thanks to Katherine for taking the photo. Apologies for the closed eyes… for some reason I thought it would be a better idea to stand looking into the sun. Oh well ūüôā

The outfit details:
Shoes – back there behind me. It was warm out. I don’t like shoes, so they were off when we came home
{Total side note: I tend to take my WIWS photos¬†after we get home from church, since it’s usually not rushed or anything, but I find that it often leaves me shoe-less}
Skirt – Super comfy long maternity skirt that doesn’t necessarily require tights
Top – Somewhat comfy maternity top. Purple for Lent!
Sweater – Non maternity, kinda too small, but still comfy and nice enough to wear to Mass
Belly: 36 weeks 3 days

There’s also a little necklace, and if you’re looking for technicalities I wore my hair in a pony tale and under a veil during Mass.

Also for reference, I have taken a few pictures over the last few weeks, but never blogged them, so here they are:

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I know we’re already three weeks into Lent and all, and to be honest I don’t have a ton of thoughts to put out on the internet this year. I think I knew coming into this year that I wouldn’t be “doing” much. This is the first time I’ve been on this end of pregnancy for Lent and it’s come with a special sort of difficulty and much discomfort. So I’ve found myself trying to offer those things as my sacrifice this year. Taking the “easy” way out? Maybe. But this is what I can manage.

I also keep thinking about a song that was played during Advent: Almost There by Michael W Smith {link to youtube video}

The lyrics are:

Mary, full of innocence
Carrying the Holy prince
You’re almost there, you’re almost there
Mother of the Living Word
Trusting in the voice you heard
You’re almost there, you’re almost there

You’re almost where the angels see
Redemption’s plan unfolding
All hope is in the Son you’ll bear
You’re almost there

A lonely road, a willing heart
Pray for strength to do your part
You’re almost there, you’re almost there
Trust the Father to provide
Bread of heaven prophesied
You’re almost there, you’re almost there

You’re almost where the waiting ends
Delivering the life within
The answered prayer, Emmanuel
You’re almost there

You’re almost where the journey ends
Where death will die and life begins
The answered prayer, Emmanuel
You’re almost, almost there

Anyways, I’ve been thinking about this song a lot. And it’s been “real” in a sense to me because I’m nearing the end of my own pregnancy journey. Now, I’m not Mary and my baby isn’t Jesus, but the line especially¬†Where death will die and life begins¬†has been especially front and center because how much is birth like a kind of death? A passing from the womb into life. My due date is Holy Thursday, one day before Good Friday. One day before we “celebrate” the Ultimate death into life.

That’s been my “to think about” this season. And it’s not an easy one to forget about!

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Linking up with Rosie at A Blog For My Mom

What I Wore Sunday

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I suppose I could label this a “Daybook” post, but greatly modified. Because those always have a lot of headings, and take me a lot of time because I feel bound to do EVERY SINGLE ITEM…

So this week, just a few things I wanted to join in on, but didn’t want to jam everybody’s inbox/newsfeed with lots of separate posts.

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~Black and White Capture of the Week~

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Matt and Zachary. Love their hands together
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(I shared the color version of this yesterday for the weekly 365 Project)

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~Feast of Corpus Christi~

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Today turned into one of those Sunday’s where “just showing up” took all the effort. One kiddo ended up sounding so much worse with his hacking cough once we got to church. One fell off a kneeler and was totally embarrassed (and started bawling). Baby was OK as far as babies go, but he’s 7 months, so…. needing to eat, and deciding not to sit with others, and pulling off veils and such (all normal).

Anyway, I can’t remember any of the details of father’s homily, but he focused on “sacrifice” – the Sacrifice that Jesus gives to us every week on the altar. I know that my {very} small scale sacrifice of just being at Mass this morning was nothing compared to Jesus’ sacrifice for us, but it did help me to have a slightly tangible grasp on the enormity of¬†what Jesus went through for us.

WIWS over at Fine Linen and Purple

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~Currently Crocheting and other projects~

Just one last thing on the afghan and then I won’t mention it again (until I get it hung up ūüėČ ) I wrote up a little bit on things I pondered about marriage while working on it ~ right here if you’d like to look.

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I did a little bit more work on the doily. I have about one-quarter of this round left then, I have to make the inner ruffle and inner flower in the center.

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Need some good listening recommendations while I work on this, so please feel free to leave suggestions (podcasts, radio shows, etc..)

I also picked up a few mending projects this week.

Mom requested a hem for two pairs of work-jeans. She said she would have been charged $12/pair if she took them in somewhere. I figure since she watches my kids pretty often and I don’t pay her, its a fair trade ūüôāmending

I also ran a seam through a pair of Katherine’s jammies.

I honestly don’t know why I leave things laying around as long as I do. It literally took me less than a minute to run the seam (actual time to do the project was more like ten minutes though because I had some company who was into things he shouldn’t have been and I had to rethread the needle a few times because my sewing machine is finicky like that, and I had to get up for a few other things… such is life with kiddos)

Also on the mending pile:
~ stuffed bear that Johnny is really attached to
~ converting a bib to a wash cloth
~ a one inch hole on one of my shirts (on a seam so definitely an easy fix)
~ a button for one of Katherine’s sweaters

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If you have a stash of sewing/needle/textile projects waiting to be finished, consider joining the fun! Leave a comment here (or over at Saint Affairs) with what you’ve finished recently or are planning to soon. Or if you blog, write up a short post and add it to the link-up!

Link to the link-up in the image! (Over at SaintAffairs)

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~Reading~

I’m *only* reading:

Story of a Soul (still)
Gaudy Night – by Dorothy L Sayers

I have great plans this week to write up what I read in May and also share a few fun children’s books we’ve run across in the past few weeks. We shall see folks. We shall see.

I finished it!!!!! {and WIWS}

 

First we’ll take care of what I put together for Mass yesterday:

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I, ummmm, didn’t manage to get a photo¬†before¬†so… this is after we got home. And I realized only after the photo was done that my hair was needing to be redone.

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What I wore:

Black Sandals (BTW I only have one pair of church sandals, and it’s these ones, which I wear all summer, until it’s absolutely impossibly too cold to wear them anymore, because I really, REALLY dislike closed shoes – that to say, I’m not going to keep mentioning my shoes, unless for some unknown reason I wear something else).
Black skirt with purple “embroidery” {thrifted}
Black sleeveless top {Belk sale rack a few years back}
Pearl necklace {gifted by my grandmother, but it belonged to my great-great-Aunt… just love little family details like this <3}
Pearl earrings {gifted by an aunt and uncle in Costa Rica; part of my first set of pearl anything}
Veil (you can see it in last week’s post ~ it was well off by the time we got home)

One of my favorite things about Trinity Sunday is that we usually sing the old hymn Holy, Holy, Holy. And before becoming Catholic I had only ever heard that hymn sung in my non-Catholic family, so I had always associated it with being a Protestant hymn (which when I looked it up it actually isn’t strictly Protestant, as it was written by an Anglican for the purpose of Trinity Sunday – reference here), and it was always a nice hymn, but it never really stood out to me.

I remember last year, Father was doing his homily about the Trinity, and he did the Benediction and they played that hymn for the recessional.

Just the words:

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

It was just the perfect way to tie it all. I was able to internalize it so much more!
(#MassMusicfortheWin)

WIWS over at Fine Linen and Purple

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And!!!!

I finished my afghan!!!

or, well, I guess it’s Jared’s afghan ūüėČ

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afghan done

And… it won’t fit hanging on the wall where I thought it would. (That’s a queen sized bed and it’s laying across the end). So, another place I shall find.

I have some thoughts on this project that I’m in the process of writing up (the goal is to have them finished by Wednesday)

UP next:

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Finishing up the doily in the inset. This picture was take WAY back right after I had started it (early this year), and I’m on the outer edge now, but if you look real close there’s a flower in the middle that needs to be done, and that’s not done.

This is a project requested by Katherine, since she wanted one for her table so she could match my table. Actually, what she really wanted was the doily on my table, but I decided I would make her one because¬†somewhere in my foggy New Year’s / Winter brain that seemed easier?

But it’s nearly complete now, so I’m just going to finish it ūüôā

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Link to the link-up in the image! (Over at SaintAffairs)

 

Thoughts for Sunday {Under new Management: Advent Unplugged}

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This post popped into my inbox this afternoon from Haley at Carrots For Michaelmas. I read it and thought “well, that sounds like a good idea… I mean I’ve given up social media (at least on my phone) for Lent, so why not Advent too? It is after all a mini-Lent and you can’t very well prepare your heart to receive Jesus if you’re filling your mind with other mindless activity”

For me being unplugged is something that’s been in and out of the front of my mind for the last year or so. I get (rightly) accused of being on my phone ALL. THE. TIME. So I’ve been really working at NOT being on my phone all the time. {Although, in my defense, sometimes¬†I am just looking at pictures and such.}¬†I’ve only just noticed in the last few weeks that I’ve *gasp* only checked my email twice a day… or sometimes it will be almost noon before I realize I haven’t checked email. Facebook, has thankfully been dwindling for me. I do like to share posts and the occasional picture of the kids, but other than that I’ve not been posting there. This has mostly to do with a comment from one of my husband’s cousins. When we were in Georgia¬†early this year, I met her, she said she had a friend who stopped posting status updates because when he’d¬†see people¬†“in real life” there wouldn’t be anything to talk about because it had all been shared on FB already. That really stuck with me,¬†although I wasn’t really planning on going that route. It¬†got me thinking a lot more about just posting stuff, especially the mundane “It’s so windy and cold today!!!” kinda stuff {which¬†BTW today has been the coldest we’ve had so far this cold weather season, and I am so thankful that we have heat}. However, I do still find myself mindlessly scrolling through things, especially at either¬†end of the day.

It’s funny this should come up today {actually, it’s probably not funny, probably it’s God}. Today is the Feast of Christ the King. During the homily this morning Father spoke on being “Under new management”. When we recognize that Christ is King, we recognize that He is our Manager. Therefore,¬†we’re under the¬†NEW¬†management of¬†Christ and not under the management of self, and Advent is the perfect time for reorganizing ourselves to that NEW management.

Father challenged us to find something that needed working on in our lives, no giving up chocolate is not what he meant, but to truly give up or work on something that needed to be readjusted so that we could fully prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. I knew immediately what I needed to work on. I knew by the way I reacted the moment I thought it. I instantly¬†brought out¬†my “nope, can’t do that” answer, which confirmed that, yes, in fact that’s what I needed to do. I spend a huge amount of energy *trying* to control… well… just about everything. Specifically¬†my poor husband. I have a tendency to react without stopping and thinking if I’m even correct in my reaction. {Wow! that was really hard to write}

My “to work on for Advent”:

Only respond in Love to my husband.

To do that, I know I will need to spend much more time in prayer than I currently am spending because I know that I can’t change without the help of my Father. To spend that more time in prayer, something else has to give.

The rest of the Advent Semi-Unplugged Plan:

*Give up social media on the phone. Probably will have to remove the apps because otherwise it’s just too easy to check.
*Check email on phone once in the morning, only.
*Computer time only in the evenings, after the kids are in bed.
*”Nap time” prayer time.

*Maybe* Do some spiritual reading. But, I have a few problems with that. I don’t have a meditations for Advent book, although I’ve heard of a few, funding to purchase at this time is really just not there… Plus, I think my main thing is going to need to be prayer. Just in the writing of this post, I thought to myself “I need to have something to read and reflect one”, two things popped into my head “You could read the Bible” {um, yeah, hello Spiritual Book numero uno right there} “You don’t NEED to have “something to read” (as in a specially written Advent meditation book) to pray on what you need to work on”.

And there you have it. Not too big of a plan, and not too much that hasn’t already been done to some extent before. {To my husband: if you’re reading this, like I know you probably will at some point, I’m gonna try, I really am, please don’t judge me too hard}

Haley is hosting a link-up over on her blog running for the next week or so, if you’d like to join you Unplugged Post too!

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