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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Our Dino exhibit closes soon.  My littles will be 8 and 10 years old approx. when it opens again. We thoroughly enjoyed our last visit for a while. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Goals for the week

I'm still getting use to this new way of posting my weekly goals, but I like getting these things out of my head each week.  That is for sure one positive in all this.

Marriage/Mothering/Relationship Goals: 
-Finish reading our Rome read aloud book during lunch time.
-Take #4 to get ice cream after soccer practice. 
-Write DH a note post vacation. 
-Take the kids to see the Cherry Blossoms. 
-Prep for the Triduum.
-Read to littles during first part of quiet time each day. 

Personal Goals: 
-Workout M-F, two of those times at the gym, the rest at home.
-Read at least 1 chapter of Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline.
-Organize and Upload pictures from trip.

At Home Goals: 
-Replace light bulbs that are out. 
-Plant the rest of the garden that's starting inside. 
-Move spring/Easter books into book basket in family room.

5 Take Aways from our pilgrimage

#5 No matter how much I want or need to get away just us...there's no place like home and there was nothing I missed more than our children. What a blessing to be able to go away to such amazing holy places, but what a gift we have in our family and our home.

#4 I'm proud to be an American and the USA is beautiful, but let's face it...there are many other beautiful places that NEED to be seen! Traveling can be a little scary to me. The 911 tragedy has changed travel for the whole world. It's stressful and can be frightening, but this trip has helped me see that it is indeed good to travel still and not let that day, that event, change my life in a negative way...just let it make me more prayerful and more cautious.

#3 Our faith is such an incredible gift! The depth, the beauty, the miracles that have taken place throughout the history of our church! We had an amazing tour guide.  She, Elizabeth, did an amazing job bringing history to life for me.  I learned so much in the week of time spent with her.  I think I may have learned more in this time than I learned in all my K-5th grade history classes combined. I told her that!

#2 Sometimes its easy to get 'down' about the state of our country. The issues we have are huge and the decisions being made by our 'leaders' are detrimental, right!? But this trip has helped open my eyes and given me hope.  There are good people, really holy people, still leading and still making good decisions for our future.  They may be 'hard to find' because they aren't in the lime light, but they are around and God is STILL good!

#1 For all couples to keep in the forefront of their minds...when your children are grown and it's just you and your spouse...what will you have? What will your relationship be at that point? It will be what you have put into it along the way. What are you putting into your marriage? Are you continuing to build your relationship or are you allowing it to drift further apart because you're so 'in the trenches'.

Pictures to come. I haven't put them all on my computer yet.

Here's one of the sights we saw last...