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Sunday, August 30, 2015

3 Ways to make your days first meeting with the most important One!

  Who is your first meeting with every morning?





  In that order?

  I've been thinking about this over the last few days. We are such a busy society. Living in these times of technology and fast paced living it seems there are always distractions tugging at our thoughts. We know in our heart that our first moments of the day should be spent with Our Creator, yet we still find ourselves in the habit of having other 'meetings' first.

  Who do you visit with first thing in the morning? Are you sleeping next to your phone, so that when you wake up you can check it to see who has texted or emailed or if who has posted on Facebook?

  I've come up with 3 ways to help you be focused on God at the start of your day. There will be time for all the 'catching up' with people and meetings, but these are some things I've tried and they've worked for me, so I'm hopeful that if you're looking for help in these areas you might try some or all of these n

#1 Don't have your phone or computer in your bedroom at all. It's distracting in the morning, so have it put away somewhere so it won't be 'calling you' first thing each day.

#2 Make some goals for yourself. Maybe when you get in the shower your Morning Offering will be said? Hey, Jesus went to the mountain to pray, right? Why? Because he wanted solitude and quiet. Well, you know, we all can't get to a mountain easily, but I know solitude and quiet for me is found in the shower or even the bathroom. If you're a busy mom like me then I'm guessing you'll agree! So, the bathroom is a great place to start your prayers for the morning.

#3 Find a place in your home that you want to be part of your morning ritual. My 'place' kinda moves. We have a prayer room in our home that I absolutely LOVE. It's a real gift for our family and we use it a lot, but there are some days when I want prayer time out on our deck because the weather is amazing or under the lamp in our family room in a comfy chair. And some days when I'm driving kids around and have a few minutes to spare I 'll stop in an adoration chapel or church. Wherever you have your prayer time make it a morning 'ritual' of sorts. Maybe it's Step 1, take a shower and say a morning offering. Step 2 get coffee and head to prayer space, etc. Set up a routine that you can follow easily each morning. Don't make it hard. Make it enjoyable and appealing to all your senses.

These are the things that work for me! I hope you can try some or all of them and come up with your best morning ritual. Save the technology for AFTER you've had your most important meeting of the day.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy 14th birthday, beautiful daughter!!

  I wanted to do something a little different for today's birthday post. My oldest and I had fun doing this questionnaire at 10:30 last night. Nothing like laughing your butt off with one of your kids. ; ) In my humble opinion.

  Happy birthday to our oldest who is such a tremendous gift to our family. I never imagined in a million years that God would give us a daughter as our first born. And even more a gift than that a daughter who has always been so beautiful inside and out.

She had just had her first make-up lesson during a mom/daughter weekend away. This is a bit much for everyday wear, but I love this picture because it reminds me of the awesome 'growing up' weekend we had and the reality is she IS growing up and it's so FUN to walk by her side through these years! 

Birthday Questions: 

   What's your favorite movie: Grace Unplugged
   What's your favorite color: Aqua
   Who are your favorite Saints: Our Lady, St. Thecla and St. Dymphna. I also really like St. Therese's sister, Pauline, but she isn't a Saint. ; )

   How many years have you been Irish dancing? 10
   What your favorite book: The Maze Runner Series, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (by the way, it was Percy Jackson's birthday this past Tuesday- tidbit I learned from Sarah)
   What's your favorite type of food: Anything with gravy (What can I say she's a native Texan.)
   Favorite subject: Math
   Favorite singer: Taylor Swift

   Most played game (right now): Settlers of Catan
   Favorite summer memory: The Franciscan University conference
   Favorite summer activity 2015:
   Favorite candy: 3 Musketeers and Midnight Milky Ways
   Favorite fall activity: Volleyball
   Favorite winter activity: baking cookies, making treats

   Favorite place to shop: Bath and Body Works
   If you were stranded on a deserted island which 3 foods would you want with you: Fried chicken and gravy, watermelon and coffee ice cream.
   If you could switch places with one of your siblings for a day who would you choose? and why?
    Rosie, because she's the youngest and it would be fun to see what it's like to be the youngest instead of the oldest.

Some pictures from her 13th year...

A big girl 'in age', but yet still very able to be 'young' and enjoy being a kid...

She's a movie watcher. 

And she is always making something in our kitchen.

First time behind the wheel. YIKES. It won't be long...

My native Texan in a patch of Bluebonnets- the state flower. 

I LOVE this picture of my bookends. It captures how we all feel about Sarah!!!