Tuesday, August 15, 2017

St. Michael's Lent and Novena for Our Nation

     I'm going to be honest, I don't really keep up with any news, except for the little "trending" tab on my Facebook sidebar. Even so, it seems liken there is an increase in all sorts of violence being reported. At the same time, I've been feeling a call to "fast", to do something to combat the evil and win mercy for souls. I've been at a loss, though, as to how to accomplish a fast, since breastfeeding requires I actually eat, and I typically don't have any special foods I eat frequently enough that giving it up would actually be a sacrifice. God is timely, though, when we seek His Will, and this post about St. Michael's Lent which St. Francis of Assisi observed came up in my Facebook news feed on Saturday, as did one for the Rosary Novena for Our Nation, and I knew I had my answer. 

     While I (and many others) cannot fast from food, there are definitely things I can fast or abstain from. Like Facebook, again, and Pinterest, as those are my two biggest time suckers, as is mindlessly browsing on Instagram. I have been having a lot of cheesecake in an attempt to boost milk supply, so I will actually be able to give up sweets, for the first time in forever, once the cheesecake in the fridge is gone. Back to the time wasters, though. There's still going to be that time that needs to be filled, and I'm going to fill it with the Rosary Novena (link on how to do it), spiritual reading, blogging, and going to bed earlier. I will still be posting to Facebook from Instagram, but won't log in unless I have a blog post to share. I literally just ordered a kitchen rosary from Sweet Oak Gallery on Etsy to help with the rosary praying. (The one I got. M. Teresa's been speaking to me a lot lately.) 

     I think there was something else, but I can't really remember. Please consider joining me, and thousands of others, in offering up something for the welfare of souls, and peace in the world. I know I handle my daily sufferings and annoyances so much better when I have an actual and concrete thing to offer them for. Even if you can't commit to the rosary or something big, even just offering one of the small, everyday things once a day from the Assumption (8/15) to the Feast of the Archangels (9/29) can have untold benefits. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Four

     He's here! We welcomed Thomas Ignatius early in the morning on May 23rd. He was 8 lbs 8 oz, and 21 inches long, which seems to be our standard baby size. Labor was quick and intense, recovery is going amazingly, and he is just so chill. Which is nice, because 4 is more than 3, and it's making the transition just a little bit easier. The other three adore him, for the most part. And today he's started to coo!
I think I might type up all their birth stories next; for now, here are some cute pics.
She was trying to console him with toys.



For some reason, they like to look at the toys,
even though they know we won't buy them.
True of all of our babies.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

#March4Life2017

     I wasn't able to go to the March For Life this year, but I was able to listen to the last few of the speeches while cutting sweet potatoes, which I then proceeded to not cook. Anyway, I liked a lot of what I heard, mostly. Maybe I don't fully understand the purpose behind the March. Maybe it's just supposed to be a show of numbers, of the people who oppose abortion in our country. Maybe it's not to make persuasive arguments as to why we are pro-life and anti-abortion. If that is the case, then my objection is no issue at all. However, if we are trying to change minds and hearts, then I think we should stop "God bless"ing everything, and stop "Jesus is Lord"ing, and stop praying for the conversion of specific people during our speeches. No, I don't want to erase God/Jesus from the March, but I have family, friends, and people I follow who identify much, much more with the reasons for the Women's March, and their hearts are not being swayed by the religious talk. Quite the opposite, actually. Our message is being drowned out by the insistence on bringing God, specifically the Judeo-Christian God, into everything. It's fine if you are able to say "Abortion is wrong, and I know it because the Bible/the Church/my Faith says so", but we need to remember not everyone has the benefit of the supernatural gift of Faith informing their life. To me, that is the part we are missing. We seem to assume that "Jesus talk" is the quickest and most powerful way of changing hearts, because we already see with the eyes of Faith, so it all makes sense to us. To someone without that grace? Badgering them about the right thing to do because God said so just causes them to stop listening. We need to focus more on the natural reasons why abortion is wrong, good scientific and philosophical reasons, and let God quietly do the rest. There is nothing we can do or say to change the mind and heart of someone who is not yet ready to accept our message, and it is all too easy to do or say something which hardens their heart more. If it is true that we are living in a post-Christian age, then our approach is going to have to change to reflect that, and appeals to matters of Faith will only become more and more irrelevant and useless. We need to meet them where they are, on the solely natural plane. Maybe then, will our message really be heard. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Four

     I wish I could say that life has been busy lately, but that wouldn't exactly be true. Not since my last post, anyway. I've mostly been lazy, and wasting time scrolling through new feeds, trying to regain a little bit of sanity at the end of my days. But, we all know that is actually counterproductive. Yet, I still do it. It's so hard not to; and, it turns out, we get little hits of dopamine, the feel good hormone, when we do it, so it is no wonder that this habit is so difficult to break. And goodness knows, I could do with mood boosts. 
     Anyway, Jose turned 4 in October. 4! Turns out 4 is when the realization of competition and being first happens. 2.5 is when "Why?" starts, and Juanito has been in that stage for a few months now. Though people say that 3 is the year of why. Maybe my kids are just a bit early. I don't know. Little Miss is attempting to climb on All. The. Things. and getting into All. The. Things. But overall, life hasn't been that bad. In fact, it has much greatly improved from where we were last. 
     While we're talking about four, Baby #4 is due to arrive at the end of May! We are about 14.5 weeks along, and, overall, this has been the easiest pregnancy so far. The depression hasn't really shown up much, outside of the typical emotional ups and downs of the first trimester. I have no pelvic pain, yet, and the veins are behaving too. The nausea hasn't been overwhelming, though it has been pretty constant. And, thankfully, the extreme fatigue has gone away. Also part of the reason I haven't been blogging. It's difficult to find time when you get up with the children, and proceed to go to bed pretty soon after they do. 
     I also have some ideas for future posts, and, once I figure out how, I'd like to set up a give away. I recently finished Jennifer Fulwiler's book "Something Other Than God", and it was the most inspiring book I have read in a while, and I have read quite a few. I guess that's all for now, I should go in search of food. The key to managing the nausea is to eat, except for when it makes it worse.