Friday, September 23, 2016

Things You Need to Invent (so I don't have to)

Do you watch Shark Tank?  I don't watch it religiously but I really love the idea of inventors and entrepreneurs coming up with an amazing idea and getting their huge moment to pitch their ideas with the hope of making a deal and bringing their dream to life.  Except the sharks are always wrong and every time I think ohmygoodness that is the best idea EVER they HAVE to get a deal, the sharks are all, "eh, your packaging is bad and licensing stuff."  

I've had SO many amazing ideas that should see the light of day but ALAS, you guys.  I don't have the time or "capital" to make them happen.  This is where you come in. This is where you take one of my ideas and for the good of humanity, you make it happen.  You may also make millions of dollars and maybe give me a cut for thinking of it.  Let's get to it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Accepting What Your Homeschool Isn't

I was dreading the beginning of lessons with the boys.  At first I just thought it was because the glitter had worn off my homeschool eyes.  It's not exciting and novel anymore.  Not really at all.  Freshly ordered textbooks arriving in the mail carry with them the weight of knowing we actually have to do something with them.  I half-heartedly sharpened a new box of pencils knowing that within a week they'd be ugly and broken just like the rest of them.  It was also partly plain ol' teething toddler exhaustion, I knew.  I've been tired to the bone enough times by now to remember that the seasons of sleep deprivation will pass and that the way they darkly color my vision of life will be healed with a few good nights of sleep.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I don't deserve a baby.

I never would have thought it during the time that the grief was so bleeding raw and crippling. In the days and months after our miscarriage, I felt angry and sad and shocked and despairing.  Losing our baby ripped my world apart and it felt like it would never, ever be quite right again.  In the years since I've realized that while the grief lessened and the wound healed, the life - and loss - of that baby changed me forever.  Losing a baby taught me things that I would never have understood otherwise. Perhaps greater and more important than all of these lessons, though, is this:  I don't deserve a baby.  No one does.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Semi-Indian Dessert for Saint Teresa of Calcutta

It's official!  She's a saint!  So we celebrated a little last night!

You see it, right?  TELL ME YOU SEE IT.  Well, I tried anyway.  In honor of Mother Teresa's canonization, I attempted a little hint-of-Indian/hint of MoC dessert for Mother that my family would actually eat.  

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Doctrine Is Love.

With the excitement of Mother Teresa's canonization coming up on Sunday, like everyone probably, I've been thinking a lot about her life and her message.  I don't consider myself a great student of Mother's by any means.  At least, not in the ways that it counts. I've read her book, many of her words, and much about her.  I feel a little connection with her sharing a birthday and a namesake.  I hope she prays for me and I hope I can learn to love as she did. Love was her lesson and I've a long way to go.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Snapshots of Summer

We're still in summering mode over here for about another week or so.  Here, schools don't start until after Labor Day and we begin a little bit later than that.  This summer has gone really slowly, I feel. June feels like forever ago.  I'm ready for cooler weather and maaaybe some routine but I'm not really ready for summer to be over.  It's been a good one.  There were many times I thought we were supposed to be doing More.  Of what, I didn't know just...More.  But looking back, there were lots of little summer moments, lots of down time, lots of things that their memories will be made of.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Notes from the Garden {8/16}

I haven't posted many pictures but the garden has been really really great this year.  The husband has been keeping up with it and the early summer drought actually helped us little gardeners out.  We had to water lots but the lack of rain kept all the nasty bugs away until the last few weeks so things were left alone!  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hail, Holy Queen of Our Home {our little Coronation tradition}

Yesterday we had our little traditional home celebrations to observe the feast of the Coronation of Mary.  Every year we have our crowning and some sort of treat to mark the special day.  

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