Jesus, have mercy. I don't have much to add to the conversation on race and violence and murder and the horrible things that have happened in the last few days. I don't consider myself well informed enough on the matters at hand to have any sort of educated opinion except that I know the devil is dwelling in all of this. The anger, the racism, the murder, the division, the blood. Last month I wrote a piece on the culture of outrage. There are appropriate times to be angry at injustice, heck yes. But that anger is only worth anything if it moves toward action. Simply being angry gets us nowhere or worse, only fuels the fires and causes more violence and death. Let your anger be channeled into discussions and prayer and fasting and donations and peace.
Our family will be praying a Divine Mercy Chaplet today at 3 p.m. for the victims of violence these past few days as well as for peace in our country. Join us?
Y'all know I love me some garbage picking. LOOK WHAT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD SHARED YESTERDAY:
They are in absolutely beautiful condition!! I think we're actually going to keep the high chair since we've never had a really great one. And as much as I want to keep the beautiful bassinet (it's PERFECT!!), we don't need it so I'll either pass it along to one of my pregnant friends or donate it to the crisis pregnancy center. I have a feeling they were hoping someone would pick it up because it just doesn't make sense to throw this away. I just love when people give stuff away without expecting anything in return. I get such a thrill when we put something by the road and someone comes and takes it! (Is that weird?)
We're about to be knee deep in zucchini and summer squash, friends. Help a sister out. What are your favorite kid-friendly recipes? Yes, I often saute with oil or butter and garlic and salt but that gets old real quick and the boys aren't big fans. We've done zucchini cakes in the past that everyone loved but they're pretty time intensive and if you don't get every bit of moisture out, they can be mushy. Are one of those zoodler things worth it? This one is pretty cheap so maybe it's worth it to try... I'm also on a super fun dairy-free thing right now so that complicates things a bit.
Speaking of which...
Yes. Dairy-free at the moment. In case you were wondering why, well, here goes the long and boringish story. A few days after Ben was born my legs started getting itchy. Crazy itchy where I would start to bleed from the scratching. That's never happened after any of my births but I was hoping it was a weird getting older hormone thing or maybe a side effect of the pitocin or saline I received at the hospital that I don't normally get. It went away a few days later but for the couple months or so postpartum I just felt different. Like my body was off somehow. I had no desire to eat (postpartum and nursing!) and all I wanted was water. I described it to my husband like I felt like I was "shedding" and I just wanted everything out of me.
That gradually went away, too, after a few months but then at about four months or so postpartum I started developing little eczema patches all over my legs. I've never had any issue at all with eczema and every few weeks I would get a new patch and they would flare up every so often and bleed and peel (super pretty!!). I got a few smaller patches on my abdomen and back but it was mostly on my legs. I kept feeling like I should probably start eliminating foods to see if pregnancy had triggered a food allergy which I know happens. But I kept trying other treatments because cheese and bread and laziness. Anyhow...a few months ago I started periodically getting an itchy feeling all over and my sister was diagnosed officially with celiac's (which can run in families) so I decided it was finally time to cut things out at least to know and also to rule out anything more serious. My guess is that pregnancy triggered some sort of sensitivity or autoimmune type of response? I didn't notice a huge change with the gluten (except that too much of it will cause bloating) so I moved on to dairy and am in the midst of that. I'm simultaneously wanting to see a difference and not wanting to because cheese and ice cream. Boring story done now.
How about some pics from our Independence Day?
Our oldest turned 12 (12!) while he was away at camp last week so we did a really
lame simple celebration on July fourth as well. No fancy cake and because of the hot temperatures I steered him toward rice krispy treats so that the oven wouldn't have to be used. Apparently all the fun special birthday treatment stops when you turn 12 around here? But he did have camp so.
Not even the solace of a good picture taken.
Lastly, please say a prayer for the repose of Brian's grandma. She passed away in her sleep yesterday. She lived a long life and was a beautiful faithful woman. One of my favorite stories of her was that she put off having knee surgery done for years because it meant that she would no longer be able to kneel at Mass (which until the last few years she attended daily). I know her prayers for her family are even more powerful now but I also know she'd be the first to ask that we pray for her soul, too. If you could say a quick prayer for Mary, we'd be so grateful!
Have a great weekend, friends. God bless.
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