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This is what inspires vocations and running the Nun Run with Team All For!

OK, not only is it so awesome that this nun is in full habit, but she EXUDES JOY! 
The above picture comes from the 2nd Annual Nun Run Page which is an event of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.   Go to the Joy Filled Family Blog to learn how you can be a part of a virtual team for this race.  They have great prizes for the speedy virtual racers!

I have joined the Joy Filled Family Blog on her team All For! to run this race! Won't you join us?

I have NOT ARRIVED. I am far from the finish line. But I am on CHRIST'S TEAM. His love ignites me. ...His power fuels me. His mission compels me. I AM COMMITTED to Christ and to this race. I will run STRONG and run LONG. Who will join me?

Marathon #2 - I'm registered!

Wordless Wednesday - Finger paint fun

$20 DaySpring Gift Card Winner!

And the winner is, thanks to  . . .

Comment #1:

Tina Fisher said...

If I could be so lucky! I follow and I happened to be at Dayspring the other day to eye the Mr & Mrs Collection. For some reason those coffee mugs really struck my fancy!

I will email you! Congrats.

The Derby

This weekend was my son's Cub Scout Pack's Pinewood Derby.  For those who do not know what it is, each cub scout starts with an official pinewood derby car kit and has to make a car out of it.  The cars are raced down a wooden track and the fastest car wins.  The cars are gravity driven. 
This was my son's first year in cub scouts and his first derby.  We had no idea all the ins and outs of building a fast car.  We let him choose the design, color, etc and he painted it.  He was assisted with the wheels, axles and weights by Grandpa M and Mom and Dad.
J was excited the morning of the derby.  We discussed good sportsmanship, etc.  I know he hoped he would place, but I also knew he would be fine if he did not.  The Derby started at 3 PM.  The Tigers went first.  Our Troop is the largest in the county, so there were approximately 30 cars at each level.  J is a Wolf and he was up next.  His car was in the second heat, so I positioned myself to try to get a picture of it.  I sna…

The Thousand Gifts

146. a new pencil sharpener
147. nicely sharpened pencils
148. K reading to A
149. large redheaded woodpecker spotted by K
150. a boy who wants to copy the Declaration of Independence
151. for realizing the wonders of nature right in our own backyard
152. hearing my 4 year old teach my 2 year old his letters
153. K cups from freecycle
154. how the boys run from wherever they are when "our song" comes on the radio
155. a nightly report :)
156. a friend who watched the boys
157. a friend who was so kind and generous, who delivered donuts to our door after Sunday mass
158. my recovery run outside
159. speaking with my husband at a Valentine's Day Enrichment
160. the parish we spoke at
161. a young faithful priest
162. the couples we met after our talk
163. boxes of books on evangelization :)
164. co-op
165. J reading Green Eggs and Ham to his brothers
166. my funny Valentine and the card he gave me
167. a beautiful, warm, sunny day
168. a body that is sore and tired, but s…

7 Quick Takes

1.  Last week I mentioned we had some exciting news.  Well, my husband got a new job!  He will no longer be working for the Archdiocese of Washington, but now for the Church on the national level.  I am so proud of him.  If you know us and know anything about the Church and what would be at the national level, you can search for the press release.  Since the press release, he has gotten calls from people whom he went to Francisan University of Steubenville with to say they read the press release and wanted to wish him congratulations.  Someone from the admissions office for Franciscan called to congratulate him too!  I am happy for my husband as this is a promotion.  The other bonuses: no more night and weekend hours, we do not have to move since the job is just 5 min away from where he already works, and it's a pay raise :)
2.  Marathon training. (Warning: if you do not like whining, please skip to #3):  It is HARD. Even my 7 yr old, when I say, "It is really hard." , r…

Practice Makes Perfect

Training for a marathon has taught me many things so far.  I think that is why God has allowed me to get to this point uninjured.  I am growing spiritually and in so many other ways.
One way is as a homeschooling mom.  I have not be a big lover of repetition.  Counting, addition, subtraction . . . all done over and over again, just to make sure the child has them "down" . . . um, no thanks.  I saw it as boring.  And who wants to be bored while doing school work?  I figured if J knew it, we could move on (plus it shows up on his math worksheets anyways, so why go through flashcards, etc if he has to do it on a worksheet anyways?).  I also did not see the value in having him do lots of handwriting work.  His handwriting is horrible, he struggles with it, and does not like it.  I know it will come in time, so why force it now?
Well, that was all until I started training for my marathon. 
I run. A lot.  Mile after mile. Day after day.  You could say, I am practicing for the big da…

Supporting Priests

We live in an amazing community.  Our parish priest is incredible.  He is a strong, faithful priest who serves our parish so beautifully.  He gives incredible, prayerful homilies that urge those who hear them to draw closer to Christ and to grow in their love for the Church. 

A younger priest in our town, at a parish just a few miles down the street from our parish, started Holy Hours for women twice a month and for men once a month.  He hears confession at these Holy Hours and makes himself available for confession after daily mass.  His reflections at the Holy Hours "hit home" and I can see a difference in myself and my prayer life because of the opportunities of frequent confession and Holy Hours.

We are surrounded by many other faithful priests too.  We have a priest friend whom we have dinner with regularly and whom our boys love.  He has been a wonderful example to the boys that priests are just normal people.  Through my husband's work, we have been blessed to me…

God's Heart Necklace Review and Giveaway

I do not buy a lot of jewelry.  I typically have the same earrings and rings on everyday.  The one thing I do change, is my necklace.  I love necklaces to make a statement and share a bit of who I am and what I love.  So I was so happy when I got the opportunity to  review the God's Heart for You Necklace from (in)courage which is a website and blog from DaySpirng
The necklace is inscribed with the words words created, chosen, celebrated, and cherished.  A small card that comes with the necklace explains each word.

Card Message:
In God’s heart, you are...

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14 NIV


The Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession.
Deuteronomy 14:2 NIV


He will take great delight in you… He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 NIV

I LOVE this necklace.  It is beautifully crafted and it is delica…

7 Quick Takes

1. We started co-op up again today since our long winter break.  I am not sure what it is about co-op, but it wears me out!!  I think I need a nap.

2. My son is a cub scout and next week is the pine wood derby.  For those who do not know what that is; each boy makes a car and it is raced down a track.  The fastest car wins. Well, today, after co-op, we went to the scouting store to get paint and weights for the car.  They had a lot of special tools to sand the wheels, etc, etc to make the car go faster.  This is our first pine wood derby and I have a bad feeling that there is much more to it than making a wood car and racing it down a track. 

3. We have had some exciting news around here the last week.  I will share it when it has been officially announced. And, no, I am not pregnant.

4. But, on the topic of babies.  I have not shared this yet, but we are seriously looking at and trying to start the process of adoption.  A longer post on that another time.  But, please pray for us. …

Menu planning, eating well and cookbooks

So many times I get stuck in a rut.  I make the same meals over again, week after week.  I do try to work in new recipes, but if I do not plan our weekly meals, I stick to standards.

There are tons of places to get good recipes online, but I am still partial to a good, old fashioned, paper bound cookbook.  Luckily, I have some cookbooks that I love.  And, as long as I take the time on the weekend to plan our meals, I work in a lot of new and fun meals for the family.  And, the extra bonus . . . they are healthy too. 

Here is our menu plan for dinner from this week:

Monday: Teriyaki Stir Fry Chicken and vegetables
Tuesday: Shepherd's Pie (from the Clean Eating Cookbook)
Wednesday: Beef Broccoli Stir Fry (from Clean Eating Magazine)
Thursday: Chicken Lime Soup (from Clean Eating Magazine)
Friday: Homemade pizza with fresh basil and mozzarella balls
My favorite cookbooks:

1. The Best of Clean Eating Cookbook.  I have this cookbook and I love it.  It is full of yummy, healthy recipes.  The …

Wordless Wednesday

Can you tell which part of the laundry I like to fold and sort the LEAST?? 
Note: About three hours after taking this picture, I came home from the gym and my husband had sorted and folded the whole basket!

A Father Who Gives

Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him?   Mathew 7:7-11How many times have I read this scripture?  How many times have I poured over its words?  I KNOW these verses.  They are some of my favorite.  But do I live as I really believe it?  Do I ask? And when I ask, do I truly know that my Father, who hears my prayers, and knows how to give so abundantly to me, will answer my petitions in His time and His way?

Oh, but so many times my faith is so much smaller than a mustard seed.  I know intellectually, but my heart does not &quo…

The Thousand Gifts

125. My mom who taught me how to cook by leading by example.  Thanks mom.
126. J and K doing school with A
127. Texts from my hubby
128. Boys being good while I was sick this week.
129. Opportunities
130. The smell of chicken parm. cooking
131. The boys playing happily at the kitchen table while I make dinner
132. Dixie Cup icers
133. Unexpected news on an expected phone call
134. Hours to be able to write
135. New songs on my ipod to get me moving
136. An unexpected, unplanned run outside
137. Reading the Gospel of John with my hubby at bedtime
138. God's faithfulness and generosity
139. A friendship forged over pizza years ago
140. "Letter" Hokey Pokey
141. A dancing to his school songs
142. K wanting to do "hard school" and anxiously awaiting "the guy" (AKA: UPS man) to deliver his new books to our door
143. New running mittens to keep my hands warm
144. Beautiful sunshine for my long run
145. Feeling good after 16 miles

7 Quick Takes

1. I woke up at 4 AM on Wednesday to get ready to meet one on my Personal Training clients and I promplty realized I was SICK!  I texted her and went back to bed.  I did not move from the bed or couch for most of the day.

2.  And because I was sick Wednesday, I missed two of my training runs this week.  Normally, that would stress me out, but I was a little less worried about it.  After running 18 miles for my long run this past weekend, I realized that I will be fine running the marathon.

3.  I think one of the reasons I got sick was because of all of my running.  I have been running A lot. I ran 108 miles in January. And I have gotten into a bad habit of running in the evenings.  Which means, I am too wired to go to bed early. So, I have not gotten enough sleep. And I have not been eating as healthy as I normally do.  It all adds up to one run down Katie.

4. Speaking of eating, I have been eating tons lately.  I am constantly hungry.  I can see why people who run one marathon end u…

What more can I do for him?

He sits at the table pouring over books. Piles and piles of books, preparing to answer many questions today.  He writes down notes and studies them.  He goes to Adoration to pray for wisdom.  God's will  be done.  But that is not all. Countless nights he is reading and revising, chapter after chapter of his dissertation.  Years in the works.  Almost done.  And he works too.  He is incredible at his job.  I have gotten to witness him at work; give talks with him.  He is so gifted at what he does.  He has a charismatic personality and I am not just saying that because I am his wife ;)

Not only that, he is an amazing father and wonder husband.  He is an incredible man of God.  He does dishes without being asked.  He makes the bed.  He allows me to run off, literally, for hours, chasing down the dream of a marathon. 

I love my husband.  I am blessed to be married to him.  And, on days like today, I wonder, what more can I do for him?  He does so much for me, for our family, for other…