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10 facts about me and my better half

Although I gave up reading and commenting on blogs for most of the week during Lent, I still see all the titles on my sidebar and on the list of the blogs I am following, so I thought I would jump in too.

1. My hubby and I met after daily mass at Franciscan University.  I was told I should talk to him because he was an RD and just finished his MA in counseling and I was in the MA in counseling program and applying to be an RD.

2. Even before we met, my roommate at the time, Michelle, wanted to set me up with my future husband.  I said no.  I do not get set up.

3. I first fell for my husband's sense of humor.  He interviewed me for the RD job.  He was lucky and got the "lunch interview" (free food). So he drove me and another RD to the restaurant for lunch.  After my husband got in the driver's seat , he said, "Here, let me turn on the air conditioning for you."  And he reached over me and rolled down my window!  Normally, I would have thought that was total…

Joy

This past weekend was my Grandfather's funeral.  We packed up the van and headed to NY Friday morning and arrived in the evening in time for the wake at the funeral home.  I am glad we made it in time.  It was so good to see so may family members that I had not seen in years. 

Saturday morning I woke up and got the family ready for the funeral.  I miscalculated the time it would take us to get the funeral home and, we, of course were late!  Then we headed to the church.  As the mass began, I was overcome with a great deal of peace.  Over the last week, I have realized, more than ever, that there is no reason to fear death.  I knew that all along, but I was struck by it even more so over this weekend.  In death, we are reunited with Christ.  As we spend our days here on earth, that is what our soul really longs for.  Our soul longs for the day we are reunited with HIM and get to spend eternity with HIM in heaven.  Any earthy death is not to be feared, or really something to be sad…

7 Quick Takes - The "what a week" edition

1. If you read my previous post, you know that my grandfather passed away.  The funeral is on Saturday.  I would have been somewhere around mile 18 in the National Marathon (my first marathon) at the time I will now be at my grandfather's funeral mass.
2.  By the time you read this post, we will be packed up and headed North for the funeral.  It is cool here, but they just got 6 inches of snow there on Tuesday.  Their high for Saturday is our low.  I am not looking forward to the cold.
3. Wednesday was a HARD day for me.  I have really not been sad for my grandfather's passing.  Since he went in the hospital last week, we knew it was coming and we knew he was ready.  I truly am happy for him and that happiness that his pain is over, truly overcomes all of my sadness for losing him in my own life.  So why was Wednesday so hard?  It was the day that the funeral plans were confirmed and that I knew for sure that I would not be able to run the National Marathon.  When I opened my em…

Mourning the loss(es)

It is the middle of the night. I cannot sleep.

I got a call this evening from my Aunt. My grandfather passed away this afternoon.  I am sad I did not get to see him again before he died, but I am so happy for him.  He was ready to go. His pain is over.  But, I will miss him.  Although I have not lived in the same area as him for the last several years, I was blessed to grow up so close to he and my grandmother.  There are just a few of the memories I will cherish:
- The "Freddie" hats he wore
- The way he loved my grandmother and, nearly 10 years after her death, still cried when he talked about his "girl"
- That until his health failed, he would always guide you out of his driveway when you left the house.  It did not matter how cold it was or if it were raining or snowing, he always helped you back out of the driveway.
- His propensity for falling out of trees ;-)
- The trip when he and my grandmother took me, my brother and my cousins to the "North Pole&quo…

Offer it up

When in pain, or frustrated with a situation, my much holier husband would sometimes say to me, "Have you offered it up?"

Me, not being so holy, would think, "Really? Do I have to?" And I would get angry.  Mainly because I had not thought of it.

For those of you not familier with the term, we are taught in our faith, our Catholic faith, that none of our pain, whether physical, mental or emotional, is in vain.  There is value in suffering.  It is called Redemptive Suffering.  We can be transformed by it and we can help to transform when we unite our suffering with Christ's suffering.  When we "offer it up" for the benefit of others.  As you can tell, I am not a theologian.  But, if you are interested in a more profound description of the topic, you should read Redemptive Suffering by Fr Sam Tiesi.

Anyways, I always thought I had a good grasp on the topic.  I have been through tough times, I have had physical pain (3 c-sections, one in which the epidura…

One Thousand Gifts

242. my 2 yr old playing with his shadows
243. brothers who stick up for each other
244. a great Zooma run
245. a great Zooma dinner
246. rain
247. an unexpected dinner invitation
248. time at the park and friends showing up at the last minute
249. the Nun Run
250. a great time with new women running
251. crown of thorns
252. candles to light our Lenten journey
253. faces lit by the candles of Lent
254. my son who knows so much more than me (at times)
255. dinner with friends
256. a comfortable window bench
257. ice cream cookie sandwiches
258. flowers from my husband
259. boys who sing about Jesus while lying in their beds
260. toy cars lined up on a picture box
261. blueberry muffins
262. a boy who read one whole chapter book in a day
263. a boy who read two whole chapter books in a day
264. daily mass
265. a taped IT band
266. an outing with the boys
267. daffodils blooming
268. seeing my boy, all comfortable, reading on the couch
269. the elliptical at the gym
270. the smell of w…

7 Not-so Quick Takes

1.

 Yesterday we celebrated St Patrick's Day.  We ate Irish Stew, Irish Soda Bread and Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. We watched this St Patrick video and we colored this St Patrick coloring page and read this book about St Patrick.  The boys had lots of fun.




2. Taper Madness.  7 more days.  I am nervous.  I get nauseous anytime I think of getting to the starting line and waiting in my corral to go.  Plus, my IT band started acting up during the virtual 10 K I did last weekend.  It is my own fault, I have done too much running on a track over the past few weeks and I did not switch directions!  So, I am icing, stretching and rolling my leg several times a day.  And I am doing lots of cross training.  My PT said I should be fine for race day.  I think my IT band worries may be due to the fact that I am tapering.  Every ache and pain is something major: over the past week I have had: Shin Splints (oh, great my legs will be burning during the marathon), ITBS (my knee will be in so much p…

A marathon that I would like to run . . .

This is one marathon that is close to my heart.  If I could afford the plane ticket, I would be there! And it would be a great way to raise money for our adoption!

Wordless Wednesday - Hugs

Nun Run Virtual 10K

Today I ran the Nun Run 10K virtually as a part of team All For from the Joyfilled family blog.  This virtual run is in conjunction with the Nun Run supporting the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

I started this morning with a 3 mile run at the Zooma Annapolis race kickoff (more on that soon!). It was a great run with a great bunch of ladies.  After the kick off was over, I headed back home to the local high school track to do the 10K.  Since I had run earlier today and am officially tapering for the marathon, I did not want to run this 10K really hard.  I wanted to run it at a good pace, but slow enough so as to not do anything silly to injure myself this close to the marathon.

I took a before picture: 
As you can tell I am not very good at taking photos of myself.  Then I headed to the track.  It was colder than I expected today and I did not have my gloves, so the first 3 miles were chilly.  I felt really good during the first 2 miles.  Normally, the first miles are the worst f…

Lenten Plans

I am a bit behind in posting this.  I have been meaning to write this up, but I feel like I have writer's block and cannot put any words together eloquently right now. 

I have been excited for Lent to come.  It is such a great time to refocus and realign priorities.  I have prayed a lot about what I wanted to do personally and as a family.  I was blessed enough to go on a retreat just a week before the start of Lent, so I could really focus on how to make this Lent prayerful.  So, this is what I am going and we are doing as a family:

- We have given up TV.  The boys are allowed to watch any Saint's videos or Veggie Tales videos sparingly.  My husband and I will only watch one TV show a week. 

- The boys have given up computer games for Lent.

- The family has given up sweets for Lent.
- Prayer: At the start of the school day the boys and I light the Way of Light Wreath that is pictured above and can been seen at Ann Voskamp's blog. We read fromA Family Journey with Jesus t…

One Thousand Gifts

214. a good homeschooling day
215. french toast bake
216. an email - I am a finalist
217. the young woman who paid for our parking in downtown DC when I could not find any more change
218. our trip to the Museum of Natural History
219. the wonderment of all the boys
220. "Take a picture Mommy."
221. J's love for history and the mystery of skeletons from Jamestown
222. my husband's goodbye party at work
223. hugs and smiles
224. others' appreciation for him
225. Fr Bill
226. Fr Panke
227. Sr Trinite
228. for the woman behind the camera capturing all the memories and entertaining the boys
229.beautiful weather so the boys could play outside
230. a few miles on the elliptical when my legs needed a break from the pounding of running
231. my 4 yr old pushing his two yr old brother in the swing without being asked
232. pillow fights, tickles, and laughter
233. bear counters turning into Colonial and British Armies
234. a boy running in the backyard, proclaiming that h…

Monday Marathon Meanderings

The National Marathon is 18 days away.  Yikes!  It seems so close, but too far away.  I am finally at the, very needed, taper.  Here is an update of where I am at:

- I have done two 20 milers.  The first was great.  I came home feeling like, "Yes, bring on the marathon!"  My last one, which was this weekend, was miserable.  If I feel like I did during that run during the marathon, I will be crying at the end . . . and it will not be tears of joy!  It rained a lot during the run.  My legs were sore.  By mile 13 it started to rain hard and I headed home.  I came home at mile 15 and told my husband, "I am done."  He, lovingly, told me to get dry clothes on and finish the last 5 miles.  I did.  The last 5 miles were really HARD. But I got the 20 miler done and was glad I did.

- I feel under prepared.  I have pretty much stuck to the training schedule.  I have shortened some of my weekly runs because my legs have been hurting (just muscular issues) and I have not wanted…

Running for the Nuns!

As mentioned in a previous post, I am running the Nun Run virtually.  And, I am trying to help the Poor Claires of Perpetual Adoration raise money.  Please click on my donation page to make a donation to this great order (Mother Angelica's order).

Our St.Michaels Getaway



Last week my husband told me that he wanted to surprise me with a night away.  He had been planning it for a while.  Between co-op, clients, and the many doctors appoints we have been trying to get in before our insurance changes, there were not many options.  Except for this past Monday and Tuesday.  Monday afternoon we dropped the boys off at a friend's house and headed to St. Michaels.



St. Michaels is on the Eastern Shore in Maryland and around an hour and a half from where we live.  It is a quaint little town and many of the original homes from the 1700's are still there.  We stayed at the Old Brick Inn Bed and Breakfast.   This was the first time I have ever been to a bed and breakfast.  I have always wanted to go to one, so I was so excited to actually get to stay at one.  After we checked in and opened the door to our room, I was in awe.  The room was beautiful. 
After we settled in, we went for a walk around the town.  It was raining, but it was still nice enough …

One Thousand Gifts, a review and the reset button

Over the past two weeks, I had been in a kind of funk.  I was tired.  Old, bad, habits (ie: sins) were creeping in.  I had not been keeping up with my thousand gift journal.  And, my prayer times were severely lacking. 

Then, this weekend, thanks to my amazing husband, I was able to push the reset button.  On Saturday, my husband told me that he would give the talk, that we were supposed to do together, by himself, so that I could go to the woman's day retreat at our parish.  It was AMAZING.  Great speakers, great prayer times, great food.  It was what I needed when needed it.  I was able to pray about Lent and what I needed to do to re-order in my life.  I was able to go to confession and get my "slate wiped clean."  My spiritual reset button had been pushed.

Then, Monday, my husband took me away for a night away to a Bed and Breakfast to this cut town, called St. Michaels, MD.  The boys went to stay with friends.  We were only gone for 24 hours, but again, an amazing …

Imagination Movers: In A Big Warehouse Tour

My boys love music.  Once school is over and they are done with all of their work, they love to listen to music.  I am pretty picky about what they listen to.  There is no top 40's playing in our house.  If it isn't classical or christian music, the music needs to be uplifting.  And, fun, of course. 

A new favorite in our house is the Imagination Movers. We were first introduced to them while on vacation thanks to the Disney Channel.  Their show, also named Imagination Movers is a fun show where there is usually a problem to solve and the Imagination Movers work together to come up with a solution.  The show is often goofy and highly entertaining. Each episode also contains music that the group performs. It is one of the rare shows that the boys laugh all the way through.

So, when I was contacted to share the great news about their concert tour, I was more than willing.  A few things I like about the group and their music:

- All four of the men are dads. Which means that they…