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2012 Goals

I have been trying to formulate these for a few weeks now.  And my goals for the new year span many different areas. So here we go:

1. Daily prayer time in the morning. 
Last year, at a Holy Hour, the priest mentioned 7 Daily Habits for a better spiritual life (from St Jose Maria Escriva) :
1. Morning Offering
2. Spiritual Reading/ Scripture Reading 15 minutes a day (12 min spiritual reading/ 3 min Scripture reading)
3. Holy Mass
4. Recitation of Angelus or Regina Coeli (Easter)
5. Rosary
6. 15 min mental prayer
7. Examination of Conscience at end of day

So, my plan is to, by the end of the year, do all 7 of these each day, with the exception of daily mass.  The boys and I will go to daily mass once a week.  As much as I would like to go everyday, it is an interruption to our school schedule and I have found that the more structured we can be with our school time, the better and faster it goes.

2. Rejoice in the Now
This comes from a lot of reflection through Advent.  I touched on it in…

How did I do this year??

At the beginning of this year I wrote this post about my goals for the year. Since we are coming to the end of 2011 and 2012 will be quickly upon us, I want to review how I did this year with my goals:
1. Pray more. Pray the divine office every morning. There is something about the rhythm of the Divine office that I need and crave right now.
~ We got a subscription to Magnificat which helped tons with this.  I started most days with the Magnificat and daily mass readings.

2. Make a Holy Hour once a week.
~ I started well with this one, but did not do a good job with it once summer hit!


3. Regular date nights with my hubby.
Could have done better with this one too.  I knew when I started to really want a date night, that meant it had been too long since our last one.  But, we do got out a good amount together!



4. Read all the books on my “To Read” book list.
Did not do too well with this one.  I read a lot this year, but the problem was was that my "To Read" list grew faster than …

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours! May you have a blessed Christmas Season!

All I want for Christmas . . .

is my two front teeth!  My oldest can sing this one this year!!

Rejoice

Rejoice
A word that has surrounded me this Advent.  In a conversation. In mass readings.

I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul,
Isiah 61:10
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
Luke 1:46
Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice always.
1 Thes 5:16
I will stand at my watch
   and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
   and what answer I am to give to this complaint.


 I heard and my heart pounded,
   my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
   and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
   to come on the nation invading us.
Though the fig tree does not bud
   and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
   and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
   and no cattle in the stalls,
 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
   I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk 2:1, 3:16-19


Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I a…

This is the better

I think God is trying to drive home a lesson to me this Christmas season.

Like so many others, we live in a home. We purchased this house several years ago.  My dream home? Far from it.  Although it is big enough for us, it often feels small and cramped.  There is strange stucco on the walls in the hall way. Paneling in too many rooms to admit to.  A powder pink bathroom with wall paper.  Metal kitchen cabinets with fake wood paneling.  And a kitchen floor that is peeling up everywhere. I am well acquainted with my home's flaws.

I have dreamt about moving to a bigger, nicer house. I have dreamt about totally remodeling this one.  But, seven years later, we are still in this house.  And the only remodeling we have done is to add more dents to the kitchen floor, stains to the carpet, and holes and dings to the walls.

Maybe I am having "The Seven Year Itch" with my house.  But, this year, more than others, I longed for a remodel.  I longed for a new home.  And the more I lo…

Tis the season of giving

'Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.'
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
And the king will say to them in reply,
'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.'Matthew 25:34-41

Every year our parish has an "Angel tree" where parishioners choose an "Angel" from it.  On the angel is a boy or girls name, his/her age and his/her Christmas list.  These children are from another parish in DC and come from a family who cannot p…

Running Ramblings

I have several posts in the works for this week.  If I get time to actually sit down and write, you may see them.  But for now, I need to write about running.  More for myself than anyone else.  So, feel free to skip this post if you want.

Since running the Annapolis Half Marathon about a month ago, I have hit a slight slump and snag in my running.  Between travelling for Thanksgiving and trying to rest my IT band, I really did not run much.  By the time Thanksgiving was over, my lower back (sacrum) was really bothering me and even a 4 mile run caused my IT band to feel very sore.  I am not sure if it was the long hours in the car or the uncomfortable bed at my parent's house, but whatever it was, my sacrum was out of whack.  And right before the half marathon, I had a chiropractor tell me that that was what was causing all my IT band issues.  The sacrum would be out of alignment, causing the my glute muscles on the right to be pulled excessively, which causes a pulling of the IT …

7 Quick Takes

1. I am married to a doctor!

My husband is now a Doctor. (D. Min.) I am so proud of him and this totally deserved a whole post onto itself.  He has worked so hard over the past 8 years juggling the doctorate program and work and family life.  He was selfless in all of it and always put the family first.  We have enjoyed the last few days.  We have just sat around and talked at night because we could, he did not need to study anymore! I have been calling him Dr. everyday. Our 5 yr old keeps on asking him when he will start healing people.  My husband has tried to explain to him that there are other types of doctors, but it has yet to stick. 

2. Sickness
We have been through our rounds of sickness lately.  And now it seems to be my turn.  I do not feel horrible, but I have a stuffy nose and have been coughing most of the week.  I have not run or exercised since Sunday.  I feel like a sloth and cannot wait until I can kick this cough out the door so I can exercise.

3.  Potty training
A …

A Child's Heart

If any of you read my blog even somewhat regularly, you may know, or at least guess, that we are pursuing adoption.  We have not started the stacks of paperwork yet. No home study.  No background checks. Nothing yet. We have been waiting until my husband defends his dissertation (which he does on Monday . . . please say a prayer for him!).  But, there is a folder stacked with agency information.  Plans made. We are just waiting.

But, several weeks ago a possibility came our way.  An order of nuns we know has a mission a world away.  And at that mission they have been caring for twins for the past year.  Twins that have no mother.  They had been praying for the twins to be adopted.  And, friends that heard these prayers, thought of us.  When I was first told, I was excited.  I knew it was a long shot.  A real long shot.  But I know that we have a God that can move mountains.  That if He willed it, those twins would find a home with us.

The whole family was there when I was told of the …