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Created for Care

This weekend I went to Created for Care, a retreat for adoptive moms.  The retreat took place in Buford, GA on Lake Lanier.  I must admit, I was both excited and nervous for the weekend. I was really looking forward to learning more, meeting moms that have already gone down the road that I hope to go down this year, and just take some time specifically hear what God is saying to me.

The retreat started Friday afternoon, so I flew out early Friday morning.  Once in Atlanta I met up with 5 other women who were going on the retreat.  I hopped in the car with complete strangers to take a 1 hr ride to the retreat.  But there is something bonding about having a heart for orphans, and I immediately felt as if I were among friends.


A quick version:. I went to great talks.  Amazing talks.  The worship? AWESOME.  The best I have experienced in YEARS! I got to spend time with an old friend.  And I got to talk with some pretty inspirational moms who have their little ones home already.  I was …

Monday giveaway: Can you guess which actor I have a "crush" on?

So, I am out of meaningful posts at the moment. 

My husband and I watched an older movie last night with one of our favorite actors.  And it reminded me of a conversation  I had with my hubby several months ago . . .

We were watching TV and the same actor was on.  After a few minutes, I looked at my husband and said, "Do not take this the wrong way, but is it OK if I have a crush on ______?"

He laughed, and said, "No, but only because he is Catholic!"

Now, if you know me in real life, you know that I am not one of those women who even thinks about getting crazy about actors, etc.  And when I say I have a crush, I mean that I think he is handsome, and that he is a moral, upright type of man.  Now, he cannot hold a candle to my hubby, but as far as actors go, I hold him in higher esteem than most.

So, I am trying to make this fun.  Make a guess as to who this is.  I think most of you will easily guess this.

For all who get it right, you will be entered in a giveaway…

Pray and Stand for Life today

I know most have seen this video already, but I wanted to share here, today.  Please pray for LIFE today.  Pray for our nation and our nation's leaders that they may truly protect and defend EVERY life.


A race after my own heart . . .

I think I have found another race I really want to run this year!!  A race after my own heart . . . Chosen Marathon and Half Marathon Check it out here. I would LOVE to get a team together to run at this race for the Little Flower Projects in conjunction with the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K!  What do you all think???

Food Favorites

Since completing the BeachBody Ultimate Reset Detox, our eating habits have changed even more around here.  I love that we seem to be getting closer and closer to what I envision for our family.  We still indulge in junk more than I would like, but overall I like how we eat. 

Some of my new "go to" favorites are:

1. Roasted Cauliflower

Can I tell you that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this?  It is probably the most surprising newest addition.  I have not really been a fan of Cauliflower until now.  I have made pizza crusts with it and have had it steamed or raw, but had not fallen in love with this white veggie until I roasted it. 

My favorite way to eat it is Buffalo Style . . . I make my own hot sauce and coat the cauliflower with it, roast it and when it is done, I sprinkle it with a little bleu cheese.  Yummy!

My whole family loves it when I make it BBQ style!

2. Miso Soup

Hearty Vegetable Miso Soup has become my staple "cold day" lunch.  It is quick and easy to make and…

Standing in the Gap

Warning:  "Soap Box Post" that is a little disjointed ahead.

I keep fairly silent on topics of current events, politics, etc.  It is not that I do not care or do not have an opinion.  Actually, it is the opposite.  I get very worked up when it comes to what is going on in our world, our nation.  We all know that things are not good.  Abortion has been legal for 40 years now.  Our Nation is drowning is debt, as so are many American families.  The family unit is breaking down, eroded by divorce and changes in the definition of marriage.  The Catholic Church is under attack by the government through the HHS Mandate.  I could go on . . .

For the last several years, I have just prayed.  Sure, we have helped out at polling sites during voting, and signed petitions,  or sent letters to our representatives.  But ,when I honestly look at what we have done, we have done the minimal.  We, as a family, have not really worked hard to have our voice heard.

After the Presidential election,…

7 Quick Takes

1. The storm that wasn't
So all the talk around the DC area was the "big storm" we would get yesterday.   Yes, we were supposed to get a major snow storm about 1" of snow.  And we did not even get a flake.  I really wanted to it snow.  And snow lots.  This Buffalo girl needs some white!!

2.  No neighbors
Our neighbors on our right have moved to Florida and are prepping their house for rental.  The neighbors on our left have put their house on the market and are moving to Houston.  I am really praying hard we get an amazing, catholic, homeschooling family to move in next to us.  Anyone want to move to the metro DC area??  I know of a good place!

3.  Running
I am on a hot streak!!  I have had about 8 runs now with no IT Band troubles at all!!  I am still taking it slow and I only run every other day, but this is such a big breakthrough.  I am so happy.  I am continuing to do my PT exercises and Yoga and I have totally laid off of all intense lower body workouts that may…

The Gift

This past Tuesday I took my youngest to his music class at a friend's house.  Several of us were standing in the kitchen and, as one of my friends was rummaging through her pocket for money to pay for the class, she pulled out this smaller cellophane bag and handed it to me to show me.  She quickly mentioned that she had gotten it at the retreat this weekend that many friends went on (I did not go).  As I turned the bag over, I noticed a pretty, oriental looking bag and a rosary.  The rosary was delicate, colorful, beautiful. Then I read the paper that was with the rosary.  It had my heart.  It is hard to explain the emotion I felt at that moment.  It was not jealousy, that she had that rosary and I didn't.  There was a part of me that felt like I was meant to have a rosary just like that one too . . . After my friend got her money out, I handed back the rosary to her.  I mentioned that I thought it was beautiful and we began talking about something else.  A few minutes la…

Wordless Wednesday: Homeschool

Seven Quick Takes: What kind of mom are you?

I was recently driving somewhere and was stopped behind a car that had a "Soccer Mom" decal on the back.  I looked at it and thought, "I will never be a soccer mom."  I have NO desire to trek my kids from practice to practice and soccer field to soccer field.  I cannot sit on the sidelines for hours, watching my kids kick around a ball.  That is just not me.  I do not begrudge moms that do that.  I think each family is different and each family is called to move in different ways.

But, that "Soccer Mom" sticker, got me thinking . . . . what decals would I proudly display on my car??  What kind of mom am I?  So this week, I am using my 7 Quick takes to share them with you!


1. Catholic Mom
My faith is the most important thing to me.  It shapes the person I am and the Mom I am.  It affects every area of my life and I am proud to say I am a Catholic Mom.

2. Boy Mom
I am a Boy Mom and I take pride in that.  I love that I have all boys.  I love their loudness, c…

Staging a Comeback

I have a vision for 2013.  And, at some point, I am going to put it into words. But for now I want to talk about running.  Before 2013 began, I looked back at my old 2012 goal post and 2011 goal post.  And I saw MANY running goals.  Many races to be run.  A couple PRs to get along the way.  And, for the most part I hit most of the goals.
But, this year you will not see a long list of races to be run and PR goals from me.

This year, I only have one goal. 

To get back to running, fully injury free. To enjoy the run.  And to be thankful for each mile I can run.

Ok, so maybe that is more than one goal, but that is what I hope for this year.

And, I think, I may get there.  I am FINALLY at a point where I can run up to 4 miles with no IT band pain.  These runs are slower than they used to be, but I will take any mile that is pain free.  I am truly so happy when I finish a run and my IT band is not even sore.  It makes me hope that I may actually get back to running more and more.  After al…

You know you have boys when . . .

Your nativity looks like this by Epiphany . . .




Thanks to a wrestling match and a toy car, not only was St. Joseph decapitated, but the Angel lost its wing too!