What Worked In August (SQT)

Blessed Brunch

If you have longed for good fellowship with other Catholic women, see if there’s a Blessed Brunch in your area. These are potluck meals fostering faith + friendship. Blessed is She coordinates emails, the hostess opens her home and follows the guide, the guests bring the food + fellowship. If there isn’t one near you, consider hosting it yourself!

 

Cupcakes

An unsung benefit of having Catholic mom friends is all the babies =  all the birthday parties. Ergo, lots of cupcakes.

Neighborhood FB group

It’s been tough meeting all our neighbors at the new house. Half the houses were still being built when we moved in. Inspired by the success my parents’ subdivision has seen, I started a Facebook group.


Now the kids ride around and around the cul-de-sac, while we parents drift from porch to porch planning our Fall block party.


It’s our own little slice of Mayberry.

 

Wednesday Mass

My son needs more practice behaving and paying attention in church. I know it’s hard. But going as often as we can keeps the experience and expectations fresh in his mind. Plus the weekday crowd is small and very tolerant of the kiddo.

Audiobooks

I have a very very long drive twice a month. 8-10 hours in one day. It’s horrible. But it does give me a chance to enjoy an extra book. I check them out from my public library or snag the occasional free Audible. This affiliate link provides a small commission for me, at no cost to you: Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

 

Parks & Rec

I can’t watch any more news, or even a talk show that might bring up the news. Sticking my head in the sand is a sign of privilege perhaps, but necessary for my health. If you have a favorite light comedy, I’m always in search of recommendations!

Nose piercing

I promise I’m 26, not 16. But after years of wanting a little face glam, I finally pulled the trigger. Now my only regret is not doing so sooner. It just cheers me up. The world is a little sparklier now! The little things make all the difference.

 

Thanks for reading my Seven Quick Takes, linked up with Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum. Now tell me what’s bringing the fire to your faith or the sparkle to your days!

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Adventures in Crafting with an Uncrafty Mom

Welcome to another session of Seven Quick Takes. I’ll be recapping the highs and lows of 5 years of attempting to find my crafting niche. Get ready to laugh, y’all. If you make it to the end, check out that giveaway!

{Clothes}pin this! – B

No pictures remain, but I followed this tutorial to the letter. I only stabbed my fingers with chicken wire seventeen times. A rousing success!

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Charity Is Realized In Unity

I do a lot of driving for the kiddo. My favorite podcasts are less active in the summer, so I’ve been looking for other things to fill the gap. While browsing Spotify, I stumbled across the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Lately, I’ve been praying the rosary with them. I know there are assigned days for each set of mysteries, but this newbie has just been listening to the joyful mysteries over and over.

The second joyful mystery is called the visitation. Like all of the mysteries, the Sisters introduce it by reading scripture and making a short prayer. Part of which includes:

We pray for the virtue of charity. Mary’s charity in visiting her cousin Elizabeth enabled their sons to meet mystically in their mothers’ wombs.

Charity is always realized by unity.

 

Charity is always realized by unity.

Those words have been running around in my head for weeks.

Charity isn’t a one-way street of “haves” giving to “have-nots.” This is something I have to repent of. I can pipe up with the verse re: give in secret. But when I give remotely, anonymously, furtively, then I’m supporting an idea, not a person. A cause, not my brother.

The poverty of loneliness

I’m reminded of what Mother Teresa said. “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.”

We sometimes think that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.

Have you noticed how frequently homeless persons have dogs? Even though shelters and halfway houses do not accept pets. Why would they adopt these animals then?

Because our human need for connection, to give and receive love, our need for unity is even greater than our need for shelter and security.

Even for introverts?


I’m an introvert. I’d rather eat my shoes than approach a stranger for conversation. Passing a drink out of my car window seemed much easier.  Pressing a five-spot into a woman’s hand then hustling away was safer. I could check “corporal act of mercy (1)” off my list and move on.

But there comes a point when we have to admit that “It is/isn’t in my nature” is not a justification.

We inherited our sin nature from our first parents: Adam and Eve. Our inclinations against unity are not something to embrace, but to repent of. To rise above.

We must remember our other inheritance. We are image bearers of God. Not only to have but bear. To carry to others in unity. The glow of a lonely person’s face when you ask “What’s your dog’s name?” is the brightest light this side of Heaven.

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What I Read In May

The last 30 days have been jam-packed for us. We moved, including packing and all that entails. I started an affordable print shop on Etsy. And my son began an FDA nutritional supplement study for autistic children with digestive trouble.

All that doesn’t leave much time for serious reading. This month’s list includes a NYT bestseller, 2 Christian new releases, and a sci-fi thriller. Here are short reviews of books I read in May.

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Reads & Read Alouds In Progress: An Open Book

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