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Revolution of Love

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Online Daybook/ 7 QT (9/23/16): Blessed Is She Team Retreat, Summer Highlights & New Fave TV Shows

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od_logo_quiet2Grateful for…

  • An incredible weekend with the Blessed Is She team.
  • New new friendships and meeting old online friends in person.
  • Reconnecting with Our Lord and for the time in quiet prayer that I desperately needed.
  • Safe travels.
  • The hugs and kisses I received when I returned home. πŸ™‚

Praying for..

  • The BIS team and all the BIS sisters around the world.
  • Numerous friends who are carrying heavy crosses.
  • For special intentions for members of my family.
  • For my mother-in-law’s upcoming surgery.
  • Our nation.
  • All pregnant moms (especially family members), those trying to get pregnant, those who have lost their babies and for moms contemplating an abortion.
  • The souls in purgatory, especially family, friend and those most forgotten.

UPDATE: My mother-in-law had her hip surgery and all went well. She was recovering nicely but the second day there were a couple of complications. By the end of the third day she was not doing well. Last night we woke up to a call from the hospital at 11:30 PM to let us know she was doing worse and being moved to another section of the hospital where she could be more closely monitored. All I could think was that the kids already lost their Opa six months ago. Please, Lord, don’t take their Oma too! I went to see her early this morning and she is doing better but exhausted and in need of sleep and rest. Please say a prayer for her, for her physical health and her mental health. She is older but strong and active and being brought down like this is a heavy cross for her. Thank you!

Pondering…

For those who don’t already follow me on social media or have been following the hashtag #bisteamretreat on IG this weekend,Β  thirty ladies from the Blessed Is She team met in Wisconsin at Nell’s family lodge for a retreat/conference/get together.

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It was the most surreal feeling to have profile photos in your head and then see those Facebook photos come to life and hug you. It was amazing. I’ll go into more detail.

However, I have been pondering a comment that MaryRuth made during our small group discussion. We were talking about how we sometimes struggle in our prayer life and how we try to overcome it. On the one hand we can sometimes think of prayer as a “set time” and forget that our day should be inconstant communion with God and turning our heart and mind over to Him numerous times a day. However, that shouldn’t be the only kind of prayer we have. MaryRuth said that just as in marriage, you are working side by side with your husband taking care of family life, you still need to stop and take some quiet time alone for a date night to reconnect with each other. So it is with God. Even though we are working side by side with Him throughout the day we still need a “date night” with God to reconnect with Him and deepen our relationship. I love that image and want to make sure God is getting some one-on-one time with me as well. πŸ™‚ (Thanks for the wisdom, MaryRuth. πŸ™‚ )

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Around the House…

I’ve been gone for 3 days so you can imagine the catching up I need to do without me going into any details!

 

Family Chit Chat…

Wow, it’s been a month since my last daybook. I usually like to do these every 2-3 weeks. I guess a lot has been going on here so here’s a recap. During the month of August these things happened…

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Bella started high school (what!!), we watched the Olympics, the boys took swimming classes, we went to he movies, I celebrated my birthday and had a “real” date night with Brian. I had a night out with girl friends that I haven’t seen in ages, we visited the Aquarium, celebrated a little guy’s birthday and the boys started school (grades K, 1 & 3.)

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Happy birthday to my birthday month buddy John-Paul! πŸ™‚

The highlights ofΒ  September so far was first – a visit from my Mom and Dad!

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It was my mom’s first longer trip (from So Cal) since her surgery. She looked great, is recovering really well, and so far there are no signs of cancer. They were able to attend Grandparent’s Day at the boys’ school and I was just happy because it was the first time I could hug them since I found out about my mom’s cancer. Again, she asked me to thank you all for your previous and continued prayers!!

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The second highlight was definitely my trip to Wisconsin for the Blessed Is She team retreat! It was an awfully early morning waking up at 4:30 AM but I made it, which was a miracle in itself. I had plenty of reading material to distract me from the fact that I’m a little freaked out to fly. My first layover was in LA then it was off to Minnesota. πŸ™‚

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We arrived at Nell’s house and she was the most gracious hostess with the ability to make you feel like you were completely welcomed and loved. πŸ™‚ After everyone arrived we squealed like school girls and hugged each other as we marveled at this opportunity to be more than online friends but real life friends. πŸ™‚

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After dinner we drove in a caravan for an hour until we reached #wholeparentinglodge. The sun was setting when we arrived and were greeted by lovely farm silhouettes. After settling in we had a camp fire where we made s’mores and then prayed the rosary. It was the perfect ending to a busy day. The next morning we woke up to grey skies but eventually the sun broke through and we saw the land in all it’s glory. I swear it felt like a peek into heaven (if you took out the bugs.)

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For the next two days we got to know each other better, took a writing class to improve our skills, had a state of the union address by our amazing leader Jenna, ate (very well!) and chatted, had small group discussions and a talk about prayer that truly moved me and brought me closer to Christ. On Sunday morning we went to Mass at a little 100+ year old country church. Afterwards we were greeted by the Father who prayed over us and blessed us. I love the photo with him smiling because his joy of the Lord was contagious! Finally we said our goodbyes and I headed to the airport and had lunch with Heather and Beth before returning back to California. So. Many. Blessings. Thanks to all who prayed for us our our safe travels. Please continue to pray for Blessed Is She and all involved! You are definitely in our prayers each day. πŸ™‚

 

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In the Kitchen…

Monday: Chicken fajitas with salad.

Tuesday: Chicken sausage, roasted potatoes, broccoli and salad.

Wednesday: Breakfast dinner.

Thursday: Quick and Easy Cheesy Pasta with Kale

Friday: Tuna melts and tomato soup.

Saturday: (Treat night.) Eat out.

Sunday: Slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches, green beans and salad.

 

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Reading…

I really need to sit down and review all the books I read over the summer! Right now I am reading

Other Side of Peace by Hallie Lord

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What Alice Forgot by Lian Moriarty

 

Watching…

(ON TV)

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The Fall TV season has started and this week and I have a handful of shows I wanted to check out. My favorite so far is This Is Us. (WARNING: If you click the link, the trailer of the show has a brief flash of Jesse from Gilmore Girls bare butt. So be warned. πŸ˜‰ ) The show reminds me of Parenthood with it’s heartwarming family themes and plenty of drama. There are adult situations and (I think) some language but nothing worse than a PG-13.)

I also watched the new ABC comedy Speechless about aΒ  slightly quirky family of six with a special needs child. There were a number of laughs and a couple of sweet moments. I thought it was well done and look forward to watching more. (Some crude humor.)

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I watched The Good Place and it was okay but it didn’t completely grab me. I’ll watch one more episode to see if I will keep it or drop it.

It’s been a crazy week so tonight Brian and I will unwind with the conspiracy thriller The Designated Survivor. Kiefer Sutherland plays a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after an attack on Washington. The trailer looks good and hopefully the show will deliver. (UPDATE: Brian and I watch the show and both really enjoyed the first episode!)

Lastly, I can’t wait for the beginning of Season 2 of Poldark on Sunday, September 25th. YAY! πŸ™‚

 

(AT THE MOVIES)

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The last three movies I’ve watched.

The Secret Life of Pets – This was actually pretty funny. There was a little crude humor but nothing too bad. The kids all enjoyed it. PG

Ben Hur – This got terrible reviews but I thought it was a decent movie, particularly for a “biblical” movie. The ending was a little Hallmark-ish but I still enjoyed it. Great for those looking for a “Christian” movie.Β  I rate it 3Β  stars. PG-13

The Light Between Oceans – I finished the book just in time to watch the movie. It was a little slow at firstΒ  (or at least it would seem so for someone who didn’t read the book already) but the actors did a great job at expressing the emotion of the story and the visual scenery was stunning. I still don’t like the ending, even though I understand why it was done that way. Overall I ‘d rate it 3 1/2 stars with the recommendation of reading the book first. PG-13

 

Listening to …

New Song by Warpaint is a little less alternative and a little more dancey than I usually like, but it has grabbed me anyway. πŸ˜‰

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If you are looking for something a little deeper for the soul, check out Danielle Bean’s podcast Girlfriends. I love it. πŸ™‚

 

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Recent Posts:

Not many. My schedule is still pretty full.

 

From the Archives:

RevolutionofLove.com - Holy Spirit Prayer - Free Printable and Bookmarker (pp_holy_spirit_3)Sept 2015 – Pinterest Party & Link-up (vol 39): Holy Spirit Prayer {Free} Printable & Bookmarker

Sept 2014 – How I Improved My Night Prayers & Exam of Conscience

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Sept 2013 – Meatless Meals (Vol 2): Minestrone Soup

 

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Pinned…

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Β Weekly Bullet Journal Layout Ideas by Sublime Reflection.com

 

Around the blogosphere…

 

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So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. What about you? What’s currently happening in your life? Any book or movie recommendations? Do share.

I’m linking up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

Have a great week!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify, πŸ˜‰

PPS – Disclaimer: “Revolution of Love.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.”

In other words, if you click on my affiliated links and make a purchase, I get a small compensation that goes towards keeping the blog online. Big hugs to those who click and help support the blog! xoxo πŸ™‚

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September/October 2016 Goals (and Summer Goals Reviewed)

RevolutionofLove.com - sept_oct_goalsWhen I was outside this morning there was a nip in the air, the wind was blowing and some leaves were starting to turn. It definitely feels like fall is approaching. I love this time of year to start fresh, even more so than January 1st. After the more care-free days of summer, it is time to get back on track and into school mode. That means it’s time for my Autumn Goals.

However, before we dive in I’ll review my summer goals. When I made them back in June, I knew there was a good chance a lot of it would not get done simply because it was, well, summer.

I was partially right. Some goals were completely ignored but some were accomplished so I’m chalking that up as a win. πŸ˜‰

RevolutionofLove.com - Nov/Dec Goals 2015 (goals_nov_dec_1)My main goals do not change but my mini-goals change depending on the two month interval and what projects I want to complete. So here is a summary of my progress and my mini goals for Sept/Oct 2016.

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RevolutionofLove.com - goal_daughterMain Goal #1: To always have God at the center of my life and to deepen my love for Him. I want his will to be my will and motivation.

Summer Mini-Goals Reviewed

  • 15 minutes of morning prayer.Ohmygosh, I forgot how hard it was to pray with all the kids in the house. It required me getting up earlier than the boys but waking up early in summer seemed unnatural. πŸ˜‰ Instead I tried to fit in prayer in the later morning after they were fed and playing on their own. Frankly it was hit and miss. Now that they are back in school I can resume my normal morning prayer time.
  • Short exam and Act of Contrition at end of the day.Again, hit and miss. Some days I did well but there were more days when I was praying and fell asleep. I don’t think praying in the horizontal position works for me!
  • Monthly confession. – Done and done.

Sept/Oct Mini-Goals

  • 15 minutes morning prayer – I’m going to keep working at it.
  • Short exam and Act of Contrition at end of the day. – Continued goal. This time I’m going to do this before I get into bed.
  • Add some spiritual reading to my week. – I have been reading a lot this summer and love a great novel but I have a huge stack of books by amazing Catholic women that would help me to grow spiritually. These books need my attention! (I’ll make a separate post about this stack of books.)

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RevolutionofLove.com - goal_wifeMain Goal #2: To be a loving and holy wife to Brian and to work at keeping our marriage strong, to nurture our friendship and spend time alone to reconnect.

Summer Mini-Goals Reviewed

  • Coordinate schedules and plan date outing with Brian for June, July and August. – Accomplished.
  • Daily act of kindness for Brian. – Hmm…this was so-so. One thing I noticed is that over the summer I often skipped my nightly bullet journal review, which included reviewing my goals for the day. Not refreshing my memory each night of what I was working on often meant completely forgetting all about it. As a result, weeks would go by before I realized I was no longer being intentional about my treatment of Brian.
  • Treat Brian like my husband and not my 5th kid.For the most part, I think I was better but could still use more practice!Β 

Sept/Oct Mini-Goals

  • Daily act of kindness for Brian. – I want to keep up this practice until it becomes second nature. (Do you want to work on this with me? I have suggestions in this post – 25 Acts of Kindness for your Husband.)
  • Praise Brian in front of the kids. – I am finding this especially important now that Bella is older and watches more closely how Brian and I interact with each other. I don’t want her to think it is normal for a wife to be bossy and treat her husband as less capable. Brian and I will often playfully tease each other but I don’t want it to come off as disrespectful or demeaning. My playful teasing has to be balanced with words of praise and thankfulness towards Brian. And if the teasing sounds snarky then its best that I just shut up.
  • Encourage Brian to talk more while respecting the fact that he’s more quiet. – Brian is not a chit chatter and if I ask about his day I’ll often get a “fine” answer. Instead of rolling my eyes or complaining that I never get any details, I can ask a few questions about specific things to encourage him to tell me a little more. Then I’ll listen to what he says and remember things that are coming up to ask about it more in the future. I’ve started doing this and although he won’t go into a monologue any time soon, he has shared more, which has been good for both of us.

 

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RevolutionofLove.com - goal_motherMain Goal #3: To be a good mother that loves her kids and spends time with them and is not always “too busy.” I want to teach them about their faith and how to love and serve God in their young lives.

Summer Mini-Goals Reviewed

  • Have “no screens allowed” blocks of time during the day to make sure the kids (and mom) aren’t plugged in all summer. We did fairly well, although there were some exceptionally crazy days when I allowed more Netflix than normal.
  • Spend more time with the kids outside.To be honest, this summer I helped Brian with some bookkeeping work for my inlaws and more often than not, I sent the kids out to play without me.
  • Let the kids work on the scrapbooks and photo albums sitting in the closet.Yeah, this project had to be shelved.

Sept/Oct Mini-Goals

  • Return to family night prayers including a decade of the rosary. It was hit and miss during the summer months. We need our family prayer time.
  • Use my free morning time to get all my work done so I can spend one-on-one time with the kids during homework time in the afternoon. No computer/phone use in the afternoon. – The helping kids with homework and getting dinner on the table part of the day is the most stressful for me. (Or maybe tied with getting us out the door on time.) All my attention has to be on these tasks at hand without distractions.

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RevolutionofLove.com - goal_homemakerMain Goal #4: To bring order into our home so I am not stressed out by the mess and chaos. When things are organized our family life runs smoother and there is more peace.

Summer Mini-Goals Reviewed

  • Make a reference meal list. – Started but not completed.
  • Put all my printed recipes into a binder for easy reference.Β  Started but not completed.
  • Continue A Bowl Full of Lemon’s 2016 Home Organization 101 Challenge.Β  – IΒ  actually did do a few things off my list as I am slowly trying to declutter and get rid of lot of our excess.Β 
  • Pull out the Tahoe Trip binder and update any info for this year’s trip. – Done! πŸ™‚

Sept/Oct Mini-Goals

  • Finish my reference meal list.
  • Make weekly meal plan. – Plan my weekly meals according to my schedule and make more use of my slow cooker, especially on the afternoons when we are booked with after school activities and speech therapy.
  • Declutter boys’ room. – Finish boxing up the boys’ old toys, ask local friends if they want any of them, bring the rest to Salvation Army.

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RevolutionofLove.com - goal_womanMain Goal #5 – To take care of myself physically, spiritually and mentally so I can be a happy and healthy wife, mother and friend. Taking care of myself mentally also means challenging myself to come out of my comfort zone and facing my fears and trying new things.

Summer Mini-Goals Reviewed

  • Do a little something creative every day. – Maybe 50/50.
  • Continue basics – water, vitamins and start the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge. – I did well and I completed my walking challenge – 100 miles in 100 days!! woohoo! I’ll write more about this in a separate post.
  • Schedule a girls’ night out with the IRL friends I haven’t seen in ages! – I did get together with old friends once this summer but I need to make it more often!

Sept/Oct Mini-Goals

  • Continue with the basics – water, vitamins, walk and sleep. – The hardest part right now is getting out of late-summer-night mode. I am not a morning person and having to get up early and get all the kids out of the house in time for school means that I need to get to bed earlier or I am a cranky, crazed zombie. So shooting for 7 hours of sleep is my goal. I’ll have to adjust my bedtime accordingly.
  • Use my bullet journal daily. – Over the summer I was much more relaxed about using my bullet journal and didn’t need the intense To Do lists and schedules. But summer is over and my September (and soon October) calendar is packed so more than ever I need to stay on top of things! I live by the motto “write it down right now” or else it goes in one ear and out the other. I must do my daily review of my bullet journal to check over my schedule, figure out where I need to be and what items must be completed that day. Nightly reviews of my bullet journal and keeping it updated play a vital role in keeping things together. My goal is to keep using it and referring to it as needed.
  • Spend one-on-one time with local friends. – I feel like lately God has been placing on my path friends who need a listening ear and a hug. As women, it is important that we have human connection with other women, whether it is to laugh or cry together. A part of me loves that and longs for that connection but the introverted part of me sometimes takes over and I just want to stay home and watch a movie. LOL. I want t make sure I am being a good friend and giving of myself to others when I can. Sometimes family life stops me but in this stage of life I do have a little more flexibility to be hospitable to my friends. So I want to work on spending time with friends (old and new) and hopefully hosting another Blessed Brunch before the end of the year. πŸ™‚

What about you? What is the one thing that you really want to work on this month(s)? Do share!

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In other words, if you click on my affiliated links and make a purchase, I get a small compensation that goes towards keeping the blog online. Big hugs to those who click and help support the blog! xoxo πŸ™‚

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Sisters Speak in the #BISsisterhood at Blessed Is She.net

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Each week Blessed Is She features one of the team members for Sister Speak. This week it was my turn to answer questions such as who is my favorite saint, what virtue am I working on, what is my biggest struggle, what keeps me Catholic, what is my favorite motto and what prayer is on my heart. Here is a snippet:

Do you have a special Saint that you feel a strong connection to? How so?

When I was younger I had a love and devotion of St. Anne. She was my patron saint and I shared her name. (My middle name.) I prayed to her often, especially when I was looking for a holy spouse and later when I was dealing with fertility problems. However, another saint has made her way into my heart these last few years — St. Martha. The busyness of motherhood and my natural tendencies helps me to identify with Martha who was busy and worried about many things. I find myself turning to her often for guidance.

Which virtue do you find yourself working on the most throughout your day?

Patience and acceptance of God’s will. Throughout the day there are numerous times when things don’t go the way I want them to go — someone spills juice all over the table, the washing machine breaks down, a driver cuts me off on the road or a project deadline is moved up. There is always something. My first instinct is the flare up and get mad or frustrated. I am trying to learn how to calm down, be patient and accept that little crosses are a part of life. More importantly, God uses these crosses to help me grow in virtue and they can be prayer opportunities to “offer it up” for the special intentions of loved ones and the world at large.

READ THE REST HERE.

I am honored to be a part of this ministry! To find out more, visit Blessed Is She.net.

Also, please keep the Blessed Is She team in your prayers. We are meeting in Wisconsin this weekend for a retreat/conference/get-together. Thanks to my wonderful husband, I will be attending. Yay! The last time I went on a plane by myself was literally 10 years and three babies ago.

Please pray for all our safe travels and (for those of us who are married) please pray for the sanity of our hubbies and for unbelievable calm in the kiddos we leave behind.

I’ll be posting about the trip on Instagram and you can follow the team using the hashtagΒ #bisteamretreat. I’ll share more about it when I get back. πŸ™‚

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify, πŸ˜‰


Online Daybook & #7QT (8/15/16): A Call to Love, High School Ventures and Current Faves

Happy feast of the Assumption! I have been on a blogging break but I’ve popped in to catch you up on the latest. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

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  • That the last two days have been smoke free and that the local fire is now 60% contained.
  • A productive weekend, even though I am tired from it.
  • A few moments to myself to write and catch my breath before the busy schedule takes over again.
  • Food on our table, warm beds to sleep in and family to love.
  • Another year of life.

Praying for..

  • My mom’s continued health.
  • Numerous friends who are carrying heavy crosses.
  • The Olympians.
  • Our nation.
  • Kids (and their teachers) as they return to school this month.
  • All pregnant moms (especially family members), those trying to get pregnant, those who have lost their babies and for moms contemplating an abortion.
  • The souls in purgatory, especially family, friend and those most forgotten.

Pondering…

It seems like lately God has been telling me over and over that I need to increase my love for those around me. In Saturday’s Blessed Is She devotion, Brigid talked about the anxiety her heart feelt over the turmoils of the world and she wondered how she could go from prayer to action. She said:

“I want to fill my heart up with love. I want to carry love with me as I move through the world. I want to respond in love to the people I meet. Sometimes the love will be a love of justice, to be sure, but I will move and live in love.”

Those words have stuck with me.

Then yesterday at Mass the visiting priest said:

“It’s our capacity to love that will bring others to Christ.”

It makes me think about the people God has placed in my hands – my husband, my children, my family, my friends, members of my community, even you as you read this. It is not mere chance that they are in my life and I in their lives. I have a role to play and a mission to fulfill. But that requires me let go of my instinct to be selfish. It means thinking of others and how my actions (or lack of action) affects them. It means taking a few extra minutes on my knees to pray for you or for a struggling friend or making a meal for a mom who is having a rough time. Or not losing it when one of my kids breaks something in the house again. It means tuning off the phone and talking with my teen or reading to my sons. There are so many ways God wants me to share his love with others. I just have to decided if I will listen and act or turn a blind eye.

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Around the House…

The house has been neglected these last few weeks because I have been helping Brian with a work project. All my free time has been going to helping him so besides the basics, the house will have to wait!

 

Family Chit Chat…

For those who were asking, my mom is doing well in her recovery. In fact, she asked to relay this message: “My mom wanted me to let you know that this week when the therapist/nurse checked her they said she was doing great and healing remarkably well. Mom told the therapist that she credits it to the power of prayer because there has been countless people praying for her recovery. The therapist said that he find those who have prayer in their life do heal faster. My Mom also wanted me to send a big thanks to you again for all your prayers and support. She was in tears telling me how much it has meant to her. So a big thanks!”

With that in mind, this month I have my pap smear and a mammogram scheduled. They are not the most pleasant experiences but a definite must for my health!

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In family news, my sweet little Bella started high school this week! High school!!Β  How did 14 years pass by so quickly!!!

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Taking care of the kids when they were babies and toddlers was its own kind of crazy stress but now I’ve entered into another kind of crazy mental stress, having mama-worry about Bella’s physical, emotional and spiritual well being! Sigh. I need a piece of chocolate. πŸ˜‰

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The boys have been busy with swimming and attending their first VBS (Vacation Bible School) this month.

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They had so much fun and I was so impressed with how well it was organized! We will definitely be attending (and volunteering to help) next year.

In other news, on Thursday it is my birthday! That is both bad – another year older – and good – another year of being alive! Brian wants to know what I want for my b-day but seriously, I have everything I want (well, unless you can instantly make me a few jean sizes smaller. Hmm… maybe I should pass on that chocolate.) πŸ˜‰ Seriously, in all the things that matter, I already have them. <3

 

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In the Kitchen…

Monday: Roasted Chicken with potatoes/carrots/celery and salad.

Tuesday: Ravioli, Italian chicken sausage and green beans.

Wednesday: Breakfast dinner.

Thursday: I’ll be at a baby shower so an easy dinner but not sure what!

Friday: Date night. (Kids get pizza.)

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: (John-Paul’s birthday choice.) Spaghetti and Meatballs with sparkly juice. (Sparkling apple cider in plastic wine glasses.)

 

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Reading…

The Summer Before the War

I’ve read Section 2 of The Summer Before the War. The next podcast for the #pnsbookclub should be up soon over at Planned But Not Scripted. Their blog post for Part 1 is already up.

Persuasion

For fun I re-read Persuasion, my favorite Jane Austen book. πŸ™‚

 

 

Watching…

(ON TV)

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During the day I’ve been enjoying the Olympics with the boys. Matthew is particularly enamored with Micheal Phelps. I was touched to read Micheal’s story about his struggle with substance abuse, and feelings of no self esteem and no self worth to the point of thinking about suicide.Β  Thankfully, his friend, NFL star (and Christian) Ray Lewis stepped in and challenged Michael to re-evaluate his life and turn to God. Eventually Michael did and by the grace of God he was able to heal broken relationships and turn his life around. It’s such a powerful testimony to the fact that all these amazing successes mean nothing when your heart is lost. (You can read the whole story here.)

 

As I mentioned, Brian and I love British detective shows. Now that Inspector Lewis has started again, we are watching that.

 

We have two episodes left of The Tunnel until we find out of the killer is caught. (Parental note: Rated MA. Not for kids.)

 

— Brian and I finished the BBC mystery/thriller Thirteen about a young girl who escaped after 13 years of captivity. I really enjoyed the show but the ending seemed a little rushed and anti-climatic. (Parental note: Rated MA. Not for kids.)

 

— Meanwhile, I finished the BBC show The Crimson Field. I enjoyed it but there was no season two and that left a lot of questions unanswered. Boo.Β  It is available for free on Amazon Prime Video. (Parental note: Rated TV-14. Adult situations, language and non-sexual rear-end nudity.)

 

(AT THE MOVIES)

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Some of the movies I’ve watched this summer.

The Conjuring 2 – I’m not usually a fan of horror movies but loved the first Conjuring and this one was scary good too. PG-13

Finding Dory – I’m not sure if I liked it as much as the first one but there were some cute and funny moments. The kids enjoyed it. PG

Tarzan – Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. The thought of a hubby doing anything to save the woman he loves made my heart swoon and run home to my own hubby. πŸ˜‰ PG-13

Beyond – I wanted to love it but I didn’t. I really liked the first one and the second (Hello? Benedict Cumberbatch!) but this third one was enjoyable but not great. PG-13

Suicide Squad – My expectations were so low that I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. (The soundtrack would have been more enjoyable if there weren’t so many bleep words in many of the songs. ) PG-13

 

Listening to …

The newest songs added to my playlist – Red Flag by The Moth & The Flame and Heathen by 21 Pilots.

 

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The other thing I have been listening to is the latest Blessed Is She Workshop – Raising a Holy Family: From Toddler to Teen by Kathryn Whitaker. She had so many excellent points, I had four pages of notes in my journal. I also loved being able to chat with the others and ask questions as we watched. Plus the fact that I could attend without leaving home, was the icing on the cake.

You can purchase the workshops individually or subscribe for the year and get at least one workshop a month (some months have two). Plus the much loved BIS Advent and Lent journals are auto shipped to you. If you buy these items anyway, it saves a lot to buy a membership. Just click here and go to the BIS shop.

The next workshop is scheduled for Aug 23. It is a prayer journaling workshop given byΒ  Ashley Woleben, a blogger and homeschooling mama who uses commonplacing and prayer journaling in her daily life. I hope to see you there!

 

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Recent Posts:

I have been taking a blogging break so this is my first post in a few weeks!

 

From the Archives:

Revolution of Love - Saturday Spotlight (logo_saturday_spotlight_3)August 2015 – Saturday Spotlight: Erica of Be A Heart

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August 2014 – Daily Planner Goal Sheet (Free Printable)

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August 2013 – Theme Thursday: Shadow & {pretty, happy, funny, real} vol 74: Bubble Play

 

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Around the blogosphere…

— A Very Real Way You Can Help Our Country by Better than Eden

— {bits & pieces} and a matchbox makeover by Like Mother, Like Daughter

— [podcast] Kids & Chores #033 by Danielle Bean

— Audio Stories Recommended by Age by Whole Parenting Family

— Liturgical Crafting for the Non-Crafty Moms by A Knotted Life

— freedom…it’s what God wants for ALL of us… by Passionate Perseverance

 

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Taken yesterday after Mass. I love the color!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. What about you? What’s currently happening in your life? Any book or movie recommendations? Do share.

I’m linking up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

Have a great week!

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The New “Blessed Is She” Catholic Planner

To many people, the start of the new year is on January 1st but for many (including moms with kids in school) the new year is more likely from Aug/Sept to the end of summer vacation. That means that in August and September we are looking for new planners or updating our old ones. Well, if you are looking for a beautiful, functional and Catholic planner, look no further! The new Blessed Is She Liturgical Planner is now ready for pre-order and let me tell you, it is gorgeous!! Take a look!

(UPDATE: This planner has sold out! A new planner is being made to start Jan 2017. I’ll update this post with the link once it is available. for pre-order.)Β 

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The Blessed is She Liturgical Planner runs through September 1, 2016 – September 3, 2017.

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The inside cover.

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Artwork and handlettering by the lovely artist Erica of Be a Heart. (I interviewed her for Saturday Spotlight here.)

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Weekly layout with sections for: To Do, Groceries, Meal Planning, Prayer Intentions, Notes, Goals and more.

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Daily hourly layout.

Other features:

  • reminder to start specific novenas
  • liturgical colors for the entire year
  • handlettered bible verses for inspiration / memorization
  • Saints of the day andΒ month
  • helpful prayer reminders

There is also a prayer section with favorite Catholic prayers of the Blessed Is She writers. (Including yours truly.) πŸ™‚

The planner is normally $60 but there is a pre-sale price of $54.99. (The price may seem high but it comparable to other name brand planners and unlike some less expensive ones, this was Made in the USA!) Planner will be shipped out the week of August 8th.

I love my bullet journal and don’t plan on changing but I am purchasing this one to use as a blogging planner. (Although, to be perfectly honest with you, this planner is so beautiful and inspirational, I am seriously considering keeping my bullet journal for all my lists and goal tracking and using this for my day to day planning. I’ll keep you posted!) In the meantime, place your order before they run out!

Lastly, if you use the links on this post, they are affiliate links, meaning I get a small percentage of the sales. Any proceeds made from this blog post will be donated to the St. Bryce Missions. πŸ™‚

Happy planning!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify, πŸ˜‰

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