"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Currently {Advent edition}

recovering from a crazy first week of Advent. For the first time ever, I was 100% done with Christmas shopping and had very, very low expectations for our family...yet so many unexpected things came up and I felt so overwhelmed. Life is crazy sometimes.

celebrating some of our favorite feasts day this month...including St. Nicholas Day! It has become one of our favorite traditions.

journaling in Rooted in Hope whenever I can, but not nearly as much as I would like. It's hard fitting it into my prayer routine already, but I'll keep trying!

struggling with getting quiet time in the morning. Baby boy is up SO early.

reading Scott Hahn's A Father Who Keeps His Promises. It was a slow beginning, but now I'm totally into it and can't believe how perfectly it goes along with Advent!

thankful that the stomach bug did not spread to our entire family and that we've still managed to avoid the ER with all of the crazy injuries. Three boys (in 4 years) are not for the faint of heart. SO MUCH WRESTLING. SO MUCH JUMPING. SO LITTLE FEAR.

loving the Christmas cards we're getting in the mail, especially the ones with accompanying letters! Makes me want to start doing a letter instead, sharing details about our family's year.

praying for anyone not feeling especially joyous this time of year. I know the holidays are hard for many.

shocked that it snowed on Friday! First time in 9 years here - Logan and I were engaged the last time. And I couldn't help but think how perfect it was on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mary, conceived without sin....white as snow. And proof that miracles do happen. 😉

pondering a different aspect of Advent this year. Usually I'm more focused on Jesus's birth, but now I can't help but focus on His second coming. I think the fact that I'm not pregnant or nursing this year is giving me a different perspective. It's kind of neat, though.

excited about my new blogging mastermind group. I've been wanting to be part of one for awhile now!

realizing that today is Logan's and my 8.5 year anniversary. No, I don't normally notice half-birthdays or half-anniversaries....but for some reason I did today. On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. ❤️ (and now that I've made that connection I'm pretty sure I'll remember our half-anniversary every year)

asking for prayers for a special intention this week. Please and thank you! Let me know if I can pray for you in a special way too 😊

looking forward to Gaudete Sunday, when we bake and decorate cookies! Landon asks every year when we will do it, and I love how I can tell him when we light the pink (rose, I know) candle!

planning our schedule for Christmas - when to go to Mass (twice), when to give the kids their presents, etc. Logan's work schedule makes things a little complicated...

watching more TV than usual. The shows I'm trying to keep up with are The Good Doctor, This is Us, and Designated Survivor. They're just all sooo good!

Happy Advent and happy feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

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