Thursday, October 20, 2016

Small Success Thursday - All About Perception!

Happy Thursday All!

I love Small Success Thursday. Check out the post at Catholicmom.com.



As I sat down to write about small successes the past few weeks, I just did not have the right perspective. I didn't FEEL successful.  You know? I've just been in a funk (said like Ross from Friends, when he told Rachel they were "on a break". LOL).

I'm way less funky today than I was yesterday... each day gets better.  Can I count that as a success? I think I will.

Today while I was on the treadmill, I was watching Catholic TV on the Roku Box. It's FREE! WOOHOO.  Anyway, I have never watched Catholic TV before because I typically listen to music while I walk on the treadmill or the Rosary Audio. Well, the Context with Lorna Dueck show was on, and the young black interviewer was talking with a girl who literally could have been me (although I never lived in Foster Care).   They were talking about being abused, turning away from God and coming back. More than that, they were talking about survival and she said her goal was to not be like her mom. To be a good and loving wife and mother. And that is all I've ever wanted.

I can not tell you how freeing it is to hear someone else say it - and on Catholic TV.  You see, I keep it low-key because I feel like Catholics, who honor the Ultimate Mother and every mother so much, would never understand statements like that - and there they were, understanding her.

And then Ms. Lorna, was talking to a gentleman from Focus on the Family, and he was saying, ultimately we believe in reparation. We want to heal past relationships, etc. (I'm not using his exact words).  Then he said, you always try to heal family, unless it's abusive.. unless it's not safe... unless it's unhealthy for you.  He said find people to be your Aunts and Uncles or siblings and parents... make your own family... the Church is your family... And I started crying.

Picture this... my poor child and his friend playing xbox in the other room, me on the treadmill walking and crying. HA Geez!  The good news, they didn't know it. And I wasn't boo-hoo-ing. I was just teary, because it felt so good to hear this all on Catholic TV.

God was speaking to me today and I was listening. He was saying to me - YOU ARE ENOUGH.
So my big success this week is that I heard God. Oddly I feel much better about myself. Like I gave myself permission to except that I am worthy. Not just say it, but believe it.

But also - I made it through my first birthday without my daddy! And to make ya'll laugh, I will share a picture my friend Stacey shared. We've known each other since I was 4. If you do the math, its 49 years. That's a heckuva friendship. <3

Top Left, her birthday, I was five, she was four. Bigger pic, circa 1978 or '79,
 me visiting California from Texas. Bottom, She and
I with her three children. The baby girl was a preemie.
They are all doing well still. Oh, that was 1991.
Pretty funny huh?
So I'm going to say my fourth success was making ya'll laugh. You see, success is about perception... and I perceive that things are looking up. Turn your days positive by counting your blessings and successes (they are one in the same).

Ya'll have a great rest of your week! AND - go check out the posts at Small Success Thursday.

Hugs & Blessings,

Em

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Giveaway - 500 Free Copies of The Catholic Mother's Guide to Spiritual Direction

Happy Tuesday Night.
I pray you have all had a great day.

Through the genius of technology I am setting this to go live at 8pm Central Time. Let's see if it works.

As a Catholic Convert, I've wondered for a while how on earth to find a Spiritual Director. I was not even sure what I thought it meant - for real! I mean - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Well, I am excited to tell you about a new book, Ms. Lis Luwia of CatholicMommyBlogs.com has written. Here is the description of the book from the website:

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Some of the questions that will be answered:
  • What is Spiritual Direction?
  • Is Spiritual Direction Right for Me?
  • How Do You Find a Spiritual Director Who is a Good Fit for You?
  • What Do You Talk to a Spiritual Director About?
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If you do not win, which I sincerely hope you do, please click HERE to buy the book. It's $3.00.

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This is going to be awesome. I can't wait to read it.

Blessings ALL!

Emily

Repurposed Recipe Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday.
Happy Feast Day of Saint Luke.
The Apostle Luke | Andrey Mironov
Click on the link above him to learn more about him. We studied the Gospel of Saint Luke last year. He also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. Plus, his feast day is on my birthday - so he's special to me.

Anyway...

Today, I went to the Catholic Bookstore and picked up the Magnificat for the next couple months.
And a few other things...


I love our local Catholic Store. Saint Anthony's Church Supplies/Stella Maris bookstore, in Fort Worth. Stop by! And pray for the owner, Richard Myers, who was diagnosed with aggressive cancer.
His wife Mary is a fellow homeschooler and Altar Society Member. She's so nice.

I also killed a nest full of wasp looking bugs (you're welcome). The looked like this:


But the purpose of this post is to talk about repurposing recipes. So let's get to it.

Emily's Repurposed Lasagna:

We are all on a quest to be healthier. So when I had some eggplant and squash in the fridge (last week), I decided not to fry the eggplant, and I'm tired of roasted squash, so I had my dear husband slide the eggplant and squash and we used it in place of the lasagna noodles in our lasagna. I was going to make it meatless, but my guys are "meat people".

I followed this recipe for Lasagna. It's in the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook from 1980. I was 16 when I started using it, I'll be 56 in three years. So it's been used by me for 40 years. Sure, I tweak it, spice-wise. But it's so good ya'll.

Here is the recipe for:


In this picture, you can see sliced eggplant and zucchini. We layered it just like the recipe said to do with the lasagna noodles (in place of the lasagna noodles).

To the sauce, I added on can of tomato sauce and one can of tomato paste, because I was making two batches of lasagna. One for dinner, one to freeze.



This is what it looked like when we put it into the oven. Note: I do not put cheese on top till it's baked half-way because I don't like it when the cheese turns black or brown.


 This is what it looked like right before we got it out. And ya'll my people LOVE IT!!! LOVE!


I let it sit for about 15 minutes or so. You can serve it with salad. But it does have squash in it. Just saying.

I hope you liked this recipe. How do you make changes to recipes? Share with me.

And with that, I have to go pick my child up from Co-Op. We are stopping by Starbucks on the way home because I get a Birthday Freebie.

And - tonight, we are having Chinese Food and a glass of wine... I asked for a quiet day for my birthday and that is what I got - and people - it has been priceless.

Love and hugs all.  Have a great rest of your day.

Em

Monday, October 17, 2016

Treading Water...

Dear Readers,

Do you ever feel like you are just treading water? So many things stacking up that are negative or "against you"? Well, read on...

I was born into a family of water loving people. My parents taught swimming. My dad was an avid sailor and we all were in the pool well before six weeks of age. I was a lifeguard at 15. In fact, my own child was about three or four weeks old when he kicked his feet in the water... it's who we are. The child dove into the ocean the first time he saw it and he was 17 months old. Luckily my husband caught the back of his jumper. Here is a click I took. LOL


In this family, there is an extraordinary amount of drama and angst. Sigh. Now that my dad is gone, especially the past few days, I've been so overwhelmed and I feel so alone (as in apart from God). I know I'm not... but I have been asking "WHY LORD?" a lot). I was raised by a generation that never shared their feelings. They were children of the Depression (as in The Great Depression) and they were happy for every little thing they had. I get that. I believe in that. But there are days I think, "my God I can not take any more. Please Lord...." You know?  I was taught not to give into the angst, but I do sometimes... and then, I start to give up. AND... AND... I get angry with myself. Sigh!!

My mind is so full and things are not getting done; I ran into something with my side mirror (you know, of the car); I forget to pay bills; heck, I am struggling to garner a logical thought as I type this. Since Dad's death, dealing with some family things (not my immediate family, but I can't talk about it), finances are very tight, Marque's back hurts (torn disc) and his hips and knees too, Christopher broke his toe, this bill is due, that person needs help with one thing or another... constant interruptions, constant bombardment with bad news from this way or that...

I feel like I'm drowning in life's anguish. I keep saying "I feel like I am barely treading water". A  friend told me to be thankful I know how to tread water. The next day, I saw this Meme:


It made me laugh. Take that evil one. Sigh. I am so thankful for my Guardian Angels. Thank you God. Ok...

I know that God is in control. I know He needs me to trust Him. I know things will get better again and this is a moment in time. And that life is a cycle. I know it... but I'm weary these days. Tomorrow is my first birthday without my daddy. And I was having a big, fat pity party earlier. Hmmph. Dad's death had a delayed reaction. I thought I'd cried and mourned. But this is going to take a while... In fact, his death really just sunk in... I'd been putting "the big cry" off.  

Earlier... I found an email from 2014 that he sent to several family members on 10/17/2014, and wished me a happy 53rd birthday. HA The interesting thing is that tomorrow is my 53rd birthday. I don't even remember it being wrong back then. But it was like he (my earthly father) was reminding me that he is with me, in my heart and mind.   And it hit me...

If my earthly father is in my heart and mind, how much more is my Heavenly Father in me, with me, and working through me? 

Whoever out there needs to hear this - please know God is there with you. Even when you don't know... even when you feel like you are choking on the water all around you and gasping for air... God is there  - in the form of a helping hand, a hug, a person to pray with you, a passage you read that sinks in. That is all GOD!  I share with you my struggle so you know you are not alone. God wants to comfort you, come to Him!  

The evil one wants you to live frought with fear and pain and negative memories... he wants you to harbor resentments and to live life fighting against God's plan for your life.

I want to tell you to keep your head above water, pray, take deep breaths... and even if you sink a little, move your arms and kick your feet... YOU CAN DO IT!  

Here is a list of prayers you can pray: EWTN List of Catholic Prayers.  And here is one of my favorites when I am struggling and need an ally against my enemies (the devil).



I am praying for you tonight and always.

Hugs & Blessings,
Em

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Daughters of Saint Paul Fundraiser & Novena - Day 6

Happy Monday.
Happy Feast day of Saint Francis Borgia.

Please excuse my lack of Day 4 & 5 of the Novena and Fundraiser, but I was out of pocket and frankly forgot to schedule posts. And so - we move to Day 6!

Also - I'd like to address the fact that since my father's death and the drama that has ensued, my thoughts have not been great. And it is hard to concentrate. I really do mean to blog fantabulous posts... but the words don't come. And so - please be patient with me. I'm in a huge funk.

I am excited to tell you that the Sisters have raised nearly $40K. But they need to double that ++ in order to pay for the generator. Please pray for them and help them by donating if you can.

You can find out more about them and their great causes at Daughters of Saint Paul Webathon Page. Learn how dot donate and pray the Rosary with us at Noon and 8:00pm EST daily during this Novena.

Here is today's prayer graphic:


Thank you so much for praying AND donating to the sisters.  You warm my heart.
Blessings,
Emily

Friday, October 7, 2016

Daughters of Saint Paul Fundraiser & Novena - Day 3

Happy Friday.

I will do another post later, about my weekly wrap up! But for now, please plan to join the Daughter's of Saint Paul in their Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots.

They need to raise nearly $90,000 for a generator. We pray they get that, and more. Find out more about them and their great causes at Daughters of Saint Paul Webathon Page.  Learn how to donate and please pray the Rosary with us at Noon and 8:00pm EST.

Here is today's prayer graphic:


Oh - and I am happy to announce, it's day three and they are about 1/3 of the way there. Any donation helps. And if you can't donate - we all get that... truly.  Please pray. <3

Love and hugs to you on this blessed feast day of Our Lady of Victory which was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary! (look it up). LOL  

Our Lady of the Rosary/Victory - PRAY FOR US!


I took this picture last night as our Altar Society prayed the Litany of Our Lady of Victory and learned the history of the statue, given to us by Father Baker (who is up for canonization). 

Later,
Em
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Daughters of Saint Paul Fundraiser & Novena - Day2

Happy Thursday.


Thanks for joining us for the second day of the Webathon Fundraiser and Novena for the Daughters of Saint Paul.


For some reason my post did not go live, so we have missed the Noon Novena, however, you can absolutely join this evening at 8:00pm EST.

Here is the link to the Daughters of Saint Paul Webathon, where you can find out their story, how to donate, and get the daily prayers.

I promise my reminder will go up much earlier tomorrow.

Blessings all and THANK YOU!

Em
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