Friday, July 24, 2009

Free Chocolate for the Soul

I can't resist posting this one. If you haven't heard, you can get a coupon for a FREE candybar from! These are working out as excellent bribes in my house!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Invisible Woman

I had read this story a few years ago in an email forward and printed it and posted it on my fridge for a while. If you have never read it, or even if you have, take the five minutes to watch this dramatization of the story. What a profound message for mothers today in the hidden monasteries of our homes!

What Made Me Smile Today...

My daughter saves the cherry for last when eating her ice cream sundaes...just like me! I felt a hug from God when I noticed that tonight. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Humble Pie

No, this post is not going to be about our last Little Flowers meeting where we began our discussion on Humility, although I do need to get that one typed, as well, since we have another meeting this Friday (yikes!).

Actually, as many of you probably know, as soon as people start praising you for something and you start to gain some? too much? confidence, humility gets thrown in your face like a meringue pie! And, since I said I would try to articulate what is going on in my spiritual life as I am able, here I am.

The webinars (watch here and here) I did for Homeschool Connections were great! Most everybody said the content was much-needed, and the delivery was enjoyable. (thanks) It follows, then, that the past week has made me feel like a complete hypocrite and an utter failure as a homeschooling mother. It was supposed to help that I went to a Catholic homeschooling conference last weekend, and it did while I was there, but then I came home...

So, this post is an effort to be humble - to say that while I do have a lot of great knowledge and insight into how to be successful at homeschooling and motherhood, I am not necessarily applying it to my life. Why? I have several theories that are too personal to share in this space, but, suffice it to say, getting out of bed in the morning is lately a great chore for me, which says a lot about how I approach the rest of my days.

I am going to make an assumption here that in some aspect of your life, you, too, have had all the know-how but still not done what you knew was best. Why do we do it? There has to be an easier way, we say. Nothing bad will happen if we don't do it, we think. Who cares, we wonder? Well, God cares. He is watching, and He wants our best, at all times, in all aspects of our lives. And, our best is what He has given us, because our abilities and our know-how are all from Him! He created us in His Image, which is perfection, our very best selves. Are we offering that back to Him?

This is where I am. Realizing I am not giving God my best and a breath away from actually trying to give it to Him.

Lord, as St. Juan Diego told Our Lady..."I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf." You are my everything. I give myself back to you. Please permit me the grace to clean off my desk and love my children more (not necessarily in that order). ;)

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Soul Is Restless

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." ~ St. Augustine

I have not been able to put into words my current longings and the state of my soul, but the above combined with the quote below I just read at Holy Experience echo my desires and my struggles, right now:

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~ Mother Teresa

When I can articulate more, I will post more. Praying for you...