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Embracing the Ordinary

Embracing the Ordinary

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1— The Christmas decorations are finally put away, and I admit, my house looks a little bare, a little ordinary. In the cloudy darkness of January, I definitely miss the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree and garlands. I have never truly welcomed the season of Ordinary Time, the way I welcome Advent, Christmas and Easter. Even Lent has this very clear purpose of repentance necessary…

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Forty!

Forty!

Not me … … but the temperature outside today! We ran errands and picked up my two oldest from school this afternoon without winter jackets. Just sweaters and hooded sweatshirts. It. felt. heavenly. It is amazing what a little sunshine and warmer temperatures can do to one’s spirit. It has given me an extra boost, a lift of my heart, a spring in my step. It’s a little thing, but even a little thing can be a BIG blessing. Thank…

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Grandpas

Grandpas

We haven’t been out much lately. It’s been a bit too cold to be bundling up kids and toddlers to run in and out of stores or other places. But last week was warmer—high 20s, low 30s, a real heat wave in this part of the USA. Especially for January. So, one day, we ran to SuperTarget, which gives out free cookies, and to the library. Normally, when I go to the library with my twins, I go just to…

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Frosty

Frosty

We woke up to a picturesque landscape this morning. Everything was miraculously painted with beautiful frost. It looked like an Ansel Adams photograph outside, but it was that much more incredible, because it was real life. On the way to school, the kids and I talked about how it was like God, in the middle of the night, took a tiny paintbrush and painted everything with white frost. To look like feathers, my kindergirl added. So lovely. Also on the…

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Snow Day!

Snow Day!

The snow started yesterday, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. While driving home from the pediatrician’s office, the pure white snow reminded me of Mary. And it just felt like this snow was a little gift from God to remind me of His incredible love, His incredible plan for salvation … To commemorate yesterday’s solemnity, we had a liturgical tea. It wasn’t exactly as I planned it, but no one was the wiser. I found these adorable cupcakes at…

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