Welcome to the Daybook. A weekly post here at The Littlest Way where I gather all the ordinary things that happen or are happening in my day to day. Things like what I’m reading or listening to, eating, cleaning, and learning. These are the small moments that make up my blessed daily life and I want to remember them. I would love to read your Daybook, just leave it in the comments section below. You can use my prompts or make up your own to include items important to you; mine change depending on season and circumstance.
Thanking God for…
::safe trip to and from Memphis
::visiting with my dad and his wife
::my dad taking pictures of Veronica’s team playing
::the best spinach salad I’ve ever eaten at Raffertys–we don’t have these in Oklahoma
::stepping away from the computer for a week and almost half
::our women and men’s schola singing at a funeral I attended yesterday
::my Catholic faith and a liturgy that lends itself to mourning the dead and praying for the promises of heaven all at the same time
We have had 2 funerals in the last 2 weeks at our small parish–that’s 2 families hurting. The funeral I attended yesterday was for a friend my age, with children my children’s age–hard stuff y’all. On the way to the funeral we listened to an awesome sermon on the Rosary, Rosary: Spiritual Weapon
“We have both a divine task and a divine purpose. Our supreme ‘purpose’ is to glorify God. Our supreme ‘task’ is to evangelize the lost.” This pondering contains my One Word for the Year so I’m especially attuned to it. This pondering is from “The Hour That Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer,” a book on my 2017 Reading List Although not a Catholic author, so far not anything anti-Catholic, as a matter of fact, the author has a great explanation for repetitive prayer–a common Protestant argument against the Rosary.
The oven. Bernadette came home for the funeral and I bought all the ingredients for her to make us stir fry for dinner. I’m cooking the chicken now. I’m also listening to me–I’ve run myself down spiritually and emotionally–that’s not good.
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” This past Sunday Veronica and I were traveling for soccer. When we travel, we never miss Mass, even if we end up in a Church where we couldn’t find the tabernacle 😯 The deacon preached on this verse and used a flashlight to illustrate his point. My take away was, the flashlight won’t work if it’s batteries aren’t charged and so it isn’t able to shine light. Veronica’s takeaway was, a flashlight doesn’t work if all it does is charge it’s batteries and never shines light. Both have given me lots to ponder. My batteries are depleted. My knee jerk is to focus soley on recharging–getting even quieter and more alone. The reality is my vocation dictates otherwise. I’m trying to discern how these two ideas can compliment each other. #adayinthelife #nowisnow #nowisgood #itsabeautifullife #joyfilledlife #scripture #bible #biblejournaling #journalingbible #thinkaboutsuchthings #catholicmom #wordofGod #Godfirst #womanoftheword #soulscripts #faithblogger #matthew5 #saltandlight
Around the House…
Anna and Chris do a fantastic job of keeping the house running when Veronica and I travel. I’m looking around though and all of us keeping the house running is starting to show–my home needs some serious TLC.
In the Kitchen…
Bernadette is making stir fry tonight and the rest of the week I’ll wing it–that always works out well right? LOL!
A Great Blog Post
I was pretty consistent in staying away from the computer so I don’t have anything to share this week. If you read something worhtwhile, interesting, and encouraging this past week, please drop a link in the comments.
The Littlest Way
I appreciate your grace while I took a much-needed break from the internet.
I am a Planner Girl
I have started carrying a Travelers Notebook and love it! I have been carrying the Websters Pages Travelers Notebook in Walnut–this is my calendar/planner and wallet all in one. I’ll make a video soon showing you how I have it arranged. I had Veronica make some pretty bling for it–see the Instagram picture below.
Our Domestic Church…
This Saturday is the 16th Anniversary of my Total Consecration! I reread this book every year to renew my consecration and Veronica uses this book–she and I made our Consecrations on the same day, years apart.
The 11th is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. And this Sunday begins the liturgical preparation for Lent, Septuagesima Sunday.
When Veronica and I traveled this time, I had Anna make us some bean and cheese quesadillas. We wrapped them in foil and put them in an ice chest. These made a great snack or lunch on the road saving us driving time and money.
When your dad takes a picture capturing you mothering… Sitting in a Memphis hotel lobby with one child… Talking on the phone with another in Florida… Carrying my #travelersnotebook with the schedules for everyone back home… #adayinthelife #momofboys #momofgirls #momofteens #itsabeautifullife #iamthankful #nowisnow #nowisgood #begrateful #attitudeofgratitude #mommaofmany #largefamilyliving #amothersheart #catholicmom #soccermom
*Chris forced me into the field for a walk yesterday evening–I took my camera and enjoyed every minute of it.