1. Work is C.R.A.Z.Y. We are going through a merger, which means A LOT going on in December and January. After the last few weeks of going in early, staying late, and stress, I have so much admiration for those who work long hours on a regular basis. Can't wait to get back to normal hours in a few months. On the bright side, after the merger I will have an exciting new position.
2. Advent is here. I'm trying to make the most of Advent, but its easier said than done. At church hubby and I are doing an 8-week study on prayer called Oremus. It requires about 20min of prayer time (ie. homework) every day. So far, the homework is helping me get my prayer time in before work. Also I made a simple Advent wreath with some garland and ribbon. It only cost $6. The sad part is that due to differing work schedules hubby and I haven't had dinner at home together since I made it, so it hasn't gotten much use. I have lit it some evenings.
3. My birthday! It was my birthday last Saturday. Since IF has become a part of my life birthdays have been rough, but this one wasn't. Yay! I've been so busy at work that I haven't had much time to think about that fact I'm getting older, but still have no kids. My birthday was a Saturday, which meant NO WORK! ...Hubby and I went downtown Chi.cago to a vintage Christmas market, and to mass at St. John Cantius. St. John Cantius is a b-e-a-u-tiful church!! They offer mass ad orientum, meaning that the priest faces the altar during the consecration prayers. It was my first time, and I loved it.
4. My littlest sister's 13th birthday. It's so fun being the oldest of 7 and having a little sister almost 20 years younger than me. Last time I was visiting my parents (we live 3.5 hours away) we did facial mud masks together. I am going to surprise her this weekend and take her to the Melting Pot for fondue. I made her a Minion hat, which she requested, and got her the another present she wanted: perfume from the band One Direction. Oh my! ...She is sooooo cute!
|Two of my sisters and I doing mud masks.|
|I didn't realize until I started it how many different colors are required.|
6. Is.real. Hubby and I went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November. It. Was. Amazing. The trip was a whirlwind. I still can't believe all that we saw. During the trip it was sometimes tough to pray, because we kept moving from one place to another. Still it was incredible to see where Jesus walked and talked, and get a feel for the geography of the Bible. My favorites were praying the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, renewing our baptismal vows in the Jordan River, floating in the Dead Sea, and praying at rock of Golgotha in the church of the Holy Sepulcher.
|Along the Via Dolorosa|
|On the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem|
Everything is still on hold with adoption, and that remains tough, but I'm feeling grateful for God's other blessings. This summer we are going to try with a new agency, so hopefully something will work out.
Peace this Christmas!