Thursday, December 19, 2013

7 Quick Takes...a little early

Here's a little update on life:

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.
5. Movies. I don't watch much TV (except NFL football, Go Packers!!!), but lately I've had fun watching movies during Christmas preparations. Plus after working so much, I feel like I deserve some down time. Last week I watched Little Women while wrapping presents. This week I watched While You Were Sleeping while working on Christmas cards. I think I might have to make this an annual tradition.

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
7. Milk Grotto. One other highlight of the Holy Land was praying at the Milk Grotto in Beth.lehem. Tradition is that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph took refuge here during Herod's slaughter of the innocents. While Mary was nursing, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning the grotto white. Mike and I prayed for the miracle of children, and also for all couples going through IF.

Milk Grotto
That's what I've been up to lately.

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!


  1. WOW you have been BUSY! I can't believe it...pilgrimage to the holy land! How incredible. I hope the graces from that trip keep flowing into your lives.

    And I can't believe you made that hat!! You have a knitting gift! I'll bet your sister loved it. Those minions crack me up...

    Happy belated birthday =) I'm glad it was joyful. Many blessings to you and Mike this Christmas season!

  2. This is a wonderful update! First off, that trips sounds AMAZING! So happy you were blessed with a great vacation to a most holy place. Also, happy belated birthday!! Sounds like you had a fantastic day. We actually celebrated my birthday at the Melting Pot last week, so it was funny to hear you say you're taking your sister there. It's just so so delicious! Oh, and your Advent wreath is beautiful! Sorry you haven't had much time together to use it, though the plus side is you won't have to buy new candles next year. Hope things slow down at work soon. Can't wait to hear about your new position! And I'm excited to hear about how things go with the new agency this summer. Merry Christmas to you guys! Sending up prayers. :)

  3. Love all the pictures! I am sorry the adoption is on hold. We are sending a lot of hugs your way. I wish we were still living close enough to have another panera date. Hang in there!

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