Before having children, I used to think that preschool graduations were silly and unnecessary. Now that I have children, I’m like GIVE ME ALL THE ADORABLE KIDS IN CAPS AND GOWNS AND GIVE THEM TO ME NOW. Emma’s preschool graduation was yesterday afternoon and it was adorable, heart-warming, and moving. My sweet baby girl is heading to kindergarten soon and I am a ball of mushy emotions.
Emma carried the American flag during the processional and helped lead the pledge of allegiance. Her class sang a song, said a poem, and did a dance. Each student also said what they wanted to be when they grew up and they got little awards and diplomas. I was beaming with pride and gratitude. She has been exceptionally cared for and nurtured by her teachers at her school. They have taught her more than I could have wished and I know she is prepared for kindergarten.
(Read on for the photos and videos portion, you don’t want to miss it.) Read More
Hey, guys. You may not know this about me, but I like to use my planner. 😉 Okay, bad mom joke. But seriously, I love this thing.
So a little backstory for this week’s spread. The other day, Emma was talking about how she wanted to see a butterfly and asked if we could go to the zoo to see them. I explained to her that butterflies live out in the wilds of suburban Bay Area too, although we rarely see them. In fact, I can’t recall the last time I saw one fluttering around our neighborhood. It’s been very wet and rainy and cold this winter, so that may have had a factor.
Then it got me to thinking about how much I am looking forward to the Springtime with actual SUN and FLOWERS and GREEN. But then I started thinking about how I’ll need to run to Costco to stock up on my allergy medication because the Spring is also when my nose turns into a runny faucet. THEN it got me to thinking about how I want a chicken bake.
My brain goes on a weird trip sometimes. Read More
Good afternoon on this glorious Sunday.
Okay, let’s celebrate small victories friends. All three of my kids sat in the pew the entire time during Mass today and no one had a meltdown. Who am I kidding? This is a huge victory! At the end of Mass, our Pastor was announcing our Parish’s upcoming March events. It’s a jam-packed month in our Parish but most of all, Lent starts THIS WEEK.
Even though Lent starts fairly late this year, it still kind of snuck up on me. What about you all? The past week I’ve been praying about what my Lenten prayer, almsgiving, and fasting promises should be. My friend Beth talks about asking God to show you what He wants from you this season, so the Father did me a solid and spelled it out for me pretty specifically this year. (THANKS DAD) Read More
This past weekend, I traveled to Phoenix for the first Blessed Is She retreat of the year. This year’s theme is SHINE. And it truly did shine. I’ve been spending a few days unpacking the weekend — how God spoke to me, the fruitful conversations I had with other women, the community, and my dear sisters. Not only did I get to spend time with some of my best friends, but I made new relationships with some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met.
While there are many little takeaways from the weekend, there are a few that stand out.
Friendships rooted in Christ can withstand time, distance, and stages of life.
The women I’ve encountered through this ministry are from all over the country. We are in different life stages. We are single or married, a religious or a lay person, we have small kids or kids in college. We have different backgrounds, different ethnicities, different ideas. But we are rooted in the same thing — Christ. That is the firmest foundation of all.
Jesus loves me and He wants me to let Him love on me.
Throughout the weekend, a profound image kept coming to mind. Jesus, staring at my face, into my eyes and just adoring me. He saw past my insecurities, my sins, my failings, my self-doubt, and pierced my soul with His gaze. He wanted me to know that He loves every single cell of my body, every single piece of my being. And He wants me to let Him love me. Instead of turning my gaze away in shame or fear or doubt, He wants me to let Him love me and He wants to shower me with His unending, perfect love. He told me to stop averting my eyes and just His love wash over me in every moment of my day.
Sometimes I need to let it go.
I’m a very methodical and measured person. My days are often planned to the minute. But constantly holding it in and holding it together, is a recipe for failure and pain and anxiety and emotional numbness. Sometimes, I just need to let it go. So I did. I threw my hands up in praise and sang at the top of my lungs. I got down on my knees and worshiped Him without caring who was watching. I wept and laughed and allowed my heart to burst open. I danced. I let loose. I partied. I celebrated. I enjoyed. I indulged. It was like an emotional reset. Letting go is hard for me, but I need to do it. And what better way to let loose than singing His praises then having a couple of Manhattans with my girls? Read More
Hear ye, hear ye! It’s March’s planner spread and I’m in love.
I’m also plopping week 9 in here too because they are themed similarly. I found this sticker pad at Hobby Lobby during Christmas time and I just love it.
Confession. I’ve always loved stickers. When I was young, I collected stickers. Also gel pens. (Remember mom?) Well, I used to not use the stickers I loved the most. I just kept them catalogued, unused, and sitting there. Over the past year or so, as I’ve been using my Blessed Is She planner more intentionally, I’ve realized that those stickers I LOVE and ADORE should be used! I mean what’s the point of them sitting in the sticker book?
My planner, stationery, and sticker obsession is something I enjoy for no other reason than they are pretty and beautiful and I should actually USE them. Read More