Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saints of the Year {Tuesday Talk #107}

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And I'm sure you've seen a lot of Catholics sharing their saint for the year!  We got quite the mix from the very obscure to one of Jesus's Apostles.  I'm excited to learn about them this year and see how they will help us learn and grow in our Catholic faith!

Here is the rundown of our family's saints:

Jim:  St. Anthony the Abbot, January 17
Me:  St. Tillo, January 7
J:  Blessed Anne Marie Taigi, June 9
B:  St. Andrew Kim Taegon, September 20
L:  St. Peter the Apostle, June 29

If you'd like to find out who your saint for the year is, check out the Saint Name Generator by Jen Fulwiler.

Who is your saint for 2017?  

God bless,
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Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Word & Verse of the Year: FIAT, Luke 1:38

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It was nearly mid-January, and here I was, still trying to find the right word for me for 2017.  Last year, the word and verse Clean and Psalm 51:12 jumped out to me very quickly.  But everything I came up with for this year just didn't seem to fit.

Last week, I started working on a new design that I'm creating for my shop with the word Fiat.  And it clicked.  Fiat.  I just knew God was telling me this is what I need to focus on this year! 

As a Catholic woman, I've always admired Mary's Fiat: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)  What surrender to God's will.  Her "Yes" changed not just her, but the whole world forever.

And that's what God is calling me to (although obviously on much smaller scale!): changing the world through my everyday "yeses" to His will for me and my family.

What does this mean for me?  Being gentle and patient in discipline.  Trusting God when it comes to our medical issues.  Making sure I pray everyday.  Leaning on His abundant love.  Truly living in the everyday moments.  Saying "yes" to the little things, like cleaning the kitchen without complaining and reading the kids the same book over and over again.  Loving what God has given me.

So my one goal this year will be to work on prayer.  That will be my focus because, well, everything - including being able to give my fiat in the everyday life moments - will flow from a healthy spiritual life.  And I want my prayer life to really be talking and listening to God.  Because how can I hear His will for me unless I open my heart and soul to Him through honest prayer?

And speaking of honesty, the word Fiat scares me.  So does Thy will be done.  These are hard prayers!  All I want is to complain, resist, and have control.  But Fiat says, I trust in You; I give my whole self to You.  That is so hard, but so worth it.


What does your "fiat" look like today?

I'm saying "Yes" to kids books, prayer time, cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, folding laundry, building train tracks, setting up for a church event later, and playing Hullabaloo with the kids.

Every little fiat, every little "yes" is truly important in building up the church, especially the domestic church at home.

How are you saying "May it be done to me according to Your word" in your everyday life?

My soon-to-be new favorite shirt!

I'm so excited to have this new T-shirt from Brick House in the City to help me keep my Fiat at the top of my mind!  Which I definitely need to be reminded of everyday in my vocation of motherhood! 

I'll also have my Fiat print at my computer desk (pictured at the top of the post) to help me focus too.  And I'll release my new Fiat print soon...so I'll probably prominently display it somewhere in my house too!

What is your word for the year?  And how do you keep your word in focus for the entire year?

Can't wait to hear about your word and focus for the year!

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Earlier this week I posted 2016: Our Year In Review, including some amazing ups and some extremely difficult downs...and why I treasure it all.  And this upcoming Tuesday, I'll be sharing all of my family's saints for the year.  See you then!  2017 will be a year filled with hope! 



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 in 12 Photos {Our Year in Review}

2016 held a lot of highs and lows for our family.  J started preschool, L started walking and talking, and I started my Etsy shop, and we had so much fun together as a family!  But we had a tough year medically.  B and I went through a lot.  We got some answers, but we still have a lot of questions too.

I don't want to discard 2016 even though the second half was especially tough.  We had so much fun together!  I want to remember those smiling faces and happy times.  But I want to remember the suffering too.  It has helped us to see how much we need to trust in God's love for us as His adopted sons and daughters.  2016, you've been quite a ride.

So here are the highs and lows of our 2016:

January
I wrote out my special bump update - adoption style.  Oh, how I love to carry L!

February
We have a very mild winter (hallelujah!!!) so we still got to spend a lot of time outside (because this mama doesn't do cold!).

March
I had surgery to remove my stage 4 endometriosis the day after Easter.  A lot of unexpected things happened, but by the miraculous grace of God, I was at peace with it all. (You can read the whole story here.)


April
L's first birthday was less than a week before Easter and my surgery, so we held off celebrating until the end of April.  We threw L a Charlotte's Web birthday party!  (It's my favorite one to date!)

May
I love May for 3 big reasons: summer is almost here, Mother's Day, and our annual trip to the Toledo Zoo!


June
It was a month full of perfectly ordinary family moments!  We took lots of trips to the zoo, walks around the neighborhood, and "bike hikes".  We also took J to her first play - Beauty and the Beast! - and the whole family to the beach.  And L got his first haircut!  (And I even didn't cry!)


July
A certain little girl turned 5 and had a practically-perfect-in-every-way kind of birthday.

August
It was a month of celebrating!  Jim and I both turned 33.  And my Etsy shop really started taking off!  J started preschool, and L started walking...and really talking!

September
September kicked off 4 months of constant doctor's appointments for me and for B.  This month, B had an endoscopy.

October
The doctor's appointments continue.  We found out B is extremely far-sighted and will now be wearing glasses!


November
This month was still filled with many doctor's appointments...but also a lot of sunshine!  We had an extremely warm fall, and we enjoyed every minute of it!  Playing in the leaves in our shorts in Indiana in November?!  I'll take this fall weather every year please!


December
Lots of family time really helped with the stress of so many doctor's appointments.  (Between B and I, we saw 13 different doctors and specialists this year!  Yes, 13!)  But we got to have Jim home for almost 2 weeks this month.  We had such a fun Christmas, and a great time celebrating B's 4th birthday Captain America style on the 26th.


And now, 2017.  I'm looking forward to a fresh, new year (other than our deductible starting over!).  This new year is truly filled with so much hope and promise!

On Friday, I'll be sharing my one word, patron saint for the year, and my goals for 2017.  It only took til nearly halfway through January, but my word finally picked me.  And it's a tough one.  Looking forward to sharing it with you and hearing about your word for the year!

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