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It’s not Friday, but Monday is when I have time to write a post. Here’s a life update!
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Last Sunday, my grandfather passed away. It was a difficult week of saying goodbye for our family. His wake was Tuesday (which happened to be the day of a big snowstorm) and the funeral mass and burial was Wednesday. Now that life is settling into a new normal, my husband and I are thinking about ways we can be supportive to my grandmother in the years to come. Thankfully she lives close to us and we can visit her often, bring meals once in a while, and make sure she is included in all the fun milestones of her two (soon to be three!) great-grandchildren. I can’t imagine losing my husband – even at the end of a long, happy life together.
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I’ll be 31 weeks pregnant this week. I figure in about a month I’ll be seriously considering what to pack for the hospital (didn’t I JUST find out we were expecting?). I think I’m more intensely excited to meet this child than I’ve ever felt during a pregnancy. For one thing, I’m having an easier time accepting the reality that yes, this is a real baby that’s coming and yes, he’s actually going to become a screaming, pooping, adorable part of our family’s daily life in a couple short months. During my first two pregnancies the reality was harder to imagine. This time, every
punch sweet kick reminds me of the very real child who will be placed in my arms at the end of it all. I can’t wait to meet him. I can’t wait for our girls to meet him. They are so, so excited to have a baby in the house.
Oh, and also I’m not living in terrified anticipation of birth this time, either. After two overrated natural births, I plan to fully embrace the wonders of modern technology and get an epidural forgoodnesssakeohmygosh. Instead of writhing in agony for hours, I may very well be napping while my husband plays 4 Pics 1 Word on the couch. To say I’m feeling peace about this birth would be the understatement of the year. That helps. :)
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So Easter is earlier than usual this year. I love Easter and it’s probably my favorite holiday (especially since becoming Catholic), but wow – this bleak winter weather is really making it hard to believe that spring will ever come to accompany it. Usually by mid-Lent, our magnolia tree outside is starting to show signs of life and we’re landscaping the yard to prepare for an outdoor family gathering. Instead, I’m getting alerts on my phone telling me to expect 6-9″ of snow this evening followed by temperatures in the 30′s for the duration of the foreseeable forecast. I hate winter so much that it actually hurts sometimes.
I have hope, however, that the snow will melt and that some day, some glorious day, the steering fluid in my car will NOT freeze and the mailbox will NOT be glazed shut and the furnace WILL stop running for a few occasional minutes – because there are baby chicks at the local farm store. I find it strange that farmers are following the liturgical calendar, but hundreds of chicks can’t be wrong about when to be born. They just can’t.
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Any other Dave Ramsey enthusiasts out there? My husband and I started the debt-free endeavor about a year ago and it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. 2012 was a good year and 2013 will be even better. We’re not totally out of debt yet, but we have a plan and it’s working. We have completely transformed our ways of thinking about money and can confidently say that we will never borrow again! Our tax refund arrived this week and gave us a big boost in a positive direction, so we’ve been feeling pretty proud of ourselves lately. Money doesn’t buy happiness but using it wisely kind of does, in a way.
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The papal conclave begins March 11th! (And why do I keep thinking about this like it’s going to be a televised American election? It’s a private vote in a locked room. I’ll be limited to refreshing my newsfeed for updates!) Still exciting.
*Edit* According to other Catholic sources, no date has been set yet. The article I referenced for the date of the eleventh has been removed. So we wait!
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I got an email from WordPress informing me that I’m coming up on one year of blogging. Actually, the bulk of the email was about how I was going to be charged for another year for my private domain name, but yeah – one year! I’ve been pondering my ideas for a “direction” with my writing. There is so much you can do with a faith-related blog, after all. Apologetics topics? Reflections on daily life as a Catholic? Parenting and homemaking? My primary goal is to convey the message that Catholicism is alive. Christ has not abandoned the Church and I am living proof that grace can transform anyone. I want my blog to be one voice among millions out there who call the Catholic Church their home – one of millions who can confidently give a reason for their faith and convey it with joy. Being Catholic colors every part of my life – and it should. It’s likely that I’ll continue to write about a little bit of everything.
As for my next post, I plan to share my thoughts on how best to respond to people who raise an eyebrow at the number of kids you have. The answer may surprise you, but rest assured that it involves my favorite winning combination of truth, logic, and a touch of uncomfortable sarcasm for when you just can’t get around it. I can’t wait for my next trip to the grocery store!