It has been months (literal months) since I last posted. I don't believe in excuses, but the explanation is actually very simple. I needed to rest in the Lord and step back for a bit. In January, I realized how long it had actually been since I had last posted and I was so disappointed in myself until I took stock of everything that had happened in the last six months...
Started a new job, weaned my son, had an early miscarriage, house-hunted, moved, finished my last college course for my education degree, was offered and accepted a youth ministry role, and even began prepping for my education certification exam
That's a lot for anyone! And here I was, trying to pull out the words to share and guide people to God without even having a good prayer routine in place! Truthfully, I was out of water to give anyone and needed to take time to seek out God and refill my own soul before trying to fill another's. I've written some here and there for Blessed Is She and for work (hello, parent newsletters, Week of Christian Unity posts, Faithful Fridays, and Caitlin Shepard+). But mostly, I focused on renewing my prayer routine and just being with God, rather than trying to share about God constantly. Even Jesus needed a break from the crowds occasionally (boats, deserts, etc.). Now, I'm no Jesus and I don't minister to thousands, but I also know that sometimes we need time just with God.
The truth is, whether its inconsistent or scheduled, I love to write. I'm back and feeling inspired yet again to create beautiful content that glorifies and serves God. Alleluia!
So, here's what's new for me while I've rested with the Lord that last few months...
My word of the year is "Celebrate" which pairs perfectly with my desire for more liturgical living in my home and classroom. I'm slowly making my way through Kendra Tierney's Catholic All Year Compendium and I love it. Her writing is engaging and witty. You could literally read the whole thing, cover to cover if you wanted to or use it as a life-resource to flip through when scheduling what life is going to look like over the next month or two. I'll be writing more about the impact her book has had on me later, so keep your eyes peeled.
My focus for 2019 is to continue to develop the virtues of humility and self-control. I began focusing on them this past Advent and have realized, paired with Matthew Kelly's Resisting Happiness that these two virtues are ones that are underdeveloped in my own life. I will be sharing more about this later on too.
Finally, my saint of the year is Blessed Sara Salkahaze, the only modern-day Hungarian saint. She was a World War II era woman and although there isn't a ton about her, she has become a part of my litany of saints each evening. I've been saving her, so to speak, for Lent and will definitely dive more into her and what she can teach me then!
Alright, now I'm curious! What's new for you? Word of the year? Saint of the year? New way to pray that you're loving? Let me know in the comments below.
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There's no place like home for the holidays... especially when you own the house! A few weeks ago, Josh and I closed and moved into our first home! Despite the horror stories that seem to follow people around when buying a home (although we do have one...), our home-buying process was relatively easy. Don't get me wrong, the underwriter needed a million things and we definitely saw a few duds before we walked into our new home, but all in all, we love our new home!
Our horror story, funnily enough, is actually a repeat of a story from the home we were renting for the past two years. Suffice to say that main lines are expensive to fix and we had to practice humility in order to take care of our new home. We have beautiful hardwood floors, good windows, and a dirt front lawn from having to have it dug up and having a large section of pipe replaced. Ouch. If we ever purchase another home, I want the pipes to experience a stress test of some sort. Run water, flush toilets, do a load of laundry and make certain that everything drains properly.
But in all seriousness, owning our own home is going to offer a peace of mind as we continue to raise our son. I already appreciate the stability that home ownership offers; knowing that this will be home for years to come. Financially, we are only paying a bit more for home ownership rather than paying another person and our quality of life is much higher! Our home is in better condition and the neighborhood is walkable and family-friendly. Kansas City's rental housing market doesn't provide space for mid-quality living. It's either low-end, affordable housing or high-end (more than my mortgage) housing. This made the logical choice for us and our family of three (plus two dogs) (and frequent house guests) to buy.
As life moves forward, despite this huge financial undertaking, we are very interested in the debt-free lifestyle and want to start making strides towards that. If you have any advice for a family starting to dabble in that lifestyle, drop them in the comments below for me!
We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season and I'm so excited begin developing traditions and creating memories in our new home.