Archive For January 30, 2013

Running After Peace

I mentioned in my One Word for 2013 post that my quickly forgotten word for 2012 was “Peace.”  As I’ve thought back on it, I’m astounded at how the Holy Spirit stuck with my word, even when I forgot all about it.  The Spirit, of course, knew how very much I needed it. Many times in 2012…

Conversion

I was the first to spot them – the Catholic school kids walking past our playground on their way home from school.  I knew nothing of these kids, only that the girls wore red plaid skirts and that they were different in some way. We must have been learning about the Revolutionary War in social…

Aimless

Back pain and sick kids sent my self-discipline flying out the window.  To be expected, I suppose, but now I’m struggling to refresh the vigor and excitement I was feeling a week ago. Having done very little for the past few days, today’s to-do list quickly outgrew its allocated space.  And then, instead of finishing…

Humor for a Down Day – a 7 QT Post

The Dude and Bonita both came down with the flu last night.  Meanwhile, I’m immobilized by a back injury sustained by foolishly picking up nine year old Dude to dance with him on Friday night. So it seems like a good time for some humor.  Kids (well, healthy ones, at least) are always ripe with humor….

New-Trition Update

Lots of friends have asked how my new diet is going.  Here’s an update. First, let me tell you: This diet is apparently the super hero of nutritional plans – faster than chemotherapy, able to destroy mutant cells in a single week, more powerful than an antibiotic!  It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no! It’s…

Somewhat Healthy, Totally Heavenly Nachos

The other night I made nachos for the kids and tried a little experiment for myself.  Honestly, I anticipated throwing it in the trash.  However, it was actually quite delicious and felt very indulgent.  In fact, I made a second helping and had more the next day for lunch. If you want to try it, here’s…

Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan

I learned this phrase during my years in network marketing.  Sadly, I learned the phrase, but never put it into practice effectively. I believe “planning my work and working my plan” will be essential to achieving self-discipline in the year to come, and so I downloaded this daily planner – “The Day’s Draft” – from A Holy…

New Years Resolutions Suggested by a Catholic Bishop

I just read these on Let Us Walk Together, the blog of Bishop Christopher Coyne, Auxilary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Too good not to share.  Imagine a world where every Catholic adopted these as their New Year’s Resolutions. As the new year begins, we often make resolutions and so, I offer the following…

My One Word for 2013

I adopted one word for 2012.  But I never wrote it down, and never fully committed.  So I suppose you might say that I didn’t fully “adopt” that word. I took it under my foster-care for a brief period of time. I’m more than a little embarrassed to admit that it’s taken me the past twenty-four hours to…

Potato Soup… The Perfect Comfort Food

With a housefull of sick people, potato soup was just the ticket last night.  Easy to make, enjoyed by the whole family, and, as an added bonus, I was able to adapt it to make it “Stephanie friendly” (meaning no wheat, dairy, meat, etc.).  Over the years, I’ve played around with my mother-in-law’s recipe and made it my own,…

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