Sunday Night Cook-Up

I’m definitely an emotional eater. I have basically eaten my way through infertility the past 10 years resulting in some serious weight gain. You can read more about that in my previous blog entry LORD HELP ME I’M FAT.  In an effort to get healthy, I’m taking part in a guided sugar detox. Sugar for me is both an addiction in itself and a trigger for binge eating. It is also very bad for people who live with auto-immune disorders. I decided on Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar (IQS) 8 week program because it focuses on a gentle sugar detox while eating real foods. In addition to weekly meal plans (with grocery lists), I have been given access to dietitians, nutritionist and psychologists. There is a lot of support included in the IQS program. My goal is to permanently quit sugar while learning to nourish my body – which is a gift from God in which the Holy Spirit dwells. COR 3:16

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.

So, yesterday I had my first Sunday Cook Up in which you prep food for the week to save some time. This included some quinoa, chia pudding and a gluten-free buckwheat loaf. Continue reading

My Plan Vs God’s Plan

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The reading (Gospel Mk 1:14-20) from last Sunday’s Mass really got me thinking. In this Gospel story from Mark, Jesus is asking Simon and Andrew to drop their plans and follow Him. Now, Simon and Andrew had a pretty good plan for their lives; they were fishermen. Fishing was their vocation, family business and livelihood. Christ says, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The Gospel reveals: Then they abandoned their nets and followed Him. Additionally, James and John drop their plans to follow Christ shortly thereafter. Not only was Jesus asking them to modify their vision, but He was ultimately asking them to do something that required a new skill set. He was taking these men out of their comfort zones.  These guys had their entire lives figured out; they had big plans which they abandoned for Jesus’s plan.  As a person who can struggle with God’s will or plan for my life; I find this truly AMAZING.

About 18 months ago, my husband Eric and I realized that we needed to sell our home and move closer to my stepsons. They are getting older and their schedules are busier. Their mother is single mom with an additional toddler whose father is absent. Additionally, my stepsons have experienced chronic health needs which require regular physician visits. It was getting harder for us to manage this dynamic from across town; we needed to move closer to the custodial parent. We sold our home and moved into a rental 5 miles from the kids in their school district.

We had GREAT plans for this move. It would allow us to see the kids more. They could spend more time in our home. We envisioned our home being a quiet get-away from the chaos of their home. We would meet for ice-cream or a quick movie on the weekend. The kids could come over and watch football with their dad. Eric and I would know about (and attend) school functions because we would be just up the road. The boys would come to see our home as their home and not just a place they visit every other weekend. Yep, that was OUR PLAN. It was a good plan, surely God would approve. Continue reading

Pope Francis’ suggested New Year’s resolutions

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VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis met before Christmas with Vatican employees, mostly lay people with families, he asked them to do 10 things. The list sounded remarkably like suggestions for New Year’s resolutions:

— “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

— “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”

— “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”

— “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”

— “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused…

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Clearly, this family is unlike any other; yet together they faced situations that are similar to many even today.

Three Great Things

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Study:  Recall a time when you were particular grateful for the gift of your family.  What made the difference?

Pray:  Reflect on the needs of your family.  Thank the Lord for your blessings and offer your petitions for their needs.

Serve:  How can you help someone in your family right now?

The Feast of the Holy Family Readings

Big or small, far-flung or close to home…we all come from a family.  Sometimes our families are in better/worse places, depending on emotions, finances, relationships, illness, death, and a multitude of challenges and blessings that life can throw our way.

And while no family is perfect, every family provides opportunities for us to grow.  Whether it is getting along, practicing forgiveness, being patient, working together, or dealing with the idiosyncrasies that are part of every human group…there is no place like family for teaching us lessons that are part of our journey…

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What Do I Want For Christmas?

Loved this joyful post from PRECIOUS FOOL:
So. What do I want for Christmas? A miracle. …
I want everyone to be in awe of Christ our Lord and adore Him.

Precious Fool

Nativity

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Charlie Brown

 I understand Charlie Brown’s frustration. The true meaning of Christmas is lost in all the cacophony of commercialism. I too want to yell out in frustration. I too want to throw a pink aluminum Christmas tree across the room and start quoting scripture (Linus did not do that, but that would have been amazing if he did haha). I want to gather up what Christmas has become,  wrap it all up in gaudy wrapping paper, … and then crumple it up into a tight ball … and throw it out .. well, maybe set it on fire first haha. Seriously though. Let’s get rid of it. Let’s start again. Let’s do Christmas right. The holiday has been hijacked. It is no longer the religious holiday it once was. I want Christmas to be simple and pure…. The birth…

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Lord Help Me I’m Fat!

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I’ve really procrastinated writing this particulate blog entry as well as delaying its post. But I’m blessed to have a husband that believes in me and has held me to task, so here it goes…..

Does the world hate fat people? I don’t think so.  I have a little more faith in humanity, but I do think there is a general uncomfortableness and aversion. At worst, there is a widespread disapproval.  Let’s be honest with ourselves, we have all felt that sense of dread when an obese person is assigned to the seat next to us on the plane. We have felt disgusted when watching the overweight friend or family member overindulged in pizza, sweets or soda.  Repeatedly our society has portrayed being fat as a death sentence or personal choice.  There is certainly some truth in that, but it’s not the whole truth. Biology, genetics, illnesses, and social/emotional factors also contribute to being overweight and some of these issues are not within our control. Lastly, not all thin people are healthy and not all overweight people are unhealthy. Continue reading