Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: Holy Simplicity


Holy Simplicity
The Little Way of Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day & Therese of Lisieux
By:  Joel Schorn

After reading the books The Happiness Project and Rediscover Catholicism I developed an interest in St. Therese of Lisieux and Mother Teresa.  So when I saw this book with information about both Saints I thought why not.  It took me a while to read the book mainly because school started and I just didn’t have time to read but I finally made it through the book.  It was somewhat interesting however I thought it repeated the same theme over and over.  I did learn a lot as I read and the book gave me a lot to think about and tried to figure out how I can apply that new knowledge to my life now.
 
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This quote sort of explains my life during the school year.  I really do not have time to take on big projects each day or even each week.  Some times I get so overwhelmed I don’t even know where to start.  However, if I can just start, even the smallest step can help toward the goal.  So if I can do small steps each day they will add up to something big and worthwhile.
God created us to do, “small things with great love,” Mother Teresa said.  It is practice in simplicity, obedience, and satisfaction with the little things and hidden work of everyday.”
 I am at this point in my life when everything in my life is upside down.  My last two children are moving out.   My house is in disarray with so much stuff that I am going through box by box.  Looking for what can be useful and what is best passed on to someone else.  No this is no great project worth posting about however I must go through these steps.

My goal when this is all done is to create a home that is simplistic and honors the love that my husband and I have shared with our children over the years. 

“I’ve got to take myself just as I am, with all my imperfections,”
Therese of Lisieux

We now have three extra bedrooms to create something that is meaningful to us.  Right now we are using the bedrooms as a staging area to sort through the boxes.  What we are keeping and giving away...do we really need it or will someone benefit from it more?  These are the questions I ask myself for each object.  

“That shall be my life.to miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice.always doing the tiniest things, and doing it for love.
Therese of Lisieux

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I have given my children as much as possible in terms of furniture and material things.  I know this leaves me with some empty rooms but I know that I do not need to fill up the rooms quickly.  They are just things and if it makes my children happy then I am happy.   I need to remember that things do my make me happy ....people and memories make me happy.  

We Christians hold the power to remake the world, one person and one deed at a time. 

I am finding that even though I have given a lot of our furniture to our kids and we still have more than enough.  Now I am thinking we still do not need all of this, so what can I give to others?  We have so much that we can share and others would appreciate it. 

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Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at all.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.Andyou shall love your neighbor as yourself”
Matthew 22:37,39

This is another thought that has been sitting with me.  I am trying to practice this at work.  I am purposely teaching my students about kindness and doing nice things for others.  I am trying my best to be the one who helps instead of complains.  That is easier said than done. 

Mother Theresa has some wonderful words of wisdom to live by:
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

First Trip to the Pumpkin Farm


My son and his wife invited me to go to the pumpkin farm with them today.  I hesitated because I have so much work to do.  However then I came to my senses and picked some family time over work.  I am so glad I went.  My little sweetie cries a lot when she sees me so I think I need to spend more time with her so she learns who I am.  She really loves her mommy because her mommy is her whole world right now.  I want my little sweetie to know Grandma is in her world too.  

She is a little small for the pumpkin farm however we did get some cute pictures.  My son was a bit disappointed she didn't smile more.  I was just happy she didn't cry the whole time.  She seemed to enjoy the fresh air and the stroller ride.  
Here is my little sweetie in her Halloween costume that I found for her at Pottery Barn Kids.  
She looks adorable.  



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom


I cannot tell you how amazing I think my mom is.  Every time I come up with a crazy idea she is right there to support me.  She is always willing to help me with school projects or projects around the house.

My dad is having a surprise birthday party for her tonight.  Although he has some strange ideas for the party, it is the party he is planning for her so I will go along with it. 

Directions: 
1.  Make a handmade card for mom.
2.   Bring her a can of Chicken Noodle soup because she likes that.  (I am not to sure about this but I already purchased them a refrigerator so I am not going to worry about it.)
3.  Come with your favorite “Mom” stories.


It took me a while to come up with my card idea but after searching Pinterest I put together this idea. At first I wanted to put on 73 candles but after I got started I realized that would not happen.  

I only used six things that I already had in my craft room to create this card:
  • 1 packet of stickers
  • one piece of white scrapbook paper
  • my washi tape collection
  • star paper punch with one scrap of yellow paper
  • glue dots

I think it turned out so cute.  I know she will love it.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Off on Her Own

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I wish I could tell you I was using this amazing print to decorate a nursery, but instead this graphic is a reminder to me of letting go and releasing your child into the world on their own.

I can not believe this day has come, but my little girl move out on her own.  She found an adorable little apartment with one of her friends.  I am excited for her.  She eagerly packed all week the little things we have purchased over the years for this day, colorful mixing bowls, a polka dot yellow vase, mason jar glasses, a couple cute coffee mugs and some cookie cutters and of course her wine from Trader Joe's.

But.....now I am left with an empty room and an empty counter in the bathroom ....  more new ground for me to deal with or to redecorate it depends how you look at it.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

A true sign of a Grandma

You know you are a Grandma when you get a coupon to Pottery Barn and you use it to buy goodies for you grand baby.  

It will be my grand baby's first Halloween and she will need a costume.  We decorated her bedroom with elephants so it was fitting that for Halloween she dress like an elephant.

Pottery Barn kids has this adorable elephant costume.....

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........and then I found on sale a cute pumpkin bag for her.  Yes of course grandma got her name monogramed on it.
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I can not wait to see her in the costume on her first Halloween.  I just hope she is smiling and not crying.