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Giving up cupcakes, cookies and other sweets has been tough, but ultimately good for me. Pinterest does not help with all the temptations. How delicious does this cupcake look?! I am definitely going to try this after we move into our apartment!
How was your week? How is Lent going for you, if you’re participating?
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The 10th One!!
I always link up with Rose at Random Creative Art to do this Friday Feature. Click the button below to see what others feature!!
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At the Daycare Center, we got to go outside and play with the kids for the first time of the year! The weather was BEAUTIFUL on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was so good to go outside. The only problem was the wind. It was pretty crazy. Yesterday, however, was very cold again. That’s Chicago for you! By the way, if you’re in the Windy City and have a blog, come link up to my Chicago Bloggers Link Party! I’d love to network with some locals so let me know if you’re in IL! 🙂
Cupcakes, Hobbs and I went on a Picnic on Wednesday since it was so nice, but that is going to be a whole blog post on it’s own. (This is, after all, Quick Takes Friday.)
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Reading During Lent
I’m not doing super great with my food-related Lenten promises (although I’m trying to do better) so I’ve also decided to give up my reading for pleasure and read spiritual books instead (which are also enjoyable so it’s not like I’m not getting pleasure from this reading… it’s just that I really like reading science fiction). Right now I’m reading The Story of a Soul by Saint Terese of Lisieux and Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly.
One of the greatest things about my new (can I still call it my new job if I’ve been working there for over a month? LOL) job is that I can read during naptime. I bring my nook (SO glad I got a nook), which makes it very easy. My job, during naptime, is to get the little ones to sleep. Some of them have a lot of trouble so I sit between 2 cots and rub their backs. It would be impossible to read an actual paper book because I would have to hold it open with at least one hand. But with my nook, I set it on the floor in front of me and then I just need to finger swipe to turn the page. It’s so awesome! So I’m reading St. Terese’s book at work on my nook and Kelly’s book at home when I can read an actual book. My nook is also great for reading before bed because I can’t turn a light on, as that would wake Cupcakes. E-readers are a sweet invention! I was skeptical at first, but they are so useful! (By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post for Barnes and Noble, lol. I just genuinely love my nook.)
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The Little Way
I would like to write a whole post about St. Terese’s Story of a Soul as a book review, but for now I’ll just give you a snip-bit (quick take). St. Terese was a young girl who was very devoted to God and the Child Jesus from toddlerhood. She overcame the temptations of the world and embraced suffering to grow closer to Jesus. She said she had a “little soul” and couldn’t do big things for God like the great saints did. So she offered up little sacrifices to save souls. She sought out discomforts every day and offered them as prayers.
One example of this is that instead of avoiding other sisters in the convent that annoyed her, she sought them out and befriended them & prayed for them. Another example is that whenever anyone expressed annoyance towards her (many times, the other sisters were harsh to her because she was so young – entered the convent at Carmel at age 15) or placed blame on her for something, she didn’t defend herself, but smiled at the accuser and didn’t say anything. Still another example: before she entered Carmel, her father sent her sister to get painting lessons and asked Terese if she would like to go as well. Before she could answer, “Yes, I would LOVE to go,” her older sister said that she was not interested in painting. Even though Terese would have loved to learn to paint, she said nothing and offered it up to God as a sacrifice.
This is what St. Terese called her Little Way to getting to heaven. Small sacrifices and sufferings bear much spiritual fruit. Suffering on earth, if offered to God, bring us to Him faster. I’m probably not giving much justice to this book, but it really is an incredible and inspiring story! I definitely recommend this book to everyone!
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This is a really great companion to St. Teresa’s book. It talks about the Church in the modern day and how misunderstood the teachings of the Church are. Not only that, but it helps get us back on track, spiritually, which is something that can be hard to do in the current cultural climate. Matthew Kelly talks about the saints and how we’re all called to holiness. We can do this by leading “authentic lives”. When Catholics start to lead authentic lives, we can improve the whole Church! We tend to put the saints up on pedastles, Kelly says, thinking that they are somehow different; that we are not capable of the same holiness because we’re “normal”. This is not true. The saints had to overcome temptations of the world, just like we do, to become holy. They are just like you and me, but they strived to live an authentic life.
“We are all called to be great saints. Let’s not miss the opportunity.” – Mother Angelica.
There are a lot of gems in this book, but I’ve really just started it. I need to start underlining my favorite quotes so I can share them with you.
One very inspiring idea in the book is this: Offer up your work as a prayer. Each hour, work well and work hard (in whatever job you do) and offer that up as prayer for yourself, someone else, etc. What a great idea! I’ve been trying this, and it’s really making work better. If you try it, let me know how it goes!
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I didn’t really have any actual Date Nights with Hobbs this week, but I consider Wednesday and Thursday nights when we get to spend time together Date Nights because it’s the only time we get with our schedules and I like being with him as much as possible on these nights. Last night, we took Cupcakes to a book store (I’m not going to say which one because I’ve done enough free promotion for them in this post, lol), then to 5 Guys for dinner – Hobbs and I loved their burgers, but Cupcakes hated the grilled cheese. 🙁 The icing on the cake was Target. So many great things. 🙂 Oh – next Friday I really want to remember to include in my 7QT Morning Pages. If I forget – let me know! I’m going to end now so I can spend time with Hubby-Face.