Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. - 1 Cor 9:24-27

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Outside my window::

   - It's snowing. Up here, we will have at least two more months of winter.

I am thankful for::
   - the ability to be able to run. This new adventure that I started has been very helpful in de-stressing my life.  Saturday, I stepped out the door and just ran.  No predetermined route this time.  No i-pod either.  Of course, afterwards I had to figure out exactly how far I ran ...

I am wearing::
   - A purple sweater and tan skirt.  It is the Second Sunday of Lent, you know.

I am reading::
   - Journey to Easter, by Pope Benedict XVI.

I am hoping and praying::
   - to find my way in this dark night of the soul.

To live the Liturgy::
   - focusing this Lent on finding God's will for me in my vocation.

I am pondering::
   - on changing our "napping room" into the "closet room".  All the clothes would be in one place.  I am imagining that it would be neat and organized.

I am creating::
   - a lapbook for our study of Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.  I thought that this would be a good end to our study of the world this year in geography.

On my iPod::
   - old podcasts of Rush Limbaugh.  I haven't sync'd in a while ... also it's a very small ipod, so I have to constantly rearrange what I want on there.

I am running::
   - signed up for my first race, 5K on May 8!

Around the house::
   - chaos.  How does one learn to clean up after oneself?  I have failed miserably in teaching this virtue.  During Lent would be a good time to learn this...

On the sewing front::
   - helped two children make gifts for Squeaker (see photo) and finished one swimming suit for Lil' Chef.  I need to make some more this week.  These girls have sure grown!

One of my favorite things::
   - coffee.  Enough said.

A few plans for the rest of the week::
   - A haircut for myself, a week of school work packed into four days, swim suits to sew, and packing for our trip to Wisconsin Dells.

A picture to share::

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Filled with the Holy Spirit

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days,
to be tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days,
and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
command this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered him,
“It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”
Then he took him up and showed him
all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him,
“I shall give to you all this power and glory;
for it has been handed over to me,
and I may give it to whomever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written:
You shall worship the Lord, your God,
and him alone shall you serve.
Then he led him to Jerusalem,
made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here, for it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,
With their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.
When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time. 
                              Luke 4:1-13

During meditation, I noticed in today's gospel reading that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit before being tempted.  I was reflecting on my life and the times that I was tempted and overcame and the times that I was tempted and fell.

I need God's grace to overcome temptation.  Like Jesus, I need to call upon the word of God in the midst of temptation.  I need to deny myself physical pleasures and be thankful for what I have.  I need to ask God to sustain and guide me, because I can not do it alone.  I need to left go of my "self" and keep God in the center of my daily activities.

How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit this Lent?  Daily Mass, Confession, Morning and Evening Prayer; the Catholic faith has many great opportunities for us to be filled with God's grace.  Will I take advantage of them?  I pray I do.  Pray for me.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent

Each year, I struggle with what I should give up for Lent.

To me, Lent is like a good cleaning; a time to spiritually clean ourselves.  My Lenten reading will be The Kiss From the Cross by Ronda de Sola Chervin and Finding God's Will For You by St. Francis de Sales.

Along the lines of cleaning, I will focus on cleaning and organizing our home.  Each day of Lent, I will find something to donate to St. Vincent de Paul's.  I think Easter would be very enjoyable with a better organized and less cluttered home.

I am giving up desserts; but to be honest it's also to help in my weight loss journey.

After reading this post, I've decided to give up my computer time during the week (Mon-Fri).  I enjoy reading blogs ... homeschooling, Catholic, running, and all combined.  I find myself checking my email frequently throughout the day.  Therefore during Lent, I will blog, read a few blogs, update my running log, pay bills, enter school grades, and read emails only on the weekends.

Have a Blessed Lent!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Thank you for my blue diaper, mommy!"

Out of the mouth of babes: 
"Oh, I like my blue diaper!  
Thank you for my blue diaper, Mommy!"

I don't know if this one will ever be potty trained.  Who is the patron saint of potty training??  Pray for me!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Little Passports

Each month, the older children anxiously await a package in the mail.  This year, geography has been very exciting with the help from Sam and Sofia at Little Passports.  Activities and little surprises accompany every adventure.  The first month, we headed to Brazil.  Sam and Sofia sent us an amethyst from one of the mines and a picture of a red uakari monkey.  Next, Lil Chef and Mr. T read about Sam and Sofia's adventures in Japan and how they tried sushi.  A sushi eraser and some origami paper were included with the puzzles.  The next adventure was in France.  We learned about the French Alps and were given some French music for our listening enjoyment.

Today, we are in Egypt ... pretending to be archaeologists.
Lil Chef and Mr. T took turns digging and brushing into the pyramid.

How much fun school is!

There is an online component also with each adventure.  The children are given a boarding pass with a secret code.