Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Catholic Women's Almanac {CWA No. 4}

Well, I'm tucked into my office today rather than at jury duty. I have to call again tonight to see if my number is slated for tomorrow. Based on the number they are at, and the number that I am assigned, it's looking unlikely that I will have to report, but if I have learned anything in life it is that *one never knows*. But I'm happy to be with you all today for another Catholic Women's Almanac, which has come to mean a great deal to me. Writing these posts really causes me to prayerfully evaluate everything in my life. So here goes! And check out the other CWA posts over at Suspicio!

Thanking God for...

Where I live. I love living in the Northeast, and the fall is my absolute favorite season. I feel very blessed to have been born in such a place.

Our local Catholic school. Henry starts back on Thursday, and two years after we chose this school for him, I'm still so grateful that everything worked out (money, family childcare where needed, Mike getting on board) for us to send him there. During the time of the open house, I had been praying a 54 day rosary novena, and I credit that with this intention working out so smoothly.


For all of those blog readers who have asked me to pray for them (Jane and Cristina!). If you would like to have me add your intention to my prayers, please just leave a comment! I'd love to pray for you.

That I may remain faithful in my commitment to a daily prayer routine. It's easy to be a slacker on this one, and if I don't keep up a regular morning/evening prayer, rosary routine I can *feel* the distance that creeps in.


How to manage all of my commitments *prayerfully*. I have my relationship with my husband and children, my relationship with other family and friends, my job, personal fitness goals, my blog, my dancing, and my crafting. That's a lot of balls in the air, and I can't get to every single one of them every day. Obviously, the items at the end of the list are the lower priorities. I pray that I properly discern when the time is right to bring in those lower priorities without a selfish intent, and without infringing on the highest priorities.


The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness, by Paul Murray, OP. I will be discussing this book on this blog on September 25th as part of the Catholic Book Club if you'd like to join in reading this! I am on chapter 4, dedicated to getting drunk. Ha! Drunk on the Word of God, of course, but I bet your curiosity is piqued. Join us!

I just started reading The Amish Midwife, by Mindy Starns Clark, part of the Women of Lancaster County series. We start the story with a very non-Amish woman working as a midwife in Oregon who abruptly has to take a leave from her job to care for her dying father. She knows that she was adopted, but her father gives her a box with some unexpected items relating to her birth family before he passes away. Where will this lead her...

In my home...

I'm making a recipe tonight with some pasta we bought at the farmer's market this weekend, a pasta salad with grilled chicken and red bell peppers in peanut sauce. The peppers from our garden are growing beautifully but not turning their quota color, so I don't know that mine will have *red* peppers, but it will have homegrown peppers. We'll see how this goes.


As promised, here is my first attempt at two-at-a-time socks:

We're stuck together on this cable, but not sure if we like each other yet or not...
So this is the cuff and heal flap that you see. That green stitch marker is denoting that it is "Sock A," so that I can keep track of what sock is doing what. As you might imagine, it is a bit difficult to keep tabs on what the other sock is doing while I work on his brother. I imagine this is how my sister feels when she's got both of her newly mobile twins loose in her house.


When my September issue of Magnificat magazine came, in it was a flyer for this year's Advent Companion, which is one of my very favorite things in life. :) If you'd like your very own copy of the Advent Companion 2013, go here, and when you add it to your cart you'll also see that you can purchase the Lenten Companion 2014 already, so that you can get everything in one fell swoop.


I belong to Twin A
I finished one baby sweater this week, for my nephew (and Godson) Andrew. On to Sweater #2!

Have a blessed week everyone!


  1. Congrats on finishing the first sweater! I have found that knitting two at a time is more productive for me. I also found that I liked knitting toe up socks better because I have an easier time with the heel. Just in case you get discouraged know that there are other ways to do this. :)

    On the prayer request side of things: Could you please pray that if it is God's will that I get a full-time job soon.

  2. Thank you for praying for me! Gives me added strength knowing that you think of me with all of those other balls in the air. I understand wholly what you mean and also would like the grace to discern when the lower priorities should come into play and not selfishly either. So beautifully put!
    P.S. two things, how can I subscribe to your blog via email? Don't want to miss anything. Second, I have to comment from google when I use my iPhone :( just letting ya know! Have a blessed rest of the week and thanks again for the spiritual boost.

    1. Cristina, I just added the email widget to the right side, let me know if it works! And I love having specific people/intentions to pray for, it's my pleasure!

    2. Just signed up! Let's see! Thanks for adding.

  3. Thank you for the prayers!! The pasta dish sounds so delicious. I'm going to have to try it. :)

    1. My pleasure. :) The pasta turned out pretty good. Unsurprisingly, the kids hated it ("it's spicy!") but Mike and I loved it.

  4. I have never been to the North East but always say I will make it up there for the fall someday. The sweater is lovely. I'm impressed with all you do and get a sweater finished. It's becoming laughable how long it's taking me to crochet Chris' blanket.

    1. Blanket? Yes, that fits into the "ongoing, might be years!" category. :) This is why I stick to baby sweaters, ha!


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