Welcome to How to Live the Little Way. A weekly post here at The Littlest Way where I gather all the ordinary things that happen or are happening in my day to day. Things like what I’m reading or listening to, eating, cleaning, and learning. These are the small moments that make up my blessed daily life and I want to remember them. My prompts may change depending on season and circumstance.
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Thanking God for…
::safe trip to and from dropping our daughter off at college
::friends praying together
::meeting our daughter’s roommate and family via social media
::God speaking to me through the Scriptures
Chris and I started a nine-week rosary novena last Sunday. Providentially and unknown to me when started it, it ends on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th! This is a novena our priest had impressed upon him by our Lady. You pray your rosary for nine weeks in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Many families can attest to the efficacy of this prayer! And just like the enemy, as soon as we started praying it, things looks worse. We will not be shaken or discouraged Satan!
We are also praying a Memorare Novena for the complete healing and strengthing of our daughter’s ankle. Will you join us?
This photo was taken minutes before we drove away from our girl's new home away from home, the steps of her dorm. It was also taken right before our girl had her first college soccer practice and realized the injury she sustained 3 weeks earlier to her ankle at Soccer Nationals had not healed nearly enough. The president of her school has a beautiful devotion to Our Lady and especially the Memorare prayer, much like St. Teresa of Calcutta. There is a link in my profile detailing just 2 instances of the power of a Memorare Army. I'm humbly asking for you to join us in praying 9 Memorare prayers–a Memorare Novena, for the quick and complete healing and strengthening of our daughter's ankle.
If whatever we are searching for is not leading us in closer friendship with God, is not leading us to a better understanding of His Word and His Church, is not leading us to the knowledge and wisdom of the saints who have gone before us…we're headed the wrong direction and our search is in vain. It reminds me of the old Johnny Lee song "Looking for Love" Not the parts about "single bars and good time lovers," the part about "looking for Love in all the wrong places, looking for Love in too many faces."
Bethel Music, “You Make Me Brave” playlist on Youtube.
The One Year Bible – Catholic: NLT
This is my “quantity” Bible to make sure I get the Word inside me each and every day.
Catholic Journaling Bible
This is my study Bible.
We are getting ready to begin our 14th year of homeschooling the end of this month. Probably more than any other year I need a recharge in my vocation and my home. I was telling a friend the other day, I think an unforseen benefit of a large family–a wide family, is that you're forced to keep moving forward. You can't wish for what was or how things used to be because once you start going back in time, you get to a place in life and your memories where you don't have your younger ones. And. I don't want to go back to life without a single one of my children. You know? So forward we go, learning from the mistakes, but not dwelling on them. Chalking the failures up to inexperience and praying for fresh mercy and grace. "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead," Philippians 3:13 On my book stack: 💐prayer binder 🌸The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood 🌷Seasons of a Mother's Heart 🌹The Mom Walk 🌻10 Gifts of Wisdom 🌺Glimpses of Grace 🌼The Mission of Motherhood 🍀The Ministry of Motherhood I see a definite @sally.clarkson theme ❤ And of course my Bible. Tell me what you read to refresh, reset, and recharge your motherhood.
Last week was apparently an “Instagram Week.” Although the blog was quiet, I was on IG. Go ahead and click the “Follow” button to find me on IG as well.
Last week was all about getting our daughter ready for college so no Bible Journaling took place.
Around the House…
Again, last week was about getting Veronica ready to leave home for college. Today, well, her room no longer looks like her room, lol! Anna and Bridget, who used to share a room, no longer share. Bridget moved into Veronica’s old room without a second to lose!
In the Kitchen…
Thanks be to God for Walmart Online Grocery Pickup! A momma can only be and do so many things at one time. There’s a link below to try it out and receive $10 off your first order.
I’m in a spiritual battle right now and rather than retreat under the blankets or eat my stress, I’m needed to be at my best. I am telling myself I have to force myself to eat, sleep, and exercise well.
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The Littlest Way
This place was silent last week. Thank you for your grace as we helped launch our daughter off to college.
Our Domestic Church…
This Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother Mary.
Understanding and Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption
Assumption of Mary- Are You Ready to Celebrate?
Feast of the Assumption preschool craft
I spent a little extra the last month trying to get Veronica stocked up until Christmas break hopefully: soap, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, etc. She didn’t take a car to school so it’s not like she can just run to the store, plus she’ll be super busy and have little money.
“Husbands and wives need time together to fortify themselves and their homes against the attacks of the adversary.” David Bednar Chris and I sat on the front porch this evening. We've lived on this farm 17 years and in this house 14 years. We talked about the things we've done right and the things we've done wrong. I won't tell you which way the scales tipped. Reminiscing through our years here was sweet; even remembering the wrong we've done as spouses and parents. Those offenses were never done intentionally and with a malicious spirit. They were done out of haste and ignorance. Still an offense, but rather than recall with horror, we ask for the grace to recall with humility. Each of us strive to do better the next day than before. And sometimes it works and sometimes it fails. The days that work don't make us saints. Just like the days that don't work don't make us failures in life, love, and parenting. They simply mean we showed up and tried. Repeat Repent Repeat Show up and try again. Show up and try some more. Everything is grace 🌼