Welcome to the Daybook. 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.
“Thanksgiving is not just one form of prayer to be practiced now and then. It should be a fundamental attitude of heart, a disposition of life, a way of orientating one’s entire life.” Jacques Philippe, “Called to Life” That quote is taken from one of my favorite books and couldn’t be any more timely. We’ve picked back up the habit of writing in our gratitude journals before family prayer at night. This happened the other night when I tell you honestly, every single person in this house was having a problem with almost every single other person…I totally blame it on the eclipse. So we all sat down, pen and journal in hand and started writing. After I had transcribed for the two younger boys and written in my own, I flipped back through its pages. For some reason, August is a tough month for me. Thankfully Chris knows this well about me so every year when I start doing my August thing, he gently reminds me, “This is your August thing.” Looking through my old gratitude entries I noticed a disturbing pattern. I never made a gratitude list in August. My journal goes back a couple of years because I’m hit and miss sometimes. So I found an older journal, again, no entries for August. I know now an empty journal in August equals a tough August for me. Thanks be to God for the grace to see with my own eyes and know in my heart that gratitude is a necessary in my life. #gratitude #attitudeofgratitude #thanksgiving #1000gifts #humility #Godissogood #Godfirst #nowisnow #nowisgood #iamthankful #itsabeautifullife #augustgoals #august #summer
Thanking God for…
::teen daughters to laugh with
::thanking God for a good night sleep before it happens…and it happening
::pop on super-duper sale! use promo code 50CROSSFIT17
::1st day of school
::books and spirals across my bed
::Veronica has a job interview this week
::specific prayers for each of my children
::for our parish
::a sweet mama laboring right now as I type
Growing up I listened to people tell me I was fat, unwanted, unliked, selfish, “lucky,” meaning everything I accomplished was just dumb luck. As a young adult, I believed them. These voices were no longer from others…they had worked their way in and become a part of my inner voice. And then in a period of crisis and self-hatred, I sought a different voice. A voice that would encourage me to live. A voice that could only come from the One who knew me best because He had created me. This voice told me I was wonderfully made (Psalm 139), I was God’s temple and His Spirit was inside me (1 Corinthians 3), I was an heir to the kingdom of God (Galatians 4), I was God’s friend (John 15), I was a new creation (2 Corinthians 5), I was a child of God (John 1), God had good plans for me filled with hope (Jeremiah 29), I was a conqueror (Romans 8), I was the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17), I was God’s workmanship created for a purpose (1 Peter 2), that I was created to bear good fruit (John 15) and not just some lucky bystander. Who are you listening to today? What are they saying? Take their words and run them through the above verses. If they don’t match up, you are listening to the wrong voice. #Godfirst #nowisnow #nowisgood #iam #childofGod #affirmations #scripture #bible #wordsarepowerful #encouragement #lifelessons #truth #thinkaboutit #anxiety #worry #fear #scriptureaffirmations #dailyaffirmations #bibleverse #wellwateredwoman #lampandlight #womenintheword #goodmorning #jesuslovesme #catholic
Maximilian and Leo are playing something, the dryer is doing its tumble thing, the washer is doing it washing thing, and the air conditioner is doing its air conditioner thing. Musically, I’m listening to Andrew Peterson Radio on Pandora. And at lunch today we listened to this sermon,
My take away was,
The One Year Bible – Catholic: NLT
Did you catch the post on Friday about the fastest and easiest way to get started with Bible journaling?
Around the House…
Do you ever look around your house and think, “Why do we have this stuff?” And then you ask yourself, “But what would I do without it?” Just me?
In the Kitchen…
I am on a serious Instant Pot rolland LOVING it! Sunday night I made Venison Stew, tonight I’m making Venison Fajita meat. Last week I used my Instant Pot three times. Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe?
Today is the first morning I have not woken up with a horrible headache. My essential oil order from Edens Garden just came in so I started using the headache oil and could tell a noticeable difference. If you don’t get free shipping from Amazon as a Prime member, shipping is always free from Edens Garden directly. (You can read here why I purchase my essential oils from Amazon instead of a distributor.)
A Great Blog Post
“Rules for My Son.” This is so good y’all.
I usually enroll my children in Seton reading starting in 6th or 7th grade and then fully enroll once they hit high school. Luke was enrolled last year and made A+ on all his book reports. In an effort to save money this year, I did not enroll him in 8th grade reading. We will continue to use all the books, but I will put together the lesseon plans. Next year when he’s a freshman, we’ll enroll him back into Seton. On top of that, I am brainstorming away trying to think of anything I can to save money and make money.
My baby, (yes, I know he's 5) still asleep under one of the quilts my grandpa and grandma made for me. Friday, you tried dude. Even well into Friday night you were still trying to shake me. But this is Saturday. And Saturday has started with this, 2 of my favorite things–my children from God and a quilt from my grandparents. #adayinthelife #goodmorning #itsagreatday #joyfilledlife #nowisnow #nowisgood #itsabeautifullife #iamthankful #choosejoy #catholicmom#soccermom #momofboys #momofgirls #momofteens #holyordinary #saturdayvibes