What worked (and didn’t work) for us in 2016

What worked (and didn’t work) for us in 2016

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect. A time to look at all the things we’ve done and tried, what worked and what could have been better.

As I am reflecting on the past year, I thought I would share those things that worked and didn’t work for us in the 2016.

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You Are Perfect – Because You Are You

You Are Perfect – Because You Are You

Comparison can get the best of us.

While I was growing up, I constantly compared myself to others, it seemed there was always someone better, prettier, more accomplished than me… the list could go on and on.

As I got older, I still have to fight with the voices inside my head telling me I’m not good enough, pretty enough, strong enough…

It doesn’t stop, and in reality, it probably never will, but that doesn’t mean I have to let it take over my head and heart.

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Let go. Let God.

Let go. Let God.

It’s been a year since I began to write about my journey in the NICU. It sure doesn’t seem like a year ago that we were sitting at Sugar Plum’s incubator, praying and watching her through the ups and downs.

We’ve come a long way since those long, hard days and nights in the NICU. To this day, I feel like I am still growing stronger in my faith because of our struggles we endured those few months.

One major thing that still stands out today is “Let go. Let God.”

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Our time in the NICU made me learn to, “Let go. Let God.” and even today I am still following this train of thought. There are so many things in life that we need to let go and let God take control. So many moments when we feel things are spiraling and while we try with all our might to keep control, it’s those moments we need to let go most of all. Those are the hardest moments, though.

I’m not saying drop everything and give up. I’m saying pray and ask for help in your journey. Instead of making decisions on your own, ask God to guide you and then listen to his guidance.

It’s difficult to put a task into another persons hands, but we are not putting them in someone else’s hands we are putting them in the one and only, God’s hands. He knows what’s best for us and will help us through.

So next time you feel like you can’t do it alone, pray, listen and have faith. It’s hard but He knows what you need. Let go. Let God.

Taking Time to Breathe

In the craziness of motherhood, it seems there is hardly any time to breathe.

Sometimes, I feel completely overwhelmed. When my to-do list keeps growing and the normal day-to-day activities continue to pile up, I may not see an end in sight.

But there is an end, there is always a way to make a change and take a breath. You may have to look hard to find it, but when you do it can be the reviving you need in that stressful day.

One way that I make sure I have a second to breathe during my day is by setting an alarm. Actually five alarms. I have set my phone alarm for 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. When my phone alarm goes off, I take a deep breath and say a prayer.

It has been the restart so many days when I have been struggling. It gives me a second to calm down in a moment of struggle. And as always, it seems God finds me in those crazy moments. Then my alarm will go off and remind me to pray and breathe. With that quick step back, I can see past the cloud in front of me.

Someone asked me if after a while I will get used to the alarm and just turn it off without taking that second to breathe and pray. For me, this hasn’t happened. I have been using the alarm system for over six months and so far every time the alarm goes off, even if I am busy with something else, I find myself saying a prayer and taking a deep breath.

The beauty of breathing and praying is you can always do them. Even when your hands are full doing ten things at once. A prayer and breath take nothing, but your mind, to accomplish and they can be the centering point for the next few hours.

One thing I have noticed, I find myself taking a deep breath and praying at many other times throughout the day, unprompted by my alarm. It has become a habit to do this when I am stressing out or having a hard moment. I love that this has become a part of my day, the reminder that He has it under control and there is nothing to worry about!

What are some things that help you get through a crazy day? How do you take the time to breathe?

The Catholic Catalogue – Book Review

I was born and raised Catholic, and while I have had my ups and downs with my faith, I have always come back to the Catholic Church. There are many reasons, but the main one is that I love the mass itself and the traditions of my Catholic faith. My faith has grown over the years and the older I get, the more I want to find new ways to experience and celebrate my faith. In addition to my own faith, as a homeschooling mom, I am in charge of teaching my children religion.

Even I am learning new things daily about our Catholic faith, which is why I am so excited to tell you about the latest book I read, The Catholic Catalogue by Melissa Musick and Anna Keating. The mother – daughter team has been running their blog – www.thecatholiccatalogue.com for many years and their advice and ideas have been helping their followers find their Catholic faith in their daily lives. The book is a compilation of their ideas and a field guide to making the most of our Catholic lives.

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This book was exactly what I needed to find new ways to celebrate our faith for both myself and my kids. The Catholic Catalogue, helps to guide you in your journey with ideas and explanations for things you can do and see in your daily life that will bring you to a better understanding of your faith. I enjoyed reading about the seasons of the church and ways to celebrate them, blessings for our home, new ways of praying and so much more. The book is a very practical guide to living our faith in our daily lives, and gaining a better understanding of Catholicism.

The great thing about The Catholic Catalogue is that it is an easy to reference book. It is broken down into three parts and those parts are in sections with subcategories for each section as well. The only thing I wish it had was an index, I think that would make it even easier to navigate. But regardless of that missing piece, I found the book to be a great read. It had many great ideas and is something I am sure I will be referencing many times.

If you are looking for ways to get more out of your faith, The Catholic Catalogue is definitely a book that should be on your shelf.

Disclaimer –  I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books bloggers program. The opinions stated above are my own.