Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Spiritual Weekend

There are times in my spiritual life, really I guess some parts of everyday, where I just feel the need to "do better". I want to pray the rosary every day, even the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, attend daily Mass and read the Bible, feed the hungry, help the poor. You get the picture. I don't do these things like I should. Sometimes, I use the famous Nike words to myself "Just Do It!" I get a little lazy, I don't know what to do first. Excuses, I suppose. Anyway, I just wrote this paragraph as a disclaimer of sorts. I KNOW I can and should do better. Well, this weekend was really spirit-filled and I feel like things had shakened up a bit for me.

The weekend started, unfortunately, with a funeral. None of us wants to go to a funeral, but I feel we should if the opportunity arises. People need people at this time. The living need the support. A funeral Mass can be very uplifting to our spirits and strengthen our resolve to "do better". I wanted to support the daughter of the man who died as well. Her beloved step-mom, a friend of mine, just passed away last December, so she has had more than her share of grief. Her new husband played basketball with my son, so I felt a double connection.

Saturday, I attended a Magnificat breakfast where the speaker was a member of my homeschool group (I am an alumni). She testified to her conviction of not using birth control and being a physician, she learned NFP through the Creighton Model.(She became a stay at home mom and now just volunteers- teaching women how to resolve their reproductive issues naturally.

Friday, September 11, 2009

We catered a wedding! and some misc

Several years ago, I somehow got into catering weddings. I was the kitchen manager at my old church and did quite a few. Then when I converted to Catholicism, I still did a few weddings (including my own wedding (convalidation)!) and food for different occasions. So about a year ago, a friend of mine contacted me more to pick my brain then to see if I would be interested in catering her daughter's wedding. That year went by so fast! So, about 4 weeks ago, my husband, daughter and son- in- law catered the wedding. We had a great time! It was a lot of hard work, but a good time as well. My whole mission in catering, is to offer good food at a good price- to try and save the couple/their parents some money and make a little extra cash as well. I don't do any real foo foo food, just regular food everyone will eat- attractively displayed. My son in law enjoyed it so much, that he and my daughter want to do more! (I would like to mention too, that I don't know what I would have done without my husband helping us- he kinda volunteered to come and I just thought- "sure come, hang out with us" but he helped A LOT! He started washing the dishes and Amy dubbed him "Wash Boy". He never stopped- it was great. The "Fab Four" fed over 200 people- we amazed ourselves!!!

My sister had a little housewarming party last week, so I made her some fall napkins for her dining room table (she keeps it set up) and I decided to "surprise" her with some of my near famous homemade cleaning wipes! I kept a couple of plastic containers with lids from work- they are perfect for half a roll of Bounty! I made them with Odo Ban- love the stuff! With the other half- I made myself a batch! It was the best batch yet!

Scrapbooking and good furniture deals...
Finally! I have sat down on quite a few occasions to scrapbook- I am so behind! Got a beautiful huge desk from the Salvation Army for $15 and it is perfect for scrapbooking! It is so fun! Along with the desk, we also found a glass table with 4 chairs to replace our big old table- $100 and also got a table and chairs for our daughter's new place- $100, the desk $15, a Rattan flowered couch for our Florida room $40 and a chair $50- what great deals!!! Our local Salvation Army has the best furniture- we have found so much good stuff there!

Well, that is about it for now. Do something nice for someone today!