Being back in the swing of things has limited my time for writing, but I have so many things percolating in my brain to write about! So for now, I'm at least going to get some Quick Takes up here! Jennifer Fulwiler's son, Joseph, has come home, but I'm guessing there's lots going on there and the lovely Grace at Camp Patton is hosting 7 QT this week. Go check her out (she's hilarious).
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There's been a little too much trauma and death in the last 2 months for my liking. Not just in my own little circle, but ripples outward, too. There was a family I know of who lost a young boy (I think he was 11 or 12?) to a tragic accident, I read about Dwija's friends who lost a 13 year-old daughter, I know of a family in our area (we share a mutual friend) who lost a teenage boy in a farming accident. Ripple it out quite a bit more and there's the #Gosnell case going on and all those poor babies and women! Then the Boston Marathon bombings this week followed by the explosion in West, Texas. Sometimes I wonder just how much longer we will have to live in this world like this. Rebecca sent me a text this week that says it nicely: "Jesus can come back anytime now." Word.
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I have accelerated myself right into starting week 5 in Couch-to-5K tomorrow! Yay, me! I'm running more than I am walking now which is encouraging. And I am doing sets that total 50 pushups when I do my 100 pushups app.
I plan to run a 5K on May 4 for Corporate Challenge, then Craig and I are registered to run a 10K on June 1. Rebecca and I are looking into half-marathons in August and Craig and I are planning to run a marathon in October here in Kansas City.
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I'm gonna take a moment and plug NFP ( that is, Natural Family Planning, for the newbies) for a second. After we lost Gregory, I didn't want to chart or keep track of my next cycle. I just didn't. Craig and I agreed we'd simply abstain and I decided to take another month or so off from charting. So, now I'm having to chart and I'm having the tell-tale signs of my estrogen-overload / progesterone-deficiency and it's frustrating. I can't wait until I get to the point where I can take my Prometrium to start balancing this out. The plug comes in because I don't have to go to the doctor to find out what's wrong with me! Because I already know. Because I know how my body works (and it most likely works differently than anyone else's) and I already know how to correct the imbalance and understand that for now I just need another week (probably) and it will be time that I can take the supplements and I'll be on my way back to "normal" (whatever that turns out to be this time).
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Our parish got a new Altar! Last night, our Bishop came and said Mass and we witnessed an Altar Consecration and it was beautiful. I will try to get a picture of it after Mass this weekend so I can post it...I bet you'll love it, too. An added bonus for the Mass was that before any of this was planned, some friends from work (including Jessica) paid for that particular Mass to be said for Gregory. I was so touched when she told me about it about a week or so ago. Then we found out last weekend it would be the Mass where the Bishop would consecrate the new Altar!
I cried throughout Mass at different points. I decided it's not worth it to try and figure out what sets me off because it's never the same thing. But Gregory was on my mind, heavily.
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Tuesday night I met my newest baby nephew, Gunnar. I'm not going to lie. It was hard. Not as hard as some of the things I've had to do, but harder than others. But I was glad my sister and her family came over so that I could hold him and look at him and cry all over him. I stood and swayed with him and he fell asleep and cuddled up to me like a good newborn baby boy. It was hard not to think about the fact that as I watch him grow up, I will probably always be reminded of my own boy who went on to Heaven first. I realize right now that is painful, but perhaps it will grow to be less painful over the years.
Oh yeah and...he's really cute.
I know it gets said a lot when bad things happen, or you lose someone prematurely, or there's too much stress and we need the reminder, but seriously, love people.
Look at people with the Heart of Christ and love them.
Smile at people you don't know. Offer a helping hand to someone who may or may not need it. Pick up that $20 on the floor and turn it in to the Security Guard since it's not yours. Hold your kids close. Kiss your spouse. Enjoy the moment you're in and don't pine for material things. Pray for people. Say "Thank you." Say, "I love you."
Life is too short and you never know when it will be the last time you see someone.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you, Grace, for hosting!!