My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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1.  Rosie ran a race on the Fourth of July - It was her first competition since she had to drop out of track earlier this spring for peroneal tendonitis.  She was a little nervous but once the race started she did very well and came in as the 4th overall lady.

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I should also say this - I walk 2 miles or more most days in the summer. I try to hit 3 miles but if Rosie is running particularly fast, or not running particularly far, it's hard for me to get more in while she's out and I'm uncomfortable being on the trail while she is waiting for me. If I really push, I can get in 3  to 3 1/2 miles in an hour.

Nonetheless, when Mr. Pete and I had to walk to get to Rosie's starting line, I wasn't even winded and we had to walk about 1/2 a mile uphill.  So there are a lot of benefits to keeping active that way!

2.   We didn't get to make the St. Thomas Day Cookies until after the feast day, but when we did, we had fun. Here are Rosie and Miss C. working on it together. 

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3.  Izzy 

Izzy is on her way to the Steubenville Youth retreat this weekend. It's her third or fourth time to go and she is very excited about it.  It is the first time in maybe seven years that I have sent a teen to this retreat alone, without another sibling and I felt strange about it until I saw how easy going she was with the other teens in the group. It pays that she has been so active with them all year long. 

I used to think of these youth retreats as kind of a magical time that will help instill the faith into my teens and reinforce the church teachings that we have tried to give them growing up. 

It's not that. 

My three oldest children abandoned the faith at least for a time, lived with their girlfriends, and quit going to church. But as my oldest approaches 30, I see that the faith really did have a deeper meaning for him and he and his wife go to church every week. And although Miss C's dad isn't a regular churchgoer, he is very happy that she is exposed to the faith at our home and he says grace with us and shows her how to make the sign of the cross. 

So maybe these Steubenville experiences go plant some seeds that just take some time to germinate.

4.  The next big thing on her agenda is the graduation party next week! Food is ordered, paper products are bought, decorations are made - we just need to make it through next week. 

5.  Peg saints

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Rosie touched up some of her older peg saints for the week, and made a new one. From left to right with have St. Thomas, St. Junipero Serra, St. Peter, St. Paul and the new Maria Goretti!

6.  I am officially done with medical transcription for the time being. And I've decided to consider myself "retired." And I feel okay about that!

I think I'll just enjoy the rest of the summer and then think about more work in the fall or some other opportunity.  But I do see that God is clearing a lot of things for me. Not only do I not have any more regular transcription, but after the spring next year there will be no more weddings at church for a while since the building will be closed for renovations. 

It's obvious that the Lord is clearing my schedule for something else - but what?

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