body Image.


{Linking up with Blessed Is She}

“We’ve decided that we hate you.”

“Did you come back to work just to show off how quickly you could fit back into your jeans?”

These are just a few of the things I’ve heard in recent weeks. This body image thing is a nasty phenomenon that robs women of their peace. It might seem weird for the usually tall and slender girl to sit here and write this, but God made us how He made us. No matter what we look like we are still made in His image. I’ll say that again: no matter what you look like, you are still a reflection of His boundless beauty. Continue reading

oh, Life.

“I just want to sit and write,” I said to my husband one night. I miss this writing thing. I miss it more than I thought I would.

The baby is asleep – at least for now – the laundry is done, the dishes are…around the house, but what I want most is to sit and write. I want it so much that I just turned my phone on airplane mode so that I can sit and write. I used to need silence to write. Now writing comes with the sounds of my daughter’s white noise machine playing through her monitor and my husband playing video games in the background.  Continue reading

joyous Sleep.

One of my absolute favorite things in the world lately is when my daughter falls asleep on me. In my arms, on my shoulder or even flopped across one of my arms, it doesn’t matter, I just love when she falls asleep on me. Sure, all the books and blogs and whatever else may say to let her fall asleep in her crib or on her own lest she end up needing to fall asleep on me or my husband, but these are the beautiful moments I love and I’m not trading them, period. Continue reading

on Mission.


{Linking up with Blessed Is She}

I relish the moments of doing things with both hands – typing, eating, praying, doing my hair, showering and the like. These days one of my hands is usually holding up our little girl, cleaning up spit up, and/or changing diapers. I’ve learned how to do a lot more using one hand: cook, make a sandwich, laundry, make a bed, do my makeup, etc. Now that I’m back at work, I’m even figuring out how to type e-mails one handed and get things done while I hold her.  Continue reading

setting goals {April}.

Look, I’m already doing better than last month because I’m publishing my monthly goal check-in before the end of the month!

As a reminder, April’s goals were:

-Shower weekly. Life with a newborn, y’all.

-Continue to write in my journal to my daughter AND write Anthony some good ole fashioned love notes.

-Baptize/confirm Monkey (Maronite Rite for the win!). Continue reading

on Life.

Oh, life.

{Linking up with Blessed Is She}

Life is crazy. Life is messy. Life is beautiful. It is unplanned, infuriating, joyful, glorious, frustrating and so much more. But most of all, life is a blessing.

It struck me yesterday, since I’m a nut for dates and anniversaries, that two years ago today – on the feast day of St. Joseph the worker no less – I found out that my job was being eliminated. I had another part-time job on the side, but being let go from a job is not a fun feeling. At the time I had just started dating Anthony (and I mean just started dating – we’d been on exactly three dates and had a fourth one planned for that evening), but I knew that he was just across the street teaching that day. I was sad and I really wanted to leave my office, walk across the street (we met through work though the parish and the school are in different buildings) and be comforted by my…well…what was he? Was he my boyfriend? Could I call him that yet?  Continue reading

setting goals {March}.

Boy-gee-howdy am I late on doing the March check in since it is practically May already. Where did April go? Oh right, to the newborn cutie in my house :)

March goals:

-Have a baby. That’s pretty much my only goal (due date is the 24th). Not lose my mind waiting for her to be born.

(I later added another one: blog about Monkey’s nursery)

March’s completion rate: 100%!

Monkey was born March 25th – a day after her due date, but the date I’d be hoping and praying she’d be born on all long. I also didn’t lose my mind waiting for her to be born. Yay!

I also managed to blog about her nursery here.

Up next – April goals:

-Shower weekly. Life with a newborn, y’all.

-Continue to write in my journal to my daughter AND write Anthony some good ole fashioned love notes.

-Baptize/confirm Monkey (Maronite Rite for the win!)

How am I doing so far in April? I guess you’ll have to come back in a week or so and find out! :) How are you doing with your monthly goals/new years resolutions?