Blessed Am I: An update and an invitation

Blessed Am I: An update and an invitation

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s been an especially busy and fruitful season for ye olde Real Catholic Mom. Not necessarily for this here blog, as you may have noticed; this poor thing tends to be relegated to the sidelines whenever Mom’s dance card is full with family, conference, retreatconference, retreat, and convention. Woof.

As much as I absolutely love traveling and sharing The Good News with other women and experiencing incredible, Holy Spirit-infused Visitation moments (#myjamforlife), there’s something rather precious and sweet about having nothing (okay, well, almost nothing) on my calendar leading into the holidays except for “normal” Wife-of-one-and-Mom-of-five stuff, which, quite honestly, is plenty for any soul, especially a former (ugh! I cannot tell a lie!) current Martha-holic like me with uniquely challenging and beautiful children like ours. I feel like these blessed blanks on my calendar are God’s way of gently guiding me closer to hearth and home, allowing Him to expertly guide this busy ship to shore for a bit of leave.

My challenge: To honor the blanks and not rush to fill them to overflowing like the recovering human doing that I am.

But y’all must know by now that I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t share a bit of what’s coming up, and they are good things, friends – very good things. To that end, here are my personal invitations to you and yours:

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Please join me LIVE for my very first online workshop with the wonderful Blessed is She ministry next Wednesday. The workshop, called Living Abundantly Through Forgiveness and Healing, streams live at 6 p.m. PST // 9 p.m. EST or can be downloaded after the event closes if the live time doesn’t work with your schedule. My prayer is that you’ll leave the session encouraged and strengthened to completely release any nagging bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness behind so you may close out this glorious Year of Mercy with a renewed sense of healing and wholeness.


Speaking of slowing down and digging deep … Advent is coming. I know, I know. But! As with everything, it is an opportunity to draw closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. From the Blessed is She website:

You want to dive deeper into the season of Advent, you desire to lay aside the busy-ness this season can become, and you yearn for a deeper relationship with our Lord. Here is your chance. Here is your time to grow closer to Him, to learn more about Him, and to fall more in love with Him. “Together, let’s prepare our hearts and our very lives for the coming of the Baby.” // Elizabeth Foss, author of By the Manger in the Morning Prayer Journal

***Please note: Clicking through to the BIS website via the above image or the hyperlinked title financially benefits, in a small yet meaningful way, my friend and fellow prayer warrior/speaker/writer/uplifter, Mary Lenaburg. Thank you kindly for your generosity!


For local friends, I’ll be at St. Cecilia Parish again this year for their Women With Spirit Advent Recollection on Tuesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!


Finally, dear friends – would you please pray for me? The Holy Spirit has really been working on my heart these past few months, and even more intensely these past few weeks. I want to be able to be still (neither my best nor my most natural posture) to listen to and, more importantly, cooperate, with His leading.

Until next time, please know of my prayers with and for you.

heather

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{SQT} The busy+lazy+wanted to post anyway version

{SQT} The busy+lazy+wanted to post anyway version

Yes. This is me. And this is the picture up over at CatholicMom.com, too. Woo hoo!
Yes. This is me. And this is the picture up over at CatholicMom.com, too. Woo hoo!

Hey, everyone – sorry it’s been a while. I didn’t even get over here to post a link to my latest Blessed is She post (boo, Heather – bad blogger!). And I haven’t written my personal recap of Edel 2015 yet, either, although I did do this one last year, and I did do a sort of “rallying cry” post about women’s conferences in general for my girl Rebecca over at Patheos.

My last post here was about being sick. And, while I’m better (it wasn’t consumption – it was bronchitis), I am still pretty wiped out a lot of the time But the wiped-out-edness might also be because the TVPCrew and I are recording our next round of episodes beginning tomorrow (15 episodes in all) AND I’m co-hosting the first Blessed Brunch Wednesday, and, overall, scrambling trying to advertise, promote, fund, organize, and generally deliver the women’s conference I hadn’t planned on being responsible for this year.

Is that seven things yet? Well, it should be if it isn’t. So, while all these other things are swirling about (and my husband’s starting a new job in a week – NBD), I had a chance to write my latest post for CatholicMom.com, aptly titled, “When Mama doesn’t have time to be sick.”

Okay – who *does* have time to be sick, anyway? Not many people I know, that’s for sure. But for busy Moms hoping to enjoy summer vacation with their families while simultaneously tackling a “to-do” list the length of a pro-NBA player’s arm, now, sweet Baby Jesus, is not the time to be sick. Perhaps, like me, you’ve been struck with a pesky illness during these hot summer days, and wonder how to take care of yourself amidst the loads of laundry and bickering siblings and phone calls that need returning.

Please read the whole thing and love it and hold it and call it George here.

Until next time, y’all, take GOOD CARE of yourself. You are worth it!

heather

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{SQT} Almost Summertime and the livin’ is busy

{SQT} Almost Summertime and the livin’ is busy

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It’s most definitely almost summer in Oregon, and Mother Nature is just plain showing off. It’s days like these that just make me praise the Lord!! Perhaps it’s my Franciscan background. Annnnyway – here’s some stuff I want to share with you this week. Yes, indeed-y.

1. Hey! They haven’t kicked us off the air yet! LISTEN to yet another new episode of The Visitation Project THIS SUNDAY on the all-new Mater Dei Radio at 7:30 p.m. PST. I still can’t even believe I have a weekly radio show. But it’s true. If you missed any episodes from previous Sundays, please catch up with the #TVPCrew via podcast here! Also … are you following #TVPRadio on Twitter? Instagram? You should be. Please do. We miss you when you aren’t around. 🙂

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Ya Rabbi Jesu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. There’s still time to register for the upcoming Summer hotness that is Catholic Women Rejoice featuring Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary + the Edel Gathering, Catholic Evangelist Kelly Wahlquist, and yours truly. Seriously – this is a no-brainer, West Coast ladies (and Idaho/Nevada/Montana gals, too!). For less than the cost of dinner and a movie, you will enjoy a FABULOUSLY refreshing and inspiring time with other Catholic women. And I hear Edel is on hiatus 2016, so if you want to get your party on with Jen, register today. Seriously. You will thank me. I promise.

3. Lots of interesting things happening around the web these days. Here’s the best article on the web right now (IMHO) about the Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner situation. Written by Jenny Uebbing, it’s compassionate, smart, and 100% Catholic. Read on, friend. Oh, and speaking of brilliant, this week Simcha Fisher reminded me (yet again) why I love reading her articles with this piece at the National Catholic Register about why Church teaching will not – indeed, cannot – change. “Humanae Vitae. BOOM,” she writes. Boomshakalaka. The other thing you need to know about is the #WhyIRemainCatholic project … please check it out and participate when you can. I really, really want to. I am trying to come up with all the words right now.

4. I know this is, like, light years away in internet time, but I just recorded my first Building Bridges podcast  with the unstoppably amazing Jenna Guizar (Blessed is She Guru, all around Queen of Awesome) and the indefatigable sassafrass Cristina Trinidad (Faithfully Social, etc. etc.). They were a blast to chat with, and I look forward to when my episode airs … in 2017. Just kidding. July 20, 2015.

5. What else have I been up to? Oh – my latest article on Keeping the Spirit of the Visitation Alive was over at CatholicMom.com (check),  RealCatholicMom was fabulously featured over at Catholic Sistas (check), I submitted my first article for Ignitum Today (not published yet, but check), I submitted my first for New Evangelizers (also not published yet, but check), and am working on my first article for LovesChoice.com (an adoption site), and my second article for Catholic365 (here’s my first). And I haven’t even mentioned the other podcast I need to submit to – STAT! before they “unannounce” my affiliation (gak!) – and the 5,000 words that are due at the end of the month … Woof. like I said: summer’s almost here, and the living is BIZZZZZY.

Photo courtesy of Anthony & Amanda Sloan
Photo courtesy of Anthony & Amanda Sloan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. And … shoot me now … I honestly cannot remember what #6 was going to be. Oh! I know. I am so blessed to be an affiliate for Organic Mama’s Shop. Shannon has GREAT stuff, y’all. Just the best. And, if you click through my link to order her amazing wares, you help support this woefully underfunded writing habit I posses. #bonus!!

Help support the #RCMBlog
Help support the #RCMBlog. Please and thank you so much. Please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. And now, without further ado, the cutest picture I took this week. Where we live, spring can be confusing. It was 88 degrees this day, but the next it was in the high 50s and rainy. Some may call my son silly – I call him a prudent prophet.

A boy and his bear.
A boy and his bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace.

heather

Linking up with the super cool Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum. I would challenge her to a dance-off, but I’d totally lose.

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7QT: It’s All Good!

7QT: It’s All Good!

Oh, hi! I’m here for the 7 Quick Takes link-up! What’s that, you say? The 7QT link-up was two (almost three, but who’s counting?) days ago? Oh. Ah. Well. Hm.

Hohhkaaaay … Well, no worries! I am gonna do it anyway, especially since this week’s theme is, “It’s All Good!”

'Nuff said.
‘Nuff said.

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Sign up for daily devotionals today!
Sign up for daily devotionals today!

I’m super excited to be part of the new Blessed is She apostolate, with daily devotionals rolling out tomorrow! Just between us, I feel a little like an interloper, writing posts alongside some super established and amazingly talented individuals. Be that as it may, the real star is the Word of God, which truly is both living and effective. I have no doubt lives will be transformed through regular meditation and contemplation of Sacred Scripture through this endeavor. Come on over to Twitter tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST for a live chat celebrating the launch! #blessedisshe

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Pacific NW peeps: Catholic Women Rejoice is having its 3rd annual conference September 27. The organizers (all super sweet and holy) are generously offering a Labor Day Special that ends, you guessed it, on Labor Day! From the CWR Facebook page:

Now through Labor Day, register 3 ladies and get the group discount of $35 per ticket! Normally the group rate is for 5 tickets, but grab two friends and get the group rate for just 3 tickets!

Head on over to the website and sign up. I promise you won’t regret it!

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Speaking of conferences, the first-ever Catholic Women’s conference in Alabama is coming up October 4th! Called to Love was recently featured in the Archdiocesan newspaper, in the blogosphere, on the radio, and I’ve heard tickets are going fast! Register before the Sept. 4 deadline here!

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The fact that RealCatholicMom.com is now an actual thing had to make my list because it just makes me so very, very happy. I’ve got a new graphic for my Vintage RCM posts. woohoo!

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And also, things are rolling along with the new Celebrating Real Catholic Women series. I have some really exciting interviews coming soon, so … squee … stay tuned!

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I think this Fall may go down as The Season of All the Guest Posts and Link-ups for Real Catholic Mom. In addition to posts at Blessed is She, I’ll be guesting over at my friend Krystin’s blog about homeschooling, and at The Kennedy Adventures about faith-building resources for our families. I also have aspirations to link up soon with Amanda over at Worthy of Agape for her awesome What Marriage is Teaching Me series, and with Gina at Someday Saints for her inspired Embrace the Ordinary project.

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Who knows? Y’all might just get sick of me and fire me from the interwebz.

Time will tell.

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Okay, so this guy is amazing, and his absurdly transcendent talent makes me happy. See for yourself.

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Our son’s godsister turned us on to Drag & Gary this past Friday, and even though I have a bizarre sense of humor, I think you’ll thank me for suggesting you watch this clip featuring the incomparable Matt Maher.

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I laughed until I cried. My children asked what was wrong with Mommy. You’re welcome. 🙂

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

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