random musings on the passage of time + birthday giveaway!

random musings on the passage of time + birthday giveaway!

Hello! It’s me. It’s been a while since I’ve written any of length here rather than asking you to click away to something written somewhere else. Don’t worry – I’ll make my click-away request later on. But for now, a few things have been on my mind lately.

If there’s one thing I’m learning in my older age, it’s that time can be a big bully. One minute you’re seven years old, begging your parents to buy you a new pair of clear jelly sandals and a Strawberry Shortcake baby doll, the next you’re on the cusp of 20 years’ practice being 21. How does that even happen?? I mean, other than the imminent passage of chronological time, of course.

Last week I thought about creating a list of 41 things to do in my 41st year to make things (my life? the blog? your life?) more colorful. Upon further consideration, however, it sounds 1) kind of cheesy, TBH; 2) like a lot of work to conjure; and 3) do I really need to add more things to my plate?

Bobbi’s recent post for Blessed is She got me thinking about the things I truly should be doing, and the things I bring on myself. Sure, it’s common sense (biblical, even!) that each day has troubles of its own. But for whatever reason that I still haven’t thoroughly worked out, I have a bad habit of piling other troubles upon my plate today, tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future. I’m not a complete masochist, mind you. I get into a pickle because, usually, aforementioned troubles are impeccably disguised in fun/important/urgent/ministerial/good citizen’s clothing.

I’m currently reading Shauna Niequist’s bestselling book Present Over Perfect, and it’s been eye-opening. I can relate to a lot of what she writes about striving vs. abiding, doing vs. being, etc. I’m hoping to take part in a free online study beginning next week; that is, if it doesn’t interfere with the rest of my plate. #LOLOLOLOL

So, while I can’t promise that I’ll ever get aound to that 41 Things for Year 41 post, I can promise that, as has become tradition, I’m giving something away to you, dear Reader, to celebrate my birthday! Thanks to my friends at Catholic T-Shirt Club I’ve got some fun things to give away to one of YOU! Check out their awesome monthly subscription boxes, chock full of faith-filled goodies to share and live the Catholic faith for adults AND kiddos ((super cute Divine Mercy t for kids in my instastories today!)).

Birthday giveaway 2017

To enter yourself, head on over to my Instagram account and say howdy! You may also tag up to five friends (one per comment) to enter them to win. If you share my IG post, you get five extra entries, just like that! One lucky and blessed winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, May 8th and receives allll the stuff pictured over on IG (and here … except you can’t have my birthday coffee ☕️?). Shipping in domestic US only, please and thank you ever so much.

Thanks again to my friends at Catholic T-Shirt Club for their generosity. And – one last thing – In honor of my birthday, if you can, please thank God for something He’s given you. Eat or drink something delicious. Kiss someone you love. Do something that makes your heart sing. I’ll be praying for y’all. Please pray for me.

Love,

heather

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Life moves pretty fast.

Life moves pretty fast.

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As noted 20th-century philosopher Ferris Bueller remarked, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

When I was younger, I couldn’t wait to be older. My Mom would say, “Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up, Heather. Enjoy where you are now.” Despite her sage advice, I was never content being whatever age I happened to be.

To my naive mind, if I could just be 5, or 9, or 18 — I could go to school with the big kids, or stay up later to finish that compelling novel or eat cake for dinner because I was old enough to make my own choices.

I guess you’d say I wasn’t a “bloom where you’re planted” sort of youngster. If I had a dollar for every time I said or thought “I’m bored,” in my youth ….

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{7QT} On filling the void left by fb

{7QT} On filling the void left by fb

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So, I bit the bullet and gave up the ‘book for Lent. I mean, detachment is good. Deep breath. Repeat after me: detachment is good. Give something up, though, and it’s usually best to take something on, right? Like, a GOOD thing to fill up the hole left by the thing that, maybe, in its own Fbook-y way, has become, well, not-so-good. So while it seems reasonable that I should be filling my extra time with more prayer, family togetherness, extra Masses, plus this, and this, and definitely this, I present to you how I’ve actually been filling the fb void so far:

 1.

More blogging here. And, by more, I mean six posts published since Lent began. Which, by comparison, is double the posts I concocted in all of 2015 leading up to Lent. So, while I’m not posting here every day, it is more than usual, which I predicted. And I am glad! I just … truly didn’t intend to blog this much more during Lent, but there you have it. We’ll see if I can keep it up.

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 2. 

More tweeting. Yeah. I said I wasn’t going to shift my (hyper) focus from fb to Twitter, but what can I say? I’m an extroverted stay-at-home-Mom going absolutely crazy bananas over here some days. I neeeeeeed people and interaction and it’s not always possible to leave the house. And I can stop this Twitter business any time I want to. Really.  I need to just pray more, don’t I?

As usual, too many open tabs.
As usual, too many open tabs.

 3. 

More instagramming. Okay. This social medium is new and shiny to me. I just joined, um, this year (I know, I knoooow). But I haven’t been on horribly much. Really. Honest!

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 4. 

I’m trying not to work on the upcoming Catholic women’s conference too much. But shoot, man! It is going to be AWESOME!! I CAN BARELY CONTAIN MYSELF!!

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 5. 

I just accepted an invitation from Deacon Tom Fox to contribute to the long-running podcast Catholic Vitamins beginning in April (after Lent is over, people), and I couldn’t be more excited! A couple of times a month, I’ll be reflecting on real J  O  Y. Hopefully Dcn. Tom won’t regret his decision after the first broadcast. We’ll see. I will link to new episodes here, of course, so please stay tuned!*

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*If you’re feeling particularly magnanimous this tax rebate season and would like to help me purchase some recording equipment, I am gladly accepting donations! RealCatholicMom {at} gmail {dot} com. Seriously. Please. And thank you very much.

 6. 

A super, secret and AMAZING project that is in pre-production as I type! I can’t say anything more here now, but will on March 3 – which is NEXT WEEK! AHHHHH!

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So … you’re probably saying to yourself, “Um, Heather, this is all well and possibly good, but this post seems a) pretty heavy on self-promotion and b) pretty light on, well, holy stuff.” Okay. You got me. Truly, you’re mostly right. You are. If I’m being brutally honest with myself about all the ways I’m filling my time, it does seem, on the outside, that it might not be any better for my eternal soul than all the time I was spending on FB before Lent began. But I assure you, my friends … God is working on me this Lent. I am processing and working and pondering upon things that are not intended for public knowledge – they’re really supposed to be just for me and Jesus right now. God alone knows my heart. He knows if (okay, when) I’m wasting – or abusing – my time. And I can’t say that I’m being The BEST steward of my time at all times, but I truly am trying. I’m trying to be more intentional about what I’m doing and when I’m doing it. I admit I have a long way to go. But thankfully, I don’t have to go much farther any longer to get here:

 7. 

My husband and I just received our keys for the Adoration Chapel nearest our house. I am so, so, so very much looking forward to spending more regular time here with Jesus again. No computer, no phone, no babies who need me – just Him and me. Because, at the end of the day, at the end of Lent, at the end of our life, there is only one thing that matters. And it is right here. At the foot of the Cross. I pray I have the courage and self-awareness to choose the better part this Lent and always.

Jesus, please help me. Saints and angels, hasten to my aid.

Adoration

Linking up with the ultra-rad homeschooling, Whole30ing, mic-dropping Kelly Mantoan at This Ain’t the Lyceum. See what other amazing people are writing about right here.

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Oh, my, how time does fly …

Oh, my, how time does fly …

It’s the last day of June. So, what in the world do I have to show for it?

  • The celebration of two beautiful children’s lives via birthday parties on the 13th and the 24th – check/check.
  • Survived hubby’s “extended” trip to Steubenville (almost) completely unscathed. Uh, check.
  • Last cantoring of the year with the St. C’s choir … now, summer off –  ahhhhhhhhh ….. check.
  • Moral and other support provided for Real Catholic Men conference – check.
  • Worked full-time hours away from home for the fourth month in a row – grateful sigh. And check.
  • Praying and praying and praying and praying and praying … well, never checked.
  • Hubby scheduled a job interview with a company across the country. Thank you, Jesus – checkity-check-check-paycheck! (?)
  • Celebrated with our Team and saying good-bye to our chaplain – sniff & check.
  • Realized that there is so much in life that cannot be expressed

in a quick bullet list and

checked off.

Thanks

be

to

God.

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