Monday, January 5, 2015

January Daybook: A Snapshot Into My Life

Outside My Window...a clear, cold January morning - happy to see the sun shining after a gloomy weekend and much relieved to have dodged the fluffy white stuff so far this winter.
 
I am thankful...For a wonderful Christmas vacation and the fact that as a homeschooling family, our first day back to school in January does not involve venturing out into the cold first thing in the morning.

I am thinking...about how often and how much I can realistically blog while writing two mega papers for a Church History class I am taking. I do so love the blog but think I may need to cut back on it for a few months till this is all completed..

I am reading... Saint Thomas Aquinas For Children and the Childlike by Raissa Maritain with the kids and Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft for myself. Sensing a theme here?  The Angelic Doctor's feast day is January 28 and as a graduate student in theology and a homeschooling I call upon his intercession often.  Did you know he is the patron saint of students and schools? I was so excited when I learned about Peter Kreft's new book and pre-ordered it months ago. Then I stumbled upon Raissa Maritain's book about Aquinas for children and ordered it to read-aloud with the kids during the month of January. Raissa Maritain is the wife of the esteemed philosopher Jacques Maritain, and is a philosopher in her own right. The book covers Aquinas' philosophy at a level appropriate for older-elementary students.

I am praying...for our Bishop who had a portion of his leg, ankle and foot amputated last week due to complications from Diabetes. Please keep Bishop O'Connell in your prayers for a complete healing and please pray for all those who suffer from diabetes.

From the kitchen...Today is the first day of a 28 day detox program that I am participating in with a few friends. Let's see: no caffeine, no dairy, no gluten, no sugar, no alchohol...YOWZA.  This is going to be hard, hard hard....especially the caffeine. However, after a December -bender of rich foods, cookies, cookies and more cookies and free-flowing wine I think my body needs this. 

I am wearing...these awesome boots  - which came in a wide-calf option, were available through Amazon prime and did not break the bank- can we say win.win.win....

I am looking forward to...speaking at a local Theology on Tap evening tomorrow night. My talk will be on spiritual resolutions for the New Year - please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the words that I speak and please pray for all those who will attend that they will hear the words that the Lord wishes them to hear.

A few plans for the rest of the month....not many....I love the fact that January usually brings a theme of hibernation to it and am looking forward to some cozy days at home catching up on homeschooling and my own school work.

A favorite quote for today....My family and I visited the National Shrine of Padre Pio this past week and our pilgrimage has led us to a deeper closeness to this awesome saint. He was such a gift to all those he ministered to and his words continue to be a blessing to the church!



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