Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Are You Looking For?

We had a visiting priest at Mass this morning and he had a wonderful homily about how we can not see things because we aren't looking for them or we expect them to be a certain way, much like Mary didn't see Jesus in today's Gospel because she still expected Him to be dead.

I had one of those moments when something jumps out at you and smacks you upside the head during his homily.  Father said something to the effect that what you are looking for is what you will find.  If you are looking for Jesus in the day, you will most certainly find Him.  If you are looking for good in the day, you will most certainly find it.  Conversely, if you are looking for all the bad things that happen in the day, those will be easy to find.  "What you are looking for, you will find."  Just a great reminder to me about how important it is to look for the good things because doing that will just make the day so much better.  It might even make the bad things not seem so monumental.

So what was I looking for today?  Motivation.  We are on Easter break this week and so I wanted to get a whole bunch of things done.  Yesterday was a running around day so I got done what needed to get done.

Today I wanted to get some cleaning done.  You'll remember before Holy Week I tackled our monster basement.  Today it was to be the back hall, that room where we all go in and out and deposit all of our socks, shoes, coats, books, papers, cups, pens, pencils, toys...well, you get the picture.  I wanted to get the winter crud out of that back hall and off the walls and out of the closet.

We got home from Mass this morning and I sat down to catch up on my checkbook, check and answer emails, make some phone calls, check in on facebook, remembered I had to put dinner in the crockpot...time was slipping away and I was losing my motivation to do the actual physical work that I had planned on.  

After lunch, however, I forced myself to start and you know what?  Starting was the hardest part.  Once I got into it I was wishing I had the time and energy to just keep moving on to other rooms.  I got the back dump hall, coat closet, small bathroom and the kitchen pantry (all those areas are connected off of the kitchen) all deep cleaned and ready for Spring.  Why don't I remember that getting started is what is hard?  Why don't I push myself more often?  Well, now that it's in "print" maybe I'll remember.  Somehow I'll have to refer to this on those days when the motivation is low so that when I'm looking for it, I will find it.

God Bless!

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Easter Monday!


I love the Easter season.  Things are finally warming up outside, the grass is green and there is so much joy in the church.  Going to Mass for these 8 days is like a really long Easter Sunday Mass with all of the pomp and circumstance...and beautiful flowers!

We had a full day yesterday; our traditional Easter breakfast with homemade Easter bread, cold Polish sausage and hard boiled eggs.  Then, off to Mass where we had a packed church (something we haven't had in a few years).  We ran back home and washed all of the breakfast dishes (best.move.ever!) and then off to my mil's house for a very yummy dinner of ham, cheesy potatoes (LOVE those) and asparagus.  Oh, and of course, lots of sweet stuff.

We even managed to get in a photo shoot!


Hope your Easter was joy filled, too!

God Bless!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Alleluia! He is Risen!

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

God Bless!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

Well, the picture I was going to put up for today also works, at least in part, for Theme Thursday, which is bread and wine.

May you have a blessed and meaningful Holy Thursday.

Check out Cari's for more bread and wine pics!

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Tale Of Two Projects

This week I need to complete two rather large projects that have the same deadline.

Project A:

I have been putting this monster off for a little over a month now.  

This is an accumulation of mess from a long winter, made even more of a mess by a sudden thawing of a lot of snow and the possibility of a flooding basement, made even more of a mess by a sudden deluge of rain last week that also threatened to bring water into the basement.  Thus the haphazard throwing of things on top of other things.  

Project B:

Processing the first batch of pictures from this past weekend's performance of "The Seven Last Words of Christ".  I got it down to just under 300 pictures and I'd like to get them done and uploaded before we do the second performance on Sunday and I take more pictures.  

My usual method would be to become obsessed about one project and work on it till it is done.  I decided to try something different this time.  I'm setting a time limit every day that I can work on each of the projects in the hope that they will both get done on time.

Today I worked on this part of the basement for 1 1/2 hours.  A small portion, but it's a start.
 I then moved back upstairs and, in between making dinner, I worked for about 2 hours on photos and got through about 1/3 of them.  (The lighting was challenging at this church, but I love how the shadows played out in this photo.)

So we'll see how this goes.  I have tomorrow and Thursday afternoon/evening to complete these two tasks.  Any bets on whether or not I'll do it?

God Bless!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Tough Road

Have you ever noticed that when God calls you to do something He doesn't make it easy?  He makes it possible, don't get me wrong; but the road to doing His will usually isn't an easy one.

Every time the theater troupe that we are involved in does a performance, the road there is tough.  Each time we do "The Seven Last Words of Christ", the road is even tougher because of how moving this performance is.  This year has been no exception.  Difficulties, trials, frustrations, exhaustion.  All these have plagued us this past month.

In each church we perform in, there is usually about 1,000 tickets to sell.  This job is up to each of the families, as well as the parish we are performing at.  We had our first performance on Saturday evening, at one of the largest parishes in the country, and until that night, we weren't assured of a sell out.  Mind you, a sell out is pretty important because of the cost of this production.  We have professional singers and musicians that need to be paid.  A sell out insures that that will be done.

For the past week we have been praying non-stop and were rewarded with a full house.  God is good, all the time.  I guess if He made it too easy, we would have missed out on all that extra prayer time that we put into it.

And that, my friends, seems to me to be the point.  When we know we are doing what He wants, then He will give us the grace to sustain us, but will require that we still put in 100% of ourselves in prayer and sacrifice to bring it about.  The more we go through this, the greater our trust is that He will come through for us.  That's not to say we weren't sweating it this past week, but deep down I think we all knew that everything would work out okay.

We have another performance this coming weekend and, you guessed it, we're at less than 50% of our goal.  Now we have a choice.  We can sit back and say that somehow it will all work out, or we can spend this week in prayer and sacrifice again so that God can shine forth with another miracle and another full house.  Will you join me in praying that we can reach as many souls as possible with this performance?  Thanks :) 

 God Bless!