It’s that time of the week again! Linking up with CatholicMom.com to count my blessings, accomplishments, and feeble attempts at success this past week.
Well, I have done a pretty good job of sticking to my meal plan for the week. We roasted a chicken one night and pot roast another. I made chicken salad, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, and chicken fajitas. We are gearing up for gluten-free pizza night tomorrow night (the kids deemed Fridays pizza night), so that doesn’t require much brain power on my part.
It seems we have fallen into a decent gluten-free routine around here, and I have figured out what to serve my picky eaters. It helps so much to have a plan or else I repeatedly throw gluten-free chicken strips and hamburgers at the kids!
In an attempt to keep after school time from becoming one huge yelling match, I have tried to have a yummy treat baked for the kids. Gluten-free rice crispy treats, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, you get the picture. It makes homework time a little more bearable. I have been a Mom far too long to pretend I give them carrot sticks and apple slices. If a cookie makes them stop fighting, a cookie it is!
Speaking of food, I am 20 weeks pregnant tomorrow. The baby is the length of a banana! “Baby banana” is kicking harder and harder. My husband fell asleep with his hand on my tummy last night, and the baby kicked hard in protest. I let him sleep, but I was so excited I had a hard time getting sleepy!
Thanks to big babies Heath and Brooks jumping in bed with us last night, my sleep was restless. Brooks took an early nap, so I prayed a rosary in peace. Well, kind of in peace—Heath crawled into my lap and held the “balls” of my rosary with me. He kept asking, “What is this ball? Basketball? Baseball? Soccer ball?”on each rosary bead.
I bet Mother Mary got a good laugh out of that! 🙂
Several thoughts rambled through my brain as I prayed the Luminous Mysteries:
1st Mystery – Baptism in the Jordan River (Mark 1:9)
I love thinking of the Spirit descending upon Jesus after His baptism. It reminds me that each of us received the Holy Spirit in our baptism. Not because we deserve it, just because our parents brought us (or in my case I brought myself as an adult) to receive the grace of baptism.
2nd Mystery – Miracle at the Wedding of Cana (John 2:1)
Oh, I love this one! As a convert to the Catholic faith, all the Mary stuff was challenging to learn about. This scripture, where Mary tells the wedding staff to ““Do whatever he tells you,” made me understand! Mary brings us to Jesus, reminding us to do His will. It’s no more complicated than that! Knowing Mary means knowing and following Jesus.
3rd Mystery – Proclamation of the Kingdom and Call to Repentance (Mark 1:14-15)
Ouch. Lent is approaching, and I look forward to repenting and setting my life back on track again. I had a certain private issue to work on in myself last Lent, but I have fallen back to old ways. God’s grace has made it better, but I know I must ask for God’s help again. Little by little, I know God will change me—for good.
4th Mystery – Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-3)
This scripture fascinates me. I like to envision how freaked out Peter, James, and John must’ve been seeing Jesus turn dazzling white. I would have been amazed yet terrified! Any time I am scared, I try to remember God’s voice after the Transfiguration—“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” No matter the situation, no matter how scary or painful, all I need to do is listen to Jesus. It will be OK.
5th Mystery – Institution of the Eucharist (Mark 14:22-24)
The Eucharist is why I converted! I cannot imagine making it through my crazy, chaotic, loud, messy week without attending mass at least once. I love seeing the entire congregation lining up to receive Jesus. All of us together, have a moment of peace. True peace that only Jesus can give.
Since it’s lunch time, I should probably feed my little ones. Once again, it’s all about the food! Have a blessed week, and check out other bloggers’ big and small successes this week at Catholicmom.com!