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This past weekend I celebrated my 6th Mother’s Day. And after 6 years of my motherhood experience, two of the most important lessons I have learned are 1) we need other moms and 2) we need Mary as our leader.
On Ash Wednesday I deactivated my only social media account, Facebook. 1 week ago from today was the anticipated return. Within minutes of my return I received an important work related message, read through a party related group thread, registered for a fertility conference, and saw a few friend pictures I would have otherwise missed. Yet, after those initial “catching up” minutes were over, I was very much unimpressed. The appeal was gone.
This is a pretty eclectic list (I prefer non-fiction, but try to vary a spiritual, parenting, medical, self-help, and fiction) so hopefully there is something that peaks your interest! I really enjoyed them all.
Aren’t God’s plans always so much better than our own? A few months ago I received an email alerting me that my Nurse Practitioner Certification was up for renewal. Basically, if I did not get a job fast, my certification would expire. It was perfect timing, since after a few years at home with my babies, I was itching to wear my stethoscope. My background is in family practice, and my passion in women’s health, but I somehow landed in hospice...
Last week I celebrated my 31st birthday. I didn’t really prepare to turn 31. At least not compared to the extreme preparation of party planning & new decade goal setting my 30th received. Yet, the non-monumental occasion allowed for some inner reflection and acceptance of maturity for this extravert.
After 3 natural births, (read my latest birth story here), and exclusively breastfeeding 3 babies (first 2 to 18 months, with this last one going strong at 6 months), I wanted to share my favorite resources that have really helped me to have such positive childbirth & breastfeeding experiences!
The experience of reading is not about crossing off a list, reading more than your neighbor or doubling last years number. We don’t read to have read, we read to read. 30 is just a number. The experience of one great book read slowly and thoughtfully over the course of a year can have more power than 50 books read lightly….The real adventure lies in your relationship to written word, the story, the characters, and the truths shared.
A friend recently asked me, what surprised me most about marriage? After a brief reflection on my 7 year marriage, I responded, "That there were so many things I didn’t know about myself! How selfish I was before I was married and how much I would need to depend on God’s grace. Most of all what surprised me about marriage was how my love for my husband could really grow deeper each year.”
Today is our 7 year anniversary! 7 years. One of my friends was telling me recently that 7 years counts as some kind of marriage milestone…well, I guess every year does, but I’ll take it. I am so proud of us.
There is nothing new under the sun. Other than my own life experience, the conclusions of truths I find have been found before. Learn from my mistakes, grow from my failures. Avoid near occasion of sin. Know myself.