Saturday, April 30, 2016

We have moved!

Hello loyal readers!

I have once again began to blog. After wanting to get back into blogging, I decided that this blog no longer was serving its purpose as I am no longer "wrapped in engaged bliss" but rather Marital Bliss!

I promise to be more dedicated to my readers and put fresh content out weekly. 


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOVE




I specifically remember a Facebook status sometime ago stating that " If you still celebrate your monthly anniversary, you aren't ready to get married."

Now, I know that the meaning behind this quote refers to the fact that young people often don''t stay in a relationship for a long time but rather a few months that is why they celebrate their " monthly" anniversary. This is often geared toward high-schoolers who are " notorious" for short relationships.

Well, I have a confession. Sebastian and I celebrate our anniversary every month, and I encourage, in fact I DARE you to do the same. 

Lets step back for a moment. What is a anniversary? Usually it is a remembrance of a certain date. In the beginning many of us ( especially those who have started the relationship in our younger years) celebrate "monthly" anniversaries of a relationship. Some may do this with big fireworks and other may simply just think about that date when the relationship became " official". 

As Sebastian and I progressed in our relationship we kept the 18th of every month for " us". Often couples put a lot of emphasis in the honeymoon stages of their relationship and then slowly the "fire" dies out. I can sincerely atest that in the beginning we did do "bigger "things for our monthly anniversary.  However, there came a time after our one year of being together that we talked about not celebrating our anniversary on a month-to-month basis but rather saving it for it once a year occasion. After a little bit of thought I said "NO". I want to celebrate our anniversary every single month.

I don't think this was selfish of me but it was me fighting for our relationship.Our roles as student, employees daughter, and son, our attention pulls us each and every which way, but I know that at least once a month around the 18th we make a date for ourselves. I know that when I wake up that morning his thoughts will be on me and those early beginnings in our relationship and how happy we are to be together.  I don't expect a present, I don't expect flowers candy or chocolate but what we do expect from each other is respect and often a card.

Yes, a card. Cards have always been our thing I love giving them and enjoy receiving them it is a written promise of our feelings towards each other.  Let me tell you this has changed our relationship and I can only hope and pray that we continue these monthly anniversaries until the day that we die.

No we don't have any children yet but I'm hoping that yes, in the future because of our monthly anniversaries have been so ingrained that we will at least have a date night once a month because of it. No, I am not one to tell you what to do in your relationship or your marriage but I will ask you this; isn't your relationship worth a monthly remembrance?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

40 Days, 40 Nights

Today marks the start of Lent.

 The start of change for many, the promise to end bad habits for some.

A chance to redo those new year resolutions we gave up on a month ago.

I believe that this is a time of formation for Catholics. 

A time to cut out, add in, reexamine, decipher our lives.

Although I encourage this time to make ourselves better, lets not forget that we CAN do this at any time of year.

This year, for Lent, in addition to rekindling my Catholic fire, I vow that I put my thoughts on the remembrance of Christ and what HE did for us.





Monday, November 10, 2014

Why I Veil; Part 7



I introduce to you ladies another lovely lady who wants to share her story of why she veils/covers. Her name is Liz and she is from Brazil., and must compliment her on her writing as English is NOT her first language! I loved reading her story and I hope that you do too!


Hi, my name is Liz and I'm 30 years old. I'm brazillian and I live in Brazil. I was born Catholic, but only woke up for church life after the age of 11, when I started the parish catechesis for the First Holy Communion. When I was 15, I felt in love with the Disclosed Carmelite Monastery. I wanted to be a nun. For seven years I made retreats at the Monastery's inn, where the girls in discernment could sleep for a few days and follow the Nuns' prayers in the Chapel.




Every time I went to the Chapel to pray, I wanted to see the nuns inside the Chapel cloister. I always looked at them and thought how beautiful they were:the prayers, their faces, their simple and profound smile... and how beautiful, more beautiful they were in their habits. Specially their headcovering. All of them, dressing exactly as Our Lady of Carmel.

Well, the years passed and God showed me that my vocation was to marry and raise a family. But my admiration for headcoverings was always there. I started searching the internet for headcoverings, and while I saw those beautiful photos of hijabs and tichels, I also researched for texts and doctrine of the Church about headcovering for catholic women.

Well, I read lots of things. I watched youtube videos. And I started giving up using pants and dressing only skirts. Then I found Wrapunzel, toward the end of the year 2013. I watched Andrea and Rivka doing those wraps, and being so feminine and beautiful. I looked at the mirror and always looked at a sick person, someone I thought that wasn't that beautiful. Well,,, I wanted to feel more beautiful. And I realized that women headcovered were so much more  modest, feminine, beautiful, spiritually gorgeous. I wanted that. And I saw that not only in 1 Corinthians 11:6, but the Church Fathers and the Catholic tradition recommend married women to cover their hair. I felt I had a commandment to follow.
I started trying to cover first at home, and I'm still in transition. I cover with a mantilla at Mass, and I try always to cover when I go buy groceries, or going to the doctor, etc. Sometimes, due to the heat (where I live the heat during Spring and Summer is unbearable) I don't cover (yet).


 How did family and friends react when you first started covering? Husband/bf?My husband supported me, giving me suggestions when I was wrapping, and also giving me some advice about covering at Mass (because of him I started to use a mantilla during Mass instead of a tichel). My husband's relatives are really supportive. They don't matter. My mother-in-law also gave me some scarves as gifts. She's a dressmaker. My relatives haven't seen me covered yet. I live in a distant city and I didn't get a chance to visit them after I started covering. I would like to point out that men are more respectful to women that cover their hair. 


Any recommendation for women who are thinking about covering full time.While I was thinking about covering my hair, I made a lot of research. I read about all kinds of reasons women around the world, of distinct creeds, of distinct cultures. But, as a Roman Catholic, I started to find out Catholic reasons to cover. And I still find so many catholic reasons to cover: having Mary as a role model, councils of the Church Fathers, words of Mary and Jesus during private apparitions, instructions of the Catechism to Holy Mass, etc. 

I think this is really important: to cover for the right reasons. It has to be coherent to your faith. Other thing that is important, is to have your husband's support. It makes all difference, because when he supports you, he'll defend you against people who want to criticize your way of dressing. I think the last thing, but not less important is to keep in mind that modesty is not only about dressing in a particular way. It is about a way of life. In my case, a way of life to be more like the Virgin Mary. It is a great struggle, specially when you grow up in a lack of modesty of dressing, acting and speaking (like I grew up). But what in our lives are not a struggle towards holiness? May God help us to be light and salt to the world.





Thank you Liz SO much for sharing not only your story but also your pictures! You are a beautiful and strong sister in Christ! Be assured of my prayers for you!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Wear The Veil Day

Ladies!

 For those who have been timid or wary about wearing the veil I encourage you to dig deeper into your discernment.  December 8th is the Feast of The Immaculate Conception and I encourage you to participate in " Wear The Veil Day".

This day was started by two beautiful Catholic women who are encouraging other women to lay a veil on their heads for The Lord. I deeply and truly think that wearing the veil should be discerned and thus worn for the right reasons, but I encourage you ladies to take the plunge on December 8th, and wear a veil.

In the upcoming weeks I will be writing numerous posts about tips on how to wear the veil as well as reputable sites where you can buy one. Let us be handmaids of the Lord and let HIS will be done!

The Latin Mass Society is promoting this day with a few videos.  I urge you to watch them! We have one month from now to spread the word about this day. Please join me!









Friday, November 7, 2014

7 Quick Takes; Meet Cowboy

I haven't done 7 Quick Takes in a little while! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce to you.... 5 months late my "new" puppy!

1. 

After graduating I decided I wanted a dog. Sebastian and I both love animals and really wanted to get a puppy together. We looked at shelters and one of our friends sent me this picture.
All I knew was that he was a St. Bernard/Lab mix.
He was so darn cute we decided to go see him.

2. 
As we drove home we knew we had to name him. Sebastian and I threw out names that would suit this fine young fellow, both at the "cute puppy" stage as well as when he grew into 150 pounds. We decided on Cowboy.
How could something so little and cute be a problem... right ;-).
Do you see that cat butt in the corner; yes you guessed it, it is Reno:-).
3. 


 

So he started growing, eating and napping. Mostly napping.

4. 
Cowboy made friends, played more and was getting really good at snuggles!
 

5. 
He became braver and braver exploring the depths of the farm! Oh and toy sections of pet stores :-)

 

6. 
One day I came home from work and the unthinkable happened. Cowboy was hit by a car. We were not sure what the next 48 hours would look like. After a X-RAY with the Vet, we found out that Cowboy shattered his pelvis. His medicine is to rest and rest while his young bones heal.
The last monh or so Cowboy has been healing up very slowly. He went from being hoisted by me to go potty to being able to chase after a squirrel ( shh he is still not supposed to be running around like that!)
 Moving to a apartment has actually been a blessing or him because his movement is restricted so he is forced to rest and sleep. No worries, he is still getting walks and is meeting other doggies!

7. 

Although cowboy is still healing up. He is still the loving cuddle bug that he was when I first got him. At our last Vet visit he weighed in at 53 pounds and the vet said that he will at least double if not triple in size. Oh my!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saint Of The Month; November

Although I am no longer a catechist for a CCD program back at my old parish, I am happy to continue The Saint of The Month series on my blog! I believe the Saints are our friends and we can lean on them for support and ask them to pray for us in hard times.

This months Saint focus will be; St. Gianna. I first heard of St. Gianna when touring a Newman center in Bloomington, Illinois. My fiance had his Koinania there and their Newman center is impressive. Ever since I have been meaning to look up more information about this intriguing woman.





St. Gianna Beretta Molla is the patron Saint of physicians, mothers and the unborn. She was a wife, mother, pediatrician and pro-life witness. She is awesome. I picked her to be the Saint of the Month as we just ended the 40 Days For Life Campaign.

St. Gianna to me is a Saint unlike most as she wasn't alive 1000+ years ago but she lived in a more modern era which allows us to have more documentation and pictures of her. Also, she is proof that we are ALL called to be Saints!

St. Gianna was a woman that we should all look up to not only was she a woman of true faith, she was also a loving mother, wife and physician.



When St. Gianna was 39 years old she found out that she was pregnant again. During the second months Gianna developed a fibroma on her uterus. The doctors encouraged her to have an abortion, a hysterectomy or removal of the fibroma. A strong Catholic Gianna knew she only had one true choice; the removal of the fibroma which was the only choice that would have saved her child.

Giannas baby was safely delivered on Holy Saturday 1962, unfortunately Gianna died 7 days after giving birth.



St. Gianna showed us what unconditional love means! She was canonized by John Paul II.


God our Father we praise You and we bless you because in Saint Gianna Beretta Molla you have given us one who witnessed to the Gospel as a young women, as a wife, as a mother, and as a doctor. We thank you because through the gift of her life we can learn to welcome and honor every human person.

You, Lord Jesus, were for Gianna a splendid example.
She learned to recognize you in the beauty of nature.
As she was questioning her choice of vocation she went
in search of you and the best way to serve you.
Through her married love she became a sign of
your love for the Church and for humanity.
Like you, the Good Samaritan, she cared for everyone
who was sick, small or weak. Following your example,
out of love she gave herself entirely,
generating new life.

Holy Spirit, Source of every perfection, give us wisdom, intelligence, and courage so that, following the example of Saint Gianna and through her intercession, we may know how to place ourselves at the service of each person we meet in our personal, family and professional lives, and thus grow in love and holiness.

Amen.