Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challange


I am sure that I am not the only one that has their Facebook feed bombarded with the Ice Bucket Challenge. At  first I thought it was stupid, then I thought it was funny, then it just gave me a mix of emotions hard to decipher.

If you are going to donate to a charity... awesome! We should all be charitable.
If you are going to donate to a charity and do the the ice bucket... sure! Fun never hurt anyone.
If you are going to do the ice bucket challenge and not donate( doing the challenge vs donating)...huh? What is the point?
If you are going to do the ice bucket challenge and not even mention a charity... well I guess you are just dumping a bucket of ice on your head for the internet. Whatever floats your boat, I have seen stranger things!

After categorizing my feelings, I decided to do my research. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

So you may ask me, that is the problem?  Kara at Meamaximacuppa explains the moral issue perfectly.


"ALSA, the association that largely benefits from the Ice Bucket Challenge donations, is a supporter of embryonic stem cell research. Both through their own organization and by making donations to other groups who perform experiments on embryos. And while I understand there are many people who don’t believe life begins at conception, we do. So, to put our money where our mouth is, we’re happy to have a moral alternative for our donations.


The John Paul II Medical Research Institute offers an ethical alternative to those who believe in the protection of embryos and also want to contribute to moral, ethical research for the end of ALS and other prevalent diseases."

I encourage all of you, whenever it comes to a charity to thoroughly research it in and out before donating. For more information on the moral issue of embryonic stem cell research, and how to support an ethical organization for the cure for ALS please visit ; http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frmichaelduffy/2014/08/the-moral-problem-with-the-als-ice-bucket-challenge/




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why I Veil; Part 1







Veiling. It is a tough subject to swallow for some. I grew up in a church that I would consider traditional by all means. Although I never attended  a Latin Mass, I did grow up going to Polish Mass. I never knew about veiling as my mother would never talk about it. My parents both grew up in Catholic Church, in Poland when it was still under communist regime. It was hard being a Catholic back then and it was hard to understand the Latin Mass,  it was also done in secret and you were not allowed to talk about it in public.

Therefore my parents grew up as faithful servants, but unknowledgeable servants. When I first told my parents that I want to veil they were not very supportive about it. They told me how it was a disgrace to go "back in time" to such a a painful past. Due to them not being supportive it made it hard for me to veil. It took years before I wore my veil to church for the first time. I have been veiling on and off for about a year and a half now. However, I am ready to commit myself fully to my devotion of veiling. I am ready to focus on the our Lord fully with an open heart, and a covered head.




Below is taken from an article "To wear or not to wear".
"The reasons for veiling are numerous: humility, reverence, modesty, bringing tradition back to the Mass. The reasons against veiling are just as strong: subjugation of women, false humility, holier-than-thou attitudes, taking the Church back to pre-Vatican II days.
There was a time in the Catholic Church when women were required to wear a veil at Mass. The 1917 Code of Canon Law mandated it. Canon 1262 states,”Men, in a church or outside a church, while they are assisting at sacred rites, shall be bare-headed, unless the approved mores of the people or peculiar circumstances of things determine otherwise; women, however, shall have a covered head and be modestly dressed, especially when they approach the table of the Lord.”
But then, changes occurred. The document Inter Insignoires, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the 1970s, stated that mantillas were no longer mandatory since wearing them was not a matter of faith. “It must be noted that these ordinances, probably inspired by the customs of the period, concern scarcely more than disciplinary practices of minor importance, such as the obligation imposed upon women to wear a veil on their head (1 Cor 11:2-16); such requirements no longer have a normative value.”

Veiling, for me is difficult.I have a desire to do it, and strong devotion to it. However, sometimes it feels I am the only one. I am usually the only woman in church veiling, and I hate to stand out. I am wanting to go to a Latin Mass sometime soon ( the closest one is an hour away) and hope that I am not the only one that is covered. As mentioned in a previous post, modesty must start in the heart. I feel the same way about veiling. You should not veil to gain attention, your heart should be veiled before your head.


Another struggle is thinking I am not good or worthy enough to cover my head before the Lord. I am a sinner and I do not deny that. I gain courage to veil from our Blessed Mother. She was perfect and I am nowhere near that!

Overall, I believe veiling is a beautiful act, and in our day in age, a radical thing to do. I urge you beautiful women of Christ to discern wearing a veil. When covered, I feel so much closer to Christ, my Mass participation is through the roof, and  I am able to pay attention better. Please pray for my anxiety for when I am debating the 10 minutes before Mass whether to veil or not that day.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Favorites; Fall Is Just Around The Corner!


Linking up with Hallie with her weekly linkup "Five Favorites" over at Moxie Wife. Join the linkup, join the fun! This week, with all the "youngsters" going back to school, I will be telling you my Five Fall Favorites! I did one last year, and I figured why not revisit my favorite season of the year! For those who have been reading for a while sorry if it feels like a repeat post!

1. School

Normally, when I am in school, Fall is beautiful, especially at my Alma Matter. The tress over there were gorgeous. However as a college graduate, I can say , YAY  for not being in school anymore! For the first time in YEARS, It will be fall and I will not be cramming for exams, reading text books etc.I am still unsure of how I feel about this.

2.  Pumpkin Spice Lattes... Pumpkin anything!

So we all may know that Starbucks came out with their Pumpkin Spice Latte a few days ago. The nearest Starbucks is about an hour away from me. But wait! I work at a coffee shop ;-). I hope that I am able to enjoy many Pumpkin Spice Lattes this year :-). As for pumpkin goodies... oh yes bring them to me!


3. Tanners
If you are not familiar with tanners, you are missing you! It is a local orchard not to far from where I live! It is such a treat to go there. You are able to pick apples, hang out with some animals, do a corn maze, drink delicious cider or indulge in yummy treats. It is a great date night outing that can be FREE if you choose not to do some of the activities!
There it is!

One of the yummy goodies!


































4. Pumpkin Fest
My fiance is from Morton. In Morton the company Libbys makes most of the canned pumpkin in the USA. Each year there is a Pumpkin Festival. It is near and dear to my heart as it was the first date Sebastian and I went on. He couldn't of picked a better date, a small town festival, all about PUMPKIN THINGS, and him being the utmost gentleman :-).  If you are ever in Morton, stop by for the pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, and many other pumpkin flavored items!

 



5. The Weather

Fall weather is my absolute favorite time of the year! It is cool enough to wear long skirts, and a scarf. However still to warm to have to grab a coat. Night times gets a little cooler and a pumpkin spiced latter (haha) and a bonfire go perfect together! The leaves turn a beautiful array of colors, there isn't to much rain, it is perfect! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Love My Jean Skirt; Review





As a part of modesty series  I will be reviewing a few stores/businesses that coincide with my need to dress modestly, and not look frumpy, or stuck in the "olden ages". First in this series will be a local business of Hannibal, Missouri where Theresa Drazba, a seamstress opened her own little shop.

I met Theresa through Facebook about four years ago when my journey towards modesty first began. I was looking for modest, trendy, skirts that I could wear to school and around campus. I found out that her talent was taking jeans and turning them into modest , fun, skirts!  After messaging her back and forth a few times I decided to take the plunge and send in all of my pairs of jeans to get them altered into skirts. Theresa was so kind and worked with me on pricing due to being a "poor college student".




                             Theresa was able to meet Mrs. Duggar at a convention this past year! I was so excited for her!
Just part of the large Drazba clan!

Can you believe these were at one point jeans? Look at the skill and quality!

Theresa is an amazing God fearing woman and has quality products. Turn around time for my skirts was about 3 weeks. This included me sending my jeans to her, her altering them into skirts, and her sending them back. Her pricing is all explained on her page. She usually has some pretty sweet deals going on so you may want to like her on Facebook at Love My Jean Skirt!

If you send in your own jeans she gives you a credit toward your purchase, a super awesome way to turn those jeans into a wonderful skirt! I still have the original skirts that she sent me. Unfortunately they do not fit me any longer so they will be soon donated to a Goodwill, hmmm maybe it is time to reorder :-). I was looking for a few pictures of myself in Theresa's skirts but unfortunately I could not find any! Check out her Facebook to see more  styles Love My Jean Skirt Facebook


Overall, if you are looking for a quality modest skirt, want to support a small business, I would highly recommend   checking out Theresa's website Love My Jean Skirt !In my book her business deserves a 5 stars out of 5, for professionalism, beauty, modesty, and her priority to the Lord

God Bless

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Answer Me This: I Love Cheese


Linking up with with Kendra over at All Year Catholic, for her last Answer Me This!


What is your favorite picture book?
Honestly, I don't know... I do not have children at this point in my life therefore I am not around picture books all to often. I do like the more old fashioned drawn story books!

Are you a boycotter?
Yes and no? If there is something I feel passionately enough I will boycott it. A recent example would be the Ice Bucket Challenge. This has been all over my Facebook wall for about a week now. I think it is great that Charities are receiving exposure through the younger generation. I do see a flaw with a person choosing to dump cold ice water on their head instead of donating to a charity... really? The most popular charity on my Facebook page has been the ALS challenge. I believe that ALS is a horrible disease, and there needs to be research done to help the victims that are struggling. I do not agree with some of the methods that are being used in research; embryonic stem cells. I won't get into this further, but rather leave you with a link, Alternative to the Ice BucketChallenge 

How do you feel about cheese?
Cheese. Delicious cheese. I love cheese in any form, cold, hot, string, block, just give me it! Aged, cheddar, feta, you name it! I am completely dedicated to my addiction to cheese as I am slightly lactose intolerant, but I will suffer daily tummy aches just for a piece of cheese. I think it would be best if I simply left you with this link; 14 signs you are addicted to cheese
                     




How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?
Not to many, maybe two? However, do not ask me where they are. This is why I do not have many because I am constantly losing them, or breaking them. I would love a nice pair of sunglasses, that are cute and good quality, but I am not willing to spend over $5 as they will face a tragic death in their near future.

How long has it been since you have gone to the dentist?
OKAY God, OKAY Kendra, I think I got the hint. I probably haven't been to the dentist since I had my wisdom teeth taken out. That was three years ago and that doesn't even really count. So maybe my last orthodontist appointment? That was about 8 years ago... BUT  a real, regular check up, please don't ask. It has been to long and my teeth agree. They have gotten very sensitive over the last year, and eventually I could only chew with the left side of my mouth.The last month or so... I can't really chew on either side without it hurting. IT IS TIME.

If you could visit any religious site in the world, where would you go?
I would love to go to the Holy Land! I am very thankful that I was able to visit a lot of religious sites due to my frequent travels to Europe!
This is Czestochowa in Poland.




Alternatives to the Ice Bucket Challange

Friday, August 22, 2014

7 Quick Take: Modesty




Thank you for Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting 7 Quick Take Friday!

For my takes this week, I wanted to finally dive into my blogs purpose; modesty in all aspects of life. Here are my 7 takes on modesty.



1.
Modesty In My Heart
I think all modesty is important but modesty in the heart is crucial and for me the foundation of all. Why are we doing the things that we are doing, what are my intentions? Am I being modest to grow closer to Christ, or am I using it to gain attention? All modest intentions must start within our hearts; a desire to be modest.

2.
Modesty In My Head
How do I spend my time in my head when I am working, praying, or just being silent? Am I thinking impure thoughts? Am I focusing my thoughts on how to become a better servant for our Lord? Those times that someone makes us angry and we spew words of hatred in our head, why not pray for them, and take their cross ourselves.

3.
Modesty In My Attire
This subject is important and usually the first thing tackled when referring to modesty. I believe it is VITAL for all to dress modest. I believe this is a combination of how much skin am I showing as well as what type of clothing am I wearing. Women, I urge you to discern about wearing a chapel veil once again. We are meant to be modest and feminine to the world but more importantly to Christ. It is  OK to be a woman and embrace your femininity, modestly of course!

4.
Modesty in the Church
Other than modest attire, how we behave in God's house is crucial. Such a sacred place. How are we acting when we walk in? Are we talking to friends and disrupting others around focusing on our Savior? After Mass I think this is just as important! My fiancĂ© and I like to kneel after Mass and pray next to one another. Let us respect and rejoice that we just received Christ, but please can we do that outside the church doors in the welcoming area? 

5.
Modesty in the house
This is where I have struggled immensely. IN my previous post I mentioned that I am downsizing my whole life! I have received and bought so much over the last few years. I would say more than half of those things are not being used, and therefore do not have a purpose. Does your home represent you, and what you want to be? A modesty home isn't a bare home it is a home that has a purpose.
6. 
Modesty In Tradition
How are we celebrating holidays? Is Christmas just about presents? Just about a tree? How about Easter, is it about a bunny? No! Our faith provides us with wonderful feast days, and holidays and traditions galore! We are to rejoice and celebrate! What is our focus though? Through these traditions and Christmas Cookie parties, what is our focus? 

7.

Modesty Combined
I will be the first to say that I am a sinner, and I am not perfect. I want to be modest but fail daily! No one is perfect and we have to deal with the fact that we will fail! Modesty is about combining all of the above and more! These are simply my main points :-)



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meanwhile Back In Peoria

 At work yesterday we had a blogger come in. He runs the blog entitled "Meanwhile Back In Peoria".

You guys should go check him out and all of the beautiful pictures that he took of our shop! He does a great job talking about it! Here is a few shots he took!

Our Logo

Our awesome Menu boards!


There is me with some of the staff!



Meet our staff!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Answer Me This

Linking up with Kendra over at Catholic All Year !Check her out. She is an amazing mother, blogger, wife and Catholic role model!


It is never-ending that my kitchen needs the floors mopped and counters cleaned. I love a clean kitchen and clear counter space. It takes me so long now to upkeep it, I don't know what I will do when I hopefully one day have children!
1. What is your favorite room in the house?
It would be a close tie between my kitchen and the living room. I love baking an cooking so I spend half of my morning before work in the kitchen always. However, the living room is where I blog, watch Netflix and just get to relax :-).


2. Do you subscribe to any magazines or other periodicals?

Yes and no? The last few months I have received People/US WEEKLY and some Mens magazine. I didn't realize I "won" a subscription service... Yes, I did cancel it before all the fines started coming in. Also, when I was about 15 years old my mom let me sign up for 17 magazine. I remember sending in my post card and money $10 for 12 issues. Then they forgot to send me a issue one month and they were OVERLY sorry. They gave me a lifetime membership for free. So I still receive that. However, after reading it now, I wouldn't give it to anyone younger than 21.... Other than that, I do not subscribe to anything, most everything can be found online and I move around so much it would be hard to keep up with address changing.


3. How do you feel about the sign of peace in Mass? Enriching? Awkward? Overdone? Just right? Some combination of the above?
I honestly think it depends.I remember being mad at my parents but giving them the sign of peace and all ill feelings going away. I have also been to many a retreat and church where sign of peace was (in my opinion) WAY over done. There were people shouting each others names/ showing the peace sign vs hand shake ( for some reason I really really don't like this), lots of hugging etc.This is the time before we receive Christ!
I think giving the sign of peace just to those around us is just right. Shouting/laughing/overly hugging can be done after Mass in the parking lot


4. What is your least favorite sound?
sincerely dislike the sound of people fighting. It makes my heart break. Not sure if it actually counts as a sound... but....I really don't like it.




5. What was your favorite TV show (or shows) growing up?

I remember watching Arthur, Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World and Degrasssi!
















6. What are your favorite TV shows now?
I don't have a TV, but I do have Netflix. I enjoy watch documentaries above all. Some shows that I have watched and enjoyed were " Call the Midwife", "Bomb Girls", " Once Upon a Time" etc.  When I did have a TV Downton Abbey was a favorite!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

He Must Increase, I Must Decrease.



            Over the last few years, I have acquired many things. Things I don't necessarily have a use for, and things I simply bought because they were on sale. Over the years my wardrobe has transitioned from a high-schooler to a now college graduate. During those years I also have also fell in love with thirfting. In the beginning when I first started going to thrift stores I was so excited with the prices I bought ... a lot. I also have received many things. For example during my 4 years in college I acquired over 25 different t-shirts.
 
          With recent changes in my life, and a possible move in the near future I look at my bedroom astonished. My closet door barely closes. My drawers are packed to the brim and there are boxes and boxes of shoes. Before this summer I was okay with this, as I told myself I really didn't spend that much money acquiring these items, so I shouldn't feel bad. At the beginning of this summer however, I decided I really need to go through everything that I own and simplify.

      Although I have not finished yet ( yes... I know it is August) the results thus far have been nothing short of amazing and a true reflection of my materialistic self. Here is a list of just a few things that I have(had) and what I did with them.



  • 17 pairs of long jeans. Not only is this a problem in itself, the thought that should worry me the most is the fact that I haven't worn pants/jeans on a daily basis in almost two years. This means I have been buying/hoarding jeans for absolutely no good reason. I went through all of them and kept two. 


  • Over 60 bottles of hair and beauty products with over half of them not opened. I kept the few I knew I would use, and the rest, gave away. Sebastian and I are trying to be more natural so most of these products I won't even use, but that doesn't mean someone else won't.

  • Around 20 or so dresses, some which fit some not so much. This was a tough decision because I love dresses, but do I really need 20? No. The ones that fit and looked good stayed about 7, the rest... out.

  • Shoes. About 2 cartons full. I think shoes are important to have but I was still hoarding those that I wore to my 8th grade dance. Comfortable, classy shoes stayed. Gym shoes stayed. The rest, bye bye bye!

  • Random college items. I had a whole closet full of "college dorm items" that I didn't think would be beneficial to me but hopefully other students. Among the plethora of items were a laundry bag that I never used, shadow boxes, frames, plates etc.



The items that I decided to get rid of had two different piles. A sell pile and a donate pile. Items that I deemed in good condition I am trying to tell through a online garage sale and the rest is being shipped off to a local thrift store.

There is still a lot more to go through and simplifying on the outside of physical things is just as important as simplifying the mind and our wants. This is a life long work in progress!





Friday, August 15, 2014

7 Quick Take Friday



Linking up with the lovely Jen over at Conversion Diary

I thought this would be a perfect time to go ahead and give you 7 quick "updates" since I have been on last. Lets dive in...


1.
I graduated! After four years of late nights, great times, bad food, good people I am ready to leave it all behind. Many people at this point will be very nostalgic about their time in school and reminisce. I don't mean to sound negative, one of the only good things that came out of this school for me was meeting my husband to be. If I could do it all over again I would have picked a different school, and a different program. There was a CONSTANT struggle with payments and "mysterious fees". For a school that prides themselves on being a close knit Christian  community etc. I was deeply hurt with some of the things I saw and were said to me. Alas, it is over with and I can move on!

I think we all were excited
for treats afterwards!














2. 
Prior to graduation and afterwards I was on a panic to " Send ALL the applications". I sent many upon many resumes to different companies, slowly lowering my standards as rejection letters came through. Most of these rejection letters/emails/phone calls said something like it " We thank you for applying but we have decided to hire a candidate that has more experience". I was very upset about this and thought I would stay at my gas station job forever.


3.
In June I met with a friend, a fellow blogger and RE director at my parish at a brand new coffee shop about 10 minutes from my house. As a former barista I was very excited about this. When I walked through the doors I was immediately entranced by the look of the place. Half way through our meeting/hangout I decided to put an application in! I started working 2 days later, and was promoted to assistant manager a month later. Is this what I thought I would be doing after school? Absolutely not. However, Sebastian and I always talked about opening a coffee shop one day as we both have a passion for coffee; him drinking it and I creating it. I am already learning so much about business and different models and linking it with coffee was absolutely perfect; thanks God :-).
Giving the kids something to do, we have events such as
Rock Paper Scissors Tournaments!
We try to bring the community together by having a community puzzle!


We donate our tips to a local charity each month!



4.
During this summer Sebastian and I decided to get a puppy to add to our multitude of animals already. His name is cowboy and he is a St. Bernard/Lab mix. He is awfully cute and man is he growing fast!



 

5. 
Although I haven't gone to the pool at all this summer by my farm, Sebastian and I have had our share of adventure! We have gotten into hiking and enjoying nature, nice cheap but beautiful dates! I was surprised to find so many places that have hiking trails!












6.
Sebastian and I were also lucky enough to take  few days and go on two mini vacations! One was in Madison, Wisconsin at the beginning of summer and just  few weeks ago we went back to Wisconsin to go to the dells! It was such a nice time both times. I truly love Wisconsin!
Are we totally cheesy for always getting these pictures done every-time we go to the Dells :-)?

Madison is a beautiful city! This is coming from a Chicago girl, who lives in the country now and vowed to never go back to a city!

7.

I know there is much much more to update but that is the "big stuff". For my last take don't forget that today is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Also, a Holy day of Obligation, so get your butts to Mass :-)


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy Servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and unjoy enternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.