Catholic Girl's Almanac

Mary Beth asked if she could blog in this space today. Why, of course! That's a lovely idea.

I find myself:

::noticing God's glory

I'm not sure it fits into this category but I think it's amazing when a 3-year-old really believes she can be one of the Olympians when she grows up. 

::listening to 

Stephen telling Sarah again that the back of the couch is NOT a balance beam.


::clothing myself in 

Denim shorts and a navy blue lace top.



Joy in the Ordinary. I'll admit that my mom wanted me to read this one and I wasn't enthused. I was in a weird niche of not wanting to read. But, I loved this book! Review to come, I promise.


::thinking and thinking

about a post I want to write for this blog. Someone wrote mom and asked if I could write a post about something that is close to my heart. I want to make sure it won't offend anyone or hurt feelings.  I want it to be real and helpful.

::giving thanks for

a weekend where nothing seemed rushed and I could have a night with a friend for frozen yogurt and a night to eat out with grandparents. Both things I needed.


::pondering prayerfully

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

~Audrey Hepburn

::carefully cultivating rhythm

This week will launch me into dance from 9am-1pm; and then again from 6pm-9pm.  I'm completely and totally ready for it. I've missed having a lot of dance. 

::creating by hand

I'm not too into sewing but I do love sharpie-ing (that's definitely not a word). So, since we have a white iPhone case, I think I'll try this.


::learning lessons in

Friendships. When you have to learn to let them go and when you have to learn to hold onto them. Also, how to pick the right ones.


::begging prayers

for all the people who have joined our weekend prayer community

for all the kids trying to figure out what their faith means to them.

for the kids contemplating college choices.

for Patrick, who was the first to arrive at a very bad car accident last week. He stopped to help and he has been haunted ever since.


::crafting in the kitchen 

Mom is trying to encourage me to give up wheat. I know she's right, but that's not an easy task.


::loving the moments

At dance. Sure, there's drama, but there's drama anywhere you go with teenaged girls. And I love these girls. They're always as happy to be there as I am and I'm happy to see them.


::planning for the week ahead

Michael is still in London; he's doing cool things. I hope you're checking up on him.

Christian and Patrick will be working and driving to dance I'm certain.

I'll spend most of my time at dance this week and when I'm not at dance I'll be sleeping, I hope.

You'll find Stephen and Nick watching some sport or another on NBC for the Olympics. Nick will mention every five minutes that ESPN would have done a far better job. And if you don't find them there, they'll be playing their own sport.

Katie is loving that dance has returned and she is taking every opportunity she finds to be in the studio working hard on pirouettes.

Karoline and Sarah will either be playing Gabby Douglas on the balance beam that Hilary gave them a while ago or playing Missy Franklin in the pool. 

::life through my lens


All pictures from my Instagram. 

Linking with the other ladies at Catholic Woman's Almanac.