Well January Went By Fast

I didn’t intend to take an entire month off of writing, but life had other plans for me.  I was sick much of December and into early January, but after three rounds of different antibiotics I’m finally healthy.  However, my kiddos began to get sick. It wasn’t anything to serious, but it was just enough to keep me away from the computer.

The worst disease we faced was scarlet fever.  That sounds like an old Victorian or Edwardian disease that is super scary.  In our experience, and thanks to modern medicine it’s not too bad.  It’s just a strep infection that causes a rash on the body, turns the lips, tongues, and eyes a red.  It clears up fairly quickly with a round of antibiotics and really isn’t anything to be overly frightened of.  Here’s a link for further reading if you’re interested.

Now that everyone is on the mend and healthy, I should begin to resume writing a bit more often.

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7 Quick Takes (Vol 3)

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There is nothing “quick” about writing a Quick Takes.  That is unless i were to write seven random words.

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As you can tell from the title of this blog, I am Catholic.  This does not mean that I don’t struggle with particular teachings of the Church.  I started off having difficulties with a lot of her teachings before I returned to the Catholic Church and I still have a few today.

Does that mean I have just resigned myself to the fact that I will always disagree without trying to understand? No. I have done a lot of self educating by reading (books, the catechism, etc) and listening to Church leaders, most of them laity (a lay person is someone who is not ordained or consecrated to religious life).  And still there are particular teachings that I don’t fully understand, grasp, and/or have a difficult time accepting. I do however trust that Mother Church will not lead me astray and I will find an answer to all of my questions.

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When you sign a contract to work for someone, and you break the contract don’t be surprised if you lose your job. You know what you signed and agreed to. If you didn’t agree with the terms and conditions of said contract,then you never should have signed it.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I love Doctor Who.  It’s an awesome show that turns 50 years old this October. The key to it’s longevity has been how it replaces the actor who plays the lead character. Tomorrow the BBC will officially announce who will be the 12th person to fill the very large shoes of the Doctor. If you’re interested it’s  going to be broadcast live from the UK, and will air on BBCA at 2pm EDT.

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GISHWHES is coming!!!!!!  This will be my first year participating and I’m super excited. Let the antics begin!

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Mike and I are dropping our munchkins off for another Parent Survival night at The Little Gym.  I so love this place – as do our children. The only problem: What will Mike and I do for four hours?

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I Miss You

…and I always will.

 

Jamie,

Happy birthday!!  Today you would have been 33, but sadly you aren’t here.  I miss you so much and I wish you could be here; that you could meet my husband and my kids (did you know I almost named my daughter after you?).  And most importantly I wish you could be here for your family.  If I miss you as much as I do, I can only imagine how much they miss you.

There is so much I want to say.  So much I’ve already said to you.  I still mourn.  I think this hole inside of me will never heal and that I will always mourn.  I love you and always will.  You were the best friend this girl could have ever asked for.

And yet, I’m so happy you aren’t in this crazy mixed up world.  My hope and my prayer is that you are in heaven and that when my time here in crazy-upside-down-land is over, that I’ll get to see your beautiful face and hear your amazing voice again.

(Skipped to 2:20 if you don’t want to hear her cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.”  But you wouldn’t do that because Plumb has such an amazing voice and she does a great job of covering one of my favourite songs.)

 

 

13 Days Post Operation

Two days ago I noticed that I posted an entry here about my operation.  Funny, I don’t recall writing that.  Let’s just say the pain meds the doctor had me on were super strong and I don’t remember much of that first week.

I’m only using my crutches when I’m out and about to help stabilize and prevent me from toppling over if my leg decides it no longer wants to hold my weight.  I am getting around okay even though I feel as if I must look like Igor when I’m not using my crutches.

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As for the meds, I’m no long taking the oxycodone/percocets that the doctor prescribed.  I’m solely on Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and a daily aspirin.  I’m glad to not be on the narcotics anymore. I’m no longer falling asleep at the drop of a hat and I can actually remember what is going on around me.

My adventures in physical therapy will begin on Wednesday.  Here’s to hoping that I can be as good as new (if not better) by the end of summer.

Operation Stop Zoloft: Weeks 3 and 4

Weeks three and four were the two worst weeks for me. I felt woozy, dizzy, sick to my stomach, had migraines, and insomnia. I’m so thankful that those two weeks are over. Week three I was on 25mg of Zoloft and week four I was down to 12.5mg. I’ve had very few “brain shivers” since this past Friday which is awesome.

I’m currently on my last week of taking these pills and I’m looking forward to the day when I won’t be taking Zoloft. It’s so very close….

I feel as if

I am writing a term paper.  I’m working on an entry entitled, “There’s Something About Mary.”  I know the title isn’t very original, and has most likely been bandied about the Catholic blogosphere, and I don’t care.  There are so many things that I could write about our Blessed Mother, that they cannot be contained in one blog entry, or a single book for that matter. The main focus of what I’m working on are the two key things that I’ve heard from my protestant friends that bothers them the most about our devotion to Mary.

I’m doing my best to make this an excellent entry, and so it is going to take a bit of time to complete. Please bear with me while I’m busy hashing out this term paper.  =)

I am Switzerland

Dear family, friends, and strangers on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate,

I am formally declaring my position of neutrality on this matter.

Yes, I am Catholic. Yes, I believe and hold firm to all of the teachings of the Church. And yes, I believe in sacramental marriage which is between a man a woman and God.

However, we do not live in a society that accepts nor understands God’s laws. Our job as Christians is to educate people of God’s laws, and we are to do so with un-judgemental love, charity, and by example. We cannot force someone to believe what we believe, but we are to educate them about the whats and whys of them.

Our government is not a theocracy and it does not cater to any one religious or nonreligious viewpoint. And at the same time it should not force people of any religious affiliation to go against its moral views. For example – the government should not require people to pay for another’s abortion, abortifacient, or contraception if they find such things morally offensive.

From my viewpoint there are two types of marriage: a civil marriage and a sacramental marriage. A civil marriage is a contract recognized and issued by the government that grants a couple certain legal rights and it can be broken via divorce. A sacramental marriage is also recognized by the state with the same legal rights, but it is also a covenant between a man a woman and God that can never be broken.

Am I okay with the state issuing civil marriages? Yes. Am I okay if the state decides that same-sex couples should be granted a civil marriage? Yes. Should the state force religious institutions to perform or recognize civil marriages? No.

What frustrates me the most about this topic is the lack of love and respect from both camps.

Many of the people who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman say hateful things about people who are attracted to members of the same gender. I’ve seen and heard many hateful, unloving things from this group. It makes me feel as if they have forgotten that we are called to “love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:31  That doesn’t mean you have to agree with nor accept everything that others think or do, but you must love them. And last time I checked loving someone does not include name calling or violence.

Now those who are in support of same-sex marriages are equally guilty of saying and doing unloving things towards those who disagree with them. I often hear from this group that they want tolerance and acceptance, but the actions from some in this group say differently. Several months ago, the owner of Chick-fil-A stated that he was against same-sex marriages, and instead of accepting that this is one man stating his own personal opinion (which he is entitled to even if you disagree with him) many of this group went off and boycotted, staged sit ins at the restaurants and said vile things about this one man.  If you want others to tolerate and accept your choices in life than you too must accept and tolerate those who disagree with you.

I’ve known people who have ended long-standing friendships over this and witnessed strained family relations as well. This is sad.

There are so many terrible things wrong in this world and the simplest way we can make life in this imperfect world a bit more bearable is to show each other love. We all have our crosses to bear, and they are equally difficult to each of us.

I’m not saying that we should always get along, and I’m not saying that we have to like everything that our fellow-man says or does. What I am saying is that we are all equals and we should treat each other with the love and respect that we want shown to us.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you”  –Matthew 7:12