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Maycember? - May 16th, 2023

This time of year is sometimes referred to as "Maycember" because everything seems to happen in May (and December). While it is a time of transitions, shiftings and endings, it's important to keep focused on the present and to be present where your feet are. It's easy to get caught up in all the things we wish we had done differently or simply wondering where the time has gone. This second thought struck me during Mass on Sunday during the procession when a large troop of littles marched up the aisle after Father. They were carrying roses and a crown for the Blessed Mother. In the mix was a sweet mama herding the littlest ones, keeping them all going in the same direction and making sure the roses made it in the vase and the crown on top of Mary's head. I vividly remember those days of keeping my own little ones in line, making sure the task at hand got done. I teared up a little bit about that season being behind me now and missing it. At the same time, there was gratitude for life and a joy in my heart at seeing beautiful, faithful growing families filling our church. While it's good to reminisce, I don't want to get stuck there, in the past. Gratitude is one way to process those feelings and honor them for what they are. To be thankful for my journey to the present moment helps me to be present where my feet are. Like so many things, this gratitude is a choice and a mindset. Whatever season you are in, embrace it and be grateful for it. Life is not happening to you, it is happening for you.

 

SPIRITUAL On May 13th, 106 years ago, Our Blessed Mother appeared to 3 children in Fatima, Portugal. Do you know this beautiful and timely story? Click the link below to read a good synopsis. Then, grab your rosary and pray it! It is known to be the most powerful weapon on the earth.

 

SELF I bought a big bag of lemons and a big bag of chia seeds at Costco and have been making lemon chia water every day for gut health, brain health and blood sugar regulation. I use a quart size mason jar and add 1/4 cup chia seeds, the juice of 1 whole lemon and fill the rest of the jar with water. To maximize the absorption of all the nutrients of the chia seeds, pour chia water into the blender and give it a couple pulses to break down the chia a bit. Either that, or chew them up as you drink the water. Sounds weird, but it works!

 

SERVICE As we are coming to the end of the school year and transitioning to summer, we are grateful for all those who have helped to educate and form our children this last year. We will be writing thank you notes and putting together some meaningful gifts for them to deliver on the last day of school in just a few days! What can you do for someone who is a teacher or mentor in your life?


 

This week we are living on leftover Mother's Day Lemon Cheesecake from Sally's Baking Addiction. This was the first time I made this recipe as I had some extra cream cheese and lots of lemons, so it just made sense! Topped with the homemade lemon curd, fresh berries and a mixed berry sauce....oh my goodness, was it delicious! When Sally says that this is the only lemon cheesecake recipe you'll ever make again, she means it.


 

Everything that happens each day in the little universe of our work and our family, in the circle of our friends and acquaintances, can and must help us to find God's providence. Fulfillment of the divine will and the knowledge that it is being done is a source of serenity and gratitude. ~Francis Fernandez

 

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