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Betty Beguiles had a love song link-up this week! Check out my love song play list, then hop over to Betty Beguiles for a long list of other bloggers who have shared theirs. I've been in heaven discovering new romantic tunes (and revisiting old favorites I'd long forgotten about)!
I always have all the basic ingredients for baking on hand in case the mood strikes me to make something (or my husband puts in a last minute request). Eggs, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate chips, etc. When I get low on one, it instantly goes on the shopping list (funny how other household items never seem to make it to the shopping list no matter how many times I realize we're out). But since we're moving on Tuesday, I haven't been restocking as we run out. I got the itch to bake earlier in the week and David wanted chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, we were out of butter. I remembered we had coconut oil, so I hopped onto Pinterest and found a coconut oil chocolate chip cookie recipe. My husband was a little suspect, but they came out amazing! I've been wanting to start cooking and baking with coconut oil anyway (did you know some people eat a spoonful of straight coconut oil every day for its health benefits?), so it was a win-win situation!
David and I have been struggling with Lulu in Mass recently. She's very vocal and loud, so we feel she's a big disruption in the pews. Since she's not crying, just "talking", there really isn't any way to quiet her. But when we have gone in the cry room, it's an absolute zoo: parents don't even attempt to quiet their children or have them sit down, even the parents don't participate (they SIT through the entire Mass, and not just those that are holding children!), and a few weeks ago, one child was playing with a very loud musical toy that played the entire Mass (seriously, who brings a musical toy to church?). In this midst of this frustration, it was very good to come across this piece: "Your Screaming Kids Are Distracting Me". It is a must read for every parent who worries about their little one being noisy in Mass.
CHI Ceramic Nail Lacquer in Risque Lingerie + OPI Black Shatter = the coolest nails I've ever had! Recently, my skin is the absolute worst it's ever been (and I've never had what you could call "clear skin". It's really taken a toll on my self-esteem, to the point that I haven't even been wanting to leave the house. So I've been stepping up my beauty routine in other places: actually styling my hair and giving myself cute manicures and pedicures, and it really has helped. I can't help but feel rockin' with my cute nails.
Yo, God, Are You There? Another very powerful piece I read this week, this one about God preparing us for the difficulties ahead without our knowledge.
If you've missed any of my posts from this past week, here are a few of my favorites: The newest post in the Broken series is heartbreaking (and heartbreakingly honest), written by a woman whose "broken" relationship started at the age of 16. I wrote a guest post for Catholic Cookie Jar's Catholic Marriage Series about marriage as a gift to those around you. I jotted down a few of my thoughts about the links between motherhood and guilt.
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We leave for Colorado on Tuesday. My brother flew in yesterday to help us move, we'll be spending the weekend packing up, and we're headed out come Tuesday. Lucia and I are flying, David and my brother will be driving our vehicles with the moving trailer. This is it, it's really happening! We're on our way back to Colorado. Even if it just ends up being temporary, it will be nice to be "home". I'm going to be taking the next week or so off of blogging while we pack up and get settled in. I can't be gone too long, because it's time for Lucia's seven month post! If you think about it, say a prayer for us next week, especially for David and my bro as they make the three day trip? Thanks!
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