Doesn't this little girl look sweet in her new 1st birthday dress?
A Happy New Year to everyone!
I've been out of action with a bad virus in the early new year and then into serious planning for a MUCH BETTER start to our schooling year than the last one.
I've done much soul searching with this new year, as it is so natural to do at this time of the year. In fact I agree with G. K. Chesterton when he says:
“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul”
My thoughts and resolutions don't feel so much like new year pie crust promises as some have been in the past, maybe because I had such a hard time with many different trials last year. The things needing to change in my life are glaringly obvious.
The big change for the year was going back to daily Mass for the whole family. I look at it as the cornerstone to all my other planned changes. This is where I will receive the grace to 'follow through.'
I have more definite thoughts on what I would like to blog about as well. Here is a list of them but only God knows if they all come to fruition.
1. Complete my 'Tuesdays with St Anne' (starting again next Tuesday) St Anne has been so incredibly good to me and to those I have remembered in prayer. I love her chaplet dearly and St Anne's oil is an important sacramental in our home. My one big intention I give to St Anne this year is my sister Carmen, that she may have a baby after 7 years of marriage and infertility. Any prayers you may offer for her are greatly appreciated.
2. I love G K Chesterton and his quotes, his profound and witty thoughts. He is greatly needed, more than ever in this world we live in. His writings are timeless. I'd love to blog in a regular way about them, a different topic each posting...
3. I'd definitely like to chat more about my great love of God's pharmacy on earth - herbs. I love them with a passion and raise my children with that love. I try to share it with as many people who may be interested or open. Herbs are powerful, they are effective. They are also gentle to our bodies. They are not expensive in these uncertain financial times and spiralling health costs and I reckon they are better than health insurance any day! I share and use them readily with those I love, my husband, my children. I want to share with others the herbs I particularly love. What their benefits are. How I use them in the practical sense.
4. I'd love to post more about the title of Our Lady to whom this blog is dedicated to - Our Lady of Guadalupe. Strangly enough when I am busting to share from my heart, all my thoughts, what I've read and learnt, I feel something welling up inside of me saying, "How can I do justice to this?" It sort of deflates me a bit. It is true, how CAN I do justice, but I see now, it is stopping me from talking about Our Lady of Guadalupe as I wish to. So I'm going to try to work past that mental block this year!
5. I've also been toying with the idea of getting that camera rolling on movie and taping some short tutorials on beading and quilting and putting up here in a post or two (though I am no expert on anything, it's just that it is thanks to one lady who spent a little time with me, who got me going with quilting - she is no expert either, just good old, woman to woman sharing!)
6. I have completely fallen in love with St Patrick's Breastplate. I've just learnt it off by heart, even though my brain felt like mush when I first started reciting it daily. But when you say it at least 8 times a day, you pick it up!! I'm teaching my children now. We will incorporate it into our schooling life. I hope to buy some good books on the prayer. It is a prayer for life for me - it has given me great peace as I pray it for my children. I can just see myself saying it 50 times a day as an old grandmother, with grandchildren to pray for as well! LOL~! I pray it for people in urgent need of prayer, it is a beautiful prayer for that. I want to share it with others. It is a prayer that grabbed at my heart and soul immediately.
So there are my blogging hopes for the year.
My blessed baby girl turned one on the 17th. Here she is, she's learnt how to funny noises if she blows on the palm of her hand against her face.
I love this below and had to photograph it. My precious girl clinging to my skirt, resting against my leg, it doesn't get more beautiful than that.