This little girl became half a year old!
I started, and finished this book! Yes, all within a week. It was a quick read, not the most exquisite writing, but quite a riveting story, bringing together midwifery, which I love to read stories about, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where my parents-in-law live and we spent Christmas, and Finnish culture, which I really didn’t know anything about at all, but my husband’s maternal grandmother is Finnish, and it is a fascinating culture. If you are interested in any of those things I would recommend it.
I filled my kitchen with these lovely ladies to host a little brunch for my sister who is newly engaged and starting the wedding planning adventure! We then took her to the Wedding Expo craziness which happens this time of year, along with two other soon-to-be-cousins. 2013 is going to be a big year for weddings, on both sides of my extended family!
In this year of Faith, I want to share this beautiful quote from Pope Benedict XVI:
Like Abraham, we too are called to let faith shape our thoughts and actions in accordance with God’s saving word, even when this runs contrary to the thinking and ways of this world. With the eyes of faith, we discern God’s presence and his promise of eternal life beyond the realities of this present existence. In opening ourselves to God’s blessing, we become in turn a blessing for others. full text here
When I looked up that quote, from the Holy Father’s Wednesday audience this week, I found a link on Vatican Radio where you can watch the actual audience! It’s mostly in other languages than English so there were only a few parts I could understand, but I love getting to see Pope Benedict’s face and watch him and pray for him!
I am one (Real) step closer to getting a bit more exercise – I registered for 5 classes of hot yoga. I don’t buy into any of the yoga life style stuff, but living through the Canadian winter I sure can appreciate the “hot” part! It’s like diving into a cool pool on a hot summers day, sitting in a hot room on a cold winter day has about the same effect!
I tried to do some “pinterest projects” this week, even though I do a horrible job of keeping my pinterest boards anything near interesting, ideas I like I am trying to actually DO instead of pin and look at. So this week I accomplished a couple;
- made my own baby wipes (very easy. nothing to brag about)
- froze fresh herbs in olive oil for use later
- froze large ice cubes in muffin tins with slices of lemon in them to use in water pitchers
tried some new recipes – chicken curry, vegetable stock, two kids of peanutbutter squares and today; eggplant parmigiana
- for number 3 my cousin and sisters and I made pretty little veils for the brides to wear to the wedding fair, and I also printed out labels with each of the brides info on them to make it easier for them to enter the many draws that they have at these things! (tip: use a new email address eg .email@example.com because this email WILL get spammed to kingdom come!)
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