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Itâ€™s been a little quiet on our blog the past week. I wish I could claim weâ€™ve been prayerfully beginning our Lenten preparations but the truth is, weâ€™ve been a little stretched. Scratch that, I wonâ€™t speak for Joelâ€”Iâ€™ve been a little stretched with arms and legs going in different directions and my mind not totally focused in those same places.
I pray often for the ability to â€œLet your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No’â€ (Matthew 5:37). I know the commitments stretching me this week are those Iâ€™m being called to. So I pray to be joyfully obedient to what the â€œyesâ€ requires of me, and right now I feel like itâ€™s going to take more energy and capacity than I think I have.
As I look ahead to the next several weeks, the schedule is just as busy so I might not find the time to post here as often as I enjoy. (Might be a good time for a guest post, so shoot me your ideas if interested!) In the meantime, this little lady here is my reminder that there are also tasks that I’m NOT being called to, and being obedient to God’s call also requires the ability to decline those requests with steadfast conviction. Just wish sorting through the yesâ€™s and noâ€™s was easier!
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A cool website I was told about this week is the Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit specializing in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. There are two bald eagles nesting in northeast Iowa near Decorah and the Mississippi River; thanks to this live streaming BirdCam, you can get a peek into a day in the life of an eagle. There are three nested eggs and from time to time, the male and female will switch places. Beautiful creatures to watch! The folks behind the project are estimating an April 1 hatch date, so bookmark the site and check back from time to time to track the progress!
Live TV : Ustream
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We learned about the BirdCam from a nurse while visiting Mercy Medical Center earlier in the week. Joelâ€™s deacon-formation program has required him to begin a ministerial plan that provides one-on-one personal interaction with a group in need. Joel has developed a plan to work on developing a miscarriage healing ministry given it’s an area of large need and we have personal experience. While at Mercy we met Ann Valdez, the Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator, who is doing awesome work with such a sensitive health care need. Sheâ€™s an amazing servant, and we look forward to working with her more! If you have room for one more prayer, could you please add our ministerial efforts to your list?
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Passing thought: If the health care system in America is ever truly taken over by the government, and the government insists on separation of church and state within the hospitals, will chaplains be completely replaced by social workers? And that’s not a knock on hardworking, dedicated social workers. My hospital of choice is a Catholic one for very specific spiritual reasons. If arrows are ever flying my way on a hospital death bed, I want the freedom to call upon a Catholic chaplain who carries a rosary in one hand and a crucifix in the other.
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Kudos to my friends Karen & Tom Quiner (theyâ€™ve contributed here before) who have created a blog for their Respect Life Group at their parish, Holy Trinity Catholic in Des Moines. Go check out their blog, scroll to the bottom of the page and watch the second video with the baby laughing. Joy. Pure joy!Â It will brighten your day, I promise.
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March Madness is coming! March Madness is coming! We love this time of the year because of the NCAA Basketball Championships. Joel and I met on a blind date during March Madness nine years ago, and I think my ability to talk basketball Xâ€™s and Oâ€™s helped me land a second date that has lasted for nine years now!
Have you noticed the large number of college seniors who have honored their commitment and played ball all four years rather than leaving early for the NBA? Way to go! I think weâ€™re in for a great 2011 tourney!
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Is it Friday pizza night in your home? On a budget? Simply enjoy making homemade â€˜za? Here is the Best. Pizza. Crust. Recipe. Ever. Works every time, as allÂ Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen recipes do. Better yet, itâ€™s super easy!
And that’s all folks! Have a great weekend!