1. Thank you for inspiring me! Thursdays is our cleaning day, most of which I do, and my husband comes home and vacuums. Today I will put much more effort and find the grace to have a clean home for our family.

  2. Thank you for this reflection. It is so important for us to listen and trust to where God is calling us and how to best use our talents at different times of our lives. Prayers to you as you continue to adjust to your role as a deacons wife!! It sounds like you found beautiful and wonderful things to do and what a blessing Joel is for your community and family!

  3. Thank you for sharing Lisa! I went to a retreat a couple of weeks ago and one of the things we talked about was making your work your prayer. When it comes to the job of Mom, this right on! I also have a little reminder at my desk in my office at work that says “Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it.” Your blog along with our retreat discussion has given me some good things to think about and motivation to change my attitude on some things.

  4. Thank you for sharing this. It has been hard for me to step back so very far from doing all the things, which I so enjoyed while single. I miss those events and Masses and the ways they enhanced my spiritual life and faith. But this is where I am (in a place very similar to yours!) and it’s good to have some company and a reminder to chin up and live it out.

    PS – the eggs are beautiful!

  5. Once when my son Matt was little, he asked me to just sit with him in the front yard and “watch the sky go by.” It was a call to pause and just revel in the majesty of God’s creations, to sit with a precious little red head in my lap and to enjoy watching the clouds and “the sky go by.” These days of little ones in the home pass so much faster than you can imagine. My youngest is 21 now and no longer wants to sit in my lap. He often doesn’t have the time of day for a phone call. Being present to the chicks in the nest is so important. Now that my nest is empty of little ones I have time in other ways for other things that I didn’t for many years. Be in the moment. Breath it in because the sky passes by just too quickly.

  6. I too took St. Frances’ quote to heart that day and it has truly shifted my priorities and attitudes and has been a blessing for our entire family. Oh, that St. Frances! And thank you, Lisa, for introducing her to me!

  7. I’ve been thinking of you since the last time we talked, and am so happy to see this post and that you found peace in the sacrifice of being “stuck” at home. Us moms really learn to die to self in these situations, and in humbling ourselves by not attending for the sake of the children, that in itself helps us grow closer to God. And you did such beautiful things! I am inspired.

  8. So awesome, Lisa! It is such a struggle for those who minister in the church AND raise a family. How much is too much? Are we doing enough? Is being at home as important as serving at church? I am reminded and encouraged by Archbishop Oscar Romero’s words, “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and do it very well. It may be incomplete… but it is a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.” What true words for me now. It’s God’s grace that makes life so sweet and when we slow down and make room for that, beautiful things happen!

    • Oh wow! That’s a great quote, lady. Thank you for sharing it with me. “Liberation” – I’m going to ponder and pray with that word this week. Thank you, thank you!

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