Here we are marching quickly through the first quarter of 2014, and I’ve yet to host the official-yet-unofficial oath of office for my 2014 spiritual board. So here and now I present to you my 2014 Spiritual Board of Directors: seven saints reaching out to me, inspiring me, and uniquely supporting my vocation as wife and mother.
Highlights of today’s Quick Takes: Mind games with St. Benedict and those happy monks from Conception Abbey, Advent by Candlelight, a wreath on fire, praying for miscarried babies, BIG candles on St. Lucy Day, and the need for self-control when it comes to salted nut rolls. As stated in the title, we got problems at Das Schmidt Haus.
In between bouts of folding laundry, cleaning house, and preparing lunch one recent day, I spotted a family sitting on my next-door neighbor’s front lawn. After a second look, I realized the man was the construction worker who had been pouring concrete in the neighborhood all morning. He was taking a lunch break and his … [Read more…]