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“And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Yesterday evening and today mark the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What stuck out to me during the vigil mass, was the closeness of Mary to each and every one of us. 
Elizabeth’s awe when Mary comes us ours: What?! YOU came to ME?! That can’t be right. 
But...are we really surprised at this point? God—and all those He works through—have a tendency to be really close to us:
• the Father walking with Adam and Eve in the garden;
• the Son coming to earth and spending 33 whole years amongst us;
• the Holy Spirit descending as tongues of flame atop the heads of Mary and the disciples (just in case they didn’t think He was going of be right next to them!);
• and Our Lady, with Jesus throughout His life on earth...and now, in Heaven, able to be close to each and every one of her children. 
I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget that Momma’s right there. I don’t run to her like I should. And I really should. Because she’s right there, ready and waiting. 
#bissisterhood #projectblessed #assumption #blessedvirginmary #ourlady #holydayofobligation #heavenlymother
“And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Yesterday evening and today mark the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What stuck out to me during the vigil mass, was the closeness of Mary to each and every one of us. Elizabeth’s awe when Mary comes us ours: What?! YOU came to ME?! That can’t be right. But...are we really surprised at this point? God—and all those He works through—have a tendency to be really close to us: • the Father walking with Adam and Eve in the garden; • the Son coming to earth and spending 33 whole years amongst us; • the Holy Spirit descending as tongues of flame atop the heads of Mary and the disciples (just in case they didn’t think He was going of be right next to them!); • and Our Lady, with Jesus throughout His life on earth...and now, in Heaven, able to be close to each and every one of her children. I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget that Momma’s right there. I don’t run to her like I should. And I really should. Because she’s right there, ready and waiting. #bissisterhood  #projectblessed  #assumption  #blessedvirginmary  #ourlady  #holydayofobligation  #heavenlymother 
#selfcaresunday. 
It has been SO LONG since I’ve really stepped away from the grind and given myself #metime. Between #vacation, a minor #mentalhealth spiral, and throwing myself headlong into #work...I haven’t been high on my own #prioritylist. 
So this morning I gave myself a #6amwakeup. I went to #mass. I snapped pictures of some of my adorable #kitties. I battled my #vitamindinsufficiency by soaking up sunshine during a two hour read session of #thepresidentismissing. And the day’s only half over! 
A reminder to all you lovelies to #loveonyourself. ❤️
#selfcaresunday . It has been SO LONG since I’ve really stepped away from the grind and given myself #metime . Between #vacation , a minor #mentalhealth  spiral, and throwing myself headlong into #work ...I haven’t been high on my own #prioritylist . So this morning I gave myself a #6amwakeup . I went to #mass . I snapped pictures of some of my adorable #kitties . I battled my #vitamindinsufficiency  by soaking up sunshine during a two hour read session of #thepresidentismissing . And the day’s only half over! A reminder to all you lovelies to #loveonyourself . ❤️
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: goodness mercy, I am just so bad at staying on top of this #photochallenge! 😳Add packing for a #trip and nothing happens the way it should, lol. 
Today’s prompt is #sunglasses...which are a #musthave for any #vacay. Luckily I have a pair, courtesy of @bustedhalo! 😎
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto : goodness mercy, I am just so bad at staying on top of this #photochallenge ! 😳Add packing for a #trip  and nothing happens the way it should, lol. Today’s prompt is #sunglasses ...which are a #musthave  for any #vacay . Luckily I have a pair, courtesy of @bustedhalo! 😎
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: I’ve fallen SO behind the past few days...and I’ve decided to not play catch-up; to not cram three days’ worth of #reflection into one post. 
Instead, I’m starting fresh. @amaraellen and I talked about that today in terms of health—just starting over. Fresh slate. New start. 
It’s been ages since my #summernights included #yoga. But lately my mind just. won’t. turn off. So tonight, I took the idea of a #freshstart and applied it to my #mentalhealth. I turned on #yogawithadriene (thanks, @adrienelouise!), and slowed down for the night. 
Sometimes you have to drop the old stuff before you can pick up the new. More than sometimes. Almost always. 
#fwfg #yogapractice #healthcoachconversations #startover #newstart #freshchance #youdoyou
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto : I’ve fallen SO behind the past few days...and I’ve decided to not play catch-up; to not cram three days’ worth of #reflection  into one post. Instead, I’m starting fresh. @amaraellen and I talked about that today in terms of health—just starting over. Fresh slate. New start. It’s been ages since my #summernights  included #yoga . But lately my mind just. won’t. turn off. So tonight, I took the idea of a #freshstart  and applied it to my #mentalhealth . I turned on #yogawithadriene  (thanks, @adrienelouise!), and slowed down for the night. Sometimes you have to drop the old stuff before you can pick up the new. More than sometimes. Almost always. #fwfg  #yogapractice  #healthcoachconversations  #startover  #newstart  #freshchance  #youdoyou 
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: the world’s #summerlook—a #rainstorm that’s taken our #power. (@in_mi_power)
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: those of you who don’t know me don’t know that my usual #beachreads are...very much NOT suited for the beach (shout out to the summer I read the entire #dartagnanromances poolside); however, this summer I’m embracing the more typical #beachread—this little series is a #mystery take on Alexandre Dumas’ #threemusketeers! They’ve been on my #tbr list for a looooong time. 📚
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto : those of you who don’t know me don’t know that my usual #beachreads  are...very much NOT suited for the beach (shout out to the summer I read the entire #dartagnanromances  poolside); however, this summer I’m embracing the more typical #beachread —this little series is a #mystery  take on Alexandre Dumas’ #threemusketeers ! They’ve been on my #tbr  list for a looooong time. 📚
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: thanks to this nasty #flu, my three day #staycation has turned into a four day #restfest...in which I’ve been pretty much confined to the house and backyard in an attempt to contaminate as few people as possible. 
So, understandably, no #church today. I was devastated to wake up with a #fever still this morning, because—to me—it meant that my #Godmoment had been stolen from me. 
In an attempt to still carve out some time for God, I took my #magnificat outside for some #prayer and #reflection. 
#bonus: while chatting with my mother afterward, I caught a glimpse of my beautiful statue of #ourladyofgrace (thanks, @catholiccompany) hiding in the #herbgarden. [Funny story about that statue: I bought it for my #marygarden, which was decimated by creatures unknown; I brought it in, but my pretty Lady kept falling, and eventually lost both hands and part of her robe to the vacuum cleaner and trash bag; finally, in an attempt to save her from further abuse, I took the statue back outside and placed Mary in our newly started herb garden...where both have flourished silently.]
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto : thanks to this nasty #flu , my three day #staycation  has turned into a four day #restfest ...in which I’ve been pretty much confined to the house and backyard in an attempt to contaminate as few people as possible. So, understandably, no #church  today. I was devastated to wake up with a #fever  still this morning, because—to me—it meant that my #Godmoment  had been stolen from me. In an attempt to still carve out some time for God, I took my #magnificat  outside for some #prayer  and #reflection . #bonus : while chatting with my mother afterward, I caught a glimpse of my beautiful statue of #ourladyofgrace  (thanks, @catholiccompany) hiding in the #herbgarden . [Funny story about that statue: I bought it for my #marygarden , which was decimated by creatures unknown; I brought it in, but my pretty Lady kept falling, and eventually lost both hands and part of her robe to the vacuum cleaner and trash bag; finally, in an attempt to save her from further abuse, I took the statue back outside and placed Mary in our newly started herb garden...where both have flourished silently.]
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: due to some nasty strain of #flu, I’ve spent the past couple of days with a #fever and an incredibly #sorethroat. I had grand plans for yesterday’s #tbt post, but wasn’t even feeling up to sorting through old #pictures. Today’s prompt is #colorfulplateoffood, and...yeah. Not happening. 😢

#sosick #whenifindwhodidthis #imabouttosayscrewflushots #ipaidgoodmoneyforwhat
#family. ❤️
Today Kyle and I went to @fwkidszoo, and WOW: the #animals were so active!
Today Kyle and I went to @fwkidszoo, and WOW: the #animals  were so active!
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: spent today and yesterday with my #adventurebuddy—my #boyfriend! 😍 Despite a 2.5 hour commute that has us in a #longdistancerelationship, we manage to have so many #adventures, and to have so much fun! Lit’rally no one else I’d rather explore life with. ❤️
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: forget #music; my #summerjam for years (a #decade and counting!) has been #theghostandthedarkness. This ‘90s #horror / #thriller about the #tsavolions has fueled an #obsession that I’m not even ashamed of. 🦁
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: about a week ago, I had a brief chat with @girl_unfiltered about wanting more ME time...but, deep down, being a little scared to pursue it. 
Relationships are no #picnic (and yes, I’m using this for yesterday’s prompt as well as today’s, because I rarely go on #legit picnics). They require #vulnerability. They require #work. It doesn’t matter if it’s ME time or GOD time; the thought of that #quietmoment where it’s just me, or just me and God, is frightening. 
It’s easier to hide behind the #busy: the two #jobs, the #longdistancerelationship, the massive #todolist. But easier doesn’t—rarely, really—means better. 
The past month was one with lofty #goals. I was going to #losewieght, have a better #prayerlife, #exercise more, etc. Yet, when it came time to tackle those things...I flaked out. Because it was easier to keep the weight on, to put off the moments of #prayer, to snag an extra hour of #sleep instead of clocking a #workout. And it meant I didn’t have to face the ultimate questions: What if, at the end of it all, I’m still not _______?!?? What if it sucks? 
I don’t have an answer for those questions. Luckily, I don’t need to. 
Because God does. All He asks for is my #faith, my #trust; the rest can be left up to Him. 
Like Jairus, who had to trust, even when the need of his daughter’s death came, that Jesus knew what He was doing. 
Like the woman with the hemorrhage, who had to have faith that a simple touch of clothing would be enough. 
Like Jesus, who took that faith, that trust, and worked #miracles with it.
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto : about a week ago, I had a brief chat with @girl_unfiltered about wanting more ME time...but, deep down, being a little scared to pursue it. Relationships are no #picnic  (and yes, I’m using this for yesterday’s prompt as well as today’s, because I rarely go on #legit  picnics). They require #vulnerability . They require #work . It doesn’t matter if it’s ME time or GOD time; the thought of that #quietmoment  where it’s just me, or just me and God, is frightening. It’s easier to hide behind the #busy : the two #jobs , the #longdistancerelationship , the massive #todolist . But easier doesn’t—rarely, really—means better. The past month was one with lofty #goals . I was going to #losewieght , have a better #prayerlife , #exercise  more, etc. Yet, when it came time to tackle those things...I flaked out. Because it was easier to keep the weight on, to put off the moments of #prayer , to snag an extra hour of #sleep  instead of clocking a #workout . And it meant I didn’t have to face the ultimate questions: What if, at the end of it all, I’m still not _______?!?? What if it sucks? I don’t have an answer for those questions. Luckily, I don’t need to. Because God does. All He asks for is my #faith , my #trust ; the rest can be left up to Him. Like Jairus, who had to trust, even when the need of his daughter’s death came, that Jesus knew what He was doing. Like the woman with the hemorrhage, who had to have faith that a simple touch of clothing would be enough. Like Jesus, who took that faith, that trust, and worked #miracles  with it.
#catnap #sunday ❤️
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: forget #frostydrinks! I’m a #hotchocolate girl all the way (even when we’re pushing 90 degrees)! Getting down and dirty now, though, as I think about yesterday’s (as yet unfulfilled) prompt, #whatimprayingfor. Honestly, I suck at praying for stuff. Including for myself. 
But something that I’ve been carrying inside my heart for a while has been a desire to carve out more #metime; to give myself #time to do the things that make me #happy, that make my clock tick. 
So on this day off I read for a couple hours...then went to the mall and treated myself to @starbucks...and now I’m grabbing dinner with @andrea.chronister! Nothing mandatory about any of these delightful things, and I’m so happy to give myself these moments. ❤️ (And of course, Busted Halo has now made me realize that I need to pray for myself more 🙏🏻).
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto : forget #frostydrinks ! I’m a #hotchocolate  girl all the way (even when we’re pushing 90 degrees)! Getting down and dirty now, though, as I think about yesterday’s (as yet unfulfilled) prompt, #whatimprayingfor . Honestly, I suck at praying for stuff. Including for myself. But something that I’ve been carrying inside my heart for a while has been a desire to carve out more #metime ; to give myself #time  to do the things that make me #happy , that make my clock tick. So on this day off I read for a couple hours...then went to the mall and treated myself to @starbucks...and now I’m grabbing dinner with @andrea.chronister! Nothing mandatory about any of these delightful things, and I’m so happy to give myself these moments. ❤️ (And of course, Busted Halo has now made me realize that I need to pray for myself more 🙏🏻).
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto: I spent yesterday mulling over the #garden prompt and how our bodies are #gardens to be #cared for...yet I refused to take care of my #body, my garden, yesterday. So today’s #morningview was a #trifectaofcare: #prayer (my #magnificat is one of the best gifts my #boyfriend has ever gotten me!), a #healthybreakfast, and #yogawithadriene (courtesy of @adrienelouise). If we look at our #bodies, #minds, #hearts, and #souls as garden, we need to care for them properly. And yes, that means #feeding and #watering. But it also means pulling #weeds, sheltering from bad weather, seeking out good #soil (and providing #fertilizer if the natural soil isn’t enough). And when our days (and nights!) get #busy, caring for these God-given gardens often becomes our last #priority. I know it does for me. 
But here’s the kicker. A garden only needs a little bit of time every day. Pull a few weeds here and there. Carve aside a few minutes morning and night to feed and water it properly. If you catch the neighborhood deer having a hey-day, poke your head out the window and holler it away. It’s the little things that make a garden grow. 
You’re welcome for the #metaphors. 😉
@bustedhalo, #bhsummerphoto : I spent yesterday mulling over the #garden  prompt and how our bodies are #gardens  to be #cared  for...yet I refused to take care of my #body , my garden, yesterday. So today’s #morningview  was a #trifectaofcare : #prayer  (my #magnificat  is one of the best gifts my #boyfriend  has ever gotten me!), a #healthybreakfast , and #yogawithadriene  (courtesy of @adrienelouise). If we look at our #bodies , #minds , #hearts , and #souls  as garden, we need to care for them properly. And yes, that means #feeding  and #watering . But it also means pulling #weeds , sheltering from bad weather, seeking out good #soil  (and providing #fertilizer  if the natural soil isn’t enough). And when our days (and nights!) get #busy , caring for these God-given gardens often becomes our last #priority . I know it does for me. But here’s the kicker. A garden only needs a little bit of time every day. Pull a few weeds here and there. Carve aside a few minutes morning and night to feed and water it properly. If you catch the neighborhood deer having a hey-day, poke your head out the window and holler it away. It’s the little things that make a garden grow. You’re welcome for the #metaphors . 😉
It’s day 1 of @bustedhalo’s #bhsummerphoto challenge, and the prompt is...*cue drumroll*...#summergoals. 
I’ve been bouncing goals around for YEARS, people. (Btw, still working on losing those pesky 35 pounds). It brings me absolutely no joy. Not anymore, after ages of facing the #failures instead of the #wins. 
So...why am I still doing it?! Because behind every tiny goal is a bigger one. Behind the “carve out more #metime” goal is the desire to live #happily. Behind the “lose 35 pounds” goal is the aim to live #healthily. Behind everything I strive for is the longing to live #genuinely. 
So here’s to a #paradigmshift. 👊🏻 And to kicking those tiny goals out of the ballpark along the way. 😉
It’s day 1 of @bustedhalo’s #bhsummerphoto  challenge, and the prompt is...*cue drumroll*...#summergoals . I’ve been bouncing goals around for YEARS, people. (Btw, still working on losing those pesky 35 pounds). It brings me absolutely no joy. Not anymore, after ages of facing the #failures  instead of the #wins . So...why am I still doing it?! Because behind every tiny goal is a bigger one. Behind the “carve out more #metime ” goal is the desire to live #happily . Behind the “lose 35 pounds” goal is the aim to live #healthily . Behind everything I strive for is the longing to live #genuinely . So here’s to a #paradigmshift . 👊🏻 And to kicking those tiny goals out of the ballpark along the way. 😉