Quirky meme (or just me)

I was recently tagged by Decorus Verum in meme titled, “Six Quirks About Me”. So here are the technical rules:

1. Link the person(s) who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

1. I enjoy washing dishes and organizing. Not continuously and constantly cleaning up after tons of other people, but just on a normal basis.

2. I scrunch my face when I get kissed on the cheek.

3. I would much rather pet a chicken than a dog.

4. My hair is nearly always put up during the day and taken down at night.

5. I get really excited when it rains … and even more particularly so when it is a thunderstorm.

6. I randomly break into song or laugh at all times of day.

And I am going to break the last two rules, because no one I know who blogs does it very often–and so they probably won’t get around to it for a month or two anyway. 😀

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Overwhelmed vs. Trust

It is so easy to feel overwhelmed. Everyone and everything wants to claim one’s attention, and there is a constant juggling of priorities as they conflict. Daily Mass, adoration, spending time with Daniel, school, attempted quiet time, this activity, that activity, calling home, spending time with fellow students–and the list goes on. Where does it end? With death, I suppose. There are so many things that I really want to do, committing every hour of every day…but I can’t bear the thought of the exhaustion and irritability that inevitably follows. Because of the lack of time, I can not really get a job; and so the stress of living off of loans until I am out of school bothers me.

This quarter is going to be very reading intensive. For example, next week’s homework just for our Scripture class is 11 chapters of Genesis and 40+ pages in another book. Probably about 20-40 pages to read for each of the three other classes, and some group work and market research for the fifth. I enjoy it for the most part, but I often feel that my brain is going to explode if I cram any more information in there. However, I have survived two weeks of class and it has not yet happened…this leads me to believe that I might actually be capable of learning, and so I keep plugging away.

I am learning to love the ocean more and more. Last weekend I went up with Daniel to the beach that his family stays at for a week every year (we will be going tomorrow, too). Playing with the kids, being in a family environment, sitting in the sun, feeling the sea spray, having the wind tease my hair, and watching the waves crash against the rocks brings such a sense of peace. To think that God, who made such an expansive and beautiful world that shows us His glory…made and loves each of us “more that we could ever want him to love us” is awesome.

In the past week, I have frequently been reminded that we do nothing through our own power; without Him, we can do nothing (Philippians 4:13). Everything is done by His grace. Think about that…each breath, every inclination, every choice we are presented with, every action, every capability is from Him. Although He desires us to place all our trust in Him and choose to love Him unconditionally–a mere reflection of how He loves us–He respects the free will He gave us so much that we are allowed to choose otherwise, even though it hurts us. With this before us, pride makes absolutely no sense at all. As Daniel put it, it is as though He gave us a green light and a red light…what makes us so special for choosing the path with the green light?

Therefore: if we can do nothing without God, and everything in Him…then there is no reason to be overwhelmed. If this is the path that God wishes me to take, then I will thrive. If not, then I will learn something and hopefully get back on track with His will. And hopefully I can learn to pray and love and trust more completely, so that I am not so likely to fall back into myself.

So, I ask your prayers. For a good school year for myself as well as all of my fellow students; that we are able to fulfill our duties to the best of our ability and leave everything else to God in trust.

On a bit of a different note, please also pray for Mrs. B (our Theology professor’s wife) who is almost 10 months pregnant and is being induced tonight. Pray that everything goes well and that their adaption to life with a baby around isn’t too difficult.

Now back to homework…God bless and Mary keep you all.

Crazy summer days

Summer “break” has been very exhausting. Of the 14 days I was home, I: worked 7, went to daily Mass, went to two 4-H softball games, helped prepare for and then enjoyed my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary party, and went to a shower for my sister who is getting married in August. The times at home seemed to be short, but were very nice. I got a chance to talk to Mom and Dad for awhile, Andrew came over and visited a couple of times, David and Mary stuck to me whenever I was home, and the other kids were mainly pleasant and happy that I was home. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit many of my friends–but I was able to go to Schoenstatt twice.

I was so happy to be in Wisconsin, even for the short time that it was. Tuesday night I flew in, and Dad took the long way home so that I could see more of the flooding and green trees and fields. The car ride home was very noisy. David was trying to claim my constant attention while Anna, Christopher, & Mary were giggling in the back seat and Mom, Dad, & I were trying to hold a conversation. The rest of the night was filled with the busyness of putting things away, enjoying the green of our hill, and visiting more.

Wednesday morning I started work again. There were not many customers for each show, so if there was not much merchandise to check in it was time to pull out the dusting materials. I have a strong dislike of dusting, so it made for a few long days.

The following Wednesday night, I picked up Daniel from the airport. He got to see my domain. 🙂 It went better than originally expected with my siblings, which was nice. The coming days were a whirlwind of introductions and preparing for the party. My older sister and her fiance came down, so the entire family was together again for awhile. Saturday night was Mom and Dad’s party. More visiting and a LOT of fun. Music started and the barn dance began! After a few hours of talking, laughing, swatting mosquitoes, and dancing, everyone went home and we cleaned up and went to bed.

Monday was wonderful–I got to visit Schoenstatt again. It was a beautiful day, and the mosquitoes were not as overwhelming they were the previous week. I was able to be in the shrine with the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother…with Daniel. I wanted to stay…

Then we went to my grandparents house to visit for a bit and pick up some fresh asparagus to bring back to school. 😀 Later in the evening, my older sister and her fiance visited before going back to ND. In addition, we were packing up to leave at the bright and early hour of 5:30am on Tuesday to fly back to San Diego. I arrived without incident, and was waiting in the airport for a few others to arrive and get picked up from the airport. Daniel’s flight was delayed, so I ended up going back to get him after I got back to the apartments. We made it back in time for Mass! The next few days were filled with visiting, errands, and the like.

Thursday afternoon we went up to Daniel’s house and spent the weekend with his family. We had fun visiting, watching home videos, seeing fireworks, walks/talks, playing cards, and playing Frisbee. I also ate Chinese food for the first time. Daniel hurt his shoulder playing Frisbee, so I drove back–we went to the airport first to pick up two returning students, and then there was finally time to rest.

Sunday was relaxed and enjoyable. In the evening there was an ice cream social to welcome everyone back and provide a chance to meet the new transfer students. Yesterday started classes again…I think it is going to be very reading intensive this quarter. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

Have a lovely summer! God bless and Mary keep you all.