Revolution of Love

Revolution of Love

Do small things with great love.

Online Daybook / 7 QT: January 2017

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od_logo_quiet2Grateful for…

  • Hopefully, that my blog is working now. (It was down for a few days.)
  • A break of warm sunshine after weeks of rain.
  • All the much needed rain.
  • The love of family and friends.
  • Food on the table, a roof over our head and material blessings we often take for granted.

Praying for..

  • Many special intentions from friends.
  • Our divided country.
  • The unity of all Christians.
  • Those fighting addiction and mental illness.
  • Victims of violence, racism and abuse and for the conversion of their oppressors.
  • For peace in the heart of all men/women.
  • All pregnant moms (especially family members), those trying to get pregnant, those who have lost their babies and for moms contemplating an abortion.
  • The souls in purgatory, especially family, friends and those most forgotten.

Pondering…

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The need of sisterhood. Over the month of January, Blessed Is She has sponsored the prayer pledge where we’ve pledge to start the new year right and take time to pray every day in January. There is a daily prayer prompt for inspiration and members of the Blessed Is She team took turns each day to do InstaStories on Instagram showing you how we incorporate prayer into our daily lives and to lead Live Prayer in the evening at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET. I led twice this month and I was touched by how many ladies sent messages and prayer intentions. They were grateful to be in solidarity with us and each other. They opened up about their struggles in hopes that we would join them in prayer to God.

Yesterday morning I gathered with other moms at the kids’ school to pray the rosary together. It has become a weekly activity and I can’t tell you how beneficial it is to my soul to stop and pray with like minded sisters. It means a lot to know that they are praying for me and I am praying for them. When I am feeling lazy and think about all the other stuff I need to get done in my day, I am tempted to skip it but knowing they are there gives me that nudge to put in the extra effort. I am always thankful that I did. So whether we find out community of sisters online or in your own backyard, I do hope you are able to connect with other women who can support you and pray for you. And if you need someone to lift you in prayer, you are always welcome to leave a comment or email me at rol(at)revolutionoflove.com and I’d be happy to add you to my prayer list. 🙂

 

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Around the House…

I haven’t been able to work a lot on my decluttering list since Brian has an extra work project that I have been helping him with and it has taken up my free time. However, I have been working on one of my other 2017 goals and letting the kids cook with me in the kitchen more. Granted there have been some days when I had to ban them out of the kitchen because I seriously just needed to get the meal done ASAP but most days, I let them join me.

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My master chef.

Yesterday was Matthew’s turn and when Brian came home from work, he ran to the door and excitedly exclaimed that it was his day to make dinner with me that night. Brian smiled and whispered to me that he guessed dinner will take an extra half hour or so. Well, maybe 15 minutes. 😉 Truthfully, Matthew actually really did help with getting veggies washed and some easier prep done.  At least I’ll have two sons who will feel comfortable in the kitchen. The other son has little interest in domestic work so I still need to work on him. 😉

 

Family Chit Chat…

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On a field trip with John-Paul.

Life is busy but going well. We’re half way done with the school year and the countdown for summer vacation has begun. It seems a little early to be excited about swimming and trips to Lake Tahoe but John-Paul has been praying each evening that Grandma would be well enough to come to Lake Tahoe with us this year. (Last year she was waiting to have her surgery to remover the cancer.) So far my mom is doing well, and we pray she continues that path.

Speaking of cancer, next week (on Monday 1/30) Brian goes for his cancer testing to make sure he is still clean. I can’t help but nervously hold my breath as I wait for the test results. Frankly, it’s damn scary but I’m trying to not let it take over my thoughts and instead leave it in God’s hands. Your prayers for Brian (and my sanity) will be appreciated!

 

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In the Kitchen…

Dinner has been a little ho-hum lately. I’ve reached that point where I am so tired of cooking the same handful of meals each week. I need to look though my recipe book and find some old favorites I haven’t tried in awhile. What’s some of your top go-to meals? Maybe I’ll discover a new favorite.

 

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Reading…

Okay, I seriously need to sit down and write a post about my 2017 reading list and review the last few books I’ve read, which includes these…

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

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Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

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Haley and Christy at Fountains of Carrots.com are reading this book next for the FofC book club so it is next on my list too.

The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery

 

Watching…

(MOVIES)

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My first movie of 2017 was La La Land. I’ve got to admit that I’m not a huge musical fan. I have some favorites but I wouldn’t count musicals as a favorite genre. I went into La La Land with some trepidation and when the opening sequence began with a full on scene of people leaping out of their cars to sing and dance, I thought, “Oh, no, what did I get myself into?” Luckily, it took only a few minutes to win me over and get my feet tapping. I landed out loving the movie and all the nods to old school Hollywood. The music was infectious and I’m listening to the soundtrack as I am typing here. My only complaint is that while I loved Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in their roles, their singing was less than stellar considering that it was a musical. I’m guessing their star power trumped their musical abilities. With that said, I still loved the movie even though I was hoping for a Hallmark happy ending (and didn’t get it.) (Parental note: Rated PG-13 for language. The main characters live together but nothing is shown.)

(TV)

The usual faves including: This Is Us, Speechless, Big Bang Theory, Lethal Weapon, Designated Survivor and American Housewife.

Sadly, we just finished two shows. (Sad, because I didn’t want them to end!)

We finished  The Crown this week and I’m missing it. The acting, cinematography and costumes were top notch and I highly recommend it. (Parental note: Rated M for mature but I thought it rather tame for an M. The only thing I can recall is a couple bare butt shots at the beginning of the show.)

In my last Daybook, I had just started watching the show The Man in the High Castle. The premise was interesting and Brian thought some of the alternate reality scenes were weird but he both enjoyed it and I LOVED it. I thought it was well done, well acted and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait for the confirmed Season 3, most likely in late 2017.  (Parental note: Rated M for Mature. There is some violence, language, brief nudity and a sex scene towards the end of season 2  that we fast forwarded through.)

Next up on the list is Victoria.

 

Listening to …

The latest added to my playlist – Your Heart Is a Weapon by POP ETC.

 

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Recent Posts:

I finished all my End of the Year Recaps, including:

I finished Lara Casey’s 2017 Goal Setting Series and posted about it here:

Lastly, for my fellow planner lovers there’s – How I Use a (Blessed Is She) Planner and a Bullet Journal

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Pinned…

 Lenten Journal by Blessed Is She (These journals are on sale until Sun 1/29.)

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The Jesus Tree by Do Small things with Love.com

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Penmanship and Beginning Creative Lettering Guide Sheets by Creative Lei.com

Around the blogosphere…

Here are some posts I’ve been reading…

 

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I’ve been participating in the Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge and these are my photos so far.

Week 1: Rule of Thirds (Basically, keep your subject out of the center.)

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When the storm winds blow, the palm trees dance.

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Week 2: Straight out of the camera, no editing.

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Signs of Spring

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Week 3: Land

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I shot this with my iPhone but the subject matter was so pretty, it still came out nice. 🙂

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Week 4: Mirror

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Two of my favorite bracelets on a mirror.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. What about you? What’s currently happening in your life? Any recommendations? Do share.

I’m linking up with Kelly for  7 Quick Takes. (Technically the link up doesn’t start until tomorrow so I’ll add the link then.)

Have a great week!

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2 Comments

  • Nikki says:

    Since the first St Peregrine Novena that PrayMoreNovenas lead I think, I have added Brian and your family to my intentions every year. You guys will be in my prayers on Monday as well

    • bobbi says:

      Thank you so much, Nikki. Brian’s tests came out great. In fact his white blood cell count was the best it’s ever been since he’s been getting tested. 🙂

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