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2017 Recap (Part 2): Top 10 Posts of 2017 & Link-up

It’s time for End of the Year Recaps. Join me as we review over 2017 and share the good, the bad and the funny. Both posts will be a link-up for you to share your own thoughts, memories and top posts of 2017.

Wednesday – 2017 Recap (Part 1): 2017 in 12 Photos (hashtag #2017in12photos)

Today – 2017 Recap (Part 2): Top Posts of 2017

 

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I did not blog this year as much as I have in years past but readers’ favorites are still the posts about planners. 🙂 Here are my Top 10 posts of 2017.

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© RevolutionofLove.com - planner_bujo_jan_17_logoHow I Use a (Blessed Is She) Planner and a Bullet Journal

(January 2017)

I have been a planner and journal lover since I was a little kid and learned how to staples pieces of paper together to make my own journal. In the winter of 2015, I switched from a traditional planner to a bullet journal and fell in love all over again. I had no intentions of going back to a regular planner. However, when Blessed Is She came out with their gorgeous liturgical planner I was really tempted to give it a try but didn’t want to give up my bullet journal.

As I debated about it and reviewed over the bullet journals I had filled over the year, there was one thing that bothered me. I loved looking back at my monthly logs, various lists and journal entries but I really had no need to go over all my daily To Do lists. They were taking up space.

That’s when I decided to use a traditional planner to keep track of all the appointments, To Do lists, grocery lists and such that I didn’t want to keep for the future. For my bullet journal I would keep all my monthly logs, monthly reviews, journal entries, workshop/podcast notes and the things I wanted to keep for the future. Here is a peek at how I set it up. (Read more…)

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#2

How I Use My Blessed Is She Liturgical Academic Planner 2017-2018

(July 2017)

For as long as I can remember, I have been a paper lover – stationary, stickers, journal, planners, etc. One of my favorite times of the year was when I got to shop for new school supplies – bouquets of sharpened pencils. Sigh. 😉 Things haven’t changed so when the new Blessed Is She Liturgical Academic Planner 2017-2018 came out I was giddy with excitement. It is the perfect combination of beauty, organization and liturgical goodness!

The planner is beautiful just as it is and can be appreciated by those who like a clean, streamlined look with a touch of lovely hand lettering. However, it also endears itself to those who want to embellish their planner with washi tape, stickers or drawing.  Whichever team you’re on, this planner is sure to please. 🙂

Currently, I use a bullet journal for lists and long term items but I use the Blessed Is She Planner for my day to day living and organizing. Since I am a fan of personalizing a planner to make it your own, I’ll share with you how I use and decorate mine. We’ll start at the beginning. (Read more…)

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#3

My Favorite Stationary, Pens, Stickers and Planner Supplies

(July 2017)

Whenever I write a post about planners, journals, snail mail, or lettering, etc, I always get messages and emails asking me about the supplies I use and where I bought them. To make it easier for you, I compiled a list of my favorite stationary supplies. Hopefully it will help you find a new favorite. 🙂 (Read more…)

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#4

How to Use Instagram’s Stories

(July 2017)

Instagram has been a favorite of mine ever since I joined in 2012. Unlike other forms of social media, there is no (or very little) negativity on my feed or in the comments. There are just lovely photos of nature, home life and cute kid shots that make me smile.

When Snapchat started I gave that a try and it was fun to have a less formal outlet to share funny moments and random thoughts that would disappear from my feed in 24 hours. However, very few of my friends were active on Snapchat. So when Instagram started something similar (okay, exactly like it) with Instastories, I was eager to participate in hope that more friends would also.

I am pleased to say that Stories is a hit and many of my friends are active on it. However, there are still those who are reluctant because they feel intimidated and aren’t sure how to use it. I’m hoping this primer on how to use Instagram’s Stories will help ease them into it so I can see their lovely faces on my feed soon. 🙂 (Read more…)

(NOTE: This post needs to be updated since Instastories have many new features since writing this post but it will give you the basics.)

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#5

Online Daybook/ Currently/ 7QT: June & July 2017 Review with Fave Movies, Books, Links and More

(August 2017)

The latest happenings and a review of my favorite movies, books, links and more.  (Read more…)

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2017 Goal Setting Series: Part 1

(January 2017)

Back in the summer of 2014, I started thinking about making goals in my life. It was a rather foreign concept at the time. I said back then:

I never gave much thought to having life goals before now. (Well, except for the huge goal of finding a good husband when I was still single. ;-)) Seriously, I always imagined “goals” as being grand, lofty things like starting a business or going back to school or writing a book or something. It seemed ridiculous to make those kind of goals when I was just trying to make it to the end of the day with my sanity and perhaps a clean load of laundry. Lately, I’ve definitely been surviving, not thriving. Then I read what Elizabeth Foss said here:

What do you want your life to look like? What do you see as your unique calling? These might be grand, lofty, complex things, like starting a ministry or taking a mission trip. But they might also be less grandiose, but deeply textured things like running a well-ordered home and opening your doors to your neighbors. Honestly, for right now, in this season, one of your primary goals might just be to get some sleep!

Elizabeth recommended Lara Casey’s Powersheets and I decided to give them a try.

(Read more…)

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#7

Online Daybook and 7QT: April 2017 Review

(May 2017)

The latest happenings and a review of my favorite movies, books, links and more. (Read more…)

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#8

Book Reviews for 2017 (Part 1): January – March

(April 2017)

I am doing the 2017 Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge (the “reading for fun” version) this year and I pledged on Goodreads to read 24 books in 2017. I am on schedule with 9 books so far. Here are the books I’ve read from January to March.  (Read more…)

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#9

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(September 2017)

September is speeding by and today is the first day of Fall! This time of year always feels like a fresh start to me, even more than January 1st. After the care free days of summer, I am ready to get back into a routine of school and fall activities. At this point I also like to re-evaluate the goals I made at the beginning of January. Some goals still need work. Some goals were accomplished, so I can focus on a different area. Taking some time to review helps me to make the most of these last months of 2017.

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#10

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(April 2017)

Like many women, my love of Jane Austen began in my teen years but it wasn’t until my 20’s that the lessons of her heroines and their leading men started to affect the way I viewed dating in my own life.

Back in the 90’s when I was in college and began to date more seriously, I had fallen away from my faith and dated guys without much thought to the type of men they were. If I were to relate to any of Jane Austen’s characters, I would definitely have been Marianne Dashwood dating a string of wrong-for-me Willoughbys. I had a knack for falling in love with man-boys who were poetically trying to “find themselves” and didn’t have any direction in their lives.

In my early twenties, I came back to the faith in a strong way and narrowed the dating pool to Christian men. However, when it came down to getting more serious, our differing faiths always stopped us from continuing the relationships.

(Read more…)

Well, there is my Top 10 of the year! If you are a blogger, write your own post and link up. You can do your #1 Post or your Top 3 or Top 5 or Top 10! Whatever suits your fancy. I look forward to reading it. 🙂

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2017 Recap (Part 1): 2017 in 12 Photos & Link-up

It’s time for End of the Year Recaps. Join me today and tomorrow as we review over 2017 and share the good, the bad and the funny. Both posts will be a link-up for you to share your own thoughts, memories and top posts of 2017.

Today – 2017 Recap (Part 1): 2017 in 12 Photos (hashtag #2017in12photos)

Tomorrow – 2017 Recap (Part 2): Top Posts of 2017 & Link-up


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I love End of the Year recap posts but the photo year in review is my favorite! Dwija over at House Unseen hosted the link-up in the past but has passed the baton to me. So let’s get to it!

(Note: I cheated on some of these by making the “one” photo into one collage instead. Feel free to do the same if needed.)

 

January is the month of fresh starts and new resolutions! I chose my saint and word of the year.

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In February we had our first really big winter storm – our fence and neighborhood trees fell, power was out and schools were closed for the day but within a few days we were back to our normal California weather.

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In March Lent was in full swing. It was a time for prayer, reflection and penance.

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In April we celebrated spring and Easter, although I was missing my FIL on the anniversary of his death. Instead I tried to look for the positive and be thankful for my blessings. (This shot was for a photo challenge that made creative use of a cloud.)

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In May, Bella and I went on our annual mother-daughter trip to our favorite place to visit. I absolutely love our girls’ weekends together. And the boys love the guys’ weekend with their daddy.

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The travels continue with a family trip to Lake Tahoe once school was out for the summer. We’ve been visiting every summer for nearly 15 years. It makes it even more special when my parents are able to join us. Family memories galore. 🙂

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In July Brian and I took our first overnight date in 15 years! We’ve never left the kids alone so we made up for lost time at Pebble Beach. The view from our room’s deck was amazing.

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In August the kiddos were back in school. We now have grades 1, 2, 4 and 10! Meanwhile, mama got back to writing more.

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In September, I was on a plane headed to Minnesota/Wisconsin to attend the Blessed Is She Team Retreat. It was a much needed time to spend time in prayer and to reconnect with my BIS sisters. They amaze and inspire me. I sometimes still feel like a fangirl when I am with them. The only downside was getting back home. There were plane malfunctions, numerous delays and general pain-in-the-arse circumstances that delayed my arrival home by almost 24 hours. Well, at least I finally made it home in one piece. 😉

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In October, Bella celebrated her 16th birthday with a girls weekend at Disneyland. We met my mom and sister (Bella’s confirmation sponsor and fave aunt) and had a great time together. I couldn’t help but think about the first time I took Bella to Disneyland 12 years ago. My hope is to one day I’ll be the grandma going to Disneyland with my daughter and my grandchildren. 😉

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In November, eight of my nine siblings and their families met in SoCal for a surprise 70th Beach Boy themed birthday party for my dad. We were able to catch up with family and meet new cousins/nephews/nieces. We also fit in one more trip to Disneyland before the year’s end. (Can you tell we are a Disney family? LOL.)

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December came after a year of gratitude and joy. I am so thankful that we are all in good health, that Brian’s cancer screening came back clean, that my mom is doing well, that my little nephew Joseph who was seriously ill has recovered from surgery and is thriving. Plus, I was able to make a number of trips to see family and loved ones and have made lasting memories.

With the pain we went through last year, especially with my father-in-law’s passing and my mom’s cancer, it was a blessing to have a respite year filled with thanksgiving. This year there was a theme of togetherness and spending time with loved ones. Being reminded that life is fragile has encouraged us to make the most of the time we have together.

So to close off the year we enjoyed a relaxing Christmas and on the 28th Brian and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage. God is good. All the time.

Thanks for sharing some memories of this year. I look forward to seeing your own memories so link up below! If you aren’t a blogger feel free to share your favorite memory of 2017 in the comments. 🙂

Sending hugs to you, my friends. Have a very blessed 2018!!!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify, 😉

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1. Create a post with a photo to represent each month of the year. (As you can tell from my post, cheating is allowed.)

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2016 Recap (Part 4): Lessons God Taught Me in 2016 & Link-up

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It’s End of the Year Recap Week! Join me as we review over 2016 and share the good, the bad and the funny. Each post will be a link-up for you to share your own thoughts, memories and faves. Choose one or join them all! Here is the line up…

Monday – 2016 Recap (Part 1): 2016 in 12 Photos (hashtag #2016in12photos)

Tuesday 2016 Recap (Part 2): Entertainment & Social Media Faves of the Year

Wednesday – 2016 Recap (Part 3): Top Posts of 2016

Today 2016 Recap (Part 4): Lessons God Taught Me in 2016

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As a blogger, I find that I am most receptive to God’s lessons when I turn the thoughts in my head and type them out. Finding the right words to use etches the thoughts and ideas into my heart. Since I’ve written about these lessons over the last 12 months, here are some of the ones that meant the most to me.

Lesson #1

Looking in the Mirror – Flaws vs Beauty of the Soul

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Since yesterday was our 17th wedding anniversary, my mind automatically went back to this lesson. You can read the full post here but here is an excerpt.

… I thought about how young and in love we were and how just being near Brian sent my heart racing. I thought about how he would gaze at me and get this “look” that told me that he loved me as much as I loved him. Our wedding photographer caught a glimpse of that look on our wedding day. I love the way Brian is looking down at me and I remember seeing all his emotions there in his eyes.

Fast forward almost seventeen years and we’ve been through some amazing times and some rough times. We’ve survived the normal trials of caring for babies and toddlers with its messy days and sleepless nights. We’ve survived family trials, miscarriages, cancer and the death of a loved one. It would have been easy to fall away from each other if not for the grace of God! We are still crazy in love with each other but the years have taken their physical toll. We’ve aged.

I look in the mirror and for the most part I think, yeah, that’s me and I’m okay with it. But sometimes I look in the mirror and all I can see are the tired eyes, wrinkling skin, double chin and plus size figure. I wonder, “How in the world does my husband still find me attractive?” Yet, despite the flaws and aging, I’ll still see “that look” when he holds me close or when he steals a kiss in the kitchen or when he reaches for my hand when we are out in public. Because of his love for me, he is able to see something in me that I sometimes can’t see in myself.

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However, this goes beyond something we experience with our husband. I see it in my children’s eyes when they hug me, kiss me or tell me that “I’m the best mom eber!” I see it in the loving look of a sister or a friend who gives me a hug when they see me and are eager to catch up and talk.

I see the same thing when I look at my friends. When I think of their various qualities, the things that come to mind are these: she can light up the room with her smile, she would drop everything to help a friend in need, she makes me laugh so hard I cry, she listens to you like you are the only one in the room or she is smart and strong and makes me feel like I am capable of the same.

Despite their various shapes, sizes, ages and occupations, I don’t give much thought things. It’s their qualities, their strengths and their kindness that makes me love them. Our friendship allows their beauty to shine brighter in my eyes.

So today, if you are feeling less than beautiful, stop for a moment and see yourself through the eyes of those who love you – a spouse, a child, a parent, a sibling, a best friend. They see beauty in you. They see someone they enjoy being with and are blessed to have in their lives. Be thankful that God made you uniquely your own person. Be thankful for the qualities that bring beauty to your soul and to the world around you.

 

Lesson #2

Lessons My Mom Taught Me

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I wrote this when I found out my mom had cancer. You can read the full post here but here is an excerpt.

With Mother’s Day approaching, I can’t help but think about mom and how she has shaped my life. She had a rough childhood and made mistakes in the early years of raising us up but she wasn’t content to repeat the vicious circle of dysfunctional families. She surrendered herself to the healing power of God’s grace and corrected her mistakes, and with my dad, raised up a family with a strong faith and love of God. She is now enjoying the fruits of her labor with children that are carrying on the faith and expanding the family tree – particularly with 4 new grandbabies within one year.

I admire my mom so much. I gave her a lot of grief and heart ache in my pain-in-the-arse years but she never gave up on me. She taught me to trust in God and believe in myself with God’s grace. She taught me that life is too boring without a little fun and a lot of laughter.  She taught me about inner strength because she is the strongest woman I know. She has faced fears and kept going forward even when she was unsure of the way. And she did it without losing her sense of humor.

As I am typing this, I am also realizing that what I admire about my mom is going to be what gets her through this trial. Her faith, her trust in God, her courage to move forward even when she is scared and her sense of humor will serve as the very tools she needs to fight this battle. Now I just pray that we as her family have the strength to trust in God completely and walk this road with her.

 

Lesson #3

Lessons My Father-in-Law Taught Me

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While I wrote a longer post about the lessons my father-in-law taught me, here is an excerpt.

Give with a Generous Heart

If there was one attribute that stood out the most in my father-in-law, it was his generosity. It was more than just being generous with his wallet, the man gave of himself. He lived Gospel charity. He was always there to lend a hand, do a favor and visit the lonely however tired or busy he might be. After his retirement, you would find him walking the halls of the local hospital or various nursing homes visiting the sick and bringing them communion. When friends or family were sick in the hospital he would be there to visit every, single day. He never wanted a person to feel alone or unloved. He was relentless in his service to the church and to the community, while never neglecting his own family. That is a rare feat.

Value Wisdom and a Broader View of the World

My father-in-law had a rich history of life. Coming to American from former Yugoslavia as a young man, serving in the army, building a new life in a new country, earning a Masters in political science, succeeding in business, raising a family and living nearly 90 years of life gave him wisdom and a broader view of the world than I could ever have. We didn’t always see eye to eye on politics or world events but he always gave me a better understanding of differing views and helped me to see the world beyond me with a more compassionate heart and wider worldview.

My Final Lesson         

In the final year of life, after my father-in-law’s stroke, you would think that there was little left he could teach us. But I think his deepest lesson was saved for last. It was difficult for all of us to watch Dad decline physically and mentally. It wasn’t easy to explain to the kids why Opa could no longer go on hikes with them or play soccer in the driveway.

He was still able to love us and he taught us how to love back unconditionally without expecting anything in return. He taught us to look beyond the aging body and faltering mind to see the strength and beauty of his spirit, to recall the wisdom he gave us and to duplicate his generosity. We saw the dignity and value of just being by his side and holding his hand when no words were left to be spoken. He taught us how to love, how to let go and how to hope that we will see each other once again in the presence of God. Those are lessons that can never be taken away from me or my family.

Lesson # 4

Some crosses are an unavoidable part of life. Some crosses are self made.

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You can read the full post here, but here is an excerpt.

Is That Cross My Own Making?

Sometimes we give ourselves crosses that God did not intend for us to carry. For example, the other day I woke up extremely tired because one of the kids was sick with a fever in the night and I was up taking care of them. I finally got back to bed and it seemed like moments later the alarm clock was ringing way too soon. This was a normal cross of motherhood. You take care of your babies and sometimes it leaves you sleep deprived but God gives you the grace to endure.

Another morning I also woke up extremely tired but that was not because of a sick child. Rather, it was because I was binge watching The Walking Dead to catch on episodes I missed. I went to bed way too late on a school night and the next morning I was tired and grumpy. That tiredness was a cross I then had to carry but I was never meant to. I was supposed to go to bed at the appointed hour and get a decent night’s sleep so I wouldn’t be acting like a Walking Dead myself the next day.

As I considered this, other moments came to my mind with similar outcomes. One afternoon I was busy helping my in-laws and by the time I got home I was rushing around to get dinner on the table. I knew God wanted me to be a loving and helpful daughter-in-law at that moment and I’d just have to deal with the stress of getting dinner on the table in time. It was the sacrifice God was asking of me at that moment.  Another afternoon, I was also rushing around frantic to get dinner on the table but that was because I spent way too much time on the computer when I was supposed to be cooking. That cross should never have happened. Instead my sacrifice should have been turning off the computer and getting my butt in the kitchen. Or how about the day I was feeling ill because I came down with a flu bug? Sometimes illness is unavoidable. But what about the time I was feeling sick and run down because I was overindulging in junk food or desserts. That was not supposed to happen. Get what I’m saying?

Take a Second Look

So while there are unavoidable things in our lives that will go wrong or will be hard to deal with, sometimes it’s helpful to take a second look and ask ourselves if there’s something we can do to ease the chaos or lighten the cross.  Are we overly stressed because we are mismanaging our time or over extending ourselves with outside activities? Are we upset that our husband isn’t pitching in yet we don’t actually tell him specifically how he can help us out and instead are resentful because he can’t read our mind? Are we running around crazy in the morning getting ready for school because we don’t have any kind of morning plan or order in place? Are we angry because there is so much stuff to organize and put away and we’re not dealing with the fact that we might just have too much stuff?  Are we grabbing a pizza again because we failed to make a menu plan ahead of time? Are we going crazy at work or school because we are getting sucked into someone else’s drama?

Only you truly know your situation. You may be doing everything as well as you know how and life is still chaos simply because you have babies and toddlers running around the house. That’s pretty much comes with the territory. You are carrying the expected cross of motherhood. Or maybe you have a stressful job and you can’t really avoid it. Whatever the situation, it doesn’t hurt to ask God to show you if there are any areas in your life where things could be eased up a bit if you just changed a few things around or did something differently. That way we can put our energy into the following the path God gave us and not stray onto difficult roads that weren’t meant for us.

 

Lesson #5

Love Is My Vocation

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It seems like lately God has been telling me over and over that I need to increase my love for those around me. In Saturday’s Blessed Is She devotion, Brigid talked about the anxiety her heart feelt over the turmoils of the world and she wondered how she could go from prayer to action. She said:

“I want to fill my heart up with love. I want to carry love with me as I move through the world. I want to respond in love to the people I meet. Sometimes the love will be a love of justice, to be sure, but I will move and live in love.”

Those words have stuck with me.

Then yesterday at Mass the visiting priest said:

“It’s our capacity to love that will bring others to Christ.”

It makes me think about the people God has placed in my hands – my husband, my children, my family, my friends, members of my community, even you as you read this. It is not mere chance that they are in my life and I in their lives. I have a role to play and a mission to fulfill. But that requires me let go of my instinct to be selfish. It means thinking of others and how my actions (or lack of action) affects them. It means taking a few extra minutes on my knees to pray for you or for a struggling friend or making a meal for a mom who is having a rough time. Or not losing it when one of my kids breaks something in the house again. It means tuning off the phone and talking with my teen or reading to my sons. There are so many ways God wants me to share his love with others. I just have to decided if I will listen and act or turn a blind eye.

Lesson #6

There Is Beauty in the Mess / Life with Boys

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You can read the full post here but here is an excerpt.

Our life now is anything but calm and quiet. Everyday I am greeted with hugs that resemble football tackles, hysterical laughter at anything resembling bathroom humor, countess Legos and action figures wherever I look, and plenty of sweaty heads and muddy hands. And although I’ll roll my eyes or share a wry smile with Brian or Bella at their craziness, I have to admit that deep down I wouldn’t change any of it. (Okay, I’d change the bathroom from always smelling like pee and get them to put their dirty socks in the hamper and not under their beds) but I love my little guys. I love watching their creativity and hearing their laughter. I love seeing their little personalities emerge and when they show kindness to a sibling or friend. These crazy little guys of mine are my joy and their hugs and kisses never fail to melt me. So for today, despite the mess and the noise, I am grateful for my life with boys

Lesson #7

Family Is Paramount, Whether by Blood or by Choice

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Last month, we traveled to So Cal and enjoyed a family reunion with my parents, 9 siblings and all our families, including many new babies. It was the perfect reminder of what is truly important. Our lives may not be perfect and there are the usual ups and downs of day to day living but the difficult moments are completely worth it when you have one another. The laughter, love and faith we share bring us joy amidst the pain, brings us strength when we feel weak, and reminds us that there is still beauty in life, even if we sometimes have to look a little harder for it.

However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a family that believes the same way (or is at least respectful of differences.) It’s hard enough to have to deal with a negative situation but it is even more painful when it involves a family member. That is what I especially love about ministries like Blessed is She. It brings like minded women together to support one another. We all need family and they don’t have to be blood relatives.

God sends us special people in our lives (although we sometimes we have to try hard to seek them out) that are capable of loving us like family. I’ve seen it again and again with friends I’ve made here in my town, at school or people I’ve met online. If these sisters in Christ are unable to be physically near, they hold us close with their prayers and support. When I have been blessed enough to meet some of these online friends in person, it has united our hearts closer.

This is a beautiful example of the Body of Christ with God as Our Father, Mary as Our Mother and Jesus as Our Brother. I pray that whatever crosses you are carrying or whatever joys you are experiences, you are surrounded by loved ones to share them with you. Be assured of my own prayers for you that 2017 is a year of peace, joy and love!

Happy New Year,

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2016 Recap (Part 3): Top Posts of 2016 & Link-up

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It’s End of the Year Recap Week! Join me as we review over 2016 and share the good, the bad and the funny. Each post will be a link-up for you to share your own thoughts, memories and faves. Choose one or join them all! Here is the line up…

Monday – 2016 Recap (Part 1): 2016 in 12 Photos (hashtag #2016in12photos)

Tuesday 2016 Recap (Part 2): Entertainment & Social Media Faves of the Year

Today – 2016 Recap (Part 3): Top Posts of 2016

Thursday 2016 Recap (Part 4): Lessons God Taught Me in 2016

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Welcome back to Day 3 of Recap Week. Today I’ll be reviewing over 2016 and the Top 10 Popular Posts. (Hint: People love post about bullet journals and planners!)

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In January I posted…

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The New “Blessed Is She” Catholic Planner

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Making A Reading Bullet Journal

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Summer 2016 Reading List

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I know this was way more information than you wanted or needed but I like to keep a tally of the posts I wrote for future reference. It’s fun to come back later and get an overview of my year by the posts I made. 🙂  If you are a blogger, write your own post and link up. You can do your #1 Post or your Top 3 or Top 5 or Top 10! Whatever suits your fancy.

Also, Lis over at Catholic Mommy Blogs.com is hosting a “Top Post of 2016” link-up so after you link here, visit her blog as well. 🙂

See you tomorrow for our last recap and link up!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify, 😉

Are you ready to link up?? Here are the rules.

1. Create a post with your top post(s).

2. Add a link back here so others can play along.

3. If you want to use the graphic, right click and save the image to your computer or copy the html into your blog’s html/text page.

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4. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address.

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2016 Recap (Part 2): Entertainment & Social Media Faves of the Year & Link-up

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It’s End of the Year Recap Week! Join me as we review over 2016 and share the good, the bad and the funny. Each post will be a link-up for you to share your own thoughts, memories and faves. Choose one or join them all! Here is the line up…

Monday – 2016 Recap (Part 1): 2016 in 12 Photos (hashtag #2016in12photos)

Today2016 Recap (Part 2): Entertainment & Social Media Faves of the Year

Wednesday – 2016 Recap (Part 3): Top Posts of 2016

Thursday –  2016 Recap (Part 4): Lessons God Taught Me in 2016

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I love End of the Year recap posts that review the things we loved over the past twelve months. Today’s post is a just-for-fun post with all my entertainment faves of 2016.

PLEASE NOTE – The movies, shows or music listed here are simply things I enjoy but I am not necessarily recommending to you. Everyone has their own level of what they feel comfortable watching/listening to/reading, especially my Catholic readers. If it doesn’t seem like something you would enjoy, please skip it!!

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My 5 Fave Books I Read in 2016

I logged in 30 books this year (in comparison to last year’s 12) and of my top 5 favorites, only one was published in 2016 so that gives it the #1 spot automatically.

#1

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Life memoir by Dr. Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. His words were moving and thoughtful and by the time I reached the final epilogue by his wife, I was sobbing. Read my full review here.

#2

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Gripping, edge of my seat, reading-way-too-late-in-the-night novel set in France 1939. Read my full review here.

#3

Big, Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This was my first Moriarty book and what a page turner it was! I lost many hours of sleep trying to finish this book. Read my full review here.

#4

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This book was also set in WWII and was riveting and heartbreaking. Read my full review here.

#5

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman

There is a lot of heartache and no Hallmark ending but the story pulled me in and had me questioning what I wanted to happen vs what should happen. Read my full review here.

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Honorable Mention

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

I’ve read 3 of Katherine’s books so far and this one is my favorite. (Read my full review here.)

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My 5 Fave Movies of 2016

I have to admit that I love going to the movies but I spent years never walking into a theater when the kids were little. I just couldn’t get away or was too tired to try. But now that they are older, twice a month Brian lets me slip out of the house while he puts them to bed so I can unwind and get lost into another world for two hours.

Out of the 24 movies I watched this year, there were only a small handful that really moved me (#1-3 below.) For the 4th and 5th position I debated between a number of movies that I enjoyed (Light Between Oceans, Suicide Squad, Legend of Tarzan, Conjuring 2, Love & Friendship, Captain America, The Choice) but they weren’t “omgsh, I have to buy that when it is available so I can watch it again and again.” Since I had to choose for this post, these are my picks.

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Hacksaw Ridge

This war movie was surprisingly my favorite movie of the year. Although the graphic nature isn’t for everyone, Andrew Garfield did an excellent job portraying conscientious objector Desmond Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa without firing a single shot. Doss’ conviction, strong faith and incredible heroism was truly amazing. (Rated R for graphic war violence.)

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Rogue One

I am a sucker for Star Wars movies (as long as you don’t mention Jar Jar) but I had my doubts whether or not I’d like this stand alone installment. However, I was thoroughly satisfied with the story, action and heart of Rogue One. Star Wars has stolen my heart again. (Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action.)

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#3

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I took Andrew to see this and I think I landed out enjoying it as much (if not more) as he did. The story was captivating and the special effects were enthralling. I was completely swept into the movie and it held my attention the entire time. It went beyond what I expected from a “kids” film. (Rated PG for some sequences of scary action and peril.)

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Sully

I am fascinated by true stories that show characters dealing with over the top situations that would crush the average person. Are these people really above average or are they average people pushed to be great? Either way, Sully falls into that category of a seemingly regular guy accomplishing something incredible. (Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language.)

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I’m saving the #5 spot because there are still a couple more movies I’d like to see from 2016 including The Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Arrival, Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts. (For the record, I have never read or seen any of the Harry Potter books or movies. However, Bella and I decided we will be reading/seeing them over 2017. I’m looking forward to it.)

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My 5 Fave New TV Shows of 2016

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Masterpiece takes the top spot because 90% of the time, I absolutely love their programing. Favorites include the final season of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Poldark (despite my anger at that storyline), Endeavor, Home Fires, Inspector Lewis, Wallander and more.  These programs could have easily taken my top 5 spots had they all been shown in 2016.

#2

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Rivaling Masterpiece programming is The Crown. This biopic costume drama is amazing – the acting, costumes and cinematography are excellent. Definite fave.

#3

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After the first episode of This Is Us, I was hooked. The show is well written, has great acting and is a constant emotional roller coaster. If you were a fan of Parenthood and don’t mind a touch of sap and moral lessons, you’d probably like this. I love it.

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I find this quirky family show hilarious. The characters are well wounded with good qualities and faults and they deal with life’s difficulties in a humorous, honest and sometimes in an over the top irreverent way.

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Brian and I love a good thriller/mystery type show and while Designated Survivor is not perfect, it has kept our attention as we try to figure out who you can trust. Plus, it has Kiefer Sutherland. Enough said.

American Housewife won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I can’t help but laugh at the main characters sass and sometimes flawed persona. I think I can relate to her feeling like an odd man out since I’m a plus sized chips and salsa gal living in a skinny champagne and oyster town.

Last minute update: Brian and I just started watching the The Man from the High Castle and after two episodes I am enthralled. Plus I still have to watch Stranger Things. Those two make take a Top 5 Spot. 😉

 

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My 10 Fave Songs of 2016

 


The Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew


twenty one pilots – Heathens


Catfish and the Bottlemen – Soundcheck


Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape


Green Day – Still Breathing


The Moth & The Flame – Red Flag


blink-182 – Bored To Death


The Joy Formidable – The Last Thing On My Mind


The Lumineers – Ophelia


Kaleo – Way Down We Go

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Social Media

Anyone that knows me knows I also love social media! I love to post, tweet and gram all over the place. Here are your faves of my contributions.

My Top 9 Instagram Posts

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My Most Liked Facebook Post

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Well, I hoped you enjoyed that walk down memory lane. What were your faves of 2016? If you are a blogger, add your link below. (You can keep it much shorter than I did!) The link-up will be open until January 31. If you don’t blog, add your faves or recommendations I should check out in the comments. Thanks and see you back here tomorrow!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify, 😉

Are you ready to link up?? Here are the rules.

1. Create a post with your favorites.

2. Add a link back here so others can play along.

3. If you want to use the graphic, right click and save the image to your computer or copy the html into your blog’s html/text page.

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4. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address.

The link up will be active until January 31, 2017. Have fun! 🙂


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