Want a thingamabob? I’ve got twenty…

Last Monday, I spent all day moving. Well, in truth, I also spent a few minutes finishing the bias tape on my aprons and ordering a few of the things on my clothing list… But most of the day was spent bringing my stuff down from my apartment, filling the car, and then carting the whole load over to my Grandmother’s house, where it was dumped in her basement. Six carloads before all was said and done and that is not even counting the books and furniture that my cousins helped me move on Saturday.

Suffice to say that I have managed to accumulate a great deal of stuff over the last two years, all of which I now need to get rid of.

So since then, obviously not counting the time spent with my family up north, I have been sorting through it and pricing it and on Friday and Saturday, I am taking over my grandmother’s lawn and trying to sell everything I own. Maybe that will even help to take a chunk out of that student loan that is still hanging over my head. If you are in the Cleveland area, come on over and take something off my hands. Please!

I figure this is also another good time to ask for donations. As you guys know, I can’t go without taking care of my loans and I do need your help. (I have a bunch of stuff to sell but it won’t get me all of the way to where I need to be.) So if you can, please use the donate button below. Or maybe you can tell a friend and they can help me. Even a dollar or two would be wonderful and helpful. I truly appreciate it.

Peace!

P.S. Bonus points if you recognize the song reference!

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Last Day of Work…

How is this possible? I am still a little in shock but Friday was my last day at work. I have been at my company for nearly three and a half years now but it is over now. I’m not really sure what to say about all of it.

I didn’t really love the work but I did like the company. The people.

There were some who wanted to make sure people felt cared for. There were some who were beautifully enthusiastic about celebrations – we always celebrated birthdays and K has studied to become a pretty awesome balloon artist and she would make these fantastic creations for people’s desks on their birthday. There were some who were just kind, always listening to what you had to say. There were some who loved to tease but did it out of a light heartedness. S liked to joke that he thought of me as his “little sister”… (Get the double sense of the word? Yeah – it’s not hilarious but it was always nice to talk to him, even when we disagreed on things.) The execs of the company are also men who will keep you on your toes since you never know what to expect from them, in a good way.

We often did potlucks, for any occasion we could find. Birthdays were a given and any other celebration often got one. Made up reasons to implore a Jeans Day from the bosses were regular Thursday afternoon occurrences. A couple of times a year, we would do some sort of crazy costume day. Far beyond just dressing up for Halloween, we sometimes did a week of crazy outfit days, with a theme for each day. Gangsta’ day. Decade day. Pajama day. And again, some people would get super enthusiastic and make it great.

And the people there are very generous, often donating for so many different causes. Pulling together to make boxes to send to the troops became a regular item on the agenda. And donating to several causes, most recently my own.

Like I said, I didn’t really enjoy the work and I know I am not called to be there any longer but it’s a good company, full of good people. While I am glad to be moving on, I will continue to be grateful for the time I had there and the things I learned.

And now I step into the great unknown, hoping I can get everything done in the next three and a half weeks!! Pray for me!

Peace!

Praise and Worship!

One of the best parts about living in Cleveland is definitely the community of young Catholics. When I moved here, I was determined to find like-minded people to spend time with and I was lucky enough to stumble upon an awesome group of young men and women who come together regularly to share fellowship and have a good time

Last night, a group of us met at F’s house for Praise and Worship. It’s a semi-regular thing where we all meet there, have a fun dinner with lots of conversation, and then F leads us in Praise and Worship. Then, some of those present stick around to pray for each other before just going and hanging out. It is a wonderful time and I love that I am able to participate in things like this, at least before I go. It has been a blessing to be around such people – to get to know them and see them live lives of faith. There are several I could point to and say “he (or she) loves God so much! She is truly on fire for Him and makes Christ the center of her life.” And what a lovely and important witness that is. It is just so good to see and I am so very grateful that I was able to spend some time with them during my brief time here in Cleveland.

It was also really nice to get enthusiastic responses to my vocations. I got several big excited hugs from some of the women who were there – all of whom just thought that this journey – that this call is just so wonderful. And I agree! But it is nice to have someone else get excited, rather than question why I would want to do something so strange.

All in all, yesterday evening was wonderful and a great blessing.

Hoping everything in your lives is also going well!

Peace!

P.S. Please pray for all my future sisters! They had an amazing and crazy week this week, with three sisters making their Final Profession, eight sisters making their First Profession, and thirteen sisters receiving the habit and their religious names! How awesome – God is so good!

A Quote To Remember

So I am finishing the move. it is amazing to see how much stuff a girl can accumulate in less than two years. Amidst all the packing, there is much that is just finally findings its way to the dumpster.

I also found many things, among them some old college papers. I used to print out great quotes and hang them all over my apartment. (Now, I tend to write them on post-its and paste them all over my desk.) Within those papers, I found this quote from JP2:

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.

― Pope John Paul II

This one lights up my heart today. I hope it brings some joy to you!

A fun reminder: since I am leaving my apartment, where I have an internet connection, and moving into my grandmother’s house for a few weeks, my updates may slow drastically. Still, I will try to put up something when I can.

Reminder #2: It is now only 29 days till Entrance Day!!! How awesome! Time is flying by!

Reminder the Third: In order for me to get to enter, I do still need your help. By my calculations, I still need about $3,000 in order to pay off all of my debt. Please help me! I truly appreciate every little bit.

Peace!

Notes From (Last) Sunday’s Homily…

As a nice break from moving and sewing more of my aprons, I thought it would be nice to share a bit from the homily from last Sunday’s Mass. I’ve been meaning to post this for a week now but I’ve been running around. It is always nice when you get a really great homily and what was nice is that Father seemed to pick up on the same two lines that had caught my ears as well.

I mean, the first line of the First Reading has to jump out at you:

Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the LORD.

Father went back 400 years to Israel clamoring for a king (who was supposed to be a good shepherd), wanting to be like all the nations around them. Samuel tells them this isn’t a good idea since kings aren’t all that great but Israel is fairly stubborn and God gives them what they ask for, after which all of Samuel’s predictions come true. The kings are, for the most part, greedy and self-absorbed and forgetful of their true role as a shepherd for the people of Israel. One other point to add was that Israel wanted a king, so as to be like everyone else but Israel was never supposed to be like everyone else. Israel was supposed to be holy, a nation set apart, led by the law and will of God. So by asking for a king, and wanting a man’s laws to rule them, there is a serious theological problem here!

Later, in the Gospel of Mark, we heard that

When [Jesus] disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

It stood out to me if for no other reason than I had just said Morning Prayer and that same line was found there today. Jesus knew they needed to be taught the will of God, that they might go back to the real plan for the people of God: to be a nation set apart, led and ruled by the law of God.

And so, explained Father, are we called to be a people set apart, led not by the whims of the people or of a king/president/parliament, etc. but by the law of God. As a Church, we are not supposed to blend in. We are called to be a sign in the world – a contradiction of the culture, standing up for the law of God and making His presence in the world known.

There was more but it has been a week. Suffice to say it was a reminder that we as Catholics and Christians are called to stand out and when the Church’s teaching are not the same as the culture’s ideals, that is probably a good thing.

And now, I need to go. I have a lot of moving and final cleaning to do in the morning, as I leave my apartment and continue getting things done for entering the convent.

God bless!

One Of My Favorite Musicians!

I was spending some time with my friend this evening (since I have only 30 days left before I enter… YAY!!!!) and we ended up listening to a few songs by a group called Marian Grace. They have such beautiful music and have taken several old, beautiful hymns and prayers and put them to music. It is all fantastic and I wanted to share one with you. I hope you like this one – it is the Anima Christi put to music.

Peace!

Moving Day!

A couple years ago, I decided it was time to get an apartment, to go out and try the idea of living on my own and all that that entails. I found a nice one bedroom next to the zoo (I sometimes like to joke that I live next door to a bunch of wild animals… because really, the zoo is right across the street!) and bought furniture and kitchen stuff and make it a nice little home.

Today, that adventure ends as I am embarking on my journey to the convent. YAY! I mean… I loved living here (minus the whole “no apartment is perfect and you will have problems with some of it” thing) and it has been great but the convent?? SO MUCH MORE AWESOME!!

Anyway, all of this means a good bit of work, from trying to sell all my stuff to hauling all of it over to my grandmother’s house (she is being super wonderful and letting me take over her basement with my stuff and sleep at her house till I go for my family visits). Lucky for me, I have some awesome cousins who own a truck and have muscles. They have agreed to trade use of said truck and upper-body strength for left over pulled pork sandwiches! YAY!

All of this means that though I would love to sit here and write more, I really need to be putting things in boxes. Right. OH! And since my internet is going to disappear with the move, my updates may be a little scant for a while. But I hope you guys will continue to donate because I still really need your help.

Time to go do work!

Peace!