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CURRENT BOOKSTACK (via Library haul) that I’m realizing will probably take me until 2024 to finish. But! I’m so excited to dig into each of these because you have so highly recommended them. . Atomic Habits by James Clear. I know this one will help me personally, and also professionally with my Beautycounter business. So many have told me it was pivotal for them. . Educated by Tara Westover. Some of you adored this one and some of you hated it so I have to find out for myself... . The Heart of Perfection by Colleen Carroll Campbell. I’ve read all the rest of Colleen’s books and loved them - this one I’m hearing rave reviews about. . The Lost Husband by Katherine Center. Several of you recommended it, including you I think @katie_herzing ? . The Lucky Few by Heather Avis. When I shared that my newborn has Down Syndrome so many of you messaged and told me to read it. I can’t wait! . Have you read any of these? Read anything amazing lately? Figured out how to read books with 5+ kids in the house? Do share 👇🏻😘❤️ . . . . #catholicmomthoughts #catholicsofinstagram #catholicconvert #catholicfaith #catholicfamily #catholicmom #projectblessed #catholiccreatives #gracemakers #christianmama #thismomentofmine #specialneedsmom #downsyndromemom #bookstagram #whatsinmybookbag #bookstacks #stephanieweinertreads
🇺🇸 Veteran’s Day... Thankful for all our Veterans, and especially proud of and thankful for mine. . Peter and I are also celebrating two weeks with our little Beckett Martin. They have been two of the hardest and yet best weeks we’ve ever had. . Beckett’s middle name comes from today’s Feast Day: Saint Martin of Tours. He’s always been one of my Veteran’s favorite saints. In the 300’s when Christianity was still so new, Martin was a giant for the Faith in Ancient Rome and surrounding territories. He was a fearless evangelist and a staunch defender of truth. . Thank you, today and always, to all those who have served our country so bravely. The world needs you. And thank you, today and every day, to those who speak the truth and share the Gospel with courage and compassion. Our world needs you, too. Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us! . . . . . #catholicmomthoughts #catholicsofinstagram #catholicconvert #catholicfaith #catholicfamily #catholicmom #liturgicalliving #projectblessed #catholiccreatives #gracemakers #christianmama #thismomentofmine #martinoftours #saintmartinoftours #veteransday2019
💕FRIENDSHIP.... (and a giveaway): . I’ve been thinking a lot about friends lately, party because I started reading my friend @rebeccafrech1 ‘s book “Can We Be Friends?” and mostly because my family has been overwhelmed by the kindness and care of good friends since Beckett’s birth last week. We are so blessed and grateful for friends near and far. . Friendship can be so complicated in some cases, and so easy in others. Always, friendship is a blessing. Today in our #chapteradaychallenge we read Sirach chapter 6, which includes one of the most beautiful descriptions of friendship in the entire Bible. (I’ve made a screensaver of the verses you can save to your phone - in my IG stories today.) . A few things I believe are key to friendship: — Always assume the best of intentions in your friend. (Assuming the worst is disastrous). . — Just show up. She might tell you she’s fine and she doesn’t need anything, but if you sense she’s going through the hard, just be there. — Friends don’t gossip about each other to other people. The end. . What are some keys to a true friendship in your life? Share below, and tag a girlfriend who’s been “a sturdy shelter” for you (Sirach 6:14). . I’ll pick a winner from the comments below and send both you and the friend you tag a copy of Rebecca Frech’s book on friendship, and a little Beautycounter treat from me. 💕 Happy Friday, Friends! So grateful for each and every one of you. 😘 . (Giveaway ends Saturday at midnight). . . . . #friendship #sirach #sturdyshelter #afriendlovesatalltimes #friendships #catholicfriendship #bissisterhood #catholicmomthoughts #catholicsofinstagram #catholicconvert #catholicfaith #catholicfamily #catholicmom #projectblessed #catholiccreatives #gracemakers #christianmama #thismomentofmine
Remember in the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Windex was the Dad’s solution for everything? I’ve got a product like that at my house - and after slathering it on this morning realized I’ve got to tell you about this magic in a bottle that is helping Beckett and me so much during postpartum recovery. . Beautycounter’s Lotus Cleansing Balm is a unicorn product that’s become my go-to for most skin issues in my home. Made with a proprietary blend of apricot oil, sunflower wax, avocado and jojoba oils, essential oils and so much goodness - the Balm repairs, heals, and soothes skin so quickly. . Beckett had his first horrible diaper rash this week, and I resorted to Cleansing Balm after trying multiple diaper creams. Cleansing Balm cleared it right up. 🙌🏻 I’ve been using it on my hands, face, and dry patches on my skin - it has also helped soothe post-csection itching which I think was caused by the surgery drugs. . I use Cleansing Balm for so many things in our family. My Garrett gets super chapped cheeks and hands as soon as the weather gets cold - he gets balm on his face nightly. I use it for occasional eczema outbreaks in my kids, rashes, as a deep moisture mask overnight for me, makeup remover, in my hair (especially in winter it controls the frizz and static). Gee whiz I love this stuff! . Beautycounter released an extra jumbo size Cleansing Balm for Christmas. It’s a one time it’ll last all year purchase, and it will most likely sell out before Christmas (last year it was the first BC product to sell out from the Holiday collection! If you know Cleansing Balm, you know to grab the big one!) . Tell me what your “Windex” product is for your family below 👇🏻. And if you use Cleansing Balm already, tell me what you use it for! You can also read more about Balm via the link in my profile. . Happy Thursday, friends! ❤️ (P.S. Couldn’t you just eat those toes they’re so adorable? Baby hands and toes are a little bit of heaven!)
On January 1st I started an IG hashtag to encourage everyone to read one chapter of the Bible every day. #chapteradaychallenge was born from something Dad would say to us kids our whole lives: “a chapter a day keeps the Devil away!” He modeled this by reading scripture with his morning coffee every day. . For January I created a free printable to read Proverbs every day for a month. So many friends wrote me saying it was their first time reading a whole book of the Bible, or reading consistently every day for a month. So we kept going! . From Feb-Oct we read the entire New Testament together. And we are finishing the year with the Book of Sirach, which will wrap up Christmas week. . I wanted to chat about Sirach for a minute because this is the first Book I’ve chosen that is in the Catholic Canon of Scripture but is not found in Protestant Bibles. Sirach is one of the seven Deuterocanonical books that Martin Luther rejected from his canon. As far as I know he did not have any beef against Sirach, but the only way to remove Maccabees from the canon (which talks explicitly about Purgatory) was to remove all seven Deutero books and accept the Jewish Canon only. I had never read Sirach until after my conversion to Catholicism. I was really missing out! . Sirach is a delight. It’s also known as “Ecclesiasticus” or “the Church Book” and it received this name because of its frequent use and reading in the Church, instructing the faithful and catechumens on moral teachings. You’ll hear about right living, worship, virtue, poverty and wealth, work, friendship, and so much more. If you’ve ever read and loved Proverbs, you will surely love this treasure from God’s Word. . Whether you’re a new follower or have been here awhile I’d love to invite you to read a chapter a day with me. You could start with any of the New Testament books we’ve read this year, or join me for Sirach! We started yesterday so read 2 chapters today and you’re all caught up! . — Free printable downloads/calendars of the full year of chapter a day readings can be found online at: myampersand.com — I also post a screensaver every Sunday of that weeks’ readings. (In my IG Stories today).
“A DAY, A WEEK, A MONTH, A YEAR.” — Right before our wedding day, my father-in-law told us this little nugget of wisdom: “For everything major in life and in your marriage, take it a day, a week, a month and a year and you’ll be okay.” . Beckett came into our world earlier than expected - a week ago today. I went in for my normal appointment last Friday and they did a ultrasound - which discovered I had scary-low fluid. My doc came in and said: “Honey, you are going to meet your baby today.” It felt surreal. We had 2 hours to get our kids and dog packed and into the care of others, and ourselves over to the hospital. When I got there my doc decided to try induction instead of C-section so I labored hard all night. In the morning the baby had moved into transverse position - so that decided an automatic C-Section and Beckett was born Saturday afternoon. . It was a wild two days but I’m so relieved he is here safe. Thank you all so much for praying for us. Your prayers were such a consolation to Peter and me. . Although I had lots of ultrasounds during my pregnancy, no one detected that my little Beckett had a heart defect or Down Syndrome until after he was born. Doctors and specialists informed Peter and me of these things when Beckett was a day old. It has been a long hard week of many tests, specialists, and information that we hadn’t prepared our hearts for. But God’s grace is always there when we need it - Peter and I have both been very peaceful as we’ve received hard news after hard news. . Beckett is going to have a good and happy life, we will make sure of it. He will also have lots of therapy, open heart surgery when he’s an older toddler, and many things our family will be able to offer up along the way. . I used to think this scenario was my worst nightmare. I thought I wasn’t strong enough or selfless enough to welcome a special needs baby. But even in this first week my heart has changed so much. I wouldn’t trade him for anything, and I know he’s here not so we can care for him but so that he can help change the rest of us. We need Beckett much more than he needs us. God is so good. He is faithful. And He makes all things beautiful...