Christmas Union

When I saw snow on the weather forecast, I was skeptical and when I woke up and opened my blinds, only to be greeted by a dreary gray sky, I was disappointed. Yet, as the day went on, the snow didn’t stop as I’d anticipated. Instead, flurries continued to fall, making me feel as if I was living in a snow globe. This single day of snow has me wishing for a white Christmas, especially since we haven’t had one in forever!

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To celebrate the snow, the end of finals, and the start of the Christmas season, I put on my most festive flannel, most toy soldier-esque jacket, snow-white jeans and bean boots and headed out to see some lights, trees and decorations around the city. I ended up at Union Station where I accidentally ran out in front of a few busses and enjoyed wandering around. A few people even came up to me and complemented my outfit, saying I looked just like Christmas.

Flannel // Similar Jacket // Jeans // Bean Boots

Thanksgiving Silverquette

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! My day started bright and early as I was scheduled to lector the 9am mass. After the mass had ended, I headed home and set the table for dinner. I was totally lost when it came to placing the silverware, so I was thrilled when my mom pulled the Silverquette book out of the dining room table’s drawer so I was able to orchestrate proper place settings. I even lit candles down the middle of the table. Let’s pretend I didn’t throw a lit match not once but twice at the table-cloth and carpet because of how hot they were!IMG_2614IMG_2619IMG_2616IMG_2622IMG_2603-1IMG_2618IMG_2604-1IMG_2629Going for a walk with Delila is absolutely crucial following a day filled with eating. I’m so blessed to have this wonderful dog in my life. She’s pretty thankful I’m home too; I got lots of kisses! IMG_2623IMG_2613IMG_2625IMG_2627

 

 

Happy Father’s Day

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Growing up, everyone always said I looked exactly like my Dad but I never saw it until today. It’s insane how similar we look in every single one of these Father Daughter Dance photos. I’m fortunate to have inherited more than good looks from my Dad. Without him, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Through his example, I know the value of hard work, and more importantly, honest work as it is never worth it to cheat or lie to get ahead. Without my Gary, I would not love big cars, black Dobermans or the middle of nowhere as much as I do today.

We had so much fun at every single one of these father daughter dances. Although the themes in third and fifth grade were unclear, we always had fun dressing to the themes of the other dances, such as Hollywood in first grade, Hawaii in second, and The Wild West in fourth. Because I went to a Catholic middle school, our annual tradition of attending the Ladies Choice event didn’t have to end until eighth grade. I would share those photos as well, however, middle school was such an awkward stage, I couldn’t bring myself to publish the evidence on the internet… too cringe worthy.

I’m so glad my Dad and I got to have fun nights out every year for eight consecutive years. I’m so lucky to have the supportive father that I do, one that willingly moves me in and out of college and shows up to trailer my friends and I out of a show; one that supports me in my education and in my hobbies. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I got you a hammock for me to lay in, it’s on the way!!!

Donut Day

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Happy National Donut Day! I celebrated by picking up a half-dozen of Allie’s Donuts to bring home plus some extras to eat in the car, they’re just the best! I made sure to coordinate my first donut of the day with my outfit; did you really celebrate Donut Day if you didn’t twin with your donut? I think not. Whoever came up with the idea for this holiday is simply genius, it’s definitely on my list of favorites.

Easter Sunday

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Happy Easter! This morning I woke up to a lovely Easter basket filled with chocolate bunnies on the front porch next to some beautiful daffodils. I then went for my annual Easter egg hunt that was a little different this year. My parents hid eggs throughout the woods so I’d have to follow the trail to get to different ‘baskets’ which were actually Lilly bags! Inside the bags I found two adorable Lilly shifts (one of which I’m wearing today),  some more chocolate and an adorable button down! It was so much fun to walk through the woods with my parents and dogs while Easter egg hunting. My puppy Delila ended up helping me find some of the eggs I missed. We spent the remainder of the day having dinner and spending time with family. He has truly risen, Alleluia!

The Easter Horse

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Jupiter transformed into the Easter Bunny this afternoon! EveryBUNNY loves carrots, and he was no exception. I made the mistake of feeding him an entire carrot before our little photoshoot was over and was blessed with some lovely photos of him chewing as he thoroughly enjoyed himself- too cute! He surprisingly didn’t mind wearing the bunny ears, he’s such a good sport. Afterwards, he was treated to a nice long trail ride cantering through the woods. He even got to jump over a little log. We had such a fun day, now it’s time to get excited for Easter!

Lenten Sacrifice

I can’t believe tomorrow is Ash Wednesday! For the past week or so, I’ve been thinking about what to give up this year. Every year, thinking of something seems to get more and more difficult. I’m beyond the point of giving up something frivolous such as chocolate or sugar, especially since giving up one of those things would make me unhappy and less likely to spread love to those that I encounter. I’ve noticed many of my friends also struggling to think of something to give up for Lent this year, so I complied a list of ideas including some I’ve done in past years and some that I’m considering doing this year. Many of these ideas include giving up nothing at all. You don’t necessarily have to give something up for Lent. The idea behind a Lenten Sacrifice is to prepare for the coming of our Savior. We want to be as pure as possible by the time Easter Sunday rolls around. For this reason, it is important not to be selfish in our sacrifices and to make sure we aren’t taking on too much. It’s better to abstain from one thing well than to fail at several and get nowhere spiritually.  Remember, the whole reason for Lenten Sacrifice is to get closer to Christ.

  1. Go to Adoration weekly: You can also decide to attend stations of the Cross and other Lenten services offered by your parish. Just make sure that before you pledge to do this, you’ll be able to follow through and attend everything you plan to.
  2. Community Service: Why not give back more this Lenten season? Set aside time every week to give back to your community and grow closer to Christ.
  3. Be More Friendly: This is what I “gave up” for Lent last year. By the time Easter rolled around, it had become a routine. I’m still far from perfect, but I’m more likely to be friendly to others now than I was a year ago.
  4. Going to mass weekly: Okay, this one will only work if you aren’t attending mass every weekend already. Doing this for the season of Lent will put you in the routine of going every weekend and hopefully make you keep going after Easter.
  5. Going to daily mass: I love going to daily mass, and hopefully, one of these years, I’ll be able to do this everyday for Lent. Unfortunately, my school schedule has been too busy and unpredictable both in years past and now to fully commit to doing this.
  6. Stress: Giving stress up for Lent can definitely backfire and cause you to stress about not stressing. But, it is also a really beneficial and healthy thing to give up for Lent. It allows you to focus on whats more important and prepare for the Resurrection of Christ. My friends and I tried this one out junior year of high school and it worked. I definitely stress less to this day.
  7. Pray a decade of the rosary every day: This one is definitely easier said than done. Although it sounds quick and easy, pulling out your beads every day for the next 40 days is going to take dedication. If you do decide to commit, listening to rosary on tape in the car is a way to make this one easier.
  8. Swearing: I don’t think swearing is necessarily anti-Catholic but its not very classy and in the  wrong context can be disrespectful. Giving up negative and hateful speech, wether it be curse words, gossip or bullying for Lent would be a great idea if that’s something you’re struggling with.
  9. Go to Confession weekly: Again, if you’re doing this already it probably won’t count as a Lenten Sacrifice, and just like going to weekly mass, this is an idea that could easily paired with something else.
  10. Daily Prayer: Setting time aside every day to pray and be with Christ is very important, especially in the 40 days leading up to Easter. There’s no time like the present to get closer to God. You could even mix it up and pray to a different Patron Saint every day for intervention for different intentions.
  11. Acknowledge others: Instead of looking down at your phone or failing to smile at others when you walk by them on the street or in the hallway, say hello or smile at them instead. It’s a good way to be friendly and spread positivity and the spirit of Christ to those you encounter.
  12. Complaining: I’m definitely guilty of complaining a lot, and it’s a bad habit I need to kick. Complaining frequently makes you look like a negative person who isn’t grateful for what you have.
  13. Your Phone: Not completely; don’t panic! So many people are glued to their phones to the point that they’d rather be on it than have a legitimate conversation with the person sitting across from them. Others are so addicted that they’ll go on it instead of doing work, homework, or real world activities. It this is you, be conscious of your phone consumption for Lent or limit yourself to one phone battery every day. If that still seems like too much, try turning it off every time you’re planning on working or spending time with someone instead.