Life Lately {Photo Dump}

I'm still very much... silent around these parts. I'm trying to figure out how to get my groove back and get to writing again (however I did manage to update my NAS post from Tuesday this morning. Eh, not my best writings!) I can't force it, though... it will happen, whenever it will happen.

Due to the silence, perhaps you have no idea what's going on in my life. Unless, of course, you follow me on the 'gram or the Twitters. I am around there A LOT. So, you have an inkling of what I've been up to. :) But, who doesn't like getting caught up on life through iPhone pics?!

Namely... THIS GUY!!!


David Gregory made his debut on March 30 at 2:15pm with a full head of dark hair!
I was super lucky to meet the little dude less than an hour old!!

Therefore my life has been pretty consumed with baby cuddles and time with my favorite Goddaughter. Gosh, it's rough, I know.

Zuzu and I got to hang out while Mama worked very hard to get baby brother into the world. And, perhaps, one of my proudest moments was getting her to nap. She hasn't slept on me since she was teeeeeeeny tiny, and my heart wanted to explode, of course.



"Da baby is here! My baby budder has arrived!"


First sibling selfie with Auntie Jen! :)

Zuzu and I have gone on lots of adventures to the pool (yay for GG and Grampy's new condo that has a pool!) and the beach and the park and getting treats (Dunkin' Donuts, mostly!)... so that Mama and David can have some quality time together, and sleep. :)






One of my fave photos!!!
Please continue to pray for the Orams as they continue to transition and settle as a family of four!


This face.

Also, HOW IS SHE SO BIG?!

My heart.

Best date.... ever.

Lest you think that's all I've done... nope. :)

My sweet friend, Sarah from Cherishing Everyday Beauty has begun a beautiful ministry of making cord rosaries. She absolutely LOVES making them, and even better, making them for YOU! If you are in need of a new rosary, or as a gift for someone, please contact Sarah. She does it for free, but does ask for a small donation if it's possible. Her Deacon Dad even gives them a blessing before they are shipped to you. :)

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Sunsets with friends :)
 My beautiful friend, Nadine, came into the Church at Easter Vigil. It was absolutely beautiful. One day, if I get my writing groove back, maybe I will talk about my experience being her sponsor. It was a wonderful and humbling experience. One that I would do again in a heart beat!

Welcome home, Nadine!! And congratulations!!

#floridaliving

Just beautiful.

Continuing to reflect on the word and journal every morning.
Continued Lenten habit FTW!!

GAH!!!!
Cannot wait to dive into this Blessed is She journal tomorrow!!!!

Sometimes, taking the same selfie and belly laughing with a good friend makes for a perfect moment.

And well, those are some snapshots of my life lately.

Lots on my mind.

Discerning life.

While trying to get my life back in some sort of order after these last few weeks.

Praying.

Hoping.


Annnnywayyy... hope you are doing well! :) Prayers and love to you!

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On Christian Friendship {NAS}

Oh hey... it's been two weeks since I've poked my head around these parts. These two weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least. It's been a joy (a busy joy) to hang out with Mart and the new babe, and of course Zuzu all of the time.

I have so much on my mind and heart that I want to share.

I miss this space.

I miss you.

I want to write. But, it's just not coming naturally right now.

So... there is silence. I just have to be ok with that.

Thank you for your patience. Thank you for hanging in there. Keep praying for me!! And I for you, of course.


Annnnnnd to the NAS topic at hand- friendship. Namely ones rooted in Christ.

What does it mean to be a friend based in Christ? Do Christian friends hold each other higher? Do we hold each other accountable? How do these friendships differ from non-Christian based friendships? Do they differ? Is one better than the other?

{Finally updated Saturday, April 18}

I have been so blessed with some amazing friends. Friends that I couldn't imagine my life without.

My friendships that have Christ in the center are my most genuine and awesome, but also most difficult. Not difficult because we don't see each other as much as we want or even talk, though that is very hard. But, difficult because we are entrusting each other to bring us closer to Jesus.

And that can be one of the hardest things... ever.

Yes, of course... it's super easy when we agree on everything. Spend so much time with one another, that we know each other's lives like our own. Worship in the same way. Have the same taste in music or movies. Or enjoy the same food when going out!

God calls us to love... to bring others Christ's light... to give of ourselves for the sake of the other person. He calls us to do this with every person in our lives- family, friends, spouses, children, coworkers, etc.

To love another person, another imperfect human, is a difficult thing to do. Yet, we are asked to do it anyway. And it seems to be harder when you realize you don't agree with someone. You have an argument. You raise your voice.  You judge. You say hurtful things.

You are faced with the choice: to love your friend through this moment, or to give up?

Sometimes love is painful. Especially when we are talking about the things that, perhaps, no one wants to talk about. You are being honest and bringing Truth, but it's not perceived that way. You hold someone accountable. You are calling someone out.

When you have made the choice to have your friendship centered on Christ, you have made the choice to be able to talk about the hard things, right? No one wants to just be complacent in their friendships or walk with Christ. We need these relationships to help us grow, to learn and to be more holy.

And to get to know Jesus better. I have grown in understanding of Jesus's love for me throughout my friendships. I am not the easiest person to love, I know... but, my friends do, somehow. They pray for me. They encourage me. They want what is best for me, not what they think is best for me. They encourage me to pray and listen to God before all else.

And I try to do this with them. Even if it's annoying. Or not taken that way.

They have entrusted me, as I have entrusted them, to bring them closer to Christ.

What are your thoughts?! I would love to know if you feel this same way? What have your experiences been like?!



We don't have a topic for next week, so it's a FREEBIE!! Woot!

Morgan and I will gather some more ideas and get back to you. But, in the mean time, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT!

Annnnnd link-up below!

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NAS: Expectations vs Reality

Have you ever had people in your life who have expectations of what your life is like, as a single person? Do friends or family ever make assumptions about your life simply because you're unmarried? Did you ever have expectations about being single which turned out to be different than the reality? How do you manage the expectations of others with the reality of your day-to-day?





Please forgive me! Martha's baby was born yesterday, so my blog was the last thing on my mind!! Please keep Mart, Tom, Zuzu and baby David in your prayers as they continue to transition to a beautiful family of 4! :)

Link up below!


NEXT WEEK!
Challenge Check-in!
A couple weeks ago, we set to challenge ourselves! What did you decide on and what did you end up doing? Was this a fruitful experience for you? Why or why not?

April 14
Christian Friendship
What does it mean to be a friend based in Christ? Do Christian friends hold each other higher? Do we hold each other accountable? How do these friendships differ from non-Christian based friendships? Do they differ? Is one better than the other?


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She has done a good thing for me.


Can you imagine being the woman who anointed Jesus with oil when he says, "she has done a good thing for me" (Mark 14:6)?!

Just take a second to let that sink in. You are standing right next to Jesus, you put yourself out there and anoint his forehead with a precious oil, and are being questioned by others for doing such a thing, and then, Jesus defends you, "she has done a good thing for me."

Whoa.

We desire this most, don't you think? I know I do. To meet Jesus face to face, as he looks back on my entire life, for him to say, "she has done a good thing for me." To which I am sure I would start balling and fall to his feet.

Today, as I reflect on the Palm Sunday readings (hello, Blessed is She!), it's a mixed bag of emotions, right? So close to Easter!! The pretty palms! Jesus is here! Oh, but then... pain. And suffering. And heartbreak. There is no way to get to Easter without His death. We have to go through it. We need to go through it.

I am overwhelmed thinking about how I am going to enter into Holy Week more deeply. My instinctive, human nature doesn't want to think about doing anything too crazy or too radical or too... painful. Because, who would?!

Jesus would. And, he did. He knew it would be painful, yet because the Father asked him to, he obeyed. He followed through with the worst kind of suffering there is. The craziest, most radical and most painful of deaths. Out of love for his people. For sinners. For you. For me.

I will be reflecting for the rest of the day how, exactly, I am going to push aside my selfish ways this week and offer them up to Him. I am a little nervous, but I know that Easter is coming right up. Through this suffering, we still have hope.

How will you be entering more deeply this Holy Week? Let's share, so we can continue to encourage and inspire one another! And, of course hope that our precious Lord will say,

She has done a good thing for me.


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Lent Check-in {NAS}

We're more than half way through Lent... how's it going?! What did you decide to give up/take up? Did you make any spiritual goals? How have you grown thus far and how do you hope to make the most of the remainder of the season?


Via


Oh, Lent. You have been a doozy this year. That's for darn sure. 

There just seems to be so much going on this Lent; from personal sufferings to those of friends to those of the world. I'm not sure why after all of these years, this is the year that satan is rearing his ugly head ALL up in my grill, but dude... give it a rest.

Amongst all of that crazy, I still find hope. I still find the good. Easter IS coming.

And that is a beautiful thing. 

Another beautiful thing? My discipline with things I said I was going to do. My new (I hope it continues!) habit, that has become my favorite part of the day is my morning devotional time with the Blessed is She Lenten Journal. I get up earlier so that I can enjoy some sweet sips of coffee, while reflecting and journaling on the Word. It's simply amazing. I know I will reap the benefits of this new habit over and over again. 

Via- my Insta :)
I've also given up social media during the workday.  - - <-- that is a face... does it look like a face?! ANYway... yes. Social media at work was filling up WAY more time in my day than I care to admit. So, it was time for it to take a backseat. Um, harder than I was expecting. Blah.

I am also saying the Litany of the Sacred Heart right before bed. I've been pretty good with this- it's such a beautiful and wonderful reminder of how amazing and tender our Lord's heart is.

Working on some other things, but I won't bore you with those. :)

Overall, while my Lent has been intense in ways that I wasn't expecting, it really has been amazing. One of my goals this Lent was to return to God with my whole heart (Joel 2:12). Do I think I have achieved this totally? Not necessarily, but I have given Him what I can. Each day. 

And because he is an ever-patient God, he waits. Every day. For my whole heart.

Just as He waits for yours.

How is YOUR Lent going?! Share with us by writing your own post, sharing in our FB group or commenting on our blogs! We really want to know how things are going for you!

Link up over at Morgan's!




NEXT WEEK!
March 31
Expectations vs Reality... of the Single Life
Have you ever had people in your life who have expectations of what your life is like, as a single person? Do friends or family ever make assumptions about your life simply because you're unmarried? Did you ever had expectations about being single which turned out to be different than the reality? How do you manage the expectations of others with the reality of your day-to-day?

April 7
Challenge Check-in!
A couple weeks ago, we set to challenge ourselves! What did you decide on and what did you end up doing? Was this a fruitful experience for you? Why or why not?

April 14
Christian Friendship
What does it mean to be a friend based in Christ? Do Christian friends hold each other higher? Do we hold each other accountable? How do these friendships differ from non-Christian based friendships? Do they differ? Is one better than the other?




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