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It’s a good day to be happy

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Yesterday I had a full five minutes to myself in the car. Not enough time for the full emotional breakdown I felt lay right under the surface. In that brief five minute span I poured out my soul to Jesus. When I got home I went and sat on our well and the tears just flowed. Unfortunately, I was urgently called in to deal with a pressing matter. My husband asked me what was wrong. “I just need 10 minutes to myself so I can have the meltdown I deserve!”

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It's a good day to be happy

Yesterday I had a full five minutes to myself in the car. Not enough time for the full emotional breakdown I felt lay right under the surface. In that brief five minute span I poured out my soul to Jesus. When I got home I went and sat on our well and the tears just […]

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Running Errands With Kids? Try The Trip Clip! (A review and a giveaway!)

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So, you know what’s fun? Running errands with your kids in tow. It’s a blast right?! It’s right up there with matching socks, getting a root canal, or responding to a jury duty summons.  Oh come on! I know I am not the only one who sort of treasures those times when I can run to the bank, post office, and Target by myself and perhaps squeeeeeeze in a cuppa at the coffee shop. Bliss.  Pure bliss.

But, let’s face it. Most of the time running errands means a lot of buckling and unbuckling car seats, finding public restrooms, answering “Are we done yet?” and “Can I have this?” over and over and over and over again.  It’s just life. The mom life.  And it takes mad skillz.  (See our post on Grocery Shopping 101!!!)

Trip Clip

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Trip Clip

So, you know what’s fun? Running errands with your kids in tow. It’s a blast right?! It’s right up there with matching socks, getting a root canal, or responding to a jury duty summons.  Oh come on! I know I am not the only one who sort of treasures those times when I can run […]

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Prayer For The Week of April 13 — His Mercy Found Me

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Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. Although I can’t live a day, a second, a fleeting moment without God’s mercy, there’s something so profound about setting aside a particular day to meditate on His mercy.

In yesterday’s homily, my priest brought out the root of the word mercy. It comes from the Latin: misericordia. Literally this means, “Misery of heart.”

Think about that for a moment. Mercy isn’t a warm fuzzy. It’s a sword in the side. It’s not so much a cozy sweater, as it is a gush of blood and water. It doesn’t so much whitewash our sins, as it does drown our apathy and compels us to our knees.

Mercy Found Me

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Mercy Found Me

Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. Although I can’t live a day, a second, a fleeting moment without God’s mercy, there’s something so profound about setting aside a particular day to meditate on His mercy. In yesterday’s homily, my priest brought out the root of the word mercy. It comes from the Latin: misericordia. Literally this means, […]

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What It Means To Be A Mother

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Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation.  We are nine months from Christmas. (Don’t panic. This is not a post about preparing for Christmas!)

This is a day to recall the words of the Angel Gabriel, proclaiming to Mary the part she would play in the plan of salvation.

This is a day to recall the words of The Virgin Mary, affirming her willingness to carry the Savior of the world, to live a Eucharistic life.

Mary’s participation in Christ’s suffering began with the annunciation, when she was asked to give God a human body, more properly, a human nature. In other words, will you make God capable of suffering? God though he was, he learned obedience in the school of suffering. God could know experimentally what suffering was only by taking a body. So the Blessed Mother is asked, “Will you make it possible for your creator to suffer?” think of a mother, for example, who gives to a young son or daughter an automobile at the age of nineteen, which a short time afterward is the cause of a wreck and permanent injury. Would the mother ever forgive herself? And here Mary has to say yes, I will let him suffer. (Fulton Sheen in Through the Year with Fulton Sheen)

What an example of amazing motherhood Mary gives us. And as mothers we all participate in redemption. We all in a sense consent to brokenness for the sake of new life. (Read last year’s meditation on the Annunciation: Body Broken)

On Sunday, the speaker gave a timely encouragement that we want to pass along to you. He said, “At what point did Mary become a mother? It was not at the Nativity. It was at the Annunciation, when she said, ‘I am the handmaiden of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word.’  Some of you have been touched by miscarriage or stillbirth. You need to know that you are a mother. In fact, you are still that child’s mother. Be comforted that you share in the blessing of Motherhood.”

Today we call Mary blessed. And we rejoice in our motherhood. And we rejoice with you in your motherhood–if your babies are in your arms or in Jesus’ arms. Have a beautiful day.

[This post is linked to Worth Revisiting]




Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation.  We are nine months from Christmas. (Don’t panic. This is not a post about preparing for Christmas!) This is a day to recall the words of the Angel Gabriel, proclaiming to Mary the part she would play in the plan of salvation. This is a day to recall […]

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Family Devotions You Can Do!

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It goes like this….

You get inspired to have more meaningful family times, including family devotions.  So, you call all your kids to the living room and hand Daddy the Bible.  He starts at the beginning or picks some random spot.  The New Testament is good place to start, right?  He starts reading, the kids start squirming.  And whining.  And someone needs a drink of water.  And someone has to go potty.  And someone is just full of questions! “Dad, what’s fornication mean?”  He just reads faster.  Forget it, let’s just pray.  Who wants to go first?  For the first time since you started this, everyone falls silent.  OK, fine, you, The Mom will pray.  Well, you’re in the middle of changing a diaper.  OK, someone else can pray….the three old is game.  And so you all thank the Lord for cereal and sloths and grandma and ask the Lord for new Legos.  You call it a night.  You say you’ll try again tomorrow.  Then about two weeks goes by.

Come on now! We are not the only ones!

Family Devotions

You can find lots on instructions on how to do family devotions.  There are lots of pages and books and speakers that will tell you all the how-to’s.  The thing is, no two families are alike.  What works for one family may not work for another.  There is no one right away and a thousand great ways to have family worship.  The point is to do it.  The how of that is completely up to you!  And it may change and grow and develop as you develop as a family in your faith.

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.  Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,  and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

1. Rather make one big, elaborate time for family Bible study and prayer, we recommend working your faith in throughout the day, in small, doable bite-sized moments. We find that times when the family is already together work the best–such as meals, rides in the car, bedtime, etc.

2. Daddy can lead family devotions. Mommy can lead family devotions. The kids can lead family devotions. Give everyone a chance to share and don’t place the full weight of getting it done on one person’s shoulders.

3. Don’t get locked into rigid standards. Sometimes it will be short, sometimes long. Sometimes deep, sometimes lighthearted. Go with the flow.

Family Worship

IDEAS FOR YOUR DOMESTIC CHURCH

  1. Before you eat a meal together, sing a hymn or praise song. Let the kids take turns choosing.  We have several hymn books and use them regularly.
  2. Memorize a passage of Scripture together as a family.  (We’ve had some great success using Seeds of Courage music CD’s as a way to make memorizing easy and fun for the whole family!)
  3. After dinner read a portion of Scripture.  Just a bit–like a few verses from Proverbs or one Psalm.  Afterwards ask each person to say one thing that stood out to them.
  4. Use the daily Mass readings as a guide for what to read each day.  Even our non-Catholic readers can use this! Those from non-liturgical traditions may not realize that if you follow the daily readings you will have pretty much covered the whole Bible in three years. A good way to do this with young children is to break it up and do the first and second reading at breakfast, the Psalm at lunch, and the Gospel reading at dinner. (You can find them here at EWTN Daily Readings.)
  5. Memorize prayers you can pray together as a family such as The Lord’s Prayer or The Prayer Before The Crucifix.
  6. For children who are too young to read, put together a prayer picture book.  This can be a photo album. They can go through this and pray for each image.  Include family members, your church and pastor, your neighborhood, a map of the US, a map of the world, picture of an unborn baby, etc.
  7. Giving children something tangible is a great way to help them connect truths with their every day lives. For example, on the day we pray for the Persecuted Church, we tie a rope to our wrists, reading the children Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those in bounds as if bound with them.” (See the picture above!)
  8. Use your time in the car to listen to teaching CD’s, sing worship songs or pray for special prayer requests.
  9. We’ve written a book that we use every Spring. Radiant! Inside and Out! It’s a Spring Cleaning book–for heart and home. Again using practical things to connect the prophetic applications of the spiritual life! This little book is packed full of truth and beauty for your child’s heart! And your house will be cleaner when you are done too. Win-win!
  10. Before you drop your kids off at dance/martial arts/school, etc. take a moment and pray for them and bless them.
  11. Before they go to bed bless them. Numbers 6:24-26 works really well. (This book, The Blessing, is a great place to learn more about and be inspired about speaking blessings to your children! We highly recommend it!)
  12. Fast as a family.  Let the whole family pray together and decide together what they will fast, such as go without dessert for a week or instead of going to the movies, use that money for charity. The possibilities are endless.
  13. Pick a prayer target and be spiritual missionaries! We love this book about Praying through the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window !
  14. Keep your churches missionaries and staff pictures in a book or on a bulletin board. Pick one each day and pray for them. Breakfast is a great time to do this.
  15. Observe Biblical Feasts together. We have seen this bring our family together around the Word in such a unique and beautiful way. (Lots of resources here.)
  16. Observe a day of rest. A true Sabbath. A Shabbat Meal is a lovely tradition that sets a perfect tone and encourages our rest in Him.
  17. Make a game out of Bible Trivia. You could even offer prizes! (See Kristina’s Bible Challenge here.)
  18. Let your children see you have prayer time. Of course we all like to get away by ourselves for quiet time and prayer (like early in the morning or after they go to bed at night), but make sure that there are times your kids see you reading your Bible, on your knees in prayer, journaling, weeping, etc. There is a lot that is caught, rather than taught.
  19. Need to get some wiggles out?  Take the kids out for a prayer walk.  As you walk the neighborhood pray for your neighbors and your community.
  20. Dance regularly!  Turn on your favorite worship music and dance before the Lord.  After all, David danced before the Lord and God said in regard to David, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” (Acts 13:22)

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Family Devotions

It goes like this…. You get inspired to have more meaningful family times, including family devotions.  So, you call all your kids to the living room and hand Daddy the Bible.  He starts at the beginning or picks some random spot.  The New Testament is good place to start, right?  He starts reading, the kids […]

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Smart Replies To Rude Questions

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My daughter Meg and I are never bored.  We are never not amused with the world around us and how we interact with it.  Yesterday, we got a little sassy-pants and couldn’t help having a little fun with it.

This one goes out to all the big families everywhere who daily put up with nosy-rosy people all up in their business, saying all sorts of rude or embarrassing things.  Solidarity, baby.

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My daughter Meg and I are never bored.  We are never not amused with the world around us and how we interact with it.  Yesterday, we got a little sassy-pants and couldn’t help having a little fun with it. This one goes out to all the big families everywhere who daily put up with nosy-rosy […]

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Nighttime Parenting

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When I had my first child I read books about letting your baby cry it out and sleep in her own crib.  It was supposed to be “better” and make my life “easier.”  Instead, it made me a nervous wreck.  The more I learned about my baby as an individual the more I felt uncomfortable with training her that way.  At that point I don’t think I had ever heard the term “attachment parenting” and I had never read a book on it.  I just prayed and started following my own instincts.  Which meant that she spent most nights in our bed.

Little-by-little my parenting style evolved into co-sleeping, baby-wearing, extended-nursing earthy-crunchy momma.  You can call it old-school and primitive or you can call it progressive.  To me, though, it has been what has come naturally.  I learned that I could consult all the child-rearing experts in the world, but I was the expert on my baby.  No one knew her better than I did.  If I paid attention to all the experts I’d have to change my parenting style every other week.  There is always some new study, new author, new PhD that has the answer to all parenting woes.  Some new gadget or method is supposed to make us happier or smarter or better adjusted.  What I find amazing is that we think that as a society we are so much more evolved than the rest of the world.  We think that modern research trumps ancient wisdom.  But, that is not necessarily the case.

The puzzling question of co-sleeping

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The puzzling question of co-sleeping

When I had my first child I read books about letting your baby cry it out and sleep in her own crib.  It was supposed to be “better” and make my life “easier.”  Instead, it made me a nervous wreck.  The more I learned about my baby as an individual the more I felt uncomfortable […]

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Coming of Age

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The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. Ecclesiastes 12:13

Today we are having a coming of age celebration for our oldest son.  We are calling it a Bar Mitzvah in the truest sense of what that implies, both historically and Biblically.  It’s been sort of distorted these days, being almost synonymous with “big fancy party.”  We are having a dinner in our home, with a guest list built by our son–close family members, friends and mentors.  We will reflect on his 13 years, challenge him to walk in true manhood–integrity, mercy, faith, humility, servant-hood.  Guests will each speak a blessing over him, give him prophetic gifts, and affirm the man he is becoming.

Coming of Age

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Coming of Age

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Today we are having a coming of age celebration for our oldest son.  We are calling it a Bar Mitzvah in the truest sense of what that implies, both historically and Biblically.  It’s been sort of […]

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You Need More Provision Room In Your Life

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places!

The Provision Room www.theprovisionroom.com

FIND US ONLINE

We have a Facebook page where we share links and pictures and random quirkiness. Because that’s how we roll.

We have a new Instagram account, because sometimes there’s no other way to capture the essence of chalk covered babies, new shoes, recipes, and the occasionally deeply theological reflection.

We post YouTube videos.  Now you can maximize the time you waste watching weird videos on the internet!

We are also endlessly fascinating at the rate of 140 characters a TWEET! Come follow us!

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MEET WITH US IN PERSON!

We offer a variety of ways to connect with us in person!  We love meeting new people, sharing our love of home-centered living, and learning from lovely homemakers everywhere!

We offer the following classes:

  • Traditional Food (fermenting produce, kombucha and kefir, bone broth, etc.)
  • The basics of cooking and food prep
  • Cooking with children (Parent and child cooking class!)
  • Feminine Joy (turning “That time of the month” into a joyful expression of femininity and creativity!)

We also offer several retreats:

  • Daughters of the King (Weekend or One Day Events)
  • Embracing the Sabbath Rest (One Day and Half Day Events)
  • Food and Social Justice (Experience a local farm-to-table dinner and learn about food as social justice issue.)

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CONTACT US

Contact us with questions, feedback, guest posting opportunities, or to schedule a special event!  theprovisionroom@gmail.com

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places! FIND US ONLINE […]

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Your Holiday Reality Check

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An “opportunity” presented itself recently.  It was a good opportunity. Could have made us a little money.  But the timing was not perfect.  It was too close to Christmas.  But, we kind of wanted to do it.  It would have been fun.  So, Kristina and I batted around that pro-con list.  Reasons we should (money, fun, exposure). Reasons we shouldn’t (timing, timing, timing).  Finally what won the debate was this: It’s Christmas. Let’s not be insane.

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Insane. Let's not be.

So….. An “opportunity” presented itself recently.  It was a good opportunity. Could have made us a little money.  But the timing was not perfect.  It was too close to Christmas.  But, we kind of wanted to do it.  It would have been fun.  So, Kristina and I batted around that pro-con list.  Reasons we should […]