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rise & shine and give God the glory!

8th June 2015



We baptized Joseph on April 25th at the church named after his patron saint, St. Joseph.  This is the church Joe and I were married in and where we baptized Madeleine too. It’s very special to our growing family!

Father Eric, Joe’s childhood priest and our great family friend, came in from Sealy, Texas to celebrate the sacrament and had a beautiful message.  He talked about Joseph’s mission from God and what he might be called to in his life.  This really hit home for me. Baby Joe Joe was only three weeks old at the time and I hadn’t really looked beyond his tiny little presence to the great big life he has in front of him.  It’s crazy that God gives us these tiny little humans to bring up in the faith and then send out into the world to be His hands, His body, His love here on Earth. I don’t know what God has planned for our children, but I trust that he will love them and take care of them as they fulfill their purpose.

Welcome to this wonderful faith Joseph! You slept like and angel the entire time.



Joseph’s God Parents, Becky and David


We had a celebration at our house afterwards and since the baptism took place at 9 AM we went with a Rise and Shine theme.  We served breakfast tacos and had a mimosa bar.  I’ve always wanted to do a mimosa bar and it lived up to every expectation!  We stocked ours with orange juice, cranberry juice, peach bellini juice and assorted fruits to garnish.  A breakfast party was so fun and then wonderful to have the rest of the day to do whatever!! Here are a few pictures of the party decor…

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spiritual decluttering

20th February 2015

Dusty Window

I read this reflection this morning and thought I would share it with all of you who read my blog for organizing inspiration.  This reflection stood out to me because, just like we clutter our closets, we clutter our lives and hearts with sin and things of the world.  I love the idea of looking at Lent as a “Spring Cleaning” of our hearts where we declutter and prioritize what is really important, Jesus.  You can read the reflection below or follow the link:

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn. (Isaiah 58:8)

A frail, elderly widow living alone was visited by her son, who had been traveling for a long time. Opening the front door, he was shocked by the disrepair her home had fallen into. Over the years she had accumulated a lot: furniture, clothing, books, toys her children had played with. Since she was no longer able to keep it all tidy, it was piled in every room in boxes and bundles. But worse than the clutter was the darkness. The windows, where he could see them, were covered in layers of dust.

So the man set to work. He organized the clutter, storing much of it in the attic. Then he cleaned the windows and aired out the house until it was once more filled with light.

Like the widow’s home, we also house two potential blockages to the light of Christ: clutter and dust. Clutter is what happens when your human treasures—material possessions, habits, hopes and dreams, old memories—take priority over the Lord. They aren’t necessarily bad things, but they need to be reorganized and put in their proper place. The dust is the sin that can build up on the windows of our hearts, keeping us in shadows and darkness.

We can consider fasting as a way of dealing with the clutter and repentance as a way to clean off the dust. By fasting, we reorder our lives so that Jesus gets top priority, and in repentance we let his light shine in us—and through us—more brightly. Fasting is like spring cleaning, as we spruce up our spiritual lives and put away some unnecessary baggage. Often, as we take up the call to fast, we get a better view of the sins that have been blocking the light in the first place.

So try to put aside a few things—time on the computer, a favorite food, a fun activity that is swallowing up too much time—so that you can focus better on window washing. Make it your goal to let in as much sunlight as possible. As you do, you’ll discover how much joy there is in choosing a simple, clutter-free life.

“Lord you are my light! Come and break forth like the dawn in my heart.”