10.10.2014

Questions Questions

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I never talk too much about my children here, especially my older children. The main reason is because I'm not sure how I feel about it. I know that sounds pretty silly considering I have a blog but it's very easy to just show pictures and write about other things. I've read comments all over the internet asking why parents with older kids don't write or photograph them much and I thought I'd share why I don't. First off, they aren't overly interested in having their picture taken. Occasionally (like the picture above), they will be themselves in front of the camera but usually they aren't open to it. Another reason is, I know at 13 and 15 I would not have wanted my mom talking about me on the internet so I've always assumed they feel the same way.

The other night I asked Max and Alex if they'd be open to doing an interview on my blog and they said yes. Max thought I should ask my readers if they had any questions. Not necessarily questions about them in particular (those are fine too though) but questions about teens in general. So, if you've ever wondered about them or the youth of today and have a question, please ask!

I look forward to hearing from you all!

♥ anne

10.09.2014

Last night Ruben and I got a rare few hours together alone. We decided to head to the beach for the sunset and what an epic sunset it was! It was so nice to just sit on the deserted beach and enjoy the evening together.
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One of the biggest challenges of having a large family is making time for each other. Thankfully, it doesn't take much to feel connected again. A couple hours and some nature (and maybe a beer or two) and we're happy.
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What are your favorite things to do on a date night?

♥ anne

10.02.2014

Fall Foods

Now that the weather has cooled a bit, I've been using the stove more. I've been making some yummy things that I thought I'd share. Below is cornbread from The Art of Simple Food and Butternut Squash Soup (recipe here).
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Next up are two fantastic recipes from My New Roots- Life Changing Crackers and Quick Pickled Radishes. The crackers are amazing! Trust me and just make them. Below is a tasty little combination of the cracker, fresh marinated goat cheese (recipe here), the radishes, salt and pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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Do you own The Moosewood Cookbook? If not, it's worth owning for this recipe alone! Stuffed Squash! This picture isn't the best but don't fooled, it's delicious. I've adapted the recipe a bit and always crave this dish in fall.
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Lastly, I give you a simple and incredibly scrumptious Arugala Apple Salad from Aquarian Soul.
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What foods say Fall to you? Do you have any mouthwatering recipes you'd like to share?

♥ anne

10.01.2014

Little Flower

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
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Today is St. Therese's feast day and more than ever do I need to take to heart her infinite wisdom. Above is my relic and my icon which was blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II. I believe I've shared a similar picture before but I love her, so I don't feel bad for the repetitiveness.

St. Therese pray for us!

♥ anne

9.30.2014

Aloneness

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Solitude. Lately I have been alone a lot. Ok, well not alone alone, I always have my children nearby, but alone for me. Left to my thoughts most days. At times in my life I will desire a multitude of friends and activities but more often than not, I'm perfectly content alone or with my family. I've come to realize that I like the idea of an active social life much more than the reality of it. I often reflect on my sister's life of solitude and in many ways we live similar lives. I have never seen any likeness in our vocations until recently. I have always found it interesting that she ended up in a convent because she is the social one of the two of us. Everyone loved my sister. If you compared us strictly on personality I would say she should have stayed in the world and I enter the convent. Haha! That's a funny thought! Of course, God knows the best route for purifying us and I know he put us where we both belong.
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I'm currently reading "Women Who Run With Wolves" and I came across this paragraph about solitude which I feel is perfectly put:

In order to converse with the wild feminine, a woman must temporarily leave the world and inhabit a state of aloneness in the oldest sense of the word. Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness, either essentially or temporarily. That is precisely the goal of solitude, to be all one. It is the cure for the frazzled state so common to modern women, the one that makes her, as the old saying goes, "leap onto her horse and ride in all directions."
Solitude is not an absence of energy or action, as some believe, but is rather a boon of wild provisions transmitted to us from the soul.
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Sometimes it's easy to get aloneness and loneliness confused. I don't know about you but I have felt lonely in the midst of people on  many occasions. Maybe those are the times that aloneness is needed. A time to reevaluate priorities and such. How do you feel about being alone? I imagine an introvert, like myself, experiences it differently than an extrovert. Is it something you seek out or run away from?

Please share your thoughts!

♥ anne

9.16.2014

HOT

It's hot. A couple songs immediately come to mind- Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter, which I am listening to now and laughing out loud! I was on the dance team in high school (I know. It's hard to imagine if you know me) and we did a dance to this song that was all at once absolutely ridiculous but incredibly fun. My friend Ellen and I were usually laughing through the routine so when I hear the song I can't help but smile :) The other song that comes to mind is the one that says, "It's getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes". I don't know who sings it and I'm too hot and lazy to look but AMEN! It's a sweat party up in here!
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Margaret has worn nothing but a diaper for too many days to count now and frankly I'm jealous. Thankfully we have a community pool because that's the only cool place to go. So, if you don't hear from me for a few days it's because I melted.

♥ anne

9.11.2014

At Home

Now that school has started, if I'm not in my car dropping off and picking up (three kids in three different schools is kinda exhausting) you can find me at home. In my spare time I have been working a lot on my macrame. I'm really trying to improve and create interesting and unique pieces. Over the last couple of years I have made many plant hangers and now I'm excited to be working on wall hangings. It's nice that when you feel the need to be challenged there is always room to grow. I've been trying to get this one knot down for over a year and I FINALLY got it! Of course now I can't understand why it took so long because it's really easy but it has opened up new doors for me in the world of macrame.
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I guess I've been feeling the need to grow in many areas of life. I'm always trying to improve as a mother, wife, friend and daughter. I'll be doing that until I'm dead but creatively I've had this desire more than ever. I started to attempt finger picking on the ukulele and again it's a whole new challenge. It keeps life interesting when things begin to get monotonous.
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I have other, not so fun, challenges I'm facing but I know those are necessary and usually the most transforming even though they can be incredibly hard. In the end it helps to know that the difficult times will indeed pass and that ultimately it is for the good. Having my moments of creativity throughout the day helps me so much.
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Any new challenges in your life?

♥ anne