Fun on the Snow and Ice

We enjoyed another beautiful day on the lake. Ayla caught one salmon. Pepere Jim pulled us in the tube, multiple times and later in the day we visited with Tante Haley, Uncle Shayne and fur-cousins.

Since it is Saintly Saturday, I’ll mention Saint Peter andSaint Andrew – patron saints of fishermen.


Fish, Four-Wheeler and Farkle

It was beautiful on the lake today.  There may have only been one fish caught, but the kids enjoyed the snow, 4-wheeler rides out to check the traps, a few games of Farkle, and lots of snacks and treats.  When at the camp there’s no way around special treats!  We are lucky (thanks to the in-laws!) to have a great camp to hang out in while waiting for a fish to bite.



I’ve been watching the video reflections from Best Lent Ever by Dynamic Catholic.  Today’s video was about happiness and asked “What do you do when you’re unhappy?”

When I’m unhappy I first have to identify that I am unhappy and then I think about something that makes me happy and try to do that.  I know that doing something for someone else makes me happy.  As a result, I am then filled with joy, and joy can last for quite a while in my heart. 

God wants us to be happy – He made us for happiness.

Come To The Table

Come to the Table” by Sidewalk Prophets is the Tempo this Tuesday.  The message of this song – everyone, no matter what is invited to come to Jesus’s table – is one of the messages of Lent.  Lent is a time to reflect on the Lord’s love for all of us and how we can draw closer to Him through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. I pray that you remember that you are always welcome at our Father’s table.

Come to the table
Come join the sinners who have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior
Sit down and be set free
Come to the table
Come to the table

To the thief and to the doubter
To the hero and the coward
To the prisoner and the soldier
To the young and to the older
All who hunger, all who thirst
All the last and all the first
All the paupers and the princes
All who fail you’ve been forgiven
All who dream and all who suffer
All who loved and lost another
All the chained and all the free
All who follow, all who lead
Anyone who’s been let down
All the lost you have been found
All who have been labeled right or wrong
To everyone who hears this song

Tablescape Photo Styled by The Vintage Lease – Photo by Cadey Reisner Weddings

Trust in God’s Presence

“Lent is an annual opportunity to renew our trust in God’s presence, despite the threats of earthly forces. Jesus faced challenges head on, not just in the desert, but throughout his whole life and ministry, all the way to the cross.”  ~Mark Neilsen


The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
Mark 1:12-13

*St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church – Hampden, Maine

Saint Gemma Galagani

This Saintly Saturday is the feast day for the Seven Founders of the Servite Order, but I would like to introduce you to Saint Gemma Galgani.  She is one of the patron saints of pharmacists – specifically hospital pharmacists. A mystic in the late 1800’s, she wrote many of her thoughts down. Her father was a chemist/pharmacist. When she was asked what virtue was the most important to God, she answered, “Humility; humility is the foundation of all the others.”

Pharmacists need humility – while their knowledge is important, how they use it is more important. Shout out to my hard-working husband, Riley, and all my other friends who are pharmacists.   


“Joyologists* don’t worry obsessively, lament over the might-have-beens, or get caught up in ‘someday…’. They are grateful for every moment, give thanks for the good in their lives, and appreciate the little things- a breathtaking sunset, an engaging conversation, a delicious meal. Fully engaged in the now, when life gets bumpy, they choose to power ahead.” -Joseph Sica “Finding Hope When Life Hurts”

Ayla is always ready to help Avery. When I ask her to help him, she does it. She doesn’t complain about helping him like she does when I ask her to help with chores. I think she likes helping him. I know she loves him. She’ll even help him when she isn’t asked. I think she’s working at becoming a Joyologist.

*One who is grounded in God as the foundation of all our joy – aligning actions, interactions, choices, and behaviors with a joyous attitude and gratitude.

Love’s in the Little Things

“Love’s in the little things. Love’s doing something every day to demonstrate that we love. That we love the people in our lives, our family and friends. That we love the strangers who cross our path on any given day. That we love. That we’ve taken on board God’s way of life, which is a way of love.” -Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic “Best Lent Ever”