Monthly Archives: January 2015

365 days of Joy: Week 4

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato. You can find her 365 days of Presence here). Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, but I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every Wednesday, and hopefully I can stay consistent with this. So here we go, week 4!

WhimsicalThis was a rather whimsical week. It was full of beautiful, little things that reminded me that life is full of magic and goodness.

01.22.15

Today I wasn’t feeling well, so I went up to bed before the kids did, and they were so upset they didn’t get a chance to say goodnight to me that they insisted on coming up to my room to kiss me goodnight–turns out they really do love me!

01.23.15

Happy Birthday to Bobby! The baby is 8! Called home and talked to the family for over 2 hours, and talked to Bob for about 45 min. I think that’s the longest we have ever talked on the phone. The best was when he said, “I think Maeve wants to talk to you, do you want to talk to her?” “Sure, if you are done talking to me.” “No, I’m not done talking to you if you’re not done talking to me, we can talk a lot longer than this” 🙂 so cute!  because he can’t decide to to cheer for in the Superbowl. He really doesn’t like the Seahawks, but he doesn’t know if he can cheer for the Patriots because they are “cheaters.” “I really just wanted the Colts to crush the Packers,” he said. True Vikes fan right there. The rest of the family were, as always, a treat to talk to–calling home just makes my week.

01.24.15

SNOW!!! I’M SO HAPPY! Aside from a few flurries in December, we have had no snow until today! It’s so beautiful! Took the kids out in their sled and they liked it just as much as I did. Also, it was so fun to take pictures because this place is even more beautiful when surrounded in white.

Also, went to a Dutch party with the family and went to Saturday night Mass, instead of Sunday and we got to sit in the pews in front of the alter (normally at Mass we sit on the side), meaning I got to see the Consecration straight on and it was like looking upon a long lost friend–it was so beautiful! I just love the Mass.

01.25.15

Happy Birthday Raquel! My blogging inspiration and dear friend turned 24 today! Whooo! I hope my Godbaby gave her plenty of love for me! Today was a day of total relaxation for me. I took advantage of sleeping in, because I have been an insomniac lately and not sleeping, so my joy came from finally getting the rest I needed.

01.26.15

Today I finally got all caught up with my travel blog! My Paris post is up and you can find it here if you want to read about Katlin and me wandering around one of the greatest cities on this planet!

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01.27.15

On our walk this morning the kids and I discovered this little white flowers all over the yard. Amazing how just two days ago it was covered in snow and now it’s covered in flowers! Also, Clemens-August finally crawled! He has been so stubborn about it and would refuse to crawl but today he finally did!

01.28.15

Ok, so I know I can’t predict the future, but I’m just going to say that my joy tomorrow will most likely come from arriving in Rome! I won’t have time to put up a blog, so I’m just going to call it now!

Talk to you all in a week! God Bless!

365 Days of Joy: Week 3

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato. You can find her 365 days of Presence here). Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, but I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every Wednesday, and hopefully I can stay consistent with this. So here we go, week 3!

good for soulWhen I don’t travel, life here is normal (except in a castle). It has it’s ups and downs just like everywhere else. I find it important to do something everyday that makes you happy–even on the saddest of days or the days when your motivation level is the equivalent of a bear in hibernation. If you can find one active way to be happy, you will not only bring joy to yourself, but you will bring joy to all those around you.

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While Leila took Lambert-Joseph shopping, Elisabeth and I had a dance party and rocked out to Backstreet Boys…she is a true 90’s girl at heart.

01.16.15

One of my New Years resolutions is to read more and make it a habit again, and today I really found my love for reading rekindled–I couldn’t stop! I felt like I was back in high school, sneaking in a paragraph whenever I got a chance. Currently, I’m reading three books: “The Three Musketeers,” “A Time of Gifts” and “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.”

01.17.15

Today I made homemade Lasagna (it was divine), watched Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, feel in love with the life of a hobbit again and tried some new Dutch beer–it wasn’t my favorite.  Also, can you believe how amazingly green it still is here??? I do want snow, but the I really can’t complain about the weather here lately!

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01.18.15

I got to watch football today, which, as you all probably know, makes this girl very happy!

01.19.15

Skype date with Marissa!! That girl constantly makes me laugh and helps me see things from a new/refreshing perspective. Can’t wait for her and Kate to come over so we can tackle Spain!!

01.20.15

Finally got up my Christmas and New Years Eve blog up! It took a while to write, and I was putting it off, but when I finally got it done I was so happy because it felt like I was reliving that week and it really was the best of weeks! You can find it here if you want to check it out!

01.21.15

Today was a fabulous sunshiny day so I spent it walking around Sittard, which is a town 20 minutes north of us. Then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote, while enjoying a delicious Latte Macchiato (preparing myself for Italy). After that it started to get cold out again, so I decided to go see a matinée showing of Mockingjay, since I hadn’t seen it yet. They followed the book, which is always good, however, that book makes me so frustrated and crazy, so the movie just left me exhausted (but, all-in-all, it was well made).

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And that’s my week kiddos. Love you all and thanks for sharing in my joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

365 Days of Joy: Week 2

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato. You can find her 365 days of Presence here). Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, but I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every 7 days, since I started on January 1, and hopefully I can stay consistent with this. So here we go, week 2!

ab7d848bb0818fa3cfc96b8d150e8182This was my quote of the week. In Europe I’m surrounded by extravagance, in the States I’m surrounded by the constant want for the everything and anything that is shiny and new, but more and more I am finding that I am more satisfied with the simple, everyday things–and that’s not a bad thing. As you will see, my joy this week came from little, simple things that made me smile and fill my soul with God’s glory.

01.08.15

Lambert-Joseph’s new favorite song is “Take me out to the ballgame” and he makes me sing it on repeat…which I don’t hate 🙂 Also, we made it through bath time with only 2 of the 3 kids screaming bloody murder–I’ll take it.

IMG_6004Clemens-August is so cranky after his bath, but he is so dang cute!

01.09.15

While playing with our new connector toys the kids got for Christmas, Lambert-Joseph made one for me as a present. I told him it looked like something out of Star Wars. He liked that so much, for the rest of the day he would ask me if his toys looked like Star Wars. Just doing what I can to create more nerds around the world.

01.10.15

Watched “Heaven is for Real” and cried like a baby through most of it–it was a good cry though. Skyped with the Gonzalez family and Grace, and “ate” dinner with them. Joseph yelled at me for not saying grace with them because “Maddie, it’s a really good thing to do.”

01.11.15

Talked to Munga and Bompa on the phone for Munga’s birthday. Spent my Sunday afternoon listening to Classical music, which always reminds me of Daddio. It was wonderful.

01.12.15

Found out one of my best friends since 4th grade got engaged!! Congratulations Emily and Kevin!

01.13.15 

Watched an amazing talk by Fr Mike Schmitz, who is a priest in the Diocese of Duluth. The beginning is the MC, Chris Stefanick, who is also amazing, and then Fr. Mike comes out and starts talking. At first I was skeptical because I’ve heard a lot of these “finding your soulmate” talks and that’s what it sounding like it was going to be, and I almost stopped listening. But since this video was recommended by the Prince of FOCUS (Brock Martin) I decided to stick it out and I’m so happy I did.  The last half hour was some of the most powerful stuff I’ve listened to in a long time. It just filled my soul with so much joy. Jesus is so good!  I hope all of you take the time to listen to this. It’s an hour long, but it’s well worth it, I promise (plus, talks like this are easy things to multitask to, but toward the end you will probably just stop whatever else you are doing and pay full attention because it’s awesome).

01.14.15

Happy anniversary to my Mom and Dad!  Everyday, or almost everyday, I get an afternoon pick-me-up. For some reason today it just made me so happy. Everyday, right around 3:20, my time, Jimmy sends me a message on skype. It’s nothing big, usually just “hi maddie, what’s up,” but it’s fantastic. That kid is something else.

So that is a my week! Hope you all enjoyed the little things in my day! I hope you all have a great rest of your week! Love you!

p.s. seriously watch the video if you get a chance!

365 days of Joy: Week 1

Hello Friends!

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato, who’s love notes you can find here). Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, but I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every 7 days, since I started on January 1, and hopefully I can stay consistent with this. So here we go, week 1!

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This saying could have been the official slogan for this week because it was full of no money and lots of fun!

01.01.15

Happy New Year!  I had the gift of bringing in the New Year with the bestie Katlin Clancy. She came all the way from Iowa for 11 days just to visit me!! We spent New Years Eve in the castle and at midnight we ran outside to see the sky light up with fireworks from every direction–it was amazing! New Years brunch was a cheese andpâté buffet, which has become one of my favorite meals over here, and then that night Katlin and I went to Brussels, where we found my new favorite bar in the city, Fat Boys Sports Bar. There we watched the Oregon/FSU bowl game, making it the first game I had watched since the World Cup–I was very happy, because Football is greater than Soccer. Always.

NYEGetting ready for NYE celebrations!

01.02.15

OFF TO PARIS!!! So many wonderful things happened this day. Not only was it dang near 50 degrees out but we also witnessed the longest sunset I have ever seen and we got to see the Champs-Élysées sparkle with Christmas lights–it was pure magic!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetGlorious sunset in Paris!

01.03.15

Rainy day in Paris, but that didn’t stop us. We covered the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame…and everything in between. We ended our day with Mass at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, where the uncorrupted body of Catherine Labore can be found. After that a quick snake of a baguette and gelato made the day complete!

IMG_5870There she is! What a beaut.

01.04.05

Our last day in Paris was spent in the Montmartre area. It was full of beautiful things. We started with the Montmartre cemetery, which is a spectacular sight, and then moved to Sacre Coeur, and finished in the Artist’s corner, where we were stopped every 30 seconds by someone who wanted to paint us. After almost missing our bus home, we left Paris toward Brussels exhausted but extremely happy from our amazing trip. Back in Brussels we went back to Fat Boys Sports Bar and had great wings, great beer, watched great football and had wonderful conversation (we also discovered that I still have most of the State nicknames memorized).

IMG_5986The most American thing I have had in a long time…and it was amazing.

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It was a sad day saying goodbye to Katlin. Her visit was so wonderful but all too short; she needed to stay two more months, at least. The best thing about her visit was just the time hanging out together. Somedays we didn’t do anything spectacular but they were still great days. Thank you so much Katlin for coming over!! After she left I just wandered around Brussels for a little while and then made my way to the Cathedral and sat in front of Jesus in the Tabernacle for a while, and fulfilled by yearly promise to pray my daily Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion of the those fallen away from the Church.

IMG_5989Brussels was still decorated for Christmas 🙂

01.06.15

Back to work today! All the kids were sick and cranky, but Lambert-Joseph kept telling me how much he missed me when I was gone and Elizabeth can finally say my name (well, kind of).

IMG_5773Elizabeth and Lambert-Joseph are really starting to like selfies.

01.07.15

A day off meant finally sleeping! I got to work on my puzzle (which is really hard, by the way, Maeve and Bobby!), read (The Three Musketeers), and write one of my many travel blogs that I am way behind on (you can check it out here if you would like!) and I day dreamed about Paris some more.

IMG_5982The Montmartre Cemetery

That’s all for now, folks! Talk to you again soon. Love and Miss you all!