Currently Link Up // January

Bring your special someone to an unforgettable night

RESOLVING TO read the daily readings each day. I am taking time to dive into Scripture and journal the ways in which the Lord is speaking to my heart. I am thankful for the Blessed is She community for making it so easy to reflect with the word of God. Check out today’s readings here.

READING The Greatest Job on Earth by Joel Stepanek. Youth Ministry truly is the greatest job on earth (despite the long nights, occasional teenage drama, and sometimes long staff meetings) and this book describes how wonderful it is to play frisbee, eat pizza, and hang out with pretty amazing teenagers. The book also discusses the need for humility, balance, authenticity, faith, hope, love, and humor to do this job day in an day out. It includes funny stories and antidotes to keep us youth minister going. I bought it as a Christmas present to myself and thus far I am really enjoying it!

ORGANIZING our kitchen. It’s silly, but when our home is disorganized I do not sleep well at night. I think I picked up this trait from my mother! I went to the dollar store on Monday and bought a few drawer organizers and a few bins to store towels under the sink to save on drawer space. I am still brainstorming more ways to keep the kitchen organized, but I am excited with the progress made thus far! Any ideas on how to organize pots and pans are welcomed.

LOVING my Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. I won it on a blogging giveaway and I could not possibly be more in love! I find so much joy in paper planners. I even got some special stickers in the mail yesterday from Faye Creates and it was so fun placing them throughout the planner! She even included some special Valentine’s Day stickers for free- what a doll!

CRAVING more adventure! Steven and I are planning our 1 year anniversary trip to South Carolina (and maybe another place, too!) and I could not be more excited. We are also going to Washington DC this month and Philadelphia in June. My heart is ready to explore the world!

LINKING UP WITH the always lovely Anne and Jenna. Thanks again for a fun link-up!

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Currently Linkup // December

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2015 has been such a wonderful year. Getting married to my best friend was absolutely the highlight and my second year as a youth minister has been pretty amazing, too. Like most of you, I just cannot believe how time is absolutely flying. How is it December already? I just love this time of year, especially all of the purple Advent decorations around the church and seeing the twinkling lights on the houses. Everything is just so beautiful.

Today I am linking up once again with Anne and Jenna for their monthly “Currently” link-up to share what I am currently wishing, remembering, wrapping, baking, and decorating. This is such a fun dynamic linkup. I encourage you to join in!   

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Wishing: each of you the very best of this Advent season! I am also wishing to create some life-giving traditions with my new husband. We are trying to discern where to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas and how to find balance newlywed life and our family traditions. Any tips for your girl here? I’m ready and willing to learn. It’s tricky, because I just do not want to let either of our families down.

Remembering: Jean Donovan, Sr. Dorothy Kazel, Sr. Maura Clarke, and Sr. Ita Ford. 35 yeras ago today they were murdered by the Salvadoran military for their work and dedication to the poor. These women spent their lives working in solidarity with the children and families who had fallen victim to the escalating violence in El Salvador, which eventually brought about the civil war. The lives of these missionaries remind us that Christ places a mission – something that energizes us – on each of our hearts and it is our responsibility to say yes to that call, to follow Christ, and to take up the cross of our neighbors who are hurting. May we each find that call deep within our hearts so that we may honor the lives of these martyrs.

“I hope you find that which gives life a deep meaning for you. Something worth living for – something worth dying for – something that energizes you, enthuses you, enables you to keep moving ahead. I can’t tell you what it might be – that’s for you to find, to choose, to love. I can just encourage you to start looking and support you in the search.” Ita Ford, HM

Wrapping: a sweet, special present for my husband. I picked it up yesterday at a small business in Ohio City and I am just over the moon excited about giving it to him on Christmas Eve.

Baking: Nothing quite yet, but we have our staff Christmas party on December 22nd and each of us has been asked to bring a small dessert to share. If anyone has any ideas or great Pinterest links, I am all ears!

Decorating: our sweet, humble apartment in all red, white and gold. I just love how these colors look together. I originally just wanted white and gold, but Steven asked for a pop of color – so red it was. Our living room is pretty quaint, so there are only a few places to decorate which makes life a wee bit simpler, but also harder because I want to buy all the decorations. I adore how it looks thus far… and I REALLY love Home Goods. I have found so many wonderful treasures there, like our pretty gold tree skirt. I’m in love!

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Currently Link-Up // November

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Today I’m linking up with In Residence and Gold and Bloom for the November edition of currently to share what I have been cooking, planning, smelling, appreciating and anticipating lately.

Cooking // In our marriage, Steven does all the cooking – which, trust me, is a good thing. Tonight we had delicious pork with fresh pineapple, asparagus, and rice. Then we had yummy pumpkin role for dessert. Thank you West Side Market for all of the delicious fresh food!

Planning // Phew! Too much. Tomorrow I am leading Edge Middle School Ministry and then I have a Fall Retreat Team meeting, because our Fall Retreat is this weekend! Come, Holy Spirit! It is about to be a whirlwind few days.

Smelling // Fresh air! It was 70+ degrees here today. That is a miracle for a November in Ohio, so we have the windows cracked and screen door open.

Appreciating // Daily prayer time with my sweet husband. I love when bedtime rolls around and he comes into the bedroom to say our nightly Ignatian Examen and the “Fall in Love” prayer by Pedro Arrupe, SJ. Steven is SO close to having it memorized. It is my favorite time of the day.

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Anticipating // Our first Thanksgiving as a married couple. As of right now we are planning on having our own mini-meal on Wednesday night just the two of us and then on Thursday spending time with both of our families. I think it is a good compromise since we want to spend time together, but also with our loved ones.

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