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Monday, June 1, 2015
Who Are You? This is a question we as a family talk about quite often. It's a question I've found myself asking many, many times before...who is Kim, really? Outside the labels we so easily attach to self these days in portraying our identity, my husband, my constant pillar of wisdom, reminds me that in thinking about who I am I should always remember that I am a child of God first before anything else. Sensitive, intuitive, creative, indecisive, and stubborn are a few of my personality traits. I met my husband Troy, of 21 years now, back when we were both in the Navy. We were stationed aboard the U.S.S. Shenandoah and worked across the hall from each other. He was an IM (instrumentman) and I was an IC (interior communication electrician). He worked on gauges and I worked on gyroscopes. Jimi Hendrix's song "All Along The Watchtower" was our connection and seven months later we were married at the courthouse in Portsmouth, Virginia. Seven months after we were married our twins were born, 11 weeks premature. Seven years after the twins were born, our daughter Sofia was born. Two and a half years later along came Gianna. In our family of six I'm the convert to Catholicism. My husband Troy is a revert. Phoenix and Cheyenne were eight years old and Sofia was 15 months old the day the three of them were baptized together on the Feast of the Lord's Baptism. The following year Gianna was baptized at the Easter Vigil when I was received into the Church. Besides living in Virginia we've lived in Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas and now reside in Florida. Not sure where we'll eventually settle down and call home but for now we're enjoying our time here.
What is Your Vocation? Being a wife and mother was always what I wanted when I was a young girl, however it wasn't until about five years ago when I fully and intentionally embraced my vocation. The first three to four years of marriage and life with the twins was difficult. We experienced many challenges and once we pushed through, for years I struggled with feeling like I wasn't doing enough. I had created undue pressure and expectation on myself to do more. For years I thought I should finish college, I went back and forth, started and stopped before realizing what I really needed to do was embrace the gifts and blessings in front of me. Our kiddos have gone to public school, the twins went through middle school before homeschooling to graduation in 2012. Sofie went halfway through 4th and GiGi halfway through 2nd before full time homeschooling began in February, 2012. Homeschooling was hard at first. I went into it kicking and screaming so to speak, but I knew it was the best thing I could do for them at the time. It took a while to find our groove and what works for us, and Lord knows there were days when I wished they were in public school, but I'm glad to have stuck it out.
What is Your Prayer Routine for an Average Day? Typically I start each day with a cup of coffee while I read the daily readings using the Laudate app on my phone. My husband does the same and very often we'll discuss the readings with one another. After the readings I pray for family and friends' intentions. Quite often the Lord will show me something in the readings that will help me find focus for the day or help me be more specific in prayers for others.
Do You Have a Devotion that is Particularly Important to You or Effective? Besides the Mass, going to Adoration at least once a week and spending quiet time in front of the Blessed Sacrament is particularly important to me. During Lent I found that writing in my journal while in Adoration became a great way for me to be honest with myself and was very helpful to look back on as a way of assessing progress in my prayer life, as well as realizing where I've fallen short.
Do You have a Place, Habit, or Way of Praying? The way of praying that I find myself practicing most often is that of meditative prayer, especially when I'm in quilt making mode or some other creative endeavor. I try to walk at least three times a week, which is a great time for meditative prayer.
Do You Use Any Tools or Sacramentals? I wear a vintage Miraculous Medal that reminds me to pray daily for my daughters' purity. In our home we have many pieces of religious art and statues to be an ever present reminder of our faith and one of my favorite tools is the incenser that we have on our home altar, the buffet in our dining room.
What is Your Relationship to the Rosary? I love our Blessed Mother and I think the Rosary is a beautiful prayer, but I find it difficult to pray on my own. It's definitely an area in my prayer life I'd like to improve. This week I'm going to commit to taking a rosary with me on at least one of my walks. My favorite prayer for recitation is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, especially the version found here on Youtube.
Are There Any Books or Spiritual Works That are Important to Your Devotional Life? "Through The Year With Fulton Sheen", "Furrow", by St. Jose Maria Escriva, and a little devotion I learned as an Evangelical is to read a chapter a day, chapter matches whatever the date is for the day, from Proverbs.
What is Your Most Recent Spiritual or Devotional Reading? At the beginning of Lent I started reading The Fire Within, by Fr. Thomas Dubay. I'm about halfway through the fifth chapter and would like to start over and take notes and highlight certain passages so they'll be easier to reference. During Lent each family in our parish was given a copy of the book "Four Signs Of A Dynamic Catholic", by Matthew Kelly and it was sort of our homework each week to read a chapter because the homilies would incorporate parts of the book.
Are There Saints or Other Figures Who Inspire Your Prayer Life or Act as Patrons? St. Teresa of Avila is my Confirmation saint. St. Francis of Assisi and Saint Pope John Paul II are our family's patron saints. Saint Pope John Paul II holds a very special place in my heart, because of my great-grandmother, who was the seed of my Catholic faith journey.
Have You Had Any Unusual or Miraculous Experiences as a Result of Your Prayer Life? My journey of faith has been filled with many unusual and miraculous events. One that happened in the beginning of my Catholic journey was when I was still in RCIA. I was fascinated in learning more about the saints and had a book called 365 Saints. During that time I was pregnant and had read about Blessed Gianna, now Saint Gianna. I was so moved by her story that I had decided on Gianna for a girl name, after this Blessed Gianna. Unfortunately I miscarried, it was our third miscarriage. Two months later I was pregnant again. Before I found out I was pregnant I got into some poison ivy so bad that I needed to go on meds, oral steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, plus a steroid creme, it was awful and I was out of my mind miserable!! When I found out I was pregnant I was worried that the meds would harm the baby. About 10 weeks into the pregnancy I started spotting and feared I would again miscarry. I prayed to Blessed Gianna and asked her to intercede on our behalf for protection of the baby and to guard against any ill effects from the meds I had taken.. I went on to deliver our Gianna via c-section on March 6, 2004. On April 10th I was received into the Church and Gianna was baptized. On May 16, 2004 Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Gianna. During my pregnancy with Gianna I had written to the then Blessed Gianna Society and told them my story and asked to be put on their prayer list. They sent me the most beautiful letter, photograph and prayer cards, all third class relics. They also sent a medal that was specially designed for the beatification of now St. Gianna which I pinned to our Gianna's baptismal gown.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Recently, over the past week or so, I have been adjusting to my new home and my new job as a nanny to my three adorable cousins. I have been so busy keeping up with these little sweetie pies, that I haven't had the time to just sit down and think of a new project or even hold a paintbrush. But yesterday was slow and I stole an hour or two and just started painting. Oh, how wonderful that felt!! I felt the weight of "nanny-hood" fall off my shoulders as my brush glided across the fresh canvas and swirled in the vibrant colors. Something abstract and fun for my Aunt to hang over her dart board when she's not using it. Since my mom hasn't sent my box of art supplies yet, I am using some of my Aunt's old acrylic paint and brushes that she found stowed away in her crafty closet. I'm not quite finished yet but I have some pretty awesome ideas! We shall see where the brush takes me!
Monday, May 11, 2015
My goal as a contributor to this blog is to share my artistic ideas that will hopefully inspire all who are interested in "artsy fartsy" things to be creative and expressive in their own way. I hope whoever sticks around for the art show leaves with a more ardent desire to live a more colorful, creative and beautiful life!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
A quick quilty update. Trying this blogging thing from my phone...test, test :) The two off the wall wips are almost finished! The bindings are on and about half way hand finished. My daughter Cheyenne kindly volunteered to help with some hand sewing yesterday on one of them.