Good Morning Sisters! Happy Saint Valentine’s Day to you and yours. Just a short and simple post today. I had one terrific headache yesterday so the house was very well managed by my older girls, but today, it needs me. So do our 10 new laying chickens…busy, busy, busy.
I am always dumbfounded by the declarations of love proclaimed and demonstrated on this day. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way a scrooge or unromantic, but if you are putting all your romantic dreams in the heart shaped tin of chocolate candy or the small jewelry box, you are going to lead a very unhappy life constantly looking for more love than can fit into a box. Those boxes can only hold so much. And you were made for so much more love.
And speaking of looking for love, remember the song “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places,” well, I’m pretty sure it should be the anthem of aisle 2 in the grocery store. No one–and in this case I mean…no one–is going to “find love” on this day. It was there yesterday, February 13th, or it wasn’t. And if it did just magically appear today…be afraid, be very afraid.
Yesterday, Chris rushed around trying to load up his trailer and tools so we could go look at a dinning room table we found on Craigslist. That’s love. Of course seconds before we walked out the door, trailer loaded with blankets and van loaded with kids, we got the message the table was gone…Hmh! You know what love did? Backed the van into the barn and unloaded the trailer and his tools.
The day before, love spent the evening working on the van in the cold barn while it rained. I appreciate that much more than a box of chocolates. Which he did buy (we exchanged chocolate on February 13th), but if I based my opinion of his love for me on a box of chocolates, what happens February 15th…when the chocolate is gone? (What, chocolate lasts longer than a day in your house?)
If love were based on the events that happen, or don’t happen on February 14th, it will be a fleeting and most likely disappointing love.
What about love that gets up at night and runs to the pharmacy to get a prescription? How about love that thanks us for making dinner…even though it was a new recipe that was as flop. Or love that picks up his socks…maybe not everyday, but at least every once in while. Love that let’s us pick out the movie or the flavor ice cream at the store. Love that builds garden beds and fixes cars and plunges the toilet. How about love that spends holidays with in-laws or birthday parties with the joyful screechings of two-year-olds.
Just like looking for God’s gifts in the ordinary, look for love in the common. You will find so much more love in the day to day sacrifices you make for each other, than any box of chocolate can hold. Guaranteed. But sometimes you have to look.
Just leave a comment telling us a really ordinary way someone showed you love. I mean it, we want to hear the unsung declarations of love! Whether it’s your mom, husband, brother, co-worker, anyone…Make this comment box the Olympic stand for common, ordinary love.
Winner drawn randomly and announced Monday in the Catholic Woman’s Almanac post.
Good Morning Ladies! Catholic Child Catalog, who has sponsored Suscipio almost all of 2012, has offered a FANTASTIC giveaway. Leane at Catholic Child is giving one of you a $35 Gift Certificate to spend any way you like at Catholic Child Catalog.
I would also look into a Holy Water Font to be kept by the door so we could bless ourselves coming and going. Again, another pious practice recommended by the Church.
Lent begins on February 13th this year. Does that seem early or is it just me? Catholic Child Catalog has a large selection of Lent and Easter items. I just found this, The Stations of the Cross, Holy Heroes Audio Story. That would be great to listen to on Fridays during Lent, or any Friday during the year.
I have never seen this, An Easter Scene. I like the idea, like setting up the Nativity for Advent and Christmas, only an Easter Scene for Lent and Easter.
To enter, hop over to Catholic Child, come back here and tell me what you would buy with your $35 dollars and you’re entered. The winner will be announced on Monday the 7th of January in the Catholic Woman’s Almanac post.
Good Morning Ladies! I have a special treat for you all today. My friend Rose Schopen-Klassen, a very talented artist, wife and momma to 4 little cuties, created a lovely Sacred and Immaculate Heart picture to hang in her children’s nursery. She received so many compliments and encouragement to have it made into a print…that she did! Here is some information about the print:
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary; Giclee print of original watercolor created by Rose Shopen-Klassen.
Rose painted the birds and nest thinking of how prayerful parents offer up their children and seek for their protection through the intercession of Mary and the love of the Christ Child. The Iris, the flower that looks like a sword, symbolizes the prophecy of Simeon to Mary that a sword would pierce her heart. The foliage of Bleeding Heart is an appropriate reminder of the sacrificial love that Christ gives.
The prints are printed with archival ink on archival paper and are 7 1/2″ x 11 1/4″. Since this is not a standard size, the most economical way of framing the image is to have it matted and inserted into the frame of your choice. Giclee prints without the matt are $25.00, and with a matt, $32.00. A $5.00 shipping and handling fee will also be added. Thank you for your support from this Catholic wife, mother of four, and artist.
If you would like to order one of these beautiful prints, please contact me (Jenny) using the email link here on Suscipio. I will put you in touch with Rosie or they may be purchased through Virgo Potens Gifts.
If you would rather try to win one of these lovely prints, enter your name below. The winner will be announced Monday.
I will back later today to discuss The Imitation of Christ , but I wanted to let you know about this awesome opportunity.
I used to review books on my personal blog. Blogging for Books sent me an email today offering a couple of Pope Benedict’s upcoming book, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, for a giveaway in the new future.
Well, actually, I’ll see you tomorrow with the Book Club post, but you know what I mean.
Welcome! I’m Jenny, the administrator of Suscipio, a home for the Catholic woman on the web. I have been married to Chris 20 years, strictly by the grace of God. We have seven precious souls from teen to baby. I hope my personal contribution to Suscipio shows what my life really looks like; It’s messy and beautiful and blessed beyond measure.