“You have prayed for patience, and I have multiplied the opportunities in which you could be patient.” God, speaking to St. Philip Neri ...Herein lie the opportunities the Lord is providing me to exercise this beautiful fruit of the Holy Spirit - Patience.
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From plain to AMAZING!
So I was reading my IKEA catalog last week and came across an awesome DIY project! Buy a dresser (which I didn't have), buy awesome fabric, and cover said dresser with fabric to change the look!
I decided I could take this task on! So I asked around for a staple gun and got to work!
First, I purchased this dresser for $34.99:
Then, I cut off 2 1/2 yards of this fabric (probably only needed 1 1/2 yard, but extra is okay!) - $7.99 a yard, so $20:
Finally the hard work began (unless you count shopping at IKEA on the Saturday of Tax-Free weekend, work, but hey - that was easy & BUSY). My roommate helped me put the chest of drawers together, a simple task but not easy. Then I covered the drawer fronts, the sides of the dresser, and the top with the fabric. Cutting it to length and making sure the ends were folder underneath so it would be pretty and not tacky (I HATE tacky)!
The hardest part was putting on the drawer pulls - I was NOT strong enough, not even with an electric screwdriver. So, I took them into work and solicited the help from our facilitates/maintenance guy (he likes me because his girls love Miss Katie & youth ministry - definitely going to keep it that way!).
So, it looks like this!!!
Pretty great looking in my bedroom, definitely brings some life and color to the space! Check out Quick Takes tomorrow for what's going inside this beautiful piece of furniture!
I receive the weekly notes from the Catholic Match Institute since my unsuccessful dabble in Online
Dating some time ago (link) and today's included the face of one of my favorite priests. A man who helped me become the Catholic woman, for better or worse, that I am today. He is doing a series of five videos for CM through Advent. The first two are below ... I encourage you to watch them and stay tuned for the next three! Fr. Ananias, OSB - what an Advent treat!
Today is the day before my 32nd birthday. Thirty-Two years alive in this world and I sit down to try to actively think about what I've done in the last year, what I've accomplished to keep my mind from being overwhelmed by what I haven't done: marriage and kids.
When I was a kid, it snowed every single year on my birthday until I moved to Charlotte almost 9 years ago. Now this year, well it's the day before, but in Charlotte that's close enough to count I wake up to the below. So many of my birthday parties were cancelled or changed when I was a kid because of a giant snowstorm.
But anyway, back to the things I've accomplished this past year. I became a godmother, again, to a young woman who came into the Church through RCIA with her father. At 17 she was baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil.I was promoted at work. Twice. I've been given the opportunity to develop a new product offering and am going to spend the next year implementing it at a parish ju…
In general I appreciate when people like me, as I think most people do. For me, it's really hard when people dislike me, even if I don't have to be around them all of the time. I get anxious thinking about the next time we will be in the same location and if I'll be able to just kindly avoid them or if there will be an awkward confrontation. There's a line in scripture about how blessed we are when others despised us because they hated Him first. Him, being Jesus, of course.
But is that always the case? Am I applying a section of scripture to a situation to which it has no relationship? Am I using a passage of scripture to make myself feel better about the actions that I'm going to take, to justify it to myself and others? Am I manipulating the Lord's words to promote my own agenda in the name of the Lord?
I wonder this regarding many things. Passages like "The Lord will fulfill His promises" in relationship to my relationship status. Did He promise t…