Friday, April 1, 2011

End of the week thoughts...

~I spend a ridiculous amount of time and money at the grocery store. I don't know how I do it, but it seems that every week my family consumes more. We're big time Wal-Mart shoppers. Lately, since I'm not up for pushing a cart around a huge store, as long as I'm out and about I'll get double or triple of anything I can think of to freeze. A kind check-out lady was commenting on my massive grocery cart and said, "Wow, you must have a big family." I thought for a second, "No," I said, "We just eat a lot."

~The boys and I spent all afternoon at a church gym with a group of other mothers who had organized a play group. It was absolutely wonderful. For the first 20 minutes they didn't play with any of the toys, they just ran and ran and ran. It made me so happy to see them having so much fun.

~I love my faith, and this isn't a criticism of my faith, but more of the establishment of church government. Many of the mothers I've met here are evangelical. Their churches are like little community centers unto themselves, with gyms, kitchens, nurseries, toy rooms, classrooms, playgrounds, on-staff nurse etc. The Catholic parish in our community is very large and supports it's own school, but week after week and month after month I keep scouring the bulletin for FAMILY activities, hoping to meet SOMEONE who shares our faith, and there is nothing. After attending Mass there almost exclusively for the past seven months, we haven't received so much as an introduction. We are not "Church Hoppers," but I grieve for those families who are "on the fence" about their faith and then abandon it for more welcoming waters in another denomination. I realize that it is our obligation to put ourselves out there, so to speak, we just need an opportunity to do so.

~The carpal tunnel in my hands gets more painful by the day. Today, I thought I was being pretty clever when I wrapped my hand up in a biker glove and then covered it in electrical tape. With both boys taking a nap, I wasn't going to let my hands keep me from getting a much wanted nap. It worked!

~I am reading Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue. It's old news, but I finally got it at the library. It's honestly really interesting. I'm semi-political, and while I'm a Palin fan, I'm not necessarily a Palin supporter, meaning that I would love it if she were the governor of my state, just not the president. The book is painful though, and the way her and her family were treated during the campaign was absolutely despicable. A lot of people, including myself, saw how unfairly she was portrayed by the media and decided that public office is full of the most slimy and evil people in this country. 

~I love bleach. After a few days of renegade body fluids, I am finally confident with the cleanliness of our floors.

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!


Abby said...

I feel for you and your grocery woes. Last fall there was a cheerleading squad bagging groceries for us at Cub. I overheard one of the girls say "Woa, this lady's HUNGRY!" :) Let's not even touch upon the soaring costs of our heaping carts.

Renegade body fluids. Hahahaha!! Have I told you lately that I love your blog? ;)

Have a great weekend!

Theresa said...

I know exactly what you mean about the lack of opportunity to meet and participate in church groups or family activities. It has been on my heart to say something or do something for a long time. Last week there was a function at Hayden's school. I inquired about a mom's group or study circle through the school or church. Nothing. The principle asked me what I was thinking exactly. I told her. She said, Nope....but I'd help you start one. Great. Open mouth insert......OPPORTUNITY. Now I gotta think of something official.

I have another friend in Brainerd who is running into a similar situation. There just isn't anything really structured or offered for young moms or moms in general.

Mallory said...

Theresa, I may dedicate a post just to this subject, just because it is really starting to irk me. I have greatly blessed to meet some wonderful mothers through different outlets, but I am so saddened at the lack of "fellowship" in the area parishes. That is one area where Protestants really have an advantage, because fellowship is such an important part of their worship. Here I am, with different members of the E-free church offering to help with my new baby, while not a single member at the Catholic church even knows my name. It's been really hard. Yes, "opportunity" is knocking, it's just hard when you're a newcomer to know where and who to start with. Keep me posted on what you end up doing! If I have to, I'll just find ONE person and do something in my living room and take it from there if I have to...