Monday, April 7, 2014

Put me in Jail, I Stole Questions!

Ok, I didn't really steal them. My good friend Jenn from Critical Mass tagged me so I must participate! :-) I don't actually have to, but I want to. I think these things are fun! However, I won't be tagging others, so if you wish to participate, I'll post some questions at the bottom! Answer them on your blog, then link back here to your post!

Now, on to the questions!

1. What is the best characteristic of your spouse/best friend?
Hmm...this is a tough one. I have a lot that I like about my husband, and many times, others don't get to see these good qualities. If I have to choose just one, though, it is that he's a great daddy. To a fault. He comes home from work, and rather than run off to work on one of the 5,000,000,000 projects we need done in and around the house, he plays with the kids. He eats dinner with us - as a family, he helps with baths and bed time. Now, the reason I said he is this 'to a fault' is because even simple, quick tasks wait until after bed time. Dishes, paying bills, emailing his work stuff. Things like that. On weekends, he'll go out during nap time, but rarely while the kids are awake unless it's something that *really* needs attention. It just figures that the days that we have pressing projects are the days I need him to help me the most! haha!

2. What is your least favorite routine task and why?
Getting out of bed in the morning? Ok, I'm kidding! Probably cleaning the bathrooms. I love me a clean bathroom but man...if getting there wasn't the most annoying thing ever! Maybe because there are three little humans running around my house trying to distract me and get into everything I'm trying to do. Or they try to beat each other up...or make the others run away... Let's just say toilet water, cleaning supplies, and sweeping don't go well with three children age four and under.

3. What part of your faith life do you think is particularly strong?
This one is tough for me. I really don't feel like my faith life is as strong as it should be...or could be for that matter. We always say grace before eating dinner as a family, and we always say prayers before putting the kids to bed at night. My little random spurts of "God give me strength/patience/etc." during the day probably count for something, too. ;-)

4. What is your favorite way of giving back to the community/taking care of your neighbor?
I have a few friends that are all pregnant and/or just had babies, and I've offered to give, or will be giving baby stuff to nearly all of them. I figure if we can't/don't use it right now, someone else might as well! I think we'll have a lot of stuff going to a mother's shelter pretty soon.

5. What was your favorite place to visit on a vacation/trip/pilgrimage and what should I not miss if I go there?
Well, I'm going to focus on the places that I've been outside of the US, so that narrows it down to Canada, Cancun, and Ireland. Of those three places...Ireland. Hands down. It is so pretty over there. The people are so nice, the buildings, the's all just so...*sigh* I want to go back. It's been the best trip of my life so far, and I got to spend it with my mom. If you go, go see the Cliffs of Moher. We didn't get to! I will say that you should stay in the small hotels more than the big ones. We stayed at Bru Bar & Hostel for the first 3 nights and it was so neat!!! Noisy...but neat. Drink the Guinness. It's so much better over there! Visit Kinsale for the colors and the views, too. We took a walking tour there, and when we left on the walking tour, the harbor was very, very low. When we came back, it looked like a totally different harbor! Filled to the brim!

6. If you are sad, how do you cheer yourself up?
Big hugs. Whether from my kids, or my hubby. Or, I dance around like a fool with the kids for a few minutes. It's amazing what a little dancing can do for the soul. :-) If that doesn't work, I lock myself in the bedroom and crochet for a while.

7. What book(s) do you think everyone needs to read?
Well, I haven't read very many books lately, and I don't remember many of the ones I've read in the past, so this one is tough. I would have to say "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Album, "The Door to December" and "Dragon Tears" by Dean Koontz. Dragon Tears was the book that got me BACK into reading. I couldn't put it down!

8. If the Church were to canonize you, what would we remember you for?
Bringing my "disruptive" kids to mass. :-)

9. What do you most look forward to in the next 5 years?
Short term? Vacation...haha
Long term? Watching my kids grow up. Five years from now, Julia will be 9 (TEAR!!!), Justin will be 7, almost 8, and Alaina will be 6. They will all be in school, and I'll be able to watch their little personalities develop even more, and to see what kind of person they're all going to become.

10. What do you like best about your job/daily work?
Well, I'm a stay-at-home mom turned Wildtree representative, so there's a LOT that I like! I get to watch my kids grow up every day. I get to see them develop, and I get to see all of their "firsts". It's extremely stressful and exhausting, but I love it. The Wildtree thing just started recently, and I'm still trying to get it off the ground, but I love that I get to help people eat MUCH more healthy, but still absolutely delicious meals! There are options for everyone, and all of the people that I work with are amazing. Click on one of those links and see what Wildtree can do for you! I'm looking for people to join me on this journey, so if you don't LOVE your job, come check it out!

11. What questions do you have for me?
1) What do you think it was (aside from being called) that made you decide to become Catholic?
2) What was it that pulled you so deep into your faith after being Atheist?
3) What advice would you give those that want to deepen their faith, but haven't been able to find that "wow" moment yet?

Well, there you have it! My questions stolen from Jenn at Critical Mass! I hope you enjoyed them, and I hope you will take a moment to answer the questions I have for you below.

Questions for my readers:
1. If you could move somewhere, with cost not counted as an obstacle, where would it be and why?
2. What's your favorite activity to unwind?
3. Have you ever met a celebrity? How did it happen?
4. What has been your favorite job so far - if you've had any? Do you LOVE what you're doing?
5. Are you crafty? Artsy? What do you do?
6. If you went to school (college/university) or are going to school, what did/are you studying?
7. How do you get around town? Bus? Train? Drive? Bike?
8. What season is your favorite? (And what general area are you from?)
9. What is your favorite motivational phrase?
10. Do you have a favorite sport?
11. What made you start blogging?

Be sure to come back and share a link to your post!
God bless!


Jenn Miller said...

1) What do you think it was (aside from being called) that made you decide to become Catholic?

I guess on some level, I always knew that the Catholic Church had Truth. I'm not sure how I knew that, but I always felt that if this "God-thing" were real, that the Catholic Church would know all about it.

2) What was it that pulled you so deep into your faith after being Atheist?

I have no idea. :) Really. It has to be the Holy Spirit or something. Once I started going to RCIA and learning about the faith, I just never found anything that didn't make sense. Everything fits together and has a solid reason behind it. Things that I had previously thought differently about, like abortion, or whatever... It ended up making sense, much more than I thought it would. Plus, living the way you are *supposed to* really does change things.

3) What advice would you give those that want to deepen their faith, but haven't been able to find that "wow" moment yet?

Sometimes I wonder if I've had that "Wow" moment myself. Or think that I need another one if I had. I would probably suggest to stick with it. Go to Mass and adoration and pray when you don't feel like it. Trust that He is there and He cares, even when it feels like He isn't and He doesn't. God doesn't want to force us to love Him, so He's often more subtle than we would like. And to pay attention to things that can influence you. If you feed yourself junk food, your health will eventually decline; if you feed yourself good food, your health will eventually improve. It's the same kind of thing with your spiritual life. It takes constant diligence, but it's so worth it. :)

Stacy B. said...

Thanks for answering, Jenn! Seeing your dedication truly is inspiring :-)