How she does NOT do it all.

You may have seen posts trumpeting titles like “how she does it all” or “how to have it all”. Articles that, despite their good intentions, seem to celebrate packed schedules and women who successfully juggle 30 balls in the air at once. This is not one of those posts.

I’d be lying if I told you I hadn’t read these articles before or been tempted by the click bait. These articles are often trying to provide their readers with a tool or insight about how to handle a busy life. What I am finding is that I don’t need more tools, I need better discernment. I am the type of person who is energized and consistently motivated to do every great idea I hear or think up, but I am learning to love that I can’t do everything.

This ‘yes-girl’ wants to embrace and relish opportunities to confidently say no and live life more fully, but a little less full. I recognize that as life continues more commitments will fill our days, and my perspective may change, but here is a plan for today.

So here I am before you, work outside the home mom, thriving young adult, amateur blogger, and loved wife, and this is how I do NOT do it all.

The Salt Stories: How she does NOT do it all

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The Great Amen: Understanding the sanctuary and celebration

This post is part of a series on understanding the physical, sensorial and spiritual elements of our sanctuary and celebration. Today we will take a closer look into the Great Amen.

As a young girl I sang in our church’s youth choir. I am grateful to our director for always explaining how our ministry supported the celebration. I remember clearly the day she told us that the Great Amen was the most important thing we lead the congregation in each week. It seemed crazy, it was only one word, often sung as second nature. It was definitely an easy part of mass to miss. I had some investigating to do to figure out why it was so important.

I am excited to share the results of my research on the most important sung element of the service, the Great Amen.

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A Dance Party… and exciting announcement 

We’ve had a wonderful summer in this neck of the woods. Busy and hot, but absolutely sweet.

The Salt Stories: A Special Announcement

We also have an exciting announcement…

 

We’re truly so excited that we can’t stop dancing. There have been challenging moments and natural fears, but we are enjoying the time we have with this new family member and looking forward to those hazy moments when we hold this baby for the first time. Not to mention all the new memories and milestones to come.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support you continue to show our family! We are grateful to share this journey with you.

For similar content click over to these posts about the emotions of our first pregnancy, the announcement, and the birth story.

 

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St. Edith Stein: Making New Friends in Heaven

This post is part of a series on the lives of the saints. If you are interested in more information about what a saint is, check out this introductory post. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence. Read More →

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Prayer Hacks: Turn your day job into a prayer (7QT)

Each time I read Ephesians, my mind gets hung up on this verse about prayer.

“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.”-Ephesians 6:18

My prayer life has looked different in every season, and I am now beginning to understand that this is okay. I don’t have endless hours to journal as I once did; I have new wonderful people in my life to share my mornings, and prayer with. I need to be open to some new techniques.

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Roo Tripping Vol 4: Colorado Edition

Anna Roo here, for another installment of my rootripping adventures, this time almost a year wiser and sitting forward in my car seat.


You may remember when I headed out on my first road trip, visited the smokey mountains, and was welcomed by family and friends on our tour of the south last year. This rootrippin adventure took us to colorful Colorado, for more family time and mountains. Read More →

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A Church made for toddlers: Understanding the sanctuary and celebration

Going to mass with my daughter is quite the trip. As she grows further into toddlerdome, her wiggles are growing, but we have also found many opportunities to share the celebration with her, using tactile and visual cues. We mention her place in the family of God as we dip our hands in the baptismal font, and when she gets fussy we use the stations of the cross to tell her the story of Good Friday. As she finds ways to engage, it makes me wonder, was church made to engage people at all developmental states? Was our church made with my toddler in mind? Read More →

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St Gianna Molla: Making New Friends in Heaven

 This post is part of a series on the life of saints. If you are interested in more information about what a saint is, check out this introductory post. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence. 

Today’s new friend is St. Gianna Molla. A 20th century saint known for her life as a wife, mother of four, and doctor. Read More →

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I can do anything, but I can’t do everything.

I am one of those people who tries to carry all the grocery bags in one trip, who wants to ride every ride at the theme park, and who can’t sit still and relax when on vacation.

I thought everyone was this way, until I met my husband. He likes to do a few things thoroughly, rather than a million things half way. If you are more like my husband, then this post is not for you, maybe he can guest post about something on the opposite end of the spectrum. But if you have caught your self tipping over from the weight of a gallon of milk, then read on.
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Comfort in the ancient: The time the rosary clicked

I had been a mom for just over a year, and as wonderful and beautiful as the year had been I still felt like I hadn’t found my mom sea legs. I was still catching my bearings and finding balance in this new season of life.

Anna and I were making the 40 minute drive home after a stressful week of work. A 70-hour week that culminated in having to ask a friend to babysit my daughter at work on a Saturday.  I was utterly exhausted.

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