Some Future Day (A Girl Can Dream!)

Some happy events God gave us as His blessings to plan:


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/35917744″>SAVE THE DATE Janina &amp; Sven</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/svenhartmann”>Sven Hartmann</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/24909905″>Jhe and Wilson/Save the date</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/icinemaworks”>Cinemaworks Art Film</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/47600999″>Save the Date: M&aacute;rcia + Thiago</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/duofilmes”>Duo Filmes</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Engagement photo inspiration board:

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Global Citizen // Cittadino Globale

Question: what is that white bucket thing in your yard?

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When your rental property doesn’t have a washer or dryer, you get creative…especially with great weather outside. You may buy clothesline and clothes pins on Amazon and get an Avalon Bay EcoWash donation from your thoughtful father to resolve any last-minute mid-week laundry needs. You might notice it’s fun. You may realize it would be a great activity for high-energy children or adults who participate in exercise when it is meaningful to themselves or helps those around them.

You see the OT in your activity, so the OT mind developing in this blogger wants to show off this eco-friendly joy…yes, JOY! It has been fun gardening on this rental property, mowing the lawn, even watering and pulling weeds around the yard.

Now, this self-propelled mini laundry machine has become a project I enjoy on my newly decorated outside porch (photos included of this from a 4th of July celebration with OT classmates…so many OT minds together at once!)

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Eleven Months of Memories // Undici Mesi di Ricordi

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. [Psalms 95:4-5]

Nature:

 

Blessings found in visiting lovely places:

(Click ‘Leer mas’ blue button for more photos and maybe even some familiar faces! 🙂

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Helping Here and There: Emphasis on everywhere // Aiutare Qua e Là: Enfasi Ovunque

“Brothers and sisters:
As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less
.”

(St. Paul to the Corinthians, written in Bible 2 COR 8:7, 9, 13-15)

2nd reading for Sunday mass on July 1, 2018

I loved this reading immediately because it spoke to a question that I know many missionary friends and I myself have considered most especially after reading books that make a great case for making missionaries within the local culture of interest to be effective both in reaching hearts and spending less money on overseas travel and “unnecessary” insurance/living expenses.

I’d like to point out that there is a need for exactly that argument in most cases, because the great majority of the world lives around poverty and will not be traveling, much less have the time to volunteer or study world religions via experience or classes.

However, there are some cases that look differently. Do we need to invest differently in what the socioeconomic level standards consider ‘influencers’ among some cultures? My friend Marie is a ‘different’ case, and that’s worth discerning as she has a history of knowing the Lord and becoming closer to Jesus through work in Nepal and poorer communities within Europe. I have found myself as a ‘different’ case as I initially learned more about Central America (via my first mission trip to Guatemala) and became involved with a God-inspired, God-given, completely-God-accomplished passion acted out in mission work within Peru during young adult years.

I have learned the truth of such a passage: those who ‘we’ (U.S. Americans) consider in “impossibly difficult” living conditions both here in the U.S. and globally actually have a great advantage over the middle and upper class “lucky ones.”

  1. Space and resources must be shared: homes are smaller. This creates a necessity of family bonding via sharing resources within the home. Children share rooms, toys, meals, snacks, and experiences. Parents cannot afford childcare apart from relatives or occasional help, so they need to be on the pulse of their children’s care or (yes I realize worse conditions exist), in the case especially of single-parent homes, this could backfire in that wages are so low that kids have to stay with hesitant neighbors/relatives or average/questionable daycare facilities as the parents work as much as possible just to keep the most basic resources available for their children OR the parents may receive government aid that psycho-socially hurts the parents and makes the family dynamic more difficult for everyone involved.
  2. Free events must be found: staying involved in volunteering, church spirituality and community, and offerings for school events, library events, small driving weekend trips, park recreation, etc. This allows kids to socialize with kids from all over if parental supervision is provided and transportation is accessible. This assumes that the family can feel safe in communities and know enough about the community’s expectations to be able to get involved.
  3. Team commitment to family well-being: each family member is trying to chip in, do their best, and help the family get to a better place and ensure the basic resources needed.

I do understand this can backfire: screens become babysitters, parents work too often and see their kids rarely, teenagers feel like they take up space and find homes elsewhere…this can happen without the HUGE undertaking of a life living out virtue in small and big things every minute of the day, especially when that becomes the hardest choice. This does not have to happen, but it can happen to people with good intentions but the wrong idea of how to plan out virtue in their lives (by living apart from natural law that the Catholic faith does live out over time- there is a reason for so much of tradition based on Biblical Scripture).

How have I learned about this?

Click ‘Leer mas’ blue button to read what values in Natural Law cause in any community.

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Caring for This Skin You’re In!

List of must-haves for *finally* getting away from acne on a regular basis:

*I am not paid or sponsored by any companies. All of these opinions are based on personal experience of VERY sensitive skin and a LOT of expensive trial-and-error…including heavy (expensive) prescription medication over many years…but isn’t it great how the best options are natural formulas? This is an investment, but guess how much I spend on daily make-up? $0.00

If you are a guy who does little to nothing for skin care, you should not read this post. I’m really not kidding- you’ll think this is insane but don’t get me started about the skincare industry…stepping foot into a dermatologist’s office is where prices get outlandish. This stuff is what I’ve found as alternatives to what prices are offered in those offices (anyone understand my pain??)

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I Thirst // Io Sete // Tengo Sed

A reflection that sets my mind at peace EVERY time. I’ve shared it with non-religious and religious alike and everyone has commented on feeling peace // Una riflessione che calma la mente ogni volta. L’ho condiviso con persone non religiose e religiose e tutti hanno commentato di provare pace:

Unwanted: Unspoken disability

Disability: socially constructed phenomenon that results from barriers that are present in the environment.

World Health Organization defines disability: “disability results from the interaction of a person with his environment.”

Wildly Common Disability: unwanted as a fetus

Treatment options: lots (legally and against natural law and human dignity for all of mother, father, and child), but morally: adoption if mother is not able to take on the responsibilities of motherhood at that time. The mother who chooses adoption chooses life for herself (clean conscience and not killing) and life for that valuable life full of blessings that are unexpected and unseen…the miracles to happen are always among the least desired in the perspective of humans.

To be unwanted and defenseless at the most vulnerable moments of human development is the most tragic disability this world has forgotten or disrespected…or even allowed mass killings of those disabled by this “unwanted” label (enter abortion) and taken profit from the business of murdering the defenseless .

Mothers do not get to end the lives of children with disabilities without cutting off the grace God wishes to give them. Mothers may get desperate or feel despair, fear, worry, concern, or just not be in touch with the value of human life.

All these things currently cause the disability of being unwanted.

Planned Parenthood ended the lives of 323,999 defenseless in 2014 (source).

As of 2013, New York City’s abortion rate was 60% of their birth rate (source).

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Getting the Love You Want on p. 16 (by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D): “There is a widely held belief that when a baby is inside its mother’s womb, it experiences a sense of oneness, an Edenic experience free from desire. Martin Buber, a Jewish theologian, puts it this way, “in fetal existence, we were in communion with the universe.” ”

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Why did I pick those quotes to share with this blog? Let me give you a bit more recent reading and I assume you may pick up on the theme:

The United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes “the inherent dignity and worth and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” Further, the CRPD states , “persons with disabilities treated as equals before the law and to be entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law.” (p. 8).

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