Monday, March 28, 2011

My Favorite New March Tradition

Right now... my fifth grade niece is doing Spelling and is lamenting the fact that the entire 3rd grade (her little sister) is home sick. I'm sitting back, happily surveying the fruits of my weekend labor: a tidy house.

This weekend... was exquisite.

On Friday, the Solemnity of the Incarnation, I received a revelation during Mass.

I'd had a nightmare the night before, a recurring one that happens whenever I feel like my life is going too fast and is utterly out of my control (I had them most often during my senior year of college). In the dream I'm in a car, careening downhill with no brakes. I guess I was stressing a lot more than I realized about this whole land/house situation and so on Friday morning I took it to God in Mass.

I wasn't really expecting any answers, only hoping for some peace, but when I asked in prayer the answer came back very clearly: "Trust your husband. I will guide him."

What a relief!! What a burden lifted!! Isn't marriage incredible!? I don't have to bear the weight of this decision alone -- in fact I don't have to bear it at all, I just have to follow my husband's lead.


Also on Friday I saw on Facebook, "For those of you who are Lord of the Rings nerds, happy Anniversary of the Destruction of the Ring." LotR nerd? That's me. So my husband took me out for (yes, for all of my "real food" convictions, I keep an 85/15 diet -- 85% good whole real food, 15% 'cause I want it food) fast food burgers and curly fries. When we got home we polished off some homemade ice cream in root beer floats and settled in to watch the Extended Edition of Return of the King. We split the nearly-four-hour movie between two nights, but I think we'll have to make this a tradition; it was just too fun.

On Saturday it was all work out at the farm. But more on that later this week.

Sunday was one of the most glorious of recent memory. I love my life.

Some plans for this week: I really want to learn how to make cheese. Swiss, Gouda, cheddar, Muenster, Havarti, Colby, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack...? Add "smoked" before any one of those and come to mama!

If I get some time for myself, I want to... get a haircut. Maybe. I haven't had one since my lovely locks were butchered in October of 2007. It was right before I presented my first academic paper at a Philosophy conference, and I was mortified when the stylist cut my hair like a man's. Anyway, I've never trusted scissors near my head since. My tresses actually look very nice when I take the time to style them, but Summer is coming and to avoid the fate of the teeny-bopper ponytail, the time has come to remove the temptation and whack off my hair... and maybe get some bangs?

Special prayer intentions for this week: for Nadja's son, and for my baby nephew.

Something that makes me smile: Something, or someone?

Happy sigh.


Nadjamagdalena said...

Thanks for the prayers! and let me tell you, my kids are going to die when they hear that there is an extended version of Return of the King! My kids live and breathe LoTR and Narnia.

I have a cheese press and a cow, but have been too busy to do cheese. Maybe in a couple of years when the baby is (sniff!) no longer a baby.

I will keep your nephew in my prayers. Fair trade?

Jenna St. Hilaire said...

A full-scale celebration of the liberation of Middle-Earth? YESSSSSSSSSSSS. Now, if I could only figure out how to make lembas.

Farmer's City Wife said...

The Extended Editions are wonderful :). I feel cheated now when I watch the theatrical cuts.

Did your husband build your cheese press? I really want to get started making some but I can't justify the cost of a commercially made press.

The prayer swap is definitely a deal (though I'll pray for your son even if you forget to pray for my nephew) :).

Farmer's City Wife said...

I always imagined it was kind of like pita bread... ;)

Sue Elvis said...

I am one of those silent readers. I hop in, devour everything new and hop out deeply satisfied. I just felt like stopping today and saying hello, and telling you that when I see a new post on my feed, I get excited and can't wait to visit. God bless!

Farmer's City Wife said...

Sue, I hope you realize you've made my day and possibly my week :). Thank you so much for your kind comment! I hope you'll drop in and say hello more often :-D. Thanks for reading!

Susan said...

I love this blog.

Farmer's City Wife said...

I love comments like that :-D. Thanks, Susan! :)

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