Hello Breakfast

Adding some zing to the
Whole 30 morning routine. 

Pico de Gallo over Ham and Eggs

 Minute Pico
2 Jalepenos, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 to 1/3 Cup Purple Onion, finely chopped
1/2 - 1 Cup cherry tomatoes 
(or regular, but the cherry tomatoes are sweet and balance out the flavor) 
Dash of salt 

He's her biggest fan.

Maybe it's his age, but I think more so his demeanor...

but He asks constantly to hold her.

And when I'm holding her, asks if he can kiss her. It doesn't let up, every day is the same.

He is constantly giggling at her "getting fat" and has his own nickname for her, "JuJu". We'll see if it sticks...


My Sole Responsibility

"Parents, it is your responsibility to be the first educators of the Catholic faith and to keep this light of faith burning." 

 Each baptism brings into supreme focus my sole responsibility in this vocation God has asked of me. Not to have my kitchen floors swept and toilets cleaned or kids noses wiped and looking perfect. Although, admittedly that is what most times I get caught up with during the day.

He will ask me if I got Andrew to Heaven and then if I did all in my power to instill the knowledge and love of our Catholic faith to my children. What a very serious and sacred mission.

At night before I go to bed, it is this question I should ask myself.

She was baptized on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption. I have a feeling this little girl, who was born on the Feast of the Dedication of Mary Major, whom her middle name, Mercedes is Spanish for Mary Mother of Mercy, will be especially guided by her Mother Mary.


It was incredibly special for Andrew to baptize her alongside Dominic and his daughter Charlotte.

I wonder what we could see on the other side as a new soul is born into the Church family and original sin erased and a daughter of God made new...Heaven rejoicing...our journey to get her there beginning.

Our dear friend and priest Fr. Jarett Konrade did the baptism, as he was in town for Kathryn's wedding.

We proudly chose John and Lindsay with the care of being her Godparents, we couldn't admire these two more as a godly examples of constant heroic fidelity to the Catholic faith in their daily lives.

We thank Aunt Kristin for so kindly supplying our baptismal gown, since I was grossly unprepared ;)

My two pillars, my mother and mother-in-law...so happy they could be there to witness Julia's big day.



Currently Reading

This book.

I heard about it a couple years ago, but watching this trailer got me hooked. I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. 

This is the story of a passionate runner, Olympian, survivor at sea, prisoner of war, and his survival through the traumatic suffering and the most inhumane treatment a human person can go through in a lifetime. 

May I learn from the lessons of his life: the lesson of will power, the lesson of a God who does not abandon his own, the lesson of suffering without a meaning compared to suffering with purpose, 

the lesson to be broken is to be wide open for redemption. 

"A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory." - Unbroken


Photo Shoot with Four

Meager attempts at capturing her newborness. I had fun trying... 

Trying to get all four of them together...whew....nearly impossible. :) 

It was four little monkeys jumping on the bed...