Miracle Of Easter

Wow! He’s Risen! I can’t stop proclaiming this truth in my heart! I continue to sing the hymn we sang at the Easter Vigil Mass all day! Christ Has Risen from grave…death has no sting!

The angel told the women be not afraid, Christ has gone to Galilee.  As I ponder on today’s holy Gospel I am reminded that we aren’t to be fearful. God has done what He promised. He rose His son in the third day.  I try to picture myself there in Jerusalem 2000 years ago and I’m almost certain that if I had gone to the tomb to care for the body of my beloved friend I too would have had fear, worry and panic as well if I didn’t find him.  It’s only natural for anyone in that moment of fear and shock to forget a promise that was made.

I need to remember that the person making that promise was not just any person. He was the same person who turned water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. He was the same person who fed 5000 people with 12 loaves and a few fish.  That promise to Rise from the grave and come back to life was a miracle.

Fast forward to present time and there have been miracles throughout my own life that I’ve witnessed. The miracles I encounter each day. And the huge miracles that draw us from a state of fear and panic to a state of pure joy and thanksgiving, like when my brother overcame and beat leukemia or when my marriage was almost over and by the grace of God we overcame and fought for the love we had.

Maybe you’re still looking for that miracle or perhaps it comes in a way that isn’t what you expected. Just remember that Jesus Christ is with you through it.
This Easter I hope you found miracles. I hope you have already had miracles that you could look back upon where you might have started out fearful but soon enough the promise was remembered. I hope you find miracles in each day.

Lent: A Holy Desert for 40 Days

So it’s been a high stress and rough start to my year the last 2 months have brought on some anxiety, some despairing, some more weight gain, and migraines. Most of this for me has been caused by a number of things. Excessive news reading, poor sleeping habits, poor prayer life, and very unhealthy eating and drinking. Since the beginning of the year  my spiritual life has been weakened somewhat. I’ve been feeling physically weak as well. (After 5 weeks of running consistently, I injured myself while attempting to ski and have not run since then as my calf muscle is still strained.)

So being that Lent this year begins this Wednesday March 1st I thought it would be fitting to start over and wipe the dirt off and hone in on taking care of my body and soul. During this Lent I will abstain from not only meat on Fridays but also alcohol, sugar in all forms, soy, legumes, flours, peanuts, and yes, dairy too for the entire 40 days.

Have you ever tried the Whole30 before? Perhaps if you are feeling out of sorts, like me, it’s time to do something about it.

This would be my second time completing a Whole30, my first time was during Lent in 2014 and I rocked it. I lost 10 pounds and felt like an athlete. But this time I want to feel better than an athlete. I want to know that I’ve done all I could to prepare my soul and heart for Jesus Christ. This time along with the Whole30 style of eating, I’m also going to include a daily Lenten devotional, meditation and prayer 🙏 . Also each day I will go outside of my comfort zone and do something good for someone each day. I won’t write about it but I will do it. God is the only one that will see what I’ll do.

*Contrary to what some people think, Lent is NOT about starting a diet. At all. It’s about repenting from our sins, starting OVER and preparing our hearts by reflecting on the LOVE God has for us through prayer, penance, and sacrifice. We reflect constantly on how He could love us so much and bring each of us out of the desert that we sometimes end up in due to the whole sin problem.

Maybe you’re like me and you’re tired of rushing through your prayers and you no longer sit still for a moment then it’s time to unplug rediscover Christ again.

Maybe if, like me, lately you are ending your day with more sadness than happiness in your spirit, it’s time to be a little more selfless and do more for those who are broken and hurting. Because it’s in act of giving that we can fully receive happiness.

Maybe if, like I do, you feel discouraged about the state of this world, it’s time to love your neighbor more. We can be more loving in a world where peace is not found easily but it can start by simply not screaming at someone who cut you off in traffic.

Maybe if, like me, you feel physically sick, exhausted or struggling to feel healthy it’s time to clean “your temple”. Taking care of your body because it’s the home of the Holy Spirit. Proper rest, screen time, exercise and nutrition can at the very least help us feel more balanced and healthy.

I would absolutely love to share this experience with other ladies who currently find themselves in the spiritual desert. Send me a message here if you would like to join me on this journey for what I am calling a Holy40

First Thermomix Recipe 

Hi thanks for stopping by my blog! I just wanted to let you know that I am super excited and happy to start this blog out with my very first Thermomix! 

I first learned about the Thermomix when our family hosted Alejandro from Spain this past summer. His mom had mentioned that she usually prepares all of their dinners in this wonderful machine. I began to research everything about Thermomix but couldn’t find any for sale in the United States. After our visit to Spain this past winter our friends showed us how this lovely machine worked.

This machine did pretty much everything to help prepare fantastic meals. In record time. You can read about everything that the Thermomix will do and all the other kitchen appliances that it can replace. So far I’ve replaced my blender, my food processor my KitchenAid stand mixer. 

So I receive my new my thermal backs the Friday before the Super Bowl and I wanted to make a couple of snacks using it. I wanted to adopt my beloved and popular salsa recipe. Usually I make my salsa in my food processor with the pulse button and several steps Of opening and adding in additional ingredients. However this time I decided to throw all of the ingredients into the Thermomix bowl together and use the setting that I found for chopping onions to create my regular salsa.

Here’s what it looked like! 

Couch to 5k half way there

So I made it to my fourth week of back to running. 4 weeks ago I downloaded the couch to 5K app and re dedicated myself to running. To be totally honest with you it’s been pretty awesome for me to see how far I’ve gotten with my running and now I’m able to get back on board with my endurance. I like that it starts you off with quick intervals and then gradually increases the time you run as you build endurance. For those of you wondering a 5k distance is 5 kilometers which is equal to 3.1 miles. 

My husband decided to do the Couch to 5k and it’s a lot of fun that we both motivate one another. We use the app and make sure we start it at the same time even while he’s traveling he keeps up with it! So glad to be back to running!

Our goal race is on April 1st, it’s a local 5K that our friend is holding for her nonprofit organization Rage Against Addiction! 

Have you ever tried a couch to 5k training program to run a 5k race? It’s a great way to start off slow and ease your way to running a full 5k. 

A Very Happy Easter to you, Mother Angelica

It’s amazing how someone you have never met can impact your life. I learned about the passing of Mother Angelica yesterday evening. As I read the news on Catholic News Agency, I had a mix of tears and joy! Knowing that she leaves this earth completely different than when she entered, after all she’s done to build the Eternal Word Television Network, a global media empire that began with just $200, a garage and a tenacious and quick-witted wise nun.

My Mom had been telling me to tune in to Mother Angelica’s nightly show since the early 2000s. For whatever the reason I rarely ever did. It was probably my ideals at the time and that they were not exactly in line with some of the Church’s teachings.

But around this time last year, I began tuning in to EWTN channel at 9:30 PM ET every night just to pray with Mother Angelica and the Poor Clare nuns.  Every night we prayed for 30 minutes.  It brought me so much comfort, peace and hope during a very rough time in parenting my college aged children.

Praying the rosary with Mother Angelica brought me back to my childhood when I would pray the rosary with my Grandmother. And at the same time a strange thing was happening. My faith increased, my worries and doubts lessened. I had been living a tough nightmare that a parent would not ever want to go through. And I was able to have peace throughout it all.

It was through my praying with Mother Angelica, who Time magazine called the superstar of religious broadcasting, that I started watching and listening this network, EWTN, consistently and every chance I could really. The programming on EWTN was plenty to satiate my appetite for learning, questioning and understanding more about the Catholic Church and the Bible.

I started watching Mother Angelica’s program. Her wisdom, intellect, wit, and humor drew me in more. For the second time in my life I saw a nun smiling, laughing and being quirky. The first had been my 2nd grade teacher, Sister Lenore. I learned to not be so wimpy in my faith.  It was while watching her program and praying with her I felt very close to her and it was as if a good friend was instructing me and giving me advice.

I mentioned to my husband that I hoped we would get to meet her someday if we had the chance to go on pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery & Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament as well as the EWTN studios in Irondale, Alabama.  However, I found out that she had been ill since her stroke in 2001 and seeing her in person may not happen.

One of the reasons this nun from Canton, Ohio, is such an inspiration to me and so many American Catholics is her perseverance and feistiness. She had a mission, God’s mission. And she got it done. She wasn’t afraid to fail mainly because she had God on her side. Because of Providence.

“I’m not afraid to fail…I’m scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, ‘Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more.'”

Yes. Point taken. This is how I want to approach each day. With this very thought Mother Angelica had. Can you imagine if more of us had that same thought every morning? To trust God more. Mother Angelica is a model of someone who trusted God daily.


“Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end” – Mother Angelica

And because of her trust, God definitely was able to work through this amazing feisty Sicilian woman who has a heart for the Lord. Her work ethic and tolerance for people of all walks of faith is something to be grasped daily. As we celebrate Easter and now the life of this woman, I pray that there be more Mother Angelica’s in the making. My prayer is for young women and girls, including myself to have that same fearless, God trusting, tenacity in accomplishing God’s will for this world.

Although we never met in person, I feel that somehow you kept me and my family in your prayers. I prayed for you as well.  Thank you Mother Angelica for your prayers, your ministry and love that you poured out to your audience around the world.

This Easter was truly a special and blessed Easter I was blessed to celebrate Mass with my husband, son, daughter and the latest addition to our family, Joel, our soon to be 4 month old grandson. I want to say that it’s because of my renewed faith and prayer life that began through something I watched nightly that everything is as it should be, but Mother Angelica would only point it to two things. Faith in the Blessed Sacrament and to Our Blessed Mother.  Those two alone have more power over all the darkness in this world.

What is some of the wisdom you’ve learned from Mother Angelica over the years? Have you ever watched her program? How has EWTN impacted your life?