Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Oh Lord,

Teach me to seek You and reveal yourself to me when I seek You.

For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.

Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.

~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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Name: Erin Yonke

Location: Aurora, IL

Info: I'm happily married to my husband and champion pro-life activist, Matt. I stay home with my three small boys; Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10).

Saturday, November 18, 2006

my new resolve.

So, I've scratched my to-do list, and have moved on to making a list of things to do in my last few weeks of not being a parent, and taking full advantage of the line, "I'm allowed to do this because I'm nine months pregnant."

Things that I've been doing:

--Sleeping in! (I'm generally not a late sleeper, but I've been up for 3-4 hour stretches each night for the last week or so...maybe it's some kind of preparation for the many more sleepless nights to come?)

--Not cooking. Now, I love to cook, but have had about zero energy or motivation to do it this week, and I decided that this is probably one of the last times I'll be able to really, guiltlessly justify frozen pizza for dinner. That, and we've eaten take-out. (Though it's hard for me to enjoy take-out-- it's so expensive and therefore crushes my soul a little bit because I make a mental tally of how much less I would have paid to make that very same dish at home, and then spend the rest of the night feeling guilty.)

--Bubble baths. Our new house has a whirlpool tub, and I've made good use of it. (With clary sage oil, just in case it'll start labor...*sigh*)

--Walking the mall. I admit, part of this motivation is the desire to start some contractions, not to mention that my back doesn't hurt as much when I'm on my feet. BUT, I love the mall, even though I never buy anything...but it's a total waste of time, so I did that twice this week.

--The Nonfat, Decaf, PEPPERMINT MOCHA FROM STARBUCKS!!! (WITH whipped cream.) It's just the best thing ever. It trumps the white chocolate mocha. I've had two of them this week...mmm:-)

Things on the agenda for next week:

--Going to the chiropractor on Monday. Yay! Sounds like such an old-person thing to do...but I'll bet I'll feel a million times better afterwards:-)

--Having lunch with Sarah on Wednesday--whom I haven't seen in many months. Oh, speaking of Sarah...she apparently recorded a CD, and you can listen to it here.

--Oh yea, and Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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