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).

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

how time flies, whether you're having fun or not.

Wow, I just realized that I haven't posted in a long time. Time just gets away from me in the summer, it seems...not to mention that I'm way more inclined to not be sitting at the computer during nice weather.

So, a few things:

1. I worked on making a mei tai baby wrap all day last Friday. This has sent my baby-carrying enthusiasm into full swing. I was forewarned that such things tend to develop an addiction...and I'm starting to believe it. Anyway, the mei tai is undoubtedly the best carrier thus far in my experience (that is, of the ring sling, pouch sling and the good-ol' snugli). I can wear it for an hour at a time and not feel the slightest ache. I'll post pictures later.

2. I'm spending today packing and getting ready for our weekend in Michigan with Matt's family. The whole clan usually spends the 4th of July and at least part of the two weeks surrounding it up there on the lake. We leave tomorrow afternoon and return on Sunday night. I'm looking forward to getting away, I guess...but during our visits for the last two years, such things have taken place as coming down with a severe UTI in the middle of the night while sleeping half a mile away from the bathroom, getting shot and burned on my pregnant belly with a firework, and returning home with a tick on my scalp. This will be my first year there with a baby, so we'll see how that goes.

3. I spent Monday and Tuesday of this week watching Matt's boss' 4-year-old son while his wife was out of town. Tuesday afternoon, he pulled out a piece of paper and a marker and said, "I know a game we can play! I'll draw a picture and you guess what it is!" I agreed, and he proceeded to draw a very nice sailboat. "Oh! I know what that is!," I said, excited that I wouldn't have to hurt his feelings by not knowing what he'd just drawn. "It's a boat!" He was thoughtful for a minute. "Well, no." He pointed to the sail and said, "See, this is the whistle. It's a house with a whistle on it, silly!" How could I have missed that one?

4. I've found a new pleasure in iced chai lattes. Really. It's really good.

Anyway, I'm off to make a dinner for a friend who's just had a baby and start and finish packing.

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