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).

Monday, January 07, 2008

...and we're back!

Whew. This place is dusty!

Needless to say, my blog got the cold shoulder over the holidays. We're back in action now, and better than ever! Though, I suppose that's not saying much.

Anyway, we had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's. Matt had a lovely, lovely Christmas break from work (I tell you, no one knows the true value of paid time off like a former construction worker and his wife. It's pure bliss.). I'll save you all a long-winded post about all the happenings of the last few weeks, but since you're are some highlights (in no particular order):

1. Ambrose is a lean, mean, walking machine! This is now his primary mode of transport. I'm having such a good time with him (usually), and he's doing all sorts of funny, c-u-t-e things. He's recently started grabbing books off of his bookshelf (or any bookshelf, really) and wanting them "read" to him (for 10-15 seconds), and *must* have a plate and fork or other eating instrument when he eats (though uses both very ineffectively).

2. He also frequently attempts to play peek-a-boo with a blanket in front of his face while walking. This often results in him running straight into closed doors, walls, bookshelves--you name it--and then falling flat on his rear end. Sometimes, I try not to laugh at this.

3. We are home-birthin', baby! We found a wonderful home birth doctor a few days before Christmas, and are thrilled that baby boy #2 will enter the world in his home come late March, barring any real disasters or complications.

4. Speaking of baby #2, I'll be 29 weeks this week. I feel like this pregnancy is flying by--which is good, because I'm a zillion times more uncomfortable than I was last time. I am, however, really trying to savor feeling the baby move, stretch, and kick. Strange as it is, that was something I really missed after the Ambrose was born.

5. That's about all I've got for now. I'm looking forward to having more time to blog now that the holidays are past. Though, as I sit here watching my son eat his lunch (fork in hand, mind you), I'm noticing that he's not actually consuming the baby carrots I cut for him...rather, he's popping them in his mouth, chewing them as though he enjoys them, and then spitting them out. I am constantly amazed at his mess-making capabilities. And the record-setting time he can do it in. I'm just beginning to wonder if there will be time for anything at all other than diaper changes and cleaning up once the new baby comes?

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