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 11, 2008

things that i'm loving this summer.

1. Mojitos. Hubby and I crafted the perfect refreshing cocktail, and we plan to drink them all summer.

2. My clothesline. I know, it sounds dopey. But, this is the first house we've lived in with a yard, and I'm taking full advantage of the ancient clothesline hooks that someone set up here a long time ago. There's something really relaxing about line drying clothes, plus it's a nice excuse to take the boys outside. Not to mention that it's an awesome money-saver. By decreasing the use of our dryer alone, I managed to shave more than $30 off our gas bill.

This fantastic purse I found on my latest thrift store excursion.

This heap of mei tai pieces that has been sitting in my sewing corner since Peter was born. Kristin wrote an awesome tutorial on how to make a Scandinavian mei tai, but the last one I made I gave away. This one will have padded shoulder and waist straps and a sleep hood. Not to mention the gorgeous Amy Butler fabric. I desperately want to wear it, but each time I get an opportunity to work on it, I think of something more pressing that needs to get done, or someone wakes up from their nap. I'm making it a goal to spend a few minutes on it each day.

Having a fat baby. I love, love, love fat babies. In fact, the whole time I was pregnant I prayed that my baby would a) be another boy, b) have brown eyes and c) that he would be a fat baby. Would I have loved him if he'd come out completely different? Of course. Coincidence? I think not.

6. The way Ambrose has started walking around the house, arms raised in question, asking, "Ipod? Ipod?" As though he gets to have it, even if he does know where it is.

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Blogger Matt said ... (June 13, 2008 9:27 AM) : 

Yeah, color me a proud parent. My boy can say "ipod" but he can't say, oh, I don't know, Bible, rosary, his brother's name, and any number of things that are far more important than the ipod.

But yeah, we have a cute fat baby and my mojitos are awesome, and my wife is great at saving money! It's a good life.

Love you sweetie!


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