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).

Sunday, January 25, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

I got tagged on facebook. This things seems to have already made it's way through a huge part of my friends list, but I'll play anyway. :)

1. I drink way more coffee than I probably should.

2. I've gotten into some really serious traditional food prep in the past year, and I love it. I make milk kefir, water kefir, yogurt, kombucha tea, and I soak/sprout grains. It's fascinating. And I find it relaxing.

3. My 10 m.o. is an extremely clingy baby who needs several extra doses of comfort than his brother ever did. I feel like I'm constantly pulled between respecting him as an individual with individual needs and letting him experience life's harsh realities.

4. My favorite color is green.

5. I'm really thankful that I have two little boys. It's something I really wanted.

6. When I was a kid, I went to the state fair with many 4-H projects, and won superior ribbons. Categories included: Small Pets and Bread baking. This is especially funny now, because I hate small pets and don't really eat bread.

7. I don't like to take naps. I never seem to get back into the swing of the day after a nap, even if it's short.

8. Pregnancy and nursing have been good to me, insofar as that I weigh about 20lbs less now than I did before I was pregnant with Ambrose.

9. I really want to like fish. I'm trying hard.

10. When I was a newlywed, I nannied for a family 3 days a week for about 6 months. Incidentally, the children were two little boys who were very close in age (18 months). It was extraordinarily difficult/frustrating/exhausting, which is why I ended up quitting. Heh. Payback?

11. I love, love, loved my homebirth, and wish more women knew how empowering natural birth is.

12. I am so incredibly thankful for my mom. I don't know what I would do without her.

13. I don't really mind changing diapers that much.

14. I love nursing babies. Well, my babies.

15. I'm having a really bad morning with the boys. They're both standing next to me, crying. I feel like my brain is about to implode.

16. I don't like talking on the phone. And I can't really multi-task when I am on the phone .

17. Once, I made a Bible cover with a deck of cards. It looked really cool. It was very controversial, despite the King of Hearts being placed front and center.

18. I bought my wedding dress on ebay for $50.

19. I'm super proud of my hubby, and of the work he does. Really.

20. There are alot of other things I really should be doing right now. Fortunately the crying children are distracted.

21. My favorite band is Dashboard Confessional. This hasn't changed since I was 15.

22. I've learned to like broccoli, squash, and hard-boiled eggs in the last year.

23. I've never fed either of my babies baby food or purees. I believe pretty strongly that if you have to puree it for them, they probably shouldn't be eating it.

24. I'm making chicken tacos for dinner.

25. I would really like a glass of good red wine.