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, March 10, 2010

A lesson in boys:

1. Sometimes you should let little boys jump in muddy puddles and make big splashes. It is good for them.

So, we did. Today was that lovely taste-of-true-spring day that always comes and then disappears in March. It was sixty degrees, sunny in the afternoon, and the ground was still wet and fresh with rain and melted snow. It had rained throughout the morning and Ambrose was begging to go outside. Finally, peering out the window, he asked, "Can I put on my boots and go in the mud?"

We walked down the street and splashed in every puddle we found, and wrapped the whole thing up with an ice cream cone from the Banana Split. I wish I'd had the good sense to bring my camera on the puddle jumping walk--the looks on their faces were just so cute. But I didn't, so I scrambled to get a few shots as soon as we got home.

The rest of day consisted of hearty naps, a walk to the park to play with friends, and really, really thorough baths.

All in all, a very, very good day.

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