Running the Race to the Finish Line

I am far from the finish line.
But I am on CHRIST'S TEAM.
His love ignites me.
His power fuels me.
His mission compels me.
and to this race.
I will run STRONG and run LONG.
Who will join me?

My family started an exercise program as part of our Lenten program. We have continued our commitment for the remaining year but we continue to take it one day at a time.

Rose and I completed our first 5K together. We both had time goals but our real focus was on finishing. Rose and I have meditated on Paul's words, "Run so as to win." 1Cor9:24

We both have committed to run our hardest and push ourselves like never before. We ultimately desire to have perseverance at times of trial and pray that we will make it to the finish line, heaven. Our newest endeavor, training for 5k is one way we are attempting to grow in physical perseverance and glorify Our Lord.

It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ (Jesus). Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God's upward calling, in Christ Jesus. Let us, then, who are "perfectly mature" adopt this attitude. And if you have a different attitude, this too God will reveal to you. Only, with regard to what we have attained, continue on the same course. Phil 3:12-16

Year for Priests

A Priest’s Prayer
Loving Father,
I praise you, I love you, I adore you.
Send your Holy Spirit to enlighten my mind
to the truth of your Son, Jesus,
Priest and Victim.
Through the same Spirit guide my heart to his Sacred Heart,
to renew in me a priestly passion
that I, too, might lay down my life upon the altar.
May your Spirit wash away my impurities
and free me from all my transgressions
in the Cup of Salvation,
Let only your will be done in me.
May the Blessed Mother of your dearly beloved Son,
wrap her mantle around me and protect me from all evil.
May she guide me to do whatever He tells me.
May she teach me to have the heart of St. Joseph, her spouse,
to protect and care for my bride.
And may her pierced heart inspire me
to embrace as my own your children
who suffer at the foot of the cross.
I humbly cry to her:
please be my consoling mother,
and help me to be a better son.
Lord, make me a holy priest,
inflamed with the fire of your love, seeking nothing
but your greater glory and the salvation of souls.
I humbly bless and thank you, my Father,
through the Spirit, in Christ Jesus,
your Son and my brother.

O Mary, Queen of priests, pray for us.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.

Frugal Living

I always use cash/debit card and NEVER pay full price! I've drastically limited all extracurricular spending over the past 2 years but have slowly ventured out. I've been stopping by my local thrift stores and a few yard sales. I've found: NEW Anne Taylor denim skirt for $4), NEW black lace skirt with price tag listed at $189 for $5, Talbot shirts for $2, NEW brown leather Roxy flip flops for $0.25, Gymboree dresses for $0.99, a men's suit for $7 and many other clothing items. It's a family thing!

Most recently, I found some great deals on decor and baby items. These are some finds from the past 2 months.

As I was leaving on Saturday morning my neighbors were getting ready for the community yard sale. It probably was a good thing that I was going out of town because I spent $45 within 3min of being outside and only one home with items for sale.

I've been wanting a jogging stroller to take Papi on our back road hikes. I couldn't pass up this Baby Trend jogger that was brand new for $15. The in-store price is $159.

The other baby find was a Graco travel system that is a little over 1 year old. The plastic is still on the stroller. I bought it knowing that I could find someone to use it and hoping that, someone would be ME. Turns out my Sis is need of a set for her new arrival. The original price ranges from $150-200. It included the stroller, infant carrier and 2 bases. I paid......$30!

I've been in search of a cake plate with a glass dome. Here's the best I've been able to do, glass dome and sterling silver platter. I may have to resort to making my own base. ($1/ea)

This is a custom made fabric bulletin board. The fabric coordinates with my Waverly curtains in the kitchen. I don't particularly care for the ribbon used but don't have any plans to change it. I doubt I will even notice it once I post pictures and papers. I'm still trying to find a a place to put it. For now, it sits on a picture easel on the kitchen counter.

I couldn't find the price listed on the board. I found another bulletin board that was similar in size with a $1 price tag. I brought it to the register for check-out. The checker was able to locate a price on the roster board, $3. That seemed a little steep for me. I know, I know.... I told you I was thrifty. I only had $5 cash on me and didn't want to use my debit card. I told her I was hoping to get the board for the same as the other one listed for a dollar. She responded, "O.K." and then she altered the price. Lesson learned, you can always bargain!

Here's the other bulletin board I found. I will redo it but don't have any definite plans at this time. ($1)
At the same Goodwill I found some lace in the bedding area. I've been in need of a new church veil. I love the real lace Mantilla's from Spain but not so much the price. Many of the veils within my price point are too small. I didn't know what price category this black lace fell into but I was willing to pay $4. It is a nice size piece and has scalloped edges. I think I'll be able to make 3+ veils out this find. I was delighted to hear the checker give me a sale price of $.75. SOLD!!!

This is a Wilton pewter plate/charger. I only picked it up because I didn't have cash for my next find and needed a min purchase of $5 to use my debit card. The garage sale price listed on the back was $1 but I paid $2. I didn't mind because they sell for much more new.

My last find is my favorite. My whole family loves all things French Country but rarely (OK, NEVER) purchase original pieces because of the steep price tag. I've always admired Quimper pieces and was delighted to find this gem. It was marked $3.50 but had a chip. Once again, I asked for a discounted price because of the chip. The price was adjusted to $1.50.

All the above total $53.25 for an estimated savings of..... $395.

Live frugally and give alms.

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