RMGS ~ Hospitality & Truthfulness ~ Gardening

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5

RMGS gardening potsRMGS met on the second Saturday of April for the last meeting of the 2012-13 session.

The meeting was rather informal and slightly deviated from the normal agenda due to preparation of Confirmation and the fact that I had my side-kick, six week old BabyG3. 

The girls met in the gym for snack and social time.  Then we ventured outside for their gardening project, planting tomato plants in a pot. 

RMGS potting soilRMGS gardening collage

The girls closed the meeting with social time and recreation.  They jumped rope until their hearts were content. 

We departed after reciting the Regina Coeli. 



AGENDA - Hospitality ~ Truthfulness ~ Gardening ~ April

Hospitality & Truthfulness: RMGS Sparkles with tomato plant

  • Activity Sheet – Hospitality & Truthfulness
  • Handout based on Little Women Hospitality Gardening Lesson – focus on Hospitality and gardening


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Our Lady of the Mystical Rose, pray for us!

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May he grow daily in wisdom and in grace, * may he go through life having you always as his refuge and mother. * May all virtues shine in him * and may he never offend your maternal Heart. ~ ACT OF CONSECRATION OF A CHILD  TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

GMF 8 weeks 4.13April 2013

I spend my days gazing at this beautiful sight – BLESSED!

Postpartum Health & Fitness

babyg3 ready to swimBouncer (his new blog name courtesy of Sparkles) at 8 weeks 12.5+lbs

I’m currently 8 weeks postpartum.  The homebirth was wonderful.  In fact it was my shortest labor yet, only 18 hours.  The problems didn’t surface until after the delivery.  According to a friend (mom of 7), I have officially joined the “sisterhood of mom’s of large babies.” Trust me, this is one sisterhood that you do not want to join. 

I now suffer from pubic symphysis separation (PSS) due to the labor ofimage BabyG3. 

Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) is a condition that affects pregnant and/or postpartum women.  The symphysis pubis is a joint in the very front part of the pelvic bone structure. There is cartilage that fills the gap in the bones. During pregnancy, hormones such as relaxin soften this cartilage allowing the pelvic bones to be more flexible for delivery. Some women, however, have too much play in the pelvis causing a large gap between the bones. This makes the symphysis pubis area extrimageemely sensitive to touch.  The pain is a result of separation of the symphysis pubis. 

SPD causes pain in the front of the pelvis when touched. You may also feel pain in the lower abdomen, hips, inner thigh and groin areas. Marked increased pain with activities such as walking, climbing stairs, lifting your legs, or any other large movements involving the pelvis are key symptoms. You may even experience a clicking type noise with movement as well.

SPD is most often a a temporary situation and one that will resolve itself once the cartilage softening hormones decrease. Although there is no "cure" and it cannot be prevented in subsequent pregnancies, it does not mean that you will automatically experience SPD each pregnancy or birth.

In addition, my back felt as though it was broken in several places for the two weeks after delivery.  I was in P-A-I-N.  The pain was far greater than I’ve experienced with the previous five pregnancies, labors, and postpartum.  It was borderline disabling.  I was in so much pain that I actually took heed to the medical advice that was offered – bed rest, no excessive stair climbing, and wait the full 4-6 months before returning to active exercise.  NO excessive stair climbing, how is that even possible when I live in a two-story home and have little ones.  Active exercise for me at this time includes anything more than a short walk at a pace that puts me in a sweat.  The advice was given by a midwife who appreciates that I am open to life and will most likely have more babies.  She informed me that the relaxin, a key player to my aliment, will continue to be produced in my body for up to 4-6 months.  The ultimate goal is to allow my body to properly recovery from a major life event, labor & delivery, so I do not have to live with long-term crippling pain and all it’s ramifications. 

Taking things slow postpartum is not easy for me.  I “bounce back” rather quickly from labors and almost always have returned to my pre-pregnancy routine within days of delivery.  I believed that I was an exception and was eager and willing to forgo the necessary recovery that is recommended for new moms.  I strongly believe that many of my current aliments (in addition to those listed in this post)  stem from pushing myself too hard too soon postpartum.  I was warned but I’ve learned the lesson the hard way.

Praise God that I had improvements at around three weeks postpartum.  I’m sure the bed rest and resisting a desire to return to my normal routine as I have done with previous babies helped the healing process.

I began to walk at four weeks postpartum for a min of 15min. once a week.  This amount of exercise is so not impressivmom walking with baby 7weekse unless you have experienced any related pubic symphysis issues.  It has been humbling for me, to say the least.  I logged one of my first postpartum “workouts” in my DailyMile and was reminded of where I left off a little over a year ago, a high-intensity workout.  It’s been another opportunity for me to ditch my all or nothing tendency.image

Most recently I took a 1.78 mile walk.  I strapped on the baby (all 12.5lbs. of him) in a front carrier and headed to the clubhouse for a swim team meeting.  The walk may have set me back.  I must admit that I made several mistakes during my walk.  My first mistake was leaving 20min too late to make the stbarefoot blistersart of the meeting.  My second mistake was trying to speed-up to compensate for my late start.  I was not ready for an increase in pace.  It compromised my foot strike and caused blisters.  The third mistake was to put on shoes, thinking it would ease the blistering and help me speed up.  Instead, the shoes caused immediate back & IT pain.  As if that weren’t enough, my pain returned from my PSS.  I was somewhat of a wreck.

I’ll have to scale back a bit and get some quality recovery before heading out again.  Also, I will most likely not be carrying baby g in the front carrier for long walks. 

I’ll continue to dial in my eating and nourish my body with real food.

postpartum mealspictured from left to right: short-ribs with quinoa berry salad and roasted asparagus, courtesy of Tiffany & family.  sweet grapefruit. eggs with salsa and avocado.  mixed eggs, salsa, and avocado.  bruschetta chicken.  baked cheese tomatoes.  apples and chicken.  ground turkey with homemade taco seasoning with lime cilantro rice, homemade guacamole and salsa.  steak salad with feta, avocado, and homemade dressing. 



I’m in a new season and know all to well how fleeting it can be.  I pray for the Good Lord to give me the graces to follow Him.  He has led me to place blogging at an even lower priority than before but my mind is overflowing with memories that I want to record.  Instagram has served that purpose for me without having to stray from my duties. 

I will strive to continue to live in the present moment and I may or may not blog about it.  May it be done ALL FOR HIM THROUGH MARY!


Here is my Instagram recap of my recent outing with my loves.


I decided to take the troops outdoors for some early morning sunshine.  They have been cooped up due to my homebody tendencies that jump into full gear when I have a new baby to smoother enjoy. 

Papi led the brigade and was certain to get everyone dressed despite my uncertainty when we would actually be able to venture out the door.


We got an early start since BabyG3 (poor guy is 6w5d and he still does not have a blog name) opted for a morning cat nap instead of his usual siesta.


Dragonfly took Uma by the leash and was dragged by her walked her for the first leg of our walk.


Proud mama with all her six ducklings.  Rose took the pic and BabyG3 was on my front in the carrier. 

I’ve decided to include this picture in this post as an act of mortification, in hopes that I can truly accept {in my heart} the mantra that I play {in my head}…Love yourself in all seasons and sizes. Give thanks for what the weight represents, a baby babies.  Do NOT let anything rob you of JOY!  Glorify Him always!!” 


We walked in two worlds for much of the walk.  The wild life drew us in on one side of the road while we sought to escape the busyness of the world that hummed on the other side of the road. 

Many of the wildflowers and weeds were over six feet tall.


I love how my littles seek adventure with whatever is placed before them.  Papi and Sweetie were bug watching.  Sparkles convinced them that she was in need of lady bugs for her garden.  Notice how Sparkles is no where in sight, she was afraid of the monstrous weeds.


We even stopped to let Uma swim.  Here she is thanking Rose for pulling her out when she got stuck in the ravine.


It felt so good to carry my lil’ man while soaking up the sun.  He loved the adventure and slept for the entire walk.


Our guide, Papi, led us to the levee.  He really does play the role of a guide, in a Croc Hunter kind of way.  Dad has taught him this fine skill.  It’s actually rather cute and all the girls enjoy his narration. 


This flower was a lovely sight – life unexpected.


This was the end of the levee trek and mid-point of our walk.  All the kids enjoy running down this hill.  Dragonfly would love to run but he usually ends up rolling.


Two hours, one park visit, and two miles later, we made it home.  Dragonfly opted to ride his horsey for the last leg of the walk. 


We were all tuckered out from the day's outing. BabyG3 napped like a champ which meant that I was able to join him.  He has even been asleep for the past four hours, allowing me to post this instead of sleeping or nursing.  I feel out of my element. 

Don’t be bothered by Lil’ Man’s (I think I found his blog name) pink blanket.  That’s the life of a brother with older sisters. 

We plan to repeat this walk with a gradual increase in distance, at least three times a week, for a month, so that we are prepared for our annual pilgrimage.  Hopefully we can increase it to six miles and no horsey will be needed.  ALL FOR!


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3.31.13 - Family picture taken on Easter Sunday before Mass.

Picture taken by the talented dad of the Aranas Clan.



3.2.13 - Birth of a new baby via physical delivery.

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3.16.13 - Birth of a new baby via Baptism.



3.31.13 – Boys will be boys.  Easter fun with Father B.


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3.2.13 – This picture was taken about 20 min. prior to the delivery of Baby G3.  I labored at home, with my husband, in union with Jesus & Mary.


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Easter JOY


Easter pic


Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward; rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!
You that have kept the fast, and you that have not, rejoice today for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!
Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it.
Easter Sermon by St. John Chrysostom

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