{7QT} — week 1 (again)

I think once upon a time I linked up with 7QT – a chance to just give seven quick takes or peeks into our lives over the past week. Here goes! I didn’t really plan anything spectacular, but thought I’d just share a photo dump of some things we did this week:

{1}  

 Zachary had to start wearing pajamas again, because it’s getting cooler here in South Dakota. He is pretty stinking cute with those dinosaur feet!

{2}  

 Zachary really wants to see what’s behind this door! It’s the door to the sacristy at our Newman Center, where his best pal, Fr Andrew, gets things ready for Mass. He likes to wait for him and listen to his conversations through this little vent :)

{3}  

 Our sleepy little boy :)

{4} 

 My attempt at Milky Buns, which are ice cream sandwiches using donuts. Unfortunately I started the ice cream too late so it ended up being donuts drizzled in milkshakes!

{5}  

 My two boys, bowling together. Not sure why Andy’s pants are rolled up like that!

{6}  

 Celebrating Hobo Day! More on this to come in tomorrow’s Mission Monday post!

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  At the Hobo Day parade, Zachary  got a balloon , too cute!
I hope to be more timely in the future with these Quick Takes, but we will just have to wait and see!

-Christi

Mission Monday {1}: back on the bandwagon, just as I am…

Well, hello there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I have decided to jump back on the blogging bandwagon, much like my friend, Brooke, mainly because our other friend, Meghan, started a link-up for FOCUS missionaries (and anyone else living the New Evangelization!) Mission Monday is hopefully going to take off and I wanted to be a part of it! 

I can’t really put a finger on why I stopped blogging. Maybe it was laziness. Maybe it was pregnancy sicknesses and responsibilities which (nine months later) turned into mommy responsibilities. Let’s be real though, a lot of it was laziness. But as I was praying today, another thought came to mind. Maybe it was my desire for perfection and knowing that my blog wasn’t quite perfect, so there was no point in writing until it was just how I wanted it … But who cares? Does my chosen WordPress theme really mean anything in terms of our life as missionaries? No. So there you have it, I’m back. 

And I am back, just as I am. God isn’t calling me to be a picture perfect wife, mother, missionary, blogger, etc. No. He is calling me to be the best I can be, and to strive for Heaven. That’s what He is calling all of us to. 

And really, that is one of my favorite parts of being a missionary family, striving for Heaven and taking whomever we can with us. As a FOCUS family, Andrew and I are pretty real about what a modern day Catholic family looks like. We don’t sugar coat things to the ever watchful students. They know that sometimes our house is messy. They know that sometimes dinner gets burned and pizza gets ordered.  They know that sometimes we argue. They know that we aren’t always the best of communicators. They know that we aren’t perfect. They know that we love each other and are trying to pull one another to become Saints and to raise Saints. 

It is our joy and privilege to serve this mission, even if it isn’t always pretty. We share our life with these students, our real life. What are you sharing?

–Christi 
PS – an update for anyone who doesn’t already know — since my last post almost two years ago, we had a baby! Meet Zachary! More details and photo dumps to come!