Monday, March 9, 2015

What is Freedom?

"Freedom is the disciplining of desire, so as to make the achievement of the good first possible, and then effortless."  - Fr. Robert Barron

I need to tattoo this quote on my forehead, so that I see it every time I look in the mirror and remind myself that desire is meant to be disciplined, not given free rein.

The quote comes around the 1:15 mark in the video I linked to below (sorry, having problems with embedding it, for some reason), but I suggest watching the whole thing, because it's awesome.

Fr. Robert Barron on Israel, the Church, and the Law (Part 2 of 2)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

WOW! I'm the March Adopt-A-Blogger Adoptee!


OK, so I was very surprised to get the email informing me that I had been selected for the March Adopt-a-Blogger.  I feel very humbled to think that we're going to have so many wonderful people praying for us and our desire to become parents.  It is a little added bonus that my birthday is in March, so that the timing of this seems like such a beautiful little birthday present from God!
This is me.  Hi!  I'm Casey.
This is my sweet husband, James.
So, some background.  James and I have been married nearly 10 years.  We started trying to grow our family almost 7 years ago, and we've had absolutely no success.  We haven't had any pregnancies (that I know of).  I consulted a NaPro physician a few years ago, and apparently my progesterone was so low that he wasn't sure I was even ovulating.  I started some medical interventions to try to stimulate ovulation, including Clo.mid, progesterone, and HC.G injections.  After a few months of treatment, some other medical issues came up that made me decide to step back from the infertility treatments until I could get those issues diagnosed and addressed.  Eventually, all my various symptoms turned out to be related to undiagnosed Graves Disease (auto-immune hyperthyroidism).

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blog-Slacking, Virtual Birthday, An Old Man, Corner Gas, and Christmas Lights: 7 Quick Takes - Vol. 18

Wow, I haven't participated in 7 Quick Takes in longer than I like to admit.  Actually, I haven't even blogged in a couple of months.  Geez, what a slacker!  Oh well, better late than never, I guess.  Plus, after this long, I'm bound to actually have 7 things to write about, right?

It's birthday time around these parts.  

Not mine though, so no presents for me.  :(

However, I get to give other people presents, so that's awesome!  I like making people feel special on their birthdays.
My sister's birthday was last week, and she got some super special, home-made-by-me cookies.  Baking is definitely not my thing (it's far to fussy with all those "exact measurements"), so this was definitely a labor of love.  I made dark-chocolate chip and marshmallow cookies, which I (very un-originally) called S'mores cookies.  Man, were they good!  Especially the gooeyness of the marshmallows right after they came out of the oven.  Yum!

I used this recipe, which I randomly found on the internet.  I love you, Google!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Fight I Don't Want To Win

Sometimes, going to Confession is like being whacked upside the head with a 2X4.  "Wake up, Casey!  I've been trying to tell you something, and You're. Not. Listening."

After I had finished confessing my sins, the priest, whom I had never been to before, sat quietly for a minute.  I was starting to wonder what was going on when he started in with a little pastoral counseling.  I kid you not, the Holy Spirit was giving that man some insight and prompting him to lay it out plain-as-day for me.

"You're fighting God.  Some sufferings in your life have caused you to fight against God, and that's why you're committing these sins.  You're trying to comfort yourself with worldly things instead of turning to God for comfort.  You need to stop fighting God and seek your comfort in Him instead, because sin only leads to death, but God is trying to give you life."

Right between the eyes, y'all.  The Holy Spirit don't play around.

Fighting against God is definitely a fight I don't want to win.  Shoot, it's not even a fight I want to have. But I guess my stupid, stubborn self has been fighting anyway, which is probably how I ended up down in this hole in the first place.  Time to try to start surrendering.  Because I want Life, not Death.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


As in:
Fallen off the...

Boyohboy, it's a little embarrassing how long it's been since I last blogged.  I started a new job partway through May, so initially, blogging took a back seat to my concentrating on getting settled there.  (It's been great, by the way.  I really like my new workplace, and the work is a little more varied and challenging, which is good for the ol' noggin.)

Then, I would think, "I need to blog," and I would try to think of what I wanted to say, only to be met with the sound of silence echoing in my brain.  I had nothing.

Spinning my...

Quite honestly, I still feel like I have nothing to share.  My life seems very boring.  Or maybe boring isn't the right word.  Maybe it's static.  I work, go to church, visit with friends, but nothing seems to change.  A repetition of the same images over and over with little to no variety or vitality.  It's like I feel the need to grow, but nothing is happening.  It's frustrating.

Friday, May 2, 2014

7 Quick Takes About Some Awesome Things That Happened to Me and a Prayer Request - Vol. 17

My first take definitely has to be about everyone's favorite topic this week:
sotg small 7 Quick Takes about your awesomeness, saints working through Youtube, and me buying you a banana suit
The magical book fairies were smiling on me last week, because I actually got my book in the mail on the Saturday before the release date.  What?!  I was so stinkin' excited, and you had better believe I wasn't going to wait until the release date to start reading.  I'm a fast reader, so normally I should be on my 2nd or 3rd reading of the book by now, but life has been crazy recently, so I'm having to take it slowly.  My brain is saying, "Read more book NOW!" but my life is saying, "Not happening.  Just learn to savor it in small bites."  Stupid small bites, but they taste so good!  (I'm thinking that's going to sound even weirder to you than it did in my head.)

Do yourself a favor, if you haven't bought the book yet, and click rightthisveryinstant on this link right here, buy the book, read the book, and come back here and we can chat about how awesome it is!  And stay tuned for an attempt by me to write a book review once I've finished it.

Awesome thing numero dos:  I got a new job!  Yay!!!!  I will be working at a local university in one of the administrative departments.  In fact, it's at my alma mater, so even more cool to be going back.  I'm ridiculously excited for the new experience, and even more so for cutting my commute time/distance by more than half.  Thanks to all the family and friends who kept me in their prayers during the interview process.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

7 Quick Takes About Birthday Celebrating, Barbecue, and a Themed Cake - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 7

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 7.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

Also, I'm double linking-up and counting this as my 7QT post as well (yeah, I know it's not Friday anymore...)

Yay!  It's my birthday, y'all!  I love celebrating my birthday.  I like being the center of attention once a year, and I especially like the part where everyone lets you pick where to go out to eat.  And boy, have I gotten some good food.  La Madeleine, Dave & Buster's, P.F. Chang's, and tomorrow, Brooklyn's Pizza.  So much yummy goodness, and the 2 yummiest of all were...

Lookin' good, birthday girl.

The barbecue I got to taste test as a field judge at a BBQ cookoff!  James and I met some friends yesterday at the event sponsored by their parish's Knights of Columbus council.  I ate some of the best BBQ chicken and pork ribs I've ever had in my life.  Oh my goodness, there was one rib I tried that had to be the perfect  rib, it was that awesome.  It was so much fun, and best of all, it was free!

Better Late Than Never - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 6

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 6.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

Well, I didn't get this one posted on Saturday, technically, but I suppose it's still Saturday somewhere, right?

Friday, February 28, 2014

I Got Nothin' Over Here - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 5

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 5.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

Today has not been a great day.  I haven't felt well, and in fact, I continue to not feel well.  (If you would say a little prayer for me, I'd appreciate it.)

My brain is mush.  There is simply nothing in there for me to blog about.  However, this weekend is my birthday, so in honor of that, I share with you a picture of me from last year's birthday party with my family.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Passing It On - 7 Posts in 7 Days: Day 4

I'm participating in the 7 Posts in 7 Days link-up at Conversion Diary, and this is my post for Day 4.  Go here to read the posts from the other bloggers in the link-up.  And go here to find a list of all 7 of my posts for this round of the link-up.

At the request of one of my parish's catechists, last night I gave a tour of the Church to the high school RCIC class.  (FYI: RCIC is the Right of Christian Initiation of Children.  It's RCIA for people between 7 years old and 17 years old).  This group consisted of 11 young people aged 13 - 17, all preparing to be baptized and join the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass.  I was a little concerned about how things would go, since I had originally prepared this talk for the RCIA class, which is filled with adults who usually ask lots of really good questions.  Thankfully, things turned out really well.  The kids were really receptive, asked good questions, and (mostly) didn't look like they would rather be getting a cavity filled than be in that church listening to me talk.

Looking at all of those high-schoolers taking a class to learn what they need to know to come into the Catholic Church made me think about all the people who have left the Catholic Church.  This is something that makes me extremely sad.  It also makes me frustrated and angry.  I realize people that leave Catholicism do so for any one of a number of reasons: indifference, disagreement, disappointment, frustration, lack of connection, injury, and so on.  But it seems to me that the main, underlying reason people leave the Catholic Church is that they don't understand what the Church is, what it really teaches, why it has authority, and what they are giving up if they leave.