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God Speed

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Normally I am a very pokey driver. Actually I don’t really like straying from the rules. I like rules. They keep me safe and give me parameters to be creative.  I am a big fan of teaching my children to follow the rules as well. Once I forget to pay for something at the Home Depot and I marched right back into the store to pay for it because it was wrong to steal. I didn’t have any kids with me but I knew I couldn’t look them in the face and ask them not to take from each other when I had. Teaching good character and morality is a tough important job for any mom.

Today was the first day of vacation bible school (VBS) for my daughters. We were running late because Stephanie couldn’t find the perfect outfit to wear. Also the normal easy way of getting there was too trafficy as well as 2 other ways of getting there. So that only left one option. I normally don’t drive that way at all.

I was driving a little faster than normal but thought I was in a 35 mph area. I was not. A police officer saw me and clocked my awesome mini van. I was pulled over with flashing lights. The kids were super excited to see the lights. Yeah me not so much. However I put on a smile and grabbed my license and insurance card. I made a mistake and rules are there to keep us safe. I accepted it. The officer asked me a few questions about where I was going and if I knew I was driving too fast (We were going VBS and no I didn’t but I understand).

God was looking out for me and was definitely taught me a lesson in paying attention. But the officer didn’t give me a ticket. Whew! He waved to the kids and got back into his car. The children were super good and not screaming when he pulled us over.

 

I thanked God about a thousand times. I won’t be speeding again. Next time God’s little lesson might be a little different! But what a great way to teach respecting authority, patience, and being thankful!

My kitchen Madonna

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A while back I was looking for an icon of Mary for my house. I fell in love with the idea of having a statue of Our Lady in my kitchen to help me with my house work and kitchen duties as not only was Mary the most awesome mother but she was a housewife. I felt like I needed her prayers and guidance to help get my life back in order. However finding a kitchen madonna isn’t that easy and the only ones I could find just didn’t feel right. That Sunday at liturgy  I went to the religious articles counter and asked to see the Mary icons.

Now Byzantine Churches don’t have statues like the Roman rite. We have beautiful icons. So as I am working on my sharing my faith I wanted an icon not a statue. All of the icons I saw were beautiful but I found one that was just perfect. Mary was holding the baby Jesus and he was HUGGING her! Hugging her! That was it. That was my icon. I saved up and the following week I bought me my icon.  Throughout the day I walk by my icon of Mary and I pray. I pray for her strength and for her peaceful parenting advice. Sure Mary only had one son but I am sure it wasn’t easy knowing your son was the son of God and all of the responsibilities that go with that!

I feel like my kitchen Madonna is exactly what I needed to help me to do my work as a housewife and mother for the Lord. Cleaning my house isn’t for me but for the greatness of God. Taking care of my children isn’t for me but for God and his plans for them. My job is to keep my house in order and my children in the faith. I love having Mary looking over my shoulders and guiding me through my journey into Catholic motherhood. She is there as my mentor and my cheerleader. I know that she is praying for me and family while helping me to be a good mother. I don’t know why I didn’t get a Mary icon sooner. And nothing makes me feel more joy than a hug from my children so seeing the love between Mary and Jesus reminds me of just how much a mother loves her children.

Welcome to A Byzy Mom!

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Nicole and I’m a Byzantine Catholic wife and mother of 5. I converted to Catholicism in 2003 after the birth of my first child. I grew up in a home in which we did not celebrate our faith.  Now as a mother of 5 I am learning and growing in the Byzantine Catholic heritage and faith along with my children. I am still learning everything that I can to become a good Catholic mother. Some days my house isn’t clean and my kids are not perfect but I am working towards helping them to grow up in to have love, laughter, life, and FAITH. The goal of this blog is to chronicle my life as I am growing and learning in the faith. As a stay at home mother, my faith is interjected into every part of my life so you might find recipes, home management, family fun, and information about Byzantine Catholics.

Thank you for reading and please stop by again! Feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll try to find you an answer.

Nicole