Hello July! Halfway through the summer, I can hardly believe it! So much left to be done in this summer and so little time!
1. Goodbye Fr. M
The priest who has been at our parish for the past 7 years, all throughout the time I was transitioning to the Traditional Latin Mass, and hopefully will be the priest to marry us, is moving this week to his new assignment in Arkansas. It is an emotional time for everyone at the parish, particularly the fiancé, who has grown up at that parish with Fr. M. I will miss him very much and I wasn’t anywhere near as close to him as the fiancé is. I can only say that the parish in Arkansas who will be his new home is a very lucky church indeed. They are not merely gaining a new priest, they are gaining a new spiritual father who cares about each individual person in his parish as if they were truly his own children. Father is a rare kind of priest who can manage a large parish with many, many parishioners and still make time for the individuals who need his time and attention. He somehow manages to connect with even those people he may not know very well and express the depths of his love for all those who are entrusted to his care. We are lucky to have had him for so many years.
2. Goddaughter/Godmother dinner
My Goddaughter/sister/Jr. BM Fancy made her First Holy Communion this year at the Easter Vigil and I, being the terribly disorganized and irresponsible college student I am, did not have a gift chosen and purchased for her at the time. So I promised her that I would make it up to her someday and eventually, I got around to it. We got ourselves all dressed up and prettied up in curls and lipstick, then took a trip to a nice small Italian restaurant. She got to order whatever she wanted, and we split a piece of a delicious Tiramisu. It was a lovely night of sisterly bonding and thanks to Groupon, it didn’t make too large of a dent in my bank account either!
3. Gluten Free Update
I’ve been eating gluten free for about a month and a half now so I figured I could do a quick update on how that’s going! For the most part, I have been successful in cutting out wheat and other gluten products, though if I do eat something with gluten in it, I wouldn’t have any way of knowing, since I don’t have a severe allergic reaction to it. My best replacement for crackers so far has been the Kellogg’s Popcorn Chips. They come in different flavors, I’ve tried butter and sweet&salty. I particularly love to pair the sweet&salty ones with strawberry cream cheese. Yum! I’ve also looked into gluten free baked goods made with oatmeal and rice flour. I want to avoid processed gluten free foods, because I think cutting out many processed foods is responsible part of the health benefit I have been feeling. Also, I’ve been craving a delicious salad for the past week and I just might have to do something about it!
4. Pinterest success!
I have successfully completed not one, not two, but THREE projects I found on Pinterest this week! Two were crafts I did at work, one was a recipe I made for a July 4th party. All three turned out well and were not dubbed ‘Pinterest fails’ like many of my previous Pinterest projects. I know Pinterest is trial and error, but it still upsets me when something doesn’t go as planned. Luckily, these were successful!
5. Fourth of July
For the holiday, I went with the (future) in-laws to a yearly party hosted by a homeschooling family from church. They provide a wonderful evening with entertainment in the form of a student talent show and plenty of delicious food! It decided to rain a bit off and on, which put a slight damper on the evening, but it cleared up by the time it was dark enough for setting off fireworks. Yay fire!
6. Wedding Shoes (and garter)
I decided to start searching for the rest of my wedding accessories, since I have my dress picked out. Even though it isn’t supposed to be here for another 4 months, I want to have my shoes purchased when it comes in, so that I can try them on with the dress. As I am discovering, finding the right pair of shoes may be harder than finding the right dress! As for the garter, I had much better luck on that one. A few hours browsing Etsy and minor discussion with the fiancé (who was not much help) and I have decided on the right one! Now all I have left to figure out is jewelry, headpiece and what I’m going to do with my mother’s veil.
7. Goodwill trip
Though I will not be able to make it to the storewide 50% off sale at Goodwill tomorrow, I did hit one of the nicer stores last week and score a few dresses that I intend to wear for my upcoming wedding and bridal showers. So many highly photographed events require never-before-seen outfits that can be reused after their intended event. Some people I know, particularly my mom, don’t understand my philosophy. She thinks I am saying that I can’t wear the same outfit twice, when I am simply saying, I can’t be photographed in the same outfit or dress. I can wear it again to an event where I am not the guest of honor, but not for anything else where I will be in pictures. Am I crazy for thinking that way?