Monday, April 16, 2012

Basics

Back to blogging basics for me. The reason I began blogging a year and a half ago was because I needed a creative outlet in my life. I lost sight of that somewhere along the way and I let it translate to "burden" in my head. I'm going back to basics because I need to keep creativity in my life.

The burden came when I kept trying to analyze my life for my blog instead of ... uh, living.

My eyes were too big for my stomach
Acceptable basics: God, family, food, water, shelter.

God
This weekend God made Himself clear through a whispering wind. My (not-feeling-well-because-this-year's-cold/flu-is-a-beeyatch-and-sticks-around-for-three-weeks) beau and I spent an entire day doing NOTHING like a pair of 5-year-olds.
Sloth-y squirrel
Sloth? Maybe, but we also shook off all of the poop that we allow our daily lives to accumulate. We prayed, we napped, we watched TV shows we haven't seen since the 90s, consequently giggled and shook our heads at 90s humor (Did I do that?), and READ BOOKS. It was a much-needed, extremely lazy Saturday. God helped us get our individual inner-children back into the picture.

Family
I spent Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday with my wonderful family at the beach. Hmmm maybe I didn't really need a lazy Saturday, after all. We goofed around, pretended we were all younger again, and walked on the beach. It was another back-to-basics weekend and perfectly timed to help me focus on God's great sacrifice and Jesus' resurrection.
My dad is always the photographer. YTBDITWWW
Food

During our lazy Saturday, my beau and I made THE MOST DELICIOUS lasagna that has ever existed. God had something to do with that, as well.

Mid-construction. Those are lasagna genius hands.
Email me, I'll send you a piece.
Water
Christ in the Eucharist is the Lamb of God. Food that prevents us from hungering for eternity. His blood is the drink that saves us and quenches our thirst forever. Music, sometimes, can be like water for our soul, relieving a spiritual dry spell or a least cutting a path to God so that He may work in us. One of my very talented (I have two of 'em) sisters is a fantastic singer. She gives me chills and when I hear her, I'm transported back to a time when I would watch her determined face grab her way across the monkey bars, four feet off the ground, swinging her three foot body with every successful move forward.

This Sunday, I was the proud sister again as she quenched a Mass-full of worshipers with her beautiful voice as a cantor. I'm so grateful to God for giving her a talent that will always be a witness for others.

Shelter
Much of the time, I prefer being outside to being just about anywhere. Not all of the time. I'm not Annie Oakley, but I do love a good hike and some serotonin. 
I had to bring in some nature to calm me in my room/office. Also, some Jesus.
So, in honor of our actual anniversary (instead of the monthaversaries we've been celebrating), my beau and I will be enjoying a hike this week! I hope the weather cooperates by raining down like Niagra the day before our hike so the pollen loses this battle.
Give me this view, anyday

7 comments:

Megan Lindley said...

I completely understand the feeling. I never post because I don't think most of what I have to say anyone would ever want to read but that's okay! We should still share our actual lives! Great idea! Love Back to Basics!
The lasagna looks amazing!

Alicia Therese said...

Yay! I'm so excited to see you posting! lol I feel you, girl. Sometimes I get so 'in my head' that I need everything to be perfect and academic. Doing that, I forget to just live my life! Thanks for the reminder. :)

Liesl said...

I would've totally driven down to Richmond for some lasagna. And 90s TV.

Yaaaaaay come back to blogging! Blogger (I) missed you!! I need to get some back to the basics too...

Marc Cardaronella said...

Been feeling the same way lately and coming to the same conclusions. Thanks for the affirmation. And...now I'm hungry for lasagna!

Julie Robison said...

SHAZAM!!!!! I knew you could do it. I have to start my visual journal now!

Stephanie said...

Elizabeth, as a new blogger myself, I know exactly what you mean by the tendency to let your blog take over your time and your decisions. This is such a good reminder on perspective. I'd love for you to visit Captive the Heart, my blog for Catholic brides-to-be! http://captivetheheart.blogspot.com

Megan Lindley said...

I gave you The Liebster Award!!! See my blog!

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