Monday, August 25, 2014

little happies!

It's been a while since I've joined in with Stephanie's Little Happies link-up, but I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts and they truly put a smile on my face!

{happy #1}

Our new home has a dishwasher. That may sound unspectacular, but this is the first home since our wedding three years ago in which we have not had to wash each and every dish by hand. Let's just say I'm thrilled and somewhat in awe of its magic =)

{happy #2}
special masses!

On Sunday we were blessed to have mass in our home as part of a married couples' group we're in. Pretty special! And we had our house blessed - a two-for-one special. Then today we had a private mass with a priest of a nearby parish who has a healing ministry. Also really special. Can't get enough of those sacraments!

{happy #3}
adoption books!

I checked out a bunch of books from the library and also ordered one to read, and it's so exciting to be learning about adoption now that it's a viable option. I read "Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother" (mentioned on the Grace of Adoption blog) and it was eye-opening. I liked her honesty, although I would appreciate a Christian "Secret Thoughts" because there wasn't much about prayer or trust or believing that God has meant this child for you and you for this child. But overall it was worthwhile.

{happy #4}

I had a day off last week and indulged in a baking project in honor of the Assumptions. I made a triple-layer devil's food cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with blue sprinkles, twelve stars around the edges, and the message "she will CRUSH his head." Liturgically correct cake if ever I saw one =) And it was yummy too!

{happy #5}

Our housemates have a dog, so I guess he's our housedog...? He is adorable and fun and we love him already! He's a Corgy (short legs, big ears) who likes to play chase, tug of war, fetch (if he's in the mood; otherwise he pretends he doesn't understand you). He likes to eat bacon grease and peanut butter, and he doesn't bark at all but has the cutest little howl. We love having a dog buddy with zero responsibilities!

{happy #6}
the weather!

It's been absolutely gorgeous here, especially for August. No a/c, cool breezes, almost-crisp mornings. Ahhhh.

{happy #7}

We succeeded in hanging up curtains in every main room except the kitchen, which already had them. The dining room curtains are on a trial period - I like them, but since it's a shared room, our housemates have to like them too, so we're trying them out. I spent about $80 total on curtains and hardware, which I think is reasonable especially because curtains and curtain rods are reusable. I just love how they make our home so homey.



  1. Great happies...glad you are enjoying the dog and have no friend brought over her dog when she came to spend the night...I used to want a dog until her dog came over...OMG...I am SOOOOO a cat person. My dh liked the dog though...and brings it up jestfully that one day..we should consider a dog. We'll see. Corgies are cute.

  2. That Assumption cake sounds sooooo yummy! Where are the picture?! That is so awesome that you got to have all this special Masses!

  3. Fun! Please post what you learn from the books. If there is anything really good and up to date about international adoption, especially with Mexico please let us know!

    1. I plan to =) Although we are only looking at domestic adoption so I probably won't have much to say about international - but I'll definitely let you know if I come across anything related!

  4. Yay, dishwasher!! I also love that you had a liturgically correct cake. :)

  5. Yay for a dishwasher--I went a couple years without one before we moved here, too!
    Your cake sounds awesome. I made a cheesecake for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Aug. 22 in the old calendar), it had strawberry sauce hearts on it :) Only maybe I should have done blueberry so there would be blue for Mary...

  6. These make me smile!!! Praise God for special masses, woohoo. That cake sounds amazing. any tips on curtain shopping?I would like to put curtains in the living room before our home study visit.

    1. The curtains for our home are a mix of curtains we already had and curtains I bought at our local thrift store, which has a great selection if you're willing to put in the time to sort the good ones from the ugly ones! For our living room, I ended up cutting off the bottoms of two panels that I bought from the thrift store to make valances, so our two windows match. Also basic curtains are super easy to sew yourself! That would give you lots of options, although in my experience good fabric can be expensive - depends on how much money/time you want to invest.

  7. #4 is my favorite!! I love baking. Do you have a picture? Sounds pretty awesome! Love that you're doing the Little Happies. I've found that for me, focusing on positive events, hobbies, progress, and dreams coming true in other areas has really helped me deal with the IF emotions. It's not a cure-all but it definitely helps!

  8. Such a great post!! :) First, I've learned in the past few years that dishwashers are a MUST!! There's something so special about putting dirty dishes in that machine, forgetting about them, and then having them super sanitized and clean once the machine is done. Without a dishwasher, I used to worry that things weren't getting really cleaned, so it's nice to not have to think about that anymore! :D Also Mass in your home? Such a blessing!! And that house pup sounds awesome! :) Hope you're having a lovely week!