Thankfulness – Not Alone Series Vol. 2

It’s so frustrating to have to write this post after spending a good long time cuddling with my friend’s 13-day-old baby, while conversing with their almost 3-year-old. So, I’m starting with a bit about what I’m thankful for because I need to because today and right now I’m extremely disgusted with my provincial premier.

I live in Canada, so my thanksgiving was over a month ago but there is always something to be thankful for. So here is my list, which I am subtitling:

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I am thankful I have a family of gracious loving people, and that my siblings and parents all get along.

I am thankful for friends who let me cuddle their babies, even when it’s a snow storm, because babies (aka, the products of conception) are the most wondrous little beings.

I’m thankful I live in Canada, and have the free speech available to me to just be frustrated and vocalize it.

Canada, for starters, has zero restrictions on abortion at a federal level. We have nothing in our constitution, or in the Canadian Health Act.  We are on par with North Korea, and China. Which is not a place I like to be, it blows my mind that just 13 days ago it would’ve been perfectly legal for my friend to abort her child in my country. Perfectly legal. 10689557_701036376682227_6563896508897648607_n

New Brunswick, had the barest minimum of restrictions on abortion as part of regulation 84-20 which stated that non-essential services would not be covered by our provincial health care, however, if 2 doctors deem an abortion as medically necessary than an abortion may be permitted in hospital. (Section 2).

Today, our premier, and his cabinet, decided to scrap that regulation.

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The cabinet meetings were not known to anyone outside of his candidates and the opposition party were as blindsided as the rest of New Brunswick was because the regulation debate was not made known before it was decided on. While a vote is not needed because it is only a regulation and not law, past political leaders in the provinces posted the regulation changes online for people to review and comment on for 30 days prior to making any decisions, which in a democracy seems like the right thing to do.

Brian Gallant, our premier, also stated that we would no longer require specialists to perform the procedure and any doctor would be able to preform abortions. Currently, New Brunswick only has 2 or 3 doctors who will perform abortions and we have a shortage of doctors on a whole. His decision would not only make current doctors busier but it would also be more of a financial burden for the province. New Brunswick is already barely able to sustain its medicare system and we are now expected to pay for an unnecessary procedure. I touched on why abortion is bad for the economy of New Brunswick back in September

However, not to be all doom and gloom for my province, I will say that I am thankful that there are so few doctors currently willing to do abortions.

I also hope that no other doctors step forward to do the procedure come January 1st.

I am also thankful that, for the moment, the abortion mill in my province is still closed. There is no reason to have private clinic and even less reason for it to be funded as it is now redundant.

I also hope that the pro-life liberals who voted for Brian Gallant are ashamed of themselves. I hate having to be a one-issue voter but I can never, in good conscience, vote for a party that is not pro-life.

I also hope, that more New Brunswickers speak out and tell mister Gallant that this is not what New Brunswick needs and not what we want.

It’s bad for New Brunswick, for women, and for Canada.

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Shame on you Mr. Gallant, I hope you realize what you have done.

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Prayer at Home – Not Alone Series v.1

I’ve been part of the Not Alone Series Facebook group for months now, but I have not actually participated in their link up. Partly because I haven’t really been feeling very blog-y and partly because I feel like I have nothing to contribute to the chosen topics (but I can’t even think of anything to suggest). It’s frustrating.

But anyway, this week’s topic is prayer in the home or “How do we pray at home” I like this topic because I don’t have a prayer routine. I wish I did. So I’m hoping to see what suggestions some of the other women have to offer.

 

I am terrible at prayer. I do it consistently, and then I fall out of the routine and it becomes sporadic or non-existent.

 

But in an ideal world, when I am praying it looks something like this:

 

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I don’t pray the rosary. I’ve tried. But I just can’t get into it. I’m just not drawn to it, however, I do like the beads. I fidget all the time and I use the beads to represent different prayers. It varies and it keeps me focussed on the prayers.

 

I’m doing this in the wrong order because I usually start with a passage from Scripture. If there is something in particular I’ll look up “patience” or “temperance” in the key word index and read those verses. Usually though I just flip it open and read the first passage I see and then reflect on it in my handy dandy journal.

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It’s super cute with a goldfoil owl and dots on the front. I then usually follow a formula of writing what I’m thankful for, what I’m struggling with, and my reflections on the passage, etc.

 

Then I pray with my beads about specific intentions (which I track at the back of my journal) and then I pray the prayer of Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament, because I love this prayer. It’s such a beautiful reminder of the Trinity, the True Presence and Mary and the Saints. I try to run through the benediction at least once a day. It’s beautiful.

I also wrote it in the back of my notebook, because I’ve not yet memorized it.

 

And I do this all from my bed. I would love to make a little altar or shrine in my apartment but my roommate would not approve and I don’t really have space in my bedroom. I’ll try to figure out something. At the very least, I need to get a crucifix. #worstcatholicever

 

BUT! This is unrelated, but I’m so excited about it, I got this:

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at a local craft fair. That’s beeswax, y’all. $12. Perfection.

 

Anyway, that’s it. I rarely pray, but when I do I pray before bed. In my bed. I have a few prayerful songs on my phone and when I walk to work and they come on the shuffle I focus and sing along (in my head) and just be present in the music and the lyrics.

 

My favourite is:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Favourites Vol. 1

Wow, my blog has been neglected. I’m looking at my last post from September. Almost 2 full months ago. Nonsense.

Getting back into the swing of things nice and slow with Five Favourites hosted over at Call Her Happy. I’m actually blogging at work which is an absolute first for me but I’ve been wondering how to spend my long lunch breaks at my new job and then I read Melody‘s 5 Favourites and she mentioned how she blogs at work and it was a total “why didn’t I think of that” moment!

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#1

 I am not a winter person. At all. And I hate shoe shopping even more. I needed winter boots and I always swore I would never, ever, ever, get UGG style boots because….ugly. But! Then I was in great need of boot and there was an impending snow storm on November the 2nd so on the 1st I dragged my butt to the mall to find a pair of boots that I could afford (total budget crunch right now with switching jobs and all that jazz) and I found these guys. And they were warm. And on sale. And annoyingly comfortable. They aren’t UGG brand, but Airwalk and I was sold. I literally tried on all the boots in my price range hoping to avoid getting these boots but alas, it was not to be. I’m converted. I’m that girl now, with the red cup and the wannabe Uggs.

#2

My new job! It’s an executive administrator job at the local Right to Life office and I couldn’t be happier. I’m only about 2 weeks in and there is so much to learn but I’m so excited to be working at a job that makes a difference and is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable among us. I’ve not always been completely pro-life (and, while I was in university I was pretty prochoice) but I’m so happy that God has called me to this mission and I am just so excited. (Also, shout out to St. Jude, I was finishing up his novena when I got the call that I got the job)

#3

Candy Cane hot chocolate. I’m a Canadian girl, and Tim Horton’s candy cane dark hot chocolate is killing it for me right now. I’m glad it is back and that we’ve hit the sweet spot in the year where I can enjoy candy cane hot chocolate and the beginnings of winter before I hope into Advent mode.

#4

Do I have a fourth think I’m favouriting right now? No, not actually, but I’m happy as a clam that I have a Kitchen Aid mixer (a gift from my ever wonderful parents last year at Christmas) and I can’t wait to get into some Christmas baking with it this year!

#5

I’m part of a Facebook community that is associated with the Not Alone Series blog link ups hosted by Jen and Morgan and an offshoot group has since been created by those of use who are part of that community and also work for prolife causes. It’s so nice to have the support of the NAS women and then women in the St. GianNAS group as well. I’ve yet to actually contribute to any of their blog link ups, but, baby steps. I’ll get to it.