SST: New Slug Bug Record!

This week has flown by and yet I find myself longing for Friday. Family matters and a statics test preoccupied my mind early in the week. Both ordeals were faced, neither with much success, but nonetheless marked off the to-do list and prayers said for the outcomes. 

In need of respite I loaded up my crew for a day of errands. I know the sheer mention of such an ordeal is enough to send some into an anxiety crisis. For this homeschooling family however, any time out of the house is a treasured time with the potential for adventure outweighing the bickering in the back seat. With the crew preoccupied in the backseat and my copilot busy tending to his copilot duties I managed to earn myself a total of eight slug bug sightings! Eight! I was so impressed with myself! The kids however did not share in my enthusiasm. I don't remember why exactly, but I think it was something like they weren't playing. Details, schmetails. The point is I won with a record breaking total of 8 slug bug sightings. YES!!

As I continue to celebrate my win I see that regardless of the burdens from the week my head was clear enough during our outing to pay attention to my surrounds. Perhaps that's the real success of this week.  

Celebrating my #smallsuccess of the week is my way of counting my blessings. I recognize His hand in my life and some days I actually get the chance to share my gratitude in written word. You can read the #smallsuccess of others at 
You are invited to join in the celebrating by sharing your #smallsuccess too!
©Copyright 2015 Gina Felter

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Giving & Being as I am

Giving my all during this season of giving and #HolySouls. This repentant sinner is seeking a holy life, but completely unaware of what that means.
In my quest I've joined in a virtual 33 day retreat in preparation for Marian consecration over at This is a first for me. I have never done anything like this before. I often jump into things seeking the adventure and ready to enjoy the journey without fully understanding the commitment on my part. And perhaps your thinking "Marian Consecration an adventure? Really?" Well, it's new to me so sure it could be. :)
I shall find Strength in Surrender during this Consecration
I entered into this ready to re-invigorate my prayer life. Truth be told, I figured it was only 33 days so how hard can it be? I recently completed one of those silly 90 day health and fitness challenges with good results so I figured I could do this with the same zeal and fervor. Uh, I was wrong.  This is way more challenging! Like give everything and expect nothing challenging. Yeah, I know. I was totally looking forward to seeing results and even half away (okay a lot) looking forward to the benefits of such a commitment. :(
So, now as I try to refocus I find myself changing my game plan of how to see this through to the end. What is it that I have to offer and give in this Marian Consecration? What is it I truly expected in doing this consecration? I don't have any answers as yet. Perhaps by the end of the 33 days I will have a better idea of what this all means to me.  For now though, Be as You Are by Mike Posner has me deeply rockin out and considering his line "Life is better when you open your heart."
A word on the link. If you are offended by cheeks (the ones you sit on) then you may want to skip the video.  The song moves me and I feel the video itself is done in good taste visually depicting what it means to "Be as you are." Full immersion baby; be as you are!
Regarding the consecration, you are welcome to join in the conversation happening at We are using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Michael E. Gaitlyey, MIC.
Have you participated in a Marian Consecration before? Do you have any encouraging words or words of wisdom you can impart on this seeker? Feel free to comment below.