I asked my husband what I should post about, and he said, "Isn't this supposed to be a Catholic blog? Maybe you should write about something besides food." I calmly explained to him that eating is a sacred participation in God's creative order. He just shook his head and walked away.
Now that that's settled, let's talk about Tupperware!
Of course, this made me laugh..but it also made me think. I want this blog to be a record of our journey toward heaven, not merely a place to share recipes and meal plans.
But is that really all I've been doing? It certainly hasn't been my intention. My role as wife, mother and my children's primary teacher, is my vocation; and how I live that out is hardly frivolous (though at times it might surely seem so!)
At the beginning of this year, I pledged to join Sarah at Plainsong in her goal of becoming a better housekeeper (and have you kept up with how she's doing? Wow! I wanna live at her house!), by inviting the Blessed Mother to visit us as she did her cousin Elizabeth. That was a powerful image for me! But for me, it isn't just about keeping our home in order--though that is a major responsibility of mine, of course; it's also about the full gamut of my role and responsibilities. For me, it's about finding a way to make it all work (and doing it more cheerfully, besides!), taking better care of myself in general, and tending more lovingly and effectively to the needs of my family.
It takes all the faith I have (and plenty of reliance on forgiveness from God and my family, and the willingness to start over...again...and again...) to try to pull this off with even the tiniest modicum of success.
Thank goodness marriage is a Sacrament. It helps so much to know I can rely on grace upon grace for the strength I need to live out the more challenging aspects of this vocation. And that includes, among other things, stuff like struggling with menus that balance nutrition with the kids' likes and dislikes, getting the laundry done and put away, keeping the kitchen in order, and getting a handle on clutter throughout the house. Not exactly brain surgery; but if it doesn't happen, this is a pretty hard place to live happily.
So, if Right Said Red--or anybody else!--wants to talk about "Catholic Tupperware"--or any other topic that comes up in the course of living out this calling, mundane, profound or anything in between--even on a blog devoted to Building Cathedrals in the heart of our homes, I say, bring it on! :)
Oh...and pureed sweet potato added to homemade chicken broth tastes awesome. Just ask my kids! (On second thought, I'd just as soon they not know about that...)