Two Degrees of Mamasaurus and Pope Francis

Catholic, disabilty, hockeymom, motherhood

Wow! The extended Christmas weekend is winding to a close and I’m just moved by the love I’ve been a part of over the past 2 weeks.

Looking at friends’ Christmas and vacation photos have moved me, but one specific picture of a dear friend’s Christmas photo in front of her tree moved me deeply.

See, she has been a friend of mine since she was a child. Her parents brought up the Holy Eucharist at my wedding.

Rewind – my parish closed in 2010 and was merged with another. It has been a painful and difficult journey and I’ve felt like a spiritual hobo on a tramp steamer called the USS Fuller.

So I’ve had lots of different friends, many not of my chosen faith help me on my journey. However, none have helped me as much as our new Holy Father Pope Francis.

Raised by a mother who did not agree with Vatican II, a convert father, and coming to full communion through Confirmation into the Roman Catholic faith at age 24; my journey, like a lot of things I have and will continue to do, was not easy.

When Pope Francis, a Franciscan, was selected, I was overjoyed as a Siena graduate, lover of Saint Francis of Assisi’s works, I felt encouraged more than ever by Pop Francis’s words, but most importantly, his actions.

Today I tearfully found out that this dear girl, now a mother herself twice over, has a beautiful daughter with severe health challenges.

Rewind again, I recently also discovered a great hockey dad I know was a Roman Catholic too! I have wanted to take a pilgrimage to Philadelphia in September of 2015 to have an audience with Pope Francis. I think a cheesesteak eating selfie would be amazing and totally doable with our Holy Father!

So back to my friend, well, she told me today her daughter has been very sick since birth was in the ICU in an Italian hospital.

She told me in her despair and praying for her daughter’s health and her strength a commotion was afoot and into the ICU walked none other than Pope Francis.  She told me how he embraced her and her husband and that she felt as if he had known them their whole lives and acted like just, as she put it, a “regular” guy.

So if I lose my “bet” with my friend, that’s ok. I would much rather have Pope Francis comfort a mother that needs it than waste his precious time eating a cheesesteak with me.

I have my 2 degrees of separation, and that’s fine by me!

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Mamasaurus Saves – How I Found Happiness Through Disability

crockpot, disabilty, hockeymom, motherhood

Dear Friends Far and Wide,

After 10 years of a drastic life-altering paradigm shift, from busy working mother of 4 in 2005, to a seat in bankruptcy court, I had my own December 2013 epiphany – stop listening to what others WANT you to do and listen to what you and your family NEED!

After 10 years of journaling, I am finally ready to take a leap of faith…

Listening to my life’s needs and not necessarily financial ones – I have rebooted my life from a technology integration job taking me away from my family, my faith community and my health – to the only career that should have ever mattered to me – faith-filled wife and mother.

Drowning in debt, poor health and unspeakable physical pain, I quieted myself through prayer, mediation and even yoga, to a life of savings, volunteerism and family with focus on philanthropy!

Although financially bankrupt, in danger of losing our physical house, we refocused on our children, our home, our faith and giving back to others and in the process found true happiness.

Please look for my book – Mamasaurus Saves – How I Found Happiness Through Disability –  Coming Fall 2015

Attitude of Gratitute

disabilty, hockeymom, motherhood

Dear Awesome Mom,

You know who you are because you have recently commented. I wanted to let you know that you ARE an awesome Mom. We all don’t hear that enough in my honest opinion.

Maybe it is because I’ve been dragged, kicking and screaming mind you, into the world of chronic and often times debilitating disability, that I have a different perspective on life, but I think we need more praise less criticism and more I LOVE YOUS!

Please don’t confuse this as preachiness, I hate that crap! I also hate Mom-Shaming, Mom-Bullying and all the other grown-up Mean Girl CRAP!

Don’t get me wrong – I have my own Burn Book – it’s electronic too! However, the thoughts in my head, are and will remain mine and no amount of filtering/social convention can stop them, they are the few true things that I can call mine.

So rock on you awesome, free-spirited, car loving, singing woman of awesomeness! Let’s enjoy another road trip sometime!

Love always,

Mamasaurus AKA Sister Hockey Wife

Happy Birthday Hubasaurus

hockeymom

Dear Hubasaurus,
It has been 30 birthdays that I’ve spent with you today. How did THAT happen? I’ve seen you grow from a young athlete just out of college and in a new career, to an amazing husband and now an amazing father, coach and friend – almost ready for retirement!

We have not always had it easy, but you’ve always been by my side through it all. Thanks for helping me create the Fullasaurus Five and being my husband. Best wishes for many many more years of love, laughter and a lot of craziness!

Love always,
Mamasaurus