Scott is probably reading this and laughing. Stop it, honey.
It’s possible it’s the post-partum crazy, but I also think it’s the “I’m 40 and not getting any younger” thing, too.
With my other babies, well the first four, there was no smart phone. I didn’t have to worry about nursing and being distracted by the glowing screen. I wasn’t much of a TV watcher during those early years with little ones, so I usually spent that time staring at their sweet faces and praying. Or sleeping. Let’s be real. With Luke, I stared at a breast pump so the smart phone was a welcome distraction. It kept me from throwing that yellow machine out the window.
Enter Gianna and a whole lotta 3am screen time to pass the long hours in the middle of the night. Truth be told, every time I pull up that screen, I flinch a little. Okay, a lot. It started back during my labor, when I asked for your prayer intentions, that I was really moved by how powerful, healing and calming it could be to pray for other people, beside myself. Then, Edel happened and I had my “a-ha” moment.
I’m still scrolling through the phone, but I’m finding more and more my heart being pulled to do a quick scan for prayer requests and then turning my heart to God and my eyes to Gianna. It has been so beautiful. It’s important to note that I am not really what you’d call a devout rosary prayer gal. I know, some Catholic I am, right?! I do so love its beauty, but I reserve my rosaries for big prayer times. Scott is the rosary man of the house. Me? I say a few Hail Mary’s and then get down to chatting with God. I’m marking my 3am prayers as some of my most peaceful times of the day.
At Edel, I met Shannon (we had briefly met online, but we finally became real-life friends in July) and I was introduced to all of her beautiful creations. And I have to say, I was inspired. Please excuse my old lady hands here, but y’all. That rosary bracelet. I love it. I love that it’s beautiful and functional. And, I love that no matter how far I stray from my prayer life, Mary keeps pulling me back.
I’m also a huge fan of Shannon’s nursing necklaces. I bought one of them at Edel and it’s starting to come in super handy. Gianna has finally reached that, let’s-slap-mom’s-chest-while-I-eat phase. The necklace is saving me. Too bad they don’t make nursing earrings. HA!
Shannon is gracious enough to offer all you sweet Team Whitaker readers 25% off anything in her shop, Organic Mamas Shop, now until September 12, 2014; the code is TEAMW. That’s lots of percents, y’all. I hope you’ll head over to her place and check out all her gorgeous creations – nursing bracelets, rosaries, earrings, so many things… It’s always my honor to support small businesses, especially those of Catholic artisans. Shannon, you’re a gem and your jewelry is just lovely.
Shannon did send me a bracelet in exchange for my honest review, but HELLO I already adored her stuff when I bought that nursing necklace. Y’all know me, I only share what I love.