How to Squeeze More Month Out of May

IMG_7076It’s May!  Yay!  Although I’m thrilled that spring has finally sprung, I’m feeling tired and frazzled – are you feeling the same way?

If you have kids, then the month of May is one of the busiest months of the school year as teachers add homework in order to finish teaching the curriculum in time for exams.  It’s also when plays, recitals, playoffs, championships, year-end parties, and many assessments take place.

Even without kids, you’re likely feeling the time crunch because it’s the last month before summer holidays.  Projects are basically at a standstill in the summer given staggered vacations and long weekends.  Socially, people like to catch-up before everyone goes in different summer directions.  Let’s face it: in North America, we live for the summer when we tend to ‘take it easy’ or travel.  Maybe that’s why May is so busy as we gear up for the long break!

IMG_7047So, how can you keep calm while squeezing more month out of May?

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A Confirmation Brunch For My Daughter

FullSizeRender-13When I was 13, I had my Confirmation at our church.  My 8th Grade Catholic friends and I had attended weekly catechism classes during the year, culminating with a retreat and ceremony.  That weekend, I also received a letter (that I still have) from my parents that reduced me to tears because it talked about how I was growing up.  My sponsor and role model was a family friend and someone I see and speak to all the time about life, friendship, and advice.  Getting confirmed was a big deal and something I remember very clearly as part of my Catholic upbringing.

So, with my daughter’s Confirmation coming up this Wednesday night, I wanted her to celebrate the religious journey she has been on for the past 13 years.  Because everyone loves brunch foods, we agreed on a Saturday morning Confirmation Brunch.

But, first, what is Confirmation?  In the Catholic Church, Confirmation is one of the 7 Sacraments (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders).  According to American Catholic.org, sacraments ‘are ceremonies that highlight what is sacred, significant, and important to Christians‘.  In particular, Confirmation is about being sealed with the Holy Spirit.   During the ceremony, each confirmant will be anointed with oil and the phrase ‘be sealed with the Holy Spirit’ will be stated.  The Protestant Church also celebrates Confirmation.

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