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ADV #212: Our Three Selves

Greg is having fun with his new comic strip creations, Jennifer visits Greg’s Intensive Therapy Group session, the identity triangle and the importance of faith and good works.

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ADV #211: The Intensive Outpatient

Much love and support came to Greg and Jennifer from last week’s news. We celebrated Lily’s 9th birthday. Greg shared some of what he’s learned from his intensive group therapy and we recite the Litany of Trust prayer.

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ADV #210: The Hidden Battle

In this episode, Greg reveals the reason for our sudden silence and Jennifer shares a touching story about her mother.

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ADV #208: Puzzling Penance

The Patreon debacle explained, update on upcoming productions, Greg and Jennifer struggle through talking to each other while working from home and Advent with prayers, puzzles and penance. Poor Ben.

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ADV #207: Overthinking

A last minute appearance of kids’ shoes for St. Nicholas, practical tips on figuring out God’s will, and Greg and Jen lead their first rosary workshop at their parish.

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ADV #206: The Culture Project

Join Greg and Jennifer for a very special and candid discussion with Christina Barba, current Executive Director of The Culture Project and Jason Shanks, the President of OSV Institute, as we jump right into the negative culture affecting today’s youth and how the Culture Project aims to love them back to lives of virtue.

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ADV #205: A Home Library

OSV launches a new podcast, Greg wonders what God wants of him, we move lots of furniture and make a new home library, we bumble through Sam’s long distance birthday and Jennifer goes deep into sin .. again.

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ADV #204: Fighting Apathy

Greg and Jen have a fight, Jennifer reveals the massive book she’s reading, the ongoing struggle with religious education for their teens and how to deal with the threat of apathy.

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ADV #203: Renewed Direction

Jen helps the kids with some homemade costumes, Greg shares a special memory tied to All Saints Day and reveals some big news about the future of our productions going forward.

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ADV #202: Renewing Rosary Army

 

Greg and Jennifer reveal some exciting plans for the future of Rosary Army and bat around the idea of a possible season two of That Catholic Show.

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Adventures #201: Once In A Lifetime

 

Saying good-bye to Doc. Walter joins us briefly to talk about his latest fan music video. Greg has a successful talk in Eerie, PA. Jen is forced to pivot inside the house and offers up some insights from the Gospel of John.

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Adventures #200: Blue Space

 

With the help of blue space, friendship and loving support from Greg, Jennifer shares how she faced the growing darkness in her heart, rediscovered the value of her true temperament and heard God in the silence of her surroundings. Greg reminds us of the significance of October 13, 2017 and the Miracle of the Sun.

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Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

While I’d LOVE to take credit for this, I can’t.  Instead, I’ll give credit to all the creative moms out there who can think like this on their own.   With our five kids going to public school, bringing lunch from home is a must.   But it’s never been easy.  What I deem appropriate for a lunch box is hardly what my children desire.  Then, Greg told me about an image he saw on social media that illustrated how one mom took charge on helping her kids build a better lunch.  I never saw the image, but I didn’t need to.  It was enough to get my brain going.

Now, with a little sorting help from our son, Walter, I was able to conquer the pain-in-the-butt that is helping our kids to make halfway nutritious lunches from home.  I started thinking in categories like:  fruit, dairy, cheese, meat/protein, veggie, salty carb and/or sweet carb.  Then I sorted items that I wanted to offer in each category and LABELED them!  Now each child can pluck one item from each “bucket” and be guaranteed a well-rounded lunch.  AND … wait for it… it only takes our kids less than 2 minutes to make their own lunch!!! BooYah!

IMG_7596First I chose two easy veggies: baby carrots and celery sticks.  Our kids are not real big on veggies, but seeing it so neatly organized just made it attractive.  I have to work with what I can here.  So far it seems to be working. There are clearly less veggies in the bucket only a few days in.

IMG_7595Next, I selected at least four quick grab fruits.  Since apples and oranges are naturally one serving, only the red grapes had to be put into snack baggies.

IMG_7597Now for the slightly expensive option.. non-refrigerated sources of protein.  We choose our favorite brand of protein bars which are sweet.  Then, we provided a saltier protein bucket that contains options like beef jerky (portioned into snack baggies) and canned tuna and chicken.  I seriously doubt the kids would go for the tuna or chicken, but Greg surely might.  If those protein options don’t work, then I’m ready for that too since I try to keep deli meat, cheese and/or turkey pepperoni in fridge.

IMG_7598And probably the buckets of most fun are the carb buckets.  One for salty based carbs like single portions of ritz crackers, goldfish crackers and pretzels, etc.  And the other for sweeter carbs like chewy granola, rice crispy treats, etc.

I know what you might be thinking. These are a lot of options.  Eh, you’re probably right.  These are not as nutritious as it could be.  Yep, you’d be right there too.  I’m not a fitness guru who avoids all processed foods.  I’d like to be, but I’m not.  I’m just a regular mom who wants to feed our kids with the best options I can come up with and afford. With our five kids needing to build a lunch that will sustain them through a seven hour day PLUS help provide quick solutions for their after school feeding frenzy, this seems like a good compromise for all appetites involved.

Now I’m sure the mysterious other woman who came up with the original masterful organization of back to school lunch food items had the more Pinterest worthy presentation.  But I’m more than pleased with our “make do with whatever buckets we can find around the house approach.” So far, so good!  Thanks lady, whoever you are 🙂

 

 

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