The March for Life and Snow Storm Jonas

As a senior in high school, I decided not to go out for basketball. Living in a small town, this was big news. However, this decision allowed me to attend the March for Life in Washington D.C.

The March for Life is a once-a-year event where hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers unite to march for an end to abortion – to march for the countless babies that have lost their lives and have not been given the chance to live.

Coming from Nebraska, the Archdiocese of Omaha brought seven charter buses out to the East Coast.

The trip on the bus is approximately seventeen hours long, and it requires sleeping on a bus with fifty-three other people.

However, the bus ride truly flew (at least on the way there.)

While on the way, we stopped in Pittsburgh for Mass in a beautiful cathedral.

Then, it was back on the bus to continue the trip to D.C.

Finally, getting to D.C. around midnight, I went to bed to prepare for the upcoming days.

We started the next day by going to Union Station. I was able to get souvenirs for my parents and my two siblings as well as a few trinkets for myself.

Next on the list was the Holocaust Museum. This is definitely an experience I will never forget. The fact that all of that torture and violence happened is sickening and so disappointing. Never. Forget. We must not let history repeat itself.

Smithsonians were next in line. I went to the Natural History Museum and unfortunately, the room the Hope Diamond is stored in was under construction, so I did not have a chance to see it, but I did see a 7,727 caret topaz gem.

Then, a bomb was dropped (NOT LITERALLY)!

Our bus captain informed us that we would be leaving D.C. a day early directly after the March for Life because of Snow Storm Jonas approaching.

I was very mad at first because I paid for so much more than I actually got to do and see.

Then, one of my peers said something that completely changed my thinking. She said,

Remember, this trip is for the babies.

Once she said this, I realized how ungrateful I was acting. Here I am complaining that I cannot spend more time in D.C. when these precious children have no chance at life.

This just shows how an outlook on a situation can completely change the situation.

We attended a Life is Very Good Rally and were off to bed.

Friday Morning. It’s March for Life Day.

We began the day by having Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. One word – WOW. The Basilica is absolutely beautiful and I am so thankful I had the chance to see it in person.

Finally, it was time for the March for Life.

Let me just say, there is nothing more amazing than having so many people fighting for one cause. The March for Life, like the actual March was my absolute favorite part of the whole trip. It didn’t matter that the snow started falling right as we began walking or that the windchill was almost sub-zero. None of that mattered as we took a stand for life and an end to abortion.

Unfortunately, the March ended too quickly and it was time to head for home.

The snow was accumulating fast, and it took us over five hours to get to the Pennsylvania Turnpike mile 132.2. This should have taken less than three hours.

Then the nightmare started. An accident happened about ten miles in front of us and semis were jack-knifed also, so we were instructed to stay put. Little did we know that we would be sitting in the same spot, also overnight, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for almost TWENTY hours.

The National Guard even brought us MREs to eat.

Over thirty inches of snow accumulated before we backtracked to Beford, Pennsylvania and stayed overnight in a motel.

Sunday morning.

Should’ve been to Nebraska by this time. Yet, we are still in Pennsylvania.

However, we made the best of the situation and attended Mass and headed for home.

We did not have anymore troubles, however, we did have to sleep another night on the bus.

All of the chaos was so worth it.

Everything happens for a reason – God had a reason for stranding us on a bus on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for twenty hours.

Mass Media covered the March for Life for the first time.

I would do it all again in a heartbeat. No doubt about it.

Proud to say I was a member of the 2016 March for Life and survived Snow Storm Jonas.

 

Cavity Crisis

Who else dreads going to the dentist?

How about hearing the dreadful words: you have a cavity?

Although we may despise going to the dentist, it is essential to make sure our teeth are healthy and looking as good as possible!

Now, if you really hate cavities, then you must make sure to brush  your teeth every morning and night at least and to floss as well.

I really should take my own advice more!

Alsp, if you have retainers, don’t be lazy — put them in each night or wear them as instructed by your dentist.

Take good care of your teeth, after all, they are the only set you will ever get!

Your Life Matters

Recently, my mother informed me of a young man around my age committing suicide.

Hearing these stories, although I do not personally know the people makes my heart ache-ache for the loved soul that touched so many lives even if they may not have realized it, ache for the family who couldn’t stop this tragedy from happening.

All life is precious. From the moment of conception until natural death, life matters.

Your life matters. 

Whether you are a single parent of two kids, a corporate business owner, widow, priest, college student, in a nursing home, in the womb— your life matters.

There are people who love you, even if you do not love yourself.

I can attest to this.

Struggling with depression has really opened my eyes to the love of those around me.

It is our job to love our enemies, to love our neighbor.

We are all made in the image and likeness of Christ.

We all serve a purpose on this Earth.

We must help those struggling to find this purpose and to find there self worth because:

Every Life MATTERS. 

The Joys of Cleaning

Cleaning anything always seems like a hassle. Yet, the feeling of relief after the task is completed is extremely refreshing!

I live a very busy life. My months are usually planned for me about three in advance, so having time to clean and really “deep clean” is slim to none.

However, I love having a clean bedroom. Unfortunately, time slips away and before I know it, those nights of not emptying my hamper or putting my clothes away turn into a mess beyond my control.

When my bedroom is anything less than pristine, I get major anxiety. I stress uncontrollably and it adds to my depression. I begin to lash out for no reason, and it really begins to take a toll on me.

That is why I have some tips on what I do when I “deep clean” my bedroom. After all, everyone needs that space they can go to escape the world for a little while. Mine just so happens to be my blanket covered, cozy bed.

First and foremost, when cleaning your bedroom, always wash your bedding, or if it was just recently washed, make the bed. Having the bed made already makes the room look more put together.

One tip to add to the bedding is to wash it at least every other month if not every month. Also, make the bedding each morning after waking up. I definitely need to do this more because I am a very heavy sleeper and my bed usually is a mess in the morning. By making it, I will have cozy covers each night!

Next, bring any dirty clothes to the washer and wash them immediately. Getting that clutter out of the room really opens up space also!

While the clothes are in the wash, continue cleaning your room.

If any clean clothes are sitting out, put them away. If need be, organize your clothes drawers and closet. You have less clothes at the time as some are in the wash, so it is easier to organize!

Then, focus on one section or one item of the room at a time. I like to work from one side of my room to the next.

Cleaning my bedside table is essential. Any extra clutter must either be thrown away or put where it belongs.

Then I work on my vanity and makeup drawers. By organizing my makeup, I can get ready quicker in the morning also, reducing stress. Organizing my vanity also includes gathering up my hair ties and bobby pins.

After that, I move onto my desk. I put the laptop back on it and organize any papers, throwing away what is no longer needed.

Moving on, I clean up my storage drawers. At this point, I always have to remind myself: DO NOT BE A HOARDER! Removing excess items is essential. It’s like taking out the garbage (literally, I fill up huge black garbage bags). I wouldn’t keep old food, so why should I keep extra items that I probably don’t even realize I still have?

This leads me to vacuuming my bedroom floor. This is a very important step as it gathers up all the hair I shed. I swear I shed more hair than a cat! How am I not bald?

Anywho, dusting is also very important. I have a pet dog, I do not need pet dust bunnies as well! Dusting also helps to clean up the air which can lead to a better nights sleep!

Last but not least, fold or hang up the newly cleaned clothes and put them away — immediately.

Then, plop down on your bed and survey your handiwork.