A warm welcome

The Little Fossi Way blog is official! What am I doing?! I am so excited (and a bit nervous!) to share this space with you all and to see how it will evolve over time. I know the internet doesn't need another one of these things...but...I couldn't help myself. Sorry, internet.

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My purpose for writing this blog is so that family and friends don't seem so far away. We miss you guys so much!!! We love our life in Indy, but the Louisiana hole in our hearts just won't go away. Especially during Mardi Gras season.  Annnnnnd as much as I would love to get coffee with each of you and catch up when we're in town, I realize this isn't possible. 

So, this is my solution to keep you updated on our newlywed life and the sweet milestones of our little one's babyhood.  My goal is to use this blog as an authentic example of our family life -- highlighting my favorite moments of the ordinary day-to-day.  I plan to use this as a tool to reflect on my marriage and to capture random snapshots of how our family grows through the years... Hopefully you will all be able to laugh along with me as I fumble through this whole motherhood thing :). 

So here I am, beginning this new Little Way project and sharing it with you.  I can't wait to look back over time and relive these precious memories.  How great is it that we have the ability to do that these days? I think pretty great.

the little namesake:

St. Therese’s Little Way is the moniker of this blog. "Fossi" (fō-cee) is the nickname my husband and I use for each other, and I added it in there to be fun (hopefully the Little Flower won’t mind).  Her "little way" philosophy plays a big role in my personal spirituality and it is one I seek daily to adapt in my everyday. 

I admire this beautiful saint because she had this burning desire to attain heaven by becoming as little as possible -- "Whoever is a little one, let him come to me" + Matthew 18:6.   She lived out Matthew 18:6 in a truly profound way.  Her response to this scripture revealed a "totally new" spirituality and a recognition that there was "no need to grow up, but rather...to remain little and become...more and more" (Story of a Soul).  How beautiful is that!!!  I don't know about you, but I don't really ever want to ever grow up either.  

  ^ taken at the Carmelite Convent in Lisieux, France  -- I had an opportunity to visit there while studying abroad in Paris.

^ taken at the Carmelite Convent in Lisieux, France -- I had an opportunity to visit there while studying abroad in Paris.

Her solution to attaining holiness resonates with the everyday man -- she rejoiced in the hardest of chores at the convent, she enjoyed being with those whom others found were unbearably difficult to be around, and she prayed in confidence that ordinary people can become extraordinary saints. 

This simple wisdom is something we too may carry into our busy lives.  Whether it's doing the dishes for the 100th time that day, or working long hours at your job, or making the bed in the morning even though you HATE making the bed (guilty)...you get the idea.  It's about joyfully seeing these things as opportunities to bring us closer to Christ, rather than dwelling on the hardness of it all, that's what my girl St. Therese is all about. 

This is just a simple glimpse into her philosophy, and I highly suggest reading St. Therese's Story of a Soul if you get a chance.  It is one of my favorite books, packed full of spiritual goodness that has changed my life and serves as the inspiration for this blog.  I mean, she's not a doctor of the church for nothing so really, you should check it out. St. Therese of Lisieux, thank you for praying for me and for giving me the hope that even I can become a saint like you!

“I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues.
And so it is in the world of souls, Our Lord's living garden.”
+St. Thérèse de Lisieux