On the 12th and final day of Christmas, we’re pleased to spotlight Tammy-492301.
What were the greatest blessings of 2010?
In 2010 I dedicated each Wednesday evening to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and invited teens from my parish to attend with me. Not only was I able to introduce many young teens to adoration, I grew within my prayer life while visiting our Lord. I have a new reverence for Holy Communion now that I’ve spent so many evenings with Him in Adoration.
In addition to my spiritual life, the time I’ve spent volunteering with a local marathon/half-marathon group as a coach has afforded me the opportunity to help others succeed. One particular woman who has trained with my group has battled breast cancer throughout this training season. Regardless of chemo treatments and radiation treatments, feeling ill or depressed, she has come out each Saturday around 4:30 a.m. to run with the group.
I’ve been humbled getting to know her and witness the inner strength she’s found by trusting God and not giving up. I know I’ll be deeply moved when she crosses the finish line in a few short weeks at the Houston marathon/half-marathon.
How has your approach to finding a mate evolved?
CatholicMatch has been instrumental in my dating life. Prior to my annulment, I didn’t have any interest in dating and didn’t actively seek to date. One of my girlfriends created an account for me on CatholicMatch when she saw it on the back of our church bulletin and encouraged me to log in and begin participating on the site.
I was initially hesitant, as I hadn’t dated since the age of 20 and this was my first experience with online dating; however, the welcoming environments in the forums and chat rooms gave me opportunities to meet several wonderful men that I have had the pleasure to meet on dates.
What’s your CatholicMatch strategy?
On the site, I often send emotigrams or emails to men who have a profile that sparks my interest or one whom I’d like to get to know based on what he’s written in the forums or chat rooms.
What I didn’t expect when I joined CatholicMatch was the numerous friendships I’d develop. Many of my friends have recommended that I look at someone’s profile or send a person an emotigram or email. One of my greatest resources to finding great profiles is through friendships.
Why do you stay on CatholicMatch?
I stay on CatholicMatch because the community has so much to offer in regards to meeting quality Catholic men, personal friendships with both men and women, chat rooms that allow a relaxing environment to get to know individuals and forums that allow a means for growth in my Catholic faith.
My absolute favorite aspect of CatholicMatch is the events. I hosted an event last Memorial Weekend in Austin, Texas, which welcomed more than 50 eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.
We had an amazing weekend building fellowship, watching relationships begin and develop, praying with one another, attending Mass, kayaking, visiting museums, riding the mechanical bull and dining at some great Texas restaurants. I look forward to hosting another CatholicMatch Texas event this upcoming Memorial Weekend and hope for more than 100 attendees in San Antonio! Meeting people and connecting is what makes CatholicMatch so incredibly special.
What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?
I’ve always enjoyed baking with my mother leading up to the holiday season. We spend several days together baking various cookies, pastries and candies. My favorite is chocolate almond toffee and snowball cookies.
On Christmas Eve, family and friends from all over come for an evening of caroling, reuniting, lighting luminaries and reading “The Night Before Christmas” to the children right before they’re able to open their gifts. In the evening many of us celebrate Midnight Mass together, which always brings a peaceful end to the evening.
What is your hope for 2011?
I hope to instill the teachings of our church to youth through actions and words. I also hope that my friends, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances will live a year of love and laughter. For my part, I’ll work on being a good friend and praying for them.
Make a prediction for 2011.
The Houston Texans will discover what it means to be a championship football team by bringing in the son of a Bum! The entire city is going to unite and cheer on this team as it tramples the Dallas Cowboys on the way to Super Bowl victory!
I predict that several CatholicMatch couples I know will continue their relationships and at least two of these couples will enter into an engagement. I also predict I’ll be in one of the weddings.
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