Joel is off at deacon formation in Conception Abbey, Missouri for the weekend. I stayed back in Des Moines given I’m oh-so-very-pregnant. I had hoped to connect to formation classes via Skype, but technology is not allowing that to happen. So what better to do with this allotted time than to whip out a 7 Quick Takes?
So here we go, 7 QT’s — Saturday style!
I humbly ask for your prayers for a special intention resting on my heart. As Pat Gohn says, â€œA special intentionÂ is the code phrase for I cannot publicly disclose the details, but God knows what it is.â€Â I am grateful for any prayers offered on my behalf.
Is it just me or does anyone else feel like they are changing out compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) faster than incandescent bulbs needed to be replaced? The CFL-apologists promise that while the bulbs are more expensive upfront, they are more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan, thus leaving more money in your pocketbook eventually. But this hasnâ€™t been my reality. Seems the CFL bulbs die faster leaving me to replace sooner. And by no means am I looking for a way out; I want to do my fair share and be a good steward of the environment. But what on earth am I missing here? Any recommendations?
If you didnâ€™t see our postÂ about the Iowa cancer survivors who are currently climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as part of Above and Beyond Cancer, do check it out — but only if you want to be inspired! A group of 40+, including Msgr. Frank Bognanno from Christ the King Parish and Deacon Dave Bartemes from St. Pius X (parishes in Des Moines), made the trek. It’s truly a powerful story demonstrating to the world there is life after a cancer diagnoses.
New Liturgical Movement recently posted about the amazing renovations that took place at St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis. Check out these before and after pictures. I could opine about how much Iâ€™ve come to value well-done church architecture and well-placed sacred art, but I wonâ€™t — I will resist my furor for at least another day. For now, the pictures can do the talking. Hat tip to Creative Minority Report where I first spotted the story.
Before(click on pics to open in larger frame)
Anyone reading Dr. Meg Meekerâ€™s book The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers? This one is on my must-read-and-read-very-soon list. In conjunction with the book, Dr. Meeker is currently running a 10-day Happy Mother ChallengeÂ on her website. It’s still Day 1 of the challenge with the following assignment:
Make an actual, physical list of things that you are really GOOD at and what you LIKE about yourself, just as you are. Write down what you are, what you like, what you dream about, what makes you happy, what youâ€™re good at, etc. A Happy List. A Positive List. Now, take that list and put it in your wallet. Take it out when youâ€™re having a tough day and read through it when those negative thoughts embed themselves in your mind. Remember that you have value and you are good. Just as you are.
If now just isn’t a good time to read the book or complete the challenge, Dr. Meeker has provided a PDF of the full 10-day challenge to complete on your own time. Might be something to bookmark and head back to on a later date.
So it took 2+ years, but I finally got around to watching Julie & Julia, the foodie comfort film based on two women: famous chef Julia Child and Julie Powell, a young married woman who blogs about her adventures as she cooks her way through 536 recipes from Juliaâ€™s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Joel and I are unabashed foodies who have attempted a few of Juliaâ€™s recipes so Iâ€™m not sure what took me so long to watch this film. Bottom line: it is quite charming!
I knew the film revolved around the art of food. What I didnâ€™t know is it also revolves around the art of blogging. Julieâ€™s blog becomes quite popular (something I know little of), but I so related to the humorousÂ dialogueÂ about her initial attempts at blogging. IÂ especiallyÂ loved the scene where she jumped out of her chair upon receiving a comment on a blog post, only to be humbled when realizing the comment came from her . . . mom. Been there, done that!
And speaking of foodies, looks like Lucyâ€™s appetite is just as healthy as her parentsâ€™.Â Julia Child ainâ€™t got nothing on my child!
Bon appÃ©tit — enjoy the weekend (and Go Packers)!
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