Joel and I were selected to present at the Catholic New Media Conference (CNMC) in Dallas/Arlington, Texas later this summer. Honored and excited, a nod and hat-tip like this gives us great motivation to keep up this crazy thing we call evangelization.
This year’s conference is stronger than ever as CNMC joins forces with the Catholic Marketing Network and the Catholic Writers Guild. The first ever International Bloggers Summit will be part of this year’s CNMC and that’s when we present Starting a Blog Without a Clue: 10 Basic Things We Learned in our First Two Years of Blogging. We will candidly share our reflections and make great fun of ourselves and the mistakes we’ve made. For more info on the conference, click here.
Now is probably a good time to fill you in on a little secret: we are in the process of overhauling our website. We are working with Dorian Speed who is also presenting during the conference. She blogs at Scrutinies.net — check out her latest sewing project here — she repurposed her wedding dress into her daughter’s First Communion dress (#Beautiful #ProficientSewingSkills #MomOfTheYear #Overachiever). Her web design company is Convolare.
Des Moines to Dallas = 745 miles, door to door. That’s 12.2 hours by vehicle according to Google Maps (15+ hours once you factor in the stops). Looks like we can get decent airfare so we just might bite the bullet, pull some money out of savings, and fly the family there.
Now to just figure out what to do with the kiddos during the conference. We are exploring leaving them with friends of a friend while we are conferencing. We’ve been trying to come up with Dallas connections, but most of our Texas friends live in Houston or Austin. Any ideas? Float them my way, please!
So I’ve mentioned here before that being tested for Diabetes at my postpartum check-up two months ago has really kicked my rear into gear. I know his training style is up for debate, but I really like Bob Harper from NBC’s The Biggest Loser. I’ve worked my way through his new book The Skinny Rules. I love rules. I’m a rule-follower and a rule-maker. And Bob’s 20 get-skinny rules are already working well. But the one I’m going to struggle with most is: “Let me be blunt: if you don’t start eating fish, you’re going to get fat again.” Saints Peter and Andrew, patrons of fishermen, and Saint Lawrence, patron of chefs, pray for me!
Earlier this week my mom and I presented the second annual Leonard Underhill Memorial Scholarship to two very deserving high school seniors graduating from my alma mater. It is an honor for our family to carry on my dad’s name through this scholarship.
Speaking of awards and giveaways, just remembered I have neglected to announce the winners of a couple giveaways we hosted here at the blog. The big prize package I touted at the Behold Conference in March went to Stacey from Springfield, Illinois.
We also have a winner of the book The Infertility Companion for Catholics, but in respect for her privacy, I will keep her name anonymous. Please pray for her? She is seeking information and answers to her infertility struggles.
And finally, here’s my Friday Funny. My sister was looking through pictures of Baby Jude and felt a strong resemblance between him and me. So I snapped this picture of him with one of my baby pictures to compare and contrast. I love the look on his face: Who IS this person?
Have a great weekend! For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!