7 Quick Takes

Stick Figure Freeze Tag, Daddy-Daughter Dance, A Well-Read Mom, Radio Show Updates, Mushroom Soup & Two Urgent Prayer Requests

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So four-year-old Lucy and I have a new activity here at Das Schmidt Haus, one that infuses stick figures, freeze tag, and dance marathon. Here’s how it works. First, with a pencil and paper, draw a bunch of stick-people-in-crazy-positions: one arm up, one knee up, both arms out to the side, one leg out, etc. Once your stick people are created, one person plays DJ and all others dancers. Now it’s time for Mr. DJ to crank up some funky yet danceable music. Dancers … boogie away! When the DJ stops the music, the dancers freeze and the DJ holds up one of the stick people cards. The dancers then must replicate the position of the stick person.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the positions of our stick people.


This is my stick figure … trying to model to Lucy the various positions that my body can actually still make. Knee up, one arm out — I can do this!


Lucy’s first stick figure with arms out to side. Okay kid, I’ve got this one, too.


Then Lucy gets aggressive. A straddle jump with go-go gadget right arm reaching up over head? I will pull a muscle.


Now she’s gone too far. I couldn’t even do this one if sitting on the floor!

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Des Moines dads, it’s time to make a date with your daughter(s)! St. Jude’s Catechesis Program is sponsoring a father/daughter dance on January 26 at St. Anthony Catholic Church from 6-8:00 PM. The event is also a fundraiser for Mary’s Meals.

(More information/printable flyer >> Father Daughter Dance Flyer 2013)

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Well Read Mom

Why thank you, Mr. Darcy!

Are you well-read? When it comes to the classics, I’m woefully under-read. So I was elated to learn about an initiative called The Well-Read Mom … a book club designed by a Catholic woman to help a Catholic woman like me get over my fears of reading high-quality literature from Western and Catholic Tradition. First up to read is Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset, a book and author I’ve never heard of before. According to the publisher, the story interweaves political, social, and religious history with the daily aspects of family life to create a colorful, richly detailed tapestry of Norway during the fourteenth-century.

In other words, a historical soap opera! I’ll report back with a review in a few weeks.

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Woah, woah … on the radio! Julie Nelson and I are having a blast co-hosting Catholic Women Now — it’s Iowa Catholic Radio’s new weekly radio show for Catholic women. Julie wrote up a terrific post about this week’s show here. And we’ve been busy planning next week’s show, too. We’ll be talking vocations in conjunction with National Vocations Awareness Week. A local mom who has both a son and daughter who’ve discerned religious life will join us in studio to chat about her experiences. So many questions, so little time! What would you ask her?

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Dear Hy-Vee: Thank you for having a wicked sale on mushrooms and sponsoring this week’s recipe — Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup. It’s a great dish for meatless Fridays and a crowd favorite no matter the season. Funny story: one time we made it with beef broth instead of the spec’d vegetable broth and took it to a parish potluck. Little did we know it was the only “vegetarian” option on the buffet line, and a vegetarian ate it thinking it was meatless. Okay, not so funny after all. That’s one of those moments where we wished the priest could have blessed the soup and declared, “Let this be fish!”

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Pray for FultonI’ll end with two big prayer requests.

Many have heard about the horrific accident that happened at the home of fellow CatholicMom.com writer Cassandra Poppe. Her four-year-old son Fulton was severely burned during an explosion earlier this week. The accident left second and third degree burns over 40% of his body, mostly to his hands, upper body, head, and face. While Fulton is a fighter, he has a very long road to recovery and his care requires him to be at Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Texas for several months. Along with praying for the Poppes, please consider donating toward the family’s expenses — one can only imagine the travel and lodging expenses alone before even getting into the cost of the medical bills. A funding page has been established at www.GiveForward.com/PrayForFulton.

Also, Lisa Hendey shared late this afternoon that the hospital is low on DVDs. Cassandra is looking for the Saint Series from CCC (but not the Guardian Angel one as it might be too scary), Veggie Tales, Disney, etc. Used DVDs are fine. Cards, holy cards, photos, and pictures are allowed and would be greatly appreciated. Cassandra will be hanging a map and logging in where the well wishes come from. 

Mail items to:
Cassandra Poppe
Shriners Hospital for Children
815 Market Street
Galveston, TX 77550
Attn: Housing & Transportation Office

** Be sure to include the “attention” line or it might not get to Cassandra.

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Second prayer request — Baby Ezra, the son of a lovely couple from our parish, passed away just before his birth last Saturday. Please pray for Baby Ezra’s parents, Ryan and Anu, during this very difficult situation. Thank you.

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  1. says

    Those prayer requests are just heart-breaking. The stuff of mothers’ nightmares.

    As for the stick figures…hilarious. And please keep us updated on the list of classics. I’d love to add them to my list.

    • says

      You got it, Kate. Keep me accountable. I read that the author actually converted to Catholicism while writing “Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath.” Will be interesting to see the story unfold through that lens.

  2. oneview says

    I’d love to know if there is a Des Moines area group of The Well Read Mom. Having read Augustine’s Confessions, Les Miserables and Crime & Punishment over the summer, it would be great to have a group to meet with to discuss these and other classics.

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