Good Times!

Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life — {pretty, happy, funny, real} style


Warning: Sap-a-lert straight ahead! 

I stumbled on this photo of Lucy while recently scrolling through our overloaded iPhoto albums. I keep saying one of these days I will figure out a photo organization system that actually serves … well … as a photo organization system. This photo is from a recent daddy/daughter dance. Immediately the famous 1960s Kodak commercial accompanied by the classic tune “Turn Around” written by Harry Belafonte popped into my mind. Given I’m a 70’s baby, are you wondering how I know about a 1960s commercial? Yeah, me too. I think it had something to do with high school choir.

Where are you going, my little one, little one,
Where are you going, my baby, my own?
Turn around and you’re two,
Turn around and you’re four,
Turn around and you’re a young girl going out of my door …

Lucy - Daddy Daughter Dance


Here are a few pictorial highlights from my trip to Peoria last month where Sister Helena Burns and I spoke on Authentic Friendship in an Age of Social Media. No matter how helpful social media is to find and develop friends, there is still a need for flesh-to-flesh communication and interaction. And boy did it fill my tank!

Dianna and me

Do I look tall here? I’m only 5’4″ and wearing flats. That’s all I’ll say about that. This is my friend Dianna (The Kennedy Adventures) who drove in from Louisville, Kentucky. We’ve connected online through our blogs and Facebook for a couple of years, and she’s been a great digital sounding board on many things from pregnancy, parenting, exercising, and maybe my favorite, becoming more “crunchy.” How exciting to finally meet Dianna and her southern drawl. She’s lovely, charming, funny, and sassy! 

Sister Helena & Me

Shortly after this pic, I was arrested for assaulting a nun! And look at that, even under an attempted assault Sister still has that joyful aura about her. Do you all know Sister Helena Burns, the media nun from Chicago who tweets about Theology of the Body and hockey? She’s a good one to follow on Twitter (@SrHelenaBurns) and proves that tweeting can be both entertaining and edifying.

Bonnie and Me

Marie and me

Two Peoria hostesses with the mostesses! The top photo is with Bonnie Engstrom. I’ve written a bit about Bonnie here before, and I’m still brainstorming ideas for how to bring her 61 Minutes presentation to Des Moines. She gives talks about her son James’ alleged miracle, Fulton Sheen, and the canonization process. Bonnie would make a great speaker for a women’s event, so if you’re in need, check out her info here

The second photo is with Marie Meints. Marie organized our speaking engagement and was a gem to work with — organized, articulate, professional. The next time I have a huge project to organize, I’m hiring Marie! These are two gals I wished I lived closer to, so it’s great to live in an age where we can stay connected through social media and help one another live out our vocations well. 

** All Peoria photos here are courtesy Nancy Piccione, and I’m sad I didn’t get one with her! Nancy writes for The Catholic Post, the Peoria Diocese’s newspaper, and wrote about our talk here.  


A few weeks back, Jen Fulwiler wrote about the power of a good profile photo. “It’s an interesting concept, when you think about it: you have only one image to represent you to the outside world. Whether it’s for Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn, a blog, or any other online forum, it will be many people’s first impression of you. If done well, it will convey so much more than what you look like; it’s an opportunity to tell the world a little bit about your personality and your attitudes toward life.”

I do have a rather boring, albeit nice, profile photo, and Jen’s comments resonated with me. I’ve been searching through my digital albums in search of a photo that tells the world a bit about moi, Lisa Schmidt.

I think I found one!

Lisa Schmidt Fun Profile

Here’s what I hope this profile pic says about me.

Hair: Me and my hair … my hair and me. We have hate-hate relationship. No love going on at all. It’s the kind of hair that stylists gush over, but I have no idea how to properly use a round brush and hair dryer, so most days I’ve got a frizz party going on. In this photo however, my hair is tame and controlled. Someone recently paid me a high compliment, saying I seem to have an inner peace and calm that centers and carries me about. I pray. My perpetual frizz (see Peoria pics) doesn’t convey this attempted peace.

Smile: My dad’s smile brought joy to many. In fact, it and the twinkle in his eye were heavily mentioned during his wake and funeral. I spent most of my late teens and twenties frowning. It wasn’t a happy time in my life and my stern expression spoke volumes about the state of my soul. The Lord, with His merciful love, patiently carried me through those dark days, and I’m smiling more today than ever before. I hope people who knew me then and are still walking this journey with me today will one day talk about my smile at my funeral, too. 

Jewelry: Some women spend money on shoes. Others on purses, books, maybe home furnishings. I buy jewelry.

What I’m Holding: Glass of wine in one hand, a pacifier in the other. There’s a bit of a paradox there, no? I’m a walking paradox. Depending on the day, the pacifier may be for one of my children OR it may be for me. Roll the dice, you never know. Since taking on the Catholic radio gig, I’ve quickly learned it’s a very bad thing when I vomit half-truths about the Church on air. Mea culpa. Sometimes I’m a tad too quick in my response, and a pacifier could save me from being labeled a heretic. Maybe I could disguise it as a piece of jewelry and wear it around my neck?

Painted-Red Fingernails: What does it mean when a women paints her nails red? From, “Red is the color of blood, and as such has strong symbolism as life and vitality. It brings focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival. Red is also the color of passion and lust.”

Full of life? Oh, I aspire. In survival mode? Most days! Passionate? Absolutely. If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space, baby! Lustful? Hmmm, let me get back to you on that one.

So what do you think … worthy to be my profile pic? It’s missing a strong Catholic identity, though. Maybe I could Photoshop the pendant of Mary I’m wearing in the Peoria pics into this picture. Or just repurpose that pacifier into a crucifix or something.


We have some awesome, unabashed Catholic friends. Exhibit A: Receiving an invite to the first-ever (and maybe only) Benedict Bash — a gathering celebrating Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s papacy. We began the bash with a Rosary offered in thanksgiving for Pope Benedict. We also prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the election of our new Holy Father. Then we enjoyed some fine German food and drink followed by a game of Pope Benedict XVI trivia. What an evening!

German Beer

Rumor has it this is His Holiness Benedict XVI’s favorite brew. The beer store here even has it labeled as such on the shelf! 

Pope Benedict Trivia

A little Benedict XVI trivia. My team won —- helps when your teammate is a well-educated and formed priest. 

Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope Emeritus even popped in for a few minutes. He only stayed for a bit and then promptly hopped back into his helicopter and flew back to Castel Gandolfo. 

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Care to comment on this hodgepodge? I would be honored to hear from you in the comment box below!

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  1. says

    Haha, where on earth did you find that poster of the Pope Emeritus? Too funny/great!
    Kids do grow up waaay to fast. My oldest is turning 5 next week and it is freaking me out a little!

  2. says

    What is in the water in Peoria?! Maybe it’s just the legacy of Fulton Sheen. It just seems like there are so many wonderful people there!

  3. says

    Oh, girl. I saw that post on Facebook and about sobbed when I saw Lucy, all growing up.

    It’s true. I am a midget, sort of. I should have worn big girl shoes!

    I was so glad to get up ‘north’ and meet up with y’all. You’re exactly right — it refreshes my soul.

    That picture of you with the wine makes me laugh — I think it’s a right proper profile pic! :)

    About your hair? Don’t laugh, but how often do you wash it? SInce I’ve switched to every other day washing, mine seems to do much better. (Not like you can tell from that pic above!)

    See … crunchy.

    • says

      You know what re: my hair – I just got a great cut! Found a new lady and she did a great job. Last night I had dinner with a couple GFs and they really liked it. I think I found a winner! The stylist and I talked about # of washings and dry shampoo, so I bought some and have stopped washing it so much, too!

  4. Karey says

    I also remember singing the “Turn Around” song in choir, probably junior high. Didn’t think much of it then. Now with two daughters almost grown up, I totally relate to the sentiment of it.

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