On our next Catholic Women Now radio show, Julie Nelson and I are going to play our version of the “Name Game” and can use your input. How did or will you choose your children’s names? How did your parents choose yours? What about confirmation names? I would love to hear your fun, interesting, boring, haphazard, heartwarming, or “just because” stories in the combox. Maybe you were named after a tugboat? Don’t be ashamed — proudly blow your air horn as stories like that make for fun radio!
P.S., if you’re looking for a good baby name resource, check out The Catholic Baby Name Book by fellow CatholicMom.com contributor Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur. Its 500+ pages containing over 10,000 names makes for a terrific resource not only for parents-to-be but also confirmation candidates as well.
Speaking of the Name Game, Joel reminded me of this hilarious skit from Saturday Night Life, circa 1994. Oh how I wish Julie and I could share this video clip on air (at least parts of it!). Just not sure the Iowa Catholic Radio audience would appreciate it as much as I.
Some exciting news at Das Schmidt Haus — we’re seeing red!
Yes, it’s just a simple little red tomato from our simple little backyard suburbia garden, but there’s something about seeing that first fruit from the vine that provokes a rush of feel-good emotions — good, holy and sacred ones. Proverbs 3:9 might be a good one for me to ponder a bit, eh?
I received some lovely birthday gifts last week from my husband, family and friends, and while I’m enjoying them all equally, I do want to share one here. Nine days before my birthday, a friend sent me a note and mentioned she was praying a Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage in my honor. My first reaction? Oh what a lovely, unique, and much appreciated gift. Second? D’oh!, why didn’t I think of that before?! Turns out the novena is published by my friends at the St. Josemaria Institute who interviewed me last year (Part 1 here and Part 2 here). My novena-praying friend mentioned she and her husband pray it often — for their marriage, for one of their children, when she and her husband need to find resolution on a family concern, etc. Might be a good resource for you to pick up and/or give away as a gift, too!
Speaking of family prayers, another friend recently shared a helpful idea for my children when they are struggling with a friend or another sibling, etc. Encourage your children to ask their guardian angel to “have a chat” with the friend’s guardian angel, and together, ask for the angels’ watchful care and intercession over them and their struggles. Isn’t that a great suggestion — for us big kids, too!
My next read with The Well-Read Mom book club is The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock. If you’ve read it, care to share your thoughts? The book is set in a medieval monastery and follows the lives of the brothers of St. Alcuin. According to the publisher, while the characters belong to another century, their struggles are our own — finding one’s place, coping with failure, living with impossible people, and changing when realizing we are the impossible ones.
Hmmm, thinking I’ll find many things to relate to in this read! And, I’m always looking for ways to allow the domestic to become the monastic, so the fact it’s set in a monastery is very appealing. I’ll keep you posted.
Those who know Joel and me well, or who just follow me on Twitter, know that we are America’s Test Kitchen groupies. Their new cookbook, The 6 Ingredient Solution, is really rocking our kitchen. The collection of recipes shows you really can do a lot with a little and teaches you how to make the most of each ingredient. The book compliments the real food philosophy I’ve been 66.6666% good on following, and many of the recipes could be classified, or slightly modified to be, whole food approved. Check it out, fellow foodies!
Speaking of domestic smells and bells, my daughter is yelling at me to change my son’s diaper. Gotta run. Have a great weekend! For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary.