A Day of Holy Distractions

Saturday was a day of holy distractions for us here at Das Schmidt Haus.

First, check out our latest post at Catholic Stand, Holy Distraction: The Case for Sacred Art & Architecture, where we make the case for our churches to be filled with sacred art and architecture if for no other reason than to help us focus. Our story starts at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend, Wisconsin, shown below, where our daughter makes an interesting observation.


Holy Angels Catholic Church | West Bend, Wisconsin

Second, and probably the greatest holy distraction we could have asked for was welcoming our child Lydia Ann Schmidt into this world. More details on her blessed birth story forthcoming. For now, her stats and a photo.

  • Birth date: October 26, 2013
  • Weight: 9 pounds, 9 ounces (although one nurse rounded up and the other rounded down to 9.8, so we’re not quite sure what the official record states! Joel says Lisa earned the extra ounce, so we’re going to round up.)
  • Length: 22 inches
  • Miscellany: Lydia looks like her big sis Lucy, and it seems we have another red(ish) head on our hands here! She’s got a fuzz top, too, so maybe curly hair is in store for Lydia?
  • Labor lasted just under four hours. We’re still in shock at how fast it all happened!

Introducing Lydia Ann Schmidt

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