Let me state the obvious for those who frequent this space: WE HAVE A NEW SITE DESIGN! How do you like it?Â All the new changes are courtesy Dorian Speed (Up To Speed); she even painted the watercolor imagesÂ with her artsy hand. We were going for something with more of aÂ Das Schmidt Haus domestic church feel to it. Something unique.Â I say:
Earlier this week we were finalizing things with the redesign and Dorian suggested we publish a quick and fun post to make sure our email subscription serviceÂ was working properly.
My response to her was something like: “Oh, I have this post on cremation I’ve wanted to publish! I could get that ready.”
CREMATION?! Oh how fun, Lisa! Hey, I’ve never claimed to be the life of the party.
Dorian wisely suggested that cremation might not be the best topic for ourÂ first post out of the gate. Could be a bad omen. So I’ll save that post for another day, and I know you’ll be waiting with bated breath until that time.
And because I’m not freaking out enough about ordination, let me increase the stress by staring at this countdown clock.
Would someone please volunteer toÂ throw some cold water in my face and slap me a couple of times? I would ask Joel to do it, but a future deacon slapping his wife might not look too good in the grand scheme of things.
I traveled to Austin, Texas, last weekend for the Edel Gathering. It was great, and I’ll dish about it more next week. As I scanned my phone for pictures to post, this was the only one with me in it.Â Go big or go home!
Joel and I were guests on Bishop Pates’ radio show on Friday. We talked about our diocese’s upcoming Year of Marriage & Family leading up to the 2015 World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia. The Bishop’s show airs on both Iowa Catholic Radio and Spirit Catholic Radio in Omaha. Audio from the show will be posted here soon.
Speaking of radio gigs, Joel and I will be co-hosting The Catholic Guy Show with Lino Rulli on Monday and Tuesday! Â WE ARE SO EXCITED! Last night Joel asked, “So are we the only nobodies he’s asked to co-host?” Â YES, we are! And we’re going to own that title, baby! Gotta claim a distinction of some sort, and we’ll take it. The show airs from 4-6pm (CDT) on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel (129).
To prepare, I dusted off my eighth-grade occupational paper titled “Don’t Touch That Dial!” in which I researched and wrote about the work of radio personalities. I am obviously quite proud of that paper having savedÂ it for all these years. Notice theÂ “A” I earned for my fine work.
July 31 is (was?) my dad’sÂ birthday. He would have celebrated #63 this year. On his birthday last year, my sister Sarah took LucyÂ (her god-daughter) to Adventureland Amusement Park to celebrate. Dad loved going to theme parks, so Sarah thought that would be a great way to celebrate. And it was! They had so much fun that we all decided to go along this year, and we vow to make this anÂ annual tradition going forward.
Growing up, Adventureland was the place weÂ visitedÂ nearly every summer, and one of my earliest memories is riding that Infant Ocean. Now the ride itself isn’tÂ all that thrilling. The reason I remember it so well is I lost a Lemon Meringue ring in that water about 35 years ago (Lemon Meringue, the friend to Strawberry Shortcake). I tried to convince Lucy to dive into the water and search for my long-lost ring, but she wasn’t feeling up to it.
What she WAS feeling up to, however, was a ride on the Dragon. As in this dragon.
She isn’t even six yet! Is she tall enough?
So I hugged her and released my first-born to ride on her first major roller coaster.
A few minutes later, she exited the ride and I caught her reaction on video. I love how Jude celebrates with her!
Yet another one of those “letting go” mama moments. And what a great moment for Joel to experience with her.
So how was that for a first post out of the gate underÂ our new design? Hopefully it was more entertaining than the cremation post!
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