Sunday, November 27, 2011

so good

For the above, you are welcome.

First Sunday of Advent, people!  Happy New Year!  (liturgically speaking, of course)  We got the lights on our porch, stockings hung (on the staircase - no mantel here!), Jesse Tree ready to go - all that jazz.

I still don't feel ready, though.  I'm so lazy and tired and I have so many dishes to do.  There's always dishes to do.  And laundry.  I suck at laundry.

Also, didn't you *love* the new translation at Mass?  So, so beautiful! 

Let me tell you something, people, it is AWESOME being Catholic!  You should convert!  Ask me how - we can do this.

Friday, November 25, 2011

7 quick takes

#1 - I'm a new soul in this strange place...

#2 - So if you were reading this blog all week you probably noticed I'm having cravings and I mentioned something about rumors.  And then there was the OK Go song, Here It Goes Again

#3 - I'm pretty sure that song is about something very different than a married woman having another baby with her loving husband but the words of the chorus are just so perfect!  "Just when you think you're in control, Just when you think you've got a hold, Just when you get on a roll, Here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again.  Oh here it goes again!

#4 - So, yes, I am pregnant!

#5 - 15 weeks (4 months) with a due date of May 16th.  I think I'm having a girl.  So does Lydia, and my friend Katie, and my mom, and Travis, and my mother-in-law.  I hope we're all right.

#6 - I have spoken with my homebirth midwife and had an appointment with a midwife at an ob-gyn's office.  I'm  still not 100% sure where we will birth this time around but, just like with all my births, I have been praying and thinking about what is best as I try to learn where God wants me to be.  We have already gotten some pressure to be in a hospital but I don't want to make any decisions based on peer pressure, other people's fears, or out of spite.  Please pray for us as we continue to discern this decision.

#7 - But more than anything please share in our joy!  Travis and I felt that God was calling us to trust Him and have this baby and we are very excited about our fifth child!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Sisters are Coming!

We recently got word that the Sisters of Life have accepted our invitation and will be returning to the Behold Conference

They will be joining us on Saturday, March 10, 2012 and so should you!

The Sisters will be joining our already stellar line-up of

- Kate Wicker, author of Weightless, contributor to Faith & Family magazine, and blogger

- Ginny Baldridge, image consultant and author

- Marie Miller, musician

Hallie Lord, owner of Bloom Personal Shopping and blogger

- Jennifer Fulwiler, author, speaker, and blogger

- Sr. Helena Burns, Daughter of St. Paul, speaker, and blogger on Theology of the Body and media

I'll be there!  My mom will be there!  My kids' godmothers will be there!  You should be there, too! 

Online registration for the Behold Conference is open, you can print off a paper registration form at the same link if you'd prefer to send a check.  If you register before Decebmer 15th you can save money - a good reason to register early.  Scholarships are available for those in need, including poor high school and college students!

haven't heard this one in awhile

Isn't this the most awesome video ever?  It makes me want to buy 8 treadmills and invite 3 of my silliest friends over for a long afternoon.

Dreams, people.  This is all about dreams.

I'd probably twist my knee.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I heard from a little bird

A small rumor...

That I'm on Twitter.  You can follow me by clicking on the Twitter image on the Right.  Not much tweeting happening right now but I'm gonna try to step it up a bit. 

Did you hear another rumor?

King vs. Twilight

Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.” - Stephen King

Thank you, Katie at NFP and Me, for sharing the quote.  I've never read the Twilight books and intend to die not having done so.  Does that sound mean?

a secret

I have a smallish secret to tell.  I do not love chocolate.  I like it and frequently enjoy it, but I do not love it.  Culturally speaking this makes me feel like less of a woman. 

But I do LOVE candy!  Skittles, Smarties, Nerds, SweeTarts, Twizzlers, Dots, Starbursts, BOTTLECAPS!  If Wonka makes it then I probably like it. 

Lately all I want to do is eat these fruity sweets.  It's the bad news bears for my diet.

Am I the only person out there who prefers kid candy to the more sophisticated chocolate?  I'm okay being alone on this one, but I'm just wondering. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

For Alisha

I didn't have time to find a song for yesterday's Quick Takes.  Alisha told me she missed the music so I'm posting this here; you can listen to it while you read or while you bake chocolate chip cookies for a film crew that's coming to your house, which is what I'm supposed to be doing.


Friday, November 18, 2011

7 quick takes

1 - New post finally up at VirtuousPlanet:  Learning to be Catholic.

2 - Today in the car the new Jessie J song came on the radio.  I had no idea what it was like so I was a little worried when, clearly and loudly, the first words out of her mouth were, "I'm sexy and free."  I hoped Lydia wasn't paying attention but she was.  "She's just like me, Mommy!  I'm sexy and free, too!"  Perfect example of why family friendly radio is so important - and why I should listen to it more!

3 - Last night I hosted a Thirty-One product party for my friend Jamie.  She's a new consultant and it was her first party.  It was a lot of fun - wine, brownies, and lots of fun, kind women.  Too bad you don't live closer - you could have come!

4 - If you want to buy a purse, tote, or storage bin please check out Jamie's Thirty-One consultant page!

5 - A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to my good friends Mia and Nick!  Today their first child, Clark Joseph, was born!  I'm so happy for them!

6 - Do you know the blog Girl with Curves?  It's wonderful and inspiring!  Love it!

7 - Please pray for Travis and I tomorrow morning - we will be doing a filmed interview for a Canadian documentary on how science and religion meet when the Catholic Church looks into alleged miracles as a part of the canonization process.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

stop complaining, Bonnie

Recently I overheard someone complain about something and I was hit by a strong realization:  When people complain they often sound ungrateful, which means that when I complain I often sound ungrateful.  (You're probably amazed by my tardiness in making this realization.) Since that moment I have spent a lot of time mulling over complaining - especially when it comes to doing so in a Facebook status.

Now, I do think that some things are okay to complain about.  Your kid just puked on you, you lost some money, you were up all night and now you're exhausted, someone didn't treat you well.  So to say, "Urgh... my kid just puked one me!" well, I can understand that.  Sometimes we're not really complaining, really we're just looking for some empathy and I don't think there's anything wrong with that, either.  It's more of a one time comment than anything.

Much different though is the person who, say, just got a really nice job - good salary, benefits, working for a good company - and yet they complain on almost a weekly basis about some aspecct of that job.  "What are you complaining for?  You have a great job!" I want to yell at them, and sometimes yell at the computer.

BUT, I have noticed that the people who complain the least are the ones whose feeds I don't hide.  So this person, instead of saying, "This is going to be a horrible day - I've been up all night!*" might say, "Both kids are up before 6:30 and I could have slept til noon**!"or something else that is lighthearted.

Even better are the people who don't complain at all.  I am trying to make this change in my life, starting first on Facebook and this blog.  It is possible for me to convey a point about how frustrated/angry/hurt I am and not complain.  It is even possible to be lighthearted about such events.

All of this sounds kinda hard to me - which isn't a complaint, just a statement - but I think I can do it!  I'm gonna do it!   

Cheerfulness is often a cloak which hides a life of sacrifice, continual union with God, fervor and generosity. A person who has this fight of cheerfulness very often reaches a great height of perfection.  Mother Teresa

A related and better written article by Jennifer Fulwiler on how we over-value our opinions.

*I'm pretty sure that's an actual former Facebook status of mine.
**This is an actual Facebook status from high school friend, Megan.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Exciting News!

Online Registration is now open for the Behold Conference!

We are so excited about this coming March 10, 2012 and all the wonderful women who will be joining us:  Kate Wicker, Ginny Baldridge, Marie Miller, Jennifer Fulwiler, Hallie Lord, and Sister Helena Burns!

With Mass, Confession, Adoration, delicious food, and a beautiful setting - this is going to be an amazing day! 

Register as soon as possible!  Space is limited and you don't want to miss this "spiritual spa day".  Also, if you register before December 15th you will save money!

Go register for the Behold Conference right now!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

a little update

This is an update wrapped in a prayer request.  On Saturday Travis and I will be interviewed and filmed for a documentary looking into the meeting of the Catholic faith and the science used to prove a miracle.  We will be doing this with the blessing and help of the Sheen Foundation.  The woman I've been working with is really wonderful but I'm still a little nervous about being filmed.  Also, this will be our first interview by noncatholics with a target audience that isn't necessarily Catholic. 

Please pray that Travis and I answer the questions intelligently, clearly, and always in ways that will glorify God.  Please also pray for the crew, who is Canadian, and for safe travels and open hearts. 

Thanks, friends.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

7 quick takes

1 -
Okay, so I love this song, but after watching this version of it I want to follow my dream of learning to play the accordian and write the percussionist a fan letter.

2 - I actually don't have a dream of playing the accordian but the other day I was thinking about how it'd be cool if I could.

3 - Last night I had my consultation with Bloom Personal Shopping's Hallie Lord.  It was a wonderful experience!  Hallie gave me all kinds of tips on what I can wear as stay at home, overweight mom.  A lot of her suggestions for me were reasonably priced (though for me that still requires saving money or waiting until after Christmas) and I'm excited to get things to smooth out my spillage, hide my flaws, and play up my own personal style. 

4- In fact when I woke up this morning I had this great feeling of empowerment.  It felt a little like, "watch out I'm gonna look smokin' today!"  That feeling diminished though, when I remembered I still had my old wardrobe.  Boo.

5 - My new post at Virtuous Planet is up.  Travis suggested I write something light hearted so I did a list of songs Lydia and I both love.  You can check it out here:  Music to Make You Happy.

6 - The only thing that frustrates me each week as I work on my VP post is that they want at least one picture in each post.  I spend stupid amounts of time looking for a good picture and then just settling for something that's good enough.  I understand why they want a picture but for whatever reason any time I try to upload one of my personal ones it says the file is too big.  I'm not tech savy enough to figure that one out so I'm left searching the creative commons on flickr.  If you know Wordpress and can help me out (and you live close by) I'll bake you cookies and deliver them to your door.

7 - I finished Lost.  There is now a void in my life.  When I come to terms with things I will write a post that will be a major spoiler.

My motto for the rest of November

Many thanks, Rachel Balducci!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What I should have said

Yesterday the kids and I went to the bank.  James was strapped in the double stroller and slightly fussy.  Bennet, who was supposed to be strapped in the double stroller, was walking around it in his stocking feet.  Lydia, who was supposed to be standing sweetly next to the stroller, was following Bennet.

If we had been at Mass we would have been in the hall.  But we were at the bank and the teller had made a mistake so it was taking longer and the kids were a little noisy but not that bad.  I mean, sometimes babies fuss and there's nothing wrong with little kids playing and laughing.

But the grumpy old man the next station over must have thought they were more than a handful and he told his teller, "I'm glad they're not my kids."

I looked at his teller, who looked at me.  She clearly felt awkward.  I didn't say anything, though I decided that if we left at the same time I'd let him know I had heard what he said and that I found it offensive.  I don't think he was intending to be mean - I think he was essentially saying the same thing that everyone is saying when they comment, "Your hands are full!"  Unfortunately for him he just sounded more rude.

But what I wish I would have done is said, clearly and just as loudly as he had, "Sir, I am glad they're not yours, too.  I wouldn't give such joy to one who cannot appreciate its value."


Monday, November 7, 2011

what to do on a Monday night

Travis is on a bromance man date with his best friend, at a bar watching the Bears game. 

The kids are asleep (finally!  nap time was horrible today!) and my headache has finally gone away (maybe it was all the water I drank?).

So now I can finally post a picture of my kids on Halloween.
A knight, a princess, and a lion.  roar!
Wow those kids are cute!  How 'bout we look at some more pictures of them?
I caught Lydia "reading" the Bible.  She was actually saying the words to the Guardian Angel prayer.  (Do you know that prayer? So good:  Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here.  Ever this day be at my side to light, to rule, to guard, to guide.  It's a great prayer to start the day, at bedtime, when you've got the heebie jeebies, or when you're about to blow your top.)
Also, Lydia's been practically living in her Rapunzel dress since mid October.  She's so cute.

James, greeting me at the door.  Did you know he's walking now?  He's walking now.

Bennet, super happy about his gigantic, warm from the oven, made from scratch chocolate chip cookie.
Do you remember awhile ago when I was on a serious hunt for the. best. chocolate. chip. cookie. recipe. EVAH!?  I found it.  That's what one looks like.

It is possible that Bennet may not be wearing pants or a diaper in this picture.

This was gearing-up-for-quiet-time time.  (Yes, I know it's lame that I do that but sometimes it's needed.)  Put on a PBS Kids show from Netflix to occupy L and B while I lay James down and then send the other two upstairs. 
Notice how spread out Lydia is?  I had just painted her toenails and fingernails and she's letting them dry. 

Need something a little different to read?  My dear, dear friend, Crafty Katie, has started a blog to chronicle her year on sabatical.  She turned down a teaching position and is living off savings and a small income from working as DRE at her church.  Already her blog is great.  God check it out: 

Lastly, if you don't like country music or you didn't got to MTHS don't click on the following link.  But if you do like country, went to my high school, or want to see my high school crush is up to these days then check out Jake Maurer
I had a serious, mad crush on that man some 12 years ago.  Whew!  It's almost embarrassing to think about it now.
The crazy thing is that last night I spent the first half of my sleeping dreaming about Jacob and the Black Smoke Monster (does he have a name?  I never caught it.)  And the second half of the night I was dreaming that I was back in high school, dating Jake.  So it was interesting when I saw the link to his updated website on Facebook today. 

And I know what you're thinking.  But I was not stalking him - I saw it in my newsfeed.

Good night!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gotta get this book

I am so excited about this book's release, which isn't until the new year but I'm gonna talk about it now!

The fabulous Hallie Lord - who is coming to the Behold Conference this year! - is the mastermind behind it.  And she was brilliant enough to pull together some of the best and brightest to contribute to the book.

Simcha Fisher, Jennifer Fulwiler, Betty Duffy, Danielle Bean, Rachel Balducci... the list goes on!

Also, just a fun fact for ya - when you get the book and read the introduction, please know that the way Hallie intros all her contributors was based on a suggestion I made to her.  Of course holier women suggested that she use such and such an antedote from such and such a saint, but I reminded her of the book release party scene in Bridget Jones' Diary.  And that's what made the cut.  Yes, some remember beautiful stories of hospitality and charity, I remember Bridget standing at a microphone saying, "Mr. Titspervert." 

Anyways, go and preorder Hallie Lord's Style, Sex, & SubstanceYou won't regret it, I'm sure!

And a huge congratulations to Hallie for this amazing accomplishment!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


That's what I am, people.  I'm serious.  Serious about Lost.

I have become a lame version of the person I once was because I am so consumed by this show.  And I was pretty far from cool in the first place so this is bad news.

Take, for example, the following song.

I've been listening to it on a regular basis ever since the episode where Hurley gets the Dharma van filled with beer and Roger's corpse started.  Do you even remember that episode?  Or this song?  Someone please say YES!

I'm in Season 6.  And let me tell you when it's over I'm going to be sad.  Maybe I will drown my sorrows in beer.  Probably not. 

And here's my other problem:  I cannot watch Dexter.  I tried watching it before at the encouragement of others and realized that the American public and many of my close friends are sick, twisted, dark people.

Let me leave you with one last piece of Lost loveliness.  A quote from the episode I watched today during nap time / picking up the kitchen.

Miles to Linus:
Why would I need your money when there are a couple of jabonies under there named Nikki and Paulo who got buried alive with $8 million in diamonds on top of them.