Friday, November 9, 2012

7 Quick Takes


1 - If you haven't watched this yet, please do.  Dwija posted it first and I'm so glad she did.  I've watched this over and over again since Tuesday.  It's a bit silly and fun, and it's supposed to be because our Catholic faith is fun and we should be lighthearted! - but it makes me choke up every time I watch it.  All I can think is that if I didn't believe in God I would want to because of the hope and promise in JPII's words. 

2 - An Obama-loving friend of mine wrote this on Facebook, "To all of my red friends, be not afraid, we come in peace."  I wanted to comment, "Oh thank God!  I hope that means you will no longer expect me to pay for free abortifacients."  But I figured that no matter how sincere those words of mine are - truly without a bit of sarcasm - she and all her friends would probably think I was just picking a fight and being dumb.  So I didn't.  Maybe that makes me a coward but then I read what Kaitlin said and I realized that she nailed what I'm thinking and it's something I don't think my FB friend can understand: 

I fear that I'm inadequate to raise children who are capable of withstanding the assaults that are ahead. Can I truly raise martyrs? Am I even strong enough to be a martyr myself? Maybe not to death, but to jail? Or to joblessness? What will I be asked to sacrifice for my faith? And I'm sure some will read this and think I'm being melodramatic and that it can't possibly come to that. I hope you're right. But I believe you're wrong. It's already happening.

3 - I have tried to focus on HOPE this week.  Not Obama's hope, which Bob Rice perfectly described as "optimism based on the human spirit; [while] our hope is rooted in Jesus Christ and in His saving power."  You should read Marie's post on Hope.  It's a great summary, to which I would add,
"In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world!" -John 16:33
4 - THE REST OF THESE QUICK TAKES ARE NOT RELATED TO THE ELECTION!  YIPPEE!

5 - Here's my latest post at Ignitum Today.  It's a review of The Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. ThereseIf you're looking for a good book to help you keep Advent I recommend this one.  I really liked it and look forward to slowly reading it and praying in a few weeks.

6 - My cousin Darcy sent this picture to me.  I was really touched that she even thought of me and I wanted to share it, especially in light of my post "People at the Grocery Store Think I Have too Many Kids."

7 - We've recently started popping our popcorn on the stove.  Occasionally I'll still use the air popper, but popcorn on the stove tastes so amazing that I don't know if I will ever crave microwave popcorn again.  The oil flavors it so butter isn't even needed, just a little salt.  You can find the recipe I use on my Pinterest board, Food I Gotta Make.


13 comments:

  1. I love what Kaitlin wrote. Since January (HHS) I've been saying that I really fear our children or grandchildren will be martyrs.

    #6 made me laugh because it reminded me of the cheesy intro to Sister Wives (the TLC show about a polygamist Mormon couple). The husband says "Love is meant to be multiplied, not divided."

    And if you think popcorn on the stove is good you should try it over a campfire!

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    1. Well, clearly that Mormon man reads The Family Circus.

      How do you make it over a campfire except in one of those prepackaged things?

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    2. There is a special campfire cast iron thing on a stick that has a lid. We've only ever used it for popcorn but maybe it's really for something else. Just like on the stove - heat a little oil in it, put in the kernels, hold it over the fire and let it pop! Add a little salt - so delicious.

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  2. Well at first I was flattered to be mentioned on your quick takes (I pretty much live for your blog on Fridays) but then I was horrified that you eat popcorn without butter! We'll need to put this behind us if we want to continue our online friendship.

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    1. That's too funny! I have to add butter when I use the air popper, which is why I prefer the stove. Plus it just tastes super good!

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    2. Oh my goodness-you are totally forgiven because that video was amazing. Hannah and I are clapping and dancing around the kitchen listening to it!

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  3. We love stove top popcorn! For Christmas last year my dad (a popcorn fanatic) got us an electric popper -- just like stove top, without taking up a burner. But I still like butter on mine. And parmesan cheese. Sounds like lunch has been decided...

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  4. #2: Actually, I wouldn't have thought you were picking a fight at all - I have a a lot of friends who are feeling pretty beaten up by Tuesday's results and I've avoided politics on Facebook because of that reason.

    #3: Our hope should be in Jesus anyway, not in a political leader.

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  5. Oh my goodness, Bonnie! Thank you so much for sharing that video. I hadn't seen it. Oh how I loved it!

    Thanks for your support earlier today, too! Glad we're in this together.

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  6. My dad has been making popcorn on the stove (with this beat up saucepan) my whole life. Seriously...it's the best popcorn I've ever had in my life. It's the first thing I request when I go home.

    And you're right, made the right way, you don't even need (nor should you have) butter. Perfection can't be messed with ;)

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  7. I played that video when you posted it on Facebook and Nathan came in to see what I was watching. I got home tonight from work and it was already up on my computer...he had watched it while I was out. And, I'm like you--I've already watched it a ton of times since you first posted it.

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  8. Bonnie, I love the that video, too! Sister Helena shared it and I just loved it and scheduled it for next week, and now I can HT you as well :-) I wish I could come up with some great ideas for other speeches for him to autotune--he asked for suggestions on the Youtube link.

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  9. My mother in law, mother of 8 and grandmother/great grandmother of 30+, had that cartoon hanging on her refrigerator as long I knew her, more than 15 years.

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