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 16:334 - 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. Therese. If 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.
I love what Kaitlin wrote. Since January (HHS) I've been saying that I really fear our children or grandchildren will be martyrs.ReplyDelete
#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!
Well, clearly that Mormon man reads The Family Circus.Delete
How do you make it over a campfire except in one of those prepackaged things?
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.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
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!Delete
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!Delete
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...ReplyDelete
#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.ReplyDelete
#3: Our hope should be in Jesus anyway, not in a political leader.
Oh my goodness, Bonnie! Thank you so much for sharing that video. I hadn't seen it. Oh how I loved it!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your support earlier today, too! Glad we're in this together.
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.ReplyDelete
And you're right, made the right way, you don't even need (nor should you have) butter. Perfection can't be messed with ;)
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.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete