Today's 7 Quick Takes is brought to you by the magic of playdough. Really, whoever invented this mooshy entertainment device = brilliant. I needed just a little bit of quiet, uninterrupted time to attempt to attack today's takes, so to the cupboard we went. My salt was a little clumpy, and my Cream of Tartar (really, what is it used for besides Playdough and Snickerdoodles???) was nearly nonexistent, but we scrimped and managed to make a lovely batch of green goo. Having little boys, this was, of course, referred to as boogers within seconds.
Today's recipe was not exact in the least, so I won't share for fear I'll send you on an adventure which ends in something that DOES NOT bring happiness to the children. Instead, here's a tried and true recipe we love. You can omit the spices and flavoring if you want.
the BIG news for this week is we are officially Catholic!
|I have no bilocation graces, so the photos are courtesy of my cousin, Celeste.|
Last Sunday during the weekly mass, we were confirmed in the Church and brought into the full communion of the Roman Catholic Church. It seems like it's been such a long time coming, and yes, I owe you a "Conversion" story one of these days though technically we are not converts. Converts = someone who has come from anything but a Christian background whereas we were adding to our Christian faith by embracing the Catholic Church as the fullness of what God has here on earth.
From Friday evening to Monday afternoon, we entertained different amounts of guests equalling 15 extra people on top of our family at the most. Getting in lots of great extra hang out time with family and having all kinds of fun was a perfect way to add loads of joy and fun to the excitement of the weekend.
Coming into the Church also meant we had piles of family in town for the weekend, which was fantastic. It was great to put our hospitality into practice for a well loved crowd of people that travelled from as far as Virginia to celebrate with us. Plus several family members did my dishes. Can't ask for better guests than that.
My cousin, Steven, is a transitional Deacon in the Arlington, VA diocese, and he was able to join us for the weekend and take an active part in the mass as well. He even ended up administering our first Eucharist in the Catholic Church to us, which was a special treat.
|5 out of 7 of my siblings and my parents plus Us.|
As you might remember, I was at a loss for just who to pick for my confirmation Saint. You might think I just didn't give it enough thought when in reality, I overthought it to the point of being indecisive because I had several great options and well thought out arguments for why each Saint was the best for me. I continued the debate in my head up until the last minute finally making my decision on Friday night less than 48 hours before the Mass.
In the end, I chose St. Gianna Molla. She was my first pick (shows that I should go with my gut sometimes!), and as it happens, she was also the Saint that Jen's fancy little Saint of the Year Generator chose for me back at the beginning of January.
St. Gianna is a newer saint, only being canonized fairly recently in 2004. I was drawn to her joyful simplicity with which she approached her vocations of wife and mother as well as how she balanced out her life. Her final decision in life to put her child's life before her own thus forfeiting it is a beautiful pro-life witness.
You can read more about the life of St. Gianna Molla here.
When I was attempting to decide on my confirmation Saint, I asked several friends who they had picked and why, and if they had done so without much though, who they might pick if they were choosing again. I'd love to know, if you have a confirmation saint, who you chose and why!
Time is flying by with Baby OIII - I am already 28 weeks into this pregnancy meaning a mere 3 months, give or take, til we meet the little man. I realized this past week that I might want to start looking into obtaining some summery wear for him as his brothers were both winter babes. Annnnnd, I should look into some piece of furniture in which to put said clothing.
I feel like after the first two, I am giving so much less thought to the preparation. I do plan to pack a hospital bag and things like that, but as that wouldn't be practical before May, I keep feeling like I have nothing to do for him now.
28 weeks also meant the dreaded Gestational Diabetes blood test. I say dreaded because truly that orange crud they give you to swallow is the WORST. I managed to swallow it all in less than a minute, but then my body started feeling the worst it has in weeks. Not only does this little man not appreciate any sugar or sweet treats that I put into my body which he lets me know by encouraging my stomach to go into nausea overload, BUT I typically avoid artificial flavors and colors, both of which were highly featured in the drink. I don't think my body knew what to do with it.
I have decided, though, that somebody should create a non-flavored, pure glucose, non-colored version, so the jolt from the insane amounts of sugar is the only craze I experience.
On top of that, the phlebotomist was new at the lab, and he decided to, for whatever reason, not do the blood draw required for my Rhogam shot. My negative status blood always makes for exciting pregnancies. NOT. So, in I go again this weekend for another blood draw and then a nurse's appointment just to get the shot.
My heart goes out to anybody who is repetitively being poked and prodded for blood draws. You are my hero. I can't even imagine.
I've been meaning to make a point of posting more, so in order to live out that commitment, I am going to join Jen in writing a post every day for 7 days in a row. Ri-dic-u-lous. I know. But, hey I need a little of that here and again in my life. And you know you want to hear from me for a week.
Any post ideas are certainly welcome! So, what do you say - what do YOU want me to write about next week? I will take any and all ideas into consideration!
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