Friday, March 21, 2014

In which I attempt all the Link-Ups {7QT, FF, WWRW}

Will this be insane? You betcha. Attempting 3 link-ups in one post might be confusion, but as I've started all these posts separately and finished none, I figured I might as well smoosh them all together for one big cowabunga post. *Cue insane laughter.* If I was the type that was able to find the perfect meme, this would probably be the ideal spot for it.

7 Quick Takes holding within themselves 5 Favorites that were passed onto me by the Irish people and their country, and then wrapping up with 2 QT devoted to What We're Reading Wednesday Friday.

The Rosary

Ireland is by far my favorite place I've ever been - I have been to 20 of the counties in the Republic during my 5 different trips there. My first introduction to faithful Catholics who were not only willing to share their beliefs with me, but also hear my side and debate me in an open, fair forum were during those visits. My first trip to the Emerald Isle was a little over ten years ago, and as I originally went to work with an amazing pro-life group there, Youth Defence, I met many, many wonderful people. Although some of my time was spent "touring" per say, the majority of the time I spent there, which equals around 6 weeks, was spent making friends, promoting the Culture of Life, and having good craic with the Irish people.

And they were the first to introduce me to the Rosary. I knew what it was, of course, before going, and I think I'd prayed it with one of my uncles once before, but Youth Defence wrapped up many of their demonstrations with everyone praying the Rosary together. One of my friends I made there after many late night theology discussions made sure I went home with my own rosary and a booklet explaining the mysteries and other prayers.

Last week I met up with a few local Catholic mamas to pray the rosary together, and as I sat there, fingering my beads, I thought back to those many times I prayed with the Irish. How thankful I am for the love they have for Our Mother and how they share it with all they meet.

I also can blame my switching up the words in the Fatima prayer on them.


I also completely blame my love for beer on Ireland. Stereotyping a little? Why, yes. While there, I spent nearly every night in one pub or another. My beer knowledge was overly limited when I went, so I turned to one of my Irish friends and had him point me in the right direction. And thus it began. I have since tried many a beer, some I've hated, some are meh, but I have also found quite a few I love.

On another note, I have craved beer the majority of this pregnancy. Thus, I feel this baby should have a good Irish name. It's only fitting.

Rainy days

They might not love it, but I adore the rainy overcast weather that Ireland often has. Whenever we get similar temperatures and fogginess here in the US, I always liken it to my days there. 50 degrees. Slightly breezy. Foggy dew abounding. Such perfection. Cold enough to need a sweater and perhaps leg warmers, but not SO cold that you feel your nose hairs are ice. It's the best.

Life + Families

Being in Ireland to work specifically with a pro-life group, active on the streets alongside them, gave me a lovely insight into the Love the Irish have for all life and especially for family life. The inclusion of all was something that was seen whether attending an awards banquet or a dinner in someone's home. The younger children were always a part as were the elderly. Babies abounded everywhere you looked. Even in the early hours in the pubs, you would see families meeting up together.

Although I don't think each and every American thinks this way, I do believe the American culture lives in the selfish bubble of believing children are on the whole, a nuisance. The "seen, not heard" concept still runs strong in many an American's vein. In Ireland, this just isn't so. And it's a beautiful thing. May we seek to make that so in our own country.

A Slower Pace

I first learned this in Ireland, and then I saw it again in the Philippines, England, Scotland, and Nicaragua. Another thing I think we lack in the US (as well as other places, I am sure) is that calmness that comes from just taking a break in our day. My mama, when we were young, made a point to stop our homeschooling day with an afternoon tea, where we all stopped, sat, and just enjoyed one another. The days and weeks of a typical American seem to be the opposite.

I saw a quote the other day that now, of course, I cannot find for the life of me that basically said if we take the time to set aside Sunday to enjoy and rest, we will have the calm and joy we need to fill the other 6 days. Just a thought.


And now beginning what we're reading Wednesday Friday.

In order to encourage his listening skills and move our way into more serious reading, I have been trying to keep a chapter book going with Dominic at all times. I will share more of our favorites at another point, but for now, we are in the middle of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm. The chapters are a bit on the longer side, but if I read them in halves, Dom is perfectly delighted to sit through each one.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a woman with a farm full of animals who takes in children with bad habits that need correcting. Two weeks at her abode and the kids go home with new attitudes. There are three books preceding this one, but this just happened to be the one at our library, and it doesn't seem to matter that we skipped to the last. Reverse Psychology and hands on learning are Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's "secrets" to fixing the children, and each child has glowing reviews of their time spent with her.

Some things are a bit dated in the stories as its original publishing date was in the mid 1950s. For instance, the food described might give you an ulcer - it is overly reminiscent of the post that was circulating with the Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes. There is also mention of "beating" kids though it never actually occurs. Obviously if being read aloud, this can be glossed over or changed if you want, but just so you know, it is there.

Overall, we are enjoying it, and the delightful art from Maurice Sendak makes it all the more fun.


And this mama is reading The Paradise: A Novel. I picked it up on a whim as it was in the "New" section of the library, and I'd seen the TV series (it made my "5 Series to Watch in the Absence of Downton" post). The series is loosely based on this book by Emile Zola that is nowhere near "New," having been written over one hundred years ago.

I am only a few chapters in and "loosely" is the perfect word to describe the relationship of the book with the show. That being said, I am enjoying the book thus far. There are more characters to be discovered and the approach to capitalism when the big store was a new thing is intriguing. Thus far
I think Zola gives an unprejudiced outlook of the big store as it advances in its successes and the mom and pop shop closes down as a result. I'm excited to see what else the book holds that was not shown in the TV adaptation.

And there you have it, three link-ups in one. I think I'm only half crazy, but I might not try this again for some time.

Linking up with:

Hallie @ Moxie Wife

and Jessica with WWRW @ Housewife Spice

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  1. My girls really liked the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. They were our read-aloud summer reading last year.

    We didn't get to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm. Maybe this summer....

    Mrs. C

  2. I love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, loved her then loved her now. I must look into this Paradise-book-tv show bizniz.

  3. Sarah,
    Great post. I found you through the Catholic Bloggers page over on Facebook. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

  4. I have so been craving beer for this entire pregnancy, too! This makes no sense to me at all. Somehow, it feels comforting to know you are right there with me. (Also, I just want to drink one now.) Gah.

    1. When I come visit you, if we're both past pregnancy, we shall have to go out for beer rather than coffee. =)

  5. Catching up on your blog now that I'm on my vacation. :) I love hearing what's going on in the ortiz household and I always learn something. Could you tell me more (you can email me) about your mom's "tea breaks" - I for one am MOST guilty of the American go-go-go mentality.....I kinda thrive on it....but recognize the value of slowing down and hope to incorporate some of that into our home. What did it look like? What age did it start? Just curious.


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