Greetings, fellow people who are not in Texas enjoying the fellowship of Catholic women bloggers with wine and shoes and delicious food! Sure, it'd be nice to be at a fancy hotel with comfy beds and mixed drinks and so many of the people you know online all in one place chatting and laughing and drinking and eating all the delicious foods. BUT I have much more pressing things here at home like taking care of my children while their father leads a retreat in another state. I'm pretty sure the authorities frown on leaving a ten year old in charge of three younger children for three days, right? Probably. So pretty much I've got the opposite of Edel going on over here. But that's okay because here's what else I'll be doing while you're all "mingling" and "having fun":
Watching this happen:
You guys. He was so excited. SO excited. And it was kind of all placed right in our lap. This isn't even our parish but we go to daily Mass here and one of the secretaries of the parish who sees us there all the time approached me the other day about John Paul serving daily Mass. And the next day, it was set up and then today this happened. He's being trained by the man who usually serves and I know it probably seems like some small blip in the whole world of Catholic parenting for some but ah, it's just so awesome to see your son up there serving at the altar. He was walking on air afterwards. We'll see how it works out but this could be such a huge blessing to serve this way. So good. So so good.
Knitting Placentas and Waiting on Babies:
My uterus is done and I'm quite happy with it and even got to demonstrate with it at a meeting! (Ha, it's a knitted uterus, people. I mean, it's not like I'm weird or anything.) So now I've started the placenta. I had three moms due in the space of a month which is another reason Edel wouldn't have worked out. Two of the three have already had their babies, though! Yay! Number three likely has a few more weeks to go but still possible so I'm on call for that sweet little girl, too. I've got to get started on a hat for that babe, too.
Watching The Way:
Brian and I started this last weekend and got half way through. I decided that today being the feast of St. James the Greater and the movie being about El Camino Santiago de Compostela (The Way of Saint James) and all, it is the perfect day to finish it off. The first half gets my recommendation and possibly the second but we shall see. Half-hearted apologies to the husband for not waiting.
Fonzmobile Dance Parties:
Clearly the dance parties that will inevitably break out at Edel have nothing on these.
Not Blogging about NFP
Not that I don't want to. NFP Awareness Week and all. But there's just no unique take I have on it at the moment or more accurate, a take that I have the motivation to write about. I'd much rather direct you to these wonderful posts all of which I beg you to click, read, and share:
Why I Don't Use Contraception by Rachel Lu in The Federalist
Abusing NFP by Kathleen van Schaijik A Thousand Amens, Kathleen!
Taco Parties, Pizza Parties, Moving, Lawn Fetes, and More...
I have the awesomest friends that are keeping me busy while Brian is gone, a sister and brother-in-law who are moving (the lady with the herniated disk and the four children will CLEARLY be a huge help in the process, I'm sure), our parish's annual picnic at which we will finally finally win one of those goldfish, and if we're lucky, maybe even a trip to Trader Joe's in there. Please try to contain the jealousy.
And then, of course, there's this:
The excitement never ends, friends. Never. Ends.
Take that, Edel. You ain't got nothin' on the excitement goin' on over here.
(And seriously, those of you who do have the lovely privilege of being at Edel, I hope you have a blast! Really. And plan another one for next year, please. And if it could be worked around my schedule and location, that would be great, too. Thanks ;)
Linking up with Carolyn-in-lieu-of-Jen for some Seven Quick Takes!
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