Seven Quick Takes Friday

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This week has been so up and down for me personally. I have vacillated from pure joy to anger to abject frustration. I just want to take this moment, this quick take, to thank Daria Sockey for creating her blog and committing to teaching me (and many others) about the Divine Office. If you have never prayed the Divine Office, please check her out. It has given my life a beautiful structure and by sprinkling prayer throughout my day, I am finding myself better able to tackle these wild shifts in my life and moods.

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Thanks to anyone who offered up prayers with/for me yesterday in the battle of after-school snacks. Ultimately, the solution that presented itself was some snacks I found for Shelby that we had forgotten about and a spoonful of peanut butter for each boy and we followed that up with an early dinner (as in, before Daddy pulled into the driveway). Daddy’s feelings weren’t  hurt and everyone was much happier.

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After a beautiful week of unseasonably warm temps and sunshine, today is overcast and FREEZING. And for me, that’s okay. I’ve been making my peace with my strange onset of seasonal affective disorder.

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But this sudden switch means…STOP…ASTHMA TIME! So Joey is awash in breathing treatments. Sigh.

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I meet for the second time with my book club this evening. For those unaware, I was invited by a neighbor to join a book club she hosts reading and studying this go-round Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. As I predicted, it is 89% Evangelical and 11% Catholic. Me making up that entire 11% (and yes, I did the math to figure that out). I was very nervous but everyone is kind and open and accepting and in the first meeting my neighbor articulated this was to be a “safe place” where no one was attacked or judged. And it was just that.

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I am still soda free. But the water thing is getting old. Really old. So…mio or some other flavoring agent it is. I would like to thank Maurisa for her suggestion of lemon in the water which is great, except Shelby ate all my lemons. 🙂 Oh autism and your quirks!

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I am thinking about what to read next. Any favorite apologetics books out there? Any good spiritual reads? And what do other Catholics think of the book Jesus Manifesto (which came recommended to me by a Catholic and by two Evangelicals).

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