Seven Quick Takes Friday

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Slowly but surely, the world is recognizing the crisis with the girls taken in Nigeria. #BringBackOurGirls has shed a light where our media failed to. And now, there is this: Please pick one. This initiative asks you to pray for one of the girls by name. I am praying for Christy Yahi by name as well as the other girls and their families but by praying for one by name has made this incredibly personal for me.

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We finished with BSF officially for the study of Matthew this week. William was glad to get one last play time with a few of his friends on Tuesday during the final leader’s meeting. As a bonus, we were able to provide care so that our dear friend and neighbor Randi, who brought us into BSF, could attend her final leader’s meeting. God has called her family to a new adventure this fall that will still allow her to participate in BSF but will not permit the level of attention needed by an effective leader. What is so beautiful about this also is that God has been calling our family to some changes and I will be able to move to the new evening BSF class this fall for the Study of Moses! It is wonderful for both of our families that we will get to put radical trust in God and His plan together!

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I did “Get Fit With Mom” with Joseph on Wednesday (and will with Shelby on Friday, as long as her morning is not full of sensory needs). We had a lot of fun. I got to see a lot of Joseph’s regular PE class routine and we got to play quite a bit. William attended too and his reaction was mixed. Once he’s in kindergarten though, I know he’ll love it. Speaking of William…

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Wednesday my baby boy turned FIVE!!!

William and Edward Shell

William and Edward Shell

Looking with him at some of his baby pictures was very fun. We had pizza at his request for dinner and blue velvet cupcakes. Yes, there is such a thing I found out. One of Gigi and Papa’s gifts made it yesterday arriving right at dinner time. He also got to use his Easter “credit card” (aka Wal-Mart gift card) that my grandmother had sent for him way back 3 weeks ago at Easter.

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My daughter’s Godfather joined facebook this week. I never thought he would, so I am very impressed. He is a priest in our diocese and also runs a non-profit (along with a physician in the diocese) that works with families in El Salvador. I am hopeful that his increased social media presence will bring more to Christ as well as help his mission work. But mostly I’m glad I don’t have to remember to order prints, remember to pick them up and then remember to mail them πŸ˜‰

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So, since finishing Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It, I have been jonesing for more Jen! Then I remembered I never saw the third episode of Minor Revisions. I was not at all disappointed. To hear Noe Rocha tell most of his story in his own voice was like the icing on the cake (bad simile Kristen, bad, bad, bad). I plan on re-watching the first two episodes, probably everything in order. I just feel like when Jen tells Ted that she’s writing for seekers, I feel like, even as a Catholic, I am still a seeker which is what drew me to her blog and her writing, her book and even to Bible Study Fellowship. Like Jen, I feel like I am seeking God’s will and when it’s not of God, well, it’s awfully empty.

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A friend asked on facebook if other moms ask explicitly for what they want for Mother’s Day or if we just hinted or didn’t ask or whatever. I’ve never gotten a Mother’s Day gift aside from the kids cards they make at school. Seriously. I think I upset my friend because she said I deserved something, especially from my husband. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, we work hard for very little money. So gifts for every little thing are somewhat unnecessary. I guess in the beginning I was disappointed but two things happened. One, I had a baby (see quick take # 4) essentially on Mother’s Day weekend and I’m pretty sure Jeff thought, “well, I’ll never top that!” and two, I have some really amazing children. I have one who thanks me for the food whenever we eat. I try to direct that back to God but I always say “you’re welcome” because I know his thanking me is in direct correlation to his knowledge that all good comes from God. And that’s just one example. God has blessed me so abundantly with my little family. I wasn’t supposed to be able to have children, but here we are. So, to my mom, grandmas, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, friends and all moms out there, have a happy Mother’s Day.

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4 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes Friday

  1. Thank you for sharing the list of names. I chose one and will be lifting her up in prayer. My daughter’s Godfather is also a priest. So fun!

  2. I was just thinking about those girlst his morning and feeling like, “How do I possibly pray for them?” Usually I tend to pray for peace and acceptance and coming closer to God in difficult situations but I just felt like that was completely inappropriate in this instance. I like praying for someone by name. Thank you so much for sharing that info.

    Re mothers day, I really don’t like this idea that someone owes you a gift because some conglomerate entity (i.e. Hallmark and the retail industry) came up with a way to sucker us out of more money. On the other hand, I always feel like I should do something for my husband on Father’s Day. I think the focus on material chaff surrounding these gratitude holidays is horrible. Not that I have strong opinions or anything. πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you thank you thank you again for serving us on Tuesday!! ❀ you all. THANK YOU. and thank you for all your support in my new calling ❀

  4. ohHHHHHH I’m sorry I forgot to wish William a happy birthday on his actual birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUTIE!!! πŸ™‚ I did get to hang with shelby this morning though!

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