7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 129)
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It looks like we have a date! My labors are now induced due to factors related to my blood clotting disorder, and we’re finally close enough that we can pick a date. It looks like baby #5 will likely arrive on Wednesday, June 22, the feast of St. Thomas More. Only 19 more days!
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I may never stop laughing about this video. This woman is me.
Around here, going to the lake is a big deal for everyone…except me. I sit in my air conditioned living room and look out the window as my neighbors spend half a day messing around with their boat to get ready to go to the lake, occasionally getting out my calculator to estimate their “Preparing to Have Fun” to “Actually Having Fun” ratio and thus denouncing it as ridiculous. And on the occasions that someone actually cons me into going out on a boat, I’m just like the lady in the video: dressed totally inappropriately for the weather, sitting there still as a board, not exactly sure in what way I am supposed to be having fun. Hilarious.
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The Novena to the Holy Spirit starts today! I can’t recommend it strongly enough. I do it every year, and every year it has been tremendously powerful for me. For those of you who aren’t familiar with novenas, that’s just a fancy word for a nine-day series of prayers. Here is an example of the meditation and prayer for the second day of this one:
The Gift of Fear: The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”
Prayer: Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.
If you want to print it out, here’s a plain text one-page version.
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Veronica Mitchell is back! She used to have a blog called Toddled Dredge that was one of my favorites. (In a classic display of my terrible attention to detail, I referred to as “Toddler Dredge” for about three years). The “witty intellectual academic Christian mom” blog world has simply not been the same without her, and I for one am delighted by her return.
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How have I lived 34 years and not known the story of Magellan’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe? I mean, I knew his name, and I knew that he attempted it, but the terms “Magellan” and “trip around the world” did not trigger in my mind the reaction of “HOLY $%&! THAT’S A CRAZY STORY!!!!” as it should have. Anyway, this is all fixed now, because I just finished Over the Edge of the World, a book chronicling the insane expedition. It cost me so much sleep, I was almost relieved when I finished it so that I wouldn’t be staying up half the night turning pages anymore. If you have even a passing interest in history, stories of seafaring, adventure stories, survival tales, or good books, you’ve got to read this thing.
(My only caveat is that the author writes from a certain secular worldview in which it’s taken for granted that a) deep faith in God is a relic of unenlightened times passed, b) nobody in the Catholic hierarchy was good or well meaning during the 16th century, and c) almost all other cultures were superior to Christendom in peacefulness and goodwill toward others. I didn’t get the impression that he had a specific agenda to further this view, just that those were his default assumptions. So there were a few comments throughout the book that rankled me, but the author is a very talented writer and the book is otherwise fantastic.)
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I need two pieces of vacation-related advice:
- What are some good beaches to visit here in Texas? The grandparents would like to do a family trip to a beach house on the shore, but since I’m not familiar with that sort of thing (see #2) I don’t know what city to suggest.
- Yaya wants to go on an Alaskan cruise next summer. Can anyone recommend a good one? She loves a good game of blackjack, so one with gambling would be preferable.
For a long time my husband has been taking dinner leftovers to work to save money on lunch. Recently I started making extra portions for a friend of his whose office is down the hall, so a few days each week we provide him with a lunch. He also loves saving the money on fast food, and enjoys the home-cooked fare. I love having this simple way to give back: My hands are too full right now to volunteer at soup kitchens or go on mission trips, but through my little one-man lunch ministry I’m able to bless someone else in some small way each week. I love it when God sends opportunities like that our way.
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