7 Quick Takes: A John 17 Moment, Birth Announcement, and a Fundraiser

7 Quick Takes

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Calling all NFP people! My friend Kate is trying to raise the funds for her tuition to become a Creighton practitioner. For those who aren’t NFP people, the Creighton model is one of the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP). I know a number of people who have used it to successfully avoid pregnancy as well as some who have used it to achieve pregnancy. There’s a need for practitioners in the Portland area and Kate would fill that need perfectly. I know the $4000 she has to raise seems like a lot but that’s 400 people giving $10 or 40 people giving $100 or some kind of combination like that.

**UPDATE** She has a giveaway to help raise the funds.

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That Lenten discipline that I should probably be choosing. Lent is coming up during the first full week of March and there are starting to be posts about what to choose for your discipline. Two good ones are here and here.

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Penny is here!!!! I am so happy to announce the birth of “Penny”, the daughter of Stacy of Catholic and Crunchy. She is absolutely precious and her safe birth is the answer to 9 months of prayer.

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Argh. Daniel decided to poke the lenses out of his glasses and I can’t find them. Could you pray that we find them? I’m also open to people talking to St. Anthony of Padua about this one. 😉

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A John 17 moment. Bishop Tony Palmer of the CEEC has connections to both Kenneth Copeland and the Roman Catholic Church. This video explains the convergence of those ties as Pope Francis recorded a video and it was shown at the KCM Winter Revival. This is a long video but it’s worth it to see how Catholicism and Pentecostalism converge.

If you can’t wait to see the video from Pope Francis, it can be found below but I really think you need to watch the whole 45 minutes above because the back story is fifteen times better than the video of Francis himself.

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Orphans. Do you see these beautiful children?

L-R: Brett and Iris
BrettIris

Brett still needs a mama. Iris finally has a family committed to her and they were supposed to have met her on the 29th.

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Special intention. For those who are praying for us, please pray for me to forgive those who I perceive as having wronged me and for discernment for all parties in how to proceed. Thanks!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at ConversionDiary.Com.

The Immediate Book Meme (vol. 1)

Simcha Fisher did this so I thought I’d give it a try! Props to the folks at Darwin Catholic for coming up with it.

1. What book are you reading now?

Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber.

2. What book did you just finish?

In Good Company by James Martin, S.J.

3. What do you plan to read next?

Not sure. I need to go through my NOOK and figure that out.

4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

Fearless by Max Lucado.

5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

There are a few books coming out this spring from Fr. Jim Martin, Elizabeth Esther, and Jen Fulwiler that I’m looking forward to reading.

6. What is your current reading trend?

Spiritual autobiography featuring Catholics, specifically Jesuits, with a few murder mysteries thrown in for good measure.

Five Favorites: Camp Songs

Five Favorites

Why yes, it is past my bedtime. I think I’ll troll YouTube for videos of my favorite camp songs! And no, none of these videos feature me — I pay good money to suppress the ones involving me leading songs. 🙂

One

The Penguin Song. I have memories of standing outside Marianne’s in college singing this with my Bible study.

Two

The Banana Slug Song. I’m a proud UCSC alum (our mascot is the fighting banana slug) and I’ve actually kissed one. (I was a Girl Scout camp counselor, OK?)

Three

Every Move I Make. I originally learned this in Intervarsity and sang it a bunch while helping with VBS and at church camp.

Four

Pharaoh, Pharaoh. Best camp song ever! I sang this almost 25 years ago at church camp and have taught it at various camps, VBS, and in First Communion instruction. (Our First Communion classes love it.)

Five

Baby Shark. I sang a slightly different version of this one but I love watching these boys making fools of themselves. 😉

Go love up Christy (who is guest-hosting this week) and the others.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 16, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY February 16, 2014

Outside my window… dark. It was in the 60’s today though and it rained overnight in San Jose where I was this weekend.

I am thinking… about too many things that I can’t change right now. I’m reminding myself that nothing looks good at 11:30 p.m. at all.

I am thankful… for the weekend with my parents and that Mom took over Daniel care this morning when I fell asleep on the couch.

In the kitchen… nothing as I’m too stressed to eat.

I am wearing… light blue v-neck and running shorts.

I am praying for… peace, strength, consolation, and discernment concerning a situation in my personal life. (Translation: I can’t talk about it on the blog.)

I am going… to hope Daniel sleeps in tomorrow as it took an act of God to get him to go to sleep tonight.

I am reading… nothing this minute. I read In Good Company by James Martin, S.J. over the weekend and need to charge my NOOK.

I am hoping… to be productive tomorrow.

I am looking forward to… my nail appointment on Wednesday.

I am hearing the Roomba vacuuming the living room and hallway.

Around the house… Jon will be cleaning as my Valentine’s Day gift. (My “love language” is acts of service.)

A favorite quote for today… “I think I’ll invite a curling team over, equip them with Swiffers and a Roomba, see how clean my house can get.” — my friend Ann

One of my favorite things… ginger ale. My mom sent me home with some to see if it would help my stomach.

A few plans for the rest of the week: ABA therapy in the afternoons from Tuesday to Friday, Morning Prayer on Tuesday, nail appointment on Wednesday, and heading back down to San Jose on Friday evening.

A peek into my day… Daniel with my parents’ cat Homer.

Homer and Daniel

Hosted by The Simple Woman’s Daybook

Words for Today

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
–1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

7 Quick Takes: Secret $tarbux Menu, Health Grumping, and the Olympics.

7 Quick Takes

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Secret menu at $tarbux. This is probably not as cool as the secret menu at In-n-Out but it’s cool to know that $tarbux has a secret menu of drinks that baristas can make.

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Tom Brokaw. Tom Brokaw is battling multiple myeloma which is the same cancer that my father-in-law has been fighting for 4 years. I’ll be interested to hear the various ways he will treat it, having been privy to what is going on in research on this cancer in the last few years.

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Olympics. The Opening Ceremony was interesting and I’ve had fun watching the snowboarding and slopestyle-skiing. I’m kind of meh about the figure-skating in all honesty though I’m kind of amused that Yevegny Plushenko had to drop out, especially because there was a controversy with him being given too generous scores in the team competition. I’m kind of rooting for the Filipino male skater who qualified for the medals round because it would be cool if he made the podium.

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Grumping. The mutant death cold that took my voice away last week evolved into a respiratory infection so I was put on Augmentin. Well, Augmentin caused ummm… a secondary problem so I had to have two doses of Diflucan called in. Have I mentioned that taking Augmentin and Diflucan together does not do good things to my stomach? I’m hoping that all of this eventually gets cleared up — I’m not getting much done on errands because I’m so tired and needing to sleep. Let’s not even go into why my fibro started flaring at this point…

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Special intention. For those praying for my special intention, we’re still needing prayers for discernment. Please and thank-you. 🙂

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The Jen Lancaster book. I’m having to put The Tao of Martha aside because it’s just really not holding my attention. I mean, it’s funny in its own way but it’s not really piquing my interest because I hate domestic things and Martha Stewart falls into that category. I’ll be sending it back to my mother-in-law who is a Martha Stewart groupie and will get a whole lot more out of it.

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Orphans. Do you see these beautiful children?

L-R: Brett and Iris
BrettIris

Brett still needs a mama. Iris finally has a family committed to her and they were supposed to have met her on the 29th.

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at ConversionDiary.Com.

Five Favorites: Love Songs

Five Favorites

Friday is Valentine’s Day so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite love songs.

One

“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. This is my favorite “make out” song. It’s completely innocent and sweet.

Two

“Love Has A Hold On Me” by Amy Grant. This was my first slow dance with my husband Jon.

Three

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. Elvis is the king for a reason.

Four

“All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sarah Brightman was the original “Christine” and Josh Groban is just dreamy. I’m not enamored with Sarah Brightman but I love Josh Groban.

Five

“Take Her in Your Arms” by Andy M. Stewart and Manus Lunny. This is “our” song. Jon had a CD of various Celtic songs (I think it was “The Celts Will Rise Again” or something like that) and this was on it. It’s funny and it talks about all these people making the most silly romantic mistakes and how all you need is to “take her in your arms and tell her that you love her”.

Go love up Hallie and the others.