7 Quick Takes — 400 Posts!

7.

This is my 400th blog post.

Gosh. 400’s a lot of blog posts.

I started this blog in November 2008, just before getting married to Atticus.

Since the first time I hit “publish” I’ve gotten married, conceived two babies, given birth to one, and spilled a lot of virtual ink over just how stinkin’ hard it is. To be a Christian. A Mother. A woman.

Sometimes I wonder how I haven’t run out of things to talk about. Then I remember who I am and realize that will never happen.

6.

SO, to celebrate 400 posts, I want to turn the tables.

It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want to.

5.

I want to know who you are.

If you’re a regular reader or stumbled here fortuitously for blogging celebration day.

If you know me in real life or just the blogs (or both!).

Do you have a blog? Share a link in the comments so we can check you out and say howdy.

4.

So click on the comments and humor me, please.

Answer some questions for me. They’re easy, I promise.

I’ve been pouring myself out here at this little page for over three years, and I’d just love to know more about you all, who never cease to motivate me and cheer me on.

3.

The Questions:

Who are you?

Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious)

How and when did you find my blog?

What’s your favorite post I’ve written?

What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of?

Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better?

What’s your favorite book?

2.

If you’re a lurker but never left a comment, this post is for you! I’d love to know who you are.

When you leave a comment, I’ll enter you in a giveaway for a Mary Kay Satin Hands set!

I’ll draw a name at random on Sunday night.

1.

Thanks for sharing with me these last 3+ years and 400 posts. Here’s to 400 more!

Go see Jen for more quick takes.

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16 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes — 400 Posts!

  1. Hooray for 400 posts! Wow – that is a lot!! I’m thankful to be able to say that I know you as a blogger and in person – so thankful for that Endow study on suffering, despite how utterly heart-wrenching it was for me. Thank you for pouring out your heart and honestly describing so many of your challenges and accomplishments! Since I’m not a blogger, and writing is definitely not my strong suit, I live vicariously through your stories! I personally love your humor, and the beauty and eloquence with which you tackle the challenges to our faith today (both personal and cultural challenges.)

    Keep up the awesome work!

    P.S. One of my recent favorite books is “the Temperament God Gave You” it has been immensely helpful for me to grow in my faith, and to see other’s strengths and weaknesses in a more charitable light.

  2. Who are you? I’m Emily. You’ve been to my blog haha.

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) No but I will be next year :)

    How and when did you find my blog? I did last summer.. I don’t remember how. Maybe by 7 quick takes. But I could be wrong.

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? Your posts about PCOS. They give me hope!

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? I love seeing pictures of Maggie. They’re so cute. And I also like seeing PCOS posts (although you can only go so far with those haha)

    Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better? Not that I can think of !

    What’s your favorite book? The Hunger Games :)

    Congrats on 400 posts :D

  3. Loyal reader; I think I found your blog from Elizabeth’s. I’m Catholic and love your writing ~ whether it is about style, faith, family or when you share some of your poetry. We have yet to meet, but hopefully will someday ~ and I now have a pair of your boots.

    Congratulations on 400!

  4. Congratulations on your 400th post.

    Who are you? I’m Molly

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) Yep…from the cradle.

    How and when did you find my blog? I found your blog after we met at the Behold Conference.

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? I haven’t read many, but I liked your recap of the conference.

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? I don’t think I can fairly answer this having just started reading in the last week.

    Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better? See above

    What’s your favorite book? I have so many as I’ve always loved reading. Right now the one I tend to recommend to everyone because I adored it so much is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

    I’ve left my blog address below, but it’s private. If you’d like to read it, just shoot me an email. :)

  5. Ok, I’m going to try to comment again! I tried earlier and I kept getting an error notice!

    Yay for 400 posts! That’s awesome!

    I found your blog literally the day before Behold (or so I thought). Actually, I read your 98% post when someone tweeted about it, but I just recently made the connection. I’m quick like that!

    I’m Catholic (from the cradle on up). I’m trying to live my faith and learn (or relearn) what I was never taught (or forgot)!

    I’m just getting acquainted with your blog, but I love your writing style! I say keep it up just as you are!

  6. 400! Holy cow!! That’s awesome! Go you!

    Here got the questions:

    Who are you? Katie

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) Sure am.

    How and when did you find my blog? Oh I can’t even remember, 7 Quick Takes, Twitter, Cathsorority!

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? I believe it’s the 98% post but that’s a tough cell.

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? Well I’m a sucker for the Catholic/NFP stuff. (Shocking, I know!)

    Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better? None at all. :)

    What’s your favorite book? One of the Harry Potters. It’s hard to pick a favorite in that series though.

  7. Who are you? Michelle, we have been reading each other’s blogs for awhile :)

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) Practicing!

    How and when did you find my blog? Wow, we’ve been reading each other’s blogs since what…end of 2009 maybe? I am pretty sure I found you through some other Catholic blog. :)

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? I love pretty much everything you have written. I think your reversion story was great.

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? I like it when you tackle the Church teachings and political things.

    Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better? I really can’t…other than more of the Church teaching political type stuff. LOL

    What’s your favorite book? All of the Harry Potter books are up there but I probably liked the very last one the best.

  8. Who are you? jen of http://grace-filled.net

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) Nope — Lutheran.

    How and when did you find my blog? Through either Quick Takes or Cathsorority. (I have a number of friends who are part of it.)

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better? My blogging advice after 12 years: follow your bliss. Post on the things that make you passionate and work out your faith with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12b).

    What’s your favorite book? That’s a LONG list. Of what I’ve read recently, I’d say Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner.

  9. I’m your MIL. I am not Catholic, I am United Methodist. Atticus told me about your blog. I have printed many of your postings so that someday, for sure, your children can read them. (I still like to have things in paper form, not just on the internet.)
    I especially loved the post last fall that was based on your drive up to South Bend. I like all of your posts, but especially like the ones about religion.
    I love audio books because I can be read to while I drive. I like Harry Potter, books by Anne Tyler, books that I find at your house and at the homes of your sisters-in-law.
    Advice about your blog? No, just keep writing.
    About your writing? Write about a memoir.

  10. Hi!
    I’m a lurker who reads here intermittently.

    I can’t remember how i found this blog – maybe through 7 quick links? We have a similar history of sub/infertility/pregnancy loss and we have kiddos who are similar in age. I think my son is a bit older than your daughter.

    I am not catholic, but protestant – married to a PCA pastor.

    I’m not sure I have any comments about improving the blog or specific posts I’ve enjoyed, but generally enjoy hearing a perspective that is slightly different than my own.

    I am a big reader. I just finished The Borrowers series by Mary Norton and loved them. I had read them as a child and it was fun to come back. I’ve also enjoyed all the fiction written by N.D. Wilson – he has several youth novels that were wonderful to read. I also read an autobiography by Ira Wagler about his journey out of the Amish faith that was enjoyable. But my favorite book – that is a much tougher call. Maybe The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. Or The Brothers K by David James Duncan. Peace like a River by Leif Enger. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry (pretty much everything by Wendell Berry). Son of Laughter by Buechner.

    I guess that is all! Keep up the good work!

  11. My name is Marie and I was born and raised Catholic. I don’t have a blog myself, but I read a lot of them, and I was searching for blogs by 20-something Catholic women like me. No husband or kids yet for me, so I identify most with your posts about trying to be a faithful Catholic in everyday life. I do learn from reading about your experiences as a mom, but I am just at a little different place in my life right now. Anyway, I really enjoy your blog!

  12. Who are you? Beth Anne from Thecatholiccouponer.com

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) yes, cradle catholic! Don’t think I could be another religion :)

    How and when did you find my blog? Today someone in #CathSorority posted a link :)

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? I haven’t read anything yet I’m going to say the 98% since that is what everyone is saying but I LOVE 7QT they are fun and easy to read.

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? I don’t know how about a series of some kind? I love blog series. Maybe one where you find a bunch of guest writers too.

    Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better? Guest writers? Giveaways? I’m still new here.

    What’s your favorite book? The Harry Potter series haha

  13. Who are you? Sarah-wife-mother of 2 girls (1 & 4)

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) yes

    How and when did you find my blog? catholic mothers online- a few months ago

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? 98% —

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? always love the ones about family life and the church

    Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better? I think you are doing a great job

    What’s your favorite book? Surrender–Fr. Larry Richards, Tuesdays with Morrie

  14. I thought of a suggestion: I would like to read some writings related to the death penalty and to uneven sentencing laws or uneven sentencing by judges. I guess the theme would be “justice in the courts”.

  15. Who are you? Liz P. – You were my RA my sophomore/your junior year at the Mount.

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) yes

    How and when did you find my blog? Facebook

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? I love the 7 quick takes & the Maggie posts (she’s just so freaking cute)

    Do you have any suggestions or advice for how I can make FTG better?
    As someone who disagrees with you on a lot of things (politics particularly) I like how you don’t make me want to not come back, which a lot of other blogs have.

    What’s your favorite book?
    I finished the Hunger Games and they were awesome, but one I keep going back to is the Red Tent.

  16. Who are you? I’m Katie.

    Are you Catholic? (I’m just curious) Yes.

    How and when did you find my blog? I found your blog hyperlinked in one of Matthew Warner’s posts on Fallible Blogma.

    What’s your favorite post I’ve written? I really enjoy your posts that you approach with a newspaper in one hand and a Bible or the Catechism in the other. ;)

    What kind of posts would you like to see more (or less) of? I’d really like to see posts on the Triduum and Catholic moral teaching…but nothing I’d like to see less of.

    What’s your favorite book? There are No Shortcuts – Rafe Esquith, Mastery Instruction – Madeline Hunter, Mere Christianity – Lewis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare…everything by Wally Lamb.

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