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7 Quick Takes Friday: Double Trouble!

So, ok. I just have one take this week, followed by 6 takes of me freaking out about the first take.

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I had my 7 weeks ultrasound yesterday morning.

I was laying there on the table, and couldn’t see the screen, and the tech was quiet for a few minutes, so I started freaking out internally.

Then she looks at us, very matter-of-factly, and says,

“So. You’re having twins.”

TWINS!

As in, two babies.

You know, one more than one.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Two babies. Two little heartbeats.

Two sacs, and most likely, two placentas.

Apparently that makes this the lowest-risk twin pregnancy, which is wonderful, since I’m high risk to start with.

Two babies, due on Maggie’s 3rd birthday.

God’s sense of humor.

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So, Atticus is sitting next to me, holding my hand. Could have knocked him over with a feather.

Of course we knew there was a slightly higher chance of twins with clomid (7% is the number we were given, as opposed to less than 5% chance with non-clomid pregnancies), but still. 7%. That means you have a 93% chance of not having twins. I just assumed there would only be one, especially since I was on a low dose!

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That was basically my reaction. Except, you know, I was laying on a table with an ultrasound wand in my hoo-ha.

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Elf is somehow appropriate since all three of our children will be born in December. Probably only a few weeks apart. Most expensive month ever. We couldn’t be happier!

My hair is not that long. But pretty much.

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I have a feeling its a boy and a girl. Only because with my first pregnancy I had a feeling right away he was a boy. With Maggie I had a feeling right away she was a girl. And this time I had a feeling….there were both. O_o

So if I turn int the world’s worst blogger for a while, now you know why.

I’m growing two humans. Amazing.

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That’s all. Happy Weekend and go see Jen for more quick takes!

7 Quick Takes Friday

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This week I attended my very first Mother’s Day tea at Maggie’s pre-school. Oh my goodness is was so sweet. Homemade placemats for mom and Maggie, handprint flower centerpieces, decorate your own cookies, and macaroni necklaces. So fancy.

I also had a homemade flower corsage.

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Speaking of Mother’s Day. We’re going to my favorite restaurant for this year, same as we did the last two years with M. It’s Traders Point Creamery, and it is a locally-sourced restaurant and dairy bar that is at an organic dairy farm. So much fun! It actually makes me forget that I kinda sorta hate Mother’s Day.

Oh, and the best chocolate ice cream ever. Nothing like eating ice cream when you can see the cows the milk came from.

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Three years ago this week we had just returned from our amazing trip to Rome and were getting moved into our new house.

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Three years ago, when we got back from Rome, we had just found out that Maggie existed and was snuggled in my womb. It was such a beautiful, amazing time, though I was a nervous wreck wondering how long she would be with us, nervously awaiting the first ultrasound.

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Nearly three years to the day we learned that I was pregnant with Maggie, we learned that

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We are humbled and overjoyed to announce a little brother or sister is on the way!!

Exactly 12 cycles after we started trying, and on a cycle during which I took clomid pre-peak and hcg injections post-peak, we are so grateful to God for this gift of a baby.

I am taking supplemental progesterone for the first trimester, and my blood draws have shown good numbers, for which we are grateful. I have an ultrasound one week from today (7 weeks) to see everything and check it all out.

Please keep me in your prayers, if I can ask, since I am a nervous wreck until I hear that heartbeat.

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In an interesting turn of events, this baby’s due date is:

12/28/2013

otherwise known as, Maggie’s 3rd birthday!

Crazy.

I’ll be induced a week early because of the diabeetus, but still. Crazy.

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I told Maggie that Mommy is going to have a baby and she said,

“Brother and sister”

to which I responded,

“Well, we are probably just going to have one baby.”

To which she replied,

“Just sister.”

How do you explain that God chooses to a 2 year old? Any ideas?

So, we’re super excited and feeling very humbled by this gift, and very grateful. While I did not share “publically” that I was pregnant with Maggie until the first trimester ended, I wanted to take a different approach this time. I think part of me thought that if I shared early on, that this might somehow doom the pregnancy, since we shared super early with my pregnancy which ended in miscarriage.

But this time, I just want to celebrate this little life for as long as he or she is with us, whether it is the rest of our lives or the next few weeks. The life is no less precious to us if our baby is only here a short time. Thus, the early announcement.

And this way I can beg for prayers, for which I am so grateful!

Happy weekend and go see Jen for more quick takes!

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week’s quick takes are dedicated to stuff I love. I keep meaning to participate in Hallie’s Five Favs, but then Tuesday always sneaks up on me and I miss it. What’s up with that, Tuesday?

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This.
Oh my goodness, this. Hands down, the best angry cat.
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This stuff. I recently discovered Zen green tea. It has lemongrass and spearmint in it, and makes it so delicious.
But please, don’t misunderstand. Nothing can ever take the place of my true love.


Look, coffee gave me a rose. I knew it loved me too.

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Maxi skirts and dresses.
Seriously. You’re draped in lightweight fabric, look put together, and don’t have to shave your legs. What could be better than this?
I now have four maxi dresses and one skirt.
Love it. Can’t wait to wear it with a white tank top and my coral chunky necklace. Sigh.
Once the warm weather ever gets here (come on Indiana) expect a lot of WIWS to feature maxi goodness.
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The Storyteller
Just finished this book last week. Oh my goodness. It is so good. I read the whole thing in abour 4 days.
It’s a story about the Holocaust, forgiveness, and family. Do it.
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My new crockpot.
Sadly our first crockpot bit the dust. Actually, what happened is, Atticus somehow managed to shatter the glass lid. I’m still not entirely sure how it happened, but in my cursory research in looking for just a lid online, it is actually cheaper to buy a new one. Such is the way of modern life.
There she is. This one is a slight upgrade too. It has clamps on the handle to lock it on, and handles for taking the food with you to a party or something. This one also has a timer, so it automatically turns to warm when the cooking time is finished. Love it.
I made this awesome recipe from Pinterest on Monday. We did not have it with rice, because it turned out sort of like a stew, so we ate it with copious amounts of tortilla chips. So good.
Today I am trying my hand at Artisan bread in the crock pot. I know, I sounded skeptical too. But I trust the ABin5MD (Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day) people. I already have the book. I tried about a year ago to do a lot of bread making, but my oven has problems with getting hot enough for their method. So I am super pumped to try the crock-pot.
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The Voice.
I know. I know. I am outing myself as a big fan of The Voice, that cheesy reality show featuring the golden retriever of the country music world, Blake Shelton, and Shakira. I like Shakira so much more than Christina Aguliera on the show, but I have a really hard time understanding a lot of what she says. And yet, I still like her so much more than Xtina. Then there’s Adam Levine, whose voice sounds like a girl.
And Usher.
I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I’ve had the teeniest crush on Usher since….oh, high school. You know, as opposed to this guy:
Have not had a crush on him since high school.  But very funny.
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Dark Chocolate.
I found a new chocolate that I am obsessed with.
Sea Salt Soiree is its name. Sounds sophistocated. Like I ought to be eating a square of it while I drink a glass of bubbly wearing silk PJs.
Really I eat a square of it with tea or coffee and while I’m wearing yoga pants.
Got it at Target, for those so inclined towards Sea Salt Soiree.
It has sea salt and roasted almonds in the 72% dark chocolate. I died.
What are you loving these days??
Also, Jen is back today! Head on over and see some more awesome quick takes!
Happy Weekend!

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week’s quick takes are going to be quick. Imagine that.

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My dear friend and Maggie’s godmother Elizabeth visited this week! We had a lot of fun drinking mango margaritas and wine, taking our kids to the Children’s Museum, and watching awesome TV shows like Say Yes to the Dress and Parks and Rec. Be jealous.

It was sweet. And Maggie told us she “needed some wine”. Am I winning or what?

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I have a cd of ACDC that I love to listen to in the car. Apparently Maggie likes it too.

As we were driving to playdate this morning, Back in Black came on. Maggie said, “Mommy, Maggie likes this song.”

Damn straight. My Mother of the Year award can be mailed any time now.

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We had a very successful library trip this week, for both Maggie and myself.

Maggie found a stash of Dr. Seuss books, including The Lorax, If I Ran the Zoo, To Think It Happened on Mulberry Street, and a non-Seuss called Isabella’s Garden.

Mommy found two Agatha Christie books (The Secret Adversary and Poirot Investigates), Dorothy Day’s biography of St. Therese, and Simplicty Parenting.

Libraries are awesome.

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I am going to my very first 31 party tomorrow. I’m excited because I have been noticing these cute bags for a while now.

If you have any of them, what kind and what do you think of it? I’m in the market for a mid-size cooler type bag, and a tote I can use for the farmer’s market.

Cute!

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Our home is offering many prayers for the people of Boston and West, Texas after the tragedies. Seriously America, what a crappy week.

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I just have to say, and I am getting zero compensation or anything for saying this, that the Pioneer Woman Cooks Food From My Frontier cookbook is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I have made about 15 recipes from the book and have yet to be disappointed with even one.

In the last 2 months that I’ve had the book, I’ve made sloppy joes, lemon-blueberry pancakes, tres leches cake, pork chops, shrimp and bell pepper quesadillas, mango margaritas, crash hot potatoes, brownies, lemon garlic shirimp, bacon corn chowder, chicken parmesan and a few others. All of them good. Every last one.
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Tomorrow begins the novena to St. Gianna. I usually say one every year. If you’d like to join me, here is the novena. If you have any special intentions, especially fertility related, please leave a comment or send me a message and I will add them to my own. We are praying for a sibling for Maggie, if it is God’s will.
St. Gianna, pray for us!
Happy weekend and go see Grace who is hosting quick takes this week.

7 Quick Takes Friday

It’s Friday again, and here we are.

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Atticus and I are re-doing our room. I decided at the end of last cycle that I need a project, since “Project fill Sarah’s empty womb” is going so well,  something else is required to distract me from the dismal failure of above endeavor.

We have a sweet room. Our house is old. It was built in 1936, back when middle-class people had two bedroom homes, regardless of the number of children they had.

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Here’s a picture of a picture of our house. Taken with the original owners out front.

When the house was built, it had two bedrooms on the main floor. The owners before us (I think), finished half of the attic and made it a master bedroom suite.

So we have a huge bedroom with a walk-in closet and our own bathroom. It has also been woefully empty for a while, with tons of dead space because neither of us has ever had a room this large. Not sure how to fill it.

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There’s a little nook which is the perfect size for a sitting area, so we got a little loveseat for our nook. Old houses have lots of nooks, and I love them.

This loveseat is awesome. The cushions are filled with down feathers. I sat down on it and didn’t move for 15 minutes, which was awkward since we were in someone else’s house. It’s the perfect color. And we found it on Craigs List for less than 10% of its original $5,000 price tag.

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So comfy.

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The yellow walls you see behind you are being painted a color called Artesian Well.

It goes on more of a blue-green. I’ll post photos when we start painting.
The accent colors are oatmeal, teal, coral, and cocolate brown.
I’m so stinking excited. Will do a whole post just on the room re-do when it’s all over.
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I got a pair of red TOMS for my birthday back in February, and then we had more winter and I couldn’t wear them. I was sad.
Then spring finally came, and I have been wearing them non-stop. Maggie loves them. She says when I put them on:
“Mommy’s toms shoes. Maggie like toms shoes. Maggie’s toms shoes?”
Did you know they make them for toddlers??
These bad boys are on their way as we speak:
It was fortuitous that they have free shipping right now, as M’s sneakers are just barely fitting on her feet and its time for some new ones. Yes!
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After having a terrible time with my HCG injections last cycle (as in, they didn’t work and I was mad), this cycle has been better.
Two down, two to go.
Please pray nothing goes wrong between now and Monday, which is the day of the p+9 last injection.
Also please pray I resist the temptation to POAS, since I don’t know what would be worse at this point than getting a false positive.
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I haven’t written about IF much lately, mostly because….I don’t feel like there’s much else to say other than
Still not pregnant. Still sucks. The end.
But, if this cycle ends in defeat (which it probably will), then I will be writing a post with some thoughts I’ve had on this whole ttc thing. If this cycle ends with, well, another cycle beginning, then it will be 12 cycles completed. 12 months TTC and 12 cycles. And there’s stuff there. Most of it is not pretty. But I’m sure I will feel the need to take stock.
Till then, I’m going to try and “enjoy” the 2ww and cling to some small sliver of hope that this might be the cycle. Yeah. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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Speaking of other people having babies, Jen had her sweet baby.
Go on over there and see for yourself! And go see Grace today for more Quick Takes!
Happy Weekend.

7 Quick Takes: My Favorite Posts and A Giveaway!

This week, in honor of my 500th blog post, I’m going to highlight my 7 favorite posts from the last 4 years.

Also, also, there’s still time to enter the giveaway for two awesome books and some yummy scrubs and lotions! The books being given are an autographed copy of Kate Wicker’s Weightless: Making Peace with your Body and my all-time favorite homemaking book, Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom.

To enter the giveaway, comment on the giveaway post and answer this question: What book, Catholic or not, has impacted your spiritual life the most?If you like Fumbling Toward Grace on Facebook, fumble2grace on Twitter, or re-tweet the giveaway, you can be entered an additional time for each. Just comment back here and let me know!

The giveaway closes tonight at midnight and I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

Now on to the posts:

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The post where I explain why I am pro-life.

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The post-partum post where I put it all out there on the table. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Mothering is not for the faint of heart.

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My thoughts on how long the culture of death will continue.

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On how to mother when your own mother is gone.

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One in which I use my graduate degree to talk about social justice and Catholic social teachings.

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This post, composed on our third anniversary, last January.

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How my Maggie rescued me.

Happy weekend and go see Jen for more quick takes!

7 Quick Takes Friday: Weird But True

I don’t know if you all had a chance to see Jen’s post the other day, with 5 things we didn’t know about her, and her asking “What was the most formative experience of your life?” to her readers. The comment thread is interesting and in some places, heartbreaking. It’s a beautiful post in its entirety.

Anyway, her words got me thinking about formative experiences, and things you all might not know about me. I’ve been writing here for over 4 years now, but I think there are still one or two skeletons rattling around in ye old closet. Let’s see if I can find 7!

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My tattoo. If you’ve been around here since the get-go, you might know that I have a tattoo. If you’re new, surprise! Friendly neighborhood blogger is inked.

And I liked it. I still like it. No, I don’t regret it at all.

I have a tattoo of the rosary on my left shoulder blade/upper back. I got it when I was a senior in college and a friend who had several tattoos went with me. I used to have a picture of me getting it done, complete with my red hair, ripped jeans, and bright aqua chuck talylors, but it was lost in the great computer crash of 2007.

So here’s one from our wedding reception:

0492-DSC_6220That’s me, in the white dress.

Sometimes I forget its there, since I have had it for 8 years and I can’t see it most of the time. I think it is about in the perfect place. I can easily cover it when I need to, and easily show it when I want to.

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Running. I have tried running several times. I don’t really like it, but I can sort of do it, and I think I would like it. The problem is, when I try to run for more than about 3 minutes at a time, I break out into hives.

I so wish I was joking.

My body seems to have this problem where, if my body temperature gets above a certain point, I break out into hives. It happens about every other time I run for more than a few minutes. It happens if I spent too much time in direct sunlight on a hot day, even if I’m only walking. So.

The first time it happened was when I was a junior in college and moving things out of my dorm, on a hot day and from the 3rd floor. So awkward.

For 9 years. 9 years. If I immediately stop what I’m doing, I can usually keep them from getting worse. If I keep going, then I need to take benadryl, which we all know results in passing out no matter what you need to be awake to do.

So, running.

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Get the Led out!

I am a hug classic rock fan. Big time. It all started with a Bon Jovi cd when I was in 5th grade. Then I stumbled upon a box full of my mother’s cassette tapes (remember those?), full of The Eagles, Eric, Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Led Zeppelin. I was hooked.

When I found Bruce Springsteen, it was all over.

I am convinced that 99% of great music was recorded before I was born, or shortly there after.

If there’s a good classic rock station, that’s all I need. Give me some ZZ Top, ACDC, and a little Queen and I will drive anywhere, cook anything, or clean all the things.

Hey guys, I know it was the ’70’s, but maybe just button the shirts, k? Otherwise, rock on.
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I have continuously kept some kind of journal or diary since I was 8 or 9 years old. I’ve burned more than one of them. Far too much incriminating evidence.
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Chicago
It looks like this about 5-10 days per year. Best days.
I moved to Chicago a month after I graduated from college, from a town with more cows than people, to the 3rd largest city in America. By myself. I worked as a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher on the south side for just under a year.  Yeah.
So not me.
If you replaced that leather jacket and mom jeans with an outfit that doesn’t suck, and then picture that woman running screaming from the building into intensive therapy, then you’ve got an accurate picture of that year. I don’t talk about it on here very much.
But seriously.
Working in that school made me realize:
(1) just how blessed even my life had been, because where I lived and went to school was, at bare minimum, safe.
(2) I am not cut out to be a classroom teacher, though I do love education and educating. With children in a classroom, maybe not so much.
(3) There is so much beauty in the midst of so much suffering.
(4) Children are children, even when the circumstances of their lives have forced them to act as tiny adults.
(5) School dysfunction is very real, and has many factors, which all feed off of and into one another. If a school has a terrible principal, it will be a terrible school, because good teachers will leave. If a school has good, supportive administration, even rookie teachers will be able to succeed, because they will have the support and tools they need. The amount of money that a school has available is only a small fraction of the equation which will determine the success of the school and its students.
Yes, I learned a lot about myself and about life from that experience. The place I lived in was broken into (while I was home) for the first time ever in my 21 years of living. 90% of my 12 year old students had experienced break-ins. Like Pope Francis, I learned a lot from riding public transit through some of the most crime-ridden and economically depressed places in America. I met beautiful people there.
Even though I tell people I “grew up” in Scranton, I really “grew up” in Chicago, where I lived for another two years after I stopped teaching, and where we lived when we got married.

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I’m sort of a netflix-aholic.  I don’t really watch any shows that are on tv now, except Biggest Loser. I find a series on netflix and work my through it. Since we got Netflix, two months before Maggie was born, I have watched the following shows:

LOST (again)Desperate Housewives
Veronica Mars (sadly no longer on netflix)
Bones
Every episode of just about every Investigation Discovery show
Alias
Fraiser
Pretty Little Liars (watched seasons 1-2 can’t see the current ones because we don’t get ABC “Family”)
Terra Nova (I really liked this one but it only had 20 epidoses)
Downton Abbey (only have seen season 1 on netflix, waiting to borrow season 2 from a friend)
The West Wing (working through it with Atticus)
Supernatural (working my way through it now)

What shows am I missing? What’s your favorite tv show?

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I will post my 500th blog post next week! I can’t believe it. I started this little blog in November 2008, two months before Atticus and I got married. I’v changed and grown a lot. A lot of life has happened, and most of it has been documented here.

Even more amazingly, you all have stuck by me and stayed with me all this time. I want to do something special as a way of saying thank you to all my lovely readers, so be sure to check back next week for a giveaway!

Hope you all have a happy weekend!

7 Quick Takes Friday – A Pope, A Sale, and Books

Hello, hello friends. I haven’t gotten it together enough to do a QT in a while, so bully for me this week. What a week it’s been! We have a Pope, and I love him already.

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Pope Francis! He’s a Jesuit from Argentina. Woah. Apparently he’s very humble, devout, and eschews pomp and circumstance as much as possible, preferring simplicity, much like his namesake, St. Francis Assisi.

My favorite meme:

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What really won me over was hearing him described as “deeply humble, doctrinally orthodox, and a champion of social justice.” YES.
YES.
YES.
Also, I forsee a 500% increase of the use of the name Francis/Frances for Catholic babies born in the next year or so. I am so all over Mary Frances if I ever manage to get knocked up again.
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This conclave was so emotional for me. Back in 2005, I was a junior in college and just starting to get back to my faith. I was all, “Oh, a new pope. Ok. Women priests. Whatever.”
So I didn’t watch the conclave, or the opening of the doors, etc. I don’t even know where my head was.
This time, though, I was glued to the news feed on EWTN, wating for the smoke to appear. And when it did, I cried like a baby.
Then I sat glued to the tv, waiting for those doors to open and Pope Francis to emerge. More tears. God is good to his Church.
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Remember last week I talked about the Papal Lapbook on Shower of Roses blog?
We made it! We actually finished it all up on Wednesday morning, just in time for the white smoke and new pope.
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View from the outside
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View of the right flap, and middle of the extension page
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View of the left flap and middle extension page (sorry its blurry — iPhone!)
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Top of the extension page
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Maggie’s big contribution: purple and green St. Peter’s!
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Mini-book detailing the conclave and voting procedures.
It was quite a bit of work, but so worth it. We will use this lapbook for years to come to learn about the popes and how this whole thing works. I even learned a few new things while I was looking some things up for it.
Maggie loves “pope book” as she calls it.
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On Wednesday evening I went out with a few friends to an upscale consignment sale. It was so fun, and we got some really great deals on wonderful baby/toddler things.
I got Maggie some great, gently used spring/summer clothes from brands likes Gymboree (my favorite!), Janie and Jack, Gap, Old Navy, Matilda Jane, and some brand new things from Target.
ALSO, I am so stinking excited. I found a Pottery Barn Kids quilt, pillow, and crib bumper set for less than the cost of a new quilt only! And it hardly looks used at all.
It’s great because we can use the quilt and pillow now for M’s toddler bed, and then if we ever have another girl, we can re-use the whole set for crib bedding since it has the bumper. It was a seriously great find. Also, the sheets we already have for M’s bed match the quilt because they’re pink too. Perfect!
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Penelope
I LOVE it. It’s actually the very pattern I was looking at when I went to PBK a few weeks ago, dreaming. Love pink and green together.
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Our spring book basket!
I decided after reading about book baskets on the Shower of Roses, to try one here. Maggie has a seriously jacked up library for a 2 year old. We keep 90% of her books in her room, on shelves. We keep one big basket out in the play area portion of the living room. Usually it’s just a mish-mash of books, but I thought, why not try a theme basket?
So we decided on a spring/baby animal/garden theme. There are also a few Easter books (we need more!) in the basket too.
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Books include:
Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors (library)
Doing the Garden (library)
Waiting for Wings
The Giant Treasury of Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
In the Garden board book
Spot’s First Picnic
Busy Bunnies board book
Here We Go ‘Round the Year: A Book About Months
Baby Farm Animals (Little Golden Book)
Richard Scarry’s The Bunny Book (Little Golden Book)
The Story of Easter – Patricia Pingry
My First Catechism: The Catholic Faith for Little Ones
All Creatures Great and Small (this book is the traditional song with amazing illustrations of all the animals and plants. So beautiful)
I’m hoping to add some more Easter books to the basket. Any suggestions?
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That’s all!
Happy weekend and WooHooo new pope!

7 Quick Takes Friday

No books this week. I mean, I love books. I have them. Lots of them. Just none today.

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Very exciting friends! Tomorrow I’m travelling to Peoria IL with the wonderful Leanne for a blogger meet-up, Mass, dinner, and a talk with the lovely Lisa Schmidt and Sr. Helena Burns. I get to hang out with Marie and finally meet Dianna and Bonnie So excited!

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I ended up with a free afternoon today, so I treated myself to mani/pedi. I tried the gel manicure that everyone is talking about. Wow. It dries fast and doesn’t chip. She said it could last 2 weeks. I sure hope so! They even had my favorite color; OPI I’m Not Really A Waitress red.

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Did I tell you about the best red wine ever?

No?

It’s Apothic Red. A friend brought it to book club a while ago and I am hooked. I’m not a red wine girl. My motto when it comes to wine (after, “Is this a joke? Get me a bigger glass!”) is “the sweeter the better”.

But Apothic Red is a blended wine. It’s just a little sweet, but avoids the striking dryness of other reds, which made me not like them.

So good.
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Do you have any game ideas for two players?
We have Scrabble, Scattergories, and Carmen SanDiego (don’t judge). Any others you can think of?
Also, remember these guys:
500 coolness points to the first person to name them!
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So, thanks for all the love on my post yesterday on Humiliation and Trust. It’s hard sometimes to write about infertility, for the very reason that it is humiliating and it’s like cutting open a vein and letting it bleed on the page. The results are not pretty. But the Catholic world needs to know that it’s not all honeymoon babies and 12 passenger vans, and that couple in the pew with only one child may not be the contracepting “cafeteria” Catholics you think they are.
Also, in case it was lost in the post, I’m not sorry for one minute that I am living my life, with its crosses and sorrows. I don’t wish I could trade with anyone reading this who has normal fertility. I love my life, my family. I just wish sometimes that I could get pregnant without needing to utilize the technology required for the space program, is all.
Easier to launch this than to get me pregnant
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Thanks to all of you for voting for me in the “Sheenazing” blog awards. Alas, I did not win in the “most inspiring blog” category. However, if you head on over to the Sheenazing page, you can find some excellent blogs to devour your time.
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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and safe travels for those who are heading out to Peoria this weekend!
Go see Jen for more quick takes!

7 Quick Takes Friday

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First off, prayers for Jen.

If you haven’t heard, Jen Fulwiler, creater of 7 Quick Takes, blogger extrordinare, very nice person, and mom of five (with one on the way), was recently hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism in both lungs (blood clots). She has a clotting disorder which she has to treat with very pricey injections when she is pregnant. She was hospitalized for a few days, and it was a bit touch and go, but she has been sent home with meds to treat the PE’s, and instructions for treatment for the remainder of the pregnancy (I think she is due in March or April).

Please pray she continues to heal and makes a full recovery, and for her lovely young family who needs her very much.

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Now on to more happy events.

I hoped so hard for a white Christmas, and we got one! In fact, it was so white that Atticus’ whole family was snowed in at our house for two days. Maggie also got to experience playing in the snow for the first time, since last winter we never had enough at once to really play in.

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She loves her snowpants and asks to wear them around the house now.

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Of course Santa came to our house, and Maggie was pretty impressed.

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The tricycle was from Santa and the hat and gloves a present from her Auntie Gloria.

Then, inside a big box there was lots of magic to be found:

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A Belle dress (always Belle), purse, necklaces and bracelets (or as she calls them, Jewels), and wand from Great-grandpa and Great-grandma.

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Then on the 28th, it was Maggie’s birthday. Our little love is now 2 years old. I can hardly believe how much she has changed and grown. She fills our hearts and our home with so much joy.

We took her to the Children’s Museum where her Aunt and Uncle met us for some carusel riding and hot weels car racing. A lot of fun was had!

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I had such a hard time getting her to stand still long enough to get a good picture; too much fun! This was in line for the carusel.

After the museum it was pizza at our favorite local place and a dessert of ice cream (her favorite).

For her birthday Maggie got some lovely things, including a Toy Story Mr. Potato Head set from Grandma and a Little People Disney Princess singing castle from Mom and Dad.

I have spent a lot of time organizing, moving and sorting toys to make room for the new ones! Next year I will sort and move the old before Christmas!

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Then, our Anniversary extravaganza weekend! On Sunday, we went to the Colts vs. Texans game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Please excuse my lumpy cheek, I was battling a tooth infection which swelled my face up the whole weekend!

It was cold outside by 70 degrees in the stadium. Best of all, in addition to the Colts winning, our coach, Chuck Pagano, came back to his position for the first time in three months, since being diagnosed with cancer. He is now in remission. It was such a fun day!

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On the 31st, we continued the celebration by going to see Les Miserables. I had seen the broadway production as a high school senior (ie 11 years ago), and Atticus was only vaguely familiar with the story. I had heard quite a few people say how good it was.

Oh my.

After we walked out of the theater (which was silent the entire 2 hours and 45 minutes), I said to Atticus, “So, what did you think?” and he, who is a very tough movie critic, said, “The word movie doesn’t do that justice. That was a piece of art.”

Yep, as always, Atticus sums it up perfectly in less words than I do.

Later that night it was off to a local steakhouse Harry and Izzy’s, to celebrate New Year’s Eve and our anniversary.  Excellent food, excellent wine, and free dessert. Who can ask for anything more?

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Lastly, yesterday, January 3rd, was our 4th wedding anniversary! We spent it with Atticus going to work, me getting my blood work done, organizing toys, and then going to work at Wei.ght Watc.hers. When I got home, he had made a delicious dinner that was waiting for us while putting Maggie to bed.

As soon as we sat down to eat, she started to cry, and cry, and cry, then yell Daddy, until he went in to her. So, our actual anniversary ended with me eating alone while watching Investigation Discovery and updating Facebook. Life with toddlers, take 12,658.

It somehow seems appropriate that sometimes the big days are just ordinary days. Because that’s where our relationships grow and mature, and where we build the story of our lives. On ordinary days when we work, and the toddler cries, and life just is. It’s beautiful too.

In other words, I have been too busy enjoying life to post much the last few weeks!

Happy weekend friends!

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