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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
Before my brother- and sister-in-law headed out for date night, this conversation ensued with their 6yo son. I couldn’t miss sharing its greatness.
Alex: “Daddy, don’t park too far away from the restaurant, or you might get struck by lightning on the way in.”
BIL: “Buddy, that isn’t something to worry about. It is extremely low probabilities to be struck by lightning.”
Alex: “Yeah, but it isn’t 0%.”
Me: “Luke, did you get tired of your shoes and take them off?”
Luke: “No. My shoes got tired of me.”
Luke: “I’m still hungry.”
Clare: “Luke, just take smaller bites. Then your food lasts longer.”
“I’m SOOOOOOOO tired!”
Luke, during THE most silent part of the Mass last weekend. I’m fairly certain it was one of those “loud enough for the three (or more) surrounding pews to hear,” judging by the number of laughs that it garnered.
“Ours car is messy. We need to take it to the dry cleaners.”
Luke, I know. It’s about the only thing I haven’t cleaned. See #6 below.
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When angels sing you take notice. Earlier this week, I had the honor of emceeing the “Open Wide the Doors” golf event and dinner for the Dominican Sisters of Mary. At the end of the evening they sang one of the songs from their CD. Loverly. And, I got to spend a little time with each of them, namely Sr. Maria Gemma. Every time I look at this photo, I can’t help but smile. As I told Mother Assumpta Monday evening, “Y’all better stay forever.” I totally meant it. Hard to tell here, but Luke is holding up his favorite “Cars” character – the Popemobile. Atta boy.
I didn’t snap one single photo from the evening event, but a very kind soul named Sr. Maria Guadalupe did. Mwah! I love this pic of the Mr. and I.
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I’m officially the mom of a teenager. Just wow. In typical 13yo fashion, he came downstairs yesterday on his birthday and was Mr. McGrumperson. “I woke up at 5am and couldn’t go back to sleep,” he muttered. But, by the time I brought him lunch at school, he was quite the jovial seventh grader. His friends snapped a few photos of us and he even gave me a squeeze and a “I love you, Mom” before I left. In front of his friends. Y’all. That moment was not lost on me. I even wrote him a sappy letter to boot.
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Several weeks ago Molly from The Trip Clip was kind enough to send me this gem. The clip and activities, not the kid!
As it turns out, it was perfect timing because we’re working on Luke’s fine motor skills in his weekly occupational therapy sessions. She has four different categories of printables (lists, games, puzzles and creative). We used the games, puzzles and creative ones for Luke. He’s learning the alphabet and working on tracing, so the mazes and letters were perfect for him. You can just purchase the printables or the clip with pen. You can read more about my thoughts and experience with it here.
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For those of you that pre-ordered Jen’s book, Something Other Than God, get ready to settle into the couch. I read it last week – about four seconds after Jen handed it to me – and found it entirely fascinating. As a convert, I’m always curious to hear how other people were led to Catholicism. It was slightly surreal to read about people and places I’ve visited and know well, but I think that made it all the more wonderful to read. I had no idea Jen was a raucous party planner. This new information sheds a whole new light on her mad skills and the upcoming Edel Gathering. You’ve been holding out on me, girl! Jen, thanks for sharing – so freely and honestly – your journey, your fears, your epiphanies and your faith with so many of us.
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You know you’re nesting when _____. Y’all, I’m almost embarrassed to tell you what I’ve cleaned in the last couple of weeks. Scott calls it obsessive, I call it thorough. Let’s see, 200sf of tile grout scrubbed, major appliances cleaned (dishwasher, double oven, microwave, washer/dryer, fridge), bathroom cabinets sorted and cleaned, five baby books updated and one created, front driveway/sidewalks powerwashed, a few trips to Goodwill & the Habitat Re-Store, spice rack alphabetized…and I should really just stop there. Bottom line, if you need some assistance cleaning or sorting through things, CALL ME. I know a gal.
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Giveaway winners rejoice! A couple of weeks ago I hosted a super-fun, baby-filled Baptism Week on the blog. And the winners are…
Clarey Clayworks bowl set: Amy K.
Loreto Rosaries earrings: Megan
Baptism Bonnet & 3-Piece Set: Dana V.
Renee Blood Photography credit: Claire
Portraits of Saints holy water font: Laura H.
St. Luke’s Brush wooden doll: Sara F.
FlorLarios notecards: Noreen L.
If you didn’t win, never fear. There are more giveaways coming. And, don’t forget that all baptism items are 20% off at Blessings Christian Gift Shop’s website through March 31! For all you First Communion mommas out there, I did a similar series last spring. You can visit all those FC posts here.
My thanks to Jen for hosting her usual gig!