Before you hate me for these Spring-like photos, just remember: Florida has giant mosquitos for 8 months of the year. When you’re strolling in evening summery breezes, we will be hiding from bugs next to the air conditioning vent wishing we didn’t live in a swamp.
But in the meantime….we are living it up.
The Quotable Gwen:
“I havin’ beck-fuss! I havin’ beck-fuss ou’siiiiiide!”
We’ve been eating every meal outside on the back porch and lemme tell ya, my dining room floor is happy about it.
And I think being outside in the sunshine has made us generally less grumpy human beings.
I’m going to cut this pretty short because things are busy around here–our friends’ five kids are slumber partying it up for a few days at our house while their mom and dad are at the hospital to meet their twin baby brothers (eek!). Mom and dad are currently about 36 hours in to an induction (things are moving, but very slowly), so prayers that these little guys arrive soon, safe and sound. But I have to say–eight kids is pretty fun. They’re all entertaining each other. There are fewer tears from my crew because there is SO MUCH TO DO and the only tricky part is making enough food for everybody and having 10 people vs. 1 bathroom.
Luckily these kids love Star Wars as much as my kids do, so epic viewings galore. And, other moms of only little ones….I have discovered that big kids are AWESOME. They volunteer to do dishes! They sweep up messes! They play with the toddlers! It’s like I’m at a very, very noisy spa. I only had to reheat my first cup of coffee ONCE. I know. You’re speechless.
This week we talked to former Anglican seminarian, now Catholic convert and new dad Tyler Blanski about everything under the sun including his conversion, what really makes the Church “relevant,” the sanctifying nature of parenthood, and how mothers save the world—just to hit the high points. It was one of my favorite conversations so far. You might also want to check out his piece for Catholic Exchange about how Catholic Mom Blogs are awesome (I mean….I’m not gonna argue with that!) and his piece about how significant the teachings about the papacy are for anchoring the Church.
We loved talking to Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic on the podcast a couple of weeks back and her reflection on Our Lady and art was just lovely.
Irish Songs of Drinking and Rebellion for Kids: Catholic All Year (Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, y’all. I’m a big fan of Irish folk songs and some of our favorites are on Kendra’s playlist. Whiskey You’re the Devil is my #1 fave.)
You Can Have More Than 2 Kids, but Don’t Expect Applause: Mama Needs Coffee
And it’s quite a relief to me that kids shouldn’t get baths every night. Mine only get them…..OK, I’m not even going to tell you how rarely they get bathed.
And please pray or, if you can, give to this family who just lost their father, an Orthodox priest, in a tragic car accident.
And a reader has contacted me and asked for prayers for a difficult and painful medical situation that is stalled due to insurance difficulties. She’s in a lot of pain after a surgery for endometriosis and needs further medical procedures and care but has to wait until her health insurance is available again. Who’s a good saint to ask for intercession for this reader?
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