Welcome to This Week’s Miscellany, the weekly feature at Carrots where I share photos, quotes, links, or whatever strikes my fancy!
It seems weird to start this off with anything other than grief and prayers for Charleston and the victims of the racist hate crime that took so many lives. And following that, any little news our family has seems silly and trite but it’s all I have to share so….
Ladies and gents, we are getting down to the wire with this whole moving thing. The POD arrives next Tuesday for us to store all our earthly goods until we get to the farm and close on our house sale on Friday.
Today is Daniel’s last day of work at his office job! Hurrah! I’m trying not to stress with the combination of chamomile tea and Parenthood binge-watching on Netflix amidst all the packing craziness. But truly, we’re in pretty good shape. Definitely more than halfway packed. Getting rid of furniture we don’t need and filling up our van with stuff for the thrift store.
Thanks for your awesome response to our news about our possibly insane but hopefully super fun memory making road trip! I’m sorry that I haven’t gotten to all the questions in the comments and emails yet but I’ll get to them as soon as I can! And since I was a dummy and didn’t mention it on Tuesday, this awesome image of the carrot van was created by the amazing Carolyn of Svellerella. She is amazing.
The Quotable Benjamin:
This little guy had his first big all day away from home week at Karate summer camp. I’ve never been able to interest him in anything like that (even half day VBS last year was a big fail). But he has been LOVIN’ it and I think he’s really proud of himself. When did he get so huge and grown up?
Benjamin (age 6): “I won’t need a college degree for my career.”
Me: “Well, I wouldn’t be too sure. What’s your career going to be?”
Benjamin: “I’m going to sell peanuts out of my garage.”
Me: “Ah….well….you might be right.”
The Quotable Pope:
“To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption. Besides, we know that approximately a third of all food produced is discarded, and “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.” – Pope Francis, Laudato Si
Because FOR REAL! I can’t wait to get a chance to sit down and really jump into the new encyclical. Pope Francis. Puffy pain hearts. Kissy face.
Christy and I had a lot of fun recording our Q&A episode with questions submitted by the listeners. And of course we loved talking to our friend Kendra Tierney of Catholic All Year about Navigating Social Media as a Parent and a Blogger.
They both needed a bath afterward. No surprises there.
Laudato Si: All of Our Sin, All of Our Hatred on Trial: Elizabeth Scalia
What Jane Austen Taught Me About Being a Strong Woman: Verily Magazine
Parenting: It Builds Character: Ethika Politika
McKinney, TX and the Myth of “Earning” Respect: We, a Great Parade
On Fairy Tales and Letting My Children Believe: Svellerella
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Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! We’ll just be packing until we drop.
Lots of love,
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