We are having an awesome weekend with some of our best friends who made the long trek from Florida to stay on the farm with us for a couple of days. We live….ahem…simply out here and since our apartment is tiny, the only place we have to put people up is what’s called “The Nicaragua House” which is modeled after one room homes in third world countries. The farm has a third world poverty simulation program that draws groups from all over so if you come visit us you are basically living a poverty simulation. You can feel like you’re in the third world! No flushing toilets, shower in a bucket, and forget AC! SO FUN, RIGHT?!
One of the places we took our friends is a beautiful historic church on the Brazos river. But I’m in need of your saint iconographic detective skills because we can’t figure out who two of the statues are.
I give you a female religious with a rosary and looking at a cross. Any ideas?
And here we have a male religious with a rosary, holding a book and a quill. Not quite grumpy enough to be St. Jerome? Whatcha got for me?
Waco has this beautiful 100-year-old movie theatre that’s been recently restored and they play old classic movies during the day sometimes for FREE (I KNOW!!!!). So I took the kids to see Singin’ in the Rain last week. Gene Kelly is my celebrity crush and it was amazing to see it all on the big screen. What a great movie! Except for a sweet old couple, we were the only ones there, so it wasn’t stressful to be wrangling a two-year-old, four-year-old, and seven-year-old. Lucy did all the dances in the aisle while Gwen and Benjamin stuffed their faces with popcorn and we almost make it through the entire film before everyone was wiggly and ready to high tail it home for lunch. And who cares if we missed the last 10 minutes? It was FREE.
In other news, we got some chickens that we’ll be taking with us to our new house. And please find the Benjamin photo bomb because it’s hysterical. What is he DOING?
Gwen named her chicken “Rose” but informed us that it’s nickname is “Flower.” Lucy named hers “Cinderella” and Benjamin named his “Silly Little” (a play on Chicken Little? Who can say!)
I absolutely loved our most recent episode of the Fountains of Carrots podcast. We talked with my friend Dr. Greg Hillis all about Thomas Merton. He also shared some great Wendell Berry stories and we discussed how to make interfaith marriages work. So definitely listen in!
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Porn-proofing our kids: Practical steps: Mama Needs Coffee
My Advice for the Single Lady in her Twenties: Whole Parenting Family
All Your Burning Parenting Questions Answered: This Ain’t the Lyceum (SO FUNNY!)
5 More Catholic Nerds: Laura McAlister
Mother’s Day Giveaway
Carrots sponsor Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles is offering a fun Mother’s Day giveaway to two lucky winners. You do NOT have to be a mother to enter.
One winner will receive a mystery gift worth $50 and the other will receive a $25 gift certificate.
To enter, just click on over to the Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candle web site and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite candle is. The mystery gift valued at $50.00 could very well include something you mentioned liking! U.S. residents only, please, due to shipping costs. Giveaway ends this Thursday, April 29th at midnight EST!
I hope your week is lovely! We’re gearing up for a big event on the farm its going to be busy-busy over here.
Lots of love,
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