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4 May

I’m writing this list from the safety of my family’s home. I’ve been busy hiding from the world and soaking up the love for the last week. Long story short, the straw that sent me over the edge into raging lunacy broke the camel’s back happened when my hotel room was broken into and every bit of cash, coin, and plastic I possessed was stolen. My parents, God bless them, were able to bid their life away on Priceline’s Name Your Own Price, and my blessed assurance was on a flight back to DFW almost immediately.

THIS disaster has sickened me this week. Please, please, please pray for this man, and may God have mercy on the people — our glorious national leaders included — who are responsible for this man’s blood should anything happen.

This past Sunday, one of my darling god brothers (son of my lovely godmother Kimberlie)received First Communion. I wasn’t able to be there, but I’m so proud of the sweet boy!

Speaking of sweet boys I’m proud of….
Logan just published his first novel, The Intruders. Yes, novel. Because graduating high school just isn’t enough for him to accomplish this spring.
Head on over to his blog, and check out the book!

This post by Calah Alexander at Barefoot and Pregnant completely moved me today — as did the Mark Shea post that inspired it.

Somewhere in the last few months of chaos in my life, my domain name expired. I went to re-register it today and it was bought by some off spam-sounding private investigation holder site. So bizarre. And now I’m sad.

Thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting! I’m happy to be getting somewhat back in the game.



26 Aug

I’ve been transitioning my two nanny charges back into school this week, so pardon my scarcity.

Is scarcity a word?

I have no clue.

1. But, I’m over at Austin Catholic New Media this week writing on our relationship with priests – stop by and say hi, and while you’re at it, check out the snazzy new website design!

2. GUESS WHAT? I was nominated for a Catholic Cannonball New Kid On The Block award this year!  Head on over and check out the other nominations – I am genuinely humbled to be in such fabulous company – including everyone’s favorite barefooted and pregnant woman Calah.

[Disclaimer: before the rumors start spreading, Calah may or may not be wearing shoes at this exact moment, but if she’s pregnant she hasn’t shared it with the rest of us.]

I’m off to “relax” by babysitting two charming ten-year-olds – have a fabulous weekend!


7 Quick Takes Vol. 9 – Hi, my name is _____

16 Dec

7 Quick Takes Friday, hosted at

This blog started as a whim three short months ago. I was just going to see what happened, see if I could stick to consistent updating, run a trial, so to speak. I can’t tell you how therapeutic it’s been for me. Maybe it’s been more of a cause for therapy for you.In which case, I don’t apologize – I’m a social work student, I’ve gotta keep my peers in jobs.

We’ve developed a little bit of a community here, so I thought for this week’s 7 Quick Takes, it’s time I gave all of you readers a chance to introduce yourselves to each other, pull up a chair, and get comfortable.

You can use the following meme* as an example, or just free-form it. Let’s do lunch!
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Yes, fellow Conversion Diary fanatics, I did steal this idea from Jennifer. BUT IT’S AWESOME! WHO WOULDN’T?? Forgive me?

1. Where are you from?

2. What’s your religious background?

3. If the world was facing nuclear disaster and you had to disappear into a bunker for three years, what would you bring with you? (Assuming food, water, and clothing were already prepared for?)

4. In your religious experience, who had the most profound influence on you?

5. If you have one, who is your Confirmation saint?

6. Favorite Christmas tradition?

7. Least favorite Christmas tradition?


*These are legitimate questions I always wonder about people as soon as I meet them. I just rarely have an opportunity to frame them in context. But this a blog. Who needs context?

7 Quick Takes vol. 7

19 Nov

1. I’m a big kid now!

My blog is now I’m having geeky fits of glee over the fact that I own a domain. Don’t judge me – I’ve wanted one since I was ten years old. No, really. I was always a nerd.

2. Join the resistance!

Earlier this week I mentioned Project Vatican Hit List. I was going to upload the preliminary list tonight, but quite frankly, I left the grease-stained notebook in my car and it is in the thirties. I am nice and comfortable in my warm cozy bed, and do not feel the slightest bit compelled to run and retrieve said list. I have a few books that are calling my name, and they shall get the attention they so desperately crave as soon as I upload this post.

All that to say, we would love to have you join us. Several of you mentioned not being able to commit to daily mass, because you have to do trivial and carnal things like, oh, I don’t know – RUN HOUSEHOLDS AND RAISE BABIES. Pssh. I jest. There will be alternatives, and tomorrow when the sun is shining and I am no longer tired, grumpy, and literature deprived I will throw a few suggestions out to y’all.

3. Best song ever.

Skip ahead to 1:11 if you want to skip the introduction. It’s cute, guys. The rosary line is my favorite.

4. Speaking of rosaries. . .

I’ve been making rosaries for the Vatican Hitlist. I’m getting pretty good at them, which is surprising because I’m, um, how you say, completely uncrafty in almost every possible way. I’ll add pictures later.

5. I was wrong!

The Rite of Acceptance is THIS Saturday, which is all sorts of goose-bump inducing – it is exactly one year TO THE DAY that I decided to give this whole Catholic thing a go, and asked my soon-to-be-godmother if I could accompany her family to Mass the next day (Christ the King Sunday). I can’t believe it’s already/only been a year.

6. My boyfriend is awesome.

Eli has been writing like a mad-man over at Practical Catholic. I mean that in the amount written and time spent doing so sense, not the gee-I’m-dating-a-wild-man way. You should stop by and say hi. He’s far more articulate than I am.

7. It’s Thanksgiving season!!

I can already taste my momma’s absolutely sinful Thanksgiving dinner. I wish I had a TARDIS so I could revisit Thanksgiving day every single day of the year.

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7 Quick Takes Vol. 6

4 Nov

This week? The Bomb.

I promise that this 7QT will be an election-free zone. I’m still assimilating everything so I can’t say that will hold true for my blog at large, but for right now? Mum’s the word.

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1. Pray for my friend.
My friend Roxanne had surgery Thursday morning – I know a lot of you have been praying for her, but please continue to lift her and her family up in prayer.

2. I ripped my thumb nail off.
Okay. That was hyperbole (I love that word). Hyperbolehyperbolehyperbole. I did, however, rip it backwards and bruise my nail bed in a freak OMG-you’re-late-for-school-throw-backpacks-in-the-car accident. I did not realize how much I use my thumbs until that happened.

3. I’m going to be an aunt!
My oldest brother and his wife are expecting their first child, a baby girl! I’m ridiculously excited, and placing my bid for Favored Aunt. She’ll have six to choose from, but I’m the oldest and the only one with a steady job. So THERE. 😛

4. Rite of Acceptance is next Saturday.
I’m excited. Easter seems so far away, and I’m not entirely sure I can wait much longer. The Liturgy of the Eucharist gets harder and harder to sit through, and I feel desperate for Christ. I’ve been going to Adoration, and it only fuels my desire for Him – which I suppose is the point, no? At least after the Rite of Acceptance if I die in a freak acorn throwing tournament at the hands of a herd of rabid squirrels I can have a Catholic funeral.

5. Can squirrels get rabies?

6. Nanowrimo. Nanowrinot.
It is Day FOUR of Nanowrimo and I still have less than a page written. On the upside, having something else pressing to do means that my blog is a means of procrastination. Meaning, I’m getting way more blogging done than I did when the blog was my primary means of expression. Weird how that works. But I am still set on completing Nanowrimo this year. No, really.

7. I deleted my Facebook!
And I’m not looking back!

7 Quick Takes Vol. 5

29 Oct


Thank you Jennifer at Conversion Diary for hosting 7 Quick Takes! Visit her for more much more awesome (and eloquent) 7 Quick Takes than mine. 😀

I took a lot of pictures during my visit home last week. I thought I’d share some of them with y’all. There are too many to fit into 7 Quick Takes, so expect some picture heavy posts throughout the week – including one with tornado pictures and details of how Eli and I almost died. . .twice!

Please visit A Priest’s Wife and read her recent posts on China and Christmas. Food for thought as we prepare for Advent – and as you get ready to AWWWWW over my precious little siblings. I’m biased, yes. Get over it – or get your own blog.

1. Caitlin

2. Camryn
3. Aeren

4. Trent

5. All the Littles!

6. Whitney and Logan. . .
. . .were super busy putting a production on with their youth group (that was really spectacular, I must add), so they didn’t get to join us for the photoshoot. But they are equally awesome.

7. See, we exist!
This was before our near death experience(s). We were only eating Chipotle.

7 Quick Takes Vol. 3

1 Oct

Is it seriously Friday already? Visit Jennifer Fulwiler at for more awesome Quick Takes!

1. Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to comment and email me about this blog – I’ve enjoyed getting to know a lot of you, and look forward to getting to know you better!

2. I’m waiting for my confirmation dress to arrive.
I won my confirmation dress on eBay (yes, I am one of those people), and am eagerly awaiting its arrival in the mail. The hard part will be forcing myself NOT to wear it before Eli and I are received into the church. I WILL BE STRONG. I WILL BE STRONG. I WILL BE STRONG.

3. Real life babysitter’s club?
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I love being a nanny. I know how difficult it is to get a good placement, and I know how expensive it can be for parents to get the assistance they need. I’ve been playing around with the idea of starting a Catholic placement agency for nannies sometime in the future…any thoughts from moms? If it were possible to have an affordable, Catholic nanny in your home (either live-in or live-out), would this be something you were interested in? Would you be more interested in assistance with housework, homeschooling, basic child care, cooking?

4. I visited a Maronite Rite Catholic church this week.
The Divine Liturgy was hauntingly beautiful. It was such an honor to be able to worship with some of my Eastern brothers and sisters – even if my veil positively reeks of incense now.

5. My sister turned 17.
Her story could have been a tragedy, but God crafted it into something beautiful. Maybe I’ll get her to share it sometime. It is an honor, and a privilege (and sometimes a pain in the a**) to be her older sister, and I love her dearly.

6. I tried to make it without saying this but. . .

7. Be on the lookout for. . .
The final post on courtship/dating (may I never read another source on either again), my family’s adoption story (maybe a guest post from my mommy!), Waiting Child Wednesday.