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7 Quick Takes: Giving Thanks

Surprisingly, it's been a really restful day in our household. My three year old is mesmerized by the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special, so I’m sitting on the couch reminiscing about this past week and all the things that happened for which I’m thankful. Here's just a quick look -1- Medicine: About five or six weeks ago, my dad thought he pulled a muscle while playing soccer with my nephew. Last week he finally saw the doctor who diagnosed a torn Achilles tendon. Last Friday they scheduled the surgery for Tuesday to repair the damage. Everything went exactly as planned; he charmed everyone there and is on the long road to recovery.  -2- Guardian Angels: Since the girls would be out of school all week, my older daughter accepted an invitation to ride her horse, Charley Brown, in a special lesson held at an outdoor cross-country eventing facility.  Even though her dad usually takes her, I was able to take the day off work and go.  My mom-super-spidey-sense tingle

Counting our Blessings After a Disappointing Morning

After last weekend, I thought I’d learned my lesson of not trying to be productive, but watchful and appreciative of those quality moments. God’s not finished with me yet. Reflection on a series of events from Saturday morning reveals another interesting lesson.  How do you deal with disappointment? Saturday morning brimmed with exciting hope and opportunity. My daughter left before dawn to compete in her FFA LDE Radio Broadcasting Area competition, where the top two teams advance to State.  The impending stormy weather wasn't supposed to strike our area until noon, so off I went for two hours (alone) to take advantage of a morning sale.  My OSU Cowboy husband would be driving to Waco to represent his half of a house divided with his Sic ‘Em Bears brother at the big OSU-Baylor football game. Instead it turned into one of those mornings that we tell our children “builds character.” You can probably guess. My daughter sends us a text, “It was bad. Our mic

How to Measure Time on the Weekends

Every working mom knows the weekends are your catch-up days. We need these two days to be productive, not “restful.” Gone are the bored, nothing-to-do weekends of my childhood. Katrina Fernandez aka The Crescat published a humorous post on Patheos titled Sunday’s a Day of Rest … that made me roar with laughter and self-identification. Time is a valuable commodity, not measured just by the available minutes but by productive minutes. In other words, sitting on the couch with your husband at 10 p.m. trying to watch Castle without falling asleep doesn’t count as productive time.  Take this weekend for example; there were only two productive tasks on my plate. Write two blog posts:   How to Plan a Paleo Thanksgiving and 3 Saints to Know in November Finish the last 50 pages of the latest “quick read” teen novel Four: A Divergent Collection Day One: It’s the last weekend for fall-ball and our three year old plays blast ball game at 9 a.m.  It’s 45F with a wind chill in the “

Do Something: Visiting the Imprisoned

Last night our middle school students attending the EDGE program really impressed me.  Those of you involved in Life Teen/EDGE will understand. It was one of those nights when everything just came together and you really felt God working in their hearts. Over the fall semester  we've  been learning about the Corporal Works of Mercy. If you  aren't  familiar with them, they come from Matthew 25: 36-40 Naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me, Then the righteous will answer him and say, “Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink when did we see you a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison and visit you? And the king will say to them in reply, Amen I say to you whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. The point of this lesson is that it’s not enough to Know Christ and Love Him, He asks us to Serve Him th

Dialogue on Death with Dignity

It  doesn't  feel like a coincidence that Brittany Maynard’s choice to commit suicide to avoid a lingering death from terminal cancer came to light during the month of October. Since 1972, October is designated as Respect Life Month, dedicated to increasing a greater awareness of the human dignity of all life. Brittany’s choice to  publicly  share her story in support of assisted suicide and euthanasia really opened a dialogue about death across the country. There is little doubt that God is working through Brittany’s case to reach out to all people, forcing them to examine their consciences in search of what they believe is right. As a result, October 2014 yielded some of the most beautiful testimonials from others currently suffering from various stages of terminal illness. They reached out to her, counseled her, loved her, prayed for her, and did so in a public manner so we can all be witnesses. While ultimately they were unable to change Brittany’s heart, we do not

7 Quick Takes - Halloween and More

Running a little late with my 7 Quick Takes , but Halloween, All Saints Day and more really needed 7 Quick Takes treatment. - 1 - Lisa and Shelly with our new parish priest, Fr. John Cahoon Parish Trunk or Treat - Our parish kicked off the Halloween celebrations with a Trunk or Treat fall festival.  At a Trunk or Treat, people register to park their cars in a specific area where the kids can come around and Trick or Treat at your trunk.  And of course, decorating the car is half the fun.  In addition to the trick or treating, our parish also offers traditional fall activities like a cupcake walk, ring a drink, chuck a chicken, and bobbing for donuts.  The Knights of Columbus sell hotdogs and there is live music.  By far, it is the most popular activity at our parish every year.  Shelly and I went in together to decorate my car with a blackjack/casino theme and ended up winning an Honorable Mention!  Woo Hoo! Can't wait till next year. -2- Sexy Halloween: Just Sa