Friday, March 11, 2016

7 Quick Takes updates, unfollowing and more

Oh, my goodness.  Things have been busy around here ministry wise.  This has probably been the busiest stretch I've had since right after John Paul was born. And it's so.much.good.stuff.  I have loved speaking with wonderful groups of men/women.  I've grown from intentionally recognizing God's goodness in our lives.  I think I might have even got a job offer.
 "If you'd ever think about working here, we would seriously love to have you... no, seriously"
As per usual, it just makes that discernment of vocation so much more important.
So far though, I'm just taking it one 'yes' at a time.  We shall see what God wants to do.

I said it on "the facebook", but imma say it again...
Praise you Jesus for the 'unfollow' button on facebook.
I have unfollowed more people in the past 48 hours than I ever have before.
Whether people are 'feeling the bern',
or taking smug satisfaction in Trump being the front runner.
Whether people are inclined to imply Trump represents the racist/bigoted mindset of the right,
or pretend the follies of Ms. Clinton are insignificant.
My gosh- I've even started turning off the notifications on my own posts!

I have deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted in that little button in the upper right corner which allows me to pretend the world is a very different place than it actually might be.

Is that healthy?
perhaps not.
Does it allow social media to continue to be a place of happiness and joy for me?

you guys.
Having a daughter right?
Let me show you something if we are not facebook or insta friends...

Those eyes.
That smile.  She is always smiling!!!
And the pigtails. freaking pigtails!!!!
The things this little girl does to our hearts are hard to put into words.
I feel so much joy when I am around her.  She has completely and totally turned my world inside out with love.

I'm going to tell you a secret.
I am not a co-sleeper.
I am not an attachment-parenter
And yet, this little girl is still in a bassinet right next to my bed.
She is bursting out of it, literally, her little feet stick out of it when she stretches them.

It's because of her reflux.  But girlfriend is 6 months old. We are going to move her into her room next week. I am SO sad about it.
I have never felt SO sad about a kid growing up.
precious and few are these months my friends, precious and few.

I'd like to tell you about a conversation I had yesterday with my eldest son.
I was reflecting with him on what a blessing it has been that we haven't been sick in a few months.
and then, kid says this.
"Yes, but daddy is going out of town, and we always get sick when daddy goes out of town"

Can we do a little knocking on the wood it doesn't happen?
I'm not telling you when he is going so you don't come and murder me, but it's sometime in the next month and it would be such a bummer if we get sick prior to Disney.  But it is true, we always get sick when Daddy is out of town.

The same kid who reminded me 'we are always sick when daddy is out of town' shared something INTERESTING this morning.

I had to drop him off at school, with all the other kids.
This rarely happens because it is a huge pain that includes taking all the kids into a building, walking down a flight of stairs, signing lil' A in and then taking them all back into the car.
The buckling/unbuckling of seatbelts alone would take down a lesser person.
We were running a wee bit late and I was getting a wee bit stressed.
Little Aaron says,
"Oh, don't worry mommy, daddy and I are late all the time, he just signs me it at the front office"

Sorry, going back to the daughter thing.
I am buying an Easter dress, for my daughter, this weekend.

And, finally-
My brother, his wife, and their seven kids are LEGIT moving back to Michigan.
His four youngest match up quite well with the ages of my four.
Cousins! In state! How much fun is that going to be?
NOW, if we can just convince my husband to shell out the cash it will take to send them all to school together!
(Catholic school already be like, 'whoa' in terms of cost, but Catholic school at some Catholic schools be like, "Whaaaaaaaa? WHOA!")

Linking up with http://thisaintthelyceum.org/  for the quick takes.  Go check it out!  And have a great week.


  1. Whoa, is she already six months??? Where did the time go?!?!
    On #2, I actually would argue that it is pretty healthy-making the choice to turn off notifications or unfollow/unfriend people who just get us all riled up in crazy ways seems like a pretty responsible thing to do! I love the "unfollow" button-especially when there are people I really care about, who I want to keep communication and contact open with, but I don't want to be seeing their political stances flooding across my computer all the time :P

  2. Your daughter is legit..adorable! Keep posting those pics...haha. I just want to squeeze those cheeks. =) Glad to hear you are hanging it there!

  3. Pigtails??? Be still my heart.

    Also, I met your brother the weekend before last when I was out visiting the Cruesses, what a great guy! So happy that you'll have more family nearby.