Go Irish! 7 Quick Takes (#5)

30 Nov

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 197)

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I’m just going to go ahead and begin with it – How ’bout them Irish?! Notre Dame is finishing the season at #1 and going to the National Championship! What a crazy, fun season it has been! It’s been great to see this 2012 team be so bonded together and supportive of one another!

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Living in Tennessee, all we hear about is SEC, SEC, and some more SEC, so it will be an interesting game whether Alabama or Georgia wins this Saturday… It’s just going to be hard to wait until January 7th for the game. Let’s go ND! (Cue motivational Rudy theme song!)

Also need to give a shout-out to the ND Men’s Basketball team who beat Kentucky last night! I loved seeing the support from Manti and the entire football team, too!

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I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a Tokens Show at the historic Ryman Auditorium the other weekend. It was a nice variety of great music, comedy, and theology. Not too happy about some Catholic jabs (as it is a protestant-based show), but it was good especially since one of my all-time favorite artists, Vince Gill, performed a couple songs! The theme of that night’s show was about coming home, so it was fitting for him to end the show with “Go Rest High On That Mountain”!! The Ryman is where the music video was shot for this song years ago, so it was pretty amazing to hear him live at such a special venue! The only thing missing was the amazing harmony on the chorus, though! If you’re not familiar with the song, you need to check it out now! Close your eyes and listen! You will get goosebumps – guaranteed!

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So… my husband is turning the big 3-0 this coming Monday! I know that 30 is not old, but something about this age just makes you stop and say, “Wow, I’m really an adult now.” I’m only one year behind, so my time is coming soon! I’m so proud of how hard my husband works for our family and what a great father he is to our daughters! I’m very blessed to be married to him. Happy Birthday, Adam! I love you!

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Speaking of Adam working hard for our family, he really has been working his butt off, especially the past few weeks! For example, the guy worked a full shift Friday evening and then worked a double-shift Saturday, slept on the couch at the office overnight (otherwise he only would have gotten 4 hours of sleep at home), and opened the building early at 6:30 am. He then worked another double-shift to cover for a co-worker. Needless to say he was very sleepy Monday morning. Thanks to my mom for offering to watch the girls all day so Adam could get some extra Zzzz’s! Working behind the scenes in the music industry is definitely a service-based job. Plus most days of the week, my husband watches both girls before going to work, so he doesn’t get too much time to rest.

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And just in case you Nashville fans are interested and missed a previous post, Adam works at Soundcheck where several scenes are filmed. He worked there one day when all four of the large rehearsal rooms were being used for the show and he couldn’t believe how many people are involved in production, etc. I have to say that I’m kind of surprised that Adam is hooked on Nashville now. I didn’t think he’d watch it.  A recent episode actually featured a song written by someone that he played guitar/sang background for and my cousin toured with as a drummer for awhile – Sean McConnell. Adam recognized his song “Kiss” as soon as Avery started singing it. Oh, and you should check out Sean’s music! He’s had several cuts by major artists, including Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw. He’s absolutely one of the truest artists and best songwriters Adam and I have ever heard. You will become addicted to his honest, passionate voice!

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Changing it up… Now that our oldest daughter is 3, we’re trying to figure out just how to handle the whole Santa Claus thing. I’m not one to lie, but as a child there is a certain special magic and mystery when it comes to Santa. Adam found a good book called A Special Place for Santa that starts with Santa feeling bad that so many people are focusing on him instead of Jesus. It then discusses a little bit about the history of St. Nicholas and how he evolved into the Santa legend. It’s a nice book. We also had a family friend give us a book last year that is similar but goes into more detail about how different parts of the world have different names for Saint Nicholas and different traditions. Anybody have any stories or tips about how they portray Santa to their children?

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And just since this is so cute and makes me laugh, I have to share a photo of my 3-year-old’s Christmas tree decorating!

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Her younger sister has pulled them all off a few times now! Good thing for soft, non-breakable ornaments on the bottom of the tree!!!

Be sure to check out Jen’s and today’s other 7 Quick Takes posts at Conversion Diary!

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5 Responses to “Go Irish! 7 Quick Takes (#5)”

  1. Stephanie November 30, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    My hubby’s birthday was this week, too–Happy Birthday to Adam!

    I’ll have to check out that Santa book. I, as a supremely gullible child, legit believed in him until I was 12 and my parents had to sit me down to tell me the truth. Andrew, on the other hand, grew up in a family very focused on celebrating the different parts of the liturgical year, and focused on St. Nicholas instead of Santa. He worries that if we lie about Santa and his cohort (the Tooth Fairy, the Easter bunny…), our future children might think that religion is a lie, too, or too much a fairy tale. I go back and forth on this–there’s such magic, I think, in believing in Santa while still emphasizing that Christmas is about Jesus, but I also see his point in cutting right to the chase and solely focusing on Christ. Hmmm.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Stef!

    • A Dreamer's Wife November 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Wow, that’s quite a difference between how you guys grew up! think we’re going to have Santa be a part of Christmas with a heavy emphasis on him representing St. Nicholas. If the girls ask questions about Santa, we’re not going to lie and perpetuate a big fantasy, but we’re not going to cut him out either. We’ll see how it goes… so many decisions to make as a parent!

    • A Dreamer's Wife November 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      And Happy Birthday to your husband!

  2. Kathleen November 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    #3: imagine approaching 40. :) I got no end of hilarity out of the idea that my husband was older than Jesus, the year he turned 34. Just one of those “whoa, what have *I* done with my life?” moments. Oh well. Just a warning: You never get accustomed to growing up.

    As for Santa…we’ve been doing Santa, and I know the end is near for my oldest (he’s 7 1/2). I know b/c the other day he asked me how the little papers with the activities on them get into the Advent calendar, and I don’t want to lie either, so I admitted that it was me who did it. (Speaking of which…must get those printed out before the kids come home from school!) So I’m afraid I can’t offer you anything helpful–just muddle through, the way we do everything else, I guess. :/

    • A Dreamer's Wife November 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Now when we hit 34, that’s what I’m going to think about!

      Thanks for the response about Santa, I guess as long as we keep the focus on Jesus and St. Nicholas and answer any questions as honestly as possible, we’ll be okay!

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