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Music, Illness, and a Wedding! (7 Quick Takes #13)

6 Jun

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This has been a pretty full week, so much so that I have enough random stuff that I can actually link up with Jennifer and crew at Conversion Diary.

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My younger brother, Jeff, got married last weekend! He married someone whom readers of this blog may be familiar with – my very first Dreamer in the Spotlight, Abby! To most everyone’s surprise, she did not make her own wedding cake, but Jeni’s gourmet ice cream was served all afternoon! It was perfect for a hot day!

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I’ve let my Dreamer in the Spotlight series kind of go by the wayside for the past several months, but another person who I featured last year, Catholic musician Tori Harris, is releasing a new EP this summer. I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to it prior to it’s release this week. I love her sound! Pre-sale copies will be out on iTunes this Sunday! Be sure to check back in the next few weeks for an update post on what Tori’s been doing!

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After a busy wedding weekend, my oldest came down with a cough that turned into a sinus/throat infection complete with conjuctivitis. I’m praying that no one else gets sick since she has been pretty contagious the past few days. Thanks to my mom for taking care of her! Work has been so crazy busy this week that there was no way I could stay home. 😦

When I got home from work on Wednesday, after C was taken to the doctor, it was kind of a funny scene in my front yard. I was on the phone with my mom talking about what the doctor said,  juggling some groceries, calling for my dog that had escaped from the backyard, and walking up to the front door with only one shoe on because the other broke! Wow…

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It’s CMA Fest again in Nashville this week. Adam is the lead tech at LP Field where all the nightly concerts are being held. He had a little scare with the storm that came through Wednesday night, but the tarps held up and all the gear was dry! Hopefully everything runs smoothly the rest of the weekend! He just sent me this pic of Eric Church’s performance! I guess he crept out from behind backstage. It’s as close as I’m going to get to downtown right now! No thank you, crazy traffic!

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I’ve been looking at ways to expand my skills and grow career-wise, so I’m kind of interested in pursuing grant writing. There are a couple workshops coming up later this year in Nashville that I’m considering attending. Anybody out there have experience with writing grants? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

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This weekend, I plan to figure out what project/craft the girls and I will be doing for Adam for Father’s Day. If you have any fun ideas, please share! Last year I posted about 5 free printables. I’m going to go back and check those out or maybe find something different… C said that she’s going to “make the best card that Daddy’s ever seen,” so we probably can’t top that!

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Maybe I spoke too soon about having seven things to talk about…. It’s getting late and my brain can’t think! TGIF! Have a good weekend everyone!

 

 

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What’s Keeping Me Away From My Blog? {7 Quick Takes #13}

28 Mar

I’ve been itching to spend more time writing and reading others’ posts this month, but so much has been going on! And work started getting a little crazy a couple weeks ago so my brain is on overload right now! Happy to be joining Jen and co. for some Quick Takes!

I decided to share what has been keeping me so busy in March (and it wasn’t just filling out my tournament bracket)!

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One of the main things that I have been devoting my time to recently is helping my husband get his website going! He finally has a little space on the internet! There are a couple songs on there, but they still need to mastered and all. I’m just excited that adamshickmusic.com is live! AND I’m excited that the logo I created over a year and a half ago is being put to use!

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So far most of the seeds that I started indoors have sprouted! When I took this photo last week, I was still waiting on more than half of them to pop out! I spent a lot of time researching before committing to starting a small raised-bed organic vegetable garden this year, so that definitely consumed time at the beginning of the month.

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 As you can see below, my attempt at nicely organizing our almost 3-year-old’s potty progress throughout the month of March was quickly abandoned! After a stubborn stretch of not wanting to go, she turned a corner yesterday and decided that she really wanted to wear her princess underwear! Let’s hope it continues! 20140328-194237.jpg

 

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One of my goals for the beginning of 2014 was to add some more flair to my home decor, so that our house feels extra welcoming and joyful. After having two babies in the past 5 years, I really haven’t had time to care too much about how the house looks! I made the kitchen wall decor below with scrapbook paper and utensil vectors I found on the internet for free!

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Every week consists of cutting and filing coupons and checking out great sales at Kroger and Publix. Ya know, making sure the family has food to eat is kind of essential on the priority list! And so is saving money! I did score 2 4-packs of toilet paper for 10 cents each and Huggies wipes for 20 cents each among other deals this week!

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We have also been working on getting our oldest daughter into Kindergarten at a nearby Catholic school. She was accepted earlier this month! I plan to post more on our decision making process regarding her education soon…

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Although so much has been going on, I have to give major props to my rock star husband! He is with the girls often during the day before he goes to work in the evenings and I don’t know what I’d do without him!

See these towels below?! Yeah, he folded these for me!

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See the dishes below? Adam hand-washed those. (Something he does regularly I might add!)

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Oh! And he also knocked out some arts and crafts with the girls this week! He found this little project all on his own! He sent this photo to me while I was at work!

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My life is full and I am blessed! Now hopefully in April I’ll be able to squeeze in A LOT more time following my blogroll and writing these posts ideas that are piling up! Have a great weekend!

 

 

7 Quick Takes #12

28 Feb

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It has definitely been eons since I did a 7 Quick Takes link-up at Conversion Diary, so I’m excited to join the crew of bloggers who are part of the 7 Posts in 7 Days challenge!

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I love Cristina’s blog, Filling My Prayer Closet! When I was stalking browsing earlier this week, I noticed that she had a blog button on her sidebar about her word for the year. I clicked on it and it took me to One Word 365 where I was able to sign up and create my own blog button using my chosen word for 2014- #intentional! It was neat to see that several others had chosen the same word!

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On Wednesday, I was able to meet one of my previous Dreamers in the Spotlight and former professional basketball player, Jennifer Risper. {Blogger fail – I didn’t get a photo!} She is a Varsity Catholic missionary with FOCUS and she needs donations to continue to do this work on college campuses. To check our her FOCUS page, click here!

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Natural sign of love - heart made from small tomatoesSource: Piku

I really want to start a small garden this spring. I’m not known for keeping plants alive, but I would love to grow my own vegetables and I think my girls would love to help, too!

Any gardeners out there? Any tips on vegetables to try first? I’m thinking tomatoes, summer squash, peppers, and green beans…  I plan to square-foot gardening, I think! I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible!

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I’m a big fan of the Enneagram. I’ve mentioned it on my blog before, but have never really done a thorough post on it.  Being someone that majored/minored in three different areas of behavioral sciences, I’m highly intrigued by personality stuff and why people do what they do!

Fellow Nashville blogger, Leigh Kramer, has been doing a great series called The Enneagram and Blogging! I’m without a doubt a Type 1 and it was interesting to see how that relates to my blogging style and purpose! If you don’t already know your personality type there are tests to take to determine what number you are! Leigh does a great job of explaining it here. I’ve had Fr. Richard Rohr’s book, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective on my to-read list FOREVER! Probably like five years! I’ll get to it one of these days!

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Earlier this week, Theresa Thomas posted a video outlining the crisis in Venezuela. She’s been doing a great job of bringing awareness to the oppression going on there. Please pray!

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Katie at The Catholic Wife wrote this post about investing more time in our husbands instead of social media. Often times we have great status updates, but really it might mean more if we just sent a little message to our spouse instead!  While I don’t live on Facebook or Twitter, there are definitely moments when I’m wasting time instead of being productive. I’m thinking of cutting a lot of social media time out for Lent…

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This completes Day 5 of the 7 in 7 Challenge! Although, it’s been a little crazy this week, it has been fun writing and reading so many posts this week! There has been so much to read, though, that I’m probably going to have to spend a good part of next week catching up! Cheers to those of you slugging through the week!

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{7 Quick Takes #11}

15 Aug

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So it has been quite awhile since I have joined Jen and the 7 Quick Takes crew! I have so much randomness to share about what’s been going on in the Shick household so far this month that I thought breaking it down 7 Quick Takes-style would be good!

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Our house is officially on the market! It’s exciting and highly stressful at the same time! Someone is coming later today to take video for a virtual tour thing and my house is going to have to be even more meticulously organized and spotless than it already is! Yikes! AND two showings are scheduled for this evening!

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C started preschool earlier this week! She’ll be going two days per week. I felt like I climbed another step on the mom ladder when I made her lunch and packed it in her own cute brown and pink lunch box!

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33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It- Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration

Last week, I started the 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat with several other Cathsorority ladies via Facebook. My mom had given me the book for Mother’s Day, but I hadn’t gotten around to checking it out yet, so it worked out perfectly to start this with a group! It’s going great so far!

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With all of this crazy house stuff going on, I have gotten really behind with my coupon cutting – like at least 6 weeks worth of inserts piled up on me! I’ve been slowly tackling them this past week and now my least favorite part, filing them in my binder, awaits me! Fun times ahead for the weekend! 🙂

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The beginning of August, Adam was gone as a tech at Lollapalooza in Chicago for nearly a week. It was the first time the girls had been away from him for such a long time! Daddy made some funny videos for the girls, which made it easier on me at bedtime! So, yeah, I kind of don’t miss the days of Adam being out on the road for 3-4 days at a time every weekend!

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Changing the subject, I have a rare rant that I have to get off my chest! This week alone, I’ve been behind three different drivers who have tossed cigarette butts out their windows. I don’t know about anybody else, but anytime someone does that I feel like it is a personal “screw you!” I’m no environmental activist, but I feel it is so disrespectful to, like, the whole rest of the human population to litter. It’s not that hard to wait 10 minutes to throw your trash away or empty an ashtray!

I guess this is just a symptom of where our society is right now – selfish, no respect for life, etc…

Okay, rant over. Deep breath! Moving on…

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On a happy note, I have to brag on my friend Abby of Creative Crumbs for a second! (You may remember that I featured her as my Dreamer in the Spotlight earlier this year.) She recently was invited to participate in Nashville’s first The NotWedding event at The Cannery Ballroom last month. Her delicious cake was called the “shining star of the reception” by one columnist!

Photo: All set for The Not Wedding!        This beautiful cake is decorated with handmade sugar flowers and chopped pistachios.  #nashvilleweddings #weddingcake

Photo courtesy of Creative Crumbs Nashville

Nashville peeps, be sure to vote for Creative Crumbs in Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville 2013 survey as the Best Local Cake Baker!!

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

Finding Hope Amidst Tragedy {7 Quick Takes (#10)}

19 Apr

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My prayers are with Jennifer and her family as they welcome home their baby boy, finally! Thanks for hosting this week, Grace!

This week’s 7QT’s post is probably the most depressing one that I have done!  There is so much evil and sadness going on in the world, but we must remember that God reigns and love conquers all!

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Did you participate or notice the two #Gosnell Tweetfests that took place in the past week?  It was definitely a great way to spread truth and get the mainstream media’s attention.  Too bad this trial and the ‘house of horrors’ is still not getting as much attention it deserves.  Yes, Kermit Gosnell is a very sick man, but the reality is:

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This leads me to a related topic of the racist roots of Planned Parenthood.  According to BlackGenocide.org, “78% of their clinics are in minority communities.” 

A few months ago, my husband and I watched a 2009 pro-life documentary on this issue, Maafa 21.  It’s sad that so many people are ignorant about all of this or don’t care, especially the Black community.

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Speaking of documentaries, there is another one that is definitely worth watching that talks about a massive problem in our society right now.

  Absent, by Justin Hunt, discusses the impact that uninvolved fathers have on their children. It features John Eldredge, Father Richard Rohr, Metallica frontman James Hetfield, and others. This movie has definitely added to Adam’s passion for promoting the importance of fathers.  I believe that it is available on Netflix.

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 Of course, I can’t neglect the tragedies that have occured in Boston, MA and West, TX this week.  Things like this can be difficult to understand.  I’m reminded of a short book that I heard about last year on EWTN’s Women of Grace, titled Why Me? When Bad Things Happen, by Mike Aquilina. 

I haven’t read it yet, but saw an interview with the author discussing the book.  It may be helpful for some people.

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Alright, 1-4 were pretty intense, so here’s a bible verse about hope:

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

-John 14:16-18

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And here’s another one…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

-James 1:2-4

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 Changing gears a little bit… I am excited to feature a talented singer/songwriter next week, who is bringing hope to others with her music!  She is getting lots of airplay in London right now and you may have heard one of her songs played on Fox News a few times. Be sure to read April’s Dreamer in the Spotlight post next Friday to learn more about this artist and her music! 

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Have a blessed weekend!  Be sure to check out the other 7 Quick Takes posts, as well!

What a Week! {7 Quick Takes (#9)}

15 Mar

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Another 7 Quick Takes with Jennifer at Conversion Diary this Friday!  Be sure to check out everyone else’s, too!!

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Of course, #1 has to be about how awesome it was on Wednesday afternoon to be united with all the Catholics around the world as we celebrated newly chosen Pope Francis! Twitter was so full of #HabemusPapam tweets and excitement! What a fun day for Catholics on social media!

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Another exciting thing that happened this week, was  I discovered that the little Reece’s Rainbow angel that I have been praying for, Sunny, was adopted a few months ago! I really felt an attachment to her because she had a hemangioma on her nose, just like my oldest daughter had when she was a baby. I’m so happy that she has found a forever home!

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Today is the last day to enter to win my GIVEAWAY of Eric Metaxas’ new book, 7 MEN: And the Secret of their Greatness! And last Saturday I was delighted when I found out that the author himself shared this on Twitter:

 

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Earlier this week, I was a little bummed to find out that Dignitas Magazine will be on hold for now due to various circumstances. I featured the founders as one of my Dreamers in the Spotlight back in August. I know that there are good things ahead for them, though! I can’t wait to hear more in the future!

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Speaking of my Dreamer in the Spotlight series, be sure to check back next Friday to see who this month’s featured dreamer is! And you’ll get to find out what “fwisty” means!  Here’s a teaser:

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And speaking of series, I will be starting a new one next week called Keep Your Change! It will be full of money saving tips covering all sorts of areas. I can’t wait, because saving money is good and more people saving money is even better! 🙂

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I’m loving how the segues have been working out, but I don’t really have one for this! Here’s the pic of the Toy Story cupcakes I want to make for my 2-year-old’s birthday in a couple weeks! I think I’ll be able to pull them off – maybe?!?!

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Have a great weekend, everyone! Don’t forget that the book giveaway ends tonight at 8 PM EST!!

A Little More About Me {7 Quick Takes (#8)}

1 Mar

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I know, right? Two 7 Quick Takes posts in a row! So… I’ve been thinking lately that I spend so much time talking about my husband’s career, books, and other reflections, that it’s probably time to write a little bit more about myself, so I’m taking a cue from last week’s post by Momma in Flip Flops and sharing 7 tidbits about me…

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The most rebellious thing about me is that I have a tattoo of three pink roses on my lower-back. (Well, they were pink! I just noticed that they’re kind of starting to fade now that it has been 10 years!) It’s kind of funny to me that this is known as a “tramp stamp” since I was a virgin when I got married! Oh, and I have three piercings in one ear and only two in the other! I know, try not to fall out of your chair! Seriously, ask my parents – aside from my sassy mouth at 12-years-old, I was a pretty low maintenance child. I’m hoping that karma works in my favor, but I have a feeling that my second daughter isn’t going to make life easy on me!

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When I’m not working, taking care of my two young girls, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc., I’m usually checking out coupon match-ups and organizing shopping trips. I’m not even close to being “extreme,” although I have had some moments of majorly stocking up on some great deals. I consider myself to be more of a “strategic” coupon-user. More to come on this in the future. Stay tuned!

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When I’m not doing any of the steps in #2, I’m probably watching Notre Dame Football or Basketball or catching up on a favorite TV series with my husband! We really need to get out of the house more often on some dates, but we’re totally happy reclining side-by-side on our black leather love seat in our Notre Dame-decorated basement! Yes, we are a little obsessed!

Yes, even our dog, Princess, has a jersey!

Even our dog, Princess, has a jersey!

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You can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take Indiana out of the girl!

Northern Indiana will always feel like home to me, even though I have lived in Tennessee for nearly eight years now. When I talk, I never know what accent is going to come out of my mouth! I have a lot of family in Michigan, I went to college with a bunch of people from Chicago, and now I’m surrounded by southern drawls! I’m some kind of a Midwest meets the mid-south hybrid!

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Speaking of college, I really regret that I did not minor in Spanish! I took 4 1/2 years of Spanish in junior high and high school and wanted to continue to advance, but my advisor told me that the Spanish professor wasn’t that good, so I didn’t take any courses! Shortly after, a new professor took over, but by that time I had already decided to major in Human Services and Social Work and minor in Psychology and Criminal Justice. There was no room in my schedule to squeeze in any Spanish when I was on track to graduate in three years, so I could get married and move to Nashville! I need to break out the Rosetta Stone again! It is definitely on my bucket list to become more proficient in Spanish!

Trip to Mexico in 2001 with some other high school students

Trip to Mexico in 2001 with some other high school students

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When I actually get some rare nuggets of time, I like to read. I usually use my long commute back and forth from work to listen to books (gotta love the text-to-speech feature on the Kindle)! The automated voice isn’t anything to be excited about, but I have gotten through like 95% more books than I would have if I just read them with my own two eyes! (Yes, I know there are audiobooks, but they are usually more expensive and not all books are available in that format!)

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I’m planning to expand the focus of my blog a little bit. Since pursuing dreams usually requires money, I’m planning to start some kind of series that includes cheap, easy recipes, money-saving tips, inexpensive activities, etc. I’m thinking about calling it, Keep Your Change! I come across so many useful ideas that I should probably share them! I guess I have put this off a little bit because there are so… many great blogs out there that focus on all of these topics in depth on a regular basis, but, oh well! I’m going for it!

I’m also going to dive back into a project that I started at the end of last year! I can’t wait to share it, because it’s going to take what I love to talk about – dreams and doing God’s will – to a whole different level!

Read more 7 Quick Takes posts over at Conversion Diary! Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Shick Family Christmas {7 Quick Takes (#6)}

2 Jan

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I hope everyone had a blessed holiday season! We had a great time with our family and friends over the past two weeks, but it was a rather eventful Christmas! In order to help me step back and laugh at the situation, I thought I’d put together a little multiple choice quiz of our crazy vacation!

Here are the choices for the questions below:
A. Adam
B. Stefanie
C. Big Sister “C”
D. Little “A”
E. All of the Above

1. After being on the road for only 2 minutes and stopping to get gas, who spotted a tire low on air that ended up having a nail in it?

2. Who had intestinal issues for most of the weekend that caused horrible, painful diaper rash?

3. Which family member spent all Christmas Day in bed due to lower back pain?

4. Who had to be taken to urgent care due to a scratched cornea caused by a pink headband?

5. Which person did all the driving and most of the loading/unloading of luggage (included 20 total hours and stops at four different family members’ houses)?

6. Who got delayed one day of traveling back to Tennessee due to winter weather in Indiana?

7. Which one had a major meltdown once we finally arrived back home that included locking her bedroom door and refusing to open it for several minutes?

Answers 1. A; 2. D; 3. B; 4. D; 5. A; 6. E; 7. C

Even though we faced some challenges, there were many blessings mixed in! First of all, Adam was able to catch the flat tire prior to us getting very far and all tires were replaced due to worn treads. Secondly, I was able to rest my back an extra day due to the blizzard that caused us to delay our drive back. Thirdly, Little A’s eye healed 99% in less than 24 hours despite a bad scratch that was visible without dye. She left the patch on an entire day without much fuss! Finally, we arrived home safely!

Be sure to check out the other 7 Quick Takes posts at Moxie Wife this week!  Thanks, Hallie!  My prayers are with you, Jen!

7 Quick Takes (#4)

16 Nov

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I’ve missed doing my Quick Takes for the past several weeks! I have still been keeping up with many other participants’ posts most Fridays though! Here’s some randomness from my corner of the world…

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Did you check out October’s Dreamer in the Spotlight yet? Cecilia Rodriguez Schwartz of Dance Immaculata was featured!

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As I mentioned in my previous Quick Takes post, I have been taking some web design courses via the MBD Training Center. If you’re interested in learning more about web design for yourself, check out the site and tell Ro Little that I referred you!

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Since Thanksgiving is next week, I have to share this amazingly delicious pumpkin recipe that I stumbled upon via Pinterest – Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes! It’s like pumpkin pie with a cookie crust! I’m definitely making it again this coming week!

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I recently finished reading Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit by Jim Cymbala. The personal stories and insights shared in the book truly show the Holy Spirit at work. God can do amazing things in us if we just ask and believe! It was definitely the perfect time in my faith journey to read this. I highly recommend it.

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I’m sure I am way behind on this, but I just found out about Goodreads. I think this will be my new way to keep track of the books I’ve read and the ones that I want to read! Anybody else use this site/app?

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I’m a little in denial that Christmas is less than 6 weeks away! I need to get my shopping list together! I have ordered my Christmas photo cards, though! I got them for 80% off via Vistaprint. I just checked and I think the offer is still good at this special link I saw in a coupon insert a couple weeks ago.

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So my kitchen floor is in need of some serious scrubbing. I love my Swiffer for regular mopping, but I’m sure I need to give it a good old-fashioned hands and knees cleaning. A friend suggested a steam mop. Anybody have any product suggestions or cleaning tips?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Be sure to check out Jen’s and the other 7 Quick Takes posts at Conversion Diary!

7 Quick Takes (#2): Dreamer in the Spotlight Edition!

28 Sep

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Check out Jen’s and other 7 Quick Takes posts today at Conversion Diary!

Hey, Ya’ll! (I’ve lived in the south for 7 years now, so I can say that, right?!) I was having trouble narrowing down who to feature for my monthly Dreamer in the Spotlight post, so I found a solution: A mini run-down of the various people and stories that have caught my attention this month! Consider this your big dose of inspiration for the day!

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Tisha UnArmed

I’m not sure if Tisha is a Christian or not, but what I do know is that this young woman is an amazing example of what can be accomplished if we make the choice to do so, even if it seems impossible. Tisha was born without arms and has recently received attention online for the YouTube videos that she has posted of her doing daily tasks, like making a sandwich with her feet. She hopes to inspire others to be more independent.

Often, we don’t have control over our circumstances, but we can control how we decide to react and deal with situations. We choose how we want to live. We constantly make decisions throughout the day that can either better ourselves or lead us away from our goals. We have the power to choose to take steps to follow our dreams, to help others, to love…

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Manti Te’o

Okay, so considering I’m a huge ND fan and my husband is OBSESSED with all things Irish football, I had to include the outstanding Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te’o. The reason that I am talking about him, though, doesn’t have as much to do with his on-field talent as it does who he is as a person. Manti seems to be a very balanced individual who has his priorities in check. This is a young man who was set on playing football at the University of Southern California and the day before signing day changed his mind to attend the University of Notre Dame after praying to God to make sure he was making the right decision. A few weeks ago, Manti’s grandmother and girlfriend passed away within two days. Due to the overwhelming support he and his family have received from Notre Dame, Manti says he is now starting to see why God had him come to South Bend.

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Dave Ramsey

The Dave Ramsey Show is celebrating 20 years on-air this week! I know many people are familiar with Dave Ramsey‘s radio show, books, and financial advice. Being that he is a fellow “Nashvillian” and centers his work on biblical principles, I thought it fitting to add him to the list! He is a great example of a dreamer becoming a doer and using his gifts to help others!

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Karen Pullano of Godversations

Just a couple days ago, I read Karen Pullano’s story of her family’s choice to pursue the international adoption of her son. While reading her post I was also introduced to the non-profit Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry, Reece’s Rainbow. There are many ways to be involved with Reece’s Rainbow and help children find forever families, so please check out the website!

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Helen Phillips of Transformed by the Journey

I have been following Helen’s blog Transformed by the Journey for a couple months now. Earlier this week, she posted Career, Serving or Both and I loved reading the story of her career journey and her view of God’s will. I think you will, too!

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40 Days for Life Participants

The 11th 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off this Wednesday and runs through November 4th. Since these campaigns started in 2007, some amazing things have happened due to the prayers and sacrifices of so many!

  • 69 abortion workers quit
  • 24 abortion facilities closed
  • Nearly 6,000 lives have been saved

Be sure to check out the 40 Days for Life website for more!

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YOU!!

I’d love to hear your story! I know all of you bloggers and dreamers out there have some amazing “God moments” and I want to share them! I’ve been enjoying reading so many great blogs and getting familiar with the people behind each of them! Don’t be shy! Please contact me so others can be inspired and encouraged by your personal story of faith and trust in God and His will for your life! I’d love to feature guest posts in addition to interviews for my monthly Dreamer in the Spotlight series. My email is adreamerswife@yahoo.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!