Friday, October 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes of Peter! October 3, 2014




Peter turns ONE on Tuesday! Can you believe it?? I can't! His party is this weekend and we are going to have a blast! In his honor, here are some of my favorite pictures of my little guy. (I might do a Part II next week, as I have so many great pictures of him!)
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One of my first glimpses of that sweet face


shortly after his (very speedy) birth



First Halloween!



Happy guy



Big smiles for great-grandma Violet



Little tease



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Monday, September 29, 2014

How Would You Respond to this Pro-Abortion Argument?

The original comment can be found here, on this post at the SecularProLife.org blog, if you want to read more of its context. I've already responded, but I'm just curious as to how others would respond.
Women still die from pregnancy, and it doesn't matter how rare or how common certain afflictions are. It is a FACT that not every complication can be predicted, prevented or cured. Women will die. Period. We can't predict which women will die, or how many. But some will die. By forcing women to remain pregnant against their will you are effectively denying women the inalienable right to life. You are rolling the dice with women's lives.
What would you say to this person?

Adding a random picture, because every blog post can be improved with Commander Spock.

Friday, September 26, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - September 26, 2014




Apologies in advance, but this is going to be an exasperated quick takes; I have a few things to get off my chest.

Russell Pearce is an idiot. According to him, I should be forcibly sterilized because my family qualifies for Medicaid. Hello, Mr. Pearce, I work full-time but my salary alone is not such that our family can easily get by. And believe me, my husband is diligently searching for a job so we can get off Medicaid as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is a crappy economy. Want to loan us $50,000 so we can manage for a year without public assistance? No? Then shut your piehole. (And yes, I did write him a letter saying this, although in slightly more tactful terms.)


I adore the blog at SecularProLife.org, but the combox has been overrun with pro-abort trolls. I think that most people have simply stopped commenting because it is just so wearying to deal with the constant attacks and slurs. For example, take a look at the following exchange I had today (it's long, so feel free to scroll past -- and apologies if, after seeing this, you sustain a head injury due to the force of your facepalm):










Why do I even try? Oh, I know... it's for the lurkers. I was converted to the pro-life cause in large part because I read tons of blog articles, and their subsequent comboxes, debating the different issues. I never participated, though. I'm hoping that other silent lurkers may be similarly convinced.


Then there's this idiocy, in which Obama et al are encouraging businesses to refuse to serve other businesses that buy and sell firearms. So.... let me get this straight. I can refuse to serve a gun owner, or a business owner that buys/sells guns, but I can't refuse to participate in a gay wedding? How does that work, exactly?


William came home with this assignment the other day:


I don't really mind the assignment itself -- yes, it's obnoxious to have projects that require direct parental assistance given that I have already gone through first grade and certainly don't need to repeat the process by working on an assignment, but whatever. The pennies requirement made me raise my eyebrows. And penalizing kids who can't find pennies from 2007-8 to present? Whaaaa? That is so dependent on dumb luck that it's baffling to me. We very rarely carry cash anymore, and I don't really want to go to the bank and get rolls of pennies in hopes that we'll get the right ones.

Thankfully my awesome friend Rose dug through her change jar and found all the pennies we need, but still. I could see making it an extra-credit aspect of the assignment, but it just seems grossly unfair to make it a requirement that you're penalized for not fulfilling.


Anyway. In happier news, we've scheduled Peter's first birthday party for October 4! How is it possible that my baby is turning one already??? *sob*


Please, please continue praying for our family. Collin still has had no luck on the job front as of yet... he's had a few interviews, but no offers. It's discouraging to say the least. Thank you!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - September 12, 2014


--- 1 ---

No concrete news on Collin's job front yet, sigh. Continued prayers are appreciated.

--- 2 ---

I wrote an article for SecularProLife last week about why it's horrible to call abortion and miscarriage the same thing. (You wouldn't think people would need that explained, would you?) You can read it here: Precision of Language, Please, New York Times

Do yourself a favor and don't read the comments; apparently the article struck a nerve with many pro-abortion trolls, one of whom called Noel, the baby I miscarried in 2006, a "meatball." Stay klassy, pro-abortioneers.

--- 3 ---

Peter turned 11 months old on the 7th! I can't believe my baby is going to be a year old soon! I took this adorable YouTube video of him the other day; while I was filming, he said one of his three words ("Mama"!). The other two words he says are "Dada" and "Kee" (kitty).


--- 4 ---

He's not crawling yet but he is getting very, very close - it should be any day now. Plus he's been trying to pull himself up to a standing position lately. *sob* Where'd my baby go??

--- 5 ---


I did see "The Giver" a few weeks back and I thought it was excellent! Don't believe the reviews -- the changes made were, I thought, mostly necessary. (It wasn't a perfect movie, but by and large it was very well done, I thought.)
--- 6 ---

Collin and I celebrated 13 years of marriage on September 1! We were able to see a movie ("Guardians of the Galaxy," which was also excellent!) and then go out for dinner. We had a marvelous time.

--- 7 ---

My carpool partner found a new job so starting next week I'll be driving alone again. :( I haven't had any luck finding a new partner, but hopefully I will. Not being able to take the carpool lane is going to be frustrating.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 22, 2014


--- 1 ---

Collin has several job prospects on the horizon. I don't want to go into more detail than that, so apologies for the vagueness, but could you please pray for us and our discernment?

--- 2 ---

Congratulations to Amy (and her husband) from This Cross I Embrace! I have been praying for them for years, and I'm so overjoyed that they are parents at last! I was so happy when I heard the news that I teared up.

--- 3 ---

Peter had an orthopedist appointment yesterday. The doctor said his feet continue to look great! He did order some adjustments to his brace, but the pediatric orthopedics shop was booked so we can't get those done until next week.

sweet little feet
--- 4 ---

Speaking of Peter, look who is allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllmost crawling:


He hasn't quite figured it out yet, but he's very close. *gulp*

--- 5 ---

The kids started school on August 7 - Ellie in 4th grade and William in 1st. Sigh... time flies.



--- 6 ---

In contrast, here is a picture of me and my brother in 1987, on our first day of school -- he was starting 3rd grade and I was starting 1st grade.

 Am I rocking that '80s hair or what? And check out Matt's totally rad suspenders!


--- 7 ---

I'm going to try and see The Giver this weekend (Collin saw it last weekend and liked it quite a bit). I've read that while there are some notable differences from the book (which is one of my favorite books of all time), Lois Lowry approved them all and also said that some made the story better.

Did you know that The Giver has three sequels? I'm actually surprised at how few people know that. I didn't know myself until a few years ago, and I only read the fourth very recently. (The fourth is the best of the sequels, in my opinion, but they are all great!)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Over at Catholic Stand...

...I've provided a helpful guide on when it's permissible to use NFP to avoid pregnancy.

You can read it here.

Also, just a reminder that the coupon code for the Organic Mama Shop ends TOMORROW!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Whole Wheat Pita Bread in the Bread Machine

Thank you to Heidi for the recipe! I made it last weekend and ate it this weekend (it was in the freezer all week). Very tasty pita bread, and wonderful with roasted garlic hummus.



1.5 pound:  
1 and 1/8 water
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1.5 tsp sugar
1.5 tsp active dry yeast 

1 pound:
7/8 cup water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp oil
1 tsp sugar
1.5 tsp active dry yeast

Place all ingredients in bread pan, select Dough setting, and press Start.

When dough has risen long enough, the machine will beep.  Turn off bread machine, remove bread pan, and turn out dough onto a floured countertop or cutting board.  Gently roll and stretch dough into a 12 inch rope.

1.5 pound:  with a sharp knife, divide dough into 8 pieces
1 pound:  with a sharp knife, divide dough into 6 pieces

Roll each piece into a smooth ball.  With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6 inch circle.  Set aside on a lightly floured countertop:  cover with a towel.  Let pitas rise about 30 minutes until slightly puffy.

Position oven rack in the middle of oven:  preheat to 500ºF.  Place 2 or 3 pitas on a wire cake rack.  Place cake rack directly onto oven rack.  Bake pitas 4 to 5 minutes until puffed and tops begin to brown.  Remove from oven and immediately place pitas in a sealed brown paper bag or cover them with a damp kitchen towel until soft.  Once the pitas are softened, either cut in half or split open the top edge for half or whole pitas.   They can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.