Showing posts from April, 2012

I'm a Guardian Angel!

I'm so pleased and honored to report that I've become a Guardian Angel for the adorable Steven at Reece's Rainbow!

Look at this sweet face:

Isn't he just a little doll? From his RR page:

This little one is SO cute!   Wispy brown hair and giant brown eyes, Steven is HIV positive and has fetal alcohol syndrome.    Steven is described as a sweet and affectionate  boy.  He is perfectly mobile with no physical delays.    He needs a loving family so he can reach his full potential!

From one of our adoptive families who visited with him in April 2012:  can tell that he has FAS (by his facial features). Very petite.   Bad teeth poor thing, very worn down.   But a happy friendly playful guy, shared nicely.  Waited his turn.  Ran around chasing bubbles with the rest of them.

How is it possible that sweet Steven only has $10.00 in his adoption account?? I'm going to make it my personal mission to make sure that number increases!

If you or someone you know might be inte…


The lovely Amber at Making the Moments Count tagged me in this meme and I am happy to participate. It's like über-Quick Takes!

The Rules:

1. Post the rules.

2. Post a photo of yourself along with 11 random facts.

3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.

4. Create 11 new questions and tag new people to answer them.

5. Visit the people you tagged to let them know.

11 Random Things

1. Almost every night, I nurse Gabriel to sleep while watching an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger (gotta love DVR). I have a weakness for watching Chuck Norris kick butt, and I think Clarence Gilyard is very cute.

2. I love barbershop quartets, and enjoy watching YouTube videos of the international barbershop quartet competitions. Like this one:

3. I'm a sucker for good mystery novels, and I'm working my way through Sue Grafton's books at the moment. I'm currently on "M is for Malice."

4. I also love the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Rober…

Correcting Misinformation

In the course of doing some research on the various methods of NFP, I came across this site from Cornell University's health department. It begins with this little gem:

The first ten words were enough to make my blood boil. Although I figured it was a futile gesture on my part, I hunted up a contact e-mail address and sent a message:

You have some misinformation on this site:

It says, "Natural family planning, (sometimes known as "the rhythm method").... which is false.

The rhythm method (or, more accurately, the Calendar Method) is a form of NFP but by no means the only one, so to imply that "NFP" and "rhythm method" are interchangeable terms is false and misleading, especially given that the Calendar Method is the least effective form (as few women have perfectly consistent 28-day cycles).

Other, more reliable methods of NFP include:

Billings Ovulation M…

Violet's Other Birthday

Violet's Other Birthday -- that is, the anniversary of her baptism, her new birth in Christ -- was on Saturday, April 14. I knew it was in mid-April but couldn't remember the exact date, so I finally looked it up.

I wish I had remembered on the actual day, but better late than never, right?

7 Quick Takes Friday - April 13, 2012

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It's Friday the 13th! Here's a good article from on how the day came to be considered as unlucky.
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I need to spend the weekend getting the clothes situation at my house managed. It's terrible. I have Mt. Laundry in my bedroom, and all clean laundry that is done is hanging out in clothes baskets. I think the kids' dressers are full of outgrown stuff. Here's hoping I can work all day Saturday with minimal interruption (isn't that a lovely fantasy...).

Actually, what I need to do is take a day off of work, so I can have 8 solid hours alone in the house to get it done... but I'm always hesitant to burn my flex time in case I need it for illness (either mine or kids'). Sigh. So much to do, so little time.
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I admit, shamefully, that I am delighted by the fact that there is now a Wal-Mart two miles from my house. I know, Wal-Mart is the devil, etc. Still, it'll be nice not to have to drive to the busiest part of Surprise …

Hilary Rosen says...

"I admire women who can stay home and raise their kids full-time. I even envy them sometimes. It is a wonderful luxury to have the choice. But let's stipulate that it is NOT a choice that most women have in America today." - source
Um, Hilary? What about the women who WANT to work outside the home but CAN'T because what they'd pay in daycare is more than they'd make as a salary? Or because illness (either their own, or a child's) or logistics (e.g., only one car and no jobs within biking/walking distance, in a city without reliable public transportation) makes it impossible? Realistically, sometimes being a stay-at-home-parent ISN'T really a choice.

Why not just admit that all mothers work hard regardless, and that every woman should be credited for doing what's best for her family?

And the first sentence of that paragraph is B.S. Let's look at the logic of your original statement:

"Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life."


How is Gestational Age Calculated?

No, Arizona did not pass a bill that says a baby's life begins two weeks before conception. That is what's known as "maliciously false pro-abortion propaganda."

Here is the text that has everyone up in arms, from HB 2036:

4. "Gestational age" means the age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.
I've been pregnant six times, and every care provider I've ever seen (two different OBs and a midwife, in two different states) has calculated pregnancy this way. In fact, with Gabe it was a bit of an issue because I insist on calculating my pregnancies based on conception date since I have long cycles, and the medical assistant at my OB's office only knew how to calculate gestation based on LMP (last menstrual period). But hey, don't take my word for it:

Calculating the day your baby begins to develop and keeping track of your pregnancy dates can be a challenge. The development of preg…

Easter recap & prayer buddy reveal

Prayer Buddy Reveal for those who don't want to read the very bloggy recap:

I had the honor of praying for Perfect Power in Weakness, and was prayed for by Gina at Jeremiah 29:11. Thank you, Gina, for your prayers!

Whew, what a Triduum. It seems as if I blinked and it was over!

A quick recap:

We had planned to go to Maundy Thursday services, but then Elanor threw up at school and had to come home. I was panicking, envisioning a bout of the flu over Easter weekend, but I think it was an emotional upset more than a physical problem (she had a sub at school that day and the change in routine really upset her). She was fine by Thursday evening but we opted to stay home, just in case.

I took Friday off of work, as I don't like working on Good Friday unless it's unavoidable. (Last year I didn't work on Good Friday, but only because I was newly pregnant with Gabe and ended up spending the entire day alternatively throwing up and wishing for drugs, which I eventually got, thus…

Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified


My good and dear Jesus,
I kneel before You,
asking You most earnestly
to engrave upon my heart
a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity,
with true repentance for my sins,
and a firm resolve to make amends.
As I reflect upon Your five wounds,
and dwell upon them
with deep compassion and grief,
I recall, good Jesus,
the words the Prophet David spoke
long ago concerning Yourself:
"They pierced My hands and My feet;
they have numbered all My bones."

A Gift for my Catholic Friends


You're welcome.

Heaven help us.

Someone on Twitter just told me that not only is abortion okay, but women actually have a moral obligation to abort their children if they can't financially provide for them.

Or, as he put it, "...predict within reason the ability to provide a decent quality of life to the future person."

I wishI was joking.

"Safe, legal, and rare" is dead. It's become "abortion on demand with no apology."

Heaven help us. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

On This, We Agree

The latest issue of the anti-Catholic newsletter Proclaiming the Gospel arrived in my e-mail inbox this morning (I'm subscribed as an apologetics exercise -- it's easier to respond to the arguments of anti-Catholics on the spot if you know what their positions are beforehand).

I've mentioned my frustrating e-mail exchanges with professional anti-Catholic Mike Gendron before, but this time I have to give props to him. He said something with which I wholeheartedly agree:

Let us have a greater compassion for people committed to a religion without any real understanding of what the religion is about. For example, to be "committed to Roman Catholicism" simply because a person was born into a Catholic family is foolish. To be loyal to a religion without investigating its core doctrines and history, is complacent ignorance masquerading as faithfulness. People who follow religious leaders and rituals blindly are either too proud, too lazy or too intellectually dishonest…