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7 Quick Takes Friday - August 31, 2012

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Tomorrow, Collin and I celebrate eleven years of wedded bliss! In honor of our anniversary, I'm treating y'all to quick takes of some of my favorite wedding memories. Aren't you lucky?

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These were my "wedding tennies." I flatly refused to wear heels; I wanted to be comfortable on my wedding day and not spend the entirety of my dance with aching feet. My mother bought a $10 pair of white canvas shoes at Wal-Mart and decorated them with beading, lace applique, and tulle. They were so comfortable!

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These were the centerpieces on our reception tables. My mother borrowed the rose bowls and mirror tiles from a friend of hers whose daughter had recently married, so they didn't cost us a thing. She decorated them with tulle and I bought white floating candles shaped like roses to put in them. We had little wedding bell favors on all the tables as well.

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My wedding dress! It was $250, and I paid $50 dollars for alterations. It was actually my…

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 24, 2012

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My car hates me this week. On Wednesday, it wouldn't start. The battery was completely dead. (And no, we hadn't left the lights on or anything... it just picked that day to die.) So, we had to have it towed to the Nissan dealership to get a new battery installed.

This morning, I was backing out of the driveway and realized that something felt odd. I stopped the car, got out, and saw that the rear driver's side tire -- the same one that went out on the interstate a few weeks ago and had to be replaced -- was completely flat. I ended up having to take our minivan to work today (Collin walked the kids to daycare, and then he put the spare tire on and drove our car to the local Firestone). Turns out the tire had a screw in it.

What a pain.

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William was sick for a full week. He started vomiting last Thursday, and yesterday was the first day since that time that he didn't throw up at any point during the day or night. Collin took him to the doctor earl…

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 17, 2012

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Please pray for the family of Peter Benedict. He was born yesterday at 5:27pm EST and passed into the arms of Jesus a few hours later at 9:05pm. This was not unexpected as Peter had previously been diagnosed with anencephaly, but his family is grieving nonetheless. I know Peter's mommy from an online FB group, and she is such an amazing woman.

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Back in May I posted about the song Child of My Heart by Sarah Hart and how strongly it resonated with me. I can't find the lyrics online anywhere so I took a few minutes to transcribe them.


Child of My Heart 
by Sarah Hart 

This world was not for you to see 
My arms were not to hold you close to me 
But still I know you are child of my heart 

I weep for all we will not share 
for sweet memories that won't be there 
but even through this dark, child of my heart 

 I see you with the angels 
safe inside the arms of God 
I hear you rejoicing in heaven's love 
In Heaven's love 

Who on earth could fill this empty space 
for…

A Question for Harry Reid

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There is one entity in the United States, other than Romney himself, that possesses full, complete, uncensored copies of Romeny's tax returns.

The IRS.

Given this, why isn't the IRS going after Romney with charges of tax fraud, tax evasion, etc., if indeed he has paid NO taxes the last 10 years on his considerable income? That's their job.

Why should Harry Reid expect us to take his accusations seriously if the IRS - the government entity responsible for collecting taxes, as well as the interpretation and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code - doesn't?

If merely looking at Romney's tax forms are enough to convict him of tax fraud in the eyes of the public, surely the IRS should be able to convict him in the eyes of law with documents they already have in their possession, right?




7 Quick Takes Friday - August 10, 2012

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Elanor had her first day of second grade on Monday. (We had considered holding her back a year, but after a two-hour meeting with her special ed team, we've decided to revamp her IEP and advance her to grade 2.) Here she is just before we left:



And with her matching Hello Kitty fedora:


I can't believe my baby is in second grade!

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I'm amazed by the technology in her classroom. A few days ago, Elanor drew a picture on one of her room's iPads and then told her teacher about what she drew. Her teacher e-mailed me the picture and a recording of Elanor's story! You can see the picture and listen to her story here. (It won't work if you're on an iPhone, just FYI, because the app requires Flash.)


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More bragging about my eldest... she drew another family portrait for me the other day, and showed off her math skills, too! 
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Look what I bought the other day:



Love!!! Thank you, Target!

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Uncanny resemblance, no?


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Screw You, ACLU

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Dear ACLU,

I read your blog post titled History Is On Our Side: Why the Federal Contraception Rule is Constitutional.

As a Catholic, a woman, and an American citizen, I was grossly offended by your assertions about my faith, my life, and my ability to participate in American society.

You assert the following: Access to contraception is crucial for women’s equal participation in society. 

False. I have not used contraception since 2003 and I participate fully and equally in society. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in technical communication, and I work full-time in my field (and have done so since 2003). I also have four children, ranging in age from seven years to eight months. I vote in every election, primaries included, and stay informed regarding political events. 

Yet you claim that it is impossible for me to participate equally in society unless I use contraception -- moreover, that it is impossible for me to participate equally in society unless my Churc…