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7 Quick Takes Friday - February 24, 2012

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My Week In Pictures (+ 1 Video)
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Here's a short video I took of my grandma Violet making Gabriel smile. So cute! Please ignore the obnoxious Diego DVD in the background.

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Today's Psalm

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Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

7 Quick Takes Friday - February 17, 2012

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Oy, what a week. I'm thankful for the 3-day weekend at hand, mostly so I can get more sleep. 5am comes awfully early when I'm woken up by a baby 2-3 times per night, no matter what time I go to bed.

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I'm loving having my grandma here. She helps me amuse the kids at night when I'm trying to get dinner ready, and she's even been gracious enough to do laundry and some cleaning while I'm at work during the day. It's like having a live-in mother's helper. I'm going to miss her when she goes back home in March!!

Gabriel has really taken to her as well. All she has to do is pick him up and he's all smiles and cooing! It's so adorable. I'm going to try get a video this weekend.

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Just a reminder that the Phoenix 40 Days for Life Campaign starts up again on February 22! Sadly, my work schedule is not as flexible this time around so I won't be able to participate as much as I'd like, if at all. :(

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A Valentine's Tale

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Or, "The Day I Was One of Those Moms."

In early 2007, Elanor, who had just turned two, was attending a local daycare center in Fargo, ND.

A few days before that Valentine's Day, the lady who ran the center told me that they were going to have a Valentine's Day party. All the kids were going to make valentines for each other, and they wanted each child to bring in a valentine box.

I inwardly winced; I knew I could wrestle all weekend with a glue gun but still produce something that would look like a head-on collision between Sesame Street and a nightmare. I really didn't want to make my toddler blush with shame.

I had a sudden inspiration and knew exactly what to do: I called my mother. All the Martha Stewart genes in the family had passed me by, but my mother had them in spades (my sister got them too; I somehow managed to cop the bibliophile genes instead).

I explained what I needed and asked her if she'd be willing to whip something up for Elanor.

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I Am the 98 Percent

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One of the Obama administration's justifications for the HHS' contraception mandate is that “Contraception is used by most women: According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute [affiliated with Planned Parenthood - hardly an unbiased source!] most women, including 98 percent of Catholic women, have used contraception.”

First off, this argument is completely irrelevant, as the U.S. Bishops point out:

If a survey found that 98% of people had lied, cheated on their taxes, or had sex outside of marriage, would the government claim it can force everyone to do so?
Fr. Andrew over at Shameless Popery also discusses why this justification is both specious and dangerous:

By appealing to the behavior (not belief) of a particular religious group, the Administration (and others) are trying to indict the validity of an actual well-formed Catholic conscience. The claim might as well be: No one really holds that religious view so why should we respect it? This is how a government begins to…

Susan G. Komen Has Caved to Planned Parenthood's Bullying

I was going to do Quick Takes, and then I saw the news that Susan G. Komen has caved to Planned Parenthood's bullying. I had just signed the "I stand with Susan G. Komen" petition, too. At least I hadn't yet sent in a donation (had intended to do that tonight).

Instead, I'll send that donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and continue my boycott of Susan G. Komen and pink products.

It's a shame. I very much admired SGK's assertion that they wanted to give money to clinics that actually did mammograms as opposed to only performing manual breast exams and mammogram referrals. I also thought it was nice that they were no longer funding an organization whose products -- abortion and hormonal contraception -- increase one's risk of breast cancer. But in this case it seems as though politics won out over common sense.

Edit - Also, I'm following Kara's lead and abstaining from Facebook today, in prayer for our bishops and for those dece…