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Another Saint in Heaven

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I hate to break my blog fast with bad news, but it's 2:30 in the morning and I ate too much Halloween candy before bed. That's not the bad news, that's just the reason I'm blogging at this hour. Also, I apologize for the stream of consciousness blogging that will follow, I just need to get all of this out but I don't think it will be very coherent.
We have another Saint in heaven. Ironically, looking back, I believe I tested positive exactly 2 months before I miscarried. I conceived around August 15, tested positive around August 28, and on October 28 we found out our sweet baby had died.
It is such a baffling loss. I had two prior ultrasounds this pregnancy, one at eight weeks and one at ten weeks. Both times, the baby was measuring right on target and had a beautiful heartbeat. I could even see him or her wiggling around. 

Then, at what was supposed to be a routine prenatal appointment at 12 weeks, my midwife could not find the baby's heartbeat on Doppler. S…

Planned Parenthood and the Two Bobs

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Remember that scene from Office Space with the two Bobs? (If not, you can watch it on YouTube here.)  I like to imagine it would be that same way with Planned Parenthood.*
I can see the two Bobs sitting across the table from a PP representative:


BOB: So what you do is you make referrals and you send the women down to real healthcare providers?
PP: That -- that's right.
BOB: Well, then I gotta ask, then why can't women just go directly to the healthcare providers, huh?
PP: Well, uh, uh, uh, because, uh, doctors are not good at dealing with women.
BOB: You physically take the mammograms from the women?
PP: Well, no, my, my preferred clinic does that, or, or the hospital.
BOB: Ah. BOB: Then you must physically bring them to the clinic.
PP: Well...no. Yeah, I mean, sometimes.
Bob: Well, what would you say… you do here?
PP: Well, look, I already told you. I deal with the goddamn women so the healthcare professionals don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing w…

Why Are We Pushing NFP? Because Sometimes It's Needed.

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Emerging from my blogging hiatus to address a particularly tiresome article from the "holier-than-thou" Church brigade.

This time it's Michael Voris hosting an article by Dr. Jay Boyd, claiming that the Church is wrong in "pushing" NFP.

Note that Boyd claims NFP is licit, but claims that those using it to avoid pregnancy aren't adequately discerning grave reasons to do so. She implies that there are very few grave reasons in which it is necessary for a Catholic couple to avoid pregnancy, and it's far better to simply have has many babies as physically possible and leave the rest up to God. (Which is kind of like throwing yourself off a cliff and trusting God to save you.)

This is the comment I left in reply, in its entirety:
From Gaudiem et Spes, by Pope Paul VI: "Let [parents] thoughtfully take into account both their own welfare and that of their children, those already born and those which the future may bring. For this accounting they need to r…

When You Look for the Bad Expecting to Find It, You Surely Will

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I was disappointed (but not altogether surprised) to read a post at The American Catholic today in which blogger Donald McCleary agrees with a post at "St. Corbinian's Bear" proclaiming that "The tone of [Pope Francis'] Papacy is anger."
My response:


Abraham Lincoln Quotes
I have to wonder if we're truly experiencing the same papacy, because I get the exact opposite impression. My impression of Francis' papacy is one of love, care, and concern. Where is this "anger" coming from? I don't perceive anger in Pope Francis' words at all. I perceive passion for particular issues. I perceive a wry sense of humor that doesn't always translate in written form. I perceive compassion, and an urgency that all those who are believers in Christ live their faith, not just pay lip service to it.

Most importantly, I perceive that Pope Francis wants us to look beyond the myopia of our own comfortable little spheres and start thinking globally abo…

My Blogiversary

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I started this blog six years ago today (which I only remembered thanks to my Timehop app).

I know I don't update very consistently, but it's nice to have an outlet if I need one - and I've made so many friends in the blogging world, for whom I am truly grateful! Here's to many more years!

Francis' Burial

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Here are some pictures from Francis' burial on Saturday, June 6, at Holy Cross Cemetery.






In Memoriam

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Sad news to share. On June 1, at my 12-week OB appointment, we discovered that our little Sprout had passed away. S/he was only measuring 10 weeks and had no heartbeat. I had two ultrasounds to confirm - one on a portable u/s machine, performed by my midwife, and one on a higher-quality machine, performed by a trained u/s technician. This picture is from the latter ultrasound.


I was shocked, and devastated, especially since four weeks previously I had seen Spout's lovely heartbeat flickering on the ultrasound screen. 


My OB recommended a D&C, since natural miscarriages can be harder and more prone to complications the further along you are. 
I agreed with his recommendation, and had the D&C yesterday. Thankfully everything went smoothly. 
We named the baby Francis. S/he will be buried at our local Catholic cemetery on Saturday. 

How an Arizona Transplant Figured Out Lefse-Making

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Lefse-making was always a big deal in my house when I was growing up. My mom would invite a houseful of relatives over, and the kids would run wild as the adults riced twenty pounds of potatoes and made hundreds of batches of lefse. Sometimes we'd have two or three lefse grills going at once. As the kids got older, we were allowed to help rice the potatoes. Then, we were promoted to moving and turning the lefse, which was a BIG DEAL and took a lot of practice to get right.

After I moved to Arizona, I missed lefse so much. It's not something you can buy locally (and really, once you've been raised on the homemade stuff, the store-bought lefse is just no comparison). My mom would FedEx me some packages from time to time, but that was a tricky proposition given how perishable it is. She'd have to pay to overnight it, and that isn't cheap.

Last December, I read this NPR article about lefse, and it stirred up my longing all over again, and I bemoaned my lefse-less stat…

Why I Love My OB

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I had my first prenatal visit this morning, and I got a sneak peek at "Sprout"! S/he was measuring spot on and had a beautiful heartbeat (although I forgot to ask what the heart rate was). 

I saw my OB for this particular visit (there are also two certified nurse-midwives in his practice, and I see all of them for visits depending on who has an opening). As per usual, he was awesome.
1. He was very congratulatory, and made no derogatory references to the fact that this was baby #6 (not that I'd expected him to, but I've heard horror stories from other women with other OBs). He is neither Catholic nor NFP-only.
2. He told me the baby was measuring 8 weeks, 2 days. I said, "Yes, that corresponds exactly to what's on my NFP chart." His response? "Oh, that's right, you're very knowledgeable about your fertility. That's great." 
3. He mentioned that by his calculations the due date was actually 12/13, not 12/12. I said I'd like to …

Visit My New Blog!

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Today is the launch of my new blog, www.CatholicWorkingMother.com! To celebrate, I'm doing a giveaway of a book about St. Gianna!

Check it out!

Why I've Been Quiet Lately

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It's not just the typical busy life of working full time plus five kids... it's not just the post-vacation scrambling to catch up... it's not even working on my new blog, set to launch on Tuesday (feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla!).

Nope, there's another reason entirely that blogging has had to take a backseat...


Yes, that's right... as those of you who are my FB friends already know, Wahlund Baby #6 is due December 12, 2015. We haven't come up with a nickname for him/her yet. (I suggested Lupe or Guadalupe, since Baby is due on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but Collin nixed it.) 
I've been struggling with pregnancy-induced nausea for the past several weeks (I refuse to call it "morning sickness" because for me it's 24/7), especially since I won't take Zofran this time around. 
Last week was really bad... I threw up twice (once at work) and felt horrible the rest of the time. I guess that's better than non-stop vomiting …

7 Quick Takes Friday - March 27, 2015

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Whew, what a busy month it's been! I can't believe Lent is almost over.

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As I mentioned in my QT two weeks ago, we decided to spend a few days in California during the kids' (and Collin's) spring break. The reason we went to California? Well, we had to see a mouse about a car.


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Yes, that's right, we went to DISNEYLAND! Collin was able to get some discounted two-day Park Hopper tickets through his job, and I sold some stock shares that had vested last November (I get an annual stock award from my company if we meet certain goals during the year). We decided to use half of the proceeds of the sale for a fun family vacation.

Our last trip was three years ago, while I was pregnant with Gabriel, so there were a lot of new rides to experience and new sights to see. The remodeled California Adventure park is beautiful, and Cars Land was fantastic! As you can see above, we very much enjoyed the Radiator Springs Racers ride. I finally was abl…

7 Quick Takes Friday - March 6, 2015

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Thanks to Kelly at This Ain't the Lyceum for hosting!

1. We had a joint birthday celebration/extended family dinner for William and Violet last Saturday at Golden Corral (their choice of venue; they both love the chocolate fountain), so last night we celebrated Violet's birthday with a dinner of hamburgers with cake for dessert. Violet requested "an Elsa cake" and the local Safeway was able to oblige:



As I mentioned yesterday, our birthday season is finally over. We're almost entirely in odd number territory now; the kids are 10, 7, 5, 3, and 1. Ellie is the "even" man out (instead of the odd man out, haha). 
2. The rest of our month is crazy busy. Tomorrow, Kara, our friend Mary, and I are going to see (and hear!) Abby Johnson speak, and we'll probably do lunch afterwards. I've met Abby before and can't wait to see her again and hear what she has to say. I may try to get another autograph. :) 
3. The kids have spring break March 16-20 (as do…

Violet is Five!

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Five years ago today it was a Friday in Lent, and I had a baby girl. Father Hans came to see us in the hospital, and was very impressed that we had named her after that day's liturgical color. 
I even remembered to have a meatless meal (a tuna sandwich) for lunch!

Violet is exuberant about life and fascinated with everything around her. She's probably going to be reading before kindergarten (which she starts in August!), given her insatiable curiosity with letters and words that has recently developed. She's also a fantastic big sister to Gabriel and Peter.

Happy birthday, Violet Elizabeth!
After today, "birthday season" (in which we have at least one family birthday every month from October to March) is officially over until Peter turns 2 (gulp!) in October.

Happy National Grammar Day!

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Let's celebrate!

Sadly, I don't think I'd like this drink -- I'm not a fan of gin and I don't like olives. But I applaud the concept!

I Have a Seven-Year-Old!

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My oldest son turns seven today!

He's gone from a tiny 6lb, 4oz baby (4 weeks early!) to a tall young man who excels in school and loves playing Xbox (as well as classic Nintendo) with his dad. He is sweet, caring, and says he loves God. (Future priest? Let's hope so!)

Happy birthday, William Joseph!




7 Quick Takes Friday - Resources for Lent

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Ash Wednesday is in less than a week! I've found cheap and/or free Lenten resources around the Internet recently, and I wanted to share the love.

(Full disclosure - I recently joined the Amazon Affiliates program, so if you buy any of the Amazon resources by clicking on their respective Amazon links below, I get a small percentage of the sale.)

1. 2015 Magnificat Lenten Companion (I bought this one!) - 99 cents on Kindle



2. Lenten Meditations with Fulton J. Sheen - 99 cents on Kindle




3. Living Faith: Lenten Devotions for Catholics: Lent 2015 - 99 cents on Kindle




4. Pope Francis: Living Lent with Passion: Encouragement and Daily Prayers - 99 cents on Kindle



5. The Cross and the Beatitudes by Bp. Fulton Sheen - $3.49 on Kindle



6. Free Printable Calendars:

Family Lenten Practices Calendar

Printable Lenten Calendar from Catholic Icing

7. Meatless meal resources:

My Meatless Meals Pinterest Board

Recipes for Lent from AllRecipes.com

Lenten Recipes for Your Family from CatholicMom.com

Recipes for L…