Skip to main content

7 Quick Takes

1. The storm that wasn't

So all the talk around the DC area was the "big storm" we would get yesterday.   Yes, we were supposed to get a major snow storm about 1" of snow.  And we did not even get a flake.  I really wanted to it snow.  And snow lots.  This Buffalo girl needs some white!!

2.  No neighbors

Our neighbors on our right have moved to Florida and are prepping their house for rental.  The neighbors on our left have put their house on the market and are moving to Houston.  I am really praying hard we get an amazing, catholic, homeschooling family to move in next to us.  Anyone want to move to the metro DC area??  I know of a good place!

3.  Running

I am on a hot streak!!  I have had about 8 runs now with no IT Band troubles at all!!  I am still taking it slow and I only run every other day, but this is such a big breakthrough.  I am so happy.  I am continuing to do my PT exercises and Yoga and I have totally laid off of all intense lower body workouts that may stress out my hamstring.  My SI joint is still giving me issues, but overall I will take that over the total breakdown I was having before.

4.  Leaving on a Jet Plane

Next week at this time I will be on a plane to Georgia.  I have not shared or spoken much about this, but I am going on a retreat called Created for Care.  The retreat is for adoptive moms, those looking to adopt or those with a heart for orphans.  Maybe when I share about the retreat, I will share why both my hubby and I felt God was calling me to go,but for now I will just share that I am so excited to go and cannot wait for next weekend.  And as an added bonus, I get to see an old friend from Steubenville!

5. Look how "My boys" have grown
Ok, they are not my boys, but if God wanted to perform a major miracle so that we could adopt these guys, I would not mind! (These little guys are with Little Flower Projects)

June 2012
January 2013 
6. Am I the only one . . .

 that does NOT watch Downton Abbey?

Clearly, the answer is YES!
7. My current motto . . .

Have a great weekend everyone!!


  1. I will be praying for you on your retreat. And, I know you know this, but you simply MUST start watching downton abby. That is all.

  2. Oh my gosh those boys are so cute - and I would love to hear more about your adoption/retreat story!

  3. I have a heart for orphans too. My dad was one. Maybe that's why. And also because I cannot even believe how blessed I am. 6 healthy beautiful children? I have yet to find how to be helpful to orphans, but I'm looking for 'my sign' 'my place'.

  4. Oh my goodness - we definitely have to talk after the retreat!! I'm very excited for you, and I love, love love that you are running, and your quote is perfect too!! :)

  5. So glad you are able to run again!
    Have a wonderful retreat, excited to hear all about it.

  6. #5: Your boys look great!

    #6: I think I saw part of the first episode but that's been it. I'm more of a forensics junkie.

  7. It was 65 degrees here?! I'm missing the Maryland crisp weather. But it doesn't look like I'll be seeing any snow...ever. That's so good to hear about the running. As someone who is getting back into working out, I am praaaaaying that no injuries stand in my way. I love getting a good workout in!!

    I can't wait to hear about your retreat. I saw a 20/20 special when I was 19 and have always wanted to adopt. I put it in God's hands and if it ever happens for me, I'll welcome it. Those boys are so PRECIOUS!!! The CHEEKS!!!!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Fasting and the Current State of Our Church

I love researching diets.  If it is new and popular, I probably have read about it some and maybe have even tried it.  Lately, fasting has gained popularity.  You can find books that will provide research on just how good fasting is for the body.  And, I have been intrigued, mainly because I am horrible at fasting and the thought of restricting myself from eating food completely sounds too extreme. 

As Catholics we are called to days of fasting and abstinence, and for as strong as I like to think I am, I am quite a wimpy "faster."  But, after reading a great deal about fasting and its physical benefits, I started to feel like God was asking me to get more serious about fasting, not for the physical benefits but for the spiritual ones.  My husband and I were out for a walk the other night and I was talking about my new found respect for fasting and how I feel called to do it more, for spiritual reasons, and I started to speak about how amazing it is that fasting has so many …

Settling In

I find it ironic that the last post I posted was about our move that did not happen and how God wanted me to be moldable.  When I typed those words and prayed those words, "God make me moldable," "Move to Wisconsin" was NOT what I was envisioning.  But, sometimes God's will is surprising and unexpected.

So, here we are.  18 days as Wisconsinites.  So many people have called and texted, asking me how we are doing and I often find my words fall short.  I am better at reflecting and writing out my thoughts, so this is for all those who have asked and are wondering . . .

We are doing well.  The move has felt very natural in so many ways.  It feels comfortable here. I haven't felt out of place or a "fish out of water" here at all. The kids all like it here.  Some miss their friends tremendously, which is expected.  One of my "littles" has shown some regression, also expected, but everyone is adjusting so well to the new house and neighborhood. …

Simple Woman's Daybook - Back to School Edition

Outside my window...
It is cold!

I am thinking...
About starting up school again today . . . back the the "grind." I happy to get back into our routine again.

I am thankful for...
Having some time to sit and blog!

I am wearing...
Fleece lounge pants with little green frogs on them! I love wearing these when it is cold.

I am remembering...
All the great times we had as a family the past two weeks.

I am going...
To work on my long to-do list!

I am currently reading...
Nothing . . . I am in the mood for a good novel, but I am not sure which . . . any suggestions?

I am hoping...
That my leg heals quickly so that I can start running again this week. I have something called Anterior Compartment Syndrome in my left leg. I have not run much in the last three weeks and now I have not even been able to workout this past week (by physical therapist's orders). I miss running and working out. I am so much happier and easier to live with when I start my day with exercise.

On my mind...
I am really …