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7 Quick Takes

Thanks Jen for hosting!!

1. St. Andrew Novena starts tomorrow!! 

I will spare you all from hearing, once again, how much I love this novena, so all I am going to say is: PRAY IT!

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)
2. Blessed John Paul II, Pray for us!
Tuesday was our LAST home visit with our social worker.  It was the day she was going to do the walk through, inspecting the house.  After school work was completed, I was cleaning LIKE CRAZY.  I had done a lot of reorganizing and cleaning over the last few weeks in preparation for this visit, but I was doing all of the "final touches."  Well, I was in my sons' bedroom, straightening up and noticed something.  LOTS of broken and cracked glass on the back of the door.  I am not sure if it was a 60's thing or what, but their bedroom door has TILES of glass on the back of it.  (It is really ugly) Anyways, over the years, the glass has suffered and there are cracked tiles and pieces of glass missing from the door, that we have not done anything with, except to cover it with tape.  2 hours before she was set to arrive, I called my hubby in a panic.  What are we going to do?? 
He calmly told me to put a poster over it and pray she does not look at it. AT ALL.  The only poster big enough was a Blessed John Paul II poster.  I hung it up over the cracked glass, put duct tape over the rest, and told my boys to pray for Blessed JP II's intercession so that she would not even look at the door.

And she didn't!  We passed and we are so close to having our homestudy done I can feel it!
3. Black Friday Anyone??
I am NOT a Black Friday shopper, are you?  But if you are looking for great sales on fitness items, check out the Beachbody sale!  You can shop on my site. All proceeds go to fund our adoption.  If you have any questions about any of the items, you may leave a comment or email me at katiepetko (at) yahoo (dot) com and I will get back to you shortly!

4.  Adding it to my reading list . .

Pope Francis' Encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium.  My hubby has been reading it already (the lucky guy was able to get it a day early!).  It is long, so I am really, really hoping to squeeze it in this weekend.

Anyone reading it yet?  Thoughts? 

I want to read it before any firestorm begins so that I am well informed!

5. A day late, but I have a turkey question.

Ok, I know that Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I will be making a turkey for Christmas too.  But, I want to know if any of you brine your turkey and if it is worth it. I have never done it and the turkey tastes fine and juicy to me, but I get to the day before Thanksgiving and wonder if it is something I should do.  So . . .

Do you brine??  Is it worth it??
6. My hubby's birthday present
I just had to share, because I love this picture!  I finally reviewed all the pictures of when my hubby met the Pope, ordered my favorites and got some enlarged.  And this one is my favorite . . .
7. Little Flower Cuteness
Have a great weekend everyone!


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