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7 Quick Takes - Lots I want to say, but will keep my mouth shut, for the most part

1.  The Boy Scouts of  America Decision
I could write a whole post on this alone, but I just do not want to right now.  I am saddened by the decision for many reasons.  I have read many comments about the decision on both sides and they anger me.  There is no charity and respect anymore.  I am most distraught by comments made by people who call themselves Christians  . . . if this is how most Chistinas act and speak, no wonder people are leaving churches. 

The only thing I will say that sums up my thoughts on this issue is a quote from the founder of On My Honor.  This is a paraphrase of what he said;  he said that Scouts in not the place for sexuality and politics and activism. And, I totally agree with him.  Scouting should be about fun and camping and character development.

One more thing that I think people did NOT understand is that the former policy already allowed for scouts with same sex attraction (which I have No problem with):
The essence of the difference between the old …

5 favorites

Linking up with Hallie to share my five faves this week . . .

1. Virgin Mobile

Cell phones.  They have become a necessity.   I have always thought that the monthly charges were outrageous.  A friend told us about Virgin Mobile a few years ago.  And that has been our carrier since.  When looking for a smart phone, we researched and researched and even planned on switching, thinking it may be cheaper or better.  And, even though you have to buy the phone at full price (which is somehow about $100 less than other companies), Virgin Mobile is still cheaper in the long run than going with any other company.  We live the the metro DC area, so coverage has never been issue.  I pay $30 a month for my iPhone plan . . . Yippee!


2. Sonlight (the books!)

I cannot sing Sonlight's praise enough.  I love the books that my boys read for school.  They are all, quality books that, even I, get lost in.  It is a lot of reading and can be labor intensive (for me) at times, but I would not trade this c…

Our Camp Out

   This past Friday night I slept in a tent, outside, for the first time ever!  Twice a year, our boys' cub scout pack has a camp out.  And for the last several years, we have either been out of town or had something else going on that we could not stay.  But, this time we had a tent and no excuses, so camping out was happening! The pack event and Bridging started at 6:30 PM and our den was meeting for dinner at the park earlier, so I worked really hard to get to the park early enough to have everything set up before the festivities began.  But this also meant that my hubby would not be there to help me set up the tent.  I staked out our spot in the site, and started the set up.  Before  I knew it, I had about 6 scouts surrounding me, helping me!  Now, this could have been trouble (think 7-11 year old boys), but luckily they took direction well and we had the tent up in no time.
The pack activities ended with smores, the perfect camp out food!  By that time is was about 9 o…

When God speaks . . .

Brothers and sisters:
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
and not only that, but we ourselves,
who have the first fruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves
as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
For in hope we were saved.
Now hope that sees is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.


In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God's will.
Romans 8:22-27

We were blessed to travel to a good friend's son's First Communion mass yesterday. It was celebrated at a vigil mass for the Feast of the Pentecost. The above reading was the second reading at mass. 

Now, I know that I am taking "adoption" out of…

7 Quick Takes

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!
1.  My Mother's Day present!
Yep!  The iPhone 4.  I totally thought I was cool, for like a day, and then realized that I am many years behind.  Oh, well . . .

I like it, I am glad I have it, as it has helped with work a bunch already.  I have not played with the iPhone too much yet, since my kids go nuts every time they see me pull it out (I think they think their mom is cool because she has an iPhone!). 

Anyone have any apps that they think are "musts"?
2. We are going camping, people!

Tonight, I will be sleeping in a tent for the first time EVER!  I am not looking forward to it.  We are not camping people, but that is something that God thought had to change because I have two boys in scouts and another who cannot wait to join.  I really do not know what I am doing and feel horribly under prepared.  We have no camping stove, so we will eat breakfast bars and fruit and nuts for breakfast.  We do not have enough sleeping bags.  Actually, we are …

Five Favorites

1.  Sevenly


I am always up for supporting a good cause.  And Sevenly helps do that by selling, trendy, statement-making items.  The proceeds support a different cause each week and the designs change each week, based on the charity.  This week is Love Without Boundaries.


2.  TV shows online
Ever since my injury, most of my runs happen on a treadmill.  It is just easier on my hamstring and my body is a lot happier that way.  But I do not like running on the treadmill.  Can you say, BORING?  Luckily, there are Full Episodes of my favorite TV shows online.  Some of my favorites to watch:

3.  Trader Joe's Cocoa Almond Spread Need I say more?? 4.  Beachbody Workouts As a personal trainer, I have tried a lot of workouts, and I have to admit, Beachbody has some great ones.  I am not worried about this because personal trainers will never go out of style, but if you are the type of person that just wants to workout at home, these are the best, most intense workouts out there.  I have done In…

Multiplying loaves and fishes again? Oh, me of little faith!

During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,“I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?

“How many loaves do you have?”Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied.

He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them.The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away,he got into the boat with hi…

The Journey to Yes: Part II

You know, after the comments on Part I, I am feeling a bit of pressure . . . I hate to say this, but this may be bit of a disappointment after the build up . . . because,you see, God did not move big, He did not move fast, it was more of a gentle breeze, a quiet coaxing . . .

2013 began and I was looking for a BIG sign.  Both hubby and I were in the same place.  We were both ready to say YES to adoption. Yet. Yet, I felt God saying WAIT.  No movement.  I got signs that God heard my prayers and that HE was urging me to just continue to pray. There were times I was frustrated with it, but mostly I was at peace.

I knew, in my heart, it would happen.  I just did not know when.

But, in all my humanness, I was trying to figure it out.  Trying to figure why we needed to wait.  And one thing was clear . . we had no idea what agency we would use when the time came.  And, I am not sure why this became so important to me.  There are, after all, MANY good, quality agencies.  Yet, it seemed essent…

A post that I have been wanting to write for a while: The Journey to YES: Part I

I  had wanted to write a special post about our journey to a "yes" to adoption, but last week I realized that way too many people were asking me about adoption and I do not like to lie.  I have said  a lot lately and I am not good at keeping secrets (my own, not others). So, I figured I would just put it out there in a 7 Quick Takes and come back to a more in-depth post another time.

If you have been around here for a while and read my posts about why I decided to do the Run for the Little Flowers, you know that adoption has been on my heart for years.  And about 2 years ago, I thought God was saying yes.  We moved forward.  Then stopped.  Truthfully, my husband and I were not on the same page with it all.  And we needed to stop. While he trusted my discernment and believed that God may be calling us to adopt, he was just not "there" yet.  And I knew he needed to be.  So, as hard as it was to stop, we put adoption plans on hold.  At the time, it seemed like it may…

7 Quick Takes- Big news in a not so big way, trees, presents, and total randomness!

1.  The Big News
I have had lots of people ask me in real life, and I have said a little too much on Facebook, so I am announcing this here in a not so big way right now . . .

We are adopting!
More to come on that.  A real post soon.  But for now, pray for us because, God willing, in about 18 months, we will be travelling to China!

2. My Mother's Day present

I am a bit behind the "technology curve."  I always have been. When I was a freshman in college, I took a class called Popular Music in America (don't judge). And, on the first day of class the professor asked us to raise our hand if we did NOT have a CD player?  (Yes, I am that old!) I was one of the two, in a class of about 60 people, who did not have a CD player.

And, today, I am a smart phone "hold out."  I am lucky I can text on my phone, really.  But, that will change.  I need one for work, so now it will be a tax write-off.  Hubby is hinting that this may just be a good Mother's Day present . …