7 Quick Takes Friday


Oh my goodness! I am so stinking excited because tomorrow I’m going to the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese Women’s Conference and the featured speakers are Scott and Kimberly Hahn.

I’ve never heard Kimberly speak, but I could listen to Dr. Hahn talk all day; he for sure has a radio voice.


Possibly even more exciting is that Leanne from Life Happens When is going to be coming up and meeting me in Indy; then we’ll drive to the conference with a good friend of mine from here.

Leanne and I are going to have a girls night on the town on Friday….but before you are overcome with jealousy….it won’t be too late since we have to leave my house at 5:45 a.m. to meet my other friend and drive to South Bend for the conference which starts at 9. Yikes.

I’m going to need an IV drip of caffeine.


Maggie started pre-school this week. Hold on, hold on. Before you accuse me of trying to get my kid into “Baby Yale”, let me tell you about her preschool.

It’s twice a week for two hours and they (1) play with toys, (2) go to the playground, and (3) study things like circles, apples, and colors.

It’s really like a glorified play-group.

It’s also the reason I am sitting here writing right now. There is a conviently located Starbucks across the street from the pre-school. What could be more perfect than that?


It’s sort of funny. The preschool is run at a Medthodist church, but both of Maggie’s teachers are Catholic, and the woman who I found about the preschool from is part of my Catholic women’s book club (she is also a teacher at the school). I thought that was pretty cool.


I don’t know who cried more when I dropped her off, me or her.

She is most assuredly not a baby anymore.

Sometimes I miss having a baby. Ok, a lot of times. Then on days like today, when I am sitting along, drinking coffee, doing uninterrupted thinking and writing, I think to myself, “Take your time God; This is ok”.

Know what I mean?


It’s funny when people meet us, they usually say if they think Maggie looks like me or Eric. I never know what I’m going to hear!

So, I thought it would be fun to put it to a vote on the blog.

Here’s Maggie:

Now here’s Atticus at about the same age:

And here’s one of me:

What do you think?? Keep in mind, if you don’t say me, you’ll be banished forever. Just saying.


Since pre-school is nearly over, I’ll just say:

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  • http://gedert014.wordpress.com gedert014

    We just watched a video about them in RCIA! That’s so cool you get to hear them speak!

    And I do think she looks like you in the face, and more like Eric with the hair :)

  • Leanne@ Life Happens When

    Woo hoo!!! I’m so excited!! See you in like 10 hours!! Yay!

    My kids started preschool last week. My 3 year old goes 3 mornings a week. My 16 month old goes 2 mornings a week. The 16 month old is still adjusting as she’s never really been away from me (and never away from me with anyone who wasn’t family). Yesterday was her 4th morning and though she did cry when I handed her over, she quickly calmed down and played the rest of the time with very few tears!!

    It doesn’t hurt that my sister teachers there. She’s my 3 year old’s teacher and she always has an eye in Caroline’s room!! :) Also, it is at a Baptist church, but my sister, one of Caroline’s teachers, and several other teachers are Catholic. Also, many kids there are Catholic. I wonder why there aren’t more Catholic programs like this?

    Isn’t it awesome to have some time to yourself?!? Good for you!

    Maggie most definitely looks like you! See you soon!

  • http://gravatar.com/cordialkitten candice

    I always say babies are like holograms. Who they look like at any given moment totally depends on the light and the angle. That said, in these pictures I think she looks more like you. :)

  • http://michelle-endlessstrength.blogspot.com Michelle

    I find my kids look like different members of the family on any given day. Lately, Sarah looks like my best friend (and Craig’s cousin) Bridget. Dani looks a lot like Craig’s (now deceased) Aunt Margaret. Helen looks like Moi and Dominic is almost like a clone of his dad. Vincent looks a lot like his cousin Jack who is 8 months younger than he is.

    As for your precious Maggie…I say that in THAT picture, she looks a lot like your husband. But I’ve seen pictures of her with you where I think she looks a lot like you. (please don’t banish me)

    Enjoy your #cathsorority get together and your conference!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/bonnieeng Bonnie

    Have fun at the conference – and hanging out with Leanne! My friend Marie will be there, too – I am jealous!

  • http://Www.graceandpressure.blogspot.com Grace

    I vote for you, except the hair- that looks like your husband! My daughter is in a Methodist daycare as well in Indy, but full time :( I miss her during the day ( I usually waste my lunch time by going over to feed her!)

  • http://www.kathleenbasi.com Kathleen

    Oh, I love Candice’s comment. Totally stealing that!

    We had Scott & Kimberly Hahn here several years ago, and I was lucky enough to be the one to go pick them up from the airport. Kimberly and I had a wonderful girl-talk on the road. You will love her!

    As for preschool, don’t beat yourself up, or let anyone else beat you up…preschool’s a great thing, and we’re blessed to be able to send our kids a little at a time. A couple of generations ago we could all trade child care with other mothers on the block–now, we need preschools. So be it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joymhbailey Joy Bailey

    #4 Sounds very much like the nursery school my littles are in. Liam started today and was tearful at drop-off and pick-up but I’m told was happily playing the rest of the time.

    Have a good time this weekend!

  • http://www.theroadhomewv.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Have a fabulous trip!!!!

    Love Maggie’s preschool “day” – so awesome for both of you!!!

    All 3 babies are adorable :)

  • Kaitlin @ more like Mary

    You will love Kimberly a thousands times more than scott!

  • Laura M

    Eric, sorry.

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  • Pat

    And her dad and aunts and grandma are United Methodists. United Methodists often have preschools as a way to use the Sunday School rooms. They value both religious education and preschool education. They value families and try to provide programming that is supportive of families.

    She looks like you. It is those gorgeous big eyes and those beautifully arched eye brows. But I also think that half of her wonderfulness comes from her daddy.

  • Pat

    Good byes and new beginnings. You will remember that first day of preschool for a long time. I understand your mixed feelings about motherhood. It is great to have children underfoot and also great to have some time apart for oneself. I think it is healthy for the kids for it to be that way because someday we have to be able to really let them go, to be their own persons.

  • Pat

    Correction to my first comment above. Maggie’s dad was raised United Methodist and then became Catholic. His grandma lives on in him. She was always United Methodist but on at least a few occasions said that maybe she should become Catholic.