7 Quick Takes Friday

This week’s quick takes are going to be quick. Imagine that.


My dear friend and Maggie’s godmother Elizabeth visited this week! We had a lot of fun drinking mango margaritas and wine, taking our kids to the Children’s Museum, and watching awesome TV shows like Say Yes to the Dress and Parks and Rec. Be jealous.

It was sweet. And Maggie told us she “needed some wine”. Am I winning or what?


I have a cd of ACDC that I love to listen to in the car. Apparently Maggie likes it too.

As we were driving to playdate this morning, Back in Black came on. Maggie said, “Mommy, Maggie likes this song.”

Damn straight. My Mother of the Year award can be mailed any time now.


We had a very successful library trip this week, for both Maggie and myself.

Maggie found a stash of Dr. Seuss books, including The Lorax, If I Ran the Zoo, To Think It Happened on Mulberry Street, and a non-Seuss called Isabella’s Garden.

Mommy found two Agatha Christie books (The Secret Adversary and Poirot Investigates), Dorothy Day’s biography of St. Therese, and Simplicty Parenting.

Libraries are awesome.


I am going to my very first 31 party tomorrow. I’m excited because I have been noticing these cute bags for a while now.

If you have any of them, what kind and what do you think of it? I’m in the market for a mid-size cooler type bag, and a tote I can use for the farmer’s market.



Our home is offering many prayers for the people of Boston and West, Texas after the tragedies. Seriously America, what a crappy week.


I just have to say, and I am getting zero compensation or anything for saying this, that the Pioneer Woman Cooks Food From My Frontier cookbook is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I have made about 15 recipes from the book and have yet to be disappointed with even one.

In the last 2 months that I’ve had the book, I’ve made sloppy joes, lemon-blueberry pancakes, tres leches cake, pork chops, shrimp and bell pepper quesadillas, mango margaritas, crash hot potatoes, brownies, lemon garlic shirimp, bacon corn chowder, chicken parmesan and a few others. All of them good. Every last one.
Tomorrow begins the novena to St. Gianna. I usually say one every year. If you’d like to join me, here is the novena. If you have any special intentions, especially fertility related, please leave a comment or send me a message and I will add them to my own. We are praying for a sibling for Maggie, if it is God’s will.
St. Gianna, pray for us!
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  • http://catholicreview.org/blogs/open-window Rita @ Open Window

    Oh, I didn’t know the novena to St. Gianna started tomorrow! I’ll have to remember to say it–and I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  • http://theveilofchastity.wordpress.com theveilofchastity

    #6 LOL How about some Rush? #4 I am a minimalist but I love my 31 bag. It even has my name on it which sometime makes me feel like I am 12 but at other times makes me feel super cool. #1 Yes, Lord a sibling for Maggie, please.

  • Kaitlin @ More Like Mary

    I have the smallest little brown one in the front of the picture. It was a gift and I use it as a trash can for the car. Much nicer than old walmart bags!

  • http://twitter.com/gapgrad Mommy Notes (@gapgrad)

    I love the library and especially Agatha Christie…I’ve already plowed through what little my library has though :/ wamp wamp!

  • http://www.barrenwoman.blogspot.com Rachel

    I have the 31 lunch tote, which holds enough for me and my kiddo for a trip to the zoo or children’s museum. My husband uses the larger one (with a strap) for his lunch box in his semi, and it holds enough for the three of us; it would be perfect for the farmers market. I also carry the retro metro tote as a purse. It holds everything for a day out!!

    I just found your blog. I live on the southside :)

  • http://Andrewandjuliesadoptionstory.blogspot.com Julie

    Lol about mom of the year award!! That pic is funny!

    I can vouch for the PW cook book! I have been blessed to sample your cooking from it and it was all amazing! So, maybe it is you, maybe it is the cookbook! I have been dreaming about more brownies all day.

    I am so excited about the 31 party too!!! Yeah for a new cute diaper bag!!

  • Pat

    I love to go to the library as well. Going there makes me “feel rich”. I can take home books and audio books for free. It is like going to a store, but without having to leave money behind. No guilt!! And writers make me think of things that I would never think of otherwise. And books let me see things that I will never see in person.

    I still have a poster that says “That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest”. My pleasures are: my family– by far the richest treasure in my life, the out of doors– especially a trail through the woods, and books and libraries. How blessed is my life.

    I love Turkey Run State Park.

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

    I have 3 or 4 (or is it 5?) 31 bags and I love them all! Have fun!

    Oh, I see nothing wrong with a child who requests wine and likes ACDC – it’s culture! Plus, she picked AWESOME books at the library – she is one well-rounded gal!

  • Suzie


    I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Could you remember me in your prayers as well? Although I am only 28, I am already “post-menopausal” due to the cancer treatments I had as a child. I was told my only options are to have an egg donor or to adopt. While my husband and I are planning to eventually adopt, I still believe if it is His will, God can work a miracle in my life. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time he blessed an infertile woman with a child!…

    ~Abraham and Sarah had given up hope of ever having their own children when God gave Abraham the promise that he and Sarah would have a son whose offspring would be greater than the stars in the sky. Sarah laughed at the promise of God since she was well past the child-bearing years, but God fulfilled his promise with the birth of Isaac. (You can read more about the story in Genesis 16-21.)

    ~Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, married Rebekah. The Scriptures tell us in Genesis 25:21 that Isaac pleaded to the Lord for his wife who was barren. It was 20 years after their marriage that the Lord blessed Isaac and Rebekah with twin sons, Jacob and Esau.

    ~Jacob married sisters Rachel and Leah. Leah had six sons and a daughter, but the Lord had closed Rachel’s womb. Rachel tried everything she could think of to have children. Once in anguish, she cried out to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die” (Genesis 30:1). Jacob in anger replied, “Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?” It wasn’t until the Lord opened her womb that she bore Joseph and Benjamin.

    ~The Scriptures do not tell us the name of Samson’s mother, but she was childless until an angel appeared to the wife of Manoah promising a male child, a Nazarite, who would judge the children of Israel (Judges 13).

    ~Elkanah had two wives. His favorite wife Hannah was barren. Peninnah, the other wife, taunted Hannah since she had no children. Hannah pleaded with God to give her a son, promising to give him back to the Lord’s work. God answered her prayer with the birth of Samuel, the last and greatest judge of Israel. (1 Samuel 1).

    ~2 Kings 4:8-17 relates the account of the Shunammite woman, whom the Bible calls the great woman. She was great in faith, wisdom, and silence. She opened her home to the prophet Elisha and made him his own little private chamber, a favorite place of retreat for him. Elisha wanted to repay the woman for her hospitality, but she made it clear that she was not seeking honor, recognition, or favors from him. Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, told Elisha that the woman was barren and her husband was old. Elisha’s promise that she would have a son when spring came around again was fulfilled.

    ~The Bible describes Elisabeth, the cousin of Mary who bore Jesus, as well-stricken in years and barren. She and her husband Zachariah had long already given up hope of ever bearing a child, when an angel appeared to Zachariah promising a son. That son was John the Baptist, the forerunner and greatest prophet who prepared the way for Jesus (See Luke 1 for the story.)

    God opened the wombs of these previously barren woman. In two instances the women were clearly beyond child bearing years, yet they bore sons of promise. I believe God can and does perform miracles, even today!