7QT: It’s All Good!

7QT: It’s All Good!

Oh, hi! I’m here for the 7 Quick Takes link-up! What’s that, you say? The 7QT link-up was two (almost three, but who’s counting?) days ago? Oh. Ah. Well. Hm.

Hohhkaaaay … Well, no worries! I am gonna do it anyway, especially since this week’s theme is, “It’s All Good!”

'Nuff said.
‘Nuff said.

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Sign up for daily devotionals today!
Sign up for daily devotionals today!

I’m super excited to be part of the new Blessed is She apostolate, with daily devotionals rolling out tomorrow! Just between us, I feel a little like an interloper, writing posts alongside some super established and amazingly talented individuals. Be that as it may, the real star is the Word of God, which truly is both living and effective. I have no doubt lives will be transformed through regular meditation and contemplation of Sacred Scripture through this endeavor. Come on over to Twitter tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST for a live chat celebrating the launch! #blessedisshe

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Pacific NW peeps: Catholic Women Rejoice is having its 3rd annual conference September 27. The organizers (all super sweet and holy) are generously offering a Labor Day Special that ends, you guessed it, on Labor Day! From the CWR Facebook page:

Now through Labor Day, register 3 ladies and get the group discount of $35 per ticket! Normally the group rate is for 5 tickets, but grab two friends and get the group rate for just 3 tickets!

Head on over to the website and sign up. I promise you won’t regret it!

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Speaking of conferences, the first-ever Catholic Women’s conference in Alabama is coming up October 4th! Called to Love was recently featured in the Archdiocesan newspaper, in the blogosphere, on the radio, and I’ve heard tickets are going fast! Register before the Sept. 4 deadline here!

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The fact that RealCatholicMom.com is now an actual thing had to make my list because it just makes me so very, very happy. I’ve got a new graphic for my Vintage RCM posts. woohoo!

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And also, things are rolling along with the new Celebrating Real Catholic Women series. I have some really exciting interviews coming soon, so … squee … stay tuned!

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I think this Fall may go down as The Season of All the Guest Posts and Link-ups for Real Catholic Mom. In addition to posts at Blessed is She, I’ll be guesting over at my friend Krystin’s blog about homeschooling, and at The Kennedy Adventures about faith-building resources for our families. I also have aspirations to link up soon with Amanda over at Worthy of Agape for her awesome What Marriage is Teaching Me series, and with Gina at Someday Saints for her inspired Embrace the Ordinary project.

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Who knows? Y’all might just get sick of me and fire me from the interwebz.

Time will tell.

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Okay, so this guy is amazing, and his absurdly transcendent talent makes me happy. See for yourself.

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Our son’s godsister turned us on to Drag & Gary this past Friday, and even though I have a bizarre sense of humor, I think you’ll thank me for suggesting you watch this clip featuring the incomparable Matt Maher.

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I laughed until I cried. My children asked what was wrong with Mommy. You’re welcome. 🙂

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Something old, something new

Something old, something new

Someday I shall recall the tale of how it took a bajillion years to regain control of the RealCatholicMom blog from WordPress. Meanwhile, I’m excited to share that I put together a new graphic thang for when I dust off some of my old posts and give ’em a second breath of life.

Everything old is new again!
Everything old is new again!

Oh, and also also – you may now find me at www.realcatholicmom.com forever and ever amen. Or until the apocalypse. Or death. Whichever. Yay!

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7QT: LIFE (??) WITHOUT THE INTERNET

7QT: LIFE (??) WITHOUT THE INTERNET


When the ginormous thunder boomers hit town earlier this week, I thought the worst case scenario would be an endless parade of wakeful children piling into our bedroom in the middle of the night, resulting in Project Coffee IV Drip the next day.

That's what they tell me.
That’s what they tell me.
It was worse.

You guys. We lost our Internet connection and our landline. THE WORSTEST!

Ree ree ree ree!
And, to make things even more craptastic, I couldn’t find my phone. Granted, it’s not a smartphone, but still. Here are my seven quickish takes on LIFE WITHOUT THE INTERNET.

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Here’s a pictorial representation of the metaphorical Zombie Apocalypse which, regardless what Calah says, is happening right now. I realized that, with an internet connection, I sometimes look a lot. like. this. Gross.

The Zombie Apocalypse, folks. I mean it.
The Zombie Apocalypse, folks. For realz.
 

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Here’s the note I had to handwrite – with a pen no less – to our kids’ principal because I couldn’t just dash off a quick email last night or this morning:

It's only the first full week of school and I've contacted the principal twice. I rule.
It’s only the first full week of school and I’ve contacted the principal twice. I rule.

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Here’s the great book I tried to give away here, then had to adjust expectations here because of aforementioned lack of connectivity. Lucky you – there’s still time to enter. 🙂

The wonderful book in question!
The wonderful book in question!

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Here’s how I was able to see who signed up for the homeschool field trip I scheduled tomorrow, and how I was able to view homework and event updates via my kids’ school’s online system:

Oh, the humanity!!!!!!
Oh, the humanity!!!!!!

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Here’s how I listened to Catholic radio, checked and sent e-mail, perused Facebook, Twitter, online prayer requests, event registration totals, and etc. ad nauseum, et al:

Nothing, I tell you!!

Annnnnnd …

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Here’s the time I spent on fun math word stories (FIVE CHAPTERS’ WORTH) with my homeschooler, and here is dinner on time and all the dishes almost completely done and the kids bathed and me going outside and weeding the front flowerbed and then meeting the new neighbors and actually reading a really good book for fun.

Okay. I admit. It was pretty cool.
Okay. I admit. It was pretty cool.

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Truth time. While I have never been officially diagnosed as addicted to anything, I can imagine my perma-jones for wifi recently (complete with eye twitches and tightening chest as I desperately whine at random passers-by: “Duuuude, I gotta log innnn!”) might be a sign of something, well, slightly problematic.

This involuntary radio silence that was like a big, dark, truthful mirror: I am attached, dependent upon, perhaps a teensy bit, um, reliant, and perhaps a smidgen, dare I say, addicted to the world wide web.

Duh. I like the Web.

So. There it is.

I promise to look at my online habits and try to dial it down a notch if you promise not to throw this post in my face every time I complain about not having enough time. Oh, and you also can’t tell my husband I think I have a problem. Deal?

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Edel the First

Edel the First

*Originally written August 5 (which is like 13 years ago or something in online time), this post has been aging, like a cheap fine wine, as I impatiently waited for my blog to be released from, ahem, WordPress Purgatory. But that’s another story for another day.

Surprise, surprise – I am late to the Edel after-party!!

Friends, I have started this post in my mind a thousand times. And I just. couldn’t. write. it. Couldn’t. Could. Not.

Reality hit like a ton of bricks the Monday after the conference – so much so that I was inspired to at least write *something* –The Catholic Mom’s “Drop-Kicked Into Reality” Prayer.

And yet …

So many amazing and talented women had already written eloquently and, according to the Facebook comments, really, really beautifully about what happened in Austin last month. I intentionally didn’t read all these incredible blog posts because I was waiting, as I tend to do, for the perfect time – the perfect time to write out my many, swirling thoughts, and then the perfect time to savor everyone else’s. I was waiting. For perfection.

I hadn’t blogged in almost three years, which basically means, in Internet-speak, that I hadn’t blogged since 1864. I obviously needed to update my blog. PANIC!! How can I invite people over to this space?! It doesn’t look or feel right! I need new drapes … or buttons. Something. And content? Lord Jesus! I need time to ponder. I need to think. I need to go out at night, under the cloak of darkness, away from my home, away from the chaos, so I can concentrate. I need to go to Adoration. Okay, the needing Adoration part is almost ALWAYS TRUE. BUT STILL.

And then, somewhere between the piles of dirty laundry (dear God – where does it ennnnd?) and the stacks of filthy dishes, and the fact that school starts next week (whaaaaaat???) I had a moment of clarity, and I finally remembered probably the most important thing I realized at Edel:

God does not want me to be perfect. He just. wants. me.

He wants the me who just shrunk all her new shirts because she forgot they were 100% cotton. He wants the me who procrastinates because the timing (or the something, and the other something, and the something else) isn’t quite right. He wants the me who says awkward things at inappropriate times. He wants the me that is too loud. He wants the me who crashes the dance floor in flip-flops because her shoe strap snapped. He wants the me that is broken, and unsure, and wounded, and spends too much time on Facebook. He wants the me that encourages and prays and stands up on her chair when amazing homeschooling Moms do the robot and the me who shouts, “Amen!” during Marion’s talk.

He wants the me who can still close down a bar with the best of ’em. The me who is often drowning in priorities and diapers and is both confident and hesitant. And friendly and shy and who likes to laugh (again, loudly). He wants the woman who was excited to have a break yet felt very, very guilty for going and almost didn’t. The one who had so much fun live-tweeting during the talks yet admittedly hid behind her self-appointed task so she wouldn’t cry (too much) when the points about being isolated and alone struck too close to home.

He wants all of that. And more. The good, the bad, and the ugly. He wants Heather, His beloved daughter. Heather the wife. Heather the mother. He wants it all. He wants and loves ME.

And still, despite this mini-epiphany, I didn’t write. Womp, womp. Have I learned nothing??! Did I mention it takes me a while?! Late bloomers unite …

So, in a flurry of, “Yes, Lord, I surrender this all to you,” that happened on this very day*, I write this imperfect post – my first third on my own blog since November 2011 (sweet fancy Moses – did they even have the Internet back then??) I decided that, if I don’t write this thing today, it was just not going to get written. So, this post isn’t anywhere near perfect, and in that respect, it is a perfectly accurate reflection of its author.

And there you have it. For now, at least. There are so many more things I want to say – about Edel, and life, and … I may just have to write about them all. Soon. In His timing.

God bless y’all.

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, #Blog style!

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, #Blog style!

The power is yours, dear reader! A new entry is within your control!

It’s the first-ever Real Catholic Mom Choose-Your-Own-Adventure event!

Whichever of the following blog titles receives the most votes as tallied via the “Leave a Comment” section, below, will be the topic of a future post!

Note: These are actual titles of drafts I have thought about writing and/or started writing, etc. but for one reason or another haven’t completed. Part of the excitement is that, other than the title, you don’t know what I was thinking when I began the blog (and honestly, some of them are almost 2 years old, so it’s possible that I don’t know what I was thinking, either) so the content will be a complete surprise!

Note 2: If none of the listed titles appeal to you (what!!?), I will accept “write-in” suggestions, as long as they are morally decent and plausible topics for a Real Catholic Mom to write about. (I’m not gonna be doing a book review of War and Peace anytime soon, for example.)

Note 3: Voting closes this Friday (8/5/11) at 12 midnight PST, so vote now!

THE LIST

  1. You won’t be home ’til WHEN??!
  2. My husband is a little bit insane. I love my husband.
  3. Hippo birdie.
  4. Whatever you do, DON’T PANIC!!
  5. Are you killing yourself?
  6. Speak, Lord – your servant is listening
  7. Once a cheater, always a cheater?
  8. Dream a little dream of green
  9. Why “Real”?
  10. What Would Jesus Tweet?
  11. I am the spleen
  12. One year later …
  13. My 2 cents and God’s economy
  14. Why don’t you just shush up??!
  15. Have you lost your vocation?
  16. Doin’ dishes
  17. The tale of 2 Mrs. Andersons
  18. True Love is a decision
  19. Rest in Peace
  20. Oh, baby

Let the games begin!!

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