7 Quick Takes Friday - May 27, 2011

Thanks to Jen for hosting.

1. I'm so excited for this weekend! Collin is between university classes and has Monday off. That means we will have two whole days (Sunday and Monday) to spend together, and he won't have schoolwork to do! Tomorrow morning I'm taking the kids to the Surprise Memorial Day parade; otherwise, we're going to stay at home and have a nice little "staycation" this weekend.

2. I'm listening to the audiobook of Before Green Gables, and while it's well written and interesting, it's also rather depressing. I expected that given the subject matter (Anne Shirley's life prior to Green Gables), but it's hard to listen to given how sad it is. I don't want to stop, though, since it is a good book. It does remind me that I want to get the new book The Blythes Are Quoted, probably on Kindle.

3. I finally got Violet's 1-year pictures back. Here are a few of my favorites (all photos were taken by Our365 Photography):

4. I'm 11 weeks today, and it still baffles me that people (e.g., pro-choice people) can say that the little child growing inside me is nothing but a "ball of cells." (Yes, I actually read a comment thread today in which a pro-choicer called an 11-week fetus a "ball of cells.")

5. Speaking of, I wrote a post for Catholic Phoenix earlier this week called, "I Can't Believe I Have to Explain This," about another baffling pro-choice belief.

6. I'm loving our new daycare. William has used the potty every day he's been there, and he's starting to do the same at home, too! At this rate, he'll be fully potty-trained by the end of summer. Woohoo!

7. In remembrance of all our deceased veterans:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


  1. 2 - my Kindle wish list just got a little longer.

    3 - such. a. cutie.

    5 - excellently explained

  2. I read your article from #5...That sort of thing just really gets my dander up at this point in my pregnancy, so I had to stop part of the way through. I just don't have a lot of tolerance for that kind of ignorance.

    Your daughter is beautiful!

  3. Lovely pics!!

    I also found the Anne prequel to be depressing but interesting. I just couldn't "get into" The Blythes are Quoted. Maybe you'll like it though.

    Anne & John McCrae- what a Canadian post you have there :)

  4. I love Canada. :) We used to do an annual camping trip to the International Peace Gardens, and we often went to visit friends in Winnipeg. I miss living so close to the Canadian border!

  5. Awww! Violet is adorable!!

    I have always gravitated toward pro-life, but after having my miscarriages I am even more supportive of it. It's hard to believe that life doesn't exist inutero when you see a little heart beating on the screen at 8 months. At the same time, education really must be emphasized to decrease teen pregnancy and, therefore, abortion rates. It's a tricky issue.


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