7 Quick Takes Friday: The Saturday Afternoon Edition

1.

One day I'm going to keep my camera on me so I can take photos of the 10,000 wardrobe changes Camille makes in a 12 hour time period.  Check out this ensemble:

Style and substance.  Everyone needs a pair of Santa slippers.

Can you believe this child told her grandmother that we were going to let the new baby sleep in the garage?

Yeah, me neither.

She also told us the new baby isn't allowed to sleep in her crib. 

Sorry, Charlie.

2. 

I found a gratitude list in Mary Bernadette's stack of school folders.  This is what was written on it:

I'm thankful for:

the new baby,

the Bible,

and Jesus.

The simplicity of the list made me cry.  My list looks similar.

3.  

I inadvertently horrified a friend when I told her I needed to go to Confession before I have the baby.

"That way, I'll be in a state of grace if I die," I said.

The statement was innocent and off the cuff, but her reaction let me know that she thought the idea dark.  I didn't mean it to be, I really didn't.  But death could come to us at anytime and we should always be ready to go to heaven, right?

4. 

In any case, I went to Confession yesterday and I feel like a new person.  I'm also good to go should anything happen.

5. 

A friend of mine took the kids after lunch yesterday, which meant I had the entire afternoon FREE to do whatever I wanted.  It was the nicest gift.  I met John for lunch, ran a few errands, and had tea with another friend.  It was delightful.

6.  

I don't like to brag, but did you know that I'm a Grand multipara?

Yes, yes, I am.

7.  

This week has been a great week for scoring free books on Amazon.  I recently subscribed to this a website called Book Bub, which curates discounted books in my favorite categories, from top-tier publishers and authors and sells them via sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  I love their daily emails and I've already downloaded a few of the recommended books priced for free or for less than a dollar or two.

Today I got an email about this great children's book resource entitled Tell Me A Story:  250 Great Books For Kids.  I skimmed through it already and the titles in it are great (and it was free)!

Earlier in the week, I downloaded Don't You Forget About Me.    I can't wait to read this one.  I met the author, Erin McCole Cupp, at the Catholic Writer's Guild Conference this past August and her novel intrigued me.   I have had every intention of buying this one once I got through my monster stack I'm currently plowing through, but when I got an email saying it was free this week, I downloaded it.  Score!

I also met AnnMarie Creedon author of the novel Angela's Song at the same conference.   Both Cupp and Creedon spoke about balancing motherhood and writing and I identified with so much of what they said.  I felt encouraged by them and their efforts.  If they can homeschool and raise kids AND write a book, so can I.

I can't wait to check out this book, too!

This book, Blog At Home Mom:  Balancing Blogging And Motherhood, is still free, I believe.   The author offers practical and encouraging tips to help Christian moms balance their life at home with their blogging ministry or business online. I'm always open to new ways to organize and prioritizing blogging, writing, homemaking, and motherhood, so I downloaded it. 

From the Amazon Book Description on Five Lessons From The Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life: "In this short e-book, Connie Rossini introduces you to some of the basics of the spiritual life. Beyond quotes from the Carmelite Doctors of the Church, she explains the five lessons in a way contemporary readers can understand. Each lesson ends with a "What to do" section to help you implement it in your life. Links to blog posts give you material for a deeper study.

You can read Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life in one sitting, then reflect on its teachings for a lifetime."

That's about I got, folks.

Have a great weekend and be sure to check out more Quick Takers over at Jen's!