7QT: Theo’s Birth Story

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Theodore Patrick Hines
2/18/15 at 2:55am
8lbs 6oz
20.5in

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On Fat Tuesday, I was eating paczki and feeling pretty…um…fat. I had just put Ellen to bed around 8 and was walking down the stairs when I thought I felt my water break. With my other two, it was a definite gush, but this being a slow trickle, I just figured I had sunken into pregnancy so far that I was just peeing on myself now.

But, after picking up the house and walking around for a while, the water kept coming, and the contractions had started. So, calls were placed and off we went on our 40 minute trek to the hospital.

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Turns out that the roads were suh-lick, and we saw a ton of emergency vehicles and tow trucks pulling cars out of ditches. That was good for my anxiety. No plot twist here – we made it safe and sound.

At the hospital, they determined that I was 5 or 6 cm, so I got my blessed epidural right quick and laid down to sleep. A little while later, my doc came to break my water since it hadn’t broken completely, and that is when the shakes started. Any of you other moms have intense shaking while in labor? It’s easily my least favorite part. Anyway, I was able to get that under control enough that I went back to sleep.

Around 2:30am on Ash Wednesday, my doc woke me up to check how I was progressing. When he went to check, I heard him laugh and say, “The baby’s head is 3cm out. Hold on while I get my gloves!” As they rushed to get everything in place, I woke up Mike who was in a deep sleep. “Um, I’m pushing the baby out right now.”

Disoriented from sleep (such a hard labor…), I pushed Theo out in one contraction, and that is the end of the easiest birth story in the world.

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Theo didn’t have a name up until a week or so before he was born. The other kids had names almost as soon as we found out the gender. So, Mike asked his prayer group to pray for a name for this kid. The next day, he got an email from a fellow member with a list of names that came to him in morning prayer. Theodore was the last name on the list, and we knew it was zee one.

Even though the first name took us some time, we had his middle name chosen for a while. Patrick is Mike’s younger brother’s name as well as my dad’s middle name. No brainer.

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Theodore means “God’s Gift.” This was a particularly hard pregnancy for me and my anxiety. I had been telling myself throughout the course of it that this baby was a gift from God. I had to remind myself that God can only bless me with His gifts, not curse me. So, when we found out what Theodore meant, it really sealed the deal.

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After he was born, my mom wanted to see if there were any great feasts on February 18. Turns out it is the feast day of St. Theotonius. I can’t make this stuff up.

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We could have also named him Charalampias and had a similar coincidence. And Ashton Wednesday would have been an equally appropriate name. Man, Theo, you lucked out.

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Sibling Love

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Theo is unsure of the world but adjusting well.

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#5Faves: Netflix Documentaries That Aren’t About Food or Healthcare #StreamTeam

Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming and a streaming device as part of my membership on the Netflix Stream Team.  All opinions expressed within this post are my own.

It’s not that I don’t like food and healthcare. Those are some pretty great things, I suppose. It’s just that I am over the Supersize Me and Sicko spin-offs and looking for documentaries that are about anything other than that at all. Do you feel me?

So, these are five documentaries that I’ve recently watched, enjoyed and wanted to share because I love you, and I care about your brain. AND, they are all streaming on Netflix right this very instant.

5 Documentaries That Aren't About Food or Healthcare

Inside the US Secret Service
Coolest Thing Learned: The president always travels with his own personal blood supply.

Jig
Best Line: “It was like walking into a Shirley Temple convention.”

Mystery of a Masterpiece
Not Really Spoiler: This didn’t end how I wanted it to. It was still fascinating.

The Fruit Hunters
Ok, this sounds like it is about food, but it’s better than that.
Best Part: Watching Bill Pullman geek out over ripe fruit.

Inside: Lego
I’m not even really a Lego person. I’m more into, like, not Legos. But I found this to be so gripping. Not gripping, but “interesting” sounds lame. It was good.

 

Load me up with your fave doc recs. I’m a big fat sucker for them.

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#5Faves: Ways to Detox a Pregnancy

Anna is here again, and this time it’s a double whammy. A #5Faves and an announcement. Bet you can’t guess what it is. I bettttt…

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Oh, a new little baby.

A new immortal soul, a new little light in the world, shining without being seen. The only tangible proof that there’s a baby even there was a line on the pregnancy test, my uncharacteristically intense craving for Pepsi, and a bloat that could propel me to India if you put a propeller on my bum. Like a happy and nauseous dirigible.

These pregnancies are starting to feel like the academic years. Nine months on, three months summer, nine months on again–at least this time around. I’ve found myself looking at this long stretch of time sort of like I did back at the start of a new school year, all psyched to start fresh, do my homework before I was tired dead shell of a human, wear a cute outfit every day, an excel in everything. About a week in, I’d usually lose a lot of morale and settle on wearing a hoodie every day and doing my homework during Oprah commercials.

But now, I’m hoping to start off the pregnancy right. My last one I gained more weight than I should have, ate way too much ramen (I was pregnant with a boy, after all, and he might as well have been a college guy as he came out the size of a line-backer), and was a cranky and tired mess. Perhaps that’s just pregnancy, but I’m going to try a five new things:

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I will strive to only do things I consider beautiful or useful. Like the way people manage the clutter in their house, they strive to only keep possessions they consider beautiful or useful. I’m hoping to do the same in my daily life—not using pregnancy as an excuse to binge watch Sister Wives, but perhaps to pray, read, sleep, or talk to a real human when I have a chance to decompress. And when I’m with my kids, not sit idly on my iphone while I supervise them, but talk to them, engage with them, or at least LOOK at them while I work on something else. This does not mean constantly being productive—this only means to do things that will really help me with my short term goals of that moment—help me truly rest, help me work, help me grow in grace, even when I’m uncomfortable.

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I’ll only put in my body what is beautiful and useful. Is chocolate beautiful and useful? You’ll bet your sweet a** it is. But I’ll try and stick with only a few pieces, not enough to make me grow a third thigh in addition to a human. I’ll only eat the frivolous stuff to the extent it is useful—in giving me a small treat, a lift, but not a sugar or caffeine high. And just because I may not be in the exact mood for a salad or a sweet potato, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t just suck it up and eat it to nourish myself the right way. I’m hoping this will physically make me feel better overall through the pregnancy. My future child has a whole lifetime to eat a massive bag of Doritos in one sitting—let’s give him/her a chance to start AFTER he/she emerges from the womb.

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Reflect OFTEN on how this is a fleeting season. Looking at my first two, my pregnancies with them seem like such a side note. They felt awful during, but look at what we received: beautiful, unique humans who will grow, eventually sleep through the night, eventually won’t poop their pants, eventually won’t need ME at all. This will pass. And it will faster than I realize. I will not be the size of a parade float forever.

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I’ll ask for and take help easily. I am pregnant with my third baby. My first two are still very young and needy. I will be very needy. This means there will be days when I will look like the hind leg of a mountain goat and be about as friendly as one if there was an annoying chipmunk behind it. Therefore, I’m going to push my pride aside and accept the help of people around me who offer it, and try to recognize days when I genuinely need to ask for it, and accept it BEFORE the point of desperation.

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I’ll forgive myself (and others) easily. I won’t hit all my goals every day. I’m knocked up. It’s okay. Also, those around me won’t be able to read my mind. I’ll probably be an irritable grump that may be an irritable grump to those around me. But instead of being a crotchety pregnant lady, asking for grace in the times where I want to be mad at someone close to me.

Hopefully my resolution will last more than a week before I dive off the deep end into a kiddie pool of ramen noodles and the last 40 seasons of Gilmore Girls, but I’d appreciate your prayers as I grow this next kiddo.

 

Anyone have any words of wisdom on raising three? Something beautiful to tell Anna?

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7QT: she is still banking Lenten sacrifice hours

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Still* pregnant over here. Don’t worry. I’m due Thursday the 19th, but Sam was 12 days early, so I am considering myself on overtime right now. That’s how it works, you know. Let me spare you the rest of what I was going to type and sum it up here: wah. wah. wah. womp. womp. womp. wahhhhh.

*Author was still pregnant at time of writing this post. If the universe has had mercy on her ribs, she will be in labor at this very moment. Otherwise, she is still banking Lenten sacrifice hours…which are totally a thing.

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

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#5Faves: Steps for Brushing Your Teeth

Lent in the Time of a Newborn

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daddy-daughter dance

daddy-daughter dance

while Sam and mom ate our ever-increasing weight in pretzels while watching "Go!" aka name that movie.

while Sam and mom ate our ever-increasing weight in pretzels while watching “Go!” aka name that movie.

lots of audiobooks in these parts these days

lots of audiobooks in these parts these days

new designs in shop

new designs in shop

finished this charming book for the first time ever

finished this charming book for the first time ever

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  • WP Greet Box: Puts a little greeting at the top of your posts and is tailored to the site your visitor arrived from. Also, I am well aware of the rule about ending sentences with prepositions, and because I know the rule, I can do whatever I want to. ha.
  • Scroll Triggered Boxes: When you get about halfish way down my page, you’ll see a box pop up with an option to subscribe via email. That’s what that is.

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

50 Shades of No Thank You

Let Us Keep the Fast?

43 Favorite Fictional Couples

Read More Books Now

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Reading: Lizzy & Jane (on sale for $.99 right now!)

Eating: scones and leftovers, baby

Listening: George Ezra Radio on Pandora

Wearing: pass.

Praying: for an anxiety-free delivery; for strengthened faith and hope

 

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#5Faves: Steps for Brushing Your Teeth

You’ve got to be kidding me, Jenna.

Hear me out.

I hate going to the dentist, but I do it because I like my teeth in my mouth, and I also like it when people are willing to talk to me face to face without grimacing. But, I only go two times a year because I am not a glutton for punishment. So, what do I do in the in-between times? I learned this method from a dental hygienist friend, and I swear by it. 

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Floss First: I think everyone knows you’re supposed to floss everyday, and like, three people do it. Whatever. I’m not a dentist. I don’t judge (stupid, judgy dentists…I kid). But, start by flossing to loosen everything up (yum!); it makes brushing everything out easier. And, if you have hardware in your mouth – I have a built in retainer – junior high forever! – try Superfloss. It has a nice threader on it to get those hard to reach places.

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Mouthwash Second: After flossing, you’re going to want to rinse out all of that gunk. What better way than to use mouthwash in lieu of water? I like Listerine Total Care Zero because I’m a big baby.

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Brush Third: I use an Oral-B Complete Action Power Toothbrush. That’s a…mouthful. ha. Right. And, don’t forget to scrub the roof of your mouth and your tongue. While you’re at it, run your toothbrush over your lips to exfoliate them. This will make them nice and smooth for applying lipstick.

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Tongue Scraper: This is so gross, so I’m not even going to talk about it. But, just buy one. Scrape your tongue regularly.

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Drink Water: I’m a terrible water drinker, so I had to come up with some tricks to force it down my throat. If you’re like me, check out my Dehydrated Girl’s Guide to Water. Having a hydrated mouth keeps the bacteria at bay, obvs.

 

Any tips I need to sink my teeth into?

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7QT: but the toddlers are proving worthy adversaries

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I’m finishing up the process of plugging in some real bang-up guest posts for y’all for when I’m busy giving birth and stuff. Here’s a quick preview of some of what is to come:

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7+Postpartum+Gifts

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GreenJar

How To Meal Plan Faster and Cheaper (1)

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are you done

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Which are you most excited to read?

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

tl;dr February

Free Online Lent Conference for Women

Vlog: Applying Bold Lips

#5Faves: Recent Etsy Purchases

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Sam is stealing the show this week. He's just been particularly...cute.

Sam is stealing the show this week. He’s just been particularly…cute. And he won’t be my baby much longer. So, you know.

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Like I said, I’ve been getting a bunch of sa-weet guests post lined up for you for when this baby gets out of me right now! Many of the writers have asked the best way to send a guest post. For me? I like the HTML. It’s clean and easy. Find out how to do that with my tutorial.

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Top 4 Oils for Your Sex Life

Svellerella: A Day in the Life

Guide to Non-Wonky Eyeliner

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with Joyful Life

Reading: Gift from the Sea and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Eating: Chocolate and Grapefruits

Listening: Trying to listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared as an audio book, but the toddlers are proving worthy adversaries. Thoughts about audiobooks with children?

Wearing: Gracious. This is a loaded question these days. Pass.

Praying: That I remain calm and sane during these last couple of pregnatory weeks.

 

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#5Faves: Recent Etsy Purchases

Usually before I shop elsewhere, I check Etsy because – indie artists and PayPal. Things I love. Here are my #5Faves purchases as of late. Shameless promotion: check out my shop. New Valentine’s Day necklace up!

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Dia de los Muertos Rosary: Allison designed this piece for me so that I could pray for souls in purgatory and the unborn. And because I love DdlM. In case you didn’t know me.

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Plush Crown: Sam is forever nabbing all of Ellen’s tiaras and snapping them in two like, “I mean, it’s just plastic, it’s really just… A piece for Gretchen Wieners, a partial Spring Fling Queen…” So, anyway, we bought him his own plush crown, and um, it’s adorable.

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Lion Pouch: I originally bought this to put some prayer books in until I realized I measured wrong. Measure once, buy twice. So, since I still love it, I am using it to organize some embroidery stuff. I feel like royalty.

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Hair Clips: These were stocking stuffers for my girl who loves “hair pretties.” She is also a sucker for Peppa Pig. Perf.

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Dapper Fox Tie: When I saw this tie I thought 1. my brother must have this and 2. that fox is so dapper. Turns out it’s called the Dapper Fox Necktie. So fitting. It really…suits…it. ha.

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7QT: and failing to thwart things like this

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I mentioned on FB that the fam and I are looking for a service project to adopt. Something that would be “our” cause. I wanted to choose something that was important to us because there are so many opportunities out there; it can be overwhelming trying to donate time, money and resources. Instead, if we chose a cause that we felt connected to, we could offer our help whenever something came up under that umbrella.

Anyway, long-wind short: I am still deciding, but I have taken on a project of my own. I tried to involve the kids, but their attention spans. Well.

But, if you’re a crafty soul like me, check out Craft Hope. There is a new project every few months to craft up and bring joy to the world. Current project? Finger puppets for school children in India.

Here are the details if you’re fingers are itching.

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1o Netflix Documentaries on My Shortlist

#5Faves: Lent Resources

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playing with/eating snow…inside only ever

these two might be allied against me at the moment, but at least they are doing something together

these two might be allied against me at the moment, but at least they are doing something together

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spending the days thwarting things like this

and failing to thwart things like this

and failing to thwart things like this

helping dad with sharp tools: how we do

helping dad with sharp tools: how we do

penny/sam tossing

penny/sam tossing

snuggling up with germ-o

snuggling up with germ-o

 

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Take some time this week to send a personal thank you to some of your most loyal followers. You know, those ones who are always liking, sharing, commenting, tweeting, etc. Don’t they deserve a little love too?

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

7 Tips for Meal Planning Simplicity

50 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day Instead of Seeing 50 Shades of Grey

BWF: Latest Reads

Baby #5 

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with Joyful Life

Reading: Lord of the Flies

Eating: things my mom and dad bring over – because they are insane and awesome

Listening: Smashing Pumpkins

Wearing: my navy Lucky cardi

Praying: for a swift end to this prengnatory

 

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#5Faves: Lent Resources

Looking to make Lent a little more meaningful or even just easier? Both of those adjectives would certainly help you prepare and focus, yes? Yes. Here are my favorite Lent resources. I hope it is a pious one for ya.

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40 Simple Lenten Activities for Kids: This is the first year that Ellen really understands the liturgical year. I tried some of this stuff before, and while I am sure it was beneficial in some way, I think this year she will actually be able to put two and two together.

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Walk with Jesus Through Lent Ornaments: I’ve had my eye on these bad boys for a few years now. I love having a tangible thing the kids can do each day during seasons of preparation. And, I really want something reusable like our Advent calendar. Maybe I will bite the bullet and grab these this year?

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Easy Meatless Meals: Certainly you will be attending a fish fry or two, but don’t forget there are some insanely easy and filling meatless meals you can make right at home. My favorite? The bean burritos.

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Picking Your Sacrifice: This guide is more specific to Friday abstinence, but I think all of the ideas are very appropriate for your Lenten sacrifice. Find a new idea that will help you grow this year.

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Blessed is She Lent Journal: I used the Advent journal last year, and it was the most fruitful Advent I have ever had. No joke. I cannot wait to start using this on February 18; I really love having something concrete I can go to each day to keep my grounded. You can preorder the journal right now. Hot Tip: the Advent journal sold out last year!

For more Lent resources, check here. Some links may be affiliate.

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7QT: look like a real pro-time-big-girl

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I had a discussion with some moms the other day about what you do with your kids all day. Some were in the scheduled activities camp, some in the “let them play on their own” camp. I’m curious of your thoughts now. Lay them on me, crowd.

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

7 Tips for Taking a Pregnant Selfie

#5Faves: Beat the Winter Blues

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Mike is a freaking champ.

Mike's Pretty Mom

Mike’s Pretty Mom

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#8: just sayin’

 

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If you’re confused about blogging terminology, check out this glossary. She’s got everything on here to make you look like a real pro-time-big-girl. Can you identify breadcrumbs, a slug, or Yoast?

 

 

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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Humility means never having to say you’re sorry

9 novels to curl up with this winter

How to Teach Catholic Kids About Creation and Evolution

There are 7 Ways to Hate a Book

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Reading: Just finished Hands Free Mama and picking up Station Eleven (which is on sale right now!)

Eating: Dr. said Ellen needs more fiber, so Cracklin’ Oat Bran it is.

Listening: We need to fix our iTunes so I can stop listening to the Disney Pandora station.

Wearing: Anything that will fit over this 36 wk bump. Which isn’t much.

Praying: For Paul. For guidance in Mike’s vocations and hobbies.

 

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