{SQT} Seven Things I Learned About Catholic Mindfulness

Alright, finally, the deets on the Catholic Mindfulness course. In re-reading the materials, I realized how much I missed the first time around, probably because I was in a hurry. (Still such a novice!!) But, the good news is, I’m not expected to be an expert from the get go, so as long as I […]

{SQT} Reentry and Reiteration

Alright, I’ll be honest and admit I’m totally unmotivated to write my takes, but after checking Facebook, Instagram and even Twitter 12,314 times, I’m buckling down to crank out a few short ones. 1. While hosting, Tony and I made a greater than usual effort to always “be present” and play/ interact with all the […]

Hosting Update IV

The house is quieter today. A snow storm moved in and blanketed the area forcing us to abandon plans to go to the movies or sneak in a date night. Instead, we’ve stayed put and each done our own thing relatively undisturbed. It’s bittersweet. I must admit to being happy to having things “back to […]

{SQT}The House is Alive With….

Happy Friday (and Epiphany)! We’re currently in the throes of last-minute departure prep. Bart and Lisa fly out today at 5:45 p.m. and of course I’m scrambling. (For the record, they are both indicating that I will be a blubbering mess at the airport. We’ll see.) I was hoping to update y’all on our final […]

2017 Resolutions: It’s Not Official Until They’re Public

Everyone can let out a collective sigh of relief because my New Year’s resolution post is finally done! I just can’t kiss 2016 goodbye, until I share last year’s goals and my dismal success rate. But thankfully I learned to look for that silver lining amidst all the chaos! Let’s jump in. 2016 Resolutions 1.Finish […]

2016 Year in Review

It’s the time of year to reflect, reminisce and blog feelings of nostalgia. Prepare for a brief overview with pictures. I’ll write another post about my resolutions, goals and deep feelings of inadequacy. (Plus the 2017 beast! I don’t even know what creature will shape my destiny this year!)  Each month has a photo or two, […]

{SQT} Hosting, Part III

Another week down, and just another week to go. Recapping the highlights in seven. 1. On Friday I took the girls shopping for Christmas dresses at Burlington Coat Factory. Lisa picked out at least seven dresses and eagerly tried on each one and paraded around the dressing area for Addie, Edie and I to see. […]

{SQT} Hosting Update, Part Two

Earlier this week, as we took a short walk around our yard, my husband succinctly summed up the challenges of the hosting experience as such: “It’s like when you’re about to have your first child. You know it’s going to be hard, but because it’s unlike anything you’ve ever done before, you don’t know how […]

{SQT} Hosting Update #1

Hey guys, guess what? Hosting two kids in your house who don’t speak English is actually kinda hard work! How about I break this first week down in seven? 1. First, Bart and Lisa, though being from Springfield, do not speak Springy. They live in a part of Springfield heavily influenced by their  Shelbyville neighbors […]

{SQT} Priorities

Monday found me slightly stressed, with a sugar hangover, and an overwhelming feeling that we would not, under any circumstances, be ready to host orphans by Saturday. My efforts to clean and reorganize the whole house were constantly being undone by my family who didn’t seem to grasp the importance of having everything absolutely perfect […]