{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 […]

{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 […]

{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} 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 […]

{SQT} Keeping Anonymous With The Simpsons

1. Preparations continue! We’re only about a week out from the arrival of our orphans. We’ll be picking them up on the 10th and trying to keep things low-key for a few days while they recover from jet lag. My goal is to keep a running log of everything we do, and to document it […]

{SQT} A Little Bit of Thankfulness

I did all my eating for the weekend yesterday; how about you? I just wanted to post a quick take to express my thankfulness for all of ya’ll; my online community of friends and readers. You cheer me up when I share the hard stuff, you rally big time when I ask for support, and […]

Seven Ways To Get Started With A Planner So You’ll Stick With It

Since introducing ‘The Best Laid Plans’ almost two years ago, I’ve gotten to talk to women online and at conferences about what they liked about my planner, or other popular planners. Many have also shared their struggles with not being able to stick with any planner. Now, I don’t know everything about planning and organization, […]

{SQT} Running, Cold Stones On My Face And Chatting With Jen

Seven very quick ones. 1. Sunday morning I did a 5K run for the first time in almost three years. …without training. The last time I tried jogging was the beginning of September. I managed to run the first two miles before walking a good bit of the third while telling my friend, through my […]