{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 ┬áShelbyville 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 […]

{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 […]

New (Liturgical) Year’s Resolutions

We’re beginning a new liturgical year and now is when I reflect on my past year’s efforts in matters of faith, and, through prayer and fasting and the quiet of Advent, try to figure out what I need to work on next year. As we lit the first candle of our Advent wreath on Sunday, […]

{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 […]

How You Can Help

┬áSince publicly announcing our plans to host orphans this holiday season, many people, online and in real life, have asked how they can help our family. It’s part of the reason I mentioned fundraising in my last post; I already knew there was interest. After giving it some thought, I wanted to compile everything in […]