My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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From My Domestic Clippings

Pleasantview School found this beautiful coverall pattern from the 1950s and I absolutely fell in love with it too. So I'll be on the look out!! Butterick 5744

Problogger has ten mistakes that will kill a blog/forum. I have been accused of points one and nine (and taken steps to correct them!) Some could benefit from reading points three, four and six!

Starry Sky Ranch (I just love the name of that blog!) Gives us this quote from an old housekeeping magazine!
There is nothing like a well-ordered home to put one in tune with the world. The aspect of such a place where day to day thoughtful care adds to its attraction, its comfort, and individuality, becomes to the lover of home as dear as a loved familiar face and imparts the same sense of rest and peace." -Marion Harland, The Housekeeper's Week 1908

You know, I want to get there - I really do! but my six children and husband have other ideas!!

Good news on the maternity front. A baby under 24 weeks has survived her premature birth. This baby was the age of my own son Raphael whom I lost at 23 weeks.

Amillia spent a little under 22 weeks in her mother's womb, a world record according to the University of Iowa which keeps track of premature babies born throughout the world.

Initially, doctors held little hope for her survival. She measured just 9.5in (241mm).

"She's truly a miracle baby, " said Dr William Smalling, neo-natal expert at the Baptist Children's Hospital.

"We weren't too optimistic. But she proved us all wrong," he said.

HT Alicia

Another reason to use NFP.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who use a contraceptive patch appear to be more than twice as likely to develop a dangerous blood clot in their veins as those who use an oral contraceptive, new research shows.

HT Pam Pilch

Meredith at Merchant Ships had some great housekeeping links.

Bonnie at Intellectuelle has an interesting collection of links dealing with grief. I think it's an important issue to read up on, particularly if you have never had a close friend or loved one die. Your presence around a grieving person can either bless then or burden them, but if you've never experienced profound grief sometimes it can be scary to know what to do, say or act. These links give some insights into that!

Lastly, TS had this quote on his blog about Anna Nicole Smith:Our fascinated gaze was her real addiction -- and the humiliating media tractor pull between our disgust and our attraction for her was, in all likelihood, both her lover and her murderer. Fame, the only chemotherapy available for the desperate toxicity of narcissism, proves once again that it is deadly enough in its own right to be avoided.

While there's a lot of truth there as far as attention being addictive, I'm holding out until we know the cause of death before making any other judgements. Many women watched Anna Nicole's career because she was a beautiful woman who struggled with her weight, but even when she was heavy she never just gave up on it all. I personally think the postpartum depression, recovering from a C-section, and grief had a lot to do with her untimely death, maybe as much or even more so than any drugs in her system, yet I have not heard any of those issues discussed regarding her death and that simply amazes me.

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