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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7- Quick Takes Friday the Saturday edition

Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. Another exhausting week. I'm hopeful that my mom will continue to improve that she can find enjoyment in whatever life she has left. And I refuse to put limits on what that might be. I love what Whoopi Goldberg said of her friend Patrick Swayze, "He does not have an expiration date on his backside – none of us do – we just know at some point it's going to happen and that's how he's looking at it."

2. I talked about this with my 90-year-old Aunt Dot too. You know, I always wonder how your mindset must shift at age 90. Do you make plans? Do you have hopes for the future? And she told me you just get up and do what you can do. And if you die before hand, it wasn't meant to be! She has such a great attitude.

3. I just did a wedding for a middle aged couple. They served cake and punch in the church meeting room and I was supposed to help with the cake and the punch. I asked 9-year-old Izzy to help me! Oh... my heart just smiled when I saw her. She came right from her soccer game. She had put on a dress, pulled her hair back and had on her apron!! She was sooooo excited about helping. It must have showed because the groom slipped her a $5! She was very happy about that too!

4. I never mentioned this on the blog, but the day after my mom's BIG surgery, I had to take Izzy in for a surgery appointment. She was born with this lump on the bottom of her foot. It never hurt, it never bothered her, it was just there. UNTIL... this month when of course, it would start to hurt. There might be a couple of reasons for this. She is heavier now so maybe her weight is starting to irritate it. OR... maybe her bump doesn't like high heeled shoes, which she has also started wear to church. I dunno. But because it is right on the bottom of her foot, they have to take skin from her abdomen to make a graft for it. I guess there goes her chances for Miss USA! Which is okay with me too...

5. But anyway... this surgery is going to cost about a lot of money. Our deductible is $5000 but since this is an unusual procedure they don't do often, they have no clue how much this is going to cost. Then out of the blue, Mr. Pete started getting all of these side jobs! He has dry wall to lay, pipes to install... I think we're going to be able to cover the surgery, although we won't be seeing much of Mr. Pete on the weekends and evenings.

6. This $5 dollar eBay dress? I've been wearing it all over the place. I am going to keep an eye on that seller and see if I can get any more.

7. I took three kids out to start nature journaling yesterday. The 13 year old hated it, the 11 year old liked it okay, the 9 year old LOVED IT! Isn't it funny how three kids from the same family can all have such different thoughts on the same thing? God truly does make us all individuals!

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