7 Quick Takes

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Well, folks, it’s early, but it’s not too early to be making plans. Advent is coming. How are you going to celebrate? Here’s the first book review of my book, Joy to the World: Advent Activities for your family.


Speaking of Advent, I’m planning to host a weekly roundup for anyone who is using the book to help their families find a balance of sacred and secular during the month of December. Stay tuned!


I’m afraid to say this out loud, so consider this whispered: Julianna was dry for basically four days this week. It’s the first time I’ve had the thought that maybe I need to go buy some cute girly underwear. (Happy dance! Are we finally coming close to having only one in diapers…during the day, at least?)


As one who spent several years coordinating volunteers, I often wondered why people were so reticent to make commitments to liturgical ministries. In the last few years, I’ve learned the answer: because when you have kids, it’s SO FREAKING HARD.  At least, music ministry is. This whole fall we’ve been fighting the battle of “where will we rehearse,” because everybody wants the same space. We finally worked out a compromise, and now it’s child care. People often thank us for our ministry, but sometimes I want to get behind a microphone and scream, “People! Are you aware that we PAY for the privilege of volunteering to serve you? Can’t you at least make a minor commitment to sing with us????”

(Note to self: take a deep breath before you step in front of the microphone on Sunday.)


Alex adores kindergarten, and seems to be thriving. But. He is a very slow worker, his teacher tells us. In fact, she put a note on a project that said he had to stay in from recess for a few minutes to finish it. His trouble is not distractedness or laziness. Quite the opposite. He is a meticulous perfectionist. Like his daddy. And this is a good thing…within reason. We can definitely tell the difference between his “I’m trying to get this done fast” work and his “I’m doing a good job” work. Any suggestions for encouraging a slightly-faster-than-a-snail’s-pace pace without sacrificing quality?


Here’s a great quote from Chesterton, which I found via my bloggy friend Sarah: ““[Children] often say, “Do it again”; and the grown up person does it again till he is nearly dead. For grown up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps, God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes each daisy separately, but never got tired of making them. It may be that he has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” 



I don’t feel good, so I’m just going to say: for more Friday tidbits, go visit Jen at Conversion Diary.

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