Friday, November 1, 2013

Quick Takes #4

1.  Can anyone identify these saints?  We sat in one of the side wings last week for mass and noticed them on either side of us!  John is pretty confident that the guy is St.Francis, but the woman has elicited multiple different guesses from the people we asked!

2.  It was too cold to "hike" this week during Blaise's speech class, so instead we read books in the car!

3. We were blessed to have Grandpa and Grandma visiting us this week!  The kids love all the extra attention and special fun!

4.  It's not just the kids who enjoy having the grandparents around... We're able to play games that require more than two people and are beyond the ability of toddlers!  On our last evening together we had a rousing game of Qwirkle!

5.  One of the reasons for the grandparents' visit was to watch the kids on Saturday while John was at a conference and I was on a retreat.  My retreat was more of a conference than a retreat in the sense that we learned a lot of information, but had little time to digest and discuss said information.  We heard a lot of talks on the history of the church in the U.S., focusing on eccumenism.  Since I'm not much of a history person, I admit that I allowed my mind to wander for much of the time!  But I did take some time to meditate on some of my favorite Bible passages, like Hosea 6:3:
"So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth." (NASB)
and Hebrews 11:1:
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."  (NIV)

6.  I bought myself an early Christmas present!  It is a traditional Kenyan bag called a Kiondo.  Through the internet, I know of a local couple who purchased these directly from the women who make them and is bringing them back to South Bend!  Check out Liberty & 33rd's facebook page if you are in South Bend and want one!  Not only are they beautiful, but it is a great way to support women half a world away.

7.  My husband blogs for Daily Theology and they are finishing up a week of posts about the afterlife.  What better way to celebrate All Saints Day than by engaging in discussions about heaven, hell and our salvation!  Click here to jump over to Daily Theology!
Holy Hell?! DT considers the afterlife.

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  1. In response to your #1, the female saint is St. Therese of Liseaux (sometimes referred to as the "Little Flower") and the male saint is St. Anthony of Padua. :)

    Happy Solemnity of All Saints!