Friday, June 24, 2011

Seven Quick Takes Friday (1)

I stumbled across Quick Takes Fridays a few weeks back and think that this week I will venture my first Quick Take Friday!  To make things interesting, the woman who usually hosts, Jen at Conversion Diary is at the hospital with the arrival of baby #5 having occurred on Wednesday.  So this week Hallie Lord, aka Betty Beguiles, will be hosting.  Since I wasn't sure which page to link to, I thought to be safe, I'd link to both.

The Stanley Cup goes to the B's!!!  GO BRUINS!  Ok, so this is sort of old news, but had I been doing quick takes last week, this obviously would have made it to my post last week.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch nearly as much of this season's playoffs since we have 'po people cable.  But I was glad to be able to watch the last two games of the finals with my little ladies.  Below is a picture of them the night that the B's won it!  Hannah, the 9 month old, didn't last 5 minutes into the game and Alicia asked to go to bed after the 1st period.  Oh well!  No hockey until the fall.  Bummer.  But maybe, if I play my cards right, I may get to see a few more BC games this fall?!?  Hmmm, maybe...

"Yes, your majesty!"  For some reason, my oldest daughter has taken to answering some (a select few) of my questions or "demands" with saying this phrase and curtsying.  Can I just say again, that my daughter watches too much TV?  This is from her obsession with the move Alice in Wonderland.  I guess I am the mean queen of the house.  She (and I) better get used to it!  "Off with their heads!!!" HAHAHAHA!

So for the past few weeks, our 9 month old has been having an absolute blast in her walker.  I know that these things are not items you are supposed to be getting these days for your baby - they are bad for your children, potentially delaying walking, dangerous if they are near stairs, etc.  Anyway, having neglected this bit of advice, I've been really enjoying watching her buzz around our house.  She gets going at a pretty good clip and loves to bang into things.  The first hint I had that it may be a bad idea to keep her in the walker unsupervised was when I came into the kitchen and she was grabbing at her car seat that I had left on the bench by the front door.  It was pretty close to falling on top of her, so she was pretty lucky that I came in when I did.  So now I supervise her, but give her some reign to cruise around the house so long as I'm not busy doing something I can't stop to follow her.  Last week she was grabbing all the magnets off the fridge and throwing them around.  Pretty entertaining for Alicia and I when we are having lunch.  This week, however, Hannah's new trick is checking out the trash bag on the trash baskets we have in the kitchen.  She is attempting to touch, grab or knock over the lid to get to the bag.  I have to say that pretty soon she will be grabbing the trash baskets onto herself.  Potentially, pulling a car seat on top of herself, getting into garbage - I definitely cannot leave this girl unsupervised for long.  Hannah will be a fun child!  Thankfully I have Alicia around to keep an eye on her and report back to me what is happening if I do have to leave the room!  Above is a picture of Hannah looking all innocent after about the 5th time I had told her to stop.

Ok, so this bothers me.  The Governor of the state of NH vetoed HB 329 which is a law that would require parental notification of abortion for minors.  The basic premise behind his reason for vetoing this bill is that the law, as written, includes no clause for rape and incest and includes unclear and narrow medical provisions.  Hmmm.  BS!  I just hope the representatives and senators have some sense.  It seems to me that if a minor has to get permission from their parents for employment, to use an inhaler or receive aspirin from the school nurse, parents should at the very LEAST be notified that their daughter is about to have major surgery.  This decision is one that could risk her mental well being and physical health, and obviously is life altering to that of the unborn child.  Parents should be involved in this, if not to help her make this life changing decision, then to help her deal with the aftermath.

So, my husband told me the other night, after seeing a friend's FB link, that there is a group of atheists that want a new street sign in NY removed.  The sign is "Seven in Heaven Way" in memory of seven firefighters who died on 9-11 and is located right near the fire station where they served in Brooklyn.  You can find a link to the article here.  I'm tired of all this bickering about separation of church and state.  I'm tired of a lack of respect for God.  Why does this affect them if they don't believe, anyway?  Why do they care?  I, personally, am insulted as a Catholic by some things that the government is seeking to set into law, or has already set into law.  If I were to speak out, I'd be a bigot.  Are they not bigoted against people who believe in God?  It's a street sign, memorializing some fallen heroes.  Why can't they just leave it alone!?

I received an email that disturbs me.  Sometime last week I think, it hit the news that a group of middle school children in Massachusetts was asked to complete a graphic sex survey, without parental knowledge or consent.  The "Youth Risk Behavior Study" was administered to fulfill a grant requirement.  The principal says he cannot take responsibility for the content that was on that survey because it wasn't generated by the school system.  Well, that's just great.  Questioning seventh graders about oral sex, withdrawal?  REALLY?!?!  I feel like our children are becoming part of some great social experiment.  I truly don't understand when people say something like, "Well, do you want to shelter them?"  YES!  Yes, I do!  I would like to pass on some morals to my children, at a time and age which I feel is appropriate, which in these days is all too difficult to do.  They are bombarded by sex from an early age just with the commercials they are exposed to on TV, forget about prime time TV programming.  It really disturbs me that our school systems are now being just as careless as the media, although I guess it shouldn't really surprise me.

Ok, so, Fr. Corapi.  (Read a new stories about his situation here.) Now, this month, Fr. Corapi announces he will no longer function as a priest or administer the sacraments, since the Church has made it clear they do not want him.  I just don't quite know what to say here.  I guess I can start with this saddens me.  I've never seen him speak in person, although my husband has.  It's amazing to see all the commentary on articles that have popped up recently how he has changed so many lives and brought so many back to the Catholic faith. My hubby and I were excited that we were going to hear him speak this August in Boston, but it was canceled.  He is still a priest, has not left the church, but he is simply doing something else.  He said that he's not bitter, but from listening to his most recent announcements, I'm not convinced.  I'm also not sure that I blame him really.  He's human after all.  And I truly think that the devil finds ways to attack those who are getting an important message across and winning over people for God.  I will say this:  I'm not disappointed with him, I'm more concerned for him and for those involved.  I will pray for him, those involved in this whole mess and for a resolution that is just for all involved. 


  1. That's really a shock and a shame about Fr. Corapi. I have one of his tapes on the Eucharist and it's an amazing piece of work. I'll be praying for him, too -

  2. #4~ Really torn about this, completely agree with you but also know how vital an incest exception can be. I guess I hope one is added so the Governor can sign.

    #7 ~ Agree ~ sorry your talk was cancelled.

    Great first list!!

  3. Mrs. Deb - It is a shame. Not sure there is much more I can say.

    Joy - Re: incest, perhaps it is best that the family is aware of the problem though. Confronting such a problem head on may be better in the long run... to add abortion to an already horrific situation without parents knowing, I can't fathom this. I guess I also worry that a teacher could molest a student, get her pregnant and then take her out to have it "taken care of" so to speak.