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7QT ~ Family, Babies and Health

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One)  Stephen shared the text of this beautiful speech of Pope Francis to Families that he gave on his current visit to the Philippines. Some highlights :

“Resting in the Lord. Rest is so necessary for the health of our minds and bodies, and often so difficult to achieve due to the many demands placed on us. But rest is also essential for our spiritual health, so that we can hear God’s voice and understand what he asks of us.”

“To hear and accept God’s call, to make a home for Jesus, you must be able to rest in the Lord. You must make time each day for prayer. But you may say to me: Holy Father, I want to pray, but there is so much work to do! I must care for my children; I have chores in the home; I am too tired even to sleep well. This may be true, but if we do not pray, we will not know the most important thing of all: God’s will for us. And for all our activity, our busy-ness, without prayer we will accomplish very little.”

“Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself. The future of humanity, as Saint John Paul II often said, passes through the family (cf. Familiaris Consortio, 85). So protect your families!”

So many gems I just want to cut and paste them all. Read it yourself.

E sick

Two)  There have been some yucky germs being passed around this winter season. We are finally regrouping after the girls caught a nasty cold that knocked them both down for over a week. {A big part of my absence.} I hope you and yours are staying well. Wash your hands!!

christmas night

Three)  Have you removed your Christmas tree yet? I’m still looking at its splendor here in the living room. That is, unless you get too close and notice how dry it is. {Don’t worry, we’ve been keeping the lights off.} Like an Impressionist painting, best to view it from a distance. We like to keep it up until at least after Epiphany, but since its been there since the beginning of December, it barely made it this year. First up on the task list this weekend.


Four)  Please tell me you’ve signed up with Blessed is She’s devotions, friends! They just keep getting better and better. {If you haven’t signed up yet, you’ll get a set of gorgeous prayer journaling pages straight to your inbox! If you have already — don’t fret — they’ll be in your inbox this weekend.} I was writing on Tuesday about Christ’s gift of salvation. Another great grace of this community of women : the regional groups on Facebook. And don’t forget to join us for #projectblessed on Instagram!

salmon flowers

Five)  I don’t know if it was coming back from a long trip, hormonal overload, or all of the above, but Wednesday was a rough one for me. My dear, dear husband came home with a big hug, a take-and-bake pizza and these gorgeous flowers. I don’t know what I would do without him.

danielle rose

Six)  Many of my fellow blogging friends have been sharing this touching, new music video by the talented Danielle Rose that came out yesterday.

“How can you say there are too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.”
  ~Mother Teresa

I was offended more than once last month when comments were made about how many children I have {really, two causes people to say these things??} and general sneers in my direction because my daughter was crying outside because she was uncomfortable. I’m sorry, babies are only able to communicate one way, dude. This video lifts my spirits and makes me hopeful for the future.

weekly eats

Seven)  I’m not as brave as my friend, Nell, doing without all. the. sugar., but I have been attempting to clean up the family’s meals since our holiday binging. She had some awesome-looking salads at last week’s Week Eats that I’m bookmarking for meals this month. I need more greens in my life right now.


Linking up for Seven Quick Takes with Kelly over at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

3 Thoughts on “7QT ~ Family, Babies and Health

  1. bonnieeng on January 17, 2015 at 4:38 am said:

    Laurel, we had the stomach bug move through our house. All seven of us got sick. Our hands are now red and chapped and cracked from all the hand washing but I do not want to go through that again!

    And I think you mean you’re linking up with Kelly, not Jenny. 🙂

    • Sorry to hear you guys have been sick too. The germs are nasty this year. 🙁

      Oops, I’ll fix that! My brain was doing a mash-up of Jennifer and Kelly. My exhaustion doesn’t show at all, does it? 😉

  2. Love this post especially the gems from Pope Francis!!

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