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Friday, February 17, 2012

7 Quick Takes


Okay, not to be a complete moron with technology that I own, but does the Kindle Fire have a USB port? I only ask because I frequently request books for the Kindle Fire from the library and due to copyright something or other many times they can't transfer wirelessly to my Kindle. It wants me to transfer using a USB stick. My problem? I can't stick the stick in the Kindle.


When did we become one of those families that eat four dozen eggs a week?



I was just talking with a girlfriend how February used to be the month that went really slow and you would beg your friends to take your kids for the day. But now? We don't have a single free day until after we get back from the farm in March. Seriously. I think homeschooling should be redefined as "the situation in which a family never finds themselves at home for a full day ever again."


Byzantine Catholic Lent starts on Sunday night. Last Lent I made a skirt everyday for 40 days. That was a really good idea because not only did I have three kids to homeschool every weekday, but I also had baby number five during Lent. Since this year our schedule is noticeably calmer during Lent, I decided I probably couldn't handle another challenge like that. Not sure what I am doing yet Any suggestions?


And no, I don't give up food items during Lent. I am not really a foodie, and giving up sweets when we rarely have them in the house seemed kind of silly. Sacrifice without challenge seems pointless to me, and giving up food items is not challenging for me.  


I usually try to focus more on the needs of my kids during Lent. I make myself more available to them. Translation: I spend most of my time feeding them. Seriously.

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Laura said...

I definitely agree with you about the new definition of homeschooling. Once an older woman told me that the church was holding a group for moms who feel like they are stuck in their house all the time and asked if I wanted to attend. I chuckled and told her I would love to be stuck in my house! She looked a bit confused!
God Bless.

Leanne@lifehappenswhen said...

Wow! You guys are really busy! February has gone by pretty slow for me, as usual. I'm looking forward to spring!

That picture is adorable! Your family is precious!

I have really been prayerfully considering what to give up for Lent this year. I agree, giving something up without the challenge is missing the point. The hard part for me is admitting what is going to require the greatest amount of sacrifice!

Heidiblossom said...

You could give up Diet Coke! I bet that would be hard!! The only way I can avoid drinking soda is by not having it in the house.
I think you should do some kind of challenge where you do something for yourself every day.

Rachel @ The Philosopher's Wife said...

What a beautiful family you have!

Ann-Marie Ulczynski said...

Ack! I am glad it is not just me! I have an iPad with a kindle app, and some books from the library are giving me the same message. The really annoying thing is that I cannot check them back in early because I never actually downloaded them, and I can only check out five books at a time. The iPad doesn't have a USB port either, so I am at a loss of what to do.

Rachel @ The Philosopher's Wife said...

Hi again! So I was chatting with my husband (Peter) last night and mentioned that another philosopher's wife commented on my blog and we ended up checking out your google profile and looking through your blogs a bit together. Well, he's pretty sure he had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with your husband a couple of years ago (2010?) in Canton, Ohio at a conference! It really is a small world sometimes.

Lisa said...

On the eggs -- when the whole gang is home, we go through at least a dozen a day -- which is why we raise hens. :0)

I love that you made a skirt a day last Lent -- I'm a terrible seamstress, so that is, like, *HEROIC* to me! But on other "kid-centric" ideas: Have you spent Lent reading something special with the children every day? The Lives of the Saint of the Day is the easiest and highly appropriate, of course -- but there are a lot of kids' books with good morals that also work. William Bennett's "Book of Virtues" comes to mind as it's a compilation -- Just a thought!

Enjoyed your Quick Takes! It's nice to have Jennifer's "Coffee Klatches" to meet like-minded Moms!

Katherine T. Lauer said...

Jessica, Are you at a Byzantine parish these days? Are you practicing as Eastern rite Catholics, or just in a parish so doing the practices they're doing because you're there? Just curious!

Modest Mama said...


Michael is a baptised Bzyantine Catholic, and so the kids are Bzyantine as well since children follow the rite of the father. I'm just along for the ride!

We do indeed attend a Bzyantine Catholic Church and our children are being raised in the Byzantine Catholic faith formation.

Love, Jessica