It makes me happy to have a theme for my Quick Takes posts. I know that’s not the point of them. All the same, I like a theme. It helps me write them.
But this week, no theme. Not even something related to Mary. (But hey! Today’s the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!)
I just finished an amazing book, by the mom of a high school friend. How cool is that?
The book, which I’ll be reviewing in depth at CatholicMom.com sometime soon, was Strategies for the Tech-Savvy Classroom, by Diane Witt.
It’s a book I’m glad I discovered, however accidentally. I have a tendency to geek out about education and technology, and to be able to combine them: bliss! Diane writes from experience as an educator and as a mom, and she speaks to some concerns I think we all have when we face the onslaught of technology and the need to educate.
I came away with some great ideas for myself–and for my kids! I plan to apply some of her ideas and concepts to my religious education classroom and to my home.
Last Friday night, I was not at the CNMC. I was, however, a panelist on Catholic Weekend. (They let anyone on, I tell ya.)
I mentioned that I had just started Sinner, by Lino Rulli.
And now that I’ve finished it, I gotta tell ya: one of the best Catholic books I’ve read.
Yeah, I know. Everyone is saying that. (Or not. I really don’t know.)
Lino keeps it real, but he does it in a way that had me laughing and snorting and nodding the whole book through.
I find myself inspired by how Lino is so honest, and I want to share this book with everyone I know, especially those people who may struggle with how perfect they’re not. Because, after reading this book, I’m struck by the fact that hey, it’s not just me.
Highly recommended. And maybe I’ll even get my husband to read it.
As I type, the baby is crawling around and pulling himself up underneath the table.
He’s also growling.
I find myself continually struck by how, well, growly he is. Oh, and grunty. He’s grunty too.
In a way that my girls just weren’t.
Anyone else have this experience?
Next week, I start teaching a fifth grade religious education class in our parish (aka PSR). I had these grand plans to build a website and everything, but…yeah. So far, I haven’t.
I’m a little nervous, to be honest. The last time I taught PSR, it was called CCD. I was single and a brand-new Catholic.
Now, eight years and three kids later, I’m just hoping that the “call” I thought I heard this summer, the one I thought I said yes to, wasn’t actually for something far different. You know?
I’m slowly getting back into blog-reading (and I hope this lasts a while, but we’ll see). In my email the other day, I had a link to Catholic Sistas.
I went and poked around and liked what I saw.
I especially liked this:
It’s a Catholic pro-life symbol! Go read about it, and especially about Erika’s journey with a breast cancer diagnosis during her pregnancy.
They make my feed reader, and I salute their fine work! Check em out!
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Love the cover of “Sinner” – looks like a good read
Oh, SINNER *is* a good read. If you get a copy, let me know what you think. 🙂
Catholic Sistas is my favorite blog, thanks for sharing the symbol. Personally, I feel the symbol ( and Erika’s story!!) is a refreshing reminder of what breast cancer awareness is REALLY about! <3
Amen to THAT! And I have been SO out of the blogging loop (reading them especially), and I’ve been binging a bit. That’s unlikely to last, but…I’ll enjoy it for now. 🙂 And Catholic Sistas is probably going to make the cut to blogs I read when I have no time to read blogs. 🙂
Don’t feel bad! I created the website and I am HORRIBLE about reading blogs, lol. Proof that God works through our inefficiencies! Now…if I could fight some of these lovely ladies for a spot to write…it would only truly be a fight if I actually liked to write. 🙂
Well, Martina, you created a beautiful site. And if writing’s not your gig, then keep up the creating-of-beautiful sites, thing. 🙂
Sarah: So glad you found Catholic Sistas!! I hope you’ll continue reading. It’s funny that this morning I was just thinking how cool it is that you always have a theme with your Quick Takes. I can never come up with a theme. 🙂 I had to laugh when I pulled this up and saw that you did not have a theme today! LOL!! Good luck with your PSR class this year!!
Well, I feel justified that someone else noticed, Kerri. And I’m glad you sent me the plug about Catholic Sistas (you get credit for that, sista!).
Though I do NOT give themes to real-life events (um, no. NO!), I think theming my Quick Takes, in particular, helps my psycho-organizing voice to pipe down and be happy with me.
You’ll do just fine teaching PSR. I am teaching my daughter’s 2nd grade CCD class and they make their First Holy Communion this year. I’m so nervous!
Melissa, I’ll pray for you…and maybe you can pray for me? It can’t hurt, right? 🙂
My assistants said the first lesson plan looks awesome. Granted, they are biased and we’ll see how it REALLY goes, but…I’m excited (and excitement and nervousness, for me, are usually hand-in-hand).
In my experience, it is not that boys are growly compared to their dainty older sisters…it’s that girls are dainty compared to their growly older brothers. Welcome to this wonderful world!!
Ah! Michelle! That does make sense. Because before this growling thing, I didn’t think my girls were so dainty AT ALL. 🙂
Re:#5. I just heard this weekend that 100% of the lip motion of baby girls at age 2 is conversation – with themselves or others. For boys, it’s 60%. The rest is just noises. (Grunting, growling, boom, bam, vrrrr.) My oldest son’s first recognizable sounds were engine noises. Welcome to the wonderful world of boys! It’s great!!
Anita, that’s hilarious. And, so far, so true. Did I mention hilarious? 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!