7 Quick Takes: epidurals, annoyances, wonder, Hare Krishna, and giveaways



This has been such a busy week, and I keep thinking, “oh, THAT, I must share THAT!” and then I promptly forget what ‘that’ is. So, hopefully, I’ll remember a few for you here.


I’ll have another giveaway starting next week. {actually, giveaways are lining up. So, if you like books, stay tuned. If you don’t like books (what’s wrong with you!!??) please stay tuned anyway}

The final day to enter my next giveaway is Monday, January 28th. A very significant date. Here’s a clue as to the significance of the date, and the giveaway:

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

any guesses??


One of my favorite bloggers, Elizabeth Duffy, had a baby! Her sixth, sweet little Rebecca! She shared this reflection on her new-again motherhood.

And this quote, referring to having an epidural this time around: “It also might be worth noting that there’s a tradition in the Church that Mary didn’t feel pain in labor. I want to be like her in all things.” Amen, sister!

(Epidurals were made for women like me. I still get a shiver down my spine when I think of them, but I’m forever thankful someone thought to invent them.)



Another blogger/writer that I love, Heather King (author of Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux), wrote this thought-provoking post. A Hundred Small Annoyances. I saw the title of her post on her Facebook feed and thought, “Oh, I must read that!” Here’s a peek:

“The other day, driving around L.A. on a series of pesky errands, I started thinking about Thomas Merton’s famous “moment” on a street corner in Louisville where, suffused with love, he realized “There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” I thought, a bit churlishly to be sure, Yeah, I’d think people were shining like the sun as well,  if I didn’t have to wade through them every day. I see the monks “shining like the sun” when I visit a monastery, too–mostly because I don’t have to live with them…”

Do you ever find a writer who loves the writers that you love? Heather is that for me – she quotes St. Therese (obviously!), Caryll Houselander, Thomas Merton….


I’ve enjoyed this thoughtful series on reading, writing and learning by Leila Lawler, over at Like Mother Like Daughter:

“Through order and wonder, the home, at least, becomes more than a place where we rouse ourselves from a stupor every once in a while to cram some stuff into their heads. It’s where folks are free to create an environment that facilitates exploring exactly what interests them and each other. This way, and especially when we find like-minded people to share our adventure, we build the culture.”

(see the links to other posts in series at the bottom of this post) I love how Auntie Leila encourages us in our motherhood.


My book club is reading After This by Alice McDermott. A stunning book, and I’m not even through yet. Here’s a link to an interview with the author over on our Bookish Catholics blog.



I’ve had the pleasure of discovering the blog House Unseen, Life Unscripted, and getting to know the author, Dwija. She’s super witty, delightful and surprising. The tagline of her blog sums it up: “We bought a house in rural Michigan sight-unseen off the internet. My husband quit his job in California and we moved our kids across the country. Dogs. Goats. Chickens. Homeschooling. Crazy. I like my sacraments Catholic and my beer cold.” (where I say to myself, “this lady is supposed to be my best friend…”)

and this

“Dwija Borobia was born a Hare Krishna and spent her childhood moving from state to state and country to country keeping her parents company and becoming very good at packing light.  But the Holy Spirit is clever, so she enrolled at the University of Dallas and converted to Catholicism at the ripe old age of 19.  At which point she removed her nose ring and promptly got married.  ”

Man, I wished I lived next door to her. But not in Michigan. Y’all come on down to these parts…


And I think this is funny.

and this, too:

Y’all have a lovely weekend. Have you read anything that has inspired you this week? Please share in comments!!


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    • Lauren says

      Good point! Done – now it’s a 7 Quick Takes post :)
      I’m still trying to start your Novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. That is so my kind of novena! :)

  1. says

    With a title like that, how could I NOT read this?
    And, epidurals? I am asking for one before I go into labor this time.
    Finally, Dwija? If all goes well, we will be neighbors-ish this year. Crossing fingers!

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