1. I have been wanting to write my own 7 Quick Takes Friday since I first read one at Abre Los Ojos. I planned to write one last Friday, but was called into work to cover for a pregnant coworker (pregnant with twins!) who had to go on short-term disability unexpectantly early (she's only about five months). I even wrote an entire post about how disappointed I was to have missed it last Saturday, only to have my post accidentally deleted by a tumblr problem. I was so sad (and angry) to have lost my entire post, that I didn't have the energy or patience to write again until now.
2. My best friend didn't kill me when I told her David and I were planning to start a family sometime in the next year. In fact, she was a little bit excited that she's going to be an "auntie"! Let me tell you, this was quite a relief. When we got married, David and I were told that we shouldn't have children for several years (at least until he is done with grad school). We were told this by both our families (in fact, his parents weren't originally so keen on the idea of us getting married because they thought we were not stable enough for a family), our friends, people we barely new. While many newly married couples seem to face the question, "When are you going to have children?", we never once were asked that question and instead were given unsolicited advice to wait. Which was exactly what we wanted to do before we got married. Now, the more we read about the Church's teaching on marriage, sex, natural family planning, etc., the more we are convinced that God is calling us to be parents (get this) EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT BE "PERFECT TIMING" (according to our society). Well, if we are waiting for the perfect time, we may never be parents because it is always easy to find an excuse to wait. So telling my best friend was nice (and relieving) and will prepare me for talking to my parents about it. I shouldn't be so worried about what other people think, but I still don't want to disappoint my parents (I'm sure they'll get over it once they have a grandchild in their arms).
3. I don't know how to make friends. Every friend I have, I made either in school (one of my dearest friends, I've gone to school with fourth grade through college) or helping at the youth group at my old church. I am no longer in school. My church doesn't seem to have many young people, much less young married couples. (The university has a Catholic Church right off campus, but my husband and I like the more traditional feel of the church we go to. Unfortunately tradition = old people far too much.) Some of my coworkers seem nice, but what I/we really need right now are some Catholic couples that can offer us support and understand where we are right now. As far as I can tell, there are no groups for young Catholic couples in the area. Any suggestions?
4. I've needed a lot of new clothes for a while now, and I finally went on a shopping spree...at Goodwill. I don't know if this is because it is a college town, but they had an amazing amount of nearly brand new name brand clothing. I've shopped at thrift stores in the past, but I've always had trouble finding nice things, and therefore kind of always looked down on it, but this has changed my mind. We don't have a lot of money right now, especially if we are saving up to have a baby sometime in the near future, and this was such a nice break on our checking account. I really needed winter clothes, and now I have plenty for what it would have cost for only a few items elsewhere.
5. I don't know if you could tell by my last one, but I love getting a deal. I love finding bargains, using coupons, and saving money. My mom is the same way, and I am very grateful that she taught me how to be responsible with money. My brother grew up in the same house as me, but he spends money as soon as he has it. Is that a male thing? My dad is the same way. They are both very hard workers, but they like to spend their hard-earned money. My mom has to constantly trick my dad into thinking they have less money than they do, so that he doesn't spend the money she is trying to save. You would think they would have come to an agreement after all these years (30 years this past August!), but alas, they have not.
6. I need to start hard-core Christmas shopping NOW. Now that we're married, I have double the amount of presents to buy. We are going home for an early "Christmas" with our families the second week in December, because I can't get time off from Starbucks closer to the holidays. Which means I have to have all of our presents bought by then, to either take home or mail out early enough to family and friends elsewhere. That gives me two weeks less to shop than most people. Giving gifts is one of my favorite things in the world to do (I firmly believe that giving is much better than receiving). I have a few already that I have found in the past month or so, but I'm really beginning to feel the heat to get the perfect presents in time.
7. David and I started wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is so great, it really is. More than anything, I love it because it reminds me when I put my clothes on in the morning that I am wearing a sign of devotion to Mary and our Lord, and that I should behave accordingly. My mother-in-law brought them to us when they visited recently and for all my reservations about her, she is a good Catholic woman and I appreciate having her guidance in our lives. I'm sure this will come up in later posts, but even though I was raised Catholic, my family is not very devoted or knowledgeable about the faith.
Oh, oh, oh! This should have been one of my seven, I don't know how I forgot to mention it because it is one of the most exciting things in my life, but my 79-year-old Jewish grandfather just talked to a priest about becoming Catholic!
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