So much going on in the world that I wanted to comment on, and I missed you guys (all of you, even Miss Gwen and Michelle and the other secularists on the block)!
Of course, I saw some of you on facebook (I sort of got back on that sooner than planned), and on my Orphan Report blog, and on email…. I wasn't as "gone" as I tried to be. Oh, and from the few blog headlines and facebook updates I did see, there was a lot going on in your lives! Wow, some major announcements and life changes I missed! I'll have to figure out how to catch up.
I did not get all the reading done that I'd hoped to, but I am just giddy about the book I did read! Remember the "If you only read one book this year, make it this one" post from last year? Well, this year's book recommendation has to be:
From Atheism to Catholicism: How Scientists and Philosophers Led Me to the Truth
I was underlining and scribbling margin notes like a mad woman, because I was learning so much! Many "eureka" moments. The author, Kevin Vost, Psy.D., is brilliant (a mensa member) and highly educated, but able to put things simply so that even I could understand. So many things came clear, and that was exciting!
Ack, I hope you'll all read it! I will be dedicating an entire post to it, soon-ish.
Another super cool July happening is that my college roommate and friend just happens to have a daughter in the Olympics! Maybe you've seen Aly Raisman, gymnast extraordinaire and one of the Fab Five who just won the Olympic gold medal for the USA?! Here she is, just a few hours ago atop the medal stand (second from the right):
|And she's not done yet! She will be competing in the individual all-around, beam and floor finals.|
Oh, and here is her mom, exactly 22 years ago (July 28), at my wedding:
|More about that day, and the poofy hair and sleeves, here.|
You may have seen her mom already, actually, as she has recently gone viral herself. *Originally I had a video posted here, but it's been taken off YouTube for copyright reasons. Here is the official NBC version, but without the awesome audio:
Ha ha ha! Oh, I think back on our college days, and I can imagine the fun we would have had laughing about that one, Lynni!! You are awesome. Hillside D-14 would never have recovered.
Another old and dear friend has been in my heart this past month, but for a very different reason. Beth Rossman, the funniest and and most joyful woman you'd ever want to meet, passed away unexpectedly just over a week ago. The loss of such an amazing person has been hard on our community. I have so much I want to say about her, so much I want to tell you…but I will ask instead that you pray for the repose of Beth's soul (she was very close to our Lord and our Lady), and also pray for her husband and three sons who will miss her terribly. They know that they will see her again in the heavenly reunion that we all await with great hope!
|Beth, with Danya's daughter at our little school.|
One of Beth's favorite quotes from St. Teresa of Avila speaks to the wounded hearts of all who mourn her loss:
Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.
Requiescat in pace, dear friend.
And July brought some joyful news for a little blind boy that I called my Achilles' Heel…. Dear Andrew, the five-year-old languishing in a crib in Eastern Europe, has a family coming to rescue him! Wanna see how he'll be going from a nightmare to a dream? Check it out, and Andrew lovers, I dare you not to cry:
I'm planning on going broke to help him get home, and yes, I'm going to be begging for dollars from my loyal readers and friends. But to sweeten the pot, anyone who contributes a few bucks to Andrew's adoption fund (donate button is on his blog, top right) will be entered into a drawing to win a personalized, signed copy of my book,Prodigal Daughters: Catholic Women Come Home to the Church. Well, I didn't write the whole book, but I did write one of the chapters!
Or, if you dislike me but still want to donate, I can leave the book unsigned and send it to you for target practice, vandalizing, or book burning. I will not be offended!
And to keep it all legal, you may also enter without donating, by simply becoming a "follower" and/or email subscriber to Andrew's blog, and/or linking it to your own.
Whichever way you choose to enter, please email me and let me know (use the link under my photo, above right), or I won't know to put you in the running! Monetary donations will get you five entries, and linking, following or subscribing will get you one. Winner will be chosen by random.org in a couple of weeks, after my begging ends.
Andrew thanks you for loving him!!
|Hang on baby boy! You don't know it, but your mama's coming!|
Well, that's my little bit of housekeeping before launching back into the culture wars and all sorts of controversy! Lots of that up ahead.
And later today, I'll be off to get me some Chik-fil-A! How 'bout a chicken sandwich, waffle fries and a deeeeelicious handspun chocolate milkshake? Care to join me?