Little Lovelies and Answer Me This!

(One of Andrew's best friends visited with his family this weekend, and can I just say...a house full of little girls is every bit as sweet as it sounds! Their oldest is our goddaughter and they are certainly on our list for future godparents of future children. And, this is the friend who is chiefly responsible for getting Andrew and me together. He also married a lovely girl who is one of my best friends and our daughters love each other so win. Win. Win.)

And now, for Kendra's questions...

1. Any plans for the summer?

We'll be spending a week with each side of our family, and that should be fun. My parents live in a vacation town with a beach, so being there is like going on vacation, and Andrew's parents live outside a big city, so they'll be plenty to do there, too. Mainly, though, it is just really nice to spend time with family, since we live so far from them! One of my greatest joys as a mom is seeing our parents interact with our children, and to see how much joy those babies of ours bring!

2. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I had this theory that bubble bath bubbles would make me strong, so....I ate them every time I took a bath. Not all of them, but enough to give me super strength. 

3. What is your favorite amusement park ride? 

Ever since experiencing two hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancies, and continuing to experience some nausea pretty much every day since then, I'm not all that keen on doing anything that would make me nauseous. Back in the day, though, I really loved the Tilt a Whirl, and I still do mostly love ferris wheels and carousels, even if they usually make me feel some degree of nausea.

I DO think that water slides are a combination of fun and terrifying, so maybe I should just try a water park?

4. What's on your summer reading list?

What isn't??? 

I just finished the Willa Cather Prairie Trilogy (I think O Pioneers! was probably my favorite) and was going to launch right into Death Comes for the Archbishop at the recommendation of Julie over on Instagram, but I couldn't find a free e-book. (I mostly do my classic literature reading in bed at night, so I need something I can read on my phone or Kindle.) So, I borrowed an e-copy of Middlemarch and am working through that instead. But I still want to read Death Comes for the Archbishop! I may just spend the few dollars and buy the e-book...

I'm also working my way through Gilead right now, and I found a couple of her other books at the same book sale that I bought Gilead, so I'm thinking I may move on to one of those, next. There are some slim classics I want to read, too (like some of Rumer Godden's children's books and a number of other classics I've picked up lately). 

I recently bought a first edition e-book of Teaching from Rest (because I can't wait for the new edition to come out in August) and I want to read that sometimes soon, to give me a little morale boast. All that school discernment took the wind out of my sails a bit (although a good talk with the wife of Andrew's friend this weekend got me feeling excited and encouraged again). I started The Nesting Place and am really excited to read more of it, at the recommendation of Jenny. Did you see that she was our guest this week, over at Little House Mothering. I hope you get a chance to have a listen!

Okay, I'm cutting myself off, because I could talk about books forever...

Oh! But I am going to put the rosary book on sale for a summer reading sale later this keep a look out and check back here! Even the paperback is going on sale!

5. Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

Yes! I was a theology major with a supplemental major in philosophy in college, and both of those departments were housed in the same building. My dorm was really far from everything, so I would usually go camp out in one of the lounges in that building and nap in a comfy chair in the late afternoon. The building was fairly quiet, so it was easy to do. And oh my goodness, were those chairs ever comfy!

6. What is your favorite smell?

Incense at Mass. My highest compliment is to tell someone that they or their home smells like incense! Incidentally, it's one of the only smells that actually helps my nausea when I'm pregnant!

Finally, one more announcement...Holly G. won last week's giveaway! Congratulations, Holly! I'll put you in touch with Rachel. For those of you who didn't win, you can still pick up your own copy of Minimize the Mess for only $2.99.

Have a lovely Monday, friends!


  1. We have a Yankee Candle that smells like incense that we always bring out during Advent - it's pretty awesome :) And totally the best smell!

  2. lol you sound like an English Major reading all of those. Loved Middlemarch and the Nesting Place.


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