We’re headed to Houston this weekend to visit Yaya, go to dinner with a friend who’s in town, and my husband and son are meeting up with friends at a Houston Dynamo soccer game.
I’m trying not to dwell on the downsides (demolished nap schedules, overtired kids who don’t sleep well away from home, a three-hour drive with lots of stops, my one-year-old’s love of screaming in the car, packing for six people, three of whom wear diapers) and focus on the positives (the inevitable plethora of hilarious Yaya stories, seeing our friend, Mass at the beautiful Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart).
No fear, right?
The guy we’re going to see while we’re in Houston is a dear friend whom we haven’t seen in a while. There’s so much I want to chat with him about! Gosh, I want to hear all about how his business is going, what’s new with our mutual friends, where he’s traveled lately! Yup, I think that’s about it…oh, wait, there might be one more thing…what could it be…? Ah, yes. He did just so happen to write a book that recently hit the #1 spot in his genre on the New York Times bestseller list. I guess I might have just one or two questions on the subject of HOW ONE GETS ONE’S BOOK TO BE A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.
(Unfortunately something tells me that the first tip would be, “Don’t write about Catholic stuff.”)
This morning I came across some old pictures from the best vacation my husband and I ever took. I thought it might be fun to post a picture and see if anyone could guess where it is. So take a guess about where I went for my favorite vacation ever:
(I realize that if I were a good blogger I would turn this into a fun little contest with a fabulous prize for whoever gets it right. Unfortunately I can’t deal with that right now, so if you get it right your reward is me saying, “You’re right!” Thrilling, I know.)
I have the opportunity to record my conversion story for consideration that it be turned into a CD. The problem is that in my adult life I’ve only given one speech, and it didn’t go all that well (as it turns out, when I get up in front of a crowd I get nervous and my skin breaks out in bright red blotches that makes me look like I have a horrible disease — lesson learned).
Anyway…I do fine with radio interviews and other conversational formats, but I don’t think that formal lectures or speeches come naturally to me. Anyone know of any good books or websites for speaking tips?
I’ve been following the story of The Charis Project with great interest, and was glad to hear that they’ve gotten some new sponsors on board. Blogger Carrien of She Laughs at the Days has been working hard to help children in Thailand whose parents were killed by the Burmese Army (a topic especially close to my heart after learning more about the condition of world orphans as part of Kidsave training). Click here to see the profiles of some of these children who need help — and maybe consider sponsoring one of them?
Speaking of tips for managing the chaos with a house full of little ones, here’s one little thing I’ve done lately that’s been nothing short of life-changing: Cooking dinner during lunch. That gives me the rest of the day to get the kitchen straightened up, we have plenty of time to hang out as a family when my husband gets home from work, and after dinner we only have to deal with the dishes we use for eating. So helpful!
(Let me not wait until the fine print at the bottom of the post to say that this is a picture by sonicwalker on Flickr, not a photo of something I cooked. Messy chicken broccoli casserole and chili slopped into a bowl are more my style these days.)
I do not know how much more “missing Catholic conferences taking place in my back yard” I can take. I had been planning to go to next weekend’s Catholic New Media Celebration since January, and then found out that that was the weekend of baby Joy‘s baptism. I tried to change it but her godparents are coming in from Mexico and that was the only weekend that would work for them.
Then I heard that the Fullness of Truth Conference would also be in San Antonio in August and a bunch of families in the local homeschooling group are driving down together. How cool! I’ve always wanted to see Scott Hahn speak! Maybe his wife Kimberly would even be there! After running it by my equally enthusiastic husband I called to make reservations…and the hotel had sold out of all the rooms reserved for the conference. Gah!
I’m really busy the first weekend in August — be looking out for a papal visit to central Texas around that time.
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