By the time you read this our Kidsave child Rita will be here!…Maybe. The kids were supposed to arrive last night at 8:00 but got stuck in Atlanta, so now they’re scheduled to arrive around noon today. I can’t imagine how crazy that must have been for these kids, most of whom have never flown before, to end up in a strange hotel in a strange country. I hope they don’t experience any more delays. I’ll post some updates on Twitter throughout the weekend.
Last week was a great week for meeting bloggers. I already mentioned last week that I was going to meet Lisa Hendey but I forgot that that was the same weekend we were meeting fellow atheist-to-Catholic convert Julie D. We met up with her, her husband and one of her daughters at the Darwins‘ house after Mass for some extremely impressive omelets and lively conversation. I’ve been a big fan of her blog since 2005 and meeting her was just as great as I thought it would be.
When I met Lisa Hendey last Friday I had the pleasure of chatting with her for her Catholic Moments podcast. After one of those lunches where you think that if you just had about 12 more hours you might be able to skim the surface on all you want to talk about, we went back to her hotel and did a podcast interview where we talked about my conversion, homeschooling discernment and, of course, blogging. Our interview is online here if you’d like to listen to it.
I was trying to find a stuffed animal to give Rita as a welcome gift, and had the great idea to get her one with Texas flavor. As I looked through the bins of cute stuffed kitties and puppies at Target, I tried to think of what a local stuffed animal might look like. A scorpion in a cowboy hat? A terrifying centipede holding a heart? A cuddly fire ant? I think I’m just going to get a teddy bear and call it a day.
If you like reading conversion story/faith journey type of stuff, this article about Lenny Kravitz and his recent commitment to chastity is surprisingly refreshing. (via Veronica Mitchell)
Did you guys read the comments to the feces fiasco post? It really is feeling all The Ring up in here with the stories of the wrath of the poop-fates coming down on anyone who laughed at the post.
Oh, and one more thing: If you were holding out tips for preventing toddlers from taking their diapers off, please come forth with them now. Some people suggested duct taping the diaper on. Done. Anything else?
I feel so much pressure that both Rita and the chaperone will be with us on the 4th of July for their first trips to America! I think we’re just going to go to my grandfather’s for a cookout with friends and then try to catch fireworks later. With all the travel they’ve been doing, not to mention the 100-degree temperatures, I doubt they’re up for much more than that. (Read: I am not up for much more than that and am projecting my own laziness and disdain of heat onto my guests.)
For my American readers: What are your plans for the 4th of July? Have a great weekend, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!