It’s been a long, difficult week. The reason for the longness and difficultness is that I decided to cut out junk food again for health reasons (obviously I did not look at my calendar to see that it was HALLOWEEN WEEK before making this decision). I didn’t think it would be that bad since I’d only mildly fallen off of the “Saint Diet, ” but I was wrong. Every time I walk past a cookie, candy bar or bag of Cheetos my body starts sending me messages that death is imminent if I don’t immediately start stuffing all these products in my mouth with both hands. I’m going to stop talking about this now before I start weeping, but if you’re just dying to hear the details of my junk food detox experiences you can read all about it (complete with flowchart!) here.
OK, one more thing on that subject: I’m starting to think that 80% of following a healthy diet comes down to planning. I’ve noticed that I have no problem eating nutritious meals if they’re ready and right in front of my face. For example, a while back I treated myself to a nice veggie tray from the store, and found that it wasn’t that difficult to choose the carrots and dip over processed food from the pantry. Nine times out of ten, when I make bad food choices it’s because I was hungry and just went for whatever was quickest and easiest.
I loved the Texas Alliance for Life benefit dinner last week. There was a great turnout (1, 200 people) and Gianna Jessen‘s speech was amazing. I was also happy to get a copy of the book about Gianna’s life as a survivor of a late-term abortion attempt. Some pictures:
(many of us were wiping tears out of our eyes).
Speaking of pro-life fundraisers, we’re also going to attend the Austin Coalition for Life’s inaugural banquet on November 10th where Jill Stanek will be speaking (if you haven’t read the text of her testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 4294 where she recounted what she witnessed as an L&D nurse at Christ Hospital, it’s a difficult but important read). If you’re in Central Texas and would like more info on the banquet, you can find out about it on the front page of the Austin Coalition for Life website.
Our friends Katie and Devin Rose have an amazing story playing out in their lives right now, and are kind enough to share it all with the rest of the world through their blog. They recently adopted their gorgeous 18-month-old twin sons through a local foster-adopt program and are expecting a biological child in a couple of months. Just the other day they got a call asking if they would also take in their sons’ two-and-a-half-year-old sister, and they only had 24 hours to decide. Their beautiful posts about hearing the news (Katie’s is here, Devin’s is here) as well as their thoughts on their discernment process are so heart-warming and inspiring, I just had to share.
A few of you have kindly asked how our Kidsave child “Rita” is doing. The short answer is that we don’t know; we’ve been having a difficult time contacting her at her foster home in rural Colombia. There is also not anyone who has committed to adopt her that I know of, but I haven’t heard a recent update. I plan to write more about all that as soon as I hear anything. Please do keep her in your prayers!
I’m excited about the cool Fall weather, and jealous of all of you who are posting pictures of cozy snow scenes on your blogs. Have a great Halloween / Feast of All Saints weekend, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!