I‘ve anxiously been following the story of Foyer Notre-Dame de la Nativite orphanage in Haiti, where 56 children and one caretaker were killed in the earthquake. According to Shaun King, whose been tirelessly chronicling the situation on Twitter, help didn’t arrive until just recently, and many of the children were injured and without food or medical care the whole time. Spencer Nix was on the scene and wrote a heartbreaking post about what it was like (mentioning that it was thanks to social media that he and other aid workers were able to find it and help).
I was blown away when I read this news story about the orphanage which noted that “[Eveline Midy Louis-Jacques] took care of 150 children in her home — all of whom she knows by name — before Tuesday’s quake.” What a hero. Please keep her and all the children in your prayers.
Of all the tragic news that has been coming out of Haiti, one glimmer of light was this amazing video of a woman rescued from the rubble after being trapped for six days (those of you on feed readers will need to click through to see it):
I wish there were more stories like that. (via Althouse)
I loved reading about everyone else’s words for the year. I had forgotten that fortitude (the word I chose) is one of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It was good to re-read that list, as well as the lists of Cardinal Virtues and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, and do a quick gut-check to ask myself if I’m moving closer to or further away from having these qualities.
I’ve been watching trends in book publishing/marketing with great interest (so much so that I keep having to restrain myself from starting a separate writing blog…but that’s another story). One new development I find interesting is the importance of authors creating video trailers for their books. I didn’t really get it until earlier this week, when I came across this trailer for Taylor Marshall‘s book, The Crucified Rabbi (hat tip to Battlements of Rubies):
It’s a simple video, but it definitely piques my interest in the book even more than a text description would.
Speaking of video, a few people have asked recently if there is one of my conversion story. I spontaneously recorded one last week…and after viewing it decided that I will start with an audio version. It’s always humbling to see yourself on video, but I looked especially tired and oddly angry (I’m one of those people who unintentionally looks mad when I’m concentrating on something). It was fun, though, to tell the story verbally instead of writing about it, and I look forward to doing another recording.
I got some tips from podcaster extraordinaire Lisa Hendey, and now I just need to find some time where there won’t be the sounds of crashes and kids yelling in the background. Hopefully I can get through the whole thing without sentences like, “It was a shift in my worldview to understand that — WE DO NOT EAT OUT OF THE TRASH — God is the Logos, because — YOU ARE GOING IN TIME OUT IF YOU HIT YOUR SISTER WITH THE BABY DOLL AGAIN — I had never thought of it that way…”
I recorded the video with one of those Flip digital camcorders. We got one for Christmas, and we love it! It is so easy: you press a red button to record, plug it into your computer, and edit or email it with a couple clicks of the mouse.
When we were stuck inside on a cold and rainy day last week I made a little adventure movie with the kids (it was supposed to be The Hero Rescues the Princesses, but was more like One Princess Throws a Temper Tantrum, Another Wanders Off, and Another Chews a Plastic Cup While the Hero Rescues Helpless Cookies from the Pantry of Doom). Other than the production difficulties, it was a snap to edit all the little scenes into a movie, add a soundtrack and send it out to relatives!
Tomorrow (Saturday) is going to be a fun but crazy busy day. We’re going to the Rose family baptism (I mentioned them recently here), then to their reception, then to the Texas March for Life. After that we’re going out to dinner with friends. Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Anyone else going to a March for Life this weekend?
I look forward to reading your posts!