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By the time you read this, I’ll be in Boston! Well, actually, I guess it depends on what time you read it. I might be frantically stuffing my entire maternity wardrobe into a suitcase, speeding to the airport, or sitting on a plane. One thing it is very unlikely that I am doing right now is sleeping. Back when the tickets were booked I thought it would be a great idea to get to Boston early in the day. I’m sure I won’t mind a 5:30 AM DEPARTURE time in order to get there by noon! I thought ominously. Just because I’m six months pregnant, not a morning person, and the airport is 45 minutes away doesn’t mean I wouldn’t enjoy watching the sun rise from an airplane! Long story short, I will be getting up around 3:45, and will spend the next 12 or so hours trying not to break my Lenten profanity fast as I reflect on my decision-making capabilities.
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I love this picture. It’s a shot of the women from my table and the table next to me at our diocese’s pro-life gala last weekend. I love it because it really shows the face of the current pro-life movement:
(Elizabeth McClung, the amazing gal I interviewed here, is front and center in the black and white dress. I’m second to right in the back.)
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Speaking of which, I just came across the breathtaking story of a girl named Claire Culwell who recently found out that she is an abortion survivor. Her mother had a surgical abortion, but weeks later realized she was still pregnant — Claire was a twin, and the abortion doctor hadn’t seen her. I was particularly moved by the specific message Claire feels called to share when she tells her story:
I also want to be a vessel to offer God’s forgiveness to the men and women who have previously had abortions. I know healing is possible and I have been given the gift of surviving an abortion so that I can tell these men and women that they are forgiven…coming from an aborted child, I hope they know the power of forgiveness and healing through meeting me.
What a great message. You can read the rest here (scroll down).
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I was going to write something else here, but then I watched the video on Claire’s site and just had to share it. This is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen:
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I’ve been thinking about those initial feelings of disappointment I had when I found out that this baby will be our fourth girl in a row (which I mentioned in #2 here). An analogy I thought of is a social event: when I think of the last few parties I’ve been to, I don’t really recall what the balance of men to women was. I doubt I’d even notice if the group were mostly men or mostly women. It wouldn’t even occur to me to see the door open at another guest’s arrival and think, “Dang, I was hoping it would be a man.” Similarly, when I think of my family in the long-term, imagining our family Christmas party 20 years from now, the specific gender of my kids seems irrelevant. I laugh when I imagine asking my adult daughter Catherine to pass me the gravy while thinking “too bad she wasn’t a boy.” How ridiculous! And so with future kids I think it will help me to detach from my hopes for one gender vs. another when I imagine each new baby as being another attendee at our family “party.” (I know, it’s ridiculous that I even need an analogy and can’t just be grateful. I’m working on that.)
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When I spoke at the Behold Conference last month, the kind organizers arranged for my husband and I to stay at the Cornerstone Inn Bed & Breakfast. We had a gorgeous room with tall ceilings that overlooked the town square. Anyway, late last week I was looking for a sweater that goes with my only two dress outfits, and I couldn’t find it. A vague feeling of doom descended upon me as I realized that I left it at the B&B — which is in Washington, IL. These outfits were my only two options for speaking in Boston this weekend, and neither works without the sweater. And I couldn’t just get another one: I normally have to shop at the circus freak store to get anything that fits my weird proportions, and being pregnant makes it all the more difficult, so replacing lost wardrobe items is no small matter.
Long story short, I called the B&B and they happily told me they’d put it in the mail the next day so that it would be here for me to take this weekend. And they wouldn’t even let me reimburse them for their time and shipping costs! Needless to say, I highly recommend the Cornerstone Inn as a place to say if you’re visiting the Washington/Peoria area in Illinois.
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Have a nice weekend!
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