Friday Favorites for June 22

June 21, 2007 | 7 comments

Twelve great links for your Friday web surfing pleasure:

  1. Blogging and gossip: Adoro te Devote has some thoughts that all of us who write and comment on blogs should keep in mind.
  2. They weren’t ready: Don’t miss this amazing poem.
  3. Looking your best for God…or the world?: I found two somewhat-related posts on this topic to be interesting. I liked the discussion that resulted from this post at Mothers of Many Saints, about how moms of big families present themselves. And Ouiz has some good thoughts about skirts.
  4. NFP-only doctor in Dallas/Ft. Worth: Spread the news to your Catholic friends in D/FW! I’d love to stop by his reception on July 7 if I were in the area. Kudos to Dr. Behan for having the courage to convert his Obstetrics and Gynecology practice to NFP-only since he’ll probably lose a lot of his existing patients.
  5. Building your own house: Amber and her husband have me all excited about the possibility of building our own house one day. In this post they were kind enough to answer some of my questions like, “How much cheaper is it?” and “How on earth did you decide to build your own house?”
  6. Environmentalism as religion: I’ve heard a lot of comments about modern environmentalism morphing into a sort of religion, but this is the best, most concise summary of the issue I’ve heard. Definitely worth reading.
  7. Kim’s miracle baby: Kim, who had no idea she was pregnant with #9 until well into the second trimester, had to have her little boy delivered at 25 weeks while she was out of town. They’re now in a NICU 1.5 hours away from their home and their other children. Kim wrote in one post, “I had every single day in my planner filled this summer. [God] said no. All my projects are for later. He has different plans.”
  8. Dogs are the new kids: Kristine Franklin doesn’t mince words as she talks about yet another crazy side effect of contraception culture: people valuing animals equal to (or sometimes more than) people. Speaking of which, this article must be seen to be believed. (via Domestic Vocation)
  9. Tips for taking the kids to church: I found these nine suggestions to be really helpful! I was also reminded of Catholic Mom’s great post about church shoes from earlier this year.
  10. We are not promised tomorrow: Heather continues to eloquently chronicle her experience with brain surgery, cancer and chemo. Here she talks about struggling to accept her new appearance after her hair started to fall out, realizing that cancer has not changed her heart.
  11. Free customizable, printable calendars: How did I not know about this? (via Many Little Blessings)
  12. “The most beautiful thing this side of Heaven”: I’m enchanted with this video of a High Mass from the 1940s. You can feel how mysteriously beautiful it was even from this old black-and-white video. I hope that one day I’ll get to see something like this in person.


  1. lyrl

    I think the NFP-only doctor will quickly get enough new patients to make up for the ones he loses. I am far from an NFP-only person, but when I moved to a new town the One More Soul website was where I looked to find my GYN. The woman I go to is actually not NFP-only, but is in the same practice as the doctor I found: he was not accepting new patients! She thinks my using fertility awareness is “cool”, a far cry from the stories of doctors and other health care providers who laugh in their patient’s faces I regularly see at Ovusoft (a fertility awareness community).

    A person doesn’t have to believe NFP is the only moral choice for family planning to think our medical professionals have gone way overboard with the pill pushing. There is a (I really hope growing) demand for doctors willing to respect women’s choices to not fill their bodies with hormones.

  2. PB

    The dogs as children really bothers me. I used to have a few co workers who equated their animals to my child, as if the difficulty to care for them was the same. I liked to remind them that if I locked my son in a cage all day while I was at work, I’d be in jail.

  3. Christine

    Jen, thanks so much for the link! (And I’ll keep you in my prayers. Sorry your week has been so crummy.)

    Please forgive me if I’m being petty, but would you mind too much fixing the spelling of my name? I don’t know why, but I just have the tendancy to be sensitive about it. I’m sorry for being weird about it.

    And, because I know you probably will, I’ll thank you now in case I forget to come back later. 🙂

  4. Sarahndipity

    Thanks for the links. Lots of interesting stuff.

    I’m very fortunate to have an NFP-only Dr. in my area that I go to. They’re awesome.

    I liked the overall message of the poem. I was a little irked about the line “Bartholomew and James were shy introverts,” though. There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert!! It simply means that one draws their energy from spending time alone, as opposed to extroverts, who draw their energy from spending time with other people. Introverts are not necessarily shy. Shyness is fear of other people. You could argue that Jesus himself was an introvert.

    Sorry – I know I’m nit-picking but this is just a pet peeve of mine.

  5. Jennifer F.

    Hey Christine – If you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about, I was referring to Kristine Franklin of Catholic Baby Boomer. But if I’m missing something (which is very possible) please let me know!

  6. Sarahndipity

    By the way, you’ve been tagged! See my blog for details. 🙂

  7. Christine

    Oh, gracious! I am SOOO sorry! Dopey me for not looking at the URL on that link.

    Now I’m really embarrassed.

    I think I’ll just go catch up on laundry now…

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