7 Quick Takes — Spelling Bees, Catholic Radio, and a Monsoon [vol. 8]

Well, it’s the last official weekend of summer, and we intend to continue to sweat to death as we drown in boiling humidity enjoy our warm weather while it lasts.  Between National Cheeseburger Day yesterday and my toddler walking around in a sundress, summer still feels pretty real around here.

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First, I am begging prayers for a childhood friend of mine named Heather.  Tuesday at a regularly scheduled well woman exam, her OBGYN discovered a mass in her pelvis.  Ultrasound indicated a few possible causes, none of which are pleasant, all of which are scary as heck to a 29 year old woman.  She had a CT this morning, and she and her sweet husband are anxiously awaiting the results.  Each possibility guarantees a radically life-changing diagnosis.  Please pray for comfort, peace, and trust for her and her family, and wisdom, empathy, and caring hands of her health care team.  Thank you. St. Gerard Majella and St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for her!

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We are blessed here in Houston with a dynamic Catholic radio presence, found on your dial at 1430AM KSHJ.  I met the Programming Director, Joe McClane, earlier this year at the Fullness of Truth conference here in Houston.  Joe is a really nice, very gracious guy who hosts a local radio show called Evangelium, about Catholic happenings in Houston.  KSHJ is part of the Guadalupe Radio Network, which is available to you out of town folks with their iPhone app and Android app.  Why am I telling you all of this?  My friend Lisa over at Of Sound Mind And Spirit reminded me that today is the last day of their Fall Share-A-Thon, and they can use all the help we can give them.  Consider donating $10, $30, or $50, even if you don’t live in the Houston Metro.  This station is totally listener supported, and without faithful folks keeping it on the air, the Good News of Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic Church will no longer have a radio home here in the area.  Please prayerfully consider donating here!

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Have you heard?  The location for #Edel15 has been announced!  Pack your bags for sunny, southern Charleston, South Carolina!  I’m so excited to get a chance to see Hallie Lord’s stomping grounds – she loves the place, and I am dying to see what all the fuss is about.  The second annual gathering of Catholic women will be held at the historic and classy Francis Marion Hotel.  There’s a discounted room rate for Edelgoers at this link, and check this out, y’all — a Farmer’s Market across the street on Saturday mornings.  *squeeee*  Let the penny-saving begin!

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Elizabeth came home with her very first spelling bee word list this week!  SO excited about helping her study for this.  She has a pretty advanced vocabulary for an incoming second-grader, and she consistently does well on her spelling tests.  I’m a wee bit proud of her and this opportunity, as I was an avid spelling bee participant as a kid, and by the grace of God even advanced to the citywide level Bee in New Orleans back in 199…well, never mind.  The point is, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and I’m not sure who’s more excited, her or me!

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This is gonna “bee” great!

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Speaking of school stuff, this morning our awesome PTO hosted Muffins with Mom at a park close to the kids’ school.  It’s normally a fun way to start the day, and I always enjoy that time with my girls, surrounded by their friends and their parents.  Today, though, was less than idyllic.  Houston skies poured buckets and roadways quickly flooded, making our journey there rather soggy.  Then, I couldn’t find the umbrella that is supposed to be in the van at all times.  Soooo, we parked and RAN to the pavilion where the muffins were.  Oddly, we weren’t able to outrun the deluge, and we were all soaked to the skin.  By the time I dropped them off at school, the girls were shivering…oh man.  I ran home and brought some dry clothes back to school, but the usual 30 minute round trip took an hour thanks to the still-flooding roadways.  I wasn’t the only Mom with that idea – the school receptionist had five or six bags of dry clothes sitting next to her, ready to distribute to other kids of moms who hadn’t quite factored the monsoon into the morning plans.

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Soggy Muffins with Drenched Moms

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By now, I am sure you’ve heard of the planned Black Mass that will happen on Sunday in Tulsa, OK.  As Catholics, this is a blasphemous, grave offense to Our Lord and a cause for great prayer and concern for those attending.  Tulsa’s own exorcist warns that the spiritual danger of demonic possession and influence is very real, and “must be fought with prayer.”  EWTN will be airing a Holy Hour of Reparation simultaneously at 7pm CDT.  You can learn more about EWTN’s Adoration Hour here.

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Well, that’s it, y’all.  Headed out the door to meet my Co-Leader for our Little Flowers Catholic Girls’ Club.  We are planning our year and would appreciate your prayers as we embark on Wreath III this year.  My girls and I have been blessed to participate in this mother-daughter club, where we learn about virtues, saints, and how to live out the Works of Mercy in our daily lives.  Check to see if there’s an active group near you — and if not, what’s stopping you from starting one?

Have a great weekend!

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