Friday, December 20, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 133) Music, Vocations, and Videos for the Whole Family

Grace is…seeing people and situations in a new light, loving more and judging less, having enough faith to let go of what you value in favor of whom you value, an unexpected call from a loved one, a spontaneous visit when you most need it, good books that change your perspective and expand your mind, the little things that make such a big difference…  
Triage for Christmas Correspondence

If you’ve sent us a card wishing us a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, thanks, you rock!  If you haven’t, we totally and completely understand!  If you’re waiting for a card from us, please see the below qualifications for this year’s version of triage for Christmas Correspondence.

7 Qualifications for Receiving Christmas Correspondence via Snail Mail in 2013 from the Potters’ (Let’s be realistic now: this means a card or letter from Trisha that Kevin has heard or read and signs, too)
 If there was a period of thirty days or more over the past calendar year during which:

  1. You and I talked to and/or texted each other daily.
  2. We hung out a few times a week.
  3. Regularly sat together at Mass together and other church-related activities.
  4. You have eaten several meals at our place.
  5. You have at any time received an actual text message from my husband.
  6. You have been in a cloistered monastery.
  7. You are only allowed to receive mail at Christmas and Easter due to being a postulant in a cloistered monastery.    

Yes, God Whether you come from or are part of a family in which the Catechism was drilled into your brain at an early age and you prayed Hail Mary’s until the cows came home (or in one family, at least settled Yes, God!  What Ordinary Families Can Learn aboutParenting from Today’s Vocation Stories that will help you say yes to God in your own life and help others encourage the same submissiveness to the Lord in theirs. Read my fullreview here.
down) or if you tried to learn something of Catholicism’s draw by actually drinking some holy water and playing a trick on your blind teacher, you’ll get something from
Audio Addictions Pentatonix is an a cappella group that I have had so much fun watching and listening to.  I do believe I have gotten Kevin hooked, too.  Woohoo!  It's only taken me a couple weeks to get my husband to sit and watch a few of their Youtube videos with me.  This is promising as it sometimes takes hims significantly longer than that before he realizes I'm right.  For a cool over view of their abilities, check out their Evolution of Music video below:

You Put Your Right Hand In… As someone who regularly resorts to singing and dancing to songs that are fun an entertaining for kids while also good exercise, I was quite amused by this article on the alleged origins of the Hokey Pokey.  Make sure to watch the video in the post of a Shakespeare version of the Hokey Pokey-Priceless!
The Latest Silly Dance Song After playing, singing, and dancing to “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” “Bop Until You Drop,” and “Boom Chicka Boom” with the girls usually at least two or three times each daily, I chose another song to throw into our daily repertoire.  It is highly repetitive and likely to end up stuck in your brain, but it’s fun, the kids like it, and it gets us all moving.  Consider this your warning:If you have children and/or work with them, I suggest listening to this song when they are out of earshot to determine whether or not you can deal with hearing it daily, multiple times a day played or sung live with varying degree of accuracy in the lyrics for the next 3 years.
Merrymaking Mayhem I’ve seen the writing on the wall, and I found it rather daunting, especially when it wouldn’t come off with a wet paper towel or baby wipes.  A certain 18 month old livewire recently scribbled what looks to me like a rather impressive letter “M” on the wall.  Since this happened before it was even 8:30 in the morning, I knew that it was going to feel like a very long day of nannying.
     Three clever, too-smart-for-their-own-good cuties with a permanent place in my heart have challenged me to learn, laugh, grow, sing, dance, reminisce, hug, kiss, snuggle, and experience quite a bit of joy and exasperation beyond what I’ve known in the past.  I love you lots dear three silly sisters!     

Check out Jen Fulwiler’s tradition of 7 Quick Takes Friday at her tremendously popular blog Conversion Diary.

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