1: A FEW WORDS ABOUT BLOGGING...
And also, I must take this opportunity to apologize for neglecting all the nice people who have left lovely and heartfelt comments on my posts in June, July, and August. (It's been a very busy summer!) So if you were kind enough to stop by and leave me a few words in my combox, and you were wondering why I didn't have the courtesy to respond, you can go back now and see that I have re-read all of your messages and replied to them. I probably don't say this enough (maybe I've never said it? If that's the case, I'm sorry!), but it truly makes my day when readers connect with me. I can't tell you what it means to me to have people, most of whom I've never met, praying for me and my family. God love you!
2: AND A FEW MORE, ABOUT A BLOGGING CONFERENCE--
So now that we've established that I'm a blogger, I have to tell you how excited I am to be attending the CWBN Mid-Atlantic Chapter's 2017 Blogging Conference at Ana Hahn's house on August 26. I am so excited (and also a tad nervous) about meeting--IRL!--all these women whose blogs have entertained and inspired me. You don't have to be a famous or widely-read blogger to attend this conference (at least, I hope that's true--or I've made a huge mistake signing up for this!). You just have to be a Catholic (check!) and a blogger (check!), so I will be there with bells on! The fact that this event (or as Ana has called it, this "par-tay") is going to be held in Front Royal, VA, just under an hour's drive away from our new house down there, is just one more reason--among many, many others--why I'm glad to call Northern VA my new home.
3: THANKS FOR PRAYING FOR MY MOM!
4: AND THANKS FOR PRAYING FOR THE TRIPLETS, TOO!
Also, thanks to all who have prayed for the triplets my #4 son and his wife Braveheart are expecting, possibly any day now. She has been in the hospital since 30 weeks, due to a scare that they thought would end in an emergency C-section; but as of today, she and the babies are doing very well. She will be 32 weeks tomorrow, which is HUGE; and they may decide to let her go to 34 weeks, unless of course she goes into labor before that. Continued prayers would be much appreciated for Braveheart and those wee ones (two boys and a girl).
5: NOW LET'S TALK BABY FASHION, SHALL WE?
My #2 son's wife Ginger is a huge fan of the Beaufort Bonnet Co., and she's a sucker for a baby bonnet. She just gave birth to a second son in June; but the fact that her children are both males has not discouraged her from purchasing bonnets for them. (My son, for his part, thinks boys should wear baseball caps rather than bonnets; but he and his wife have reached a compromise on the issue: by the time they are 18 months old, his little guys are no longer allowed to wear anything but typical "boy hats." Daddy has laid down the law.)
I just have to share some pictures of these two brothers in their dapper headware. If you formerly agreed with my son that bonnets are suitable for baby girls only, I think these images might change your mind.
6: VA JUST KEEPS MAKING MORE AND MORE SENSE!
Speaking of grandchildren, this fall, our oldest son's wife and four daughters will be living with us temporarily, while he finishes up his airline training and they search for a house to buy in VA. (Yes, that's right: as of January 2018, when son #1 will begin a new job as a pilot flying out of D.C., all four of our married sons and their families will be living within an hour of us!! Now we must
Our firstborn and his wife are homeschooling their girls, and this year the twins (6) will be in first grade. I am excited to find out as much as I can about homeschooling networks and resources in Northern VA at the CWBN conference--yet one more reason I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to attend.
7: AND FINALLY, I'VE GOT A BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR YOU.
I am way behind on some assignments I've got to finish--reading and reviewing a couple of books by Catholic authors that I was given in exchange for honest reviews. But for some reason, I've had trouble reading books lately, especially non-fiction works, and have taken to reading short articles and Instagram posts instead. So that's part of the reason I'm procrastinating with those reviews. But also, I think I'm just going through a rather arid patch when it comes to writing. (Thus the blogger's block that I've been battling for quite some time now!) I did, however, read a novel recently, on a last-minute flight down to VA the day we thought the triplets were going to make a premature entrance. (I purchased it at an airport book store right before I boarded the plane, because an engrossing novel has always been the best medicine for me when it comes to forgetting that I'm sitting 30,000 feet in the air.)
I highly recommend this book, an extremely well-written debut novel by an author I hope will write many more. It was a page-turner. If you like Kate Morton's books, this one's for you.
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