Well, now, I haven't done a Seven Quick Takes post in a loooong while now, have I? But this week there are so many things rolling around in this little pea-sized brain of mine that I think I should just throw them all out there and see what happens.
Did I mention that Maggie turned 12 last week? Let me just say that if a girl was ever spoiled on her 12th birthday, it is this girl. Here's a quick recap: Blackhawks game with her dad. Skybox. Bobble Head night. Poster with her name on it. Meeting the Blackhawks president, John McDunough. Mr. McDunough leaving the box and coming back with a gift for her. Toewes t-shirt. Long-sleeved t-shirt. Hoodie. Hat. NAME IN LIGHTS UP ON THE SCOREBOARD. Need I say more?
I feel like I started a new job this week since I've started writing semi-seriously. Thanks to all of you who are praying me through this. It's a lot harder to make the time than I thought it would be. Believe me, the offer is still out there, so if you'd like to join my merry band of pray-ers, drop me an email and I'll add you to the list.
The biggest blogging conference of the year happened last weekend, and I missed it. I'll explain why in a post tomorrow (or next week), but it sure sounds like an amazing time was had by all. There are all kinds of posts going around, recaps of everyone's adventures at Blissdom, but Emily's was one of my favorites. If you read it you'll see why.
See this face?
This is the face of anticipation. It's the face I get every morning before Thunder the Wonder Dog and I take our walk. Some days the walk is short, but some days it's about 3 miles. Like yesterday, in 20 degree weather. But really, could you resist that face?
Kay offered up some great thoughts on the different stages of parenting yesterday at her place. I've recently gotten to know Kay a bit through blogging, and I have to say that she is a gem. One of those people I'd really like to meet someday. One of the few bloggers I've met who is kind of in my stage of life. Anyway, go read it. You'll like it. I promise.
And speaking of parenting posts . . . check back on Monday for the next in my Intentional Parenting series. In case you've missed the first couple of posts, you can find them here and here.
And while I'm talking about the IP series, I think I'm going to make that an EVERY Monday thing rather than an every-other Monday thing from here on out. I'm just afraid people will get confused by the every-other thing, as I'm sure I would if it weren't me writing the posts and deciding when to put them on my blog.
Nothing like another challenge, huh?
Is anyone else excited about the Olympics like we are around here? We missed the summer Olympics two years ago because we were in Switzerland at the time. It was such a bummer to get home and realize that there was only one day left of the competition and that it was Greco-Roman Wrestling or something equally obscure.
Anyway, this year we will be home and firmly planted in front of the big screen because one of our neighbors, a girl who attended the same elementary school as my girls and who goes to our church and who lives just two blocks away from us, is going to be competing! Look for Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr. who will be competing in the women's 3000m speed skating race this Sunday. She says the competition begins at 3 p.m. Central time, but she probably won't be in the first pairing.
I'm a fan of Nancy's on Facebook, and I don't think she'd mind my sharing her blog with you all. It's a fascinating look behind the scenes at the Olympics.
Go Nancy, go!!!
Thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting Seven Quick Takes.