7 Quick Take (vol. 8): Books I Want to Read



There is so much suffering in the world, and lately many of my friends have been suffering deeply.  Sometimes it’s hard to wrap our minds around how a loving God can allow such pain in our world, and even more so, how it can be part of His Divine Providence.  I want to read this book because I want a better grasp on suffering because it will inevitably come to my family one day too.

Dr. Peter Kreeft will be at the Catholic Family Life conference this year!  Ryan and I are struggling with whether we can justify the cost or not.  I’ll let you know what we choose to do.  You can buy The Purpose of Suffering here.



This book has been a bit hit with those who love the PBS tv shows Downton Abbey and Mad Men.  I’ve seen Downton – loved it – and am trying to avoid another addicting tv show – Mad Men AND Call the Midwife.  Because both my babies were born with the assistance of a midwife, this book has sparked my interest.  I looked into buying it at Coles last night, but unfortuantely I left my wallet at home and my husband will not approve of buying another book.  So looks like I’ll be ordering it from the library from now.  This is what Amazon.ca has to say about the book:

In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move
into a convent and become a midwife in London’s East End slums. While delivering
babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the
plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four
children who can’t speak English, to the prostitutes of the city’s seedier side.

Doesn’t it sounds GREAT?!  You can buy the first book of the trilogy here.



I like a good ‘classic’ turned movie.  Basically, that’s the reason I want to read this book.  I almost bought a copy today at Superstore (25% off books) BUT I hate buying books with the movie poster as the book cover.  Gross.  Buy this copy here.



I believe that learning more about the person God created me to be will help me to be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend, etc.  I have heard excellent things about this book (which is part of a series) and thankfully my mom has it so that I can borrow it from her.  You can buy your copy here.




I want to read these books for the same reason as number 4.  Get them here.



LOVE this book!  When I was a teenager, we read it together as a family and I remember it being a favorite classic of mine.  I have a copy already and can’t wait to read it again, but to also share it with Chloe.  Get yours here.




I left this open because I’d love you to recommend a book for me to read.  Let’s see if I actually get any suggestions!

Happy Friday everyone.  Join Jen here today for her Quick Takes.


50 Rules for Dads with Daughters

This made me laugh and cry.  A friend of mine shared this on Facebook and I simply love all of this blog’s suggestions.

50 Rules for Dads with Daughters


1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.


2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life… add life to her years.

Read the full blog here.

Hands-Free Morning: This Means No Cell Phone

After reading “The Important Thing About Yelling”, I have really been struggling with how I parent.  Far too much of my time is still occupied with texting and Facebook.  Honestly, I find it embarassing, yet deeply humbling to admit how much time I waste with these things.  By taking a step back and looking at my kids, how I parent and how I WANT to parent, I decided to start having hands-free mornings.

This morning started at 6:30am.  Ben peed through his pjs – Daddy forgot to change him before bed and I had gone out – and that’s why he was up so early.  I changed him and we cuddled while rocking in our rocking chair.  The moment was precious because I was living IN the moment, not thinking about when I could put him down to do other things. 

Chloe woke up at 6:45am, and together Ben and I went to get her.  Her face lit up when she saw us come in the room, and she reached for her brother: “Ben!” she cried happily and they gave each other a morning kiss.  Precious.

While I made them both breakfast, Ben – who is now crawling furiously and standing himself using furniture – smashed his face into a dining room chair.  Instant nose-bleed for my baby.  He cried so hard and I felt so bad for him.  We got the little man cleaned up and we all ate our cold oatmeal.

When Ben went for his first nap, Chloe and I made blueberry muffins.  My little helper measured, stirring and tasted.  She also got to sprinkle sugar on top of each muffin which she loved.  While the muffins cooked, I had her helped me unload the bottom rack of the dish washer.  Happily, she chatted away while also counting every spoon and fork that she handed to me.



Super Readers is one of her favorite shows, so while she watched it, I had my second cup of coffee and got ready for the day.  My make-up regime is very simple and took 5 minutes, so after that I was also able to get some much needed chores done.

We left the house for a quick Walmart and library run.  We found lots of great items that will certainly keep us busy for the next little while.


Chloe and I spent a lot of quality time together this morning.  Part of why it was so excellent, but because, again, I was living in the moment.  We danced to “Tale as Old as Tiiiiiiime’ aka ‘Beauty and the Beast’, played dolls, and read books.  Living in the moment can actually be life changing.  It means I am no longer focusing on when I get my next break from my kids, but more about, giving my busy-ness a break and focusing on my kids.  There were even times this morning that I just WATCHED my kids and envied their simple joy and innocence, while storing up those precious sibling giggles in my heart.


This is what my living room looked like by the end of the morning:


Now that they are both in bed napping, I have looked at my phone and realized, I didn’t miss much except that I forgot to tell my husband that I was taking a hands-free morning and he thought I was mad at him and didn’t know why!  Poor guy!  But seriously, I realized I didn’t miss anything important by not texting this morning, but what I could have missed was what I took time for today: my kids.

Tomorrow is day two of hands-free mornings.


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month – This is for Kate

A friend of mine, Kate, has been fighting Lyme Disease for years.  The recovery is slow and painful, but she is making progress.  This post is in honour of her – and her friend – to help raise awareness of this horrible disease.

A friend of Kate’s what featured in The Drumheller Mail regarding her fight against the disease.

“For years, DVSS teacher Jillian Augey has been battling a medical mystery. Last October she was diagnosed at an American clinic with co-infections of Lyme disease. She hopes that by telling her story, she can promote more awareness so others won’t go through the same ordeal, and to help change the way the Alberta and Canadian medical community approach the disease…Read full story here.


Source: here.