7QTs: Early Mornings, Journaling and a 1st Birthday

7qts talking about family

Another week has flown by! I’m linking up again with Kelly from This Aint the Lyceum for 7 quick takes on the week that was!

  1. Marriage Referendum – Next month, there will be a referendum in Ireland to redefine marriage. If the ‘yes’ side win, then Ireland will become the first country to introduce same sex marriage following a referendum. Last Friday saw the launch of the ‘no’ campaign. Its going to be an interesting few weeks.
  2. Sleeping Baby T

    I can’t believe this little girl is one!

    1st Birthday My baby is now a toddler! We had a lovely day, a walk to see some deer, a small family lunch, presents, coffee cake (homemade!). I was worried the excitement would be too much, but even though she’s only one, I think baby T had a lovely day!

  3. Early Mornings As baby is only napping once a day at the moment, I’m trying to find more time in the day to get things on my wishlist (things I would like to do but aren’t important enough to make the to do list) done. Husband suggested I get up an hour earlier… now, this seems like an obvious, fair suggestion but since becoming a mum, I have learned that I take the sleep where I can, so this was a painful suggestion. Anyway, Tuesday and Friday mornings I woke up an hour early, bright eyed and bushy tailed and crossed off a few things on my to do list and my wishlist, which gave me a great start to the day. I might try and make a habit of it!
  4. Spiritual Journal I used to keep a spiritual, or a prayer journal, and I found it really helped my faith develop. Somewhere along the way, the practice ceased, until this Lent, when I started journaling again in the Blessed Is She Lenten Journal. I vowed I would continue but there was a slight delay between finishing the old one and starting the new. I am glad to say before the delay became prolonged, I have started journaling again!
  5. Toddler Book On the subject of journaling, poor baby’s baby book has gaping holes in it and the idea of going back to fill in the gaps is, at the moment, a daunting prospect. So, while I was shopping for a spiritual journal, I also bought a toddler book, to mark the start of a new era!
  6. sewing seedsGardening Lots of seeds to be sown in April, and time is running out! I planted tomatoes and beetroot in seed trays, and put some rocket and garlic in containers.
  7. Studying and blogging Did I ever mention I am doing a part-time distance learning MA in Applied Theology? I’m currently doing a module in the socio-political context of the family. It’s incredibly interesting and challenging, and there is a lot of reading and information to take on board. I have decided a good way to process my thoughts would be to write some short blog posts about key aspects of the subject. Watch this space!

Thank you Kelly for hosting! For more quick takes, visit This Aint the Lyceum!

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7QTs: The Easter Edition

7QTs The Easter Edition Talking about family1. Good Friday

I mentioned last week how much I had been looking forward to attending the Easter ceremonies, but was realising that plans would change with a baby! We were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Stations of the Cross at the Cathedral. It was beautifully done, with a small choir singing meditative Taizé chants every few stations. I spent quite a few Easters in Taizé, an ecumenical community of brothers  in a village in France known for its beautiful simple songs, so this struck a chord with me and was really special.

Easter Vigil Black Abby Kilkenny Talking About Family2. Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is my favourite Mass of the liturgical year. The gathering outside by the Paschal fire, the processing into church, lighting our candles from the one flame, the Exultet, the Old Testament readings, the Gloria, the bells, the Risen Christ! What a joyous celebration! He is risen! Alleluia!

Easter Cake Talking About Family Coffee cake3. Easter Sunday (and cake!)

We spent Easter Sunday en famille with my parents. As well as Easter eggs, and an Easter lamb for Baby T, we had Easter cake! This cake deserves a 7QTs mention because its actually the first cake I have ever baked! It was a dry run for baby’s first birthday later this month, but it turned out well. Everyone seemed quite surprised by how nice it tasted. I credit Delia Smith and her idiot-proof recipe! Thanks, Delia! (As an aside, did you know that as well as being a legendary English cook, she is a major shareholder at Norwich F.C., is Catholic, and has written Advent and Lenten reflection books? What a woman!)

st bridgid cross handmade hoop art4. Baptism gift

This week I have been working on an embroidered St Brigid’s cross. It’s a baptism gift for a little girl.

5. Sowing seeds

I have black fingers. Despite this, every year, I get excited about growing vegetables. Every year, I give it a go. This year, I’ve kicked off the seed-sowing season with some rocket salad and spring onions in containers, and beetroot on the window ledge. No point putting a photo here. Nothing to see! Watch this space!

6. Date Night

Usually the weather in Ireland is pretty cloudy, grey, windy, wet and cold in this part of the world. However, this last week has seen temperatures rise to a sweltering 18 degrees Celsius! Phew! We celebrated with an impromptu date night; I picked my husband up from work and we drove to Ireland’s answer to Miami Beach- Tramore! Seriously though, it was nice to do something different after work, to enjoy the weather, go for a walk, have a meal. After becoming new parents, date night went out the window. Now our little one is nearly a year old, and we are beginning to get the hang of this parenting thing, we have no excuse! Date night is back on the calender! Yey!

7. Book Shopping

liquid love meg meeker md fatal misconception

A couple of books for my course and one for me! I am really excited about all of them. Liquid Love is about human relationships, how traditional bonds are changing and the liquidity with which these new bonds can be tied and untied. Fatal Misconception is a very interesting read about the struggle to control the world’s population. And, for some light reading, I bought The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. I often hear Dr Meg Meeker on Ave Maria Radio. She is a Catholic wife, mother and pediatrician, so I am really looking forward to reading one of her books.

How was your Easter?

Thanks to Kelly for hosting 7QTs! For more Quick Takes, visit This Ain’t the Lyceum!