7 Quick Takes Friday

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on January 3, 2013



Welcome Conversion Diary readers! As you’ve probably heard, Jen is in hospital with bilateral pulmonary embolisms. Please keep her in your prayers! She’s currently awaiting test results and in the process of making treatment decisions but I know she plans on updating you all soon!


Many of you have very sweetly asked me how we might all come together to help the Fulwilers in their time of need. I checked with Jen and for the moment she only asks for your prayers. If a need arises, though, I’ll be sure to share it!


I’m delighted to have been invited to speak to the women of St. Mary’s Parish in Mobile, AL on January 15th at their Vino and Values event. Coincidentally, Dan and I were married at St. Mary’s in 2001 so it will be such a treat to return for a visit! I’ll be speaking about what it means to thrive as a Catholic woman. If you happen to live in the area, I do hope you’ll come to the event! I’d love to meet some of you in person!


After years of resisting, I finally caved and bought a Nexus. My love of “real” books was finally defeated by my insatiable love of reading and desire for instant gratification (thank you, Kindle app).

Actually, that’s not entirely true – iPhones just hate me. Despite having Verizon send me replacement after replacement, I could never manage to get reception when I was inside of a building. Finally, someone in the know informed me that quality phone reception isn’t what smart phones are known for (though I have yet to find anyone else who’s had as many problems with the iPhone as I have) so I traded it in for a basic flip phone and will use the Nexus to check email and such when I travel.


What should my first e-read be? I think I’m in the mood for a good novel. I recently finished reading Gone Girl, The Language of Flowers, and The Homecoming of Samuel Lake (and LOVED them). If you have a similar taste in fiction, what novels have you recently enjoyed?


So, um, I just realized that Charlie’s due date falls on Holy Saturday. I know that due dates are only rough estimates but seeing as four out of five of my other little ones were born smack dab on their due date it’s not unreasonable to think that he may enter the world right as Lent 2013 wraps up. Methinks that God has quite the sanctifying Lenten experience in store for me this year. For my husband‘s sake, you might want to start praying now. ;)


Thanks, again, for all the love and the many prayers you’ve been sending Jen’s way. I know it means the world to her. I’ll be sure to share any updates I receive regarding her condition over on Twitter.

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TracyE January 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

A sweet EASTER baby! Yes, I imagine that Lent will definitely be “interesting” for you ALL, but God is good and clearly has a plan! Not sure if I’ll get my 7QTs up this week, however……Blessings, and happy weekend! :-)
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Ann-Marie January 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Thanks for hosting, Hallie. I bought your husband’s book for my Mom for Christmas. She is really enjoying it. Thank you for keeping us updated about Jen.
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Michelle January 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Easter baby! yay! I can’t seem to stay away from “smack-dab” in the middle of summer myself! :)
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Ana Hahn January 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Thank you for hosting, Hallie! And thank you for the updates on Jen, we will keep the prayers coming.

jen @ Saving Kaia January 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Holy Week babies FTW! I have one as well whose birthday was Holy Saturday last year.
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the political gourmet January 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

Thanks for hosting, and thanks to Jennifer for allowing us to pray for her speedy recovery.
St. Bernadette, pray for us!

Christie @ Garden of Holiness January 4, 2013 at 12:23 am

Thank you for hosting the 7 Quick Takes and for keeping us updated on Jennifer’s progress. We’re praying here for her and we will certainly be adding you and your Holy Week baby bunting to the list as well!
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EML January 4, 2013 at 1:10 am

My 4th was born last year on Holy Saturday. I normally am 2 weeks late with kids so was sooo surprised to have a baby born a day after the due date. Needless to say I wasn’t prepared and my father-in-law had to bring the ham and all of dinner for Easter. It made for a good story.
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Dwija {House Unseen} January 4, 2013 at 2:21 am

Being pregnant during Lent is no joke, girl. No joke! Oh my gosh. Prayers for you in the coming months…
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nancyo January 4, 2013 at 2:46 am

Thanks for pinch-hitting, Hallie! It’s always fun to see the party when it’s at your place. I had an April baby and her birthday has fallen on Easter on occasion (and in Lent on many years). I appreciate the updates on Jen, and am sending prayers her way.
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Kendra @ The Nerdy Wife January 4, 2013 at 3:18 am

I totally agree on the Nexus tablet! It’s my favorite gadget ever! I have never used a smart phone because I can’t stand the small screen or keyboard, but I have found the tablet to be the perfect size. Yay!
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Kristen @ St Monica's Bridge January 4, 2013 at 7:14 am

Sending prayers so much for Jen. Having one of those genetic blood clotting disorders myself (I have the more common Factor V) this is very close to my heart. This is terrifying for anyone but for those of us who have lived with these difficult pregnancies, let’s just say I am STORMING heaven right now. Can’t wait to see/hear if baby boy shows up on Holy Saturday! (And Dan, the prayers are there for you too! :)
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Katie @NFP and Me January 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

What a Lent! Definitely praying for you guys already!

Thank you so much for updating us all on Jen! You have no idea how greatly appreciated it was/is. :)
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Colleen Martin January 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

Being 8 to 9 months pregnant during Lent sounds like the best Lent ever!! And by best Lent, I mean hard and full of sacrificing!!

Thanks for hosting, Hallie and we’re praying for Jen!!!
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Larissa Heart January 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

If you haven’t read A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, that would be my recommendation. It was my favorite book of 2012 and judging by your recent reads, I think you’d enjoy it!

Thanks for hosting. Sending prayers to Jen!
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M@Team Horning January 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

Thank you for hosting, Hallie and for updates on Jen.
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Emily January 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

Yay Lent babies! Praying for you! And Jen!
And thank you for the updates!
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melissa January 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I highly recommend Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson (free Kindle version available at Amazon.com).
From the review: “Can a timeless book become timely 100 years after its first appearance? In this profound and prescient novel, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson gives us an imaginative foretelling of the end of the world. All stories, Aristotle said, have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but most ends are relative, the terminus of this chain of acts or that. But what of the end that terminates all human action as we know it, the end of time itself, the Second Coming? Since this novel appeared in 1906, many others have been devoted to nuclear disaster, destructive comets, and other hair-raising possibilities. What sets Benson’s story apart and makes it as readable today as when it was written is the Catholic and biblical context that provides the ultimate meaning. Robert Hugh Benson (1871–1914) was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and his conversion to Catholicism caused a stir. He became a great apologist for the faith, in spiritual works as well as in works of the imagination. Lord of the World is first of all a tremendous “read,” but it is also spiritual food for thought.”

Connie Rossini January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I’m always trepidatious about reading today’s best-selling novels. I’ve opened too many at Barnes and Noble in the past, only to be offended on page 1. Can you tell us something about the moral content of the books you mentioned? Amazon reviews aren’t generally good for that.
Lately I’ve been reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, which my husband bought me for Christmas. It’s sort of Pride and Prejudice meets Bleak House. I highly recommend it for anyone with interest in 19th-century novels.
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Melissa January 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I really enjoyed “Falling For Your Madness” by Katharine Grubb. Fun, sweet, and a quick read.

Larissa Heart January 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I can give you an idea of books with acceptable moral content if you tell me what specifically you like to avoid in literature! :-)
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Kathleen Basi January 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

One of the best books I’ve read recently was The Kitchen Daughter: reviewed it here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/330560527

Ashley January 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I like in the area but I hadn’t heard anything about the event. I’ll have to check it out!
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Connie Rossini January 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thanks, Larissa. I particularly avoid explicit descriptions of sex. (Implied immorality is okay.) I’m also very sensitive to bad language. A little bit here and there, I can handle, but I don’t want those words to get into my head. Now you can see why I like the classics! Seriously, I am always looking for thoughtful, beautifully written novels I’ve enjoyed some of Anne Tyler’s works in the past. Thanks again.
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Terri January 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I just bought your husband’s book right after I read the one I’m about to recommend so obviously I have good taste :) You must read “The Light Between Oceans”. Fab-u-lous.

Kris January 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

bobbi @ revolution of love January 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm

My last baby was an Easter baby. :-) It was very fitting to suffer the pain of the cross/delivery and then rejoice in the new birth of our little one. :-) Also, thanks for hosting and keeping us posted.
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Stephanie January 5, 2013 at 1:48 am

Thank you for hosting this!

Your last three reads are at the top of my list for this year. I’ve been hooked on non-fiction for the past few years, so I’m looking forward to some fiction for this year.
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Larissa Heart January 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

In that case, I’d echo my recommendation for A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes as any sexual impropriety is implied and only in the context of a man’s memory of his school days. Gone Girl has plenty of bad language and discussion of sex, in The Language of Flowers it is largely implied and poetic and The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is very much like To Kill a Mockingbird in that there are disturbing themes (violence, not sexual) but are told from a child’s viewpoints so they exist largely obscured. I hope that helps!
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Sarah January 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Read Love Anthony (or anything else) by Lisa Genova!

And um. Come visit my blog today? You’ll know why when you get there. :)

Connie Rossini January 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

That helps. Thanks!
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Lisa Schmidt January 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Hallie, I am *this* close to dumping my “smart” phone for a flip phone, too. I have an iPad and do so much with it. My phone has been giving me tons of issues, too, but it’s a Droid. Really no reason to keep paying for a smart phone when it’s not performing like one.
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