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This one goes out to my lovely cousin who had to prod me a few times in the last few weeks due to lack of posts/quick takes. Normally I would post a picture of us as babies, but I forgot to ask permission.

Here’s one I think she would appreciate:

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I love my job because it allows me to travel to and fro and pays for hotels with views like this:


We were in Ft. Lauderdale last week and one of my co-worker buddies suggested we take the rest of the weekend to relax instead of flying out. Relax we did (with a minor hiccup on the way home).

We tried to go in the sun, but it was so windy and there were so many (albeit fast-moving) clouds that we ended up back in the hotel hot tub every few hours. It was glorious to sit and read outside, especially when I was in my ski jacket in the Virginia mountains just two weeks ago:


I’m obviously the one taking the picture and NOT standing on the waterfall above. A group of friends from college gathered at one friend’s family house in a Virginia ski resort at the end of October. REUNION!

We were driving up the mountain, minding our own business, and it starts to snow. And it snowed and snowed. And snowed.

My beau was going to have to join on Saturday because he did something very impressive that Friday (big pat on the back, AGAIN, you-know-who-you-are) and took a big exam. I was worried it would be unsafe for him to come up after the snow, but come he did, just in time for the pumpkin-carving contest.

It’s hard to see it, but ours is the cat next to the turtle.

It was during that trip that I realized I’m officially an adult.

You would have thought that might have happened at Confirmation, 18, 21, or any other year in the last six, but no. Half of the folks on our little reunion trip were married (to one of the other people on the trip). Adult.

Perhaps it negates the epiphany into adulthood when one points it out…

To distract you from that, I would like to urge you to read Scott Hahn’s “A Father Who Keeps His Promises.” I haven’t done enough studying of the Bible, so the idea of walking through the entire Old Testament into the New Testament intimidated me.

Read it, you’ll know what he means when he says our God really is a Father who keeps His promises. Over and over and over again. Especially when we don’t deserve it.


Now for the reason for the title:

Liesl of “The Spiritual Workout Blog” is my hero.

She went to the doctor yesterday for something entirely unrelated to her face, yet the first thing the doctor mentioned was birth control treatments for acne. Liesl said her in-head reaction shouted, “Yes I would like to pollute my body in exchange for getting rid of a zit.”

Later that night, Liesl constructed her words and called the doctor to leave a voicemail. She thanked the doctor for her time and attention that day and then confronted her about her rash suggestion for birth control. She asked her, as a patient, to consider the extremely harmful, carcinogenic side effects of The Pill before off-handedly prescribing it to the women who walk in her door.

How many of us stand up and raise our voices like that? Well, Liesl did and she wins the Catholic (really, this should apply to all women) Superhero award.


The Bright Maidens were *cough* unable to *cough cough* post this week. Thank you for your patience, but we’re going to post on the topic, “Moments we realized God fully exists” on THIS Tuesday.

As Mary said, “Perfect for Thanksgiving week!”

Yes, yes, that’s exactly why we’re posting it late…