7 Quick Takes: The Leaving on a Jet Plane Edition

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Things have been quiet around here. Let me take that back. Things have been quiet around my blog, but it’s been quite the opposite in my house. Here’s what I’ve been up to in between the normal domestic and homeschooling duties: Packing, making lists, making more lists, walking around my house mumbling a speech aloud, packing some more, waking up at odd hours in the night or early morning and remembering something else I need to do.


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Why all the packing and prepping?

Because by the time you read this Thomas, my mom, and I will be on a plane bound for Peoria, Illinois where the Behold Conference will be taking place. Hopefully, there will be no explosive diaper incidents, inconsolable crying jags, or major delays. Back in Georgia, my husband will be juggling three little girls. Good thing two out of three now have a bob because my husband is the first one to admit he doesn’t do girls’ hair.

I can’t begin to express how honored I am to be a part of this incredible weekend. I just want to say a big thank you to all the hard-working Behold volunteers. I joked with one of them that I feel like a movie star because I’ve actually been assigned a personal attendant for the weekend. Everyone has made me feel so welcome from afar. I know I’ll feel even more at home once I’m the presence of so many warm, Godly women.

I do plan on giving occasional updates via Twitter, so feel to pop in over there. I can’t promise I’ll have a blog post up immediately upon my return to recap the event. My babysitter’s spring break starts on the 10th, and I know I’m going to be behind on everything from laundry to homeschooling. However, please do stay tuned for details about the conference. I’m going to have a lot to say.  They’re expecting 600-plus women from all over the country. Do leave a comment if you plan on attending, so I can keep my eye out for some of my readers.

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I’m reading Interior Freedomthis Lent, thanks to a friend’s recommendation. I feel like the book was written for me and all my issues. Seriously, it’s chock full of good stuff, but I thought this quote provided some good for thought during a season when we’re supposed to tread down the path to holiness. It can seem so unreachable – to be holy – but this wisdom reminds us that it’s not beyond our reach. Not at all.

“If there is one area where nothing will ever be forbidden to us, it is holiness, provided it isn’t confused with external perfection, extraordinary feats, or a permanent inability to sin. If we understand holiness properly, as the possibility of growing indefinitely in love for God and our brothers and sisters, we can be certain that nothing will be beyond our reach. All we need do is never get discouraged and never resist, but trust completely the action of God’s grace. We don’t all have in us the stuff of sages or heroes. But by God’s grace we do have the stuff of saints.”


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She’s electric.

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This is what happens when X chromosomes outnumber you. You get a pretty pink gemstone earring.

And your new pink bling makes you smile because you’re a sensitive guys who is very confident in your masculinity. (Plus, nothing makes you happier than being around your doting sisters.)

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We really are turning to big Star Wars geeks around here. A very generous uncle is making sure of it by sending costumes and other Star Wars paraphernalia at regular intervals. This week’s packages resulted in a smiling Yoda and Princess Rae-a. (Madeline Skywalker received a brown Jedi robe, which she wore out to the grocery store. However, we didn’t capture it on film…yet.)

baby yoda costume

Princess Leia kid's costume

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Please keep a close friend of mine in your prayers. She’s scheduled to be induced this morning.

That’s all for now, folks.


Have a wonderful weekend!

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary! Come tonight I’ll be hanging out with Jen and others in Illinois. Woo-hoo!

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9 Responses to “7 Quick Takes: The Leaving on a Jet Plane Edition”
  1. Sarah says:

    I’m the first comment! And I’m going to behold! See you tomorrow. Can’t wait and many prayers for safe travels. :)

  2. Marcia says:

    Seeing you soon!

  3. Diapeepees says:

    Love that last pic!
    I was so excited about the conf., but my baby came down with strep…
    Too bad…I feel like I know all of you Cath. bloggers…
    Have fun…

  4. Lynsey says:

    Oh my word…my son had that same Yoda costume. So cute, and such a fun little trip down memory lane seeing those ears again!! :) Hope y’all have fun at Behold, wish I could go!

  5. The conference sounds like it will be a blast! I won’t be there in person, but I will certainly keep you and all the Behold participants in prayer as you come together to glorify the Lord!
    As per usual, your photos of the kids are super-cute! God sure knew what He was doing when He made children so absolutely adorable.

  6. Andrea says:

    I’ll be there, can’t wait!!!

  7. Kate,
    It was so wonderful meeting you, hearing you speak, and just hanging out with you, your wonderful mom, and your little guy at Behold! Know you are all welcome to come back and visit ANY time in Peoria! You know, Jen set a precedent this year by coming back the next year as a participant after speaking, so hopefully, you will follow her example and come back for Behold 2013! Blessings to all of you!

  8. Holly says:

    It was a joy to meet you and your beautiful mama and son! All that practicing paid off – your speach was a gift from God to myself and my friend (and I am sure so many others) Many blessings, Kate. I wished I lived right down the road :)

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