7 Quick Takes Friday

by Christine on August 24, 2012

Deacon’s Aspirant’s Wife 1st Edition

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I became a “natural” Grandma” for the 2nd time this week!  I say natural because I’m a grandmother to 6 beautiful children through my husband.  Earlier this week my daughter & her husband blessed us with a second grand daughter.  Aimée Marie Renée Orser was born Tuesday, August 21st at 6:51 am, weighed in at 7.5 lbs & measures 20.07 inches.  Mom & daughter are doing very well, dad Jeff is also recuperating nicely & Gramma Christine is ecstatic!  And thanks to FaceTime & Google Hang-Out, Poppy Scott who stayed behind in Tennessee, was able to meet her as soon as she arrived home!

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While still on the same subject, Aimée’s older sister Cora (my first natural grand-daughter), was very excited to welcome Aimée to her family.  She has no problems sharing Mommy or Daddy with her little sister but gets real cranky when Gramma tends to the little one.  I’m her “peep” & she’s not quite ready to share me!  Maybe she knows Gramma’s only around for a couple of weeks every 2 months & she doesn’t want to let Aimée in on those good times.  Not yet.

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Speaking of grand-children (notice the one-tract mind here?), I’m so proud of my daughter & her husband!  Cora’s full name includes the name of both her grand-mothers…  I only learned of this a few days before Cora was born in April last year… Cora Lise Christine.  If that wasn’t cool enough, Aimée is named after my mother (who passed away in 2005).  It is also the name of my mother’s father (spelled Aimé). However, Karyne & Jeff didn’t leave anyone out.  “Marie” is Jeff’s grandmother’s name & Renée is Jeff’s grandfather’s name (spelled René).  Talk about keeping everyone happy!

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Just before I left Tennessee to fly to Ottawa for the birth of Aimée, my husband decided (at the very last moment possible), to attend CNMC in Dallas at the end of the month.  We’ve both attended in the past & have made some really nice connections that he would have loved to catch up with.  Although ready to be hit on the side of the head with the high cost of the airline ticket for this last minute booking, he wasn’t able to get a room. Anywhere!  Must be a sign that he needs to stay home to catch up on all his reading for his diaconate formation class in a few weeks.

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Did I mention that my husband is starting his second year in the diaconate formation in our diocese of Knoxville?  It’s been quite a year so far & we have both grown so much in our faith!  Speaking of faith, I miss praying the breviary with him every morning & evening.  Yes, I could do it on my own (and I should), but doing it with my husband makes praying so much more special.  What’s that cheesy saying?  Couples that pray together, stay together …  Sounds corny but you know what?  I truly believe in it.  Our marriage is strong but praying together brings about an intimacy that is so different…  really put in perspective that God is central to our relationship.  All couples should try it.

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Ever since we’ve dedicated our home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus a few years ago, we’ve stopped eating meat on Fridays.  I guess we’re going to have grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.  Wish it wasn’t so hot & humid – nothing beats grilled cheese sandwiches accompanied by cream of tomato soup – but it’s just too darned hot for soup.

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I made an awesome, accidental discovery this week.  I have to write in French quite a bit, especially now that I have to write about Aimée.  Accents (on a Mac) were such a pain in the butt… until I discovered (truly by accident), that if you hold down the key of the letter you want accentuated, the options just come up & you select the number of the accent needed.  Voila!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mick Spencer August 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I just tried your system of getting French accent marks in my name (Noel) and all I get is repetitions of the letter “e.” What am I doing wrong? Also, if both you and Scott are praying the hours, it is most desirable that you do it together. Hours are designed to be prayed in community whenever possible. When I was at Payson making the rounds of our several churches on Saturday and Sunday, my pastor and I would pray the morning and evening prayer together as we motored from one place to another.

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Christine August 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Let me check with Scott to see if it depends on the Apple version… I’ll get back to you!

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Gracemarie August 25, 2012 at 2:49 am

First of all, congratulations on your second natural grandchild. My husband and I have one so far and she’s our little angel. We are Catholics in Utah and tomorrow is my Discernment Day at the Diocese and his classes begin in January. I welcome any and all advise please.

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Christine August 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hello Grace Marie!

Thank you! You know how special these little angels are! My best advice (& I am preparing a post on this subject), is to support your husband as much as you can. Don’t ever look at this in a way that feels like you’re loosing out – you’re not. Your husband was called on by our Heavenly Father; it is our job (as a wife), to facilitate that calling as best as we can. And trust me, if you make it as easy as possible for your husband, you will be blessed more than you can imagine!

God Bless & stay in touch.

PS; If you’d like to write about your experience, I would be happy to post your journey on this blog.

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