Friday, July 24, 2015

Quick Takes Friday [vol. 22]

Did you think this was turning into a book blog?? I know, seriously!! I was way behind in my book reviews, so my apologies for the slew of reviews! (but then again...I'm a book lover, you're a book lover. No apologies needed, right?)


Summer. Sweet summer. It's finally here. Our days are 80's (and 90's today!) with little humidity and lots of sunshine. It's so gorgeous. The cornfields around our house are topped with their golden fuzz. The birds can't get enough of the seed in my birdfeeders. I ate breakfast outside this morning just drinking in all the beauty of this season. 


P. has had two trips this month for work-- both of which involved flying out of state, which is unusual for him. My first time with him gone since we've been married, and my first time alone in the house. It was actually a bit of an adventure. I'm thankful my single years taught me to be content and competent on my own...there are recipes to be made, projects to do, books to read! But I was still very happy to pick him up at the airport and have him home once again!


Speaking of adventures, I sought out the nearest farmer's market last week! There's such a charm to market shopping! It makes me feel like an old-fashioned girl, going to the market to barter for fresh food for the week. My 'splurge' was a cute little pot of rosemary to plant in a flowerbox outside. I'll definitely be back next week! I can't wait until the watermelons are ready...


I'm writing for The Catholic Sip now and was featured on one of their podcasts recently. What a fun time. One of the hosts was one of our groomsmen, so I had a bit of an 'in' to writing for them. They're a great new ministry, though, and it's made me seek out other podcasts. I never really listened to them before and now I'm finding all sorts of neat ones (although I still don't quite understand how to use them...can you subscribe so they're automatically downloaded to your phone? Help a tech-challenged girl, will you?) Do you have any favorites podcasts to share  while I'm on this craze?


I officially told my employer that I'll be looking for a new job so they can begin the hiring/training process while I'm still there. What a bittersweet time! I've held my position in cardiology for eight years!! But the drive is now about an hour from our new house and I'm just exhausted from the early mornings and the two-hours worth of driving each day-- it makes for a cranky wife sometimes, just to keep things real. I'm on the hunt and God has provided some exciting opportunities! One step at a time...I'll keep you informed, stay tuned!


This book. This beautiful book that I've had for months but read at just the right time. God has a way of nudging us like that...despite all the joyous events in my life these past few months, I've felt a little spiritually dry or distant. Enter Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, by Sara Hagerty. A story of personal faith, infertility, adoption, authenticity, rejecting legalism, and finding sweet intimacy with God. It was a powerful book for me and one chapter in particular just...hit me. And all of a sudden I was crying redemptive tears and praying from a heart that God was slowly renewing. 


And He knew I would need that closeness with Him. The God who sees us. The God who is with us. The God who holds us tightly and walks with us through the valley. 

Because last month I miscarried. 

I know. I'm tucking it here in the last of my quick takes. Because after these weeks of intense grief and sorrow, the wound is healed enough to be tucked away...or maybe rather protected from those who don't understand. But I want you to know. And I'll talk about it more soon. But for now-- know that I tasted the indescribable goodness of being a mama. Of a little life growing inside. I have a child. I will meet him someday. My heart is torn by the separation of this life...but rejoicing that the Lord is holding my baby. He is still good. And I praise Him for the gift of a little one, an eternal soul that will be happy with Him forever. We love our child more than I ever knew was possible. Love hurts but it's still beautiful.

Every life is a gift, no matter how brief it be upon this earth. And so life is still beautiful, too. 


  1. Oh, Laura, I'm so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. May God bless you and your family and bring you healing, hope, and peace.

    On the podcast note, I only recently discovered them myself. You can have the ones you subscribe to download automatically or not. The subscription makes new episodes show up right away, but they only stream unless you download them. If you're using an iPhone, and you see a cloud next to the episode, that means it is NOT downloaded (i.e. it's still in the cloud). Tap the cloud to download it for on-the-go, non-streaming listening.

    1. Thanks so much, Lindsay, for the instructions on the podcast! That makes sense now! :)

  2. Laura, I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. You and P have been in my prayers! How exciting that you are on a new job journey - I hope that it goes well for you!

    And thanks for the podcast recommendation - I am excited to listen to it! :)

  3. Oh my goodness, Laura. Thank you for sharing the life of your precious baby with us! I am so sorry. And I am so grateful that you can feel God walking with you every step of the way in this heartbreaking journey. If there's any way we can help support you during this time, do let me know. I'd send you a card if I had an address. And know you will be in my prayers!

    1. Best comment ever. You're great. Thanks for loving my baby and his story. ♡

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss, Laura. I'll say some prayers for you and your little one, and will pray for your job search =)

  5. Oh Laura, I'm so sorry to hear. I will keep you and P. in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your story. God is with you and your little one always. Hugs to you and P. And, good luck with your job search. Thinking of you!