church questions and answers

I see posts about book of mormon characters and hogwarts houses with differing opinions and as a nerd I’m here to settle the debate

kevin price: slytherin

arnold cunningham: gryffindor

nabalingi hatimbi: ravenclaw

connor mckinley: hufflepuff

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They grew up in a rough neighborhood, where an intelligent, gentle boy like Mycroft Holmes would have been savaged if it wasn’t for the fact that his best friend was Greg Lestrade one of the toughest kids around and one who was devoted to keeping Mycroft safe from anyone who might want to hurt him.  That devotion deepened into something very different as the boys aged and, though his heart swelled with pride when Mycroft won a scholarship to a prestigious college, that same heart shattered when Mycroft went away, determined to study theology and forge a life in the church.

Without Mycroft’s steady support and clear sense of right and wrong, Greg took the opposite road and forged a life in the criminal underworld, where his keen mind, determination and ruthlessness helped him rise up the ranks until a deal went horribly wrong and the blame landed on Greg’s shoulders.  Now, on the run from those who would happily take his head as a trophy, Greg turns to the one person he can trust with his life.

Little does he know that Mycroft, now the vicar of a church with a small, yet lively, congregation has always felt something missing in his own life and that the missing piece had a very familiar shape, warm eyes and blindingly-boyish smile.

Can that piece still fit the empty place in Mycroft’s heart or have Greg’s choices irrevocably changed his curves and angles, forever closing the door on their relationship, be it one of friendship or something much, much more?  When an unfamiliar car pulls up to the front of Mycroft’s church, that question has a chance to be answered…

First things first I’m calling out that Tucker Volleyball for calling Grif selfish just like the real Tucker did.

Also, I just want to point out how clean the base is in this episode when compared to the mess it was in episode 6.

And some important questions:

What are Grif’s Church and Doc Volleyball impressions like?

And how come he doesn’t he have Wash and Carolina Volleyballs?

I need to know. 

how to do the most you can with what you have when what you have is nothing by fauchevalent

“Rough day?”

She gives a wet laugh.

“You could say that, yeah.”

or - a runaway bride au.

He’s driving past the water tower when he sees her, all lace and taffeta hiked up around her knees and a veil tossed beside her in the grass.
Percy has the fleeting thought that she might actually want to be left alone, but then her thumb flicks into the air and he pulls over. He doesn’t usually pick up hitchhikers - especially not ones with such clear emotional baggage - but hey, there’s a first time for everything, right? Or at least, that’s what he tells himself as she climbs into his passenger seat, veil still discarded on the ground, and offers him a gentle smile.

“Thanks.”

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(updated 9/2317)

AO3:

Ages of Man Series:  Teen Mystrade

  • The Shop Boy (105,871 words) - Sometimes, taking care of Sherlock had its benefits…

  • The School Boy (320,743 words) - As Mycroft and Lestrade pursue their own relationship, Sherlock learns the meaning of friendship with the new boy in his school, John Watson.

  • The Police Man (178,898 words) - The third installment of the Ages of Man series finds Mycroft and Greg navigating the waters of their relationship as Mycroft manages college/work and Greg moves from being a schoolboy to a policeman.  What sounds simple and placid is, of course, nothing of the sort, due to the small goblin population of the area, whose names are Sherlock and John, as well as the standard joys, turmoil, passions and pitfalls of being in love…

  • The Harvest (5538 words) - a one-shot in the Ages of Man universe

Lets You Know You’re Alive Series (Mystrade begins in TOSOTM): Cabinlock

  • Take Them Where You Find Them (147,578 words) - When Martin goes missing, Arthur makes a decision that leads him to an unusual new friendship… with Sherlock Holmes.

  • The Other Side of the Mirror (257,811 words) - Mycroft Holmes is a very busy man. How is it that one Detective Inspector can help him feel like a less busy man, even when a personal crisis rears its ugly head? And his home fills with visitors. And relatives. And, of course, Arthur Shappey…

  • We Are What We Are (185,683 words) - With trials, tribulations and tragedy darkening their pasts and clouding their futures, how do the boys from London and Fitton find health, happiness and hanging baskets filled with fluffy kittens (that one’s mainly for Arthur)…

  • Over the Rainbow (301,540 words WIP) - Carries on from the upheavals of We Are What What We Are and finds the London-Fitton alliance growing even stronger, and enjoying a wealth of surprises that only this raggedy band could discover…

Singles:

Of Sinners and Saints - (59,850 words, WIP) - They grew up in a rough neighborhood, where an intelligent, gentle boy like Mycroft Holmes would have been savaged if it wasn’t for the fact that his best friend was Greg Lestrade, one of the toughest kids around and one who was devoted to keeping Mycroft safe from anyone who might want to hurt him.  When Mycroft won a scholarship to a prestigious college, that same heart shattered and, without Mycroft’s steady support and clear sense of right and wrong, however, Greg takes a different path and forges a life in the criminal underworld.  After a ‘business’ deal goes bad, Greg races to the one person he knows he can trust, but have Greg’s choices forever closed the door on their relationship, be it one of friendship or something much, much more?   When an unfamiliar car pulls up to the front of Mycroft’s church, that question has a chance to be answered…

Congratulations, Mr. Holmes, It’s a Ghost! (169,810 words, ghost au) - A punishing storm strands Mycroft in a remote inn where the residents are friendly, helpful, but not necessarily among the living.  The one specifically not among the living takes a special interest in their guest and isn’t shy about making that fact known…

Another Form of Flesh and Blood (243,495 words, android au) - Police Sergeant Greg Lestrade truly disliked the part of the job that had him return runaway androids to their owners or, for the abandoned or confiscated ones, to the government-approved private shelters that housed them until they again could be sold.  Returning this particular escapee, Mycroft, to his shelter stung a little more than usual, but that wasn’t important in the grand scheme of things.  After all, it wasn’t as if he’d ever see the bot again…

Artist in Residence (299,628 words, artist AU) - Mycroft Holmes is a poor artist with secrets hiding in the shadows of his life and a brother who is something of a human hurricane. PC Greg Lestrade is a young and eager member of law enforcement who never thought he’d find the man of his dreams sitting on a box in front of an easel…

Share the Stars with You (237,312 words, Victorian au ) - Set in Victorian times, we find Mycroft as a sedentary man of wealth and power and Greg as an explorer, a true man of action.  Given their opposite natures, could it be these two might actually achieve the one thing neither has ever thought possible - finding someone to love?

The Reality of Expectations (131,633 words, porn star au) - Mycroft has long taken comfort, and pleasure, from the films of a certain porn star, following the man through decades of his career.   Now, that man has plunged into his life and Mycroft has no choice but to move from fantasy to reality as they get to know one another…

Happily Ever After (119,516 words, royalty au) - Crown Prince Mycroft discovers that his brother, Sherlock, is escaping from the castle to spend time with a new friend, John Watson. How fortunate that this new friend comes with his own rather protective guardian, the young and handsome man of the law, Greg Lestrade.

By the Pale Moonlight (175,188 words, vampire au) - When young vampire, Mycroft Holmes, ran across young drifter, Greg Lestrade, in the woods one warm summer’s evening, neither had any idea they’d found the love of their life… well, maybe they had some idea, but Sherlock’s petulant shrieking might have clouded things a bit…

Trip the Light Fantastic (137,782 words, demon au) - Mycroft’s need for an escort to the school dance wins him a very surprising candidate when he finds an old book of spells in an abandoned occult shop…

Dream a Little Dream (81,761 words, dreams/alternate reality au) -  Mycroft Holmes knows he’s not the most scintillating man in the world, but wonders what it would be like if there was just a bit more sparkle in his smile.  Or if he had a smile at all.  Like a certain Detective Inspector of his acquaintance, who he would very much like to make a better acquaintance, if he only had the chance.  Perhaps a little wish might be of help… at least in his dreams…

It Takes a Village (14,529 words) - Greg’s birthday looms and Mycroft is not making a good showing on the birthday front, something that’s bothering both him and Greg.   Fortunately, they’re not short of ears to hear their various woes and sorrows…

The Joy of Art (9343 words) - Mycroft’s moaning about his rusty artistic skills pushes his PA to enroll him in a life drawing class.  His initial reluctance begins to fade until he realizes just who will be the model - a certain Detective Inspector whose naked body is already the stuff of his fondest dreams…

Just a Tiny Holiday (5629 words) - Mycroft has been working far too hard and Greg is determined to make him rest and relax.  Something unique and cozy seems the perfect thing to make that happen…

All You Need is Rum (37,990 words, Greg’s a tiki aficionado) - Mycroft has to beg assistance from Lestrade to find Sherlock, who is hiding from being given an assignment.  What Mycroft discovers as he visits the DI to make the request raises more than his eyebrow…

When We Assume (27,168 words) - Greg Lestrade has accepted a date with Mycroft Holmes. Now, the Detective Inspector needs to get himself out of his own head…

Tabula Rasa (3102 words) - Lestrade hoped to find Sherlock and John when he went to their flat about a case.  What he actually found was far more interesting…

Sunshine on My Shoulders (967 words) - Mycroft and Lestrade’s beach holiday is not going quite the way the Detective Inspector had planned and Mycroft shows no remorse over that fact…

Kiss a Ginger Day (1368 words) - When a certain day rolls around, Greg is reminded of a little something and, to his good fortune, has a chance to explore the matter in more depth…

The Kindness of Almost Strangers (2933 words) - Being stuck in London traffic was not Lestrade’s favorite way to pass the time, but today might be an exception…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Holmes (3393 words) - It’s Mycroft’s birthday and it certainly cannot be described by the term 'happy’ or any other word that signifies glad tidings.  Fortunately, there’s one person who might be willing, and able, to change all of that…

A Burden Shared (1603 words) - Inspired by a certain scene in The Abominable Bride that highlights Mycroft’s love and concern for his brother, despite Sherlock’s apparent lack of love and concern for himself.  The Mystrade bit is just shameless self-indulgence

A Conversation Worth Having (1814 words, TAB tie-in) - What if Mind Palace Mycroft and Mind Palace Lestrade had a small conversation about Mycroft’s little wager with Sherlock…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (3420 words) - Greg Lestrade is not a happy camper about the eruption of holiday festivities around him, but Mycroft Holmes is not exactly of the same mind…

All’s Fair in Love and War (7857 words) - Greg Lestrade is the powerful editor of a scandalous tabloid and Mycroft Holmes’s former longtime lover.  Unfortunately, the ‘former’ part doesn’t sit well with Mr. Lestrade and he hopes that he might be able to change that.  Mycroft, however, seeks to change other things and Greg has some hard decisions to make if he wants Mycroft back in his life…

A Whiter Shade of Ice (5981 words) - Greg’s attempt to take Mycroft ice skating isn’t as successful as he would have hoped, but Mycroft isn’t one to let unsuccessful situations stand for very long…

The Suspicious Disappearance of Ties (1168 words) - Greg begins to notice a very suspicious pattern concerning his ties and Mycroft does not seem inclined to share his concern…

Fingers Might Talk (4500 words) - Lestrade asks for and receives lessons in sign language from Mycroft, which leads to a nice trip to the pub after an afternoon of instruction… and more lessons mean more time to get to know each other…

Paper, Bow, Ribbon and Scotch (2896 words, Christmas) - Lestrade volunteered to assist with the Christmas toy drive at work and Mycroft is delighted to step in and assist. That may be a decision he comes to regret…

The Snow King (995 words) - Greg loves a good snowy day… Mycroft truly does not see the appeal. At least, at first…

That Try Men’s Souls (2515 words) - Lestrade has been carrying around some worry lately about his and Mycroft’s relationship and decides to take steps to make things better… much to Mycroft’s dismay…

A Model Patient (1800 words) - Mycroft Holmes is sick with a very bad cold, however, a man of his poise and control is a blessedly perfect patient. In his own opinion, of course…

It’s Just Easier To Do It Yourself (2841 words) - Greg needs to do a little shopping and Mycroft decides to accompany him, something the Detective Inspector knows is not going to end well for either of them…

The Terrifying Arthur Shappey (5743 words) - Greg Lestrade’s holiday is on hold due to one of GERTI’s temper tantrums and Arthur Shappey is happy to keep him company. Of course, alcohol makes all things far more interesting… look for Mystrade after the hangover is conquered…

Sometimes You Need a Push (3060 words) - John is tired of waiting for Sherlock to admit to what he feels, so the good doctor enlists a little help to push things along a bit…

Anything for Love (4461 words) - Greg is being very sneaky about a project and Mycroft very much intends to find out why. Of course, what Mycroft wants, Mycroft doesn’t always get…

The Bonds of Family (2711 words, mpreg) - Mycroft is very pregnant, Lestrade is very patient… surely their home life is the epitome of harmony…

The Winds of Change (1249 words) - Greg wants to change his hair… but he’s the only one who likes the idea…

Our Little Boy (5379 words) - Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade and their son as they move through the years… parenting is nothing if not very hard work…

And Many More (2501 words - Future Mystrade) - It’s Greg’s birthday and it’s not quite as merry as he hoped. Luckily, he’s got friends to help change that…

Do You Believe in Magic (2984 words, Future Mystrade) - What if John Watson had met Greg Lestrade in another time and in another place. And Greg is not exactly who he seems to be…

Enemy Mine (489 words) - Mycroft discovers Lestrade’s new purchase and is not happy with it.  Not one tiny bit…

A Man Can’t Have Any Peace (3521 words) - Lestrade has a rare day off and it doesn’t go quite to plan.  Not that that’s always a bad thing…

There Are Always Exceptions (3957 words) - Lestrade is enamored with a young, nubile female and Mycroft is none too happy about the fact.  Especially since said female is making a home in their patio…

Worth a Thousand Words (2643 words) - Lestrade finds a surprise in Mycroft’s office, one that Mycroft desperately needs to explain…

The Unanticipated Arrival (8549 words, mpreg) - In this world, certain males are lucky enough to be able to have babies… not that Greg is considering himself particularly lucky at the moment…

The Hands of Fate (2982 words) - Greg buys a deck of tarot cards and wants to tell Mycroft’s fortune.  Mycroft, however, is not excited about the idea, especially as the cards begin to fall…

The Time of the Season (2180 words, Halloween) - Mycroft surprises Lestrade with a trip to the States for the DI to celebrate Halloween in grand American style.  Of course, this means he has to celebrate in grand American style, as well, and that is a lot harder than Mycroft had expected…

The Christmas Spirit (2842 words, Christmas) - Lestrade finds Mycroft Holmes in a very unexpected place and it leads to very unexpected things… at least for the two men involved…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (4341 words, Christmas) - When Mycroft comes to Lestrade on Christmas Eve, a little bedraggled and very mysterious, asking for assistance, Lestrade is not about to refuse…

It’s Not Always Wine and Roses (2986 words) - Sometimes, things are hard, and Greg’s not sure if this is one time too many.  Unfortunately, the only person he can find to talk to about it is Sherlock…

Saturday Matinee (3251 words) - Lestrade is thrilled to enjoy a day off with a good sci-fi film.  Someone else seems to think that’s a fine idea, too…

Saturday Matinee,,, The Younger Years (2043 words) - Young Greg Lestrade has money for a film and he plans to make the most of it… happily, someone else has something similar in mind…

The Eye of the Beholder (2374 words) - Mycroft has had a very hard several months and, to his shame, gained a good bit of weight from stress eating.  Of course, one of the first people he sees as things begin to wind down is the man he considers the most gorgeous thing to walk the planet - Greg Lestrade.

Short Fics on Tumblr: (Those cross-posted on AO3 are not repeated)

Not Your Normal Date - When Mycroft asks Greg out for the evening, the DI truly didn’t predict that grave digging was going to be on the agenda…

Love in the Sand - Mycroft Holmes, famous archaeologist, has his hands full, in more ways that one, with his cheeky dig foreman, Greg Lestrade…

Timing is Everything - Greg steps in at a very opportune moment, when Mycroft is at the point of breakdown…

Afternoon Tea - Normally, a naked Lestrade would give Mycroft great joy… this, however, might not be one of those times…

On the Balcony - When Mycroft finds Greg on their balcony, he did not expect to find him naked…

My Only Remaining One - Sad fic…

First Impressions - First meeting fic at a crime scene…

Can’t Keep a Good Man Down - Greg is in the hospital.  That doesn’t quash his libido, though…

In the Most Interesting Places - Our boys meet in a nightclub…

When We Were Young - First meeting fic with PC Greg and agent Mycroft

Birthdays are the Best Days - It’s Mycroft’s birthday and Greg is at a loss for a present…

A Little Business Party - Mycroft is hosting a simple business party… or so Greg assumes… written for the Silver Fox Saturday marriage equality celebration

The Big Day - It’s Sherlock and John’s wedding day and Lestrade is there to help…

anonymous asked:

I'm interested in learning more about The Catholic Church and what Catholics believe. Do you know of any good resources I could go to for this?

*cracks knuckles* 

Catholicism for Dummies - It may sound totally stupid, but this was the first book I read when I began discerning converting to Catholicism. It really gave me the framework of the Church; more practical matters like the Papacy and why we do certain things at Mass, more so than theological matters. 

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - This is an extremely condensed version of the CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church), which can feel overwhelming from the moment you open it. This tells you exactly where the Church stands on social teachings like abortion and divorce, what the Sacraments are, a breakdown of the Mass, teachings on moral conscience and man’s relationship with God, etc. The Compendium breaks things down in a way that is easy to… digest, if you will. 

Word on Fire, or Ascencion Press (Father Mike Schmitz) - If you’re not much of a reader, or you don’t really have time for it, I would suggest looking up videos by Father Mike Schmitz and Word on Fire ministries. The videos are usually short, and contain easy language that non-Catholics and even derp-Catholics like myself can understand. 

Reach out to your local parish - Most Catholic parishes have what’s called an RCIA program, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This series of classes teaches you all about the faith. This is the place where they can best answer your questions about the Church, our beliefs, WHY we believe certain things. And if you decide that you want to become Catholic, they take you through the process of preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism (if you haven’t already been baptized), Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. Disclaimer: If you decide along the process that you do NOT want to become Catholic, you’re not going to have a priest or some little old ladies banging down your door. 

Hope that helps to get you started! Of course, I have no doubt that some of my awesome, more Catholicy-Catholic friends are going to reblog this with their own helpful suggestions. *nudgenudgewinkwink* <3 Best of luck, my friend, on whichever path God calls you! 


Evening everyone

I am immensely grateful for the prayers people have been offering for my gf. She’s got an appointment Monday with people who can help.

So since she’s now safe from bodily harm, can I ask for prayers for her spiritually. She was raised in a very strict Christian sect by two pastor grandparents. The result is that she now doesn’t really go along with any of it. She holds that God doesn’t need her to do “xyz” so long as she isn’t an objectively horrible person and hasn’t been to church in years. She’s found my answers to the world’s questions from a Catholic perspective fascinating, but hasn’t voiced any desire to go back. So prayers would be very helpful.

And you may as well add me there too. I’m finding bumps in my own religious life that I could use help in. Thank you all.

Sherlock Weekly Fic Recs

Ladies, guys, lovely persons, I got this – very simple, actually – idea in my head. As I read many – way too much, in truth – fics over a week, why not share the love and make a few weekly recs over here?
Of course, I do not pretend to do the same amazing work as @alexxphoenix42 and @swissmissficrecs with their thematic lists. I just want to give back a little share of the love/passion/enthusiasm this whole community is giving me on a daily basis!
Please note that as my main interest is Johnlock, it’ll probably be the major theme in these recs, but it doesn’t mean I won’t ever rec some other pairing/fandom.
So, without further ado, let’s start!


This week, I recommend three fics and be prepared for them, since they’re quite exceptional stories!

The first one is Gimme Shelter by @sincewhendoyoucallme-john (E, WIP)

All John Watson wants is the feeling of a freshly waxed surfboard under his feet and the hot California sun baking down onto his back. To finally go pro in the newly formed world of professional surfing and leave the dark memories of his past behind him as he rips across the face of a towering blue barrel. To lounge beside the beach bonfire every evening with an ice cold beer tucked into the cool sand beside him and listen to Pink Floyd and the Doors while the saltwater dries in his sun bleached hair.

That’s all he wants, that is, until the hot young phenom taking Oahu and the Hawaiian shores by storm steps up next to him in the sand in the second round of the 1976 International Surf Competition.

You like the fifties’ atmosphere, rock n’ roll, beach parties and toned surfers’ bodies? Look no further then!
Even if you’re like me – aka not really interested in surfing – I bet you’ll be hooked as soon as you started. A true little gem of a story, with excellent writing and sound characterisation of both John & Sherlock.
I can’t wait for the next chapter!


The second one is Who I Really Am by @agirlsnameactually (T, 13,068 words)

You don’t tend to give up your heterosexual privilege without a fight.

I came across this story by clicking on the tag “Coming Out” and readers, am I glad to have done this! Who I Really Am is the kind of story that makes you ugly cry in your bed (it was certainly the case for me) and at the same time remind you that there’s still hope in this world. It’s beautiful, it packs a great emotional punch and I’ve been binge-reading the fics of this author since then (spoiler alert – they’re all very very good!).
Take the plunge, readers, you’ll thank me for it later!


Last but not least – the third one is Of Sinners and Saints by @eventhorizon451(M, WIP)

They grew up in a rough neighborhood, where an intelligent, gentle boy like Mycroft Holmes would have been savaged if it wasn’t for the fact that his best friend was Greg Lestrade, one of the toughest kids around and one who was devoted to keeping Mycroft safe from anyone who might want to hurt him. That devotion deepened into something very different as the boys aged and, though his heart swelled with pride when Mycroft won a scholarship to a prestigious college, that same heart shattered when Mycroft went away, determined to study theology and forge a life in the church.

Without Mycroft’s steady support and clear sense of right and wrong, however, Greg takes a different path and forges a life in the criminal underworld. After a ‘business’ deal goes bad, Greg races to the one person he knows he can trust, but have Greg’s choices forever closed the door on their relationship, be it one of friendship or something much, much more? When an unfamiliar car pulls up to the front of Mycroft’s church, that question has a chance to be answered…

For all the Mystrade lovers, I bring you this excellent story, which successfully manages to combine a quite satisfyingly slow burn romance with an old-time atmosphere worthy of a Miss Marple’s mystery. Kudos for Hudders in the role of sassy and wise housekeeper!
Besides, this author has developed an unique writing style –  should definitely be on your radar!


And you, which fic(s) would you recommend – regardless of the fandoms, pairings, themes… ? Come on, don’t be shy!  

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was just curious what the process of converting to Catholicism is like?

It’s fairly simple, though long. When you decide you may be interested in, or wanting to join the church, you attend RCIA classes. That stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults! Usually you meet up once a week for six months or more and discuss the church. They explain all the teachings, answer any questions. It’s a time where you can decide if the Church is for you.

RCIA Ends at rhe Easter vigil where people wishing to join are baptized (if not already) and confirmed into the Church!

*sigh*

I’m sorry I have to go off right now. I mean I’m not that sorry cuz you don’t have to read this lol. Just a warning this is a big rant so like don’t read if you don’t care haha.

There will probably be no lol’s or haha’s anymore in this post because I’m crabby.

So okay, if you didn’t know I’m a nanny this summer for one 9-year-old kid with Down Syndrome. I work Monday-Thursday from 6:30-3:30/4:30. He has summer school Tuesday-Thursday from 8:10-12:40 so I have all that time to do whatever I want (I’ll talk more about this later). I make good money ($400 a week, I get paid even while he’s at school) and I know it’s a good job. I know I’m lucky I don’t work in retail or in a factory or in an office or whatever. But this is still a job. It still has its struggles and difficulties. I’m so sick of telling people I’m a nanny and having them look at me like it’s not a real job. It’s not easy. There are times where I’m sitting reading a book and he starts crying for no reason. He’s not all that verbal so I have to try and figure out what’s wrong. And then I start to feel guilty if I’m sitting doing nothing while he’s watching TV or whatever. Whenever I complain to my friends about it they’re like, Oh I would love to have your job. It sounds so easy or, At least you don’t work here or whatever. They talk to me like it’s not a real job, like I’m just a babysitter who gets paid an unfair amount. Let me throw you into my job, okay? Here’s this kid you met a month ago who doesn’t adjust well to change. You’re now responsible for his life. By the way he runs out of the house sometimes so lock the door. Like, UGH I can’t even put into words how stupid I feel when I tell people I nanny. Yes, it sounds grand when I say I can go home for 4 hours or that I can read my book while he watches TV or that I have 3-day weekends every week, but I know that none of my friends could do it. They talk a big game but if I thrust them into my job they couldn’t do it.

And then there’s Vacation Bible School. I’m running it at my church this year. Running it. Not just volunteering. I’m running it. That means I pick the program, I assign volunteers, I buy supplies, I make decorations, I prep crafts, I respond to emails. I do every damn thing. Yes I have help from a few adults at church, but help consists of them answering questions I have via email. I’ve been cutting out damn felt bears for hours and slicing and painting cardboard and running to the dollar store and CRYING because it’s so much work. Like I said earlier, I have 4 hours while my kid’s at summer school, but I can’t just go home and sleep. For 4 hours straight I’m driving around town buying supplies and then going home and working some more. It’s exhausting. And then on the weekends I’m doing more of it. Every second of me not doing something is another second I’m falling behind. The only time I have to fully relax and sit on my computer without feeling guilty is when I’m in bed. Right now as I’m typing this I’m taking a break from cutting more bears. I should be doing that but I desperately needed to stop. I’m going insane.

On top of all of that my best friend (who I planned to do a million things with this summer), is suddenly always busy. We have plans and then I remind her to ask her mom and she’s like “Oh wait I’m busy that day.” Okay well I’m busy from August to May, seven hours away from you and this is your only time to see me. Can’t you make time? I’m always the one asking to make plans and she’s always the one shutting them down. I miss my best friend and I’m sick of begging her to spend time with me.

This is not the summer I wanted. I’m tired all the time. When I said the only time I can get on my laptop is at night, I didn’t mention that by 9:00 I want to go to bed. Tonight I’m watching Big Brother which is on from 9-10 and I already just want to DVR it.

Like I said, I know my life is so easy. I’m so lucky to have this job that everyone wants and this and that. I just am so sick of people acting like this isn’t hard for me. No one is taking me seriously and I’m sick of it. I’m so so sick of it. I love the kid I nanny, even though he drives me up the wall insane sometimes. I’m so excited for the actual week of VBS and I know it’s going to do so much for the kids who go. I know all of these things but that doesn’t make any of this easier.

I’m going to have nightmares about red felt bears attacking me in my sleep. I so don’t want to work on them anymore but we only have 68 done and that’s not enough. That’s not nearly enough. I’m on the constant verge of tears and ohmygod I’m so tired.

So long story short I haven’t been on all that much because I’m slowly dying everyday x

A Reformation Day Mythbust

Nailing the 95 Thesis to the castle door wasn’t as epic as it’s usually made out to be. Castle doors were actually the billboards of the time - Luther’s script would have been up there alongside the 16th century equivalent of bake sale advertisements and missing cat posters.

It was also in Latin, and couldn’t be read by the common person, because Luther didn’t intend it as a revolutionary document. He simply wanted his questions answered by the Church. Problem is they couldn’t.

Nor did Luther intend to spread his texts - it was the local printers, the new-age journalists, who snapped it up as a great story and created one of the world first (and surely most impressive) hype snowball campaigns. 

Ask That Dad!
Joseph is ready for Questions!
Ask That Dad!

“Hello! I’m Joseph Christiansen. I’m the Youth Minister for our Church downtown!”

 "If you have any questions, then you’ll know where I’ll be!“

 "I’ll either be on the open waters on my Yacht, or at the church on Sundays. I’ll make sure to answer your questions as soon as possible.”

 "Maybe I’ll see you at the bake sell?“

 "Goodbye for now!”

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Today this happened in Jessie Mueller’s “Show People” interview with Paul Wontorek for broadwaycom. We’re not entirely sure how to respond so we’ll just say…spread the word, love this blog, but you guys…don’t cuss in church!! 

To answer the larger question of why this blog exists, we think this post sums it up nicely. All the thanks in the world to the Mueller family for sharing their talent with us all and…holy shit!!! Er, sorry. Holy crap!!!

Pls everyone write the pope and ask him why God made mosquitoes. This unanswerable question has caused many to waver in the faith and we need an explanation in the catechism or maybe even for the subject to be answered Ex Cathedra.