Answer Me This

Well, my procrastination is good for one thing – finding new things to blog about 🙂 I clickity-clicked through some favourite bloggers and came across a gem called Catholic All Year (anyone else read?). It looks like a weekly ritual of questions to answer, which is always fun. Usually I end up discovering something about myself in the process, so that’s all cool and stuff. Here we go:

1. Do you hate happy clappy church music?

Sometimes, yes. When it’s done horribly, I think everyone cringes. But then there are some ridiculous songs out there too. *ahem* take note (I cackled like a witch watching this on Kendra’s original post):

I’m totally not a Latin-loving, Gregorian-chanting type Catholic (Andy would be more fit for that category). At all. I likes me some vernacular. I like meaningful songs that reflect the mystery of the Mass and help me to praise God in my faith community. So when I hear Leonard Cohan’s ‘Alleluia’ as one of the songs, I’m right put off. I’d rather a happy clappy. And I had some of the best summers of my life working kids camps at Camp Morice so I’m familiar with a bunch of clappy songs that get kids involved and make it fun while giving God praise. I’m okay with that. Just not all the time. And no ridiculous adult-oriented clappies, cause those just make for awkward, peeps.

2. What is your priority: eating or sleeping?

Sleep sleep sleeps. Hands down. But I love eating. If I could eat and remember it while sleeping, I’d be there. Ever dream about making an intensely awesome meal and you wake up only to realise the tantalizing fragrance and delectable taste were not real and you can’t remember exactly what was in it or how it tasted, just that it was incredibly amazing? I think that’s only happened once. But it sure left a mark. I ache for a meal like that.

3. What type of milk do you drink in your house?

Gestational diabetes milk of choice: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Easy peasy. Other than that, usually whatever the youngest kid is drinking (currently whole milk – 3.25% MF here). We don’t really drink much milk in this house (except Cassia. She pounds it back). But I’m not afraid of the fat in it. I’ve never bought into the ‘low-fat’ craze that crazies buy into. Not my thang.

4. What is a book that changed your perspective on something?

I’m going to answer this in a ‘currently changing my perspective’ type of way. Currently, I’m mid-way through a book called Hold Onto Your Kids. hold kids

It was a recommendation from Jennifer Fulwiler that I think I gleaned from her free e-book I got with purchasing her new shiny book (Something Other Than God). Either that or stalking through her blog reading too much of everything.

ANYWAYZ, this book is killing me with making connections between all my schooling in theology and youth ministry. Especially all the required reading I had from my Certificate in Youth Ministry – it’s like those books were in a circle and this book is the one that has a common connection to all of them. IMG_3036

I’m rockin’ the drawings.

Not in a replaces-Jesus type of way, but it has sure given a lot more of a full explanation as to why we use Comprehensive Youth Ministry rather than segregation and youth-only attitudes when it comes to youth ministry. The kind of cool part is that Comprehensive Youth Ministry seems to support the principles of this book directly, though I’ve never seen it recommended or mentioned by anyone from the CCYMS (Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies) program. Suuuuuper influential right now. It’s a heavy book, but I’m all over recommending it if you have kids, especially if you’re able to read it before they hit age…8 or so. But better late than never.

5. Who is your favorite saint?

I can’t say that I’ve come across one in particular that I’ve felt particularly inspired by my whole life. When I was younger, it was definitely Therese de Lisieux. Now I seem to lean more towards Theresa of Avila or Catherine of Siena who were waay more saucy. Apparently that saucy-ness is appealing.

6. Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert. But not like Andy Introvert. I definitely like having social time too, but it does drain me. And there are occasions when I’m totally like a dance-on-the-tables type of person. I think I just like my extrovert for stories.

Linking up with Kendra at Catholic All Year.

Loving God through my family, friends, and interactions in my world.

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