10 May 2013

7 Quick Takes {vol. 8}...The Graduate edition



It's Friday round up time with Jen...around these parts today, its the graduate edition for the Hubbard's (no not that trashy movie "The Graduate"...I ain't no Mrs. Robinson).


 
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On Thursday, Jim graduated with his Master's in Social Work.  Bragasourous moment, you've been warned ;-)  Really proud of the ol' husband today (can I say ol' husband even if we've been married less than a year??), he's worked his little butt of the past two years to crank out his degree and today we celebrated the fruits of his labors.  Next step for Mr. Hubbard?  Beginning to network and work with a therapist mentor so he can begin to share in her practice becoming a partner as a faith based counselor...go chief, go!!! :)



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The other day I posted this new Weight Watcher recipe, Skinny Deep Dish Taco Pie.  All I know Jim gave it 2 thumbs up and that is good enough for me:)  Check it out here, if you need a tasty, easy peasy recipe for dinner!!


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A few weeks back on Facebook, I was asking for advice for our anniversary trip/vacation in June for a road trip to the Upper Peninsula.  However, after talking more, looking at finances, and seeing Jim has some start up cost to begin working with his mentor, we decided to can the big shindig, and are planning something more modest.  Jim is calling it "the perfect day."  We're talking about talking the train to Grand Rapids and finding some fun things to do like visit breweries (Jim loved that idea) and going to museum's (this one is me:).  Hopefully we can plan some things soon, since June is like, umm next month!


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I have mentioned Ann Voskamp a few times here before, what an amazing woman of God!  Recently on her blog, she wrote this awesome post, The Ultimate Girlfriend Gift...she talks about woman's struggles to not believe the lie that we are not enough, what real, true friendships with women look like, and great resources/printables to make meaningful gifts for the girlfriends in your life...maybe something neat in the future to do with women's ministry in youth ministry? :)






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Just over 2 months till World Youth Day in Rio!?!?!? Wowzers.
Stumbled across this video recently, really getting excited...I have a sense this one is gonna be different but in good ways; for one thing its a small group and I get to share it all with my Dad who is our male protector...
Its awesome events like this that re-remind me how awesome it is to be Catholic...I mean, who wouldn't wanna party with  couple million of brother and sisters in faith?? Check it out and share in our excitement!
 



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Last Saturday, my friend Rebecca and I drove down to visit our nun friend, Sr. Rita Clare...what a great time!! We were exhausted after all the driving, but had so much fun!  We got to visit, have a tour of their beautiful chapel, go to Mass, go to dinner/McDonald's with a nun in her habit, praised it up for the Lord, and after a stop at the gas station for ice cream and an hour chat in the convent driveway...we were back on the road again!  I love having such awesome friends that encourage, support, and give me a good kick in the pants when I need it!


Love me some time with my besties:)


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 And lastly, here are some words from Pope Francis Palm Sunday homily to the young people coming to Rio in July...pray for our group as we finalize preparations and ready our hearts and minds...
 
"We are already close to the next stage of this great pilgrimage of the Cross. I look forward joyfully to next July in Rio de Janeiro! I will see you in that great city in Brazil! Prepare well – prepare spiritually above all – in your communities, so that our gathering in Rio may be a sign of faith for the whole world. Young people must say to the world: to follow Christ is good; to go with Christ is good; the message of Christ is good; emerging from ourselves, to the ends of the earth and of existence, to take Jesus there, is good! Three words, then: joy, Cross, young."- Pope Francis, Palm Sunday

Happy Weekending!!
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15 comments:

  1. Congrats to the husband, and to you. When my husband was in grad school, even though he was the one in class, it was definitely a team effort. I hope you enjoy a wonderful anniversary.

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    1. Thank you...he was for sure one busy bee the past two years:)

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  2. Congratulations to Jim! That's so exciting! Thanks for sharing The Ultimate Girlfriend Gift article - I'm going to have to put it on my to read list! :) Hope you have a great weekend, Patty!

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    1. Thanks Caitlin, you'll have to add Ann's blog to your reading list, such an inspirational woman! Have a great weekend too!! :)

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  3. I can't believe I am not going to this wyd. As it gets closer, I feel a bit sad about that.
    Congrats to Jim

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    1. I'll bring ya in spirit with me, Mary!

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  4. Congrats to Jim! Yay! We were going to go to WYD as our honeymoon of some sorts but it just didn't work out this year. Hopefully the next WYD we can go to!
    Visiting breweries sounds like so much fun. There are so many in Michigan!

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    1. How cool would have that been?? I think I remember you telling me that...and let me tell ya for a honeymoon, WYD wouldn't be terribly relaxing:)

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  5. Congrats to you and Jim on his graduation!!! Those pictures of you are gorgeous! Your anniversary trip ideas sound really, fun, too!

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    1. Thanks lady:) Yeah we went out to dinner last night with our families and my Mom suggested Grand Rapids, close to home but still a little celebration!

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  6. Congrats & how exciting! What a blessing to have more faith-based counselors!

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    1. Thanks lady:) I think he'll do good especially from studying philosophy when he was in the seminary and theology, so he has a well rounded balance our faith/people/the world

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  7. Love that you have a nun friend! Congrats to the hubs and what a wonderful goal!

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    1. I know, aren't fun nuns the best?? :)

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  8. Congratulations to your husband! I' going to check out the post you linked to for girlfriends. A friend of mine are leaders of our mom's group and this sounds great. :)

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