Reaching a Summit

Summit pin

Brownie Journey Summit Award

It’s a good thing that Anna is bridging to Juniors in August, because her Brownie vest is almost full! Together with the other brownies in her troop, Anna completed the World of Girls Journey in April. And in doing so, she also earned the Journey Summit Award for completing all three journeys.

world of girls badges

World of Girls Badges

We organized a condensed version of the World of Girls Journey, completing a badge each week, and finishing the whole journey in a month.

Week One: Hear a Story. We assigned a single story in the World of Girls book to each girl the week before, and they told the stories to their fellow Brownies during our first World of Girls Journey meeting. Then we “flew” around the room, traveling to where each story took place (Jordan, Thailand, and Nunavut, Canada) and talked about the ways people in each country shared stories. We created a story of our own using “Tell Me a Story” cards, and we finished with an “All About Me Limbo,” where each girl said something unique about herself while walking under a foam pool noodle.

Week Two: Change a Story (Part One). We talked about the stories from Week One, this time focusing on how each story could be changed. We then talked about stories in our own community and ways in which we could change them. Together, we decided to take some of the money we raised through cookie sales, and give it back to the community by going to a nearby St. Vincent de Paul and buying children’s books for kids staying at a local domestic abuse shelter.

Week Three: Change a Story (Part Two) and Tell a Story (Part One). We met at St. Vincent’s and spent about a half hour shopping for books. Each girl picked out five picture books and five chapter books at $0.50 each ($5 per girl charged to the troop account). Then each girl selected one of the books she chose, and agreed to write a short paragraph about why she selected it.

Week Four: Tell a Story (Part Two) and World of Girls. The girls each completed the “Tell a Story” step by recording their paragraph on their favorite book on video. Then we got out white poster sheets and colored pencils, and each girl made a bright and happy picture to cheer up the families living at the shelter. This last activity brought the journey to a close.

Two weeks later, we held our Cookie Celebration and handed out all the awards that the girls earned during Cookie Season. First, we called up all the Brownies and awarded them the two Cookie Business badges and the two Financial Literacy badges. As you can see, she went from two full rows of badges to almost three in one night!

Brownie badges

Four new cookie badges!

Then after the Juniors received their badges, each girl came up individually and received her patches and prizes based on the number of cookies sold. Everyone who sold cookies earned at least one patch, a certificate, and a prize. Anna, as top seller, got the most awards, the most prizes (tied with the top selling Junior), and a special certificate.

Cookie fun patches

Check out all the patches!

Ten fun patches total, just from cookie season, and as I said before her vest is almost full.

We're running out of room!

Just a little space left in the corner.

For being in Brownies only a year, and talking half that time to find a stable troop, she’s done a fantastic job. We’re so proud of her.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 2/17/15

Bare tree against blue sky.

Photo: Cara Strickland

Best Parenting Post.Outsmarted By A Three Year Old; Tales of a Manipulative Child and a Manipulated Father” by Joe Ellis Gage at Fatherhood Stories.

Best Confession.I Almost Didn’t Vaccinate Our Kids” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Special Needs Post.In Defense of Monsters” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Most Honest.What I Didn’t Resolve in January” by Cara Strickland at Mudroom.

Best Profile. “The Plane Builder of South Sudan” by Jason Caffrey at BBC News Magazine.

Best Question.Is Liturgy Magic? A Response to Peter Leithart’s Puritan Sacramentalism” by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick in Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy.

Best Letter.Dear Scarlett, all I knew to do was to kiss your face (a letter to my daughter)” by Natalie Trust.

Best Interview.‘Every Person Is a Gift From God,’ Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli; Ancona-Osimo, Italy” by Jim McDermott in America.

Best Story.Solving a Lingering Mystery from Cheryl Strayed’s Wild” by Katie Calautti at Vanity Fair.

Best Video.The One Ring Explained” by CGP Grey (via YouTube).

To catch up on the great posts I’m reading online and to get a sneak preview of next week’s candidates, check out my new Around the Blogosphere board on Pinterest.

Bloggerhood Etc. 2/2//15

Cornelia Seigneur at home.

Cornelia Becker Seigneur (Photo: Vern Uyetake/West Linn Tidings)

Best News.Walking On: Longtime (West Linn) Residents Working to Get Back on Their Feet After Serious Accident” by Patrick Malee at West Linn Tidings.

Best Parenting Post.Sympathetic Pregnancy Hits the Chaos Team” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Bravest.Good Girls Don’t Get Depressed” by Cara Strickland at Tanya Marlow’s Thorns and Gold.

Best Special Needs Post.Sharing in the Sorrow of Others” by Sandra Peoples at Not Alone.

Best Answer to a Stupid Question.Pope Francis, Radical Leftist?” by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig at The New Republic.

Best Rant.If Any of You Mention Oils, I Will Punch You in the Face” by Melanie Dale at Coffee + Crumbs.

Best Essay.What the World Will Speak in 2115” by John H. McWhorter at The Wall Street Journal.

Best Reminder.The Holocaust’s Forgotten Victims: The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis” by Louise Ridley at Huff Post UK.

Best Literary Analysis.‘I am No Man’ Doesn’t Cut It: The Story of Eowyn” by Mariah Huehner at The Mary Sue.

Best Book Review.Apraxia Monday: A Meditation on Play” a review of Savage Park by Leslie Lindsay at Speaking of Apraxia.

Best Interview.Cardinal Marx on Francis, the Synod, Women in the Church and Gay Relationships” by Luke Hansen S.J. at America.

Best Video.I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by Peter Hollens, featuring Sabrina Carpenter. (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 1/12/15

Lit candle

A candle for Cornelia and Chris. Praying for a full and fast recovery.

Before I get to the best of the week, I have a prayer request to pass along. Fellow writer and parent Cornelia Seigneur and her husband Chris were hit by a car Friday evening while taking a walk. A hour before the accident, Cornelia wrote a post about appreciating the people in our lives… ..saying “you just never know when you’ll see people – savor moments with people…” I’ve featured her post here before and I want to start off this week’s blog roundup with her writing …

Most Poignant.Having a Mary Mindset in a Martha World” by Cornelia Becker Seigneur.

Best Special Needs Post.A World of Fairness” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Advice.To Get Nominated for an Oscar, it’s Still Best to be a Mediocre Movie About a White Guy” by Todd VanDerWerff at Vox.

Best Dad Post.Dad, Am I Pretty?” by John Kinnear at Ask Your Dad.

Best Commentary.The Limits of Philanthropy” by Fran Quigley at Commonweal.

Most Creative Prediction.Who Will Win the Oregon-Ohio State Championship Game? Let’s Ask ‘The Oregon Trail’” by Matt Brown at Land-Grant Holy Land.

Best Response.I’m Tired of Hearing That Everything Crappy is Feminized” by Simcha Fisher at I Have to Sit Down.

Best LEGO Creation …

Robot made from a LEGO Juice Bar

JUICEBOT! (Photo via Imgur)

Best Interview.Looking Past the Pain of Alzheimer’s to Find the Unexpected Poetry of the Aging Brain;” John Allemang interviews Cathie Borrie, author of The Long Hello, at The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Feminist Case Against Abortion” by Serrin M. Foster at America.

Best Satire.Dirty Slush Machine Provides Children In Florida Taste Of Winter” by the staff at The Onion.

Most Moving.The Parents” by Rachel Held Evans.

Best Reflection.On Going to (an Episcopal) Church” by Jonathan Martin at Medium.

Best Farewell.Breaking Madden: The Quest for 18,356 Rushing Yards in One Game” by Jon Bois at SB Nation. 

And BEEFTANK wept, for he had no more worlds to conquer. But then he smiled, for he always had more milks.

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/29/14

Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Xavier Romero-Frias (CC BY-SA 3.0)

And the Twelve Blogs of Christmas (aka the best Christmas posts of the week).

1.SB Nation’s 12 Days of GIFsmas” by Bill Hanstock at SB Nation. 

2.Have a Merry, Messy Christmas” by Kelly Langston at Support for Special Needs.

3. “The Town With Three Christmases” by Yolande Knell at BBC News Magazine.

4. “By His Light” by Ashley Larkin, guest posting at Christine Purifoy’s blog, There is a River.

5.House of Bread” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

6.Things I’ll Be Doing This Christmas Vacation” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

7.An Unexpected Revolution” by Elizabeth Stoker-Bruenig at Democratic Socialists of America.

8.Books on Monday: Charlie and the Christmas Kitty” by Leslie Lindsay at Speaking of Apraxia.

9. “A Nation in Dire Need of Christmas” by Christopher J. Hale at Time.

10.Cool Gifts Christians Can Give Baby Jesus for His Birthday” by John Pavolitz.

11.Pope Calls for Peace, says: ‘Truly There Are Too Many Tears This Christmas!’” by Gerard O’Connell at America.

12.The Glove and Boots Holiday Playlist” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/1/14

An all-purple Advent Wreath

But where’s the pink candle? (Photo: Cara Strickland)

Happy December and a Blessed Advent to all of you. Here’s the best of the last two weeks, beginning with an Advent post.

Best Start to Advent.Dwell” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Special Needs Post.We See You, Calvin” by Kara Dedert at Not Alone.

Best Dad Post.Sorry Kids, I Will Never “Let” You Beat Me” by Beau Coffron at Lunchbox Dad.

Most Moving.Ghostly Grief: On Miscarriage and Loss” by Micha Boyett at On Faith.

Best Retrospective.A Eulogy for Radio Shack” by Jon Bois at SBNation.

Best List.12 Things For Which I Forget to be Thankful” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Commentary.Why the Lack of Indictment for Mike Brown’s Shooting is a Devastating Blow” by Kristen Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan.

Best Personal Essay.Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye at David Kanigan’s Live and Learn.

Best Response.Foolishness, Poverty, Mobility” by Elizabeth Stoker Bruening.

Best Photoblog.Read Me! Please!: Book Titles Rewritten to Get More Clicks” by Janet Potter at The Millions.

Best Interview.Faith and Science: 15 Questions for Dr. Stephen Barr” by Sean Salai, S.J. at America.

Best Reality Check.Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits (or Lack Thereof)” by Jack Conte at Medium.

Best Meditation.I Was Wrong About You, 2014” by Natalie Trust.

Best Profile.A Football Martyr” by John Rosengren at SB Nation.

Cutest Video.Paranormal Petivity” by Pets Add Life (via YouTube).

“What?”

Bloggerhood Etc. 11/17/14

Expensive and complicated watch

Photo: Sotheby’s

Geekiest.The Story of the Most Complicated Watch in the World” by Luke Jones at BBC Magazine.

Most Fascinating New Book.Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior,” reviewed by Elizabeth Esther and Cara Strickland (with giveaways!)

Best Special Needs Post.Astronaut” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Dad Post.My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Pressured About Body Image and Marriage” by Lorne Jaffe at Huff Post Parents.

Best List.5 Steps for Choosing Where to Spend Your Donation Dollars” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Dumb Idea.Breaking Madden: Beast Mode, 3,000 players, and one controller” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

A bee! AAAA!!!

Image: Jon Bois

Best Question.Do Democrats want pro-choice purity or to win elections?” by Kristen Day and Robert Christian at The Hill.

Best Blog Hop.#8TerribleTitles” by Kiersi Burkhart and other MG and YA writers that are part of The Sweet Sixteens.

Best Award.Vatican Astronomer and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno Wins the Carl Sagan Medal” by Sarah Christian in Millennial.

Best Guest Post.The Listening Program” by Kelly Pinkham at Jake’s Journey.

Best New Font.Dyslexie Typeface (for people with dyslexia)” by Christian Boer, featured in De Zeen.

Best Instructional Video.How to Be a Good Guest or Host” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).