Now for THE LAST TIME, Answer Me This . . . !

Well, probably not for the last time EVER. But, unless there is GREAT public outcry, I'm going to retire it as a weekly thing. I've really enjoyed doing it, but I want to have a little more flexibility on what I post. Perhaps I'll bring it back for holidays or once a month, or over the summer. We'll see. The suggestion box is open below.

But now, here are this weeks's questions . . .

1. What is your favorite picture book?

I am a big, big fan of picture books. I love a picture book with truth and humor and good illustrations. I love it when we accidentally learn something when we read one.

I have quite a few posts on picture books:


And we always read another one of my favorites on Michaelmas (coming up next month):


And this post has my favorite books for soon-to-be big brothers and sisters:

I should actually update that post, because I found this at a used book store over the summer, and it's my NEW favorite:

My New Baby by Rachel Fuller. It covers everything big brother or sister needs to know, plus it has just the most perfect illustrations of breastfeeding, which all my other books have lacked.

I have too many favorites. I'm almost done.

I'm going to give you a long time favorite:

This version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been a favorite of my kids for years. Instead of drawings it has the most amazing photographs of intricate woodsy and cottage-y tableaus created with lovely dolls. And it's a fun retelling of the classic story as well.

And a new new one that I JUST got in the mail today from the author illustrator himself.

Catholic Churches Big and Small is beautiful and fun and informational. I loved it so much that I'm going to do a whole post on it, with an interview with the author and giveaway for you. But I just couldn't wait to share it.

If you buy it now, then win the giveaway, you'll have a copy to share!

All links are Amazon Affiliate links, if you click through my blog and shop at Amazon, I get some cents to spend on schoolbooks for my kiddos!

2. Are you a boycotter?

I'm not. I know that people absolutely have a right to spend their money as they choose, and I know that I have a moral obligation not to give money directly to support evil. But as for boycotting businesses owned by people who disagree with me. THAT, I don't do. When all that went down with Chick Fil A a few years back and the other guys were boycotting a guy who shared my beliefs, it felt wrong to me that folks would be trying to put him out of business for disagreeing with them. It felt like bullying.

I'm not going to give money directly to support things I don't personally support, but I'm not convinced that boycotts based on the personal views of business owners are the best way to change hearts and minds. I have friends who disagree with me on important matters. That's allowed.

Of course, you might disagree . . . :0)

3. How do you feel about cheese?

I am strongly in support of cheese. Almost always and on almost everything.

4. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?

Four? I think. I have very light colored eyes and I'm pretty sensitive to the sun. I have a pair in the car and one in my purse and a couple of others lying about.

5. How long has it been since you went to the dentist?

Six months. I'm going in for a cleaning next week. And hey, I'm not pregnant so I can have x-rays!

6. If you could visit any religious site in the world, where would you go?

I've been lucky enough to get to see many amazing sites: Guadalupe, Mexico; the Vatican and all over Italy; Fatima, Portugal and Spain; Lourdes and France. I'd most like to see the Holy Land with my family. I went as a high school student and it was very moving. I'd love my husband and kids to see it. I'd also like to go to Poland some day and visit the JPII sites there, with my Jack who is named for him.

No installment next week, so if you've always wanted to play along . . . THIS is your moment. These are your questions. Tell the world how you feel about cheese while you have the chance.

Answer this week's questions for yourself in the comments. If you have a blog, answer the questions there, link back to this post, and link your blog post up below.