Who She Answers To

 

 

It took her a long time to mention it.

 

She didn’t even come right out and say it. Instead, she’d climb into my minivan at the end of the day and her narrow, angular shoulders would simply melt in relief and she’d murmur, “I’m just so glad to be out of there.”

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Misplaced Shame

 

 

I often feel ashamed that I’m not a better housekeeper.

 

I mean– I just don’t keep a good handle on things, I guess. It seems every time I think I have things under control, I turn around and things blew up all over the surfaces.

 

My husband’s MBA work has taken [...]

Uncut Diamonds

 

 

We teased our children about how spoiled they are. Not only did the “Easter Bunny” bring them some fun little doo-dads and treats– like cool new leak-proof water bottles!– they had even more goodies rained upon them. There were the expected baskets from Bama and Papa. The random treat here and there from [...]

It’s not about the priest.

 

 

It’s not umcommon to hear Catholics say it: It’s not abaout the priest.

 

 

And it’s not. Not, really. That’s one of the fundamental beauties of the Church– and, yes, “Church” with a capital C when used in this manner. Theoretically, the priest doesn’t matter. The Catholic Church is steeped in [...]

The Forgotten Prayer Friend Card

 

 

 

I am a believer in natural consequences.

 

I’m not one to rush off with a forgotten item. I’m not one to do a procrastinator’s project for him or her. I do not flinch if someone must wear a less desirable garment because he or she failed to take care of the [...]

Inconvenient

 

 

They’re inconvenient, these New England winters. The snow… it just FALLS. Sometimes in heaps and piles. Added to that, days and days can go by with cloudy skies and low temps and the piles of white stuff go nowhere. Well, nowhere but UP when, inevitably, another winter storm rolls in.

 

 

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Forgiving When It’s Not Okay

 

 

I’ve spent a long time being angry at my mother-in-law now.

 

It’s not without reason.

 

I mean, let’s be perfectly clear– when we lost our fourth baby, she told us we were better off.

 

Ouch.

 

I feel confident saying that that was a terrible choice of words. It didn’t [...]

Lunch Date

 

 

I admit it. I saw the man grab the frozen french bread pizzas and I kind of wondered what he was doing. I know it was none of my business, but I’d be lying to say I didn’t have a fleeting thought about it.

 

You see, the man who was grocery shopping [...]

Resting in the Season

 

 

The conversation picked up again last night.

 

“I spent all day on the couch,” she said.

“ALL day?” came the incredulous reply.

“Yep,” she nodded, “watching Harry Potter.”

“Good for you,” I chimed in. “It’s been such a busy time of year.”

“Well,” she added, “every time I DID get up, I [...]

To Everything, There is a Season

 

 

Let me be straight with you all–

 

I have happily lived most of my life without any need whatsoever for a devotional.

 

Okay, well, that might be too broad a statement. Perhaps it is more accurate to say, I have happily lived most of my life without any perceived need for [...]

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