On Ash Wednesday, after having just recovered from a nasty stomach bug, we all rose early, dressed, ate (in the case of the little people), and headed out the door to get to 7:30AM Mass.
My oldest had declared that he wanted to get his ashes before school both because he [...]
This is what I whisper to my frantic spirit as I edge my feet out from under the down in the cold, cold morning air.
What felt brisk and refreshing when I had snuggled in to slumber now feels icy and invigorating… but not altogether [...]
Our town is so lovely. Beautiful New England at its best, really. Well, we’re not coastal, so we lack that type of beauty, but, still…
Honestly, I can’t easily imagine a prettier downtown. Oh, I’ve seen the Main St. shots from some lovely little Southern towns, but I don’t know that [...]
I’ve been teaching my second grade church school class about vocations. Our book keeps it really simple and straight-forward, which is something I appreciate:
The word vocation means ‘what we are called to do.’ Every Christian has the vocation to live as a follower of Jesus. God calls us to do [...]
I didn’t even notice her approach, so engrossed was I in the pages before me. Honestly, I was struggling a bit to keep the names straight (you know I can’t lie to you all), but I was very focused.
“Are you enjoying some good word?” she asked, [...]
“It’s hard for me to say,” he murmured quietly from the backseat.”
“Just say it honestly. Don’t worry about it.”
“I just don’t think I’m very good at it. And I’m not sure that it’s something I want to spend the time on to get better.”
And with that, I knew exactly [...]
I want to speak to the teen and preteen girls out there.
I want to be brutally honest with those sweet young ladies who are honestly asking themselves, “Should I do it? Is this the right time for me to have sex? How do you know, for sure, that it’s right?”
It’s easy to miss the baby days. Particularly in this modern age of Instagram putting preciously sweet newborn pics right in my face and at my fingertips all the hours of the day. Oh my… the cuteness.
“Awwww….” I want to coo. My fingers itch to caress those chubby cheeks and [...]
Have you ever noticed how, when you’re having a bad day, it’s just one thing on top of another? It never seems like it’s just, “Oh, look, I splattered mud on my pants.” Oh, no. It’s the mud. And a car that has a funky warning light. And a [...]
My husband and I have a problem.
You see, I grew up in a family that had some money. No, we weren’t the Rockefellers by any stretch, but vacations, dinners out, and new school clothes were all pretty abundant if I’m honest about it.
My husband grew up [...]