Celebrate Your Marriage

Once in a while, when I’m bored, or curious (or need a good introduction to a blog post!), I browse through the “Days of the Year” website. I never cease to be amazed at the variety of celebrations on the calendar. In February, people will be celebrating Stuffed Mushroom Day, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk…

Lessons the Modern Christian Can Learn from

Lessons the Modern Christian Can Learn from St. Paul

  Paul of Tarsus has always been one of my favorite saints. Luckily, my husband likes him too, and therefore had no problem naming our second son after him. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember that Jan 25 is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul until it was too late to prepare something special to…

A message for the modern wife and mom from Paul of the Cross

Making an Altar of Your Heart

St. Paul of the Cross lived in the 1700s. A time period presumably very different from our own. But it seems like wives and mothers of all ages have one thing in common: too much to do.  In 1760, a busy married woman wrote Paul of the Cross saying that she couldn’t find enough time…

Making Advent Come Alive (1)

Making Advent a Game Changer

Advent now comes and goes nearly unnoticed. The only thing worth of recognition between Halloween and Christmas is Thanksgiving, and even that has started to take a back seat as major stores start “decking the halls” and major TV stations start putting on Christmas movies in late October and early November. Advent, a delightful period…

A Thanksgiving Plea

Thanksgiving: A Feast for the Soul

Thanks to an outbreak of the bird flu this summer, grocers across the country are warning of possible turkey shortages – fewer and smaller birds for higher prices. Luckily, the bird flu didn’t affect our region too badly, so I’m pretty sure we’ll manage to get a tasty gobbler on the table, and I’m hoping…

How to Survive (and Thrive!) with Your Third Child

Depending on who I’ve talked with, I’ve heard both that the third child makes things easier and that the third child is the hardest transition period, but the fourth child becomes easier. Being just one mom, I can’t really say which of these would be more true on average, but I can share a little…

4 Reasons to FORGIVE even when it seems

Reasons to Forgive Even When It Seems Impossible

As a Bible-loving Christian and practicing Catholic, I have many reasons to believe in the importance of forgiving others. But even if we put aside “theology”, I believe our common human experience gives us several reasons why we should all forgive people who offend us. It’s quite possible that no offense was intended. Think for…

Fill Up My Cup...

Fill Up My Cup…

If you know me in real life, you know that praise and worship music isn’t my thing – unless it’s to get a little entertainment by making fun of it. That “Fill up my cup…” song, though, has a point to it (and no – I still don’t like it). Half the time, discussing whether…

Turning Anger Around

Turning Anger Around

If you’re active in parenting social media groups and the blogosphere, you know that we talk a lot about ways we can be more patient with our kids, more kind, more balanced. We talk about ways to get over anger and stop yelling. And all of this is important. The next time I have a…

Staying Sane as a Work at Home Mom mini

Staying Sane as a Working Mom

This post is coming from my personal reality as a full time working mom. I’ve just had baby #3, and am going back to work on Monday after a maternity leave that sped by waaaay too quickly. In addition to working full time, I also have a growing family to be with, a home to…

Strengthening your family culture and identity

Strengthening Your Family Culture and Identity

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of family culture and identity recently. Partially because, with two rapidly growing children and a third ready to pop out, our own family identity is developing more and more, without us even focusing on it. As our kids grow, their individual personalities and likes and interests are…

Free Christmas Coloring Pages

Free Christmas Coloring Pages

Just sharing some Christmas coloring pages for your kids to enjoy during the holiday season! Nativity scenes, snowmen, trees, wreaths, Santas, gingerbread, carolers, reindeer, stockings and more! I’ve made these for my little ones from public domain images, and thought some of you might like them as well. Feel free to share this with anyone…

Stay Sane as a Busy Mom

Staying Sane When You’re Crazily Busy

To say that I’ve been “busy” during the last month is an understatement. Swamped is a little more like it. We’re in the middle of a major relocation and my time has been divided between job hunting and now going through the process of clearances, etc. to be able to start my new job, finishing…