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Children Are NOT Commodities!

I don’t usually write a post showcasing another blogger’s post, but this one is worth it. My friend Brittany from The Lily Field, wrote a refreshing, and humorous post proving that it’s possible to raise a child without spending almost $250,000 per child as they grow. Head over and read Brittany’s post – you’ll get…

Help Us Help the Christians in Iraq!

This is a different type of post than I usually write: a plea for help! As some of you already know, my husband and I both work at Mar Qardakh School, the first Catholic school to operate in Northern Iraq in decades. The school is in the process of obtaining international accreditation through the IB…

The Perfect Life: Keeping it Real

I’ve seen the question of perfection come up a lot recently on different blogs. I’ve basically observed two different approaches: 1)      Bloggers that share the picture-perfect moments and explain that they don’t do so because they have a perfect life by because they prefer to focus on the good rather than the bad, to spread…

Paris, Rome, Turin, Home!

Wow – that was a whirlwind of a week! 27 students, a quick 8 hour tour of Istanbul, 2 days in Paris, 2 in Rome, 2 in Turin. Thanking God for a very successful trip – lots of laughs, lots of fun, lots of lessons learned, few tears and only 2 missing phones – one…

Save the Sandwiches, Please!

Jake Ross, a 10 year old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, has gone without lunch a few times in school during the past months. Apparently, his parents fell behind in putting funds into his lunch account, and the lunch workers, as a result, have more than once taken his lunch away from him, after it was…

Ever Tried a Toad?

My brother put fried frog legs on my plate once at a Chinese Restaurant. No – NOT because I like delicacies, but to laugh at the disgust on my face. Needless to say, the frog legs never made it into my mouth. I can only imagine how much worse my reaction would be to a…

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Happiness Is a Choice

The last time my husband and I drove to the grocery store, I was struck by how many billboards advertised their products or services using slogans that contained the word happy, or images of someone smiling. Even in the grocery store, countless products with images of someone smiling stared back at us from the shelves.…

Halloween: To Celebrate, or Not to Celebrate…

I’ve seen several discussions online recently regarding whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween. Both sides of the debate have valid points. Many Christian moms, including myself, remember Halloween fondly, as a time when we had fun dressing up, enjoyed fall activities like hay rides and pumpkin carving, and ate candy till we could eat…

Just How Wealthy Are You?

Leave it to kids to recognize the truth about life! We aren’t badly off, and I certainly do put too much stock in conveniences we’re accustomed to, but I’m thankful to say that we also have our faith and good friends, and very much appreciate natural beauty. So… we might not be floating in money,…

“…Of Brave Knights and Heroic Courage”

It seems like mothers today have a lot to worry about regarding our kids’ futures. With all the violence and aggression, declining economies and increasing secularism in the world today, the future can seem pretty glum. No matter where you go, people are facing some pretty serious problems. Of course, there are pockets of peace,…

The Mother-Child Relationship in Art

Wars, poverty and disaster come and go, but the spirit of love between a mother and a child has withstood all ages, as the cornerstone of love, life and trust. Art is perhaps the truest tribute to the importance of the mother-child relationship. Mother-child pictures of all ages and cultures may vary in color and…

You Can’t “Fake” Fall

Autumn starts in just a few days, and it’s still averaging 95-100 F midday here in Iraq… considerably cooler than the midsummer average, but not exactly “fall” weather. Every time this month comes along, I feel a twinge of nostalgia for a real autumn. I can recreate some fall atmosphere in the house… apple cider,…

Spoiler Alert! The Pope is Catholic!

For months, the media has been spinning an exciting drama based on the odds of Pope Francis changing essential Church teachings. I have a surprise for them: Pope Francis is Catholic. No essential teachings are about to change. We might come to recognize more and more, however, how little the secular media really knows about…

An Apt Reminder for the World…

I just finished embroidering this today, and thought it is a good message to share with the world on this day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria… God is love. He is not death, war or bombing. We don’t need more violence. As my parents always told me when I was growing up,…

The Child Inside…

Have you noticed the number of baby pictures/videos that float around Facebook and get thousands of likes? Not the ones of babies you know, but the ones of babies you don’t know – babies in cute outfits, babies laughing, babies babbling… Some baby pictures and videos get lots of “likes” for a cause (you know……