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Free Lenten Calendar for Kids – 2014

Here’s one more way to make Lent meaningful for your kids! Print out this Lenten calendar before Lent starts, and count down the days until Easter, doing something special each day related to prayer, sacrifice or giving alms. Click here to download the calendar. It’s pictured here as one page, but the PDF file prints…

Moms Do A Lot More Than They Realize

We all love those busy, successful days when we collapse in the evening with the shopping, cleaning, cooking and laundry done for the week. It’s much harder to reach the end of the day leaping over piles of laundry, tripping over toys, throwing leftovers on the table for dinner and staring at a to do…

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Free Papal Activity Book!

Are you proud to be Catholic? I am! One of the unique parts of the Catholic faith is the leadership of the Holy Father. No – Catholics don’t worship the Pope, and we don’t believe that every word that comes from his mouth is objective truth. We DO believe that the Pope is infallible in…

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.…

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9 Things Worth Doing Badly (for Moms)

We’ve all heard that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Our parents and teachers wanted to make sure we learned the value of putting forth our best effort and following through. Great! But is that really true?  G.K. Chesterton didn’t think so. He said, “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth…

‘Tis Still the Season!

So when does Christmas really end? Don’t let the stores fool you into believing that Christmas begins in mid November and ENDS December 25 (or maybe the 27th for stores that keep the music going a little longer for latecomers). When the stores take down the decorations it’s time to kiss Santa and the reindeer…

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Free Christmas Gift Tags!

I assume I’m not the only that will be starting to wrap Christmas gifts pretty soon! I’ve made up a variety of gift tags: Christian Symbols Elegant Layouts Winter Fun I know there are lots of other free gift tags available online, but I wanted a wider variety (particularly of the religious and elegant type),…

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Christmas Bookmarks!

Is anyone looking for stocking stuffer ideas? Print, cut, fold and laminate these bookmarks, and gift and tuck one (or both!) into someone’s stocking! It’ll only take 5 minutes… make that 7 minutes if you feel inspired to add a tassel or ribbon! Click here to download. If you don’t need any more stocking stuffers,…

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Christmas Activity Book!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year – I never get tired of looking forward to it, getting ready for it, or making resources related to it! This Christmas Activity Book for kids features the Christmas Story (a fill in the blank activity), and Christmas – themed Sudoku, crossword, anagrams, drawing/writing, along with…

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Advent Writing Prompts!

Advent is just 3 weeks away! I don’t know about you, but I love the change of liturgical seasons as much as I love the change the regular seasons. I also love trying to make each liturgical season come alive through different traditions and activities that focus on the spiritual significance of the season. My…

Prayer Journal for Kids!

OK – here’s the prayer journal for kids! I hope you like it. I found out on short notice that I have to travel for a few days, so it might be a little while before I post again… In the meantime, download this prayer journal for your kids and don’t forget to check out…

Free E-Book! A Brief Guide to the History of the Catholic Church

OK – here it is! I’m releasing my new e-book on the history of the Catholic Church. I wrote the text awhile ago, but only just recently decided to compile it into a booklet form. It isn’t all-inclusive, but provides a pretty good overview, and would be a good quick reference for religion teachers, parents…

A Few Ideas about the Sabbath Rest…

  It’s that time of week again… Sunday is back! The “Sabbath rest” has been given a variety of meanings. For the Jews, it has always meant a rigorous abstinence from various forms of physical activities. For many Christians, it means not working their normal job on Sundays… This idea has caused some pretty intense discussions…

Coming Soon: Catechetical Resources

One thing that has always amazed me about God is how versatile he is. He can fill the hearts of people living a poor, simple life. They don’t need an education to know God exists – they experience him in the simplicity of their daily lives. They know that he is truth, goodness and love,…

Pope Francis Has People Thinking… And That’s a Good Thing

I don’t usually read comments on blog posts or articles. I sometimes make an exception and skim through the comments when I’m reading posts about Pope Francis, because I am interested not only in what he has to say, but also how he is being interpreted and received by others. From the moment he was…

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…

It Takes MORE Than a Little Love…

I’ve seen and heard the phrase, “a little love is all it takes”, many times, most recently in the picture above. I beg to differ. A little love is NOT all it takes. It takes A LOT of love. I’m a mother and a wife, and it takes more than a little love to raise…

Free Saints Activity Book for Kids!

All Saints Day is just a month away. In honor of the feast, I’ve made a free saints’ themed activity book to share. There are three levels for different ages: Level One (suggested ages: 3-5) Level Two (suggested ages: 6-8) Level Three (suggested ages: 9-11) Feel free to share with any families you know that…