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4 Things Parents Forget

My husband and I are very involved in our children’s lives. If you’re parents, I’m guessing you are too. It’s very natural for parents to care deeply about what happens to their children and how their kids grow and develop. And, because we care, we work. We get involved. We guide and instruct. We try…

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…

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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8 Things to Remember in the Heat of an Argument

Yes, beautiful as it usually is, my face has sometimes looked like that! No matter how wonderful your marriage is, you’re bound to have disagreements with your spouse at least once in awhile. Unfortunately, we tend to get angriest at the people we love most, and this can lead to hurtful arguments that are more…

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!

All’s been quiet on the blog front for a few weeks because of an unexpected trip I had to make. I’m sure many of you know this already, but being away from your family, especially when you have two little tots, is NOT fun… I knew the kids would be fine, because they have such…

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…

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…

What Catholics Can Learn from Our Protestant Brethren

I am a staunch Catholic and I love my faith. I believe the Pope is infallible. I believe Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. I pray to (but don’t worship!) Mary. I talk to the Saints. I believe purgatory exists… I believe all the Catholic “stuff”. That being said, there are various things I…

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…

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,…

A Mother’s Burnt Offering

Just a word of encouragement for other mothers. I’ve seen several comments online from mothers talking about how difficult it can be to arrange mealtimes, when you have several kids in the house, a husband off at work and, in some cases, a full-time or part-time job yourself. Meals pose an even greater challenge for…

Why I’m a Bad Parent… Or Am I?

That’s right… a bad parent. According to the attachment parenting theory, I’m a bad parent – I didn’t let the kids co-sleep, occasionally let them “cry it out”, and encouraged them to follow a feeding schedule sooner rather than later. According to the authoritative parenting theory, I’m also failing – I let my kids express…

Keeping Love Fresh After Having Kids

Right after my husband and I got married, we spent a lot of time together. We had every evening and all weekend long to do nothing but be together – cook, play games, watch movies, visit family and friends, or go to beautiful places in the country that we enjoyed seeing over and over again.…