Why You Won’t See Me Marching at a Pro-Life Rally

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Every year on January 22, the anniversary of the landmark case Roe v. Wade, hundreds of thousands of people march in our nation’s capital and around the country in support of a culture of life. The March for Life, as it’s known. But, you won’t see me marching. And here’s why. I believe that everyone… [Read More]

It’s Christmas Eve: Bust out the Cake & Candles!

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Christmas Eve only means one thing: a baby is about to be born! The excitement is crackling in the air. Can’t you feel it? A birthday to celebrate. A new life to love! Many of my most favorite family traditions center around Christmas Eve. Yes, we attend Mass, have a delicious Christmas Eve dinner, open… [Read More]

What Kind of Life Are You Creating?

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If people were to judge my life in random five-minute increments, I wonder what they would walk away thinking. Don’t kid yourself, we’ve all done it. To the mom in the grocery with the screaming baby. Well, that’s what happens when you bring a baby to the store during naptime. To the guy who honks… [Read More]

Finding Peace As a Mom of 5

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I’m not sure Hail Mary’s are supposed to be yelled. Perhaps it’s a new way of praying them? For the last several months (years), I’ve struggled with finding peace in multiple areas of my life, at the same time. Maybe that’s my problem. I try to find too much peace, too many places and it’s… [Read More]

The 10-Minute Phone Call That Changed My Day

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“You know, of the 10,080 minutes you have in a week, I sure am glad you spent 1/1,000 talking to me,” quipped my 87-year-old grandfather. The fact that I called him was a complete fluke. He’s been on my mind for weeks. I’ve wanted to call for longer than that, but I was busy. You… [Read More]

Encountering God, Encountering Beauty: The Dominican Sisters are Here to Stay!

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“You encounter God when you encounter beauty.” While a Dominican Sister of Mary may have stolen those words from my brain, they are oh-so-true, aren’t they? From the first moment I met these Dominicans, three words came to mind: beauty, joy and faithfulness. Those same words could certainly describe the beautiful weekend at the Sister’s… [Read More]

So You Think Your Kid Needs a Cell Phone

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Oh, how I wish there was an entry in the Catechism for questions such as these. We have five children, the oldest is twelve and in seventh grade. And, if my gray hairs are any indication, he has asked us for a cell phone no less than one billion times. The answer is still no…. [Read More]

The Catholic Student Backpack: 5 Things You Should Have

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Say it isn’t so. Even though the pool is still cold and the heat index over 100, the start of school is in the air. I know this because of all those back-to-school commercials that started in July. Thanks, Target. Last August, I shared five things every Catholic family should do before school begins. We… [Read More]

Homeless People Aren’t Zoo Animals

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The chaos in the backseat of my van was undeniable. There were screams, yells and giggles. It wasn’t a rockstar, a marching band or even Johnny Football that caught their attention. No, it was the homeless African-American single mom, holding a cardboard sign, baking in the hot 95-degree Texas heat. Her sign simply said, “please… [Read More]

Mommy, I Look Fat: A Lesson in Self-Worth

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“Mommy, I look fat.” Oh those are words every mom dreams her child will say, no? Sometimes, when the mirror is placed directly before us, we plainly see the example we set for our children. Whether it’s the shorter shorts, the plethora of bikinis or changing fashion trends, summertime tends to bring body image and… [Read More]

Your Birthday: A Day To Celebrate or To Dread?

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Birthdays can be such a beautiful thing. Until they aren’t. We celebrate the milestones, like the first birthday, with much fanfare. Cake, friends, gifts and joy permeate the air. The first year is complete! Then there’s double digits, entrance to the teenage years, sweet sixteen and glorious 21. And then it stops. We start to… [Read More]

Summer Is For Living: Enjoying (not just surviving) the Season with Your Kids

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Whether your children go to school, stay at home or do a combination of the two, there is no doubt that summer brings a new schedule to the house. I mean, you can smell the chlorine, taste the ice cream and feel the heat, am I right? At our house, there’s a schedule, albeit much… [Read More]

5 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known About Motherhood

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Before I had children, I was an expert on parenting. Weren’t we all? But in twelve years of motherhood I’ve finally learned the one universal truth: we’re all just faking it. Pinterest World is not reality. Yes, we have “pin worthy” moments, but that is not our life. Did you hear me yelling at my… [Read More]

Don’t Let Your Children’s First Communion Be Their Last

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Sometimes words just hit your heart, right where it matters. This past weekend was officially “First Communion Weekend” at our house. It’s a date we’ve had circled on the calendar for months. There were lots of preparations—the clothes, the party afterward, the invitations, the family travel schedules and, of course, the Sacramental preparation. During the… [Read More]

The *Best* Mother’s Day Gift

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The older I get, the higher priority I place on spending quality time with my parents and the more I realize the profound role I have in shaping my own children.Perhaps it’s because I now have a middle schooler in the house and I see time slipping away. I’m beginning to understand what it means… [Read More]

Catholic Summer Camp Guide: 2013

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There is one word that’s keeping me going until June:  summer. I can see sweet tea, swimming pools and no alarm clocks on the horizon. If you’re a mom, you probably have summer camp on that list, as well. Perhaps you’ve been wondering just where you can find great Catholic summer camps for your children…. [Read More]

The 10 Commandments of Social Media use for Teens

Every kid does it. No matter how straight the A’s, smart the brain, talented the athlete or pious the altar server—at some point in life, your child is going to lie to you. A few weeks ago our 11-year-old did just that. He opened an Instagram account even though we expressly told him not to… [Read More]

40 Days of Awesome: Giving Up More Than Beer, Cokes & Candy

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Be reckless this Lent. Oh, I mean it. I’m talking about the kind of reckless that’s make you seek, without abandon, God’s will. If St. Paul can do it, so can you. For far too many Lents, I’ve done the traditional “give up beer, Cokes and candy.” But, you know what? I think that makes… [Read More]

What Fajitas Taught me About Faith and Catholic Education

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Before we cancelled cable, the Food Network was one of my favorite channels. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Giada at Home, Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I can still see the butter dripping off Paula Deen’s spoon. There was one episode, however, that piqued my interest in both Catholic schools and cooking. Fr. Leo Patalinghug was challenged… [Read More]

A Top 20 Bucket List, Catholic Style

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There are literally thousands of things I have on my list of things to do. Some people call them a Bucket List, others write them down and still others just keep a mental wish list. It wasn’t until I wrote the post about attending a Dedication Mass, that I wondered what other people had on… [Read More]