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 […]

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 […]

What Kind of Life Are You Creating?


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 […]

Finding Peace As a Mom of 5


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 […]

The 10-Minute Phone Call That Changed My Day


“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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]