Rosalie at 8 months


Whenever I publish an emotional post like the last one (The People NFP Made) I usually a) go dark for a week to recover, and b) like to keep the next one light.  So here’s a photo-heavy post about a completely non-controversial topic: my adorable baby.  Hey!  There’s even a little video because I be […]

The people NFP made {NFP Awareness Week}


It’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, in case you weren’t… um, aware. Much has been written about it, in every corner of the Catholic blogosphere.  How it strengthens your marriage, how it’s better for your body and the environment than hormone-based birth control, how terrible and/or wonderful it is, hyper-fertility and sub-fertility, you name it.  Quite […]

5 Favorite Gifts for Catholics


Do you know and love a Catholic?  Birthdays coming up?  Planning ahead for Christmas? Check out some great swag, recently snagged by moi. ~1~ For men and women: Catholic jewelry And no, I’m not talking about the pink plastic rosary your toddler wears at Mass. Check out what Kevin and I got from On This […]

The night sky

Pano Palm Springs

It’s a hot and dusty night on a balcony in Palm Springs. Kevin is putting the big kids to bed and I’m sipping chilled wine, the sides of the glass slippery with condensation. The baby monitor hums quietly beside me, but for how long, I’m not sure. In the distance are the mountains. I know they’re […]

5 Truths, 2 Lies {An SQT Game}


Do you know how to play 2 truths and 1 lie? Someone makes three statements about him/herself and the other player needs to figure which two are true and which is a lie.  Let’s play that, times 2ish, because Friday = 7 Quick Takes and it’s been a very odd week. Here’s how we play: I’m […]

Charleston: anniversary and Edel photo redux.


    Whew.  What an amazing vacation we had last week. Rather than the usual wordswordswordywordwords you usually get from me, today it’s mostly photos with some captions. I do have to apologize, though.  I only used my good camera for the plantation photos.  The rest are iPhone/Instagram.  The quality is much lower than I prefer.  Boo.   […]

Books, blogging breaks, chit chat, Charleston

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Sometimes, when you take an extended break from blogging, it behooves a blogger to make some sort of explanation or excuse. And sometimes, you just jump right in. The Sleep Away Camp I Always Dreamed Of When I was a little girl, I dreamed of going to camp.  I have a feeling this dream was […]

First Communion: preparing your child at home

A few weeks ago, a good friend asked me what I did to prepare my girls for First Holy Communion.  I started writing out an email to her and thought it might help others too.  So if one of your children will be receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time, I hope these […]

11 reasons I remain a Catholic

For a year or so I hosted a link-up series called 3 Reasons I Love Catholicism.  I let it go last year because, well, life.  But the other day I came across this post and it felt like time to do a reprise. Without further ado, my reasons for sticking with the Church through thick […]

Laundry lessons


Because I have an incredible husband. I’ve hardly folded any laundry in the past year.  Each night after the kids are in bed, he grabs the basket of clean laundry and folds while I melt into the couch and scroll Facebook, or read a book, or write a blog post.  We chat about our days […]