Holy Week: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Jesus and Mary

Do you hear that? {PSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS…} It’s the sound of all the wind going out of my sails.  My very strong start at Holy Week Spring Cleaning (seen here and here) took a serious turn for the busy and distracted.  I was feeling all guilty-like, until Cari’s post today, Jesus is Coming, reminded me that I […]

Spring Clean Along, Day 2: Bedroom

Closet before after

Spring Clean Along, Day 2: Bedroom Clean out your closet, ~40 minutes I’m the worst at clothes.  My stuff mostly ends up in piles.  It doesn’t help that we’re sort of between seasons and I’m sort of between sizes right now.  But because I love you and you totally motivated me yesterday, I put a […]

Spring Clean Along, Day 1: Kitchen


Gotta keep these short and sweet.  Less talk-y, more clean-y, as we might say around here. Spring Clean Along, Day 1: Kitchen Clean oven, ~15 minutes I usually take the easy, “self-clean” route on my oven, but lately it’s been smoking like crazy whenever I try it, so today I had to employ actual elbow […]

Last Minute Lucy Hosts Holy Week Spring Clean Along


Every year, I try to commit to the 40 Bags in 40 Days campaign.  I have grandiose dreams of becoming the De-cluttering Maven.  And then life happens, and my distractedness happens, and Lent comes and goes with nary a bag in sight. The best laid plans, right? I’m learning about myself, though.  What makes me […]

Wives, Love Your Husbands

At Christmastime with my Chunka-Chunka Burnin' Love Nephew, Liam

Do you know this man? He’s my husband and my partner and the love of my life.  He’s the person who makes me laugh the loudest, on whose shoulder I cry the hardest, and with whom I tackle my Life Tasks, from the mundane to the unimaginably complicated, on an everyday basis.  I’ve had friends […]

The Un-Blogger Strikes Again


-1- The Un-Blogger/Theme Thursday So apparently not only do I not blog anymore, I also don’t take photos with my nice camera.  Trying not to beat myself up over it, but man.  How is it that two activities that bring me so much joy can fall by the wayside in the hustle and bustle?  Boo. […]

Children’s Books for the Canonization of John Paul II

In honor of the upcoming canonizations of beloved Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII on April 27, I’m reviewing a couple of children’s books.  The first covers the papacy in general, the second is about the life of John Paul II. Our Holy Father, the Pope Written by Don R. Caffrey; Illustrated by Emmanuel Beaudesson Our […]

Playful Parenting: Why and How in 7 Quick Takes

Playful parenting

Whenever I write about parenting, I feel like I need to add a disclaimer: I am not a parenting expert.  I make mistakes every day, all day long.  If my kids appear well-behaved, it’s because either you caught them on a really good day, or you are crazy.  Take this advice with an ocean of […]

Word: Theme Thursday

f/4, 1/125th, ISO 200

A couple of months ago, Gianna got her ears pierced.  Since the holes healed, one of her favorite activities is switching earrings.  Thanks to her Mimi and my friend Kristina, she has lots of choices.  It’s no wonder that we find earrings and earring backs all over the house.  (She takes after me in her […]

Romans, the Snow Queen, and an Apocalypse

It’s another edition of What We’re Reading Wednesday! 1. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline This is a “retelling” of Andersen’s famous fairy tale.  I’m not sure how true to the original tale it is, as this is the first time I’ve read the Snow Queen.  This book definitely has […]

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