Homeschool Uniforms: Why and How


One of the jokes both inside and outside homeschooling circles is that school gets done in pajamas.  So why, in the name of all that is holy, would I demand that my kids wear uniforms? Because I was desperate, that’s why. One of my children, who shall remain nameless, has some sensory issues.  The way […]

“I don’t know how you do it.”


Dear Mom-at-the-Gym, “I don’t know how you do it!  I only have 2 kids and I can barely do it!”   Sometimes, when people say this to me, they have a little roll to their eyes and a little snark in their voice.  But sometimes, friend, they sound just like you did yesterday: slightly in […]

Instagram, the Assumption, and a Fundraiser Reminder


Just a few thoughts as we wrap up the week. 1. Instagram: my favorite social media Oh, IG, how I love thee.  Let me count the ways. Thou dost not provoke political discussions. When my children watch over my shoulder, I fear no repercussions. With your pretty filters and simple format, You make this wanna-be-photographer’s heart […]

Truth AND Kindness


TRUTH Once upon a million years ago, I was looking into a local charter school for Gianna.  It had recently opened and embraced such enlightened ideas as “global education” and “ethnic diversity” and “eco-friendly foods.”  Well, sign me up, right?  I’m a crunchy kind of mom who likes all the crunch-er-ific buzzwords to be found.  Then […]

It’s Your Turn!

Unrelated photo of two of the handsome men in my life.

I’m feeling spectacularly uninspired this evening.  My mind has been consumed with school-ish things and political things, and all that’s left is a mushpot of feeling like I really want to write but not sure what I want to write about.  (Thank you, Facebook, for stealing not only all my time, but my actual brain […]

A Tiny Whispering Sound

1 Kings

This was the first reading at Mass today.  Here is the whole shebang: At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind […]

Help Save Rose

Rose H

A few weeks ago, when I was battling the Great Summer Illness of 2014, I didn’t feel up to attending Mass one Sunday morning with the family.  After a nice long day of resting though, I decided to go to Sunday evening Mass. I sat in the back, didn’t shake at the sign of peace, and […]

How I Homeschool: Charlotte from Waltzing Matilda


Continuing with the theme of high-school-on-down homeschooling, I have here today Charlotte from Waltzing Matilda.  Charlotte is a mother of 5, a lifelong Texan, and according to her “About Me” page, she’s been blogging since “dinosaurs roamed the internet.”  She says, “I love to bake cakes, organize stuff, read books, celebrate feast days, create beautiful […]

I didn’t go to Edel. And I didn’t die.

60 of us, all lined up in birthday order.

Last weekend, through a ridiculous conflict of events, there existed a fancy hotel in Austin hosting many of my online friends and inspirational women of all sorts, while simultaneously in Roseville, CA, there  was a not-so-fancy-but-still-very-nice hotel in which a bunch of my family members converged and made a huge scene, as per our usual […]

Answer Me This, and a couple other random things

What do you say, Kendra?  I went all PicMonkey on it, just for you.

Last night I was so excited to get on and blog after the kids went to sleep (which is always when I blog).  But then, after I put them to sleep (in a tiny hotel room), I dozed off myself.  I woke up briefly and considered getting up, but then I decided 10 hours of […]

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