Nourished, vol. 1


I’m always a little turned off by the put-your-own-oxygen-mask-on-first type theories. Apologies if you’re a proponent, honestly, it’s nothing personal.  I just don’t know how to “do” oxygen mask without becoming a lazy slob. Moderation, you are my enemy. Last week I  broke down a little. My body isn’t working the way it should. I […]

The silence is deafening


I was a newly minted teacher (working in a Catholic school) when news broke of the sexual abuse scandal within the Church. I remember well the feeling of revulsion, of shock, and of betrayal.  How could these men, so similar to the men I had been blessed by my entire life, perform such horrible acts on […]

Homeschooling: Core Curriculum

Homeschooling Curriculum

Yesterday I began my little back-to-school series with our Mission and Purpose, Dos and Don’ts. In case you missed it, I’m hosting a little link up, so feel free to click over there and see what lots of folks are doing, and/or link up your own homeschooling post. Today we’re talking nuts and bolts. Yeehaw! Curriculum Choices 2015-2016 […]

Homeschooling Mission & Purpose: {link up alert!}

Homeschooling Mission Chalkboard

It’s the thick of summer as far as weather goes, but Kevin went back to work today (waaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!) which means our school year is creeping up on us.  How about we chat this week about what we’re doing this year? And hey, how about a link-up party too? [scroll down] I have at least 2 more posts […]

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.   […]