Archives for August 2014

Stella Maris Book Club: Sisters to the Saints

Recently I went to an evening of reflection at our old parish.  It was a lovely evening, hosted by a group of lovely women, and I am so grateful for their dedication to the women of that parish.  The one thing that made me kind of sad, though, was that the evening was based on […]

Answer Me This: books, cheese, and sunglasses

1. What is your favorite picture book? How in the world am I supposed to answer this?  My whole life seems to revolve around picture books, and so many of them are good.  A few standouts: Blueberries for Sal , Love You Forever (creep factor aside, I’ve loved this book since I was a kid), […]

Googling myself, and other midnight ramblings

1. I’m blogging on my iPad. This probably means nothing to you, except that it will result in a much shorter blog post. To me it means the simplest blogging task becomes infinitely tedious. #firstworldproblems 2. Hey! That might be fun! I’m gonna hashtag each of the Quick Takes. Have I ever mentioned my love […]

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!

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

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

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 […]