Encouraging vocations: an interview with my parents

When I was a little girl, all I wanted was a little sister.  Time after time, my parents came home from the hospital with another little boy.  It got so bad at one point that when my dad called from the hospital after having their 7th child, he asked to speak first with me.  I […]

The Accidental Resolution That Changed My Life

What if I told you that there’s a New Years resolution that would change your life?  A resolution that will change your habits, your relationships, possibly your whole entire life?  It costs absolutely no money and you could begin it tomorrow.  And on top of all that, what if I told you it only takes […]

Because of The Baby

A Messiah that came as a baby.  A tiny, dependent, powerless infant… sent to save the whole world.  In the past it’s struck me as the ultimate in irony, but not this year.  This year, as I ponder my own new baby, it is perfectly understandable that our Savior would choose to come as something […]

Advent of Waiting…

I’ve already had my Advent, friends.  I’ve been waiting in a dark, quiet, lonely place for this baby to arrive.  I’ve been quiet here on the blog because it feels like there isn’t much to say other than “she’s still not here,” and I’ve been quiet in real life because it seems like the only […]

The post I don’t want to write: The Synod and Same Sex Marriage

I don’t want to write this post.  I really, really don’t, and I’ve even thought of about a hundred reasons why I shouldn’t.  The lamest reason (yet perhaps the most difficult to get over) is that it’s going to make me resoundingly unpopular among quite a few of you.  The strongest reason I’ve yet to come up […]

Why I love conversion stories

The other night, in an effort to ward off the pre-dinner crazies, I turned on a show called The Journey Home.  I’d never watched it before, never knew what it was about, but I needed something to keep me from hollering at my poor kiddos for the 47th time in an hour.  So I banished […]

Sts. Andrew Kim Tae Gon and Paul Chong Ha Song

Today is the feast of 103 Korean Martyrs.  Sts. Andrew Kim Tae Gon and Paul Chong Ha Song are the most famous among them.  Sending all my love back to the Land of the Morning Calm, and my people in South Korea. The arrival of Christianity to Korea came by a very unusual route. Christianity came to […]

The Visitation: Mary Through Elizabeth’s Eyes

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Visitation, when Mary traveled to her cousin Elizabeth, who was also miraculously expecting.  If you are one of my Protestant friends, or otherwise curious about the role of Mary in the Catholic Church, I’d like to direct you toward this site:  What Catholics Believe About Mary & the Saints. […]

John Paul II, a lifelong love story

All my life, I’ve had the gift of being surrounded by men of strong character. My grandfather, my father, my brothers, and then later my-father in-law and of course, my husband. I never lacked for positive male influences in my life, and I never suffered from a Daddy complex.  From my youngest memories through the […]

Holy Week: You Win Some, You Lose Some

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 […]