Trust issues, part two

Part one: in which I was feeling dark and mysterious. So there I was, finally with a baby on the outside of me, and not feeling quite so very dark and gloomy.  But the easy days were not (are not?) yet upon me. Soon after my dream baby boy was born, my spitfire toddler really got […]

Trust issues, part one

Hey there, friends.  It’s been a few long months since I wrote anything of substance here.  I’m not sure if this blog post means that I’ll be back more regularly or not, but I did (do?) feel like I’ve got something important to share with you, so here I am. My blogging break started a […]

just one thought on raising saints…

In the other room, the sounds of drowsy girls is finally overtaking the mayhem of the last 6 hours.  Perhaps it’s because it’s my first sleepover, or perhaps it’s because I’m an extreme extrovert, but I think I had almost as much fun as the girls here.  There are still stage whispers (sorry moms!) and […]

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 […]

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 […]

What I mean when I say I’m “blessed”…

A couple months ago, a friend of mine posted a link to (the first edition of) The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying.  Me, being an insufferable sucker for “The One Thing”-type marketing, simply had to click over.  In case you don’t have time to read that article yourself (and really, you should, lest I misrepresent […]

Pro-Life, With Love

Once upon a time, a close friend of mine had an abortion. I didn’t know it at the time, or even for years afterwards.  In fact, while it happened 17 years ago, I didn’t find out until last year around this time.  This friend (we’ll call her Sally since I don’t want to keep saying […]

Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

I strongly dislike New Year’s Resolutions.  And cats.  I used to like both of them, especially cats.  Cats are cuddly and cute and fun to annoy.  But at age 21 I developed a fairly serious allergy to my adorable (and thoroughly insane) cat, Charlie Chaplin.   Whenever I’m around cats now, my eyes itch and […]

Put Love There: Politics and Friendships

Last year I wrote a series of three posts on the intersection of two very dear topics: politics and friendship.  I had pretty much all but forgotten about them until I wrote my Most Posts a few weeks ago.  I didn’t include them for some reason, but they’ve been wandering around my brain for weeks on […]

An Early Advent

The Glory by Madeleine L’Engle Without any rhyme without any reason my heart lifts to light in this bleak season Believer and wanderer caught by salvation stumbler and blunderer into Creation In this cold blight where marrow is frozen it is God’s time my heart has chosen In paradox and story parable and laughter find […]