Ribbon Bookmark Craft: Kid-Made Christmas Gifts

Last night at midnight, as we were installing a new-to-us fridge, I said to Kevin, “I really miss blogging.”  I miss writing and reading and responding to all of you.  But somehow, for the last few weeks, I’ve been up until all hours doing things that are time-sensitive and pressing.  I really only blog at […]

Gifts Ideas: The Rebellious Version

I have a house full of toys.  Okay, not a house, a room.  A room plus 6 very large moving boxes in the garage.  I know I’m not alone in observing that while my kids play – all day long – they rarely play with toys.  They want my stuff, real stuff. So this year I’m rebelling. […]

Five Favorites: Advent Edition

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and here I am, jumping the gun and talking about Advent.  But it’s so wonderful! And meaningful!  And sooooooooon!  And besides, it’s not like I’m celebrating Advent early.  Just getting excited about it. –1– Cradle to Cross Wreath I can’t remember if it was last year or the […]

Five Favorites on the Web This Week

My favorites from clicking around the interwebz this week! –1– It would be more modest, more becoming, more seemly if I waited until later to share this but, oh, I am just so excited I can’t wait.  My very first non-California to Korea post is up @ the Catholic Exchange!!!  If you read this blog […]

Five Favorites

I’m joining the lovely and effervescent Hallie (the moxie-est wife!) for my (First Ever) Five Favorites. In case you were suspicious: yes, this IS a total cop-out post.  But it’s 10:45 p.m. and I’m just sitting down on the couch.  Soooo, you get what you get and you don’t get upset.  Or something. ~1~ My husband is […]

Mothers’ Day Musings

Today I woke up at 9:08 a.m. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  If that doesn’t mean something to you, then either you’ve never had a toddler, or you’ve forgotten what it’s like to have one. My dearest love, Mr. Wonderful, presented me with coffee while the kids shoved all-the-gifts into my hands at once.  I got an awesome bag […]

Mama: Theme Thursday

The mamas in my life: My very own bestest-in-the-world mama (and a drunken Ezekiel?): My daddy’s mama, Grandma Betty, who is fierce and loving and holy and a force to be reckoned with: My mama by marriage, and a better mother in law than I deserve or ever could have hoped for: Kevin’s Grandma Henrietta, […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Etc., Etc., Etc

Mother’s Day Gifts!  They can be cheesy, they can be expensive, they can be last minute.  OR, you can choose one of the three worthy causes below and your gifts  can steal Mom’s heart.  Meaningful, cost-effective, and beautiful?  Mom expects nothing less from her favorite child, amiright? And no, I get nothing from this promo […]

Easter photos

Last week I cheated and took the kids Easter photos early.  In case you missed them, here’s a sample: It’s a good thing too, because Easter Sunday brought fevers and very cranky attitudes in 2 of the 4 angels above. Thanks to my visiting sister, we managed to take this photo after Mass: even though this […]

An Unexpected Victor

From a crown of thorns… to a wreath of glory… Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia! Alleluia!