Warm colors / Cool colors: Theme Thursday

So last week was Aliya’s birthday (and party) and in the craziness of it all I never got my Theme Thursday post together.  Many many apologies, friends.  Ruth Anne of Holloway Family North is my most frequent contributor and it turns out she had a baby last Sunday (congratulations Ruth Anne!), so, possibly between that […]

Happy birthday, Gi!

A decade ago, I held you in my arms for the first time.  Oh, I was a mom long before of course, your older brother that went to heaven far too soon taught me that.  But it is a powerful something to hold a wriggling and squirmy baby to my face and breathe you in like […]

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 […]

5 Reasons to read aloud to big kids (and 5 great read-aloud books)

A couple months back I had a mini-breakdown.  Life was too hectic, school was too overwhelming, blah blah blah.  I mean, I’m not one to make excuses, but I suppose it really was to be expected considering the season of life I’m in and everything I had taken on.  It took me a few weeks […]

Lenten Deep Clean and Organize

There are 20 days (not including Sundays) between now and Good Friday.  Anyone want to join me for a little deep clean action?  I’ll be following the recommendations in The House That Cleans Itself, but you can do it however you like.  The point is just to do something every day.  Here’s a little chart I […]

I’m pro-life because…

Ten and a half years ago, I perched precariously on fence.  Not literally, of course, it’s been awhile since I did that.  Figuratively, however, I was stuck teetering between what my Church taught about abortion and what the secular world had to say.  I’d vacillated for years between what I knew was right for me (I […]

6 Moving Pro-life Videos

-1- It’s one of my January traditions to write a little bit about pro-life issues.  Last year I wrote a piece for Catholic Exchange about how we’re not just pro-life for the babies, but for all the people who are damaged by abortion eternally.  Tonight I was working on another piece called I’m pro-life because… […]

Calling all Catholic Women Bloggers!

Something astounding happened on Facebook the other day.  (Inconceivable!)  It began with a fellow blogger asking a group about which conferences, if any, we would be attending this year.  In the comment thread all sorts of women from all over the country began offering to host regional blogger conferences.  As the comment thread topped 90 (not a […]

Baby is here!

After moaning and complaining for weeks about how difficult it is to wait for our baby girl to arrive, she finally decided to get a move on. Rosalie Michele was born on Monday. She has quite a birth story, which you can preview by clicking here. I’ll have the full version for you ASAP. I’m […]

7 Quick Takes, the pregnant and grumpy edition

I’m leaving for our Friday park day in 30 minutes. Think I can manage some truly quick takes? Yeah. Me neither. But I’ll give it a try anyway. 1. I’m due on Monday. I love saying that. I’ve looked “so pregnant” for so long that people have been giving me the “any day now” comment […]