I ♥ Blogger Meet-Ups

Not falling off the face of the earth again, promise! Just had a bit of a crazy week, and am trying to finish some old posts in snatches of time here and there. But I had to update and tell y’all who came over for dinner last night: Heck ya, that’s priest and fellow Patheosi [Read More...]

Let’s Speak Truth in Smack-down (and love, obviously)

Sometimes I feel like none of us blogging Catholics ever fight fair, cause we’re all worried about compassion and love and junk. We’re way too ready to whip out the “Greatest Commandment” trump card anytime someone says something we don’t like or disagrees with us or makes stupid words with their stupid typing fingers. I’m [Read More...]

From One Sister to Another

Sienna has been begging me for weeks to do a lemonade stand. Being the mother I am, I was hesitant, because that sounded like a whole lot of work to me. Mixing powdered Country Time in a pitcher and adding ice, then refilling when it got empty, plus doing some kind of mediation in case [Read More...]

Suffering Comes Like a Walker

I love the show The Walking Dead. I’ve always loved zombies, but this show, much like Max Brooks’ fait accompli of a novel, World War Z, both scares the pants off me and gives me the most inexplicable hope in humanity. Fans of the show know that walkers are scary, and they’re a threat, sure [Read More...]

Catechesis: I’m Doing It Wrong

I gather that my fellow Patheosi have been talking about catechesis and whatnot while I’ve been…what’s the euphemism? Not playing with a full deck? A bit whimsical in the brain-pan? Mad as a friggin’ hatter? Well, whatever it is, here’s everything I know about catechesis, to illuminate the ongoing conversation. Tonight I was reading a [Read More...]

How to Destroy Your Marriage In One Easy Step

Not everyone was happy with my post yesterday. A few people felt that I was making fun of others, or just plain being mean. I was being a little mean, and I was making fun, but I pointedly directed all that snark toward the principle at stake, not individual people. As I said in my [Read More...]

An Anti-Modesto Manifesto

The other day I caught a link in my newsfeed from Jen Fitz, who linked to this post at momlife Today. One afternoon in 1948, a young Billy Graham invited a few friends—George Beverly Shea, Cliff Barrows, and Grady Wilson— to his hotel room in the city of Modesto. There in that room, the four [Read More...]

Lux perpétua lúceat eis – Olivia and Emma Lewis

Yesterday morning, a friend of mine from college was in a car accident with her two young daughters. The girls were life-flighted to a hospital in Salt Lake, where they died yesterday afternoon in the arms of their parents. Olivia and Emma were only 6 and 3 years old. Their parents and their sister Vivian [Read More...]


Children vomiting sucks, and I hate it. There’s no getting around the dreaded stomach bug when you’re a mom, but there’s also no use pretending it’s not basically the worst thing ever. That being said, I thought I had reached the apex of upchuck trials when Charlotte, at the age of 18 months, became convinced [Read More...]

Sunday Morning, by Everymom

Sunday Morning by Everymom   Complacencies of the sweatpants, and late coffee and vomit on a worn sofa, and the flesh-colored freedom of a naked baby upon a rug mingle to dissipate the holy hush of ancient sacrifice. She cries a little, and she feels the dark encroachment of the norovirus, as a calm darkens [Read More...]