The Dangers of the Princess Culture

The other day my sister called. She, my mom and my grandma were shopping for my kids, born and unborn, and she wanted to know if they could buy Charlotte a Disney princess book that plays music. I said, probably a little too vehemently, “No! No princess stuff!”Now, I realize that this call itself may seem weird to some of you readers, let alone my answer. But here’s the deal with my husband and me: we are extremely particular when… Read more

7 Quick Takes Friday: 7 Terrible Movies Worth Wasting Your Time On

I’m starting something new on my blog on Fridays: 7 Quick Takes! This is the brainchild of the wonderful Jen at Conversion Diary, whose website I’ve linked to before. It’s a great way to get a quickie post in on Fridays, but I’m not quite creative enough to post seven random quick takes, so I’ve decided to have a theme for mine. (Actually, I’m following Simcha Fisher’s lead, whose blog I Have to Sit Down is hilarious. Check it out!)… Read more

Out of the Mouths of Babes

This is not the post I have intended to post for you for the past two weeks. In fact, the other post is still in my Word documents, waiting to be perfected, but I missed you so I came online to ramble. Actually, I wanted to tell you about what my oldest daughter said to me the other day. We were talking on the phone to my mother, who was at Costco getting ingredients and random items for my little… Read more

Love in Unexpected Places

Something amazing happened to me yesterday.Since we moved to Las Vegas three years ago, I’ve really struggled to make friends. When we lived in Dallas I had all my friends from college nearby, plus my new sisters-in-law and my own family. I never had to actively try to make friends. But here, there is only one couple from our alma mater (University of Dallas), and as they don’t yet have children and both work, I’ve had to accept that actively… Read more

Very Mature

I have a confession to make. Remember my last blog post? Remember how I sounded thoughtful, rational, and somewhat mature? Thirty minutes after I published that post, I was locked inside my bathroom, crying on the floor while my kids banged on the door. Here’s what happened: I asked my husband to look over the post before I published it, mostly so he could make sure I hadn’t made any erroneous claims about the Church’s teaching on contraception, but also… Read more

Contraception: The Cross of a Catholic Mother

I’m going to write about an issue that I have really been grappling with during this pregnancy. I really wanted to write a few lighter, funnier posts on this blog first to ease my readers into a false sense of comfort before I hit you with the big, lightning-rod issues, but after spending a few days trying to think of something funny to tell you I gave up. And honestly, it’s probably better that you figure out what I’m all… Read more

Whole Foods and Homebirths

I’ve started this blog mostly in an effort to come to grips with the huge (HUGE!) changes to my psyche during these last three months of my third pregnancy. I’ve gone from being a pro-medicine, pro-vaccine, pro-hospital, pro-epidural, “give me painkillers or give me death” type to suddenly embracing the more, shall we say, granola aspects of society. And I blame it all on Medicaid.Here’s what happened, in a nutshell.In my fifth month of this pregnancy, Medicaid (which we had… Read more

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