Edel: Party as Precordial Thump

I had intended to blog prolifically this weekend from Edel, updating with pictures of crazy shoes, karaoke, and hilarity. But on Tuesday of last week, my sister-in-law’s father died unexpectedly. Vic isn’t just my sister-in-law. She was one of my best friends in college and my maid of honor before she married the Ogre’s brother. [Read More...]

Cocktails and Zombies and Pink Hair, Oh My!

Like a modern-day Dorothy, in honor of Edel I dyed my hair to match my crazy shoes: Today I’ve got an almost-four-year-old’s birthday party to attend to, but Friday I’ll put up a picture of Rebecca and me in full regalia, crazy shoes and all! That is, if I can master the art of walking [Read More...]

Dada Does Breastfeeding

Here’s a true thing: there is nothing better than coming to the end of a long, exhausting road trip, only to have three out of four children melt down entirely in the aftermath. One, luckily, has an easily fixable ear infection. The other, slightly less luckily, has no-big-deal-but-must-heal-on-his-own-even-though-he-looks-gruesome-fifth’s disease. The littlest, though, Linc Baby of [Read More...]

An Apology to My Parents

I did something awful yesterday. Well, I didn’t do it yesterday, but it all came to a head yesterday. I did it a few weeks ago, when Sam interviewed me for his series on the Art of Blogging. I started to go off about the online Evangelical culture that makes me crazy and I conflated [Read More...]

Is There an Art to Blogging?

Sam Rocha thinks there is. He’s been interviewing bloggers about their writing process, and he finally picked me. It’s about dang time, too, because the world really needs to know that my writing process involves copious tears. I weep at the keyboard because the internet isn’t standing in front of me. At least not really. [Read More...]

Radio Redux!

So, remember how I was on Sheila Liaugminas’ show on Relevant Radio last week? We barely got started before we had to stop, so Sheila invited us to come back for another hour. We pre-recorded it on Friday and it.was.awesome. I’m not even kidding, it was so much fun to talk with Tod and Tom [Read More...]

Dear God, Please Say Life is Not a Highway

Because no offense or anything, but if it is I do not want to ride it. At least until our kids get their own cars. We go to Texas every summer to visit family. Most of both our families are here, clustered in and around the DFW metroplex where I grew up. We usually fly [Read More...]

Pastoral Care Must Be Spiritual and Temporal

  The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.  When Sienna was a few months old, the Ogre and I began the pre-Cana process with our beloved priest. Being [Read More...]

I Believe — Help Me Obey

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.  We went to Mass on Sunday at a parish outside of Ave Maria. It’s the kind of parish that was totally [Read More...]

Hindrance vs. Hope – Why Baptize if the Parents Are In Sin?

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.  In January, Pope Francis set people’s heads exploding when he baptized the baby of a couple who were married civilly, but [Read More...]

Where There is a Flame

I know that there are many couples who have wonderful marriages that are peaceful and joyful, with few disagreements and lots of harmony. My marriage is not like that — it never has been. It is tempestuous and painful and passionate and exhilarating, and I’m coming to realize that I love it that way. I [Read More...]

Happiness is in the Work

I’ve always thought my husband, the Ogre, was essentially Daryl Dixon with Russel Crowe’s face.                 He’s such a visible badass that our neighbors’ master plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse is to “find and stick with the Ogre.” His badassery is so deeply ingrained into [Read More...]

Don’t Feed the Trolls, or Be One

Last week, I posted this hilarious article on my facebook page, a critical analysis of the deterioration of a comment thread for a rainbow cake tutorial posted on an Australian Radio Show’s website. What started as helpful tips and clarifications devolved into an outright combox culture war. Getting a little worked-up here, folks. It’s rainbow [Read More...]

Periods Don’t Have Glitter In Them

I have some kind of flu-like death cold and am convinced that I have chikungunya, because why not? So this is for you. And for me. Because it’s hilarious, and this lady is doing parenting right. I only hope I can be that awesome one day. “Do you know how hard it is to find [Read More...]

It’s Not the Standards, It’s That We Believe Them

The Ogre and I had an amazing night last night. It was the kind of night where after a few hours I started feeling giggly and schoolgirl-ish again, and I couldn’t stop smiling every time he looked at me. We didn’t do anything extraordinary…put the kids down, ate dinner, watched a hysterically bad movie, and [Read More...]


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