Inspiration for All Saints and a favorite craft

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Heading into a Holy Day weekend, I thought this quote quite appropriate for my All Saints reflections:'They who are engaged with the salvation of their neighbor, will gain more by an humble modesty than by an authoritative manner, and will gain victory sooner in retreat than in combat."  - St. Ignatius of LoyolaOne of my favorite crafts to do with my kids on All Saints is making  Armor of God paper dolls from Ministry to Children.  We read Ephesians 6 and talk about how to be like the sa … [Read more...]

Tricks and Treats From the Archives – Halloween Math Activities

As we get our costumes and treat bags in order, I am making a short list of math concepts which I want to be sure to touch on during this year's Halloween Candy Math unit the first few days in November.  For my kindergarten and first grade students, there will be sorting by one attribute, tallying, counting by twos and fives, single digit adding and subtracting with m&ms, graphing m&m colors and working different types of graphs, probably a bar graph and a pie chart.  Yum, candy pie!  Fo … [Read more...]

Do you believe in Magic?

A little boy opened the bedroom door and looked up at me, tears in his eyes and a tooth in his hand.  "She didn't come," he said, lip trembling.  I pulled this puddle of disappointed cuteness on to the couch, close to me and almost into my bathrobe and decided to level with him."I have to tell you, buddy, there is no tooth fairy, it is parents who switch the tooth for money, it is supposed to be me, but I forget.  When you go to bed, I go to bed too, I am just too tired at the end of each da … [Read more...]

On the Feast of St. John Paul II

At a general audience with Pope John Paul II in July, 2002

Happy Feast of St. John Paul II! Here are a couple of resources that I wanted to pass along before the day is over:1) Jason Evert has written a book called St. John Paul the Great: His First Loves - I can't wait to read it!2) I stumbled upon this cute animated video entitled "St. John Paul II, the Life of a Holy Pope," and plan to share it with my children tomorrow.3) One of my favorite St. John Paul II quotes: To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the ch … [Read more...]

Holidaze

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This is the time of year when every store seems to have their Christmas trees front and center flashing their LED lights. My 2 year old is entranced and awed by such a sight. I always have to remind myself to see the beauty of it from a 2 year old's perspective instead of thinking of them as tacky and out of season.Perhaps hoping to inspire my 2 year old to deeper contemplation in the shopping cart at Costco, I asked, "And who was born on Christmas?"To which he responded confidently, "A p … [Read more...]

A Weekend In the Mountains

"How in the world are you going to camp with five children?" They said we couldn't do it. People scoffed. They questioned.But guess what?We had a ball.Did we sleep much either night? Not really.Did we return unscathed or unbruised? Definitely not.Did we split our sides with laughter over the campfire? Absolutely.Did we enjoy new friendships and watch our children become explorers? Yes, indeed.Word on the street is that yours truly zip lined through the camp, children r … [Read more...]

On Verily Magazine and Elevating Culture

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I stopped reading magazines, with the exception of a few cooking publications, long ago.  I was tired of being bombarded by sexualized imagery, raunchy articles, gossipy updates, and fashion that didn't even begin to apply to my life.  Recently, however, I have found a new favorite in Verily.   Briefly a quarterly print magazine, Verily is now exclusively online, complete with daily deliveries and updates.  I appreciate their realistic, feminine fashion sense, the balanced examinations of relat … [Read more...]

Introducing…

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I am thrilled to announce the birth of our newest bundle of joy, Sophia Rose! She arrived on September 25th, a week past her due date, and weighed in at an even 8 pounds. We are all in awe of her cuteness and littleness, and even our only son, who was really pulling for a brother (after having 4 sisters!) can't get enough of her.For all of you who have been praying for our family during this pregnancy, thank you so much! We still can't believe that we get to have Sophia home with us - … [Read more...]

ICYMI: New American Blessed

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The Church in America had a wonderful moment this weekend, and in Jersey no less (I write this little tease with extreme love, I assure you, since that's where Red and half of my family lives). Not only did it add a new Blessed to the fold of holy men and women -- Miriam Teresa Demjanovich -- but we had our first *ever* beatification liturgy on American soil. This is beautiful for us not only as Catholics, but as American Catholics!As I was reading articles on Blessed Miriam Teresa, I was … [Read more...]

Encouragement for the Family

"Today more than ever, we need witnesses who live out the Gospel of the family to the fullest and with joy, and who show the world that it is a beautiful and fascinating way of life, a source of happiness for spouses and children. Here there is enormous scope for the prophetic mission of our laity. In the lives of Christian couples today it takes the courage of prophets, the courage to stand up to the dominant culture." ~Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko President of the Pontifical Council of the … [Read more...]


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