Early Preparations for First Communion

Our oldest daughter is in second grade this year at our parish school. That means that this year she is preparing for her First Holy Communion. Neither my husband nor I was raised in the Catholic church. When I came into the church after college, I received my first communion and confirmation together at the Easter Vigil service. So, this is an unfamiliar process for us.My husband and I both take the spiritual formation of our children very seriously. We want to be active participants in … [Read more...]

Marriage Under the Microscope

I'll never forget visiting with my first married friend a few months after her wedding. We expected her to walk in starry-eyed and head-over-heels (isn't that what Hollywood dictates?) Instead, she was wide-eyed and serious as she said, "Girls, marriage is really tough." Wow.Twelve years into my own marriage, I think back on those words and posture what she was getting at. I think to achieve happiness and oneness in marriage, you really have to work at it. Life pulls us in every direction. Ki … [Read more...]

No More Charting?

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Has anyone heard about the new TempDrop sensor? We have been talking for years about how there needs to be a more sophisticated process for fertility monitoring/NFP and this new technology from Israel looks promising. The basic idea is that that you go to sleep with a basal temperature sensor under your arm and that by the time you wake up your lowest basal temp is already synced to your phone app.It seems like it was created for women who are trying to conceive, especially later in life. … [Read more...]

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...]


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