Archives for June 2010

A Little More on Abandonment…

From today's meditation from In Conversation with God:So many people have their own plans for their own wellbeing that only too often they look on God simply as someone who will help them to carry out those same plans. The true state of affairs is quite the opposite. God has his own plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help him accomplish them - and let us be quite clear about it: we cannot improve on God's plans....He arranges everything in such a way as to make detachment … [Read more...]

Asking for Help

A couple of weeks ago, we were having a great discussion about burnout, both with respect to the parents and the children in our families. Many of you made some very thoughtful comments, and I appreciated everyone's honest and encouraging words.One of the comments that struck a particular chord with me was written by Juris Mater, regarding hiring help for Mom:"I have said this before, but I don't think that hiring help should be an upperclass privilege. I think that setting money aside to … [Read more...]

Kiddy Catechesis

Have you noticed that children love watching short videos of other kids?  With this in mind, Mr. Red and I thought it might be fun to have our daughter, Gianna, do a series of videos explaining the commandments.  In case you are wondering, the examples she provides are entirely her own.This is what happens when our family gets a new video camera and my husband gets a week off from work. … [Read more...]

“Dad Life” – Very Funny!

Those of you who enjoyed Red's post on the Swagger Wagon will appreciate this very funny video entitled "Dad Life," produced by Church on the Move. I laughed so hard and must admit that I've watched it more than once! I hope that you'll enjoy it as much as I did :)Dad Life from Church on the Move on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Toddler Busy Work?

My 2.5 year old has recently started asking for "my school work" so that he can earn "my o-puter time".  In our house, each child gets 15minutes on when their seat work is completed.  So, I know that for next fall he is going to want to do school, but what can I do with someone so little that will not require constant interaction from mom?  I think that 10 minutes would be the max time that he could sit at a desk to do something, right now he does do some montessori-style work but I h … [Read more...]

No More Waiting!

We are thrilled to share the following from GG (B-Mama's husband):B-Mama delivered MG at 11:23 last night. Our little lady weighed in at 7lbs 14oz, 20.5in, with a head full of jet black hair. Mama and baby are doing great. Pictures and delivery details coming soon! Thanks for all the prayers over the last 40+ weeks, and for rejoicing with us at the arrival of this precious new addition. … [Read more...]

Commencement Advice

At Princeton's graduation for the Class of 2010, Baccalaureate Speaker Jeff Bezos '86, CEO of asked the class, "Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?  Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?  I will hazard a prediction: when you are 80 years old and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made.  … [Read more...]

Full Pantry, Empty Heart

The life of a military family is full of ups and downs. Great assignments, tough jobs, deployments, new doctors, packing, moving, friends, family.For the last two years we have been living in a multi-family apartment building in central Germany. This heightens both the challenges and rewards of being an Army family living on an  Army post. On Monday I lost my best, best Army-wife-mom friend. She lived in the same stairwell as me, we had children of similar ages who got along swimmingly. We … [Read more...]

Family Read-Aloud Time

I have a totally unrealistic dream. I imagine me sitting in a chair with an enchanting, living book in hand reading to my three sweet boys who are playing or drawing peacefully and quietly, attentive to the beautiful story, absorbing its language and its richness. I'm sure my husband is laughing across cyberspace quipping to himself, "Maybe I should introduce her to our children."I  would love to establish a family read aloud time for longer chapter books, but my attempts thus far have failed … [Read more...]


I know that you all will bear with us as we continue to build this site and try out our new gadgets, and we hope that Building Cathedrals will be a useful favorite destination -- tell your friends!  We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have approached us about what the conversation here has meant to them over the past two years, so we hope to continue and expand here at our new home.  We are thankful for all of your support.Since we are all getting used to a new format (this b … [Read more...]