Archives for February 2011

Worry Not

"If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take car … [Read more...]

The good new is…

it's been quieter around here recently.The bad news is that it's because the baby found a new hobby. … [Read more...]

There’s an App for that…Catholic Version

To go along with B-Mama's post below on a technology that allows you to do your NFP charting online, I saw the other day that there is now an I-Phone App that assists Catholics in preparing for the sacrament of Confession! From my understanding, the App does not in any way claim to be a substitute for the Sacrament; rather, the purpose of the App is to act as a tool in making a good Examination of Conscience. If I read it correctly, it sounds like you enter some information about yourself and … [Read more...]

Great NFP Resource

If you're looking for a fantastic, online, FREE way to chart your cycles and track fertility, look no further than Fertility Friend.  It is an awesome site for charting and interpreting your daily data--it goes as far as drawing cover lines, numbering the days of various phases, and even having ready an ovulation predictor.  Thank you, technology! … [Read more...]

Bernard Nathanson, Rest in Peace

Bernard Nathanson, the man who was once a staunch atheist and pro-abortion activist and became, by the grace of God, a strong pro-life advocate and eventually a faithful Catholic, died yesterday at the age of 84. His story is quite remarkable; you can read a Zenit article here, and even the Wall Street journal had a nice column on Mr. Nathanson here.Praise God for the gift of Bernard Nathanson's conversion, and for his courage and humility! … [Read more...]

A Little Boy’s Wisdom

I'm sitting here this morning with my almost 7 year-old son, Christopher - he is home because of the Presidents' Day holiday, which is nice for all of us! Just for fun, I thought I would ask him what I should write to a group of Catholic mothers. Here is what he suggested that I tell you:"God is with us. Do not be afraid. God is one of the only perfect people - the other one is Mary.Also tell them this Bible verse: "For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your … [Read more...]

Mrs. TurboTax

One of my very favorite two-day segments of each year is right now, in mid-February, when all our W-2 and 1099 forms are in. For two nights, I get to put the kids to bed, spread our documents across the living room, fire up TurboTax and do our taxes. Yes, part of the appeal is that, as a graduate student family with three children, we pay little tax up front but still manage to qualify for a refund that's about equivalent to our annual tithe. AND it always somehow coincides with an expense or … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thursday

What am I cooking? Tilapia fish tacos is on the menu for tonight.  Awhile back I found a great recipe for easy tilapia dredged in panko breadcrumbs.  Delicious!  The kids loved it, which was quite a feat for us.  They also love tacos, so tonight we're combining the two!  Pray for us (me)! :)What am I reading? When life gets demanding, I confess personal reading goes out the window, save for a few precious moments perusing Real Simple. On the docket, though, is The Help by Kathryn Stockett --i … [Read more...]

Redbook Article on the Sexualization of Girls

Redbook posted an excellent article today on the sexualization of young girls.  I wholeheartedly agree with the author's sentiments, barring a few miscues stemming from her clearly secular mindset.Here's a sample-- [G]irlhood really is different today: more commercialized (companies spent $100 million in advertising to kids in 1983; today they spend almost $17 billion), more girly (nearly everything manufactured for girls — from birth — is screamingly, irritatingly, blindingly pink), and incr … [Read more...]

Why Anger is (usually) Counter-productive

Good Tuesday morning, dear friends!Over the past week or so, I have been reflecting on the feeling of anger that we, as parents, can so often feel towards our children. Perhaps we feel angry when they repeatedly disobey our instructions, forget their simple chores, act uncharitably towards their siblings, or make a big mess when we've just cleaned the house. All of these scenarios are frustrating, and because we are human we are often prone to feelings of anger.However, I'd like to propose … [Read more...]