President or Sugar Daddy?

While I plan to post more thoughts on the election later this week (where I promise to really take off the gloves), I'll pass along two links as appetizers of sorts.Both pieces discuss our President's oddly paternalistic pitch to women.  The first, President in Shining Armor, is by Ross Douthat of the New York Times.  He argues, among other things, that women aren't as left-leaning on social policies as the Obama administration seems to suppose.  The second, Women Aren't Dumb, Mr. President, … [Read more...]

Some entertainment…***Updated***

If you need something to do today, and you have still have power, go here and click on the free video teaser.  Jim Gaffigan is hilarious, and his newest show, Mr. Universe, is really funny, opening with a lot of laughs at the bigger Catholic family experience.  He even throws in some great lines about homebirthing in a 2 bedroom apartment.  We paid the $5 and ordered the entire show.  So far, it is very funny and well worth the money.  Enjoy!***UPDATED ***  I just realized that the teaser vid … [Read more...]

If you can read this, you must have power…

The 4 builders on the East Coast are hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy.  We have been sharing preparation tips, many gleaned from the previous experience of our Texas builders, and more recently from our own experience with Irene.Where I live, in Central New Jersey, the roads are closed, so we are to "shelter in place."  We went out before the storm and bought lots of convenience foods.  We will be able to use our stove even in the power goes out, but I think that we will want to keep things … [Read more...]

Laundry Lovin’

I sat outside the big boys' room tonight folding the two loads of laundry that lay scattered in the hall.  It was the last thing I wanted to be doing with my time, especially with a lengthy to-do list and dinner dishes still in disarray.  I was in no better mood when M, my oldest, peeked his head out the bedroom door.  "Hi Mommy.  I'm sorry you have to do all this work.  Someday I'm going to be able to really help you with it.  Will you help me fold the socks?"  Blessed child with brilliant bedti … [Read more...]

How to Vote (quite literally)

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It is one thing to become an informed voter and decide how you will cast your ballot. And it is important to talk to your kids about the importance of voting, but it is quite another to actually take 4 kids 7 and under to a polling location, wait in line while feeding a fussy baby, chasing a toddler, schooling a 2nd grader  and while, unbeknownst to you, your 5 year old is trying to see if your voter registration card will float in a puddle. This is precisely how they will learn just how much v … [Read more...]

My Fall Happy Place

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One of the best things about the place where I live is the proximity to a working farm which is tourist friendly.  I grew up in a big city but dreamed about life on a farm, and this is just enough of a taste for me, a mile down the road.  … [Read more...]

Social Commentary Worth Reading this Election Season

We are in the heat of Election Season here in the United States, and there are many opinions floating around out there in cyberspace. One of the better comments that I have seen regarding social issues comes via Facebook from Professor Robert George of Princeton. I'll post it here for the benefit of those who have logged off for the Year of Faith like Mary Alice."MoveOn is the face of contemporary liberalism. Liberalism used to pride itself on standing up for the little guy, defending the … [Read more...]

Lifting up our Mentors

Small things that we say (and do) can have a huge impact on other families in ways that we may never know.When I was pregnant with my first child, 12 years ago, our friend Amy, who was the wife of my husband's co-worker, gave me great advice: "I work at a demanding job and I train for marathons, my days are pretty hectic, but I make sure that I keep the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies on hand." Whether it was a school bake sale emergency, a play date going sour, or a teenager having … [Read more...]

“Natural Family Planning” and Method Effectiveness

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Refugees from the sympto-thermal method, my husband and I have begun learning the Creighton model for fertility awareness over the last few months. With five healthy children in seven years, as Mary-Alice says so perfectly, we are “drowning in blessings”!Both the sympto-thermal method and the Creighton model rely on one of the same biomarkers to indicate fertility, and both involve daily charting of signs to determine fertile and infertile days of a cycle. In spite of such noticeable sim … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thursday

He's even cuter now that he knows his letter sounds.

What am I cooking for dinner tonight?  Bacon chicken with cheesy bacon mashed potatoes and green beans.  Sound good?  Well that's because everything is delicious with bacon.  And the key to happy gluten free living is bacon.  If you have been living on this planet for more than 18 months, you know that bacon is amazing, and goes well with all foods.  Ever seen that Jim Gaffigan standup routine about bacon?  Go here for a laugh.But back to our meal.  Thursday night is the one weeknight where o … [Read more...]


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