God in the Small Ways

The rain is steady outside my window. As it pitter pats, I sit here on the couch, retreating to my fuzzy slippers and fleece pullover. My 2yo daughter is to my right snuggled under a blanket. A steaming cup of coffee is to my left. Warmth fills my soul and God enters. Thank you, Lord, for the little times like these, the small ways you reach me when life seems to buckle under weightier things.It is often that I become distracted by the larger items in my day to day. They are the big things, … [Read more...]

Friends and Sisters

I think my sides are still hurting from all the laughter I shared with dear friends, Kellie, J', and K' this past weekend in Las Vegas. It has been going on fifteen years since Kellie and I roomed together at Princeton, but that girl still knows how to get me rolling. No sooner had we collapsed into bed Thursday evening our first night, but we were cracking up over some misadventure. We talked for a good hour lying there, giggling and reminiscing despite the 3-hour time lag.  Ahh… Sisterhood is a … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning of the Heart and Home

Whether or not the weather will cooperate, I am beginning to catch the spring cleaning bug around here.  It started the other day when my dear husband arrived home and pronounced that our house was "dirty and falling apart". ;) You can imagine I initially took a bit of defense to his claims.  This is my terrain, excuse me, and I work hard to keep it a nice place for our family to live. All it took was me stepping back and surveying the scene, though, to see everything for what it really was--a h … [Read more...]

From Lenten Past

From our BC archives, here is a piece I wrote in 2010:"As Fat Tuesday drew to a close this year, I could not deny the overwhelming sense of gloom I felt. The next day was Ash Wednesday and with it meant forty long days of suffering. Really long ones.   It hasn't been easy living through Ash Wednesdays and Lenten seasons of the past. During my first as a mother, my child was 4 days old and a month premature. We had just been delivered the glowing "suitcase" for his jaundice and were re … [Read more...]

The Disney Scoop

It has been two weeks since our Disney getaway--just enough time for the "Disney amnesia" to set in (an amazing phenomenon that clouds all negative memories (like when your daughter had 3 potty accidents at Epcot) and highlights only the good, sparkly ones).  Whether the moments were all magical or not, the week was such a special treat for all of us and one that we will undoubtedly look back upon fondly. It will go down in Gasperini lore as some of our best and most fun times together.As … [Read more...]

Disney Done Right

Take the most magical place on earth, add dear friends, spring-like weather, precious family memories, two of the greatest (most tolerant) grandparents in the world, and we've had a vacation close to perfection so far. Okay, minus bouts of whiny children, the potty accident(s) today at Epcot, 3yo implosion moments, tired kids, the 1yo who won't go to sleep as I type this…  You know how that goes. We expected these hiccups and are fighting to remain optimistic!  Thankfully the older kids are hav … [Read more...]

Snow Excuse?

My kids have been home from school today thanks to a prediction of snow here in our "southern" town.  It is all rather funny because as of 4pm, we've had only a few flurries! It is blustery and cold outside, but reason enough to cancel school? Definitely not. Yet how were the "powers that be" supposed to know? They don't foresee the future. No crystal ball is in sight. They make a decision based on the information given to them… and today they're getting an earful.It is days like this that re … [Read more...]

Keepin’ It Real: Grace From a Dirty Sink

Sometimes it seems the way we bless one another best is just to be real and frank and forthcoming.  Because this journey of life isn't easy for any of us and sometimes its nice to know we're not walking the road alone.I had the chance to keep it real yesterday when I hosted my young daughters' playgroup here at the house.  I ushered our friends through the front door, down the hallway, and there, in the middle of my kitchen, sat my dirty, neglected sink. Breakfast bowls spilled out from the t … [Read more...]

All Are Welcome, All Are Loved

It was Christmas Eve Mass a handful of years ago.  We were "running late", which meant we arrived with only 45 minutes to go until the service and the place was a total madhouse.  Alas, we were shuttled away from our sanctuary to the illustrious gym space, where the second mass was being held for the overflow.  It was a fine Mass and I tried keeping a positive attitude, despite being 6 months pregnant and in discomfort.  Thanks to the generosity of some kind parishioners, I enjoyed a seat while o … [Read more...]

Visiting Christ’s Birth: a St. Andrew’s Novena Reflection

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen. Years ago one Advent I uttered this prayer in earnest for the first time.  Its words flooded my heart with meaning during a season of real wanting.My husband was in the throes of his first … [Read more...]